Sen Arlen Specter (blows with the wind-PA) admits the 500 billion in Medicare cuts WILL happen

Specter admits that the Medicare cuts are REAL. All the neoprogs have been saying the proposed 500 billion in Medicare cuts are simply on paper for CBO scoring purposes and that Democrats don’t cut Medicare. This, despite the iMAC panel written into the stimulus and the health care bills in House and Senate. The panel that cut mammogram guidelines is mentioned by name in that legislation. Comparative effectiveness=rationing, period. I have not spent 22 years as a Dem defending Medicare only to support the Democrats transfer of health services from the elderly to the uninsured and low income and that is exactly what these bills do. Maybe these political hacks can live with themselves after leaving our Greatest Generation twisting in the wind, but I can not.

Remember this?

Here is a blast from the very recent past: Democrats ranting and raving and railing against GWB proposed Medicare cost cuts. I have no idea how these people can look themselves in the mirror every day:

WSJ:

…The Obama administration said Wednesday that it plans to cut Medicare payments for imaging services and specialists, and will use the savings to increase payments to physicians providing primary care.

Under the proposal, Medicare would put specialists’ payments for evaluating and managing illnesses on par with those of primary-care physicians starting in January…

…Payments to cardiologists would be trimmed by 11% overall, but certain procedures they perform would see steeper reductions. Alfred Bove, president of the American College of Cardiology, figured that cardiologists would receive 42% less for an echocardiogram and 24% less for a cardiac catheterization.

Radiologists would see an estimated cut of 20% for imaging services using expensive equipment such as MRI and CT scans, said Bibb Allen, chairman of the commission on economics at the American College of Radiology. That would be in addition to the cuts imposed on radiologists under a 2005 law, he said.

Canada rations cataract surgery. Panels are already denying drug coated stents in Washington state which has a plan like that proposed by Congress. In Britain, not only is their incidence of death from breast cancer much higher, they refuse to give women Avastin. They value your life at $45000 a year, more than that and they will not pay.

Newsflash, my insurance company has a 1 million dollar lifetime benefit max on me. I feel much safer with them. If they deny me I have RIGHTS OF APPEAL, ultimately as high as DOL for ERISA plans and State Insurance Commissioners for other plans. When a government panel, completely outside of the control of Congress (IOW immune from the ‘pressure’ of we pee-ons begging them not to deny our treatment) , decides women do not need mammograms or pap smears (currently covered at 100% by my ‘Cadillac’ insurance plan with no copay, as it is in most states ALREADY, its is called well-woman exams) we will have NO ONE TO APPEAL TO.

The Democrats have betrayed their biggest most loyal constituency, the elderly. (they threw women, their second biggest constituency, under the bus so many times in the past 2 years I have lost count).  2010/12 elections cannot come soon enough.

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November 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

Update: GOP proposes Seniors Health Care Bill of Rights…

An update from Ed at HotAir in which the govt run VA incorrectly notifies 1200 vets that they have a terminal, incurable illness.  Yeah give the govt the power to make decisions on health care treatments and give them all our medical records. What could possibly go wrong? (Disclaimer my grandmother died of ALS, it is a terrible disease that literally strikes terror when you hear the diagnosis )

Righteous, take it to the net..

…Republicans want reform that should, first, do no harm, especially to our seniors. That is why Republicans support a Seniors’ Health Care Bill of Rights, which we are introducing today, to ensure that our greatest generation will receive access to quality health care. We also believe that any health-care reform should be fully paid for, but not funded on the backs of our nation’s senior citizens.

First, we need to protect Medicare and not cut it in the name of “health-insurance reform….

Second, we need to prohibit government from getting between seniors and their doctors….

Third, we need to outlaw any effort to ration health care based on age…

Fourth, we need to prevent government from dictating the terms of end-of-life care…

Finally, we need to protect our veterans by preserving Tricare and other benefit programs for military families….

IMO the best thing Steele has done since taking the chair….Please spread this around to all your loved ones…

Grateful Dead courtesy of SmellsLikeReason; FOX courtesy of patriotsandheroes

The irony is of course the Dead performed for TOTUS and it is their gen of Baby Boomers who will get care rationed…witness the VA Your Life, Your Choices aka ‘they shoot horses dont they’ pamphlet…

Film clip courtesy of incrediblescenes

August 24, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

The Gauntlet: Circa 2009…

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Greatest Generation Now:

People protest President Barack Obama's health-care plan at a rally at Lincoln Park in Grand Junction, Colo., on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009 AP

People protest President Barack Obama's health-care plan at a rally at Lincoln Park in Grand Junction, Colo., on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009 AP

Please get out to a Health Care Recess Rally today at noon outside your local Critters office

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August 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Film, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

Hell’s Grannies: Congress Critters continue to call cops on peaceful constituents; is this a ‘teachable moment’?

Update: Coverage up at Ace and HA. HA notes these grannies were for single payer. Either way, without an ACORN sign or Al Sharpton apparently you get the boot…

You KNOW they would NEVER EVER call the cops on ACORN demonstrators, despite how rowdy and disruptive many of those demonstrations get, it would be raaaacist! But let a group of Senior Citizens sit in a conference room and ask to discuss the health care bill and they SET the MAN on their elderly axxes…unreal….keep up the heat! Gee you think Feinstein will invite the office staffers and the Seniors to sit down for a beer together?

SFGate via Drudge:

Police were called on a group of retirees who refused to leave Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s West Los Angeles office until she talked to them about health care reform. Los Angeles police Sergeant Rich Brunson said Thursday that police lured the group of seven outside somehow, then locked the building’s doors behind them. ..

A spokeswoman for the 55- to 87-year-old activists said they arrived at Feinstein’s office around noon and remained in her conference room more than six hours. Feinstein spokesman Gil Duran says staff offered the retirees an in-person meeting with the senator during a Los Angeles visit next week but that they demanded to speak with her immediately.

After referring to CONSTITUENT’s emails to OUR congressperson’s Chiefs of Staff as SPAM, Politico has another front page piece on the Town Hall’s at which REAL, unpaid, non-professional, non ‘community organizers’, have been appearing to voice our concerns with the out of control spending, in which they portray the Congress Critters (Dems) as put upon, and the PEOPLE as rabble rousers. But when the neoprogs organize it is ‘grass roots’. Uh huh. I cannot WAIT for 2010….send these people who do not even feel obligated to talk to us, or read our emails or read the damn legislation they pass, out of DC on a rail!

Alex Isenstadt:  Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress.

On the eve of the August recess, members are reporting meetings that have gone terribly awry, marked by angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior. In at least one case, a congressman has stopped holding town hall events because the situation has spiraled so far out of control. “I had felt they would be pointless,” Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) told POLITICO, referring to his recent decision to temporarily suspend the events in his Long Island district. “There is no point in meeting with my constituents and [to] listen to them and have them listen to you if what is basically an unruly mob prevents you from having an intelligent conversation.” In Bishop’s case, his decision came on the heels of a June 22 event he held in Setauket, N.Y., in which protesters dominated the meeting by shouting criticisms at the congressman for his positions on energy policy, health care and the bailout of the auto industry. Within an hour of the disruption, police were called in to escort the 59-year-old Democrat — who has held more than 100 town hall meetings since he was elected in 2002 — to his car safely.

We posted this Bishop town hall video and it was very calm, rational constituents challenging his talking points, there was no ‘danger’. What a tool!
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July 31, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Labor Department, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics. 2 comments.

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