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The United States already has a multi-billion-dollar system of socialized medicine, called
Medicare and Medicaid. Federal, state and local governments spent a total of $783.8 billion on
health care in 2006.*
Any deadbeat who doesn't have private insurance (which one ordinarily acquires by purchasing it with
part of his or her income) can take advantage of Medicaid.
Other taxpayer-funded "safety nets" include SCHIP and a relatively new prescription drug
entitlement. In reality, Obamacare extends beyond medical care. It is a system of
unmitigated socialism which promises to improve service and low costs for everyone. Only
those who attended public schools could possibly believe that the government can make anything
more efficient and more convenient while lowering costs. The government is
parasitic. Everything the government undertakes is paid for by taxes and debt.
When this idea was proposed in 1993, it was derisively called "HillaryCare" because president Clinton
put his wife in charge of its development. The idea was even more unpopular that she was,
so it was tabled until the return of the Democratic Party in 2008.
Obamacare is being developed by leftist politicians who are determined to take over the
medical care industry regardless of public opinion. Liberals simply do not care if
they're out of step with mainstream America. This is about control, not medicine.
Subsections on this page:
Nullification: The Governors Resist the Implementation of Obamacare
Obamacare is wildly unpopular and is sure to result in voter backlash
Pelosi and Reid forge ahead, ignoring public outcries
Democrats have been obsessed with socialized medicine for decades
Can Obamacare be stopped?
Totalitarianism = Unstoppable one-party rule
Who is to blame for all this? Who are the enablers?
Obamacare will affect families and small businesses
The Obamacare bill is over 2,000 pages long. Who knows what's hidden inside?
Does Obamacare include blanket amnesty for illegal aliens?
Obamacare is HillaryCare in a new wrapper
Obamacare is RomneyCare in a new wrapper
Obamacare kills jobs
Other objections to Obamacare
Similar subtopics on other nearby pages:
Liberals are using lies and deception to sell this idea.
Liberals resort to lies and emotional outbursts to silence their opposition.
Examples of dishonesty and prevarication related to Obamacare.
What's the rush?
Secrecy, closed-door meetings, and midnight votes.
Liberals are not telling you that Obamacare will bankrupt the United States.
Obama's Big Health Care Summit.
Obamacare is obviously infeasible.
Obamacare won't work as advertised. The promised benefits will never come to pass.
Doctors won't work under these conditions!
Obamacare solves problems that don't exist and doesn't address problems we already have.
Obamacare will result in the loss of your freedom...
Obamacare is socialism -- or worse!
Obamacare opens the door to tyranny.
The Senate bill includes an unprecedented trap: It can't be repealed!
...or perhaps your life.
Rationing and "End of Life" issues: Death panels; IPAB.
Obamacare will cost far more than the Democrats are letting on.
Obamacare will be horribly expensive.
Obamacare is an affront to the rule of law.
Obamacare will be mandatory -- and therefore unconstitutional.
Despite what you may have heard, health care is not a right.
Reid, Pelosi and Obama shamelessly buy votes
Obamacare carries an odor of corruption.
Legal Challenges and Court Decisions Opposing Obamacare:
Legal challenges: Let the lawsuits begin!
Barack Obama attempts to intimidate the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court decides Obamacare is a tax
Court decisions against Obamacare
Related topics on other pages:
Waivers, Favoritism and Unfairness.
Look at the British experience with socialized medicine.
Other countries' experiences, especially Canada's.
Lies about Obamacare.
Tea parties, town hall meetings and other organized rejecion of Obama's plans.
The Privacy of Medical Records
Medicare, Medicaid, and Prescription Drug Benefits
SCHIP: (State Children's Health Insurance Program)
HillaryCare -- the earlier, simpler version of Obamacare.
The Invasion of the Food Police
Liberals out out of step with mainstream America
Nullification: The Governors Resist the Implementation of Obamacare
More States 'Just Say No' To Obamacare
Insurance Exchanges. As I and others have pointed out before, any state that creates an ObamaCare insurance exchange is getting suckered
into footing the bill for a federal program. The latest state to reject this scam is New Jersey, whose governor just vetoed a state-run exchange
proposed by his legislature.
States Give ObamaCare A Massive Vote Of No
Confidence. If ObamaCare is such a great idea, why are so many governors — including several Democrats — refusing to play
along? What do they know that the administration isn't telling the rest of us? So far, not one part of ObamaCare has worked as planned.
If ObamaCare is such a great deal ... why aren't more states going
for it? Maybe they know a bad deal when they see it. Partisan politics can't explain all of the reluctance, especially not with the Democratic
governors who are balking at the plan. The unfunded liabilities in Medicaid expansion alone in the outer years have to be daunting, especially for states who
already can't cover their current obligations.
Most Governors Refuse to Set Up
Health Exchanges. The Obama administration said Friday [12/14/2012] that more than half the states had rejected its pleas to set up their own health insurance
exchanges, dealing a setback to President Obama's hopes that Republicans would join a White House campaign to provide health insurance to all Americans.
Only 15 States Establish
Obamacare Exchanges. State officials are very smart not to set up their own exchanges since any costs beyond what the Feds offer to help pay is
on their taxpayers' dimes. Moreover, since the Obama Administration has centralized control of setting minimum coverage standards — see the
Free Birth Control Rule — the flexibility of states to regulate in this area is severely compromised.
Governor Says PA. Won't Set Up Health Exchange.
Pennsylvania will not set up its own health care exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act, at least not for now, Gov. Tom Corbett said
Wednesday [12/12/2012], putting the state on a course to join others led by Republicans that will let President Barack Obama's administration
run its exchange.
Four and Counting:
Another State to Consider Obamacare Nullification. Since the Supreme Court rendered its opinion on the constitutionality of a mandatory
federal health care system last summer, many Americans consider the matter settled. But others recognize that despite the pronouncement of five
robed federal employees, the Constitution still does not delegate Congress the power to create and run a health care system for all 300-plus million
Don't Make an Exchange. The Affordable Care
Act (ACA) was a milestone in many ways, marking previously uncharted territory in federal arrogance and overreach. As health-insurance policy
goes, it promises to prove catastrophic, but its constitutional implications are more worrisome still in that it is among the most insidious
attempts yet to reduce the states to mere administrative subdivisions of the federal government. Led by Oklahoma, many states have pushed
back by declining to comply with the law's demand that states create health-insurance exchanges.
A Resistance Movement Rises
Against ObamaCare. With the election over and no chance President Obama will sign legislation repealing the law, implementation is
proceeding. But the ObamaCare Resistance Movement has begun.
The Sebelius Coverup. Many states are
wisely signaling that they aren't interested in doing the Obama administration's bidding on Obamacare. As a result, many if not
most of Obamacare's insurance exchanges — the heart of the beast — will have to be set up and run by the Obama
administration at the federal level.
ObamaCare: 21 States
Reject Exchanges On Cost, Rules. ObamaCare's subsidized insurance exchanges are supposed to be up and running in little more
than a year, putting a key piece of the federal health care law into action. But it's unclear that will happen, especially with a
growing number of states saying they don't want the cost and regulatory headaches.
Joins Growing List of States Not Gullible Enough to Implement an ObamaCare Exchange. A key committee in the Michigan
legislature has voted down a proposal to create one of ObamaCare's health insurance "exchanges." The Speaker of the Michigan
House pronounced a state-run Exchange dead.
Hope and Exchange.
Liberals wanted government to re-engineer the entire health-care system and rammed the Affordable Care Act through on a party-line
vote, not stopping to wonder whether it would work. Now that implementation is proving to be harder than advertised, they're
blaming the states for not making their jobs easier.
Could Oklahoma unravel Obamacare?
With the judicial and political options for voiding Obamacare now apparently off the table, the final hope to defeat the DMV-ization of the best
medical system on the planet may be the vast law's inherent contradictions. Hastily and sloppily put together, there are loopholes in the law
that may be big enough to drive all of Oklahoma through. But only if Oklahoma's elected officials continue to exercise their options under
the law not to implement certain policies.
Will GOP Governors Really Try "Nullifying" Obamacare?
After a majority of Americans reelected President Obama on November 6, ensuring that his signature health care reform remains what even House Speaker John Boehner
acknowledged is "the law of the land," several Republican governors — Rick Scott (FL), Bobby Jindal (LA), Sam Brownback (KS), Rick Perry (TX), Nikki
Haley (SC), Nathan Deal (GA) and Robert McDonnell (VA) — announced they would nonetheless refuse to implement the state-based health care marketplace
"exchanges" that are key to reducing health care costs and expanding access.
Will GOP governors kill ObamaCare? President Obama's health law
survived the Supreme Court, but some Republican governors who have long opposed ObamaCare say they won't implement any of it.
The States Resist Obamacare. One of the few bright
spots in the Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare was its 7-2 decision striking down the Obama administration's attempt to blackmail states into going along with a
massive and costly expansion of Medicaid.
States are Resisting Obamacare. After the Roberts Court
handed down the Obamacare decision, people in the states immediately taking steps to reject the act — and what they see as a supreme court ruling in
violation of the Constitution. As we reported last week, John Lynch, the Democratic Governor of New Hampshire, signed into law HB1297. The new law
declares, "No New Hampshire state agency, department, or political subdivision shall plan, create, participate in or enable a state-based exchange for health
insurance under the Act, or contract with any private entity to do so." A number of governors are lining up to follow New Hampshire's lead.
Georgia Legislature, Governor Deal:
Nullify Obamacare! As Thomas Jefferson and James Madison advised — when the federal government violates the constitution, it's up to
US — in our states — to stand up and say NO. To the Affordable Care Act — we say Nullify It!
Maine's Governor LePage Refuses To
Implement Obamacare Exchanges. Maine Governor Paul LePage issued a letter yesterday [11/15/2012] to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department
of Health and Human Services, declaring that Maine will not implement the healthcare exchanges created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
LePage Issues Letter to Feds: No Obamacare Exchanges for
Maine. Because the guidance issued in the August 13, 2012, request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is not legally
binding, the State of Maine will not be submitting a Declaration Letter. Instead, Gov. LePage, in a letter to U.S. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, noted
that the State of Maine has repeatedly stated that the law has severe legal problems, is bad policy, and overreaches into the lives and pocketbooks of fellow
Montana Voters Nullify Obamacare Mandates.
The "Montana Health Care Freedom Act" otherwise known as Referendum 122, prohibits the state and federal governments from requiring the purchase of health
insurance or imposing any penalty, tax, fee or fine on those who do not purchase health insurance. The prohibition does have some restrictions, but the good
thing about this [is] these rules are being set by the state of Montana, not the the Federal Government.
Carts, Horses, and Secession. Asking the White House to
comment on the secession of one or more states won't move the President, Congress, the courts, or the military. But it is symbolic of the exhaustion many
people feel as they watch the crony political class squander their treasure and their liberty.
Perry Tells Feds Texas
Will Not Set Up Health Care Exchange. Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially notified the federal government on Thursday that the
state will not set up an exchange to help people buy health insurance.
governors decide against setting up ObamaCare insurance markets. Several Republican governors, in what could be their
last symbolic stand against ObamaCare, announced Friday that they will not set up a state-based marketplace for selling health insurance.
The governors of Wisconsin and Ohio joined Texas Gov. Rick Perry and others in confirming that they will not establish so-called "health
insurance exchanges," which are set to launch in January 2014.
York: GOP governors brace for fights
over Obamacare, drilling. As they hold their annual meeting here in Las Vegas, Republican governors are quick to point out that they now preside
in 30 states, with a population of about 180 million people.
states' non-cooperation be too much for ObamaCare? The answer, of course, is an emphatic yes, since by its very
nature, ObamaCare is too much for ObamaCare, but individual states' freedom to opt out of designing their own state-specific
health insurance exchanges is turning out to be yet another flaw in the oh-so-masterful plan.
Should Absolutely Refuse to Set Up Obamacare Exchanges. Proponents of Obamacare are making one argument that some
conservatives may find appealing — namely that it is much better, from a states' rights point of view, to set up state-based exchanges
than to let the feds come in and do it themselves. This argument is absolutely wrong. Allowing your states to be deputized
as instruments of federal policy is just as bad as bowing to federal commandeering of state agencies, which is unconstitutional.
Republican governors shouldn't help
implement Obamacare. With the election over and Obama reelected, repealing the law is not going to happen over the next four years.
So 30 Republican governors will have to make a decision about whether they want to help the federal government implement Obamacare, or keep the
onus on the Obama administration.
Surprise! GOP Governors "Stonewall" Key ObamaCare
Provision. Talking Points Memo is shocked, shocked!, that Republican governors would leave the job of setting up the exchanges to the Central
Government Planning Office. ["]Late last week more than a dozen Republican governors declared that they will not build the insurance market exchanges
called for by the Affordable Care Act, including prominent names like Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, John Kasich of Ohio, Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Rick
Perry of Texas.["]
Obamacare is wildly unpopular and is sure to result in voter backlash
... at least I thought it was, until Barack Obama got re-elected.
More Bad Obamacare News. A recent poll by NBC News and the
Wall Street Journal showed that 49 percent of Americans believe the Affordable Care Act is a bad idea.
