Health Care Action: Speak Now or Forever Hold Your…Prostate

IMHO, TOTUS’ ego will not allow him to let this go. Especially after he gets a load of the WaPo piece by Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie that points out Obama is nothing like Big Dawg, (which is how he sold himself, as a pro business moderate Dem). He is instead Carter – on Steroids (something we have been saying since the primaries):

Former President Jimmy Carter looks out the door of the West Wing as he leaves the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2009, after meeting with President Barack Obama's National Security Adviser James Jones.  (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Former President Jimmy Carter looks out the door of the West Wing as he leaves the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2009, after meeting with President Barack Obama's National Security Adviser James Jones. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

…Barely six months into his presidency, Barack Obama seems to be driving south into that political speed trap known as Carter Country: a sad-sack landscape in which every major initiative meets not just with failure but with scorn from political allies and foes alike….Obama must be furtively reviewing the history of recent Democratic administrations for some kind of road map out of his post-100-days ditch.

So far, he seems to be skipping the chapter on Bill Clinton and his generally free-market economic policies and instead flipping back to the themes and comportment of Jimmy Carter…

…According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, more than 80 percent are concerned that health-care reform will increase costs or diminish the quality of care. Even as two House committees passed a reform bill last week, the director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office warned that the proposal “significantly expands the federal responsibility for health-care costs” and dramatically raises the cost “curve.” This sort of voter and expert feedback can’t be comforting to the president….

When TOTUS reads this part, he will eat his liver and insist Health Care be put through so he can declare a pyrrhic victory over Hillary:

…Finally, it’s time to connect the poster boy for hope to the original Man From Hope. After Bill Clinton bit off more domestic policy than even he could chew, leading to a Republican rout in the midterm elections of 1994, the 42nd president refocused his political intelligence on keeping his ambitions and, as a result, the size of government growth, limited. Though there is much to complain about in his record, the broad prosperity and mostly sound economic policy under his watch aren’t included.

This shouldn’t be a difficult task for Obama. As a political animal, he has always resembled Clinton more than Carter. This might help him avoid the Carteresque pileup he’s driving into. Far more important, it just might help the rest of us.

Let us note here that when Hill pushed for UHC in ’93 there was NO SCHIP. Millions of American children went without health care. When her UHC plan failed, Hill got SCHIP done and now millions of American children that need coverage get it. I am not willing to give up my family’s health care and health insurance as we know it to enroll 15 million people who are already eligible and simply not enrolled while bankrupting the country and killing the economy with tax hikes in the face of a sustained recession with a flat recovery. That is what this plan to GUT Medicare and redistribute the health care to other people will do.

It is unacceptable and should be defeated in Congress. (I support Wyden-Bennett (see our write ups here) which will actually expand coverage with free market principles and not gut Medicare or kill the economy and in particular small business and jobs and change the delivery of health care as we know it while failing to control costs which are generated, as CBO acknowledges, by DEMOGRAPHICS…

Look at this chart one more time:

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This is so important for our economy and our children and our parents and our lives (literally) that I am linking Dick Morris

From PoliGazette commenter Klegan, via Instapundit:

“Seeing his popularity draining away rapidly, President Obama has cynically decided to ram through the complex health care legislation in two weeks, without debate or amendment. He is going to give up the attempt to win sixty votes in the Senate and will use the budget reconciliation procedure – which is only used for budget bills – to push it through with fifty votes.” http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/

Call or fax Monday 07/20/09

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July 20, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Hillary Clinton, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics. Comments off.

Health Care Update: Senate-House Deal to block filibuster of health care & student loan changes….

(If you want an unbiased view on health care reform, do not read anything MiM writes on it. It pushes all my buttons and it is like being back in the DEM primaries for MiM)

TV ads featuring “Harry and Louise” helped defeat the Clinton health plan in 1994. The ads were funded by a group of insurance companies who feared they would be cut out of the market by larger firms

Here Team Obama IOWA press team makes sure the early press coverage for that primary presented Hillary’s American Choice plan as BIG BROTHER GOVERNMENT , if you watched TOTUS’ carbon producing jet fueled to IOWA speech on energy this week you heard him thank all the IOWA state officials who worked on his campaign back in the day, yeah can you even stop laughing that this GIGANTIC GOVERNMENT EXPANSION is a result of them scaring Democratic primary voters about Hillary making government bigger? BWA FRAKKIN HA HA HA


I thought without Hillary to divide us all in her divisive dividing divider way, all would come together as a united majority and pass NON MANDATED Obama health care?

