He was for it before he was against it…

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August 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Politics. 1 comment.

Health Care: Tea Party Patriots outside TOTUS Raleigh NC Town Hall July 29….

Protestors line route along drive to TOTUS Town Hall in Raleigh, NC today. Photo: Randy's Right. click image for full report on turnout.

Protesters line route along drive to TOTUS Town Hall in Raleigh, NC today. Photo: Randy's Right. click image for full report on turnout.

Randy’s Right via Instapundit:

Interesting day at President Obama’s Town Hall meeting at Broughton High…

…I would like to compliment law enforcement and their support of appropriate freedom of speech.  The libs were the only ones that had to be asked numerous times to stay out of the street and quit blocking the sidewalks, yellow tape had to be put up around them.

The turn out of conservative protestors was enormous, libs had a small group, plain and simple.   Conservative Patriots lined the streets for blocks as Obama’s motorcade went right by  seeing all of them.  I saw him up close, maybe 15 feet away, he just looked straight ahead and ignored us.  Helicopter circled above,  Secret service was everywhere with local law enforcement.   Our protestors remained vocal, but respectable at all times.

Protestors line route to TOTUS Town Hall in Raleigh July 29, 2009

Protesters line route to TOTUS Town Hall in Raleigh July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. Comments off.

Health Care Update: Blue Dogs to Roll Over Again in House? : Senate Cmte passes bill on party lines…

Update 3: Ed at HA is covering the details on how this will hit our pocketbooks and the economy at large…

Update 2: Apparently the Propagandist in Chief is taking to all our airwaves yet AGAIN to do the hard sell, see MM for details….

…Noel Sheppard reports: “All Three Nets To Interview Obama About Healthcare Wednesday.”…

Update: FOX interviewing Blue Dog Rep Jim Matheson D-UT he says he cannot support the bill as it is written now…

CALL YOUR CRITTERS!!

Bills are now out of House and Senate Cmtes. They are pushing this through before the August economic forecasts need to be revised by the WH…Once that revision comes it will be CLEAR we cannot afford this…

In the House Bill there is an 8% payroll penalty for small businesses that do not offer insurance, there is a 2.5% penalty on individuals, and of course there are also MASSIVE SERVICE AND PAYMENT CUTS to Medicare as well as surcharge taxes on income for individuals and small businesses (WSJ)…

This is everything TOTUS whined at Hill about during our primaries, the individual mandate and the penalties, yet he is endorsing the House bill…this is 16% of our GDP folks…

Here is one (or two!!!) for my party which is OFF THE RAILS…God Save the Middle Class and Small Business…

Great analysis from Keith Hennessey:

…As expected, the House bill would mandate that individuals and families have or buy health insurance.But what if they don’t buy it?

Then Section 401 kicks in.  Any individual (or family) that does not have health insurance would have to pay a new tax, roughly equal to the smaller of 2.5% of your income or the cost of a health insurance plan.

[ Technical note:  From the legislative language, it appears the tax = min( 2.5% * (modified AGI – personal exemption), average premium cost).  In the examples below, for simplicity I assume modified AGI = AGI.]

I assume the bill authors would respond, “But why wouldn’t you want insurance?  After all, we’re subsidizing it for everyone up to 400% of the poverty line.”

That is true.  But if you’re a single person with income of $44,000 or higher, then you’re above 400% of the poverty line.  You would not be subsidized, but would face the punitive tax if you didn’t get health insurance.  This bill leaves an important gap between the subsidies and the cost of health insurance.  CBO says that for about eight million people, that gap is too big to close, and they would get stuck paying higher taxes and still without health insurance.


Example 1:Bob is single and earns $50K per year.  He earns more than four times the federal poverty level, so he does not qualify for subsidies under the House bill.

Bob works for a five-person small business that does not provide him with health insurance.  His $50K wage is average for this company, which therefore does not qualify for the new small business tax credits.

This company is small enough that they do not have to pay the IRS any fee for not providing Bob with health insurance.  (See the table on page 184.)

With only $50K of income, Bob cannot afford to buy health insurance.  Under the House bill, he would then have to pay about $1,150 per year in higher taxes to the government.  That’s 2.5% of (his income minus a $3,650 personal exemption).