Think ObamaCare Is
Unpopular Now? Wait Until Next Year. Months before ObamaCare takes full effect, its popularity has hit an all-time low. And that's
before the public experiences firsthand the many ill effects it will impose on the nation's health care system.
If Obamacare is so wonderful, why is all this marketing necessary?
Selling of Obamacare underway.
The Obama administration is reaching out to Democrats and Republicans in Congress as it gears up to try to sell Obamacare to the public
this summer. For the Democrats, the meetings are part of a substantial messaging effort that will get under way to encourage people
to sign up for health coverage through the new Obamacare exchanges starting on Oct. 1. They've involved high-level officials
and lawmakers. The message? Rely on the facts, not the politics, of the health law. Now is the time to give Obamacare
a constituent outreach touch, à la other government programs such as Medicare and Social Security: Help people sign up,
proposes constitutional amendment to invalidate ObamaCare mandate. The proposed amendment, named the "Right to Refuse"
amendment, would make it unconstitutional for Congress to enact a law that imposes a tax on citizens who fail to purchase goods or
services Congress has deemed mandatory. The idea is that it would apply to the so-called individual mandate, which was
interpreted in 2012 as a tax.
By 22-Point Margin, Voters Favor
Obamacare's Repeal. It would be a major understatement to say that Obamacare has had a bad spring. Around the time of Lincoln's
birthday, registered voters told Fox News that, by a margin of 6 percentage points (48 to 42 percent), it would "be better to go back
to the health care system that was in place in 2009" than it would be "to leave the new health care law in place." Three months later, as we
head into Memorial Day, nostalgia for the good ol' days of 2009 now beats Obamacare by a whopping 22 points (56 to 34 percent).
If success means fulfilling Obama's mission of substantially transforming America...
on the verge of becoming one of America's most successful presidents ever. Obamacare is an enormous deal. It directly affects about
one-sixth of the U.S. economy. It directly affects not just our well-being, but also life and death. Arguably, it provides the most significant
entitlement in American history, and certainly one of the top three. No entitlement enacted since 1964 comes close to matching it.
Potential Donors to
Enroll America Grow Skittish. The Obama administration's efforts to raise private money to carry out the president's health
care law have provoked such a strong partisan uproar that potential donors have become skittish about contributing, according to several
people involved in the fund-raising program.
Labor unions break ranks with
White House on ObamaCare. Labor unions are breaking with President Obama on ObamaCare. Months after the president's
reelection, a variety of unions are publicly balking at how the administration plans to implement the landmark law. They warn
that unless there are changes, the results could be catastrophic. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
(UFCW) — a 1.3 million-member labor group that twice endorsed Obama for president — is very worried about
how the reform law will affect its members' healthcare plans.
Senate Dems prepare to throw Obama
under the Obamacare bus. We've been saying for some time that Obamacare will be a central issue in the 2014 election, and that it offers
Republicans the hope, if they nominate solid candidates, of taking control of the Senate. Now, Senate Democrats have figured this out, as well.
Shock poll: Wealthy, not
middle class, support Obama. The poll found that fewer than half of those with incomes less than $100,000 per year approve
of Obama's performance, while he enjoys a 54 percent approval rating among those with incomes higher than that. Those earning
less than $40,000 a year disapprove of the president's performance, 51 percent to 45 percent. Those earning $40,000
to $100,000 disapprove by a rate of 50 percent to 48 percent.
Even Big Labor Unions Drop
Support For Obamacare. As ObamaCare rolls out, some of its biggest backers from labor to D.C. lawmakers are having second thoughts. It's a
sign that the idea of ending this national nightmare isn't about to go away.
Entire Country Should Be Exempt from ObamaCare. The ObamaCare law is set to take effect in January, 2014. In
November of that year, voters will go to the polls to elect a new Congress. That vote could set the stage for the repeal of
ObamaCare. Voters will have the chance to exempt themselves from ObamaCare.
Obama's most fervent follower is himself.
Sure, it passed. But the Affordable Care Act didn't become law because Mr. Obama ignited a populist prairie fire in favor of it.
He dedicated vast, vast swaths of his time and energy trying to sell the American people on Obamacare. He never made the sale (and still
hasn't). The misbegotten law's passage is attributable entirely to the fact that Democrats rammed it through Congress with a 60-vote
majority in the Senate using the sorts of backroom deals and corporate giveaways the American people despise.
Boom: First union
officially calls for the repeal of ObamaCare. Labor unions largely came out swinging in favor of ObamaCare's passage in
2010, but many have been growing increasingly wary of ObamaCare's incoming provisions, fearing that the law's requirements will raise the costs
of health plans for unions members and make them less competitive compared to non-unionized workers. On Tuesday [4/16/2013], one such
labor union that initially backed the health care overhaul became the first union to officially revoke their support for the law.
A totalitarian says she is surprised by the resistance.
Obamacare More 'Difficult' Than Anticipated. The Hill noted that Sebelius, speaking at the Harvard School of Public Health, said
Republican governors who have rejected the health exchanges and Medicaid expansion have frustrated the administration's efforts to smoothly roll out
the law. As a result, she said the administration faces "state-by-state political battles" they had not anticipated.
To Blame GOP For Coming ObamaCare Failures. As Democrats grow increasingly worried that ObamaCare will explode on the launch pad just as
midterm elections get going, the Obama administration seeks to pin blame on Republicans.
Here's Why Obamacare Has Become Irresistible.
It has been federal law for three years. It has brought chaos to the labor markets. It has cost people their livelihoods and it
is more unpopular than ever. So why does "Obamacare" (officially known as the "Affordable Care Act") remain so irresistible for so
many of our fellow Americans? Because at its core Obamacare is not about health care, so much as it is about the redistribution of
wealth, and for those who are on the receiving end of the redistribution the agenda is completely irresistible.
News: Republicans May Be Tempted to Embrace ObamaCare to Win Over Latino Voters. ObamaCare was and is among the most
destructive policies ever devised. It is killing jobs as Republicans predicted, and is also an intrusion on religious freedom.
It threatens to put government between citizen and doctor, and creates unaffordable entitlements. Over time, it stands a good
likelihood of bankrupting the private insurance industry, paving the way for a full government healthcare takeover.
Repeal Obamacare. Liberals had hoped,
and some conservatives had feared, that the legislative Frankenstein's monster known as Obamacare would become more popular as its sundry
measures were implemented. But the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is no more popular now than when it was passed, as
Americans have come to realize that it will neither protect patients nor provide for affordable care.
After 3 Years, ObamaCare
Repeal [is] Still A Viable Option. Despite endless promises from liberals that Obama-Care would grow more popular once it
was enacted, the public has instead grown more concerned. The latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll, released Wednesday [3/20/2013],
found just 37% have a favorable view of the law today, down from 43% a few months ago. Even Democrats are less supportive, with
only 58% expressing a favorable view of ObamaCare. No wonder, since every day brings more bad news.
warns GOP to abandon efforts to repeal healthcare law. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) warned his Republican
counterpart on Friday [3/15/2013] that the GOP will have no hope of finding bipartisan agreement on any issue if it continues to
insist on repealing the 2010 healthcare law. "If we want to do something in a bipartisan fashion, if we want to get to an end
here, we ought to stop pretending that we're going to repeal the Affordable Care Act," Hoyer told Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).
"We had an election about that. We won. The president won."
The Unions vs. Obamacare.
"I heard [Obama] say, 'If you like your health plan, you can keep it,'" John Wilhelm, chairman of Unite Here Health,
representing 260,000 union workers, recently told the Wall Street Journal. "If I'm wrong, and the president does not
intend to keep his word, I would have severe second thoughts about the law." Besides Wilhelm, some of the nation's
largest union bosses have taken to publicly criticizing the Affordable Care Act.
Care Act Is Unaffordable And Onerous. Does anyone remember hearing that one of the blessings of health reform would be doing
your taxes a second time? Filling out fifteen pages and paying $1 trillion in taxes are just the latest ObamaCare surprises.
Senate Republicans Vote to Defund Obamacare. On Wednesday [3/13/2013], every GOP senator voted to defund Obamacare on an
amendment to the Continuing Resolution that funds government for the rest of the fiscal year. The amendment from Texas Republican
Sen. Ted Cruz failed to pass, as all 52 Democrats voted against it.
Obama's Dystopia. [Scroll
down] Against the wishes of 60-70 percent of Americans, and without the vetting of Congressional legislators
who rammed through the legislation, the United States Federal Government took control of a full one-seventh of the American
economy, which had the net effect of driving up the cost of health care for all involved, taking away freedom of choice,
relegating freedom of conscience incompatible with the party line to irrelevancy, while at the same time having the no-doubt
intended effect of casting a chilling pall on America's ability to sustain economic growth and prosperity.
Democrats Starting to Run But There's No Place to Hide. It was inevitable that once the blanks contained in Obamacare
began to be filled in, that even Democratic supporters of the law would start running away from it, so toxic it is going to be to
any politician who supported it. The unintended — and intended — consequences are proving to be a nightmare
for the health insurance consumer and the government seems powerless to do anything about it.
Rubio's Impressive Response to Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address. In [...] one paragraph, Sen. Rubio captured the
fundamental flaw in the so-called Affordable Care Act: it makes health insurance more expensive, in turn making hiring more
expensive, and our health-care entitlements more expensive.
Some Unions Grow Wary Of Health Law They Backed.
Labor unions enthusiastically backed the Obama administration's health-care overhaul when it was up for debate. Now that the law is
rolling out, some are turning sour.
Delay, Repeal, Replace. Watching
Congress take the final steps to pass Obamacare in March 2010 was a bitterly disappointing moment for the law's opponents. They
didn't have to be told that what was being rammed through the House and Senate was the largest power grab by the federal government in
at least a generation, with immense consequences for the nation's economic vitality and political health. Opponents understandably
redoubled their efforts to see the law repealed and replaced, and Republicans rode the popular revolt against the excesses of Obamacare
all the way to a landslide midterm victory.
Anxiety rises as Americans face start of
Obamacare. This March will mark three years since Obamacare became law, and it still has not had any serious effect on most Americans' lives.
That's the way President Obama and the law's Democratic authors planned it; they conveniently pushed the dislocations and unhappy consequences of national health
care well past their re-election campaigns.
Senate Democrats Urge Undoing of
ObamaCare. Many powerful Democrats, even some of the most liberal among them, are supporting what amounts to a dismantling of President
Obama's signature health care law. Using "Republican" language to make their case, these Democrats are attempting to repeal some of the funding
mechanisms as well as the cost-containment measures that were purportedly inherent in the law.
Obamacare is an Unpopular, Shoddy Trainwreck. A new poll reveals that the same people who re-elected this president
by a three-point margin still oppose his signature "accomplishment" by double-digits. Independents remain particularly sour on
the law, the worst bits of which are slated for implementation over the next two years.
ObamaCare Faces the Implementation
Iceberg. Because the law put off implementation of most key provisions until after the 2012 election, voters cast their ballots on November 6
without knowing what Obamacare's true effect will be on their tax bills, insurance costs, or access to care. Delaying implementation until 2014 helped the
president win re-election, but now the bill is coming due.
Obamacare implementation could spell
trouble for Democrats in 2014. The good news for Democrats is that Obamacare will now be implemented. But the bad news for Democrats is also that
Obamacare will now be implemented. President Obama's re-election ensures that his signature health care law will not be repealed before its major provisions go
into effect. But that also means, to borrow a phrase from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Americans will begin to find out what's in the law.
now reality. If you are uninsured because you can't afford it, help may be on the way. But if you are one of the 250 million
Americans with coverage, there are big problems ahead.
A thank you note from an average American.
Thank you, America. Thank you for re-electing Barack Obama. Thank you for solidifying Obamacare. Thank you for ensuring that my
health insurance rates will rise to the point where my employer drops my coverage.
Post-election flood of 'Obamacare' rules expected. The bottled-up rules
to set up President Barack Obama's health care reform law are going to start flowing quickly right after Election Day. But how long will that
last? That depends on who wins the presidency.
Poll: Majority Still Want Obamacare Repealed.
A majority of voters still want Obamacare repealed heading into the final weeks of the presidential election. According to a new Rasmussen Reports
survey, 54% of likely voters said they wanted Obamacare repealed while only 39 percent opposed. The intensity among people who wanted the law repealed
was greater than among those who did not. Forty-three percent strongly favored repeal while only 30% "strongly opposed" it.
Top 10 reasons to vote Obama out of
office. [#3] Obama's signature achievement — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act —
is more unpopular today than it was when he signed it into law. Obamacare adds to the deficit, while raising taxes on Americans of
all stripes, even while harming job creation. Many families will lose their current health care coverage and surveys of doctors
show many will flee the profession.
Name a single thing that has improved under his rule.
Obama's Dangerous and Disastrous Presidency.
Gasoline prices are twice what they were when Obama took office — and rising again. The housing market remains in the doldrums.
Food stamp use is by far at the highest level in history, and poverty is markedly up. Food prices are markedly higher. Small businesses
are jettisoning the health-insurance benefits they offered employees until Obamacare made it prohibitively expensive. Doctors are retiring in
record numbers rather than face Obamacare's scourges — and most of the law hasn't yet taken effect.