Yeah not so much, all that bashing Team Obama did on Hillary was BS utter BS. They are NOT all coming together at the table to bravely find new ways to give health care to all Americans after all…

They are using reconciliation to ram through budget changes and blocking filibusters..The Harry and Louise-esque ads Obama ran during the primaries were a crock, he is doing health care via rationing  through comparative effectiveness and cost effectiveness studies and laying a  frakkin cap and trade carbon tax that will squeeze the last breath of life from the middle class Joe Biden claims to defend….

this is pitting middle class workers against the poverty stricken. The poor will get energy grants via LIHEAP, the big corporations who lobby for face time with TOTUS or Rahm will get carbon waivers and stick the middle class with the tab..

I won’t lie the Harry and Louise ads Team Obama ran and the virulent misogynistic anti Hillary anti Clinton rage in the Obots really made me hate that campaign, and to see the hypocrisy now is just frakkin sickening…watch the HillaryCare bashing Obot pundits rave about how wonderful TOTUS health care is now as they set up a CMTE of government nitwits to decide who can live or die and get a stent..Hillary wanted to give everyone access to health care Obama, like Teddy Kennedy,  wants to level society and doesnt care if the middle class gets denied expensive treatment if he can have his legacy…..Hillary really cared

And now the rats want Health care, Harry, Louise you are on your own

I got the mailers in AZ, He did it, period. and HRC kicked his axx in OH, yep.

and the NAFTA Goolsbee flipflop came true didn;t it? Obama is NTO opening NAFTA…

WSJ:

Passage would be particularly difficult under normal Senate rules, which would require support from 60 senators in order to block a likely filibuster delay from Republicans. And many Republicans are already threatening to filibuster, especially if the legislation creates a public health plan that competes with private insurers. Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D., Mont.) is hopeful of reaching bipartisan accord on health. But if he fails, the just-negotiated budget would allow Democrats to overcome a filibuster because it puts health care under a procedure called “reconciliation,” which protects it from procedural delays and means it requires just 51 votes to pass.

Democrats currently have 58 seats in the Senate.

The compromise budget also includes filibuster-proof protections for an Obama plan to overhaul student-loan programs. The proposal would cut back on federal subsidies that now go to private loan companies, and would steer the money instead to direct assistance for needy students and others going to college.

The fact that WaPo hired Ezra Klein to write a column says it all, part of the JOURNOLIST Health Care Push…

Krauthammer (WaPo):

…The hard part is Medicare and Medicaid. In an aging population, how do you keep them from blowing up the budget? There is only one answer: rationing.

Why do you think the stimulus package pours $1.1 billion into medical “comparative effectiveness research”? It is the perfect setup for rationing. Once you establish what is “best practice” for expensive operations, medical tests and aggressive therapies, you’ve laid the premise for funding some and denying others….

The more acute thinkers on the left can see rationing coming, provoking Slate blogger Mickey Kaus to warn of the political danger. “Isn’t it an epic mistake to try to sell Democratic health care reform on this basis? Possible sales pitch: ‘Our plan will deny you unnecessary treatments!’ . . . Is that really why the middle class will sign on to a revolutionary multitrillion-dollar shift in spending — so the government can decide their life or health ‘is not worth the price’?”…

Here is Mr Glad Hands talking to the AFLCIO on single payor care

Here is Hillary standing up and speaking out for health care in 1994 when it was really unpopular in LEFTY OBAMA LOVIN Seattle, huh? tsk tsk leftys wonder where Obama was? Oh yeah dont ask or you will get kicked off a campaign, ask Bob Johnson…Hillary has always fought for us….now we will get it with NO CHOICES, JUST CARBON TAXES

April 24, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Hillary Clinton, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Healthcare Update: Insurers Try to Cut a Deal…they propose Hillary’s Plan…

Another lesson from NO SHXT SHERLOCK FILES for Obama:

Insurers are agreeing to cease the practice of charging higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions (you know, the sick) if Congress and Team Obama will agree to MANDATE ALL AMERICANS GET COVERAGE…

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March 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Healthcare, Hillary Clinton, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Obama Healthcare Plan: Pushback on the Hill…Orszag’attacks’capitalism..Grassley fires back over proposed Medicare Advantage elimination…

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Airtime: Tues. Mar. 10 2009 | 4:18 AM ET

A preview of the Senate’s scrutiny of the President’s plan for healthcare reform…and discussing the administrations involvement in business, with Sen. Charles Grassley, Senate Finance Committe ranking member (R-IA).

What you mean it isn’t all, ‘the days of wine and roses’? You mean once the Kumbayah Summit is over some Critters begin to balk at Health Care restructuring aka Medicare Cuts??No!