I went shopping for Bob on eHealthInsurance.com.  He is 50 years old and a non-smoker, living where I do in Virginia.  The cheapest bare bones policy he can get is $1,620 per year.  Most plans are in the $3K – $5K range.  That $470 difference between the tax and the cheapest premium is more than Bob can afford on a $50K pre-tax annual wage.

To summarize, under the House bill:

  • Bob is a single 50-year old non-smoking small business employee who makes $50K per year before taxes and does not have health insurance.
  • Bob cannot afford a $1,600 bare bones health insurance policy, much less a $3K — $5K policy.
  • Bob would get no subsidies under this bill, and his employer would face no penalty for not providing him with health insurance.
  • Bob would end up without health insurance and would have to pay $1,150 more in taxes. (more…)

July 15, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Labor Department, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

Bumped: Health Care Update: Plurality now oppose 49-46%….

Steven Crowder goes to Canada to see once and for all how the system is working compared to ours here in America:

Update: The House releases their version of the health care reform bill tomorrow (Tuesday). Team TOTUS is pushing HARD on Baucus and Rangel to move move move the ball. Nancy is complying on her end. CALL YOUR CRITTERS. CALL YOUR RELATIVES AND TELL THEM TO CALL THEIR CRITTERS..CALLING ALL BABYBOOMERS…

*10/10 cardiologists agree Medicare Specialist Payments should not be reduced….(I actually have no idea, but I am confident actual cardiologists who treat actual patients, not like E Emanuel who is an MD that writes about Euthanasia, believe we should not reduce cardiac cath and EKG payments which is part of what Team TOTUS has proposed in their ginormous 600b in Medicare cuts…)

What would be loverly would be the MiM plan:  allow interstate purchase of insurance products by consumers (repeal of McCarren Ferguson Act which prevents that right now),

small businesses: similar allowance of interstate multiple employer trust groups which can bargain collectively (c’mon there is a collective bargaining in there, here kitty kitty) to buy lower group rates for their small businesses…

a universal mandate which would allow insurers to expand their risk pools and thereby eliminate the need for pre ex limitations, (tie the universal mandate to the IRS enforcement of the healthcare/dependent care deductions or something similar so it is not a wage garnishment if you fail to get coverage..)

and Medicaid strictly enforced by income guidelines no higher than 125% of poverty lines, with a REQUIREMENT that welfare and food stamp recipients be enrolled in Medicaid, SCHIP at the time they get their other benefits, and one biannual eligibility check for ALL 3 PROGRAMS…

to incentivize more primary care physicians who make less money than specialists, but have less education, give them grants to go to Medical School and serve in public health under Medicare or Medicaid or VA service for 10 years. Like Joel in Northern Exposure. DO NOT PUNISH SPECIALISTS AND DRAG THEIR PAY DOWN TO MAKE GPs FEEL BETTER..

Cut the waste out and help the people who need it. Increase competition and break up state monopolies, like BC/BS in many states. Cut the damned red tape, but DONT GUT MEDICARE AND OUR INCREDIBLE INNOVATION IN THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY SIMPLY TO GIVE AWAY BENEFITS MOST PEOPLE ARE ALREADY ELIGIBLE FOR AND DO NOT SIGN UP FOR AND BRING DOWN THE LEVEL OF CARE FOR EVERYONE ELSE…/rant off. Eliza Doolittle courtesy of Lerner and Loewe and funnyface57

Patriots from the Conservative Society for Action, Gathering of Eagles, Active and the 912 Group rallied in front of the offices of Senator Charles Schumer to counter the staged pro-nationalized healthcare rally planned by MoveOn and ACORN...

Patriots from the Conservative Society for Action, Gathering of Eagles, Active and the 912 Group rallied in front of the offices of Senator Charles Schumer to counter the staged pro-nationalized healthcare rally planned by MoveOn and ACORN...

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July 13, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Film, Finance, Healthcare, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

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.

BTM: What Battlestar Galactica Taught Me About Healthcare “Reform”…

By BreaktheMatrix

New Report from the Congressional Budget Office:

* Enacting this proposal would result in a net increase in federal budget deficits of about $1.0 trillion

* According to the CBO, this legislation will leave at least 36 million Americans uninsured

* It will force at least 23 million Americans to give up the health coverage they have.