The Obamacare Gift Basket. Something remarkable
happened at the Democratic National Convention earlier this month. After three years of reeling from the political damage wrought by
Obamacare, which stroked even Massachusetts with a red brush, Democrats stood up and defended their law. [...] But then something even more
remarkable happened. Despite the Democrats' collective bear hug, the polls didn't budge. And they still haven't. According
to a Rasmussen survey taken last week, likely voters favor repealing Obamacare by 11 points. The numbers have been fairly static
for two years.
The emerging Obamacare truth is
disarray. The Obama team is woefully behind its own schedule for implementing features of the legislation. The critical regulations
outlining what the Obamacare insurance benefit will look like was supposed to be out more than six months ago. Now it looks like this regulation
won't be dropped until after the election. This is just one key aspect of the program that is way behind the administration's own timeline.
These facts alone should give proponents of the law pause. But the early experience with the elements of Obamacare that have already kicked in is
Obama's Disdain for Democracy and Free Expression.
[Scroll down] In 2008, most voters were in favor of health reform, but very few envisioned anything resembling the intrusive, job-killing,
regulatory monstrosity that Obama and his congressional allies had in mind. Indeed, when the voters realized what the Democrats were up to,
they organized huge public demonstrations against it. They even put a Republican in the Senate seat formerly occupied by Ted Kennedy based
on a promise to oppose Obamacare. These things meant nothing to Obama. He behaved as if the voters were so many dull-witted children
and signed a health care "reform" law that still remains astonishingly unpopular with the public.
Our Immature President. As the newly
elected president, Barack Obama had two major opportunities to demonstrate leadership. The first was the passage of his
stimulus package, and the second was ObamaCare. In both cases, he more or less shut out the Republicans. Armed
with a Democrat-controlled House and Senate, he got 100% of what he wanted, and Republicans got nothing. [...] President Obama
arrogantly thought he was going to receive 100% credit — instead, he now finds that he's getting 100% of the blame for
the ineffective stimulus and for the unpopular ObamaCare plan, deservedly diminishing his chances for re-election.
Democratic platform on Obamacare: 'No law is perfect'.
The health care plank of the Democratic Party's platform, released on Monday [9/3/2012] ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., praises President Barack
Obama's 2010 health care reform law, but admits, "No law is perfect." A 15-person committee prepared the draft platform.
The New Face of Health Care — the IRS. When
President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, aka "Obamacare") goes fully into effect in 2014, the American people will only then begin to
see the implications of its thorough government takeover of health care, in all its glory. But what they are not expecting is the massively expanded role of
the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") in our lives, as the IRS is the chief agency responsible for enforcing the Act.
House committees investigate whether the IRS illegally expanded
tax subsides to strengthen Obamacare.
Obamacare Is Becoming a
Racket for Overpaid Government Bureaucrats. I've certainly complained about Obamacare from a fiscal perspective, warning that it means higher taxes and more
spending. And I've also warned that it will make our health care system less efficient and could lead to some of the horrifying examples of rationing and poor care
that you find in the United Kingdom. But if you need another reason to be upset, it turns out that Obamacare is going to be a very lucrative gig for a new crop of
Exceeding its Mandate. Two House committees are investigating
whether the IRS illegally implemented an important provision of Obamacare. House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp
(R., Mich.) and Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) sent a letter on Tuesday [1/29/2013] to the acting secretary
of the Treasury Department and the acting commissioner of the IRS requesting documents and interviews with specific officials.
The Closer One Looks At
Obamacare, The More It Looks Like Medicaid. So far, President Obama is withholding the final set of regulations that describe just what
health benefits the Obamacare plans will deliver. He may be waiting until after the election. But there's enough detail already in the law
to make decent estimates. The answer turns out to get a lot worse, the closer one looks. There's good reason to believe that in short order,
the health plans sold in Obamacare's heavily regulated, state-based insurance exchanges will degrade into something akin to today's Medicaid managed
The Cloward-Piven strategy applied to the medical profession:
Why the Doctor Can't See You. Are you having trouble
finding a doctor who will see you? If not, give it another year and a half. A doctor shortage is on its way. Most provisions of the Obama
health law kick in on Jan. 1, 2014. Within the decade after that, an additional 30 million people are expected to acquire health plans —
and if the economic studies are correct, they will try to double their use of the health-care system.
53% Want Health Care Law Repealed.
Most voters still aren't convinced: They want President Obama's national health care law repealed as they have said consistently since the
measure was passed by Congress over two years ago.
Seven Most Disturbing Moments So Far in Barack Obama's Presidency. [#2] Obamacare passes: Never before in
American history has one party been arrogant and paternalistic enough to push through a massive entitlement program that was wildly
unpopular with the American people and had zero votes from the opposing party. If it isn't stopped, Obamacare will destroy
America's health care system by dramatically driving up the cost of care, rationing care, instituting death panels, driving tens
of millions of Americans off their health care policies, adding trillions to the debt, and dramatically reducing the number of
doctors available to treat patients.
Watch out: Democrats
are trying to implement Obamacare at the state level. If you think the Supreme Court's upcoming verdict on Obamacare will be the
final word, you're in for a surprise. Here in Delaware, the Democrats who control the state legislature and governor's mansion have just
floated a bill to mandate single-payer health care in the state. If your state government is controlled by the Democratic Party, brace
yourself. It's clear Democrats have decided that if Obamacare doesn't survive a federal court test, they'll battle it out state by state.
The Paternalism of ObamaCare Supporters.
The paternalistic pre-postmortem of ObamaCare by its supporters is entirely consistent with the paternalistic nature of the legislation itself.
At every step, the crafters of the legislation have behaved as though the people covered by the law were too stupid to have their own opinions on
it. From drafting the legislation behind closed doors to the bill's impossibly opaque verbiage to the late-night votes on it to Nancy
Pelosi's "Are you serious?" answer to a question on whether the bill passes Constitutional muster, the process of ObamaCare proved offensively
Liberal and Incompetent.
[Scroll down] The liberalism part is widely understood and easily documented. After running a clever campaign in 2008 where
he positioned himself as a centrist, President Obama has been the most liberal president since Jimmy Carter. He
jammed through a government takeover of health care that has never enjoyed the support of a majority of Americans, not
on even one single day. It is bad policy and it is unpopular and he jammed it through anyway. It cost the
Democrats control of the House, but President Obama considers that a small price to pay. This Administration
lurches America every day toward a model of government that is patterned after European style socialist policies.
The folly of
Obamacare. We pay our presidents for judgment, and President Obama committed a colossal error of judgment in making health-care
"reform" a centerpiece of his first term. Ahead of the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — and regardless
of how the court decides — it's clear that Obama overreached. His attempt to achieve universal health insurance coverage is a
massive feat of social engineering that, by its sweeping nature, weakens the economic recovery and antagonizes millions of Americans.
Mainstream Media Ignore Major ObamaCare Protest.
On June 8, 2012 many thousands of people took to the nation's streets to protest the Obamacare contraceptive mandates and to support religious freedom in the
United States. The mainstream media hardly covered the protest. The turnout in Chicago was in a conservative estimation about 1,500, although others
estimates make the turnout to be about 3,500.
I Am Barack Obama's Worst Nightmare.
The MSM and Kool-Aid addicted left-wing pundits have praised Obama for his leadership. I haven't seen any evidence of leadership.
I have seen coercion. I have seen bribery. I have seen "bait-and-switch" policy pronouncements. But I have not seen
leadership. [...] Saying "I won" is not leadership. Bribing Senators to vote for your health care plan is not leadership.
Speaking over 50 times to the nation about your healthcare plan and still not achieving the support of a majority of its citizens
certainly does not indicate leadership.
The Obama administration just inked a $20 million deal with PR firm Porter Novelli to help promote ObamaCare. Why do they
need to promote a law that was supposed to get more popular once it passed?
Mourdock's Democrat opponent lies about voting for Pelosi as Speaker.
The big news out of Indiana on Tuesday night was Richard Mourdock's victory in the GOP Senate primary. He will now face current Rep.
Joe Donnelly, who is posturing as a "moderate" Democrat. In reality, that always endangered species died for good with the passage of
ObamaCare... which Donnelly voted for. We all know how this game is played. The media is filled with reports that the genial
Mourdock is some sort of tea-swilling right-wing madman who might be too "extreme" for the sensitive independent voters of Indiana.
Meanwhile, Donnelly's left-wing voting history will be papered over.
independents want Obamacare overturned. A growing number of Americans, 59 percent, believe the Supreme Court will find President Obama's
signature domestic accomplishment unconstitutional, and a majority of independents, 52 percent, would be happy if that happened.
expressing buyers' remorse on Obama's healthcare law. An increasing number of Democrats are taking
potshots at President Obama's healthcare law ahead of a Supreme Court decision that could overturn it. The
public grievances have come from centrists and liberals and reflect rising anxiety ahead of November's elections.
Mobilize to Save ObamaCare. The Obama administration has enlisted one of America's leading economic
terrorist groups to help defend and promote the president's widely unpopular socialist healthcare scheme. [...] This
ongoing collaboration with radical left-wing community organizers is also part of the Obama reelection campaign's
divide-and-conquer strategy: Inflame the base and attack opponents relentlessly to draw the public's attention
away from the worsening economy.
don't feel so good over Obamacare. When Obamacare passed through Congress by the hair on its chinny-chin-chin, the
optimistic Pelosi prognosis was: Be patient and call back in two years. The people will love it the more they learn
about it. Well, it's been two years. They've learned more about it, including its dishonest cost estimates and
politically-tinged bureaucratic exceptions. And as the Supreme Court decides about euthanizing the entire legislation on
obvious constitutional grounds, Americans have already decided: They don't like it.
Ways that Barack Obama has Decimated the American Economy. Obama's attempt to take over health care has been an unmitigated
disaster. The CBO now projects the cost of Obamacare has doubled to 1.76 trillion, it says 20 million Americans could lose
their health care, and premiums will increase between 10-13%.
Ripping out Obamacare by the
roots. No one should believe Obamacare is simply a bill to increase health care coverage. Instead, it is
this president's method of exacting social change on the fabric on our country. For this reason, I introduced a bill to
repeal it minutes after its passage. Additionally, this is why the Supreme Court should find its mandate unconstitutional.
The Obama White House and campaign (sometimes one and the same) are fully aware of the significance of the decision and recently
launched their own public-relations campaign to demonstrate public support for the bill. Yet the bill remains widely unpopular
with the American public.
5 stages of Obamacare. Two years ago,
liberals rammed an unconstitutional health insurance bill — Obamacare — through Congress without a
Republican vote. They libeled opponents as racists and touted a new age in Washington. James Carville said
Democrats would rule for 40 years. But the public hated the law and voted Democrats out of the House.
Now the Supreme Court will vote 6-3 to nullify this unconstitutional attack on our liberty. The spin from
Democrats is hilarious.
Two-Thirds of America: Throw Obamacare
Out. Almost two-thirds of Americans believe the Supreme Court, which is scheduled to hear oral arguments
about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act beginning next week, should declare at least part of the health
care law unconstitutional, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Obamacare at two. Democrats
observed the second anniversary of Obamacare in silence yesterday [3/22/2012]. Obamacare must really be a problem for
them, because they're yakking nonstop about everything else with a lower than usual ratio of veracity to baloney.
Looks to Keep Liberals in Line on Health Law Ahead of Supreme Court Hearings. Gallup surveyed
voters three weeks ago in the dozen swing states that will decide this year's presidential election and found
that the 2010 Democratic health law was still a toxic asset in President Obama's political portfolio.
In the swing states, 53 percent of registered voters had negative views on the law compared to 38 percent
who saw the new slate of regulations, entitlements and welfare benefits positively.
poll: 72 percent of Americans call individual mandate 'unconstitutional'. Even among Americans who support President
Obama's health care overhaul, a large majority believe that the law is out of step with the U.S. Constitution, a Gallup poll released
Monday [2/27/2012] revealed. The poll, conducted Feb. 20-21, indicates that 72 percent of Americans believe the individual
mandate — the government's requirement for Americans to purchase health insurance — is unconstitutional.
Even among Americans who feel the president's health care law is a "good thing," 54 percent think the provision is unconstitutional.
Americans Who Dislike ObamaCare Are Stupid. Democrats used to say the more people knew about ObamaCare,
the more they'd like it. Well, the public has had almost two full years to soak it in, and more want it
repealed than ever.
More Bad News for Obama on
Obamacare. Whatever the press corps may think the upcoming election will be about, one thing remains clear:
Americans overwhelmingly support the repeal of President Obama's centerpiece legislation. According to the latest
Rasmussen poll of likely voters, Americans support the repeal of Obamacare by a margin of 15 percentage
points — 53 to 38 percent.
Most Say High Court Should Reject Health Insurance Mandate. A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation
shows that more than half of Americans say the Supreme Court should rule that the health overhaul law's requirement to
have health insurance or pay a fine is unconstitutional.
Pipes calls for Americans to repeal, replace ObamaCare.