What happened to the magical rainbow ponies that mean old Hillary just didn’t understand how to work with? What, you mean some Critters don’t want to cut Medicare when most of their voters are Seniors? Really? Gee whoudda thunk it??

You mean you can start out trying to do something good for America, and get twisted inside out upside down and then lambasted for it? No!

You don’t suppose someone will later use this against Team Obama and the Dems as an ‘overreach’ in an election do you?! Nahhhh, Hey at least fellow DEM candidates won’t use it against Team Obama, cause that would be wrong! What’s that you say? Obama used Harry and Louise ads against Hillary in the primaries, modeled after GOP arguments against UHC? GASP!

BWAAAAHAAAAAAHAAAAAA!!!!!

AND THEY ARE GAMBLING IN RICK’S PLACE! SHOCKAH!!

The Note:

…But, health care reform will happen in the halls of Congress, not at White House summits. And things were a bit more heated on Capitol Hill today when Obama’s Budget Director Peter Orzsag discussed health care reform with the Senate Finance Committee.

The budget proposed by the President, Grassley pointed out, would cut funding for Medicare Advantage programs by more than $170 billion. Seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage programs account for nearly a quarter of all Medicare enrollees, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“Question, if we take $176 billion out of this Medicare Advantage program through plan bidding, how many of the ten million beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage do you estimate would lose their current coverage?” asked Grassley.

The budget director took the opportunity to “take a step back” and consider the entire logic behind the Medicare Advantage programs, which are subsidized by the government.

VIDEO AT ABC HERE

Audio here

“First, I know many people believe that capitalism is founded on private markets, and it is.  But I very firmly believe that capitalism is not founded on excessively high subsidies to private firms.  That is what this system delivers right now,” said Orzsag. “For every Medicare beneficiary in Medicare Advantage, the federal government pay $1,000 more than covering the same beneficiary under traditional fee-for-service.  In addition, it is true that Medicare Advantage plans then take part of that extra payment and deliver it in the form of either additional benefits or lower premiums to beneficiaries.  But the data also suggests that every dollar of additional benefits costs the federal government $1.30 in cost.  So what we’re doing is we’re all paying $1.30 in order to deliver a dollar to a subset, 20 percent, of Medicare beneficiaries.  I don’t think that is competition.  I think that is an unwarranted subsidy.”

The attack on the programs, which Grassley has championed, drew a heated response from Grassley.

“Well, you’re going to take half of my time lecturing me on capitalism,” said an agitated Grassley, “Can you answer — can you answer my question about how many of the ten million beneficiaries enrolled would you estimate would lose?  And if you can’t give me a figure on the savings, how much comes from less enrollment versus less expenditures?  At least tell me how many of the ten million you think will go because, in 2007, your agency that you headed at that time said that it would cause plans to leave the program and it would effect my area of the country, rural America, more than urban America. So I want to make sure that we — if we have a national system of health care, it’s going to deliver the same thing in Iowa as it does in California.  Because, for 40 years, it didn’t.”

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March 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Film, Healthcare, Hillary Clinton, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Uncategorized, Wall St. Comments off.

Cramer on Obama and Health Benefits – CNBC.com

Airtime: Fri. Mar. 6 2009 | 4:16 PM ET       An outlook on the health care corporations, with Mad Money host Jim Cramer.

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March 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economy, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes, Uncategorized, Wall St. Comments off.

Obama Healthcare Summit…WSJ Poll shows less support for UHC than in 93….

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Team Obama is kicking off the push for healthcare expansion and cost containment tomorrow today with a ‘summit’ of some sort..they are choosing again to hand a tabula rasa to Congress and have (on the surface) been content to let Congress get their hands dirty with the mucky details (conveniently leaving Congress’ fingerprints all over the thing)..

Obama’s Next Summit, Fortune:

On Thursday, the White House will host a “summit” to start the process of deciding how to best spend that money. According to a White House official, about 120 people are expected to attend, including members of Congress from both parties and people who were part of the debate over health care reform in 1993.

Filling up a bucket of money and handing it over to a committee could create a different set of perceptions and problems. Will the process have a coherent policy outcome? Or will it just be a feast for industry lobbies and their congressional benefactors?

But this is Budget Director Peter Orszag’s baby and listening to him testify today, I got chills frankly. Listen to him explain to Rep Spratt how it is more cost effective to have less specialist visits, repeat admissions and other pesky expensive treatment in the LAST  6 MONTHS OF LIFE FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES. Very Kevorkianesque….Gawd creepy pencil pushing number crunchers..

