Shoutout to Congress: Fool on the Hill

Update: Ezra Klein looks at the same CBO report on a proposed Medicare expansion last year and sees a much different outlook.Will the real CBO impact analysis of the proposed expansion of Medicare (in combination with the proposed cuts to Medicare) please stand up?

We need a clear CBO reading on the breakthrough, will it help or hurt Medicare and how limited are the eligibility requirements for enrollment?

..The Congressional Budget Office has scored Medicare buy-in before — and they found it brightens the program’s financial prospects by bringing healthier people into the pool and reducing expected spending for these people when they turn 65….

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I dunno what they are doing anymore!

They are proposing a Medicare expansion to those 55 and up, which would be great… except Medicare is going bankrupt, CBO has been saying we cannot afford to expand it time immemorial(as recently as LAST YEAR!) AND this bill calls for at LEAST 500 billion or so in Medicare cuts over the next few years.

How can we ADD people to that, cut money and keep good care? Same old same old with this entire argument. It does not make sense on its face. My big fear is they will somehow add MEANS TESTING to Medicare via this plan thus setting up the CUTS ahead.

Wait til they get to the deficit reduction via Social Security ‘reform’ aka Gen X getting frakked.

Let’s all sing with the Beatles now. Maybe if WE were all lighthearted like the Fool on the Hill we wouldn’t sweat this stuff so much?

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December 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Healthcare, Music, Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

Cry Me a River: Phil Spector ‘terrified of being done in’ in prison…

Guilty as sin. Caged like the killer he is. Yay. Cry me a river you rat bastard. Our previous post on Lana Clarkson’s tragic death here

The Sun reports Phil is still living in his own private Idaho of the mind:

In rambling letters to a pal, Spector, serving life for murdering a B-list actress, moaned: “Imagine sending me to the same prison – shows how low they can go.

“They’d kill you in here for a 39-cent bag of soup!”

The twisted Wall of Sound genius said he was terrified of being done in by other lags and that being kept locked in his 3ft by 7ft cell was better than having to mix with them at mealtimes.

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August 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Celebrities, Doo Wop, Entertainment, Film, Motown, Music, Popular Culture. 2 comments.

Health Care: TOTUS proposes MORE cuts to Medicare: Specialists reimbursement now on the chopping block: Cardiologists’ payments gutted….

Please Seniors and those who love them, CALL YOUR CONGRESS CRITTERS. These Medicare cuts are appalling!! If this were a Republican POTUS the Congress would be UP IN ARMS over these proposed cuts…

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.

AGAIN he goes after the radiologists! What is with him and the MRIs??!!

The proposal (is) open for public comment until Aug. 31 and expected to be completed by Nov. 1…

…Groups representing cardiologists, radiologists and other specialists said they will lobby lawmakers to stop the cuts. Dr. Bove warned that “cutting back like this certainly threatens the successes we have had over the years with reducing heart disease.”…

Isn’t heart disease the number one killer of Americans? Why would you reduce payments on heart caths and EKGs??? SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!! IS THIS THE FRAKKIN PLAN TO CUT COSTS?? CBO just came out and said the increased inflation in costs on healthcare is AGING POPULATION…uh oh…

OH NOES!!! TO SERVE MAN!! *(condensed clip courtesy of nterpri)

They claim the idea is to bring specialists compensation in line with GPs and thereby increase GPs. SAME ASS BACKWARDS PLAN THEY HAVE FOR THE ECONOMY.

TAKING AWAY FORM ONE PERSON IS NOT HOW TO GROW THE OTHER PERSONS PIE!!!!!! (and we know how obsessed TOTUS is with pie)

Specialists have MORE TRAINING, MORE EXPENSES, MORE EDUCATION, MORE CERTIFICATION. THEY GET MORE, GET IT??

ARRRRGGGLLEEE..

I hope to have some kick ass cardiologists out there when I get older, please folks, call Congress, tell them NO CUTS TO SPECIALISTS NO GUTTING MEDICARE TO GIVE TO THE UNINSURED. THIS IS NOT HOW WE DO IT IN AMERICA!!!!

And we haven’t even gotten into the fact that education and HEALTHCARE are the ONLY jobs sectors still growing. leave them aloooooone!! /rant off

July 3, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Horror, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Suspense. Comments off.

Breaking: Ninth Circuit incorporates Second Amendment into 14th Amendment Rights (Nordyke v King)…

Update: .pdf of ruling here

Go read it all at AceHQ complete with flaming skull:

From the decision:

We therefore conclude that the right to keep and bear arms is “deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition.” Colonial revolutionaries, the Founders, and a host of commentators and lawmakers living during the first one hundred years of the Republic all insisted on the fundamental nature of the right. It has long been regarded as the “true palladium of liberty.” Colonists relied on it to assert and to win their independence, and the victorious Union sought to prevent a recalcitrant South from abridging it less than a century later. The crucial role this deeply rooted right has played in our birth and history compels us to recognize that it is indeed fundamental, that it is necessary to the Anglo-American concept of ordered liberty that we have inherited.

The actual ruling upholds some state limits on this right, but makes CLEAR that the limits put in place are themselves limited and must meet a standard, Ace explains:

Now, as big a victory as this is, note that the gun ordinance being challenged was in fact upheld. I suppose this will be the style of analysis then: Yes, you superficially have 2nd Amendment right, but we are going to read that as being an extremely limited one.