At the Jan. 26 launch party in Washington for her new book, The Pipes Plan, the president of the Pacific
Research Institute called on Americans to reject and dismantle the president's healthcare reform agenda before
it is too late. When then-speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress had to pass a 2,700-page healthcare reform bill
no one had read, so people could find out what was in it, she decided to write a 270-page book that everyone
could read to learn how to get rid of it, said Sally C. Pipes, whose book is a 10-step plan to repeal
and replace ObamaCare.
It Isn't Just the
Mandate. Most people have heard that Obamacare is being challenged as unconstitutional because it
contains an individual mandate forcing people to purchase health insurance. That challenge is due to be
heard by the Supreme Court this year. But while the mandate is certainly problematic in a system that, at
least notionally, is one of limited and enumerated powers, the mandate is not the worst part of this
bill — not by a long shot.
Repeal Is Overwhelmingly Popular.
The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that, by the whopping margin of 20 percentage points — 55
to 35 percent — Americans support the repeal of Obamacare.
Constitutional or Not,
ObamaCare Has Got To Go. ObamaCare was shoved through the sludge of parliamentary trickery, lies,
horse trading, cooked-up numbers, and false promises. Even after waiting to see what was in the bill, as
Nancy Pelosi suggested, there was a historic electoral backlash. As for the court's decision, it probably
won't imbue many people with any more confidence in process. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan —
only recently charged with defending the administration's positions in federal courts as solicitor general, working
there while the health care law was being written and picking the legal team to defend it — will
be rendering her entirely untainted decision on the matter.
It's the Obamacare,
Stupid. We are just past the halfway point between the last congressional election and the
next one, and the conventional wisdom is that the upcoming election will be all about the economy.
Elections during the Obama presidency, we are continually assured, are not about profligate federal spending,
federal arrogance and irresponsibility, our colossal national debt, the consolidation of power and money at
the expense of liberty, or the legislation that best encapsulates all of these: Obamacare.
Poll: Obamacare support hits
all-time low. Support for President Obama's health care reform law has reached an all time low, in part
because of Democrats' diminished faith that the law will improve their lives, a new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation
finds. Only 34 percent of Americans now support Obamacare, a 16-point drop from an all-time high of
50 percent in July 2010. A small majority of Americans, 51 percent, now say they oppose the law.
A Bad Day for Liberty.
On March 22, conservatives mourned ObamaCare's anniversary. In one quick 2,700 page bill, our
healthcare system was stripped of its last vestiges of free market characteristics. ... The problem with
ObamaCare is that it made a system with flaws much worse by eliminating more choice, and distorting the
price mechanism further. Expensive, inefficient, rationed care that further exacerbates our fiscal
outlook is the future of American health care.
a difference a year has made for Obamacare. When President Obama signed the $938 billion
Obamacare into law ... it capped a long march by advocates of nationalized health care that began in this
country years before Medicare was approved in 1965. Obama's signal legislative achievement avoided a
health care system run entirely by the government, which was the goal of national union leaders and liberal
politicians like Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Tom Harkin of Iowa. But it mandated the transfer
by 2014 of one-fifth of the national economy from the private sector to the government. So even if
Obamacare isn't quite the perfect replication of the British National Health Service romanticized by Donald
Berwick, Obama's man in charge of managing Obamacare, it is still a government-directed health care system
with roots deep in the European welfare states of Britain, France, Sweden and Germany.
Don't Forget Obamacare.
Obamacare's individual mandate — requiring that all Americans purchase government-approved health
insurance beginning in 2014 — has always been the law's most vulnerable provision. It is incredibly
unpopular, and not just among conservatives. Polls consistently show that a large majority of the
electorate opposes it, including a good portion of registered Democrats.
wrecks Medicare by design, but why? "We don't want to take away people's health insurance,"
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius so graciously declared earlier this year. But then
she quickly qualified that with these ominous words: "before they have some realistic other choices."
17 Percentage Points, Americans Support Repeal. The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows
that, by a margin of 17 percentage points (55 to 38 percent), Americans support the repeal of
Plan: Destroy U.S. Healthcare So They Can Re-Build it in Socialist Image. Obama and his Democrat
pals have been lying to you, America. They do not want to find a cure for America's obviously ailing healthcare
system. They want to erect its headstone. Democrats want to destroy every aspect of our healthcare system.
They have to, you see, because if they don't they cannot rebuild it to operate under a socialist model.
Medicare plan bankrupts 25% of all hospitals by 2030. Democrats claim Ryan's budget "ends Medicare
as we know it." Problem is, as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) detailed in a report
released Friday [5/27/2011], under the Democrats plan, Medicare "as we know it" won't be around for much longer. Democrats
are claiming that Ryan's plan will force seniors to pay $6,400 a year more for health care than current law.
If Elected. Twenty-six States
have joined in a court case against the implementation of Obamacare and the House of Representatives has
voted to repeal it. It was, if you recall, the central focus of Obama's first two years in
office. During those two years unemployment increased and the value of the dollar declined. He
didn't take notice until it came time to run for the office again.
ranks with Prohibition, 55 mph speed limit. When the first OPEC oil shock hit the U.S. in 1973,
President Nixon encouraged Americans as a voluntary gas-saving measure to drive 55 mph on the interstate.
Not long after, the infamous "double nickel" became mandatory as Congress made states choose between adopting the
lower speed limit and losing millions in federal aid. For two decades, most Americans voted with their gas
pedals and flagrantly ignored the federal speed limit. It had become the least respected law since Prohibition
by the time President Clinton repealed it in December 1995.
The Editor says...
Yes, but the 55 mph speed limit led to the CB radio fad, which was the best thing
that ever happened to Radio Shack.
support melting away. Pretty much as expected by conservatives, Obamacare has remained
unpopular with the public. It's under attack in the courts. And now, vulnerable Senate
Democrats are running for the hills.
So many failures so little time Obama.
We already saw the House recently, vote for repeal of the Health care bill and now it has landed in the
Senate, where it is being tossed around like a red hot football. Harry Reid is trying to create a
dictatorship and stop the filibusters by the minority GOP. Anything but a public vote where people in
all 50 states can see what the vote was with elections coming up for Senators in 2012.
Gallup Poll, Worse News for Obamacare Than the Headline Suggests. Gallup's headline is, "46% Favor,
40% Oppose Repealing Healthcare Law," but I think they're overlooking the bigger news. First, the idea that
14 percent of Americans have no opinion whether or not Obamacare goes into effect is pretty surprising and
interesting. Note that Obama and the Democrats need this to be a driving issue for voters in 2012; put
another way, only 40 percent of adults (not registered voters, not likely voters) say they want to keep
Obamacare as it is.
Nov. 2 is the nation's referendum on Obamacare. No other issue has so polarized the public and shed
light on the policy failings of the left. The midterm elections represent the last, best hope for
millions of Americans who don't want to see the health care law's most onerous provisions ever take effect.
While the president's veto power increases the difficulty of a complete repeal, Republican control of the
House — and perhaps the Senate — certainly would deflate Mr. Obama's Democratic dreams.
ObamaCare: What's Ailing
Democrats. In a stunning about-face, West Virginia Governor and Senate hopeful Joe Manchin
publicly rebuked President Obama's health care overhaul bill, the heretofore signature legislation of the
Democratic Party. ... Clearly a maneuver to assuage restive West Virginia voters, Manchin's statements only
seem to confirm what many have suggested — that, above all other factors, ObamaCare weighs heavily
on voters' minds, and even heavier around the necks of Democratic candidates.
Reasons Barack Obama Should Apologize to America. [#3] For Obamacare: Everybody in
D.C., Barack Obama included, knew the American people didn't want Obamacare. The polls showed that they
hated it. Scott Brown won "Ted Kennedy's seat" by promising to vote against health care reform.
There were angry townhalls, Tea Parties, and tens of millions of phone calls and emails spurred by that legislation.
Yet, Obama helped push it through anyway, methodically lied about what the bill would do, and arrogantly
claimed people would learn to like the bill in time.
Perhaps the single biggest complaint against Obama and his Party by the portion of the electorate that has
turned against them is that the Dems haven't listened to them, most notably when they pushed Obamacare through
despite its obvious unpopularity. When Obama condescendingly accuses voters of disregarding facts, science,
and good arguments, and tops off his disdain by offering a pyscho-physiological explanation for their defective
thinking, he reinforces the very perception that is driving down his standing.
blowback. "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it," House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi said last spring about her party's 2,000-page health care overhaul. What she didn't
realize was that the more Americans find out about ObamaCare, the more they turn against it. Virtually
from the day it was signed, a majority of Americans have favored repealing the massive law.
Find Careers Threatened by Obamacare Votes. Seven months ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent a busy
week rounding up votes to pass the Senate version of the Democrats' health care legislation. It wasn't
easy. She had to get Democrats who had voted no in November to switch to yes in March. ... She took the
unusual step of scheduling the roll call for Saturday — so members wouldn't go back to their
districts and be besieged by Obamacare opponents. Those opponents, according to polls at that time,
included most American voters.
highlights unpopular health care reform. Blaming himself for coolness to his health care overhaul,
President Barack Obama is seeking to reintroduce the law to voters who don't much like or understand it six months
after he signed it.
Take Back the 20. Despite overwhelming public dislike
of Obamacare, we were told that Washington knows best and there was nothing to worry about. Nancy Pelosi
said Congress had to pass the bill so that Americans could "find out what is in it." We found out that
it's even worse than we feared. Join me in standing against those who stood with Obama and Pelosi in
voting for this disastrous bill.
November Is Just the
Beginning. It's beginning to look like the Republicans will win both Houses of Congress this
fall. But a Republican Congress won't be enough repeal the disaster of ObamaCare. President Obama
will be able to veto any repeal effort at least through 2012. And even with a Republican president in
2013, Democrats may still be able to filibuster a repeal bill. So what's the point? The point is
that from now until its actual repeal, in three years or thirty, ObamaCare is going to be an issue that cuts
against the Democrats.
can't blame Bush for ObamaCare. While the trifecta of stimulus/bailouts/ObamaCare is what is
mostly touted as the explanation for the waning Democratic political fortunes, ObamaCare is the mother-lode
of straws that broke the camel's back and crushed it. Democrats know this, but can't acknowledge it.
Why? Because they can't blame ObamaCare on George W. Bush. And that leaves them with nothing,
and nowhere to hide.
Obama Vs. Majority Public Opinion. Take ObamaCare, for example. Ramming it through Congress,
overriding regular legislative procedure and the opposition of the American public, he deluded himself into
believing that once it became the law of the land, the people would dutifully support it. But they
didn't. Even after passage, the Rasmussen survey reports this month that 66% favor repeal of the
Health Control Law, and 50% say repeal will benefit the economy.
Above The Law. We first witnessed
the unabashed arrogance of the Obama administration when it pushed through the health care bill, using any
parliamentary trick it could think of to accomplish its mission despite overwhelming, deeply-felt
opposition throughout the country.
America flooding Congress with telephone calls. "Calls to the
House numbered close to 100,000 an hour, creating a bottleneck in a phone system only meant to handle 50,000 calls
an hour. The chamber has been similarly overloaded for four consecutive days, beginning on Tuesday [3/16/2010]
when radio host Rush Limbaugh told viewers to call the Capitol switchboard phone number," Roll Call said.
What Americans Don't Understand
about Obamacare: How will our health care system improve by giving a $300-million payoff to Democratic
Senator Mary Landrieu in Louisiana in exchange for her vote? ... Why are labor unions singled out from all other
Americans and given an eight-year pass on paying taxes, while non-union workers have to pick up the tab? ... Why
should taxpayers be forced to pay for elective abortions?
Is It Popular Yet?
The Democrats are convinced that ObamaCare will be their ticket to political survival, the only way of
avoiding a 2010 wipeout. So far, it doesn't look that way.
Enough About Jobs, Have You Heard About My Health Plan? Half (49%) of Americans say the
economy is the country's top issue, with health care a distant third at 11%, according to January's IBD/TIPP
poll. Among independents, 54% say the economy should be the No. 1 priority vs. just 8% for health
Is Obama Steering the
Ship of State Toward the Rocks? Obama's Medi-Grab is the biggest wedge the Democrats can drive
into the body politic, intended to turn the U.S. forever into a socialist, Left-controlled zombie state, just
like Europe. Medi-Grab couldn't pass the Senate when the Democrats were playing by the rules. But
now Harry Reid, the electorally doomed Majority Leader, is said to be signaling his willingness to commit
hara-kiri for Obama.
Doesn't Even Fake Bipartisanship Well. How long will it take for every last American to realize
President Barack Obama is not about bipartisanship, reconciliation (other than as a process to cram his health
care bill through Congress) and uniting Americans? As his latest gyrations on health care demonstrate,
he will not be deterred in his quest to saddle Americans with socialized medicine, even if it greatly increases
the likelihood he won't be re-elected.
Ramming Speed. A mere three days before President Obama's supposedly bipartisan health-care
summit, the White House yesterday released a new blueprint that Democrats say they will ram through Congress
with or without Republican support. So after election defeats in Virginia, New Jersey and even
Massachusetts, and amid overwhelming public opposition, Democrats have decided to give the voters what
they don't want anyway.