Baby Boomers better vote in 2010….I worked in health insurance for over 15 years and if you think HMOs denying treatment is bad that is nothing if Medicare starts trying to apply their statistical estimates of appropriate duration and type of treatment…

I predict black market medical care and the wealthy having their own networks of care, it has already begun I saw a blurb about a membership plan where they pay a huge sum and get treated by the best whenever wherever, and no one gives them shxt about an MRI…for those of us who have great insurance now we work so hard, for but cannot afford the private Dr Kildares, well it bites…

The spending in the stimulus and budget lay the groundwork:

First the president signed a $33 billion bill expanding government coverage to 4 million additional children. The stimulus bill signed two weeks ago included $130 billion in health care spending. Finally, in its first budget, the new administration set aside $634 billion in a fund that will be spent on the three legs of reform: increasing coverage, raising quality and lowering costs.

Here is a very interesting part of that WSJ poll that the media did not cover, how the public views UHC right now…

From KaiserNetwork:

However, the poll “flashed warning signs for the administration” on health care, the Journal reports.

Forty-nine percent of U.S. residents said they were willing to pay higher taxes so that every U.S. resident could have health coverage, compared with 66% in March 1993 when former President Clinton attempted to overhaul the health care system.

According to the Journal, “That underscores why the administration is focused on cutting costs, not covering the uninsured.”

Max Baucus D-MT wants real UHC,  Obama did not support the universal mandate in the primaries. Baucus and Grassley are ready to launch a bill this summer, but Baucus is following Team Obama’s script to the letter, no doubt since Obama is letting him carry the ball:

Philadelphia Inquirer:

Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and one of the most influential voices in Washington on health care, promised yesterday to introduce comprehensive health-care legislation in June, certainly before the chamber’s August recess.

He said that he planned to introduce a bipartisan bill with Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R., Iowa) that would adopt a mix of public and private solutions and that he hoped 70 senators would approve it.

Baucus has clearly embraced Orszag’s cost effectiveness model to sell it to America, I guess they read the polls too, heh. But healthcare economists note that is not a policy it is a slogan..in practice it sounds like a horror scene, like the ER in Jamaica Hospital…(sorry JH but seriously, I used to tell people if anything happens dont let them take me to Jamaica Hospital)…

Now it’s time to move from first steps to giant steps,” he said. “There’s never been a better moment. The stars are all aligning. . . . I don’t know if any president has been as committed as President Obama.”

Baucus said it was too early to be specific about exactly how things would work under the legislation. He spent last year holding hearings and writing a white paper, “A Call to Action,” which he said was similar to Obama’s and close to the new Massachusetts plan now providing near-universal coverage to residents there.

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March 5, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Cabinet, Economy, Healthcare, Politics, Taxatrion, Taxes, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

UPDATE: Some Market moves on budget…..Kennedy/Baucus OpEd in WSJ on Healthcare Reform…

Update: Here is something good , the budget healthcare portion has reimportation of prescription drugs allowed, yay! Hey imagine how pixxed Blago will be, he was impeached in part on allowing IL to do that!

also Santelli reporting those earning under 250k will not be hit by raised dividend cap gains taxes in 2011, of course this assumes anyone is still paying a dividend in 2011, lol!

Sallie Mae TANKING on news of elimination of fees to private lenders for student loans…

Do you think they talk about the elimination of subsidies for RURAL providers in the Medicare program?

Do they mention the elimination of the HMO Medicare benefits for RURAL areas? NO!! They have the utter GAUL to talk UP the need for rural care even as Obama’s Budget  is cutting it!

The cost-effective tests  for treatment to come, should be fun once they combine their Database with actuarial tables on life expectancy….Gawd help us if they get genetic screening in there, can you imagine? I am sorry Mrs MiM but since you are over 40 and your father’s family has such a terrible history of heart disease and early death, the government has determined you are not eligible for that bypass, it isn’t cost-effective…..

WSJ:

In his address to the joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama declared that health-care reform “cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year.” He is right….ow, it is imperative that we turn our attention to comprehensive health-care reform and move quickly with President Obama to fix our broken system.

Yes ,yes. Everything quick quick before anyone reads it or thinks too hard. WIKI WIKI!

If our initial efforts to restore American prosperity are ever to bear true fruit, Congress must follow up by creating a high quality, universally accessible, and cost effective health-care system….There is also a moral imperative to follow economic recovery efforts with health reform. If Congress can bail out the nation’s banks, surely we can help families get the quality, affordable health care they deserve.

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February 26, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Entertainment, Healthcare, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Uncategorized. Comments off.

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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