* There would be no change from current law regarding Medicaid or the Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

CONTACT YOUR REPS:
http://www.downsizedc.org/etp/campaig…

From DownsizeDC.org:
The government already pays for nearly half of all health care. This means we’re half-socialized already.

Starting with depression era wage and price controls, and continuing with government tax policies, the politicians have made Americans dependent on their jobs to get health insurance.

State government policies have made insurance too expensive by piling on special interest mandates dictating specific types of coverage.

Medicare and Medicaid have fixed the prices we pay for health care, causing the extraordinary paradox of both price inflation and shortages in areas like primary care.

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Yep the Gaius Baltar of Healthcare is TOTUS agree! Support the Wyden Benett Health Care Plan!

June 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare. Comments off.

Health Care Update; RNC ad “Bipartisan”

Courtesy of realclearpolitics

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June 24, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

Update: David Brooks and le wrath di khan…Health Insurance Update: Kent Conrad on his Compromise Plan…

Update: David Brooks agrees with MiM on Wyden Bennett option, oh noes! Someone check my brain for those bore worm things from Wrath of Khan!

If I am agreeing with Brooks something must be very very wrong….

Now you might think that in these circumstances someone might take a second look at the ideas incorporated in the Wyden-Bennett plan, which already has a good C.B.O. score, bipartisan support and a recipe for fundamental reform.

If you did think that, you are mistaking the Senate for a rational organism. For while there are brewing efforts to incorporate a few Wyden-Bennett ideas, there is stiff resistance to the aspects that fundamentally change incentives.

From the presser, more Trek talk as Jake Tapper nailed TOTUS down on the misleading claim that Americans could keep their coverage, not likely with employers dumping it to pay a govt fine instead:

TAPPER: Is the public plan non-negotiable? And, while I appreciate your Spock-like language** about the logic of the health care plan and the public plan, it does seem logical to a lot of people that if the government is offering a cheaper health care plan, then lots of employers will want to have their employees covered by that cheaper plan, which will not have to be for-profit, unlike private plans, and may, possibly, benefit from some government subsidies, who knows.  And then their employees would be signed up for this public plan, which would violate what you’re promising the American people, that they will not have to change health care plans if they like the plan they have. So…

OBAMA:  OK.  You’re pitching; I’m catching.

TAPPER:  OK.

(LAUGHTER)

OBAMA:  I got the question. First of all, was the reference to Spock, is that a crack on my ears?

(LAUGHTER)

TAPPER:  No.

OBAMA:  All right.  I just wanted to make sure.  No?

TAPPER:  I would never make fun of your ears, sir.

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TAPPER:  I’m sorry, but what about keeping your promise to the American people that they won’t have to change plans even if employers…

(CROSSTALK)

OBAMA:  Well, all right — when I say if you have your plan and you like it, and your doctor has a plan — or you have a doctor and you like your doctor, that you don’t have to change plans, what I’m saying is the government is not going to make you change plans under health reform. Now, are there going to be employers right now, assuming we don’t do anything — let’s say that we take the advice of some folks who are out there and say, “Oh, this is not the time to do health care.  We can’t afford it.  It’s too complicated.  Let’s take our time,” et cetera.

So let’s assume that nothing happened.  I can guarantee you that there’s the possibility for a whole lot of Americans out there that they’re not going to end up having the same health care they have. Because what’s going to happen is, as costs keep on going up, employers are going to start making decisions.  We’ve got to raise premiums on our employees.  In some cases, we can’t provide health insurance at all. And so there are going to be a whole set of changes out there. That’s exactly why health reform is so important.

REPOST: Call your Critters on the health care plan!!!! That CBS poll was designed to make them feel like tey had cover to vote for a public option, let them know how you feel before the votes go down….MiM is supporting the Wyden-Bennett plan…

Conrad has a lot to do with the purse strings so he is worth watching as health care debate unfolds:

Courtesy of Bloomberg

June 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Entertainment, Finance, Healthcare, Popular Culture, Star Trek. 2 comments.

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