Did someone mention Obama's
Health Care Summit?
not worried about post-vote backlash at home. Democrats today have repeatedly expressed a
confidence that they won't face a backlash for their votes when they return home for the holidays, which
would stand in marked contrast to the August recess.
The Tyranny of
the Majority Party. The most striking example is health-care reform. It is intensely
unpopular but was approved by the House in November and the Senate on Christmas Eve. Asked in a
Rasmussen poll in mid-December if they'd prefer no bill to ObamaCare, 57% said they would. Only 34%
said they'd rather ObamaCare be enacted. Yet Democrats are forging ahead as if the public actually
approves of their health-care reform. Why, when Republicans are preparing to hammer them on the issue
in next year's elections, would they do that?
The Beginning of the End.
Democrats declare themselves unconcerned about a "backlash" in 2010. The public will come to appreciate
their health-care handiwork, they suppose. ... All the talk-show appearances and all the speeches haven't
sold the public on a big government takeover of health care. Quite the opposite.
Obamacare Disapproval at New High. Rasmussen's health-care polling results since Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid orchestrated the Christmas Eve vote are full of undeniably bad news for Democrats. ... There
are far more likely voters who "strongly" oppose Obamacare (46 percent) than there are likely voters who
support it even "somewhat" (39 percent).
New Reasons Why Obamacare Can Still Be Killed. The American people oppose Obamacare by almost
two to one in the latest CNN poll. Other polls show lopsided opposition to passing either the Senate or
House health care bill. Public opinion is against the bill because of its obscene costs in higher taxes,
burdensome debt, anti-freedom mandates, rationing and reduced care for seniors. The American people have
awakened to the fact that Obamacare is transformational legislation that will drag us against popular will
into European-style socialism.
Arrogance. The only thing healthy about Congress' health insurance legislation is the healthy
skepticism about it by most of the public, as revealed by polls. What is most unhealthy about this
legislation is the raw arrogance in the way it was conceived and passed.
The Origins of
Obamism. Such a strange scenario we have found ourselves in -- a clear majority of
Americans is opposed to almost everything Obama has to offer; congressional representatives know
they are acting against the will of the people, but know too that they are offered all sorts of
borrowed money for their districts to compensate for their unpopular actions.
American People Don't Want Obamacare. In the last two weeks, eight national polls have been
released showing what the American people think of Obamacare. The results of those eight
polls — Pew, ABC/WaPo, PPP, CNN, CBS, Quinnipiac, Fox, and Rasmussen — show that by
an average margin of 8.5 percent (49.0 percent to 40.5 percent), more people oppose Obamacare
than support it. That's greater than the margin by which John McCain lost last November.
Trying to Sell ObamaCare.
Maybe the liberals didn't see this setback coming because they still believe in the proudest creation of the
New Deal, Social Security. But many Americans — particularly younger ones — don't.
In fact, poll after poll has shown widespread doubt that Social Security will be there for today's
workers when they retire, even though Uncle Sam regularly sweeps large amounts out of their paychecks
to fund it. If you don't believe in Social Security — and if you believe that Medicare,
another great coup of the entitlement mindset, is another intergenerational Ponzi scheme — then
you're unlikely to think that a government that's straining to sustain two massive obligations
should be adding a third.
Obama's Health Bill Has No Clothes. Due to pressure from enraged Americans, the most pernicious
features of Obama's health care legislation have, for now at least, been stripped from his bill. This is
no time for complacency, however, since the liberals are trying to push back and get the provisions back in.
As the bill now stands, it doesn't have any teeth.
public backlash over Obamacare. Two-dozen Democrats from Republican-leaning districts, who
voted for the House version of President Obama's increasingly unpopular health care reform, are beginning
to feel a growing public backlash. ReversetheVote.org has already raised $123,105 that will be
dedicated exclusively to defeating all 24, including Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., in 2010 if they don't
reject the final conference committee version of the bill.
Falling in the Polls. The Senate's compromise bill on health care was announced on Wednesday [12/9/2009]
to much fanfare. But there's not much there for moderate Democrats to write home about. It waters
down a provision creating a "public option," but it also expands (to include people over 55) Medicare, a
program already expected to go bankrupt in 2017.
Democratic freshman abandon the health care bill. Some of the most vulnerable Democrats in the
House are starting to flake off the health care bill. There are a dozen first-term Democrats representing
districts that Republican presidential nominee John McCain won last year. So far, six have announced
that they will vote against their party's health care bill.
ObamaCare Reaches New Low. A new poll by Rasmussen Reports finds that President Barack Obama's
plan to take America's health-care system in an even more statist direction has less support now than ever
Charlie Rangel says Obamacare Doesn't Spend Enough Money.
[President] Obama has announced his determination not to sign a bill that adds "one dime" to the deficit and he's also
said that "his" bill will feature a low, low $900 billion price tag. Both of these Obama points seem to be
vexing Rep. Rangel because, well, it's just not enough.
Likely Voters Overwhelmingly Disapprove
of ObamaCare. A Zogby International/O'Leary Report poll of 4,200 likely voters has some startling results
concerning attitudes toward health-care reform. ... The numbers are dramatically worse for ObamaCare in this poll than
in other polls. Part of the explanation lies in the sample — likely voters seem to hate ObamaCare a
lot more than do Americans generally (who may not even be registered to vote).
54 Percent Say the More They Learn About ObamaCare, the Less They Like It.
Washington Post Ignores its Own Poll Finding. A
Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in the three days following President Barack Obama's speech to Congress about
his health care plan discovered that 54% say the more the hear about the plan the less they like it. This
particular poll result was not mentioned anywhere in the story about the poll that was posted by the Washington
Post on its Web site on Monday [9/14/2009]. The result did appear in the data sheet from the poll that was
linked to the story.
Aren't Buying What Obama Has To Sell. The president claims he has "no interest in putting insurance
companies out of business," but that is exactly what will happen if the government forces them to expand the services
they cover while simultaneously preventing them from charging higher fees, especially if the expanded pool of
beneficiaries includes many of the least healthy individuals.
Health Campaign. It didn't take chaotic town-hall meetings, raging demonstrators and consequent
brooding in various sectors of the media to bring home the truth that the campaign for a health-care bill is,
to put it mildly, not going awfully well. It's not hard now to envision the state of this crusade with
just a month or two more of diligent management by the Obama team — think train wreck.
care debate confirms this is not the Barack Obama we elected. Americans, more of them every day, are growing
disenchanted with the expansion of government and the massive pile of debt. Yet the President, certain he can change
their minds if only he talks to them again, keeps trying to sell bigger as better. The public's not buying it. ... He's
the rock star-turned-salesman, and everything in his administration depends on his stage act.
Matey, I Know a Dead Parrot. As
in the Monty Python sketch, in which a pet-shop owner repeatedly denies that a certain dead parrot is dead, the purveyors
of Obama's health-care turkey claim it is merely stunned. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says the public
has "misconceptions" and that our President soon will set them straight. Misconceptions? Clearly, people are
revolted by the plan, a fact that hasn't been lost on many lawmakers up for re-election next year.
Health Care, 51% Fear Government More Than Insurance Companies. When it comes to health care
decisions, 51% of the nation's voters fear the federal government more than private insurance companies. The
latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% hold the opposite view and fear the insurance
companies more. Seven percent (7%) are not sure who they fear the most.
The left can't
understand why people don't like Obamacare. America's liberals have gone from swooning over
Barack Obama's ascension to the White House and gloating over their Bush-induced domination of Congress to
near-hysteria because ordinary middle-class Americans are rising in anger against the Democrats' planned
hijacking of the nation's health care system. MSNBC's Chris Matthews worked himself into his
characteristic spittle-laced frenzy while sputtering about the legions of protestors showing up to make
meetings designed to sell Obamacare into "Town Hell" occasions.
Obamacare: It's Even
Worse Than You Think. President Obama's strategy to pass sweeping health care legislation rested on stealth
and speed. The idea was to fill the conversation for months on end with vague talk about expanding coverage, "bending
the cost-curve," improving quality, and rooting out waste, without showing the public how the plan would actually work or
what it would cost. ... But things have not gone as the Democrats intended. As details have emerged, an extraordinary
wave of public concern has washed over the debate and left the plan's champions reeling.
ObamaCare is a sick
joke. By 52 percent to 40 percent, voters are opposed to the healthcare bill
introduced on July 14 to the House of Representatives. Independents now oppose ObamaCare by a ratio
of almost 2:1. The World Health Organization ranked the United States No. 1 out of 191 countries
for being responsive to patients' needs, including providing timely treatments and a choice of doctors.
Among those currently insured, 84% are satisfied with their healthcare.
Oppose Government Health Insurance Company. Just 35% of U.S. voters now support the creation of
a government health insurance company to compete with private health insurers. A new Rasmussen Reports
national telephone survey shows that 50% of voters oppose setting up a government health insurance company as
President Obama and congressional Democrats are now proposing in their health care reform plan. Fifteen
percent (15%) are undecided.
Congress set to create Frankenstein
monster, not health care reform. Most Americans say they're happy with the health care they have. But
that doesn't stop the Democratic leadership in Congress from trying "fix" the system to their own liking, starting this
week. What they like, and what most Americans like are nothing alike.
facing some doubts among Americans. He remains personally popular, but President Barack Obama is starting to
see signs that some of his economic policies are causing doubts among many Americans. Two polls published on
Thursday [6/18/2009] illustrate the political risk Obama faces as he turns his attention toward an overhaul of the
U.S. healthcare system, an issue so contentious that previous attempts have failed to address high cost and availability
Reasons Why Obama and The Dems Are in Big, Big Trouble: [Reason #1] Health care reform
is not popular. An ABC News/Washington Post poll published on January 19 has 51 percent against
current congressional plans and just 44 percent in favor, numbers that haven't moved in a month.
Other polls show even greater percentages oppose the plan, with all the trend lines over the past year
working heavily against the Democrats.
ObamaCare: The White House made a decision months ago to drive ObamaCare through Congress
on sheer power politics, but the balance of power has suddenly shifted. ... The real problem is that
ObamaCare is a deeply unpopular bill — even in Massachusetts.
Constitution: Another Victim of Obamacare. Reports have come out today [3/12/2010] that
the Parliamentarian has not ruled that the President must sign a law before it is considered a law for
reconciliation purposes. First, they came up with a strategy to get Obamacare passed in the House
without the House ever voting on the bill, now they have come up with a strategy and a ruling to get the
Obamacare bill to qualify as law without the President signing the law.
Prospects For Spendthrift Democrats. It is old news that many congressional Democrats are on the
road to political oblivion — 33 House members and nine senators are already on the endangered
list. Now, however, even incumbents in "safe" seats are looking toward the future with fear and trembling.
Daddy? Now even liberals are denying paternity. "I know this is a tough vote," President
Obama told House Democrats at a March pep rally merely hours before they passed national health care.
But he added that he was "actually confident" that "it will end up being the smart thing to do politically
because I believe that good policy is good politics." Apparently not, as even some liberal lobbies are
now being forced to concede.
'They're betting that between now and November, you're going to come down with amnesia," President Obama told a
Milwaukee crowd on Monday [9/6/2010], vilifying the Republicans who "helped devastate our middle class." But it
seems as if the real case of amnesia — or maybe post-traumatic stress disorder — has
struck the Democrats, who are now doing everything they can to help voters forget ObamaCare.
Erroneously Reports that 'Opposition' to Obamacare is Easing. A widely reprinted AP story, based
on a recent AP/GfK poll, is entitled, "Opposition to health care law eases." Don't believe it. What
has eased isn't the level of opposition to Obamacare, but rather the level of effort that AP/GfK has made to
ensure that its polling sample is representative of American voters.
Pelosi and Reid forge ahead, ignoring public outcries
Obamacare is being developed by leftist politicians who are determined to take over the
medical care industry regardless of public opinion. Liberals simply do not care if
they're out of step with mainstream America. This is about control, not medicine.
There are a few power-crazed people in Washington who have lots of power and want to
make it permanent. The American people are overwhelmingly against the implementation of socialized
medicine, yet the socialist Democratic Party is determined to take over the medical profession,
even if it means resorting to subterfuge and treachery.
Obama gets an 'F' for management. Early in his presidency, Barack Obama flaunted U.S. constitutional tradition
by pushing through major social legislation, Obamacare, without a bipartisan compromise and consensus. And he relied on a
legislative sleight of hand to pass the U.S. Senate. Simply, Obama's hard left agenda requires him to treat the constitution
and Congress as mere inconveniences — expediency is his ethical standard.
Wake up, America: Democrats aren't
Democrats Anymore, They're Communists. [Scroll down] Scott Brown, a Republican, was
elected to Edward Kennedy's old Senate seat, and just like that the Democrats no longer had the votes needed
to pass their freedom-killing legislation. That should have been the end of the story, but Democrat
politicians, like the communists of old, aren't so concerned about the rules. As long as the state grows
stronger and the individual grows weaker, they don't much care how it gets done.
Pelosi's Kamikazes? Pelosi is
ordering her fearful members to vote for the Obama-cum-Pelosi healthcare "reform" bill that has voters up in
arms all over the country. House Blue Dog "moderates" are already caught in a crossfire between their
constituents and their leadership. The Tea Partyers have been heard, and they are watching carefully.