Even so, if that is the game, this is important. Even if it’s being interpreted to provide as little actual rights as possible, it still imposes some restrictions on state and local government, and still grants some genuine rights to citizens.

More on the ruling from Eugene Volokh via Instapundit and Ace

…This sort of “fundamentalness” reasoning in naturally mushy — as it has been throughout the Court’s selective incorporation cases — but here’s roughly how the panel goes through it: (1) It points to evidence that the right was seen as very important by the Framers, and concludes, “This brief survey of our history reveals a right indeed ‘deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition.’ Moreover, whereas the Supreme Court has previously incorporated rights the colonists fought for, we have here both a right they fought for and the right that allowed them to fight.”

(2) It points to continued support for the right from the Framing on, noting among other things that 44 state constitutions contain a right-to-bear-arms provision.

(3) It particularly points to the support of the right, including its self-defense component, around the time the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified….

April 20, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Music, Politics, Popular Culture, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Beatles cartoon: Taxman…Kinks: Sunny Afternoon

It’s that time of year again..

Courtesy of  alanr4447a

From 1967, the Beatles dream they are back in the time of Merry Olde England, and try to pay Ringo’s whopping tax bill with the aid of Robin Hood and that swingin’ hepcat, Little John!

The Kinks courtesy of Rmiller07

April 15, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Comedy, Entertainment, Film, Music, Popular Culture, Taxes, Uncategorized. Comments off.

Fed Begins Second Treasury Buyback – Bloomberg

UPDATE: Rick Santelli reporting it w as 7.5 Billion Fed bought today..more Monday….

REFI MY PRETTIES!! REFI LIKE THE WIND!!!

THIS is what is going to get us back on our feet, betcha Ben and the Fed got tired of waiting for Timmeh and TOTUS to do something, LOL. They seem to have taken the reins in hand, yay! I am floating  my app., waiting to hit 4.5%., if my current rate was over 5.5 I would refi NOW baby!!!

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Treasuries launched their second round of buying as reported by Jon Erichman of Bloomberg News. (Bloomberg News)

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March 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Finance, Housing, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. 1 comment.

Market Mover Thursday: Team Obama Budget Presser…Healthcare funding via new additional tax increases in 2011….

Uh oh. For a bunch of people who like to read about FDR, they seem to be repeating some well known policy decisions that increased the severity and duration of the Great Depression here, ie Smoot-Hawley talk tariffs and tax increases on sources of production….our previous posts here and here

The Obama administration will announce a 10-year, $634 billion reserve fund Thursday aimed at expanding health care coverage – and will pay for half the plan with a new tax hike on wealthy Americans that surprised health care advocates and angered Republicans.

This is NOT the rollback of the Bush tax cuts alone, this is a NEW tax increase to be effective concurrently with the expiration of the Bush tax cuts in 2011…a double whammy, the one-two punch….IMO a bad idea…this is exactly what happened before, they raised taxes before the recession was over and made a Depression…can they be this obtuse? Is it deliberate? Seriously!

Politico:

Under current law, high earners who are in the 35 percent tax bracket can take deductions at that rate. Under Obama’s plan, they would be capped at 28 percent – meaning instead of getting $3,500 back from $10,000 in mortgage interest or other deductions, these taxpayers would get $2,800. The plan would phase in during fiscal year 2011, just as Obama plans to let the Bush tax cuts expire.

OMB chief Peter Orszag is to announce the plan while outlining Obama’s budget in a press conference Thursday.

8 ‘Goals’ for Healthcare Reform:

Ahead of the release of his budget Thursday, Obama has endorsed eight guiding principles for health reform, the White House officials said on the conference call. They stressed that they intend to work with lawmakers and other stakeholders on how to accomplish the goals, but the principles will lay down a marker for any congressional plan.

Other goals include maintaining choice of insurance and doctors, ensuring affordable coverage, protecting Americans financial health, investing in prevention and wellness, improving patient safety and quality of care and is fiscally responsible, sustainable and portable.

So how is the initiative funded on an ongoing basis? Dunno. He seems to expect to recoup itemizations people get now, but if they keep taxing the producers to death their income will dry up no? Yes, Big Dawg said so and we all did well with Big Dawg policy of growing the economy for everyone, not taking one person’s share to give to someone else…IMO…

And he’ll pay for half his plan — $318 billion over 10 years – with new tax hike on Americans making more than $250,000.

Obama had pledged throughout his campaign to roll back Bush tax cuts for Americans making more than $250,000 a year in fiscal year 2011 – a plan that also will be included in Thursday’s budget — but this is different, aimed at reducing the itemized deduction rate for those taxpayers.

Some advocates for universal health coverage said they were surprised to learn that Obama would turn to a tax increase to create a dedicated fund for his program

Huh, Seems odd to eliminate a subsidy that incentivizes RURAL CARE doesn’t it?

The other half of the $634 billion would come from changes in savings in Medicare, including ending subsides to private insurance companies that participate in the Medicare Advantage programs in rural areas.

From experience in the health insurance field, I can say rural care is an area that can least afford cuts like this. Urban areas are served by many charities and government programs, and their very ‘urbanity’ draws physicians there.

Getting an excellent doctor to a tiny town, and getting the attention of charities and glamorous Hollywood fundraiser types for rural areas is not doable. Seems Obama is not as concerned with the RURAL POOR..Country Mouse City Mouse Class Warfare and it sucks…

February 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Uncategorized, Wall St. 1 comment.

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