The Worst Bill
Ever. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reportedly told fellow Democrats that she's prepared to lose
seats in 2010 if that's what it takes to pass ObamaCare, and little wonder. The health bill she
unwrapped last Thursday [10/29/2009], which President Obama hailed as a "critical milestone," may well be the worst
piece of post-New Deal legislation ever introduced. In a rational political world, this 1,990-page
runaway train would have been derailed months ago.
Congress and Obama Show Contempt for Americans.
Congress is showing contempt for the American people by excluding them from the crafting of Obamacare. The president
promised in his campaign he'd deliver transparency, saying, "I'm going to have all the negotiations around a big table" with
everybody involved. Those that can't make it would be able to see "the negotiations televised on C-SPAN." Too
bad this isn't happening: yet another broken Obama promise.
Obama At Odds With Majority but Undeterred.
While I couldn't bring myself to watch President Barack Obama's 1,000th-1,004th health care propaganda spiels on the
Sunday shows, I did read some transcripts and watch a few video highlights. What is it about this guy's personality
that compels him to keep beating his head against the wall? Why does he keep doing the same thing over and
over expecting a different result?
Maybe it's because
The Obama Administration and the Congressional Democrat leadership are desperately trying to create the false
impression that the government takeover of health care now pending in Congress is rolling towards inevitable
victory. But the truth is that the legislation is now hanging by a thread, and can be routed by the
growing tide of public opposition.
Did Reid Kill ObamaCare?
[Scroll down] In a sense, Reid clarified what many suspected was going on. The Democrats had
ceased trying to craft a workable bill and had decided to pass something, anything, and fix it later.
By choosing an approach so obviously hare-brained, however, Reid deprived his party of the pretense that
they were engaged in serious lawmaking.
The Reid bill is really tottering now. "If this thing falls apart, you can look back to today [12/11/2009]
as the tipping point," says a Republican aide in the Senate... First, there was last night's CNN poll
showing 61 percent opposition.
Senate Can Pass Health With
51 Votes, Van Hollen Says. Even if Democrats lose the special election to pick a new Massachusetts
senator Tuesday [1/19/2010], Congress may still pass health-care overhaul through a process called reconciliation,
a top House Democrat said. That procedure requires 51 votes rather than the 60 needed to prevent Republicans
from blocking votes on President Barack Obama's top legislative priorities.
First Year: A Near Total Disaster. President Obama has led the charge to have the federal
government assume control of one-sixth of our economy through a nonsensical 2,000+ page bill whose ramifications
NOBODY knows. What we do know, however, is that there will be higher taxes and over a hundred new boards
and commissions to control our lives.
Week. Ever. A supremely aloof and arrogant president whose chief policy idea was to ignore what
Americans wanted on nearly every front was humbled if not humiliated. Nancy Pelosi herself admitted that
the Senate health care bill she darkly promised to ram through Congress "one way or another" was, as of a
couple days later, resolutely non-rammable.
Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi work to save health
care reform. Struggling to salvage health reform, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi have begun considering a list of changes to the Senate bill in hopes of making it acceptable
to liberal House members, according to sources familiar with the situation. ... But the move comes with political
risk, because it would open Democrats up to charges that they pressed ahead with roughly the same health care
bill that voters appeared to reject in the Massachusetts Senate race Tuesday.
Health-care bill: Sinister prescription
based on misdiagnosis. Under the guise of assisting Americans in obtaining much-needed health
care, Congress is expediting foolhardy legislation fueled by tax increases and draconian Medicare cuts, using
every trick in the book to ramrod it through.
House Panic Week Yields No Change in Direction. Unfortunately, Obama remains completely tone deaf to
the will of the people. In fact, the only thing that has changed in his White House as a result of these
repeated electoral setbacks is the way he is pursuing his socialist agenda. ... Obama has been meeting regularly
with Congressional leaders Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in a no-holds-barred effort to ram his socialized medicine
proposal through Congress despite its collapsing public support and weakened legislative position.
Political Death Wish: Harry Reid may well have given up serious hope of being re-elected in Nevada
and is thus willing to go over the cliff with President Obama. The defeat of Nancy Pelosi is less likely
than any of the Supreme Soviet losing one of their contests during the '70s. ... But even the modest assessments
of the undertow threatening Democrats puts the loss of seats in the House nearing takeover land of 40, and as
many as nine Senate seats now in play.
Remembering the Dream of
America. Most people on the Left are True Believers. This is critical to understand.
They are willing to lose Congress; Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are prepared to lose both houses to get this
through. Why? Because losing an election cycle means nothing compared to taking over more of the
Ego, Obama's Achilles' Heel.
[Scroll down] At town hall meetings across America, "we the people" passionately said "no" to government-run health
care. As an exclamation point to our national "no," hundreds of thousands of protesters showed up in Washington,
D.C. Unbelievably, the Reid/Pelosi tag-team are still conniving and scheming to force Obamacare down our throats.
Truth and Reconciliation.
Those unversed in the arcana of Congressional procedure should familiarize themselves with "reconciliation." It's
just another word for nothing left to lose — that is, it's the tactic Democrats seem increasingly likely to
use to bypass the ordinary legislative rules and railroad Obama Care into law with a bare partisan majority
of 50 Senators, plus Vice President Joe Biden.
Congress drags health-care
reform into the mire. [Scroll down] As the year went on, health-care reform grew more
unpopular. If you average the last 10 polls, 38 percent of voters support the reform plans and
53 percent oppose. Obama's reform is more unpopular than Bill Clinton's was as it died. As
the political costs rose, members of Congress squealed louder. Congress is not a bastion of courage in
the best of circumstances. When it is asked to actually pay for its expenditures, it verges on hysteria.
A Historic and
Dangerous Senate Mistake. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced that while Democrats
have a number of options to complete health-care legislation, he may use the budget reconciliation process
to do so. This would be an unprecedented, dangerous and historic mistake.
Senate has the votes to pass public option via reconciliation. The Senate has the 50 votes
necessary to pass a public health insurance option using the budget reconciliation process, Sen. Bernie
Sanders (I-Vt.) said Thursday [2/25/2010]. Sanders, a self-described "democratic socialist" who
supports the government-run plan, urged President Barack Obama to push for the public option even though
the possibility of passing it appeared to die this week.
The Charge of the
Democratic Health-Care Brigade. I don't think there's ever been a situation like this
in American political history. Every way you look at it, Democrats are boxed in, forced to choose
between extraordinarily unattractive options. What makes it especially noteworthy is that this
was a calamity they summoned entirely upon themselves.
Obama and Democrats' Unprecedented
Attack against American People and the Obama Summit: During Thursday's Health Care
Summit, I viewed the patently totalitarian Marxist-Democrat Party telling We-the-People that we no
longer matter to them. Our voices are — once and for all per the Democrats — of
no further importance. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and
Dictator-in-Chief Obama made it crystal clear that the American people WILL accept whatever draconian
plans they force upon them — and like it — or else.
wants an up-or-down vote 'in the next few weeks'. In touting his health care plan today [3/3/2010],
Obama did not use the word "reconciliation," the legislative process congressional Democrats may try to use to
avoid a Senate Republican filibuster. But he did demand an up-or-down vote, and recited a list of programs
that have passed as part of reconciliation bills, including ones devoted to children's health care, unemployment
insurance, welfare reform, and the George W. Bush tax cuts — "all of which had to pass Congress
with nothing more than a simple majority."
The Big Problem with
Health Care Is Cost, Not Access. The year the administration and Congress have spent on health
care reform — with all the backroom deals and bribes, the lack of transparency, and the 2,000-plus-page
bills drafted by lobbyists and unread by House and Senate members — have attached an unsavory smell to
the process that has soured it for many former supporters of the reform effort. Now the decision to try a
"jam it through" final push using the budget reconciliation process seems to demonstrate to the public a heightened
arrogance by those in power, who seem to be ignoring the public's wish for a smaller, less partisan reform effort
at this point. Since 85% of the population is insured, the primary concern for most of the currently insured
is cost control, not expansion of access.
Squad: Over the weekend, Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally acknowledged that, for many of the House
members whose votes she needs, casting a vote for Obama's health-care bill would effectively doom them in
November. But, for those faced with that difficult choice, Pelosi thinks the right call is to defy
their constituents and vote for a bill their districts deeply dislike, even if it guarantees defeat this
fall. "We're not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress. ... We're here to do the job for
the American people." So far, nine House Democrats are hearing the call ... for political suicide.
[Ellipses in original.]
Abuse of Power.
A string of electoral defeats and the great unpopularity of ObamaCare can't stop Democrats from their
self-appointed rendezvous with liberal destiny — ramming a bill through Congress on a narrow partisan
vote. What we are about to witness is an extraordinary abuse of traditional Senate rules to pass
a bill merely because they think it's good for the rest of us, and because they fear their chance to
build a European welfare state may never come again.
Why Democrats Believe They Must Pass Health Reform. President Obama confirmed the worst kept secret
in Washington this week: Democrats will move health legislation forward in Congress without any Republican support,
despite a bevy of polls saying slow down or start over.
calls Dems to Pickett's Charge. They started out in perfect alignment, 12,500 men stretching more
than a mile, battle flags waving, bayonets fixed, and gazes focused on the enemy across the valley, tensely
waiting for them on Cemetery Ridge. Less than an hour later, it was over, with more than half of them
dead or wounded, their cause having reached its high-water mark and failed. It was Pickett's Charge of
the Confederates at Gettysburg in 1863, a horrendous, bloody carnage that could have been avoided, had not
their commander, Gen. Robert E. Lee, been so determined to do it his way — a massed frontal
assault against a nearly impregnable position.
Obama Goes Nuclear.
[Scroll down] Any chance Obama had of living up to his well-honed image as a post-partisan leader was
tossed aside on Wednesday [3/3/2010], as the president urged Democrats in Congress to disregard public opinion
and ram through his health care bill using a parliamentary maneuver that doesn't require bipartisan support. ... Obama,
whose entire candidacy was built around the idea that change must begin from the bottom up, is now pursuing a
top down strategy.
The Great Healthcare Robbery.
"No one has talked about reconciliation," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared during last week's health
care summit. It was a lie shocking in its boldness. ... [A] week before, Reid himself had said publicly
that reconciliation was an option for passing the plan, Politico.com reported. Of the Senate's
59 Democrats, 23 had already signed a letter urging the president to pass the plan via
reconciliation by the time Reid said "no one" was even talking about it.
turn risky health vote into manhood contest. There's no way around it. Things in the
House of Representatives are about to get very, very rough. With their backs to the wall, Democratic
leaders are preparing a complicated plan to pass their national health care bill. Standing in the
way are Democrats who oppose the bill, whether on principle or out of fear that voting for a wildly
unpopular measure will spell defeat for them in November.
One Major Poll Favors Obama's Health Proposal. Folks, this is nothing more than a
power grab. It's an effort to take one of the most essential elements of every person's
life — their health — and put it under the control of government. ... I now
believe there are many in Washington who not only consider themselves a cut above the rest of us, but
who believe they must manage every aspect of our lives because we are just the common folks who need
to be tended to like cattle on a ranch. This thing is an act of madness. What the White
House and Democrats are hoping is that, after the legislation passes, people will forget about the
costs and the hassles in the several years that the whole thing takes to implement. They
Democrats. [Scroll down slowly] House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid have no qualms about moving forward even when the voters are opposed. Pelosi has told
Democrats that they should sacrifice their own re-election if necessary: "We're here to do the work
of the American people," she told ABC last week in an interview that aired Sunday. The statements
reek of elitist self-importance.
about Reconciliation. How could you tell when the Democrats had finally settled on the
reconciliation route? It was at some point between the time Harry Reid told Republicans at the
health-care summit that "nobody has talked about reconciliation" and the time the White House stopped
uttering the word altogether. But though their diction has changed, the Left continues to perpetuate
a number of myths about reconciliation that should be dispelled before Democrats in Washington use the
procedure to force-feed the American people this $2.3 trillion behemoth.
president intends to overthrow American capitalism. Mr. Obama is engaged in an abuse of
power. He is thwarting the will of the majority of the American people who do not want socialized
medicine. ... Mr. Obama is willing to sacrifice his party's political fortunes in November — and
even his own re-election in 2012 — because he understands one fundamental fact: Nationalized
health care is the heart of cradle-to-grave statism. No country that has ever embraced socialized
medicine — Canada, Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy — has ever been
able to regain economic freedom.
Left Rallies for Obamacare's Final Stand. The Religious and Evangelical Left, plus the
Islamic Society of North America and a few others, are making a final Custer-like stand on behalf of
much cherished Obamacare. ... The old Religious Left, joined increasingly by Evangelical Left wannabes,
leaves almost no civic space for the private sphere. In their almost totalitarian perspective, the
state is an endless cornucopia of goods and services providing for every human need. Families,
churches, businesses and charities become almost inconsequential, or are, at best, mere compliant hand
maidens to an all powerful government.
aren't so democratic. The president, House speaker and Senate majority leader appear ready to defy the
American public and ram a disastrous and unpopular overturn of health care down our throats, regardless of the
consequences to the country or their own political futures. There is something deeply disturbing about this
turn of events — and undemocratic. There was considerable evidence that Barack Obama had these tendencies
even before he became president.
Saddles' of reconciliation. The Democratic leaders' "Blazing Saddles" hocus-pocus comes via their
proposal to use the rare parliamentary maneuver of "reconciliation" to force their health care takeover into
law. As currently described, the reconciliation plans are a charade.
promised, the White House has unveiled the latest tweaks in its plan to take over the U.S. medical care
system. Both parties in Congress should beware: You vote for it, you own it.
We will campaign on repealing ObamaCare, if it passes. Republicans will run on a platform of
repealing President Obama's health care reform bill, the Republicans' Senate campaign chairman said today.
NRSC Chairman John Cornyn, R-Tex., said that he prefers both to run against President Obama's health reform
bill and to stop it in Congress, but that in the event that it passes Republicans will guarantee it remains
the main issue of the 2010 election by promising to repeal it.
Stopping the Imperial Senate:
If the Senate Democrats force passage of ObamaCare through "reconciliation," what will individual Democrat Senators
have done? First, they will have ignored the clear and consistent message of the American people in poll after
poll. In some states those who oppose the bill outnumber those in favor by 20 points or more.
Second, they will have taken the unprecedented step of passing major social legislation without bipartisan
support — in fact without a single opposition party vote. Third, they will have violated
Senate rules which allow only a limited and technical role for reconciliation, not a use that to all intents
and purposes abolishes the Senate's 60 vote rule for substantive policy issues.
the Possibility that Congress Isn't Very Smart. It's an awfully black-and-white and almost
cartoonish picture that [Matt] Bai paints. Members of Congress should, if they weren't such moral
monsters to the last, "simply do what's right and face the consequences." Instead, they are like a
deli cashier who would pass you slices of E. coli-laden ham if it means being able to clock out
earlier. "Most of us would sooner leave our jobs than follow orders to defraud clients or falsify
records." Yes, humans behave this way. Not so the sinister bunch on the Hill.
Emperor Obama and the
Kamikaze House Democrats. Under the command of Emperor Obama, and in an attempt to avoid a rout,
Democrats are being coercively recruited to take part in assault death units. What's the mission?
Prevail in the president's policy war — even if it costs political lives.
Plays High Stakes Poker On Health Care. In high stakes poker, if you're in, you're in all the way.
It appears that the president and Democrats are willing risk lasting damage to their careers, their party and
Obama, Pelosi, and Reid Won't Quit Pushing Health Care Reform: Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are
decidedly pale reds, or as was said in an earlier generation, "pinkos." But all three have grand
ambitions, make no mistake, to achieve through imposition the social — or should it be said,
socialist — democracy that lies with deadening weight across the width and breadth of Western
Europe. These three Democratic leaders are working within our system of government to fundamentally
alter government's relationship to the people. If these three succeed, the American experiment in
liberty will effectively end.
Defeat vs. Repeal.
The big question for Americans is whether they are better off defeating the monstrosity of Obamacare now or
whether it is best to let the Democrats pass it and then work to repeal it, whether it takes a day or a
decade. The short answer is: Defeat it.
be over. Even Nancy Pelosi's harshest GOP critics don't doubt her ability to wrangle votes.
She has a chance to pass ObamaCare again through the House in a bout of arm-twisting so intense it might violate
the Geneva Conventions. If Pelosi somehow succeeds, Democrats will tell themselves they've finally attained
a goal that has eluded them since Truman. But it won't be over.
by Slaughter. The sense around here for the last week or so has been that "only the House vote
matters" in deciding the fate of Obamacare. But what if the Democrats can pass the bill with no House
vote at all? Astoundingly, House Democrats appear to be preparing to do just that.
Didn't I Warn About Alinsky?
In the column I wrote the very day after the 2008 elections, I warned about how if the Obamites couldn't win
under the current rules, they would just change the rules or otherwise break them. The latest idea, the
"Slaughter Solution," is just one such example.
Slaughter House. The
chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., has found a new way to ram big government
health care down an unwilling America's throat: pass it without a vote. ... If you thought using budget
reconciliation rules to shove through health reform was dastardly, wait until you get a load of "the Slaughter
Pelosi Has the Votes, Then Why Does the House Need the Slaughter Solution? There is no chance
Pelosi has the votes to pass ObamaCare and she knows it. ... Clearly, this Congress is so desperate to pass
ObamaCare, despite the American people's utter hatred of the bill and everything it represents —
including the path to socialism and government control of the people. However, if this Congress
continues down this path of violating the Constitution, the "people" will have a viable case, class-action or
otherwise, in the US courts because it is going to be extremely difficult for a judge to ignore that the 111th
Democrat-Progressive led Congress violated Article I, Section 7 to the most obscene extent.
Democrats' Pickett's Charge: The final fight over health care boils down to a simple
formulation: The People vs. Pelosi. In district after district, the next 10 days will
feature an aroused citizenry demanding a no vote while an ideologically motivated speaker demands assent.
The echo of this push/pull will take place in the minds of the Democratic House members. Each will ask
himself whether he is really prepared to throw away his career for this vote. Is this it? Is this
legislation worth the end of line?
Ruling Kills an Option for Moving Health Bill.
The Senate Parliamentarian has ruled that President Barack Obama must sign Congress' original health care
reform bill before the Senate can act on a companion reconciliation package, senior GOP sources said
Have You Ever Seen A President Act
This Way Before? I'm talking about the full-court press on the part of The Community Organizer
and the Democrats to demonize the health insurance industry. This is Obama's current tactic on trying to
get his health-care poison pill passed. The feeling is that if you gin up enough hatred of the health
insurance industry in the dumb masses, the people will crawl to Washington on their bloody hands and knees
begging their Savior, Barack Obama, to do something to save them.
They Won't Make That Mistake Again.
[Howard] Dean had a sobering message for Democrats on this healthcare vote. He says, "The plan, as it
comes from the Senate, hangs out every Democrat who's running for office to dry — including the
president, in 2012, because it makes him defend a plan that isn't in effect essentially yet." I guess
Dean just hasn't been listening to Nancy Pelosi. We were, though, when Pelosi told Democrats that they
should be willing to sacrifice their jobs by voting for ObamaCare. Yup, set the government takeover of
healthcare into motion, even if they know it will cost them re-election.
House aide confirms Slaughter Solution never used before.
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have never before been asked to pass legislation by "deeming" it
approved under a House rule instead of following the process required by the U.S. Constitution in which they
actually vote on the proposal itself, according to a senior aide to House Republicans.
House Will Attach Student Loan Reform To Health Care Bill. House Democrats plan to attach reform of
the federal student loan system to the health care overhaul legislation, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said
today. Folding student loan legislation into the reconciliation bill for health care reform "fixes" could
allow the Obama administration to pass two of their top domestic priorities with a simple Senate majority vote.
Obama's Student-Loan Takeover.
Obama's healthcare "reform" legislation included a federal takeover of the college student-loan business.
Obama touted this aspect of "reform" as a way to save $68 billion over the next 11 years. The
savings would go to pay for expanded Pell Grants for low-income students and to help low-income graduates pay
back their student loans. But more is going on here than the standard Obama redistributionist impulse.
Student loans have become a weapon to attack and control private colleges.
Republicans Can Stop The Health Care Bill in 3 Steps. The stakes in the health care debate
continue to climb. For the Democrats, they truly are in between a self-imposed Barack and a hard place.
If they produce a health care bill that Obama signs over the objections of the American people, they risk
losing 55 or more House seats and 8-10 Senate seats. If they don't push through a bill, they will
have angered yet another part of their base.
Reconciliation 'Never, Never, Never' Been Used Like This Before. So much for the MSM refrain
about Republicans having previously used reconciliation just as Dems are proposing to do now on ObamaCare.
Larry O'Donnell has emphatically proclaimed that the way Dems intend to use reconciliation is "unprecedented" and
has "never, never, never" been so used before. O'Donnell's many off-his-meds rants notwithstanding, he
actually does understand the legislative process, having served as Dem Chief of Staff of the Senate Committee
on Finance back in the HillaryCare day.
Washington, Not The Individual,
Gets Control In President's Plan. On Wednesday [3/10/2010] in Missouri, President Obama delivered
his 37th speech promoting his health reform proposal, despite sustained opposition from inside and outside his
own party. Previous arguments didn't sell. In early 2009, he couldn't convince fiscal conservatives
with his pitch that "health reform is deficit reduction." In late 2009, middle America wasn't persuaded
that 2,000 pages of statutes were necessary to cover pre-existing conditions. Early in 2010, the
president tried the "it's time to get it over with" line — and Scott Brown was elected
senator from Massachusetts.
Treasure Hunt for votes isn't going well. It's official. The Senate parliamentarian has
ruled that if the House of Representatives passes the health care bill approved by the Senate last December,
President Obama will have to sign it into law before any amendments can be made. That puts House Democrats
in a real bind.
Obama's sick obsession.
As the ability of government to take over the health care system draws tantalizingly near, the president
and leaders of the majority party have become infected with a kind of mania. President Obama and
Democratic congressional leaders seem determined to ram through a severely flawed piece of legislation
by any means necessary, heedless of the desires of the American people or the negative impact on the
system they mistakenly say needs to be saved.
Slaughter Strategy: This week will be the last stand for Obamacare, and the trickery that
Speaker Pelosi is concocting to get the 2,700-page Senate bill through the House almost defies belief.
It's aptly called the "Slaughter Strategy," after Rep. Louise Slaughter (D., N.Y.), who chairs the House
Rules Committee. Under this scheme, House members would vote on a bill of amendments to the despised
Senate bill, and the Senate bill would be "deemed" to have passed if this companion bill is approved.
This is supposed to inoculate House members, who could say they never actually voted for the Senate bill.
Procedure Being Used to Pass Unconstitutional ObamaCare. House leaders are preparing to ram
through ObamaCare this week without a vote. Not only is the legislation unconstitutional, but the
process being used to pass it is unconstitutional. ... This procedure is going to be debated extensively
this week and may be the key issue as to whether President Obama signs legislation to provide a de facto
government-run health care system.
Scrap ObamaCare Today. In terms
of both policy and process, this health care bill has been fundamentally flawed since the start. Now,
desperate to ram through a health care bill at any cost, President Obama and his allies are preparing to use
reconciliation, which would prove once and for all their inability and unwillingness to fix Washington and
responsibly manage the people's business. Going down this road will also make clear that the poetry and
promises of 2008's campaign have completely evaporated and given way to the dark side of Washington's
politics as usual.
This Is the Final Push!
If Senator Reid, Speaker Pelosi, and President Obama get their way, soon our country will be changed forever.
Using every partisan parliamentary trick in the book (including some they invented just last week), Washington's
Left intends to ram through their takeover of our health care system regardless of the consequences.
No Taxation with
Misrepresentation? If Congress passes a takeover of health care via dubious means, flouting
the consent of the governed, the consequences may be far more profound than dreamed by Reid, Pelosi, and
Obama. In addition to violating the spirit and perhaps the letter of the Constitution by changing the
House rules to deem that the Senate Health Care Bill has passed, Speaker Pelosi is now thinking about folding
the federal government's takeover of students loans into the process.
aren't suicidal. They're self-executing. Republicans are on solid ground when they say
Democrats are considering an unprecedented maneuver to pass their health care bill. And for what purpose?
Do Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer believe voters won't figure out who voted for Obamacare
and who didn't? That Republicans will ease their opposition because the final vote was for a rule, and not
the specific bill itself? Do they think that anyone won't get the message?
says her solution is 'constitutional'. Emerging from a meeting with Democratic leaders in House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) office today [3/16/2010], House Rules Committee Chair Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
discussed the constitutionality of the "self-executing rule" she has condoned. This particular procedure
could be used to "deem" the Senate version of the health care legislation passed in the lower chamber without
members voting on the actual health care bill.
Slaughter Rule: Yet Another Reason Obamacare Would Be Unconstitutional. As written, the
current health care bill before Congress already is guaranteed to face serious constitutional challenges on
enumerated powers, 5th Amendment, racial discrimination, and unequal state treatment. Now the White House
seems determined to add a whole new reason courts will throw out Obamacare on sight. Director of the
Stanford Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and former-federal judge Michael McConnell explains...
Supreme Court rule unconstitutional law passed with Slaughter Solution? Democrats in Congress
might want to re-read the 1998 Supreme Court decision Clinton v. City of New York, 524 U.S. 417
before moving forward with the Slaughter Solution to pass President Obama's health care reform bill. ... The
reason, according to Amy Ridenour at the National Center Blog, is that the Justice John Paul Stevens
articulated in the majority opinion the precise rationale for a similar ruling against legislation
passed using the Slaughter Solution.
Rules. We're not sure American schools teach civics any more, but once upon a time they taught
that under the U.S. Constitution a bill had to pass both the House and Senate to become law. Until this
week, that is, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi is moving to merely "deem" that the House has passed the Senate
health-care bill and then send it to President Obama to sign anyway.
Slaughter Rule Unconstitutional.
Stanford Professor Michael McConnell, writing in the Wall Street Journal, argues that the Slaughter Rule end
run is unconstitutional.
What Democrats Think of
the American People: Democratic leaders in the House are apparently moving towards the "Slaughter
Solution" of avoiding a direct vote on the health care legislation and instead passing the Senate health care
bill by voting to "deem" it passed. As they do so, they keep reassuring the media — and each
other — that the American people don't care.
Care Deception Gets Uglier & Uglier. The finale of the health-care debate couldn't be more
fitting. House Democrats are considering passing an exotic parliamentary rule relieving them of the
burden of voting for the underlying bill, which will be "deemed" passed. So a bill sold under blatantly
false pretenses and passed in the Senate on the strength of indefensible deals would become law in a final
flourish of deceptive high-handedness.
Cafferty: Pelosi 'Beyond Sleazy' For Endorsing Slaughter Solution. On Tuesday's [3/16/2010]
Situation Room, CNN's Jack Cafferty returned to targeting Nancy Pelosi, this time for endorsing the controversial
"Slaughter Solution" to passing ObamaCare through the House of Representatives without a vote. Cafferty
labeled the proposal "beyond sleazy," and later flatly remarked, "This reeks!"
Our sturdy system
of governance. [Scroll down] Now an intriguing variation on the broken-government question
has come up: Is our government broken if it permits to pass a historically significant bill against the
overwhelming opposition of an aroused public? Consider that this week — expected to be the
climactic House vote-casting week for health care — President Obama and the Democratic congressional
leadership are fighting furiously to pass, with no Republican votes, the ever-less-popular bill.
suicide mission for the Democrats. Nancy Pelosi, the dominatrix of the Democrats, boasts that
she has the votes to prevail, but if she does, it's a puzzle why she and the president keep putting off the
vote. If she has the votes, why did the president postpone leaving for Guam, Indonesia and Australia
to stay here to deal with a few congressional arms that won't stay twisted?
care bill can be defeated. House passage of the Democrats' health care bill is not a foregone
conclusion despite their 75-seat majority in the chamber. ... The all-out effort to ram through the
legislation before Easter recess is telling. If members of Congress merely risked being confronted by
Potemkin crowds that don't represent the majority of voters, there would be nothing to fear.
White House's phony case for its health plan. No matter what the White House says, the public
has taken a look at the health care proposal as a whole. They don't like it. It's as simple as
Care Is Obama's Gateway Drug. With Barack Obama, his rhetoric isn't the reality. The
reality of his current message on health care is actually this: bail out my presidency because I'm too
big to fail. In rhetoric, there is what is said and what is meant. Obama publicly says his health
care reforms must pass to save money and save those at risk. But what he privately admits to
Democrats — whose arms he is twisting to vote for reforms the public hates — is that his
bill must pass by any means necessary to save his presidency.
Democrats Fly True Colors In
Health War. As of this writing, a president who seems willing to interrupt prime-time
programming on the slightest pretext has not scheduled a speech from the Oval Office to make his final
health reform appeal. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is working her parliamentarians overtime to achieve
the congressional equivalent of the Immaculate Conception — a law without a vote.
Wags the Dog with the Obama Intifada. President Obama's health care plan is swirling the drain.
Americans don't like it — the latest Rasmussen poll has just 43 percent of Americans in favor,
with 53 percent opposed — and that dislike has the Obama administration suggesting that polls
don't actually mirror the will of the American people. "They're waiting for us to act," Obama told a
crowd in Ohio on Monday. "They don't want us reading polls. They want us to look and see what is
the best thing for America." This is paternalism of the highest order — he knows what's
better for us than we do ourselves.
Speaker Pelosi is teetering on the edge of a cliff and it's a long way down. House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi is prepared to sacrifice her members like lambs to the slaughter. Literally. Pelosi
(D-Calif.) is so desperate to get health care passed this week before members take a break that she will
likely employ the "Slaughter Strategy" — a very appropriately named, arrogant abuse of House rules
that would allow members of Pelosi's caucus to simply vote on changes to the Senate bill and "deem" the bill
passed without a member ever having to choose "aye" or "nay."
health care interlude, 'All I Have to Do Is Deem'. To the tune of "All I Have to Do Is Dream,"
by the Everly Brothers.
I want a bill in the worst way.
I've tried the beg-and-coerce way.
Whatever I want now, all I have to do is
Deem, deem, deem, deem.
Challenge Legitimacy of Plan to Avoid Direct Vote on Health Care. As the House of Representatives
moves toward approving one of the most sweeping pieces of domestic legislation in U.S. history, critics are
fuming that Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to usher through a health care bill ... without a vote.
Not Even A Vote?!
Just when you thought Washington couldn't get more corrupt, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week seems intent
on trampling representative government itself. Unable to get the votes to pass their U.S. health care
revolution, she and her fellow Democratic leaders have figured out a way to pass it without a vote.
Obamacare: Dead Man Walking.
Don't you think, if the Democrats had the votes for Obamacare, it would be the law of the land right now? ... I
know the common wisdom among the Democrat denizens of Washington, D.C. is that once Obamacare becomes law the
great heaving mass of ignorant and unwashed citizens will quickly forget about the whole thing. They
Republicans Will Force Vote on Slaughter Rule.
Republicans cannot force a vote on the actual resolution but they can force a vote on having a vote. Given
the toxic political climate on Capitol Hill right now — and people nationwide paying more attention
than ever to parliamentary process through the internet, cable news and talk radio — the vote on
whether or not to vote on the resolution could have political consequences for Democrats.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Pres. Barack Obama seem absolutely determined to get House Democrats to pass the
Senate health-care bill. Arms aren't all they're twisting: They are also bending the rules of
Congress. The latest gambit is to have the House "deem" the Senate bill to have passed without actually
voting on it. Like so much about the Democrats' health-care initiative, this tactic is both outrageous
Rips Media for Not Covering Deem and Pass; Suggests Pelosi Impeachment Warranted. [Scroll down]
"Well yeah and the other thing is treason media," Bachmann said. "Where is the mainstream media in all
of this not telling this story? This is a compelling story — that the Speaker of the House
would even consider having us pass a bill that no one votes on?" According to Bachmann, this is such an
egregious maneuver by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, to force through health care reform using the
Slaughter Rule, as known as deem and pass, that it warrants her impeachment from the post.
and Pass' Shows Democrats' Healthcare Arrogance Problem. So Speaker Pelosi will "deem" the
$875 billion Senate healthcare reform bill to have already passed the House, a process the Post's editorial
page says "threatens to turn into something unseemly." Threatens? It turned unseemly a long time
ago — let's recall the Cornhusker Compromise — which is why the speaker can't get enough
votes to pass it.
embarrass easy,' &c.. I am not a liberal Democrat, and you may not be, either. But if we
were: Don't you think we'd be embarrassed at the way Pelosi et al are going about getting
"Obamacare" through? The parliamentary maneuvering, the skullduggery?
Pelosi Tactic for Health-Care Vote
Would Raise Legal Questions. Pelosi said this week she might use a parliamentary technique that
would "deem" House members to have passed the Senate's health-care plan by voting for a more politically
palatable package of changes. Some legal scholars question whether that approach can be squared with
the Constitution and the Supreme Court's 1998 declaration that the two houses of Congress must approve "precisely
the same text" before a bill can become a law.
run by Dems is a travesty. Any vote in support of an abomination like this "self-executing rule"
should be viewed for what it is: an abdication of responsibility regarding the most significant
social legislation in 70 years. It will not provide the cover Pelosi thinks. We will see the
Republicans Will Get Only 30 Minutes on House Floor to
Debate Slaughter Rule. Under the standard procedures of the House of Representatives, Republicans
will get only 30 minutes on the House floor to debate the special "rule" being prepared by House Rules
Chairman Louise Slaughter (D.-N.Y.) that would deem the Senate health care bill passed in the House without
an actual vote on the bill as required by Article I, Section VII of the Constitution.
Levin's Landmark Legal Foundation to File Immediate
Constitutional Challenge If... Landmark Legal Foundation President Mark Levin, who served as
chief of staff in the Reagan Justice Department, said he plans to file an immediate lawsuit if House
Democratic leaders try to use an unconstitutional manuever to pass the Senate health care bill without
actually having to vote on it.
Obama Might Sign Other Bills Without Yea-or-Nay Votes.
The White House declined on Thursday to rule out that President Barack Obama might sign future legislation,
such as an immigration reform measure, that has not been put to a recorded yea-or-nay vote in both houses
Why the Democrats are on a suicide mission.
As a FOX commentator reminded viewers last night [3/16/2010], the current Obama Care strategy is the use of
"inevitability" to persuade undecideds to climb on the "bandwagon" while "demoralizing" opponents into
believing they don't stand a chance. In other words, it is no more than a "bluff." At this point,
it's looking likely this approach may turn out to be a "suicide pill" for the current Democratic party as a
Democrats in the
Deathmobile. Does anyone else remember what happened Jan. 19? ... Scott Brown won by
pledging to be the Senate's "41st vote" against Obamacare, but Nancy Pelosi and her fellow House Democrats
seem intent on pretending that Brown's historic victory in Massachusetts never happened as they prepare to
enact the president's health care plan By Any Means Necessary.
the twilight zone. Nancy Pelosi has scheduled a vote for Sunday, maybe to vote by not voting.
The president has canceled his trip to Asia and the atmosphere in Washington grows surreal and surrealer. The
speaker yearns to be a suicide bomber, blowing up her party's November prospects, or at least the leader of the
Democratic squadron of kamikaze pilots. No one can quite remember when a party in power has been so
determined to self-destruct, with the speaker as provocateur, egging everyone on.
and 'Dodgy' Maneuvers Would Invite Legal Challenges. The convoluted and questionable method
under discussion by both Houses of Congress for final passage of the long-debated health care legislation
raises serious constitutional concerns, which, at best, will lead to protracted and wholly avoidable litigation
and continued doubt about the bill's validity.
Impeached? If the President is not going to insist that the Constitution must be
followed — including that pesky little clause that bills must be approved by a vote in both
houses of Congress — then he is not fulfilling his oath to "support and defend the Constitution
against all enemies foreign and domestic." ... The "deem and pass" approach violates Article 1
Section 7: "in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and
Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal
of each House respectively."
Republican attorneys general threaten
health care suits. Numerous Republican state attorneys general announced Friday that they
are prepping to file a federal lawsuit protesting the so-called "deem and pass" procedural maneuver and
coverage mandates in the health care bill.
A Little Social Engineering is Death.
The reconciliation process was created in 1974 as part of a budget resolution primarily to deal with budget-related
bills. It was intended to deal with only budgetary issues and when used by the GOP in the past that was all it
was used for. Democratic Senator Robert Byrd, one of the primary sponsors of the reconciliation called what
his own party planned to do with his rule "misguided".
Rules Committee meeting descends into chaos. At the
House Rules Committee meeting, Democrats desperate to pass their national health care plan are running into
the barrier of basic civics. ... I just talked with a Republican rules expert, and it appears that there is
nothing in the rules of the House that will prevent Democrats from scheduling the vote for the amendments
package before the vote on the Senate bill itself — that is, voting to amend the law before
it becomes law.
The Demon Pass
and Its Self-Executing Slaughter Solution. [Scroll down slowly] The political carnage
in November will surely be breathtaking to behold, but recognize clearly that the body count has already
begun with the resignations and announced retirements of several congressmen justifiably fearful of the
harsh judgment of their constituents. Senator Mendez from New Jersey is facing a recall petition.
Several other states have recall statutes at their disposal. Watch for similar actions to be
initiated as the conflict intensifies in the coming months.
Democrats at the
Edge of the Cliff. There was always something eerie about the way the Democrats said their
health-care legislation was what the American people had waited "70 years" for. Invoking the ghosts
of 1939 was kind of creepy. Then when the moment in history finally arrived, history got no votes from
the other party. Whatever the politics, there was something ominous about all this. One felt something
else was going on. A Pew Research Center report just out, the one that says trust in government
is at an "historic low" of only 22%, looks like the something else.
listen to anybody? Large and growing majorities opposed Obamacare in public opinion survey
after survey, yet Obama and his congressional allies wrote the bill behind closed doors, made multiple
corrupt bargains to gain votes, and passed it anyway. When General Motors bondholders opposed Obama's
takeover, he flouted age-old bankruptcy law while effectively nationalizing the automaker and handing it over
to the United Auto Workers union.
Democrats have been obsessed with socialized medicine for decades
ObamaCare and the
Liberal Obsession. If President Obama's health-care initiative fails, there is no longer a
rationale for being a liberal in the United States. Everything else on liberalism's to-do list is
footnotes. Passing national health insurance has obsessed every Democratic president since Franklin
Why Dems Are Obsessed
by Health Reform. Many in the trenches are uneasy about the sprawling, complex bill they privately
acknowledge has no bipartisan support, doesn't seriously tackle soaring costs and will increase insurance premiums.
That may explain Majority Leader Harry Reid's haste — he has ordered a rare Sunday session this weekend to hurry up
the debate. Public support for the bill averages only 39.2% backing in all polls compiled by Pollster.com.
From Awful to
Worse. The Obama administration and congressional Democrats long ago gave up any pretense of
working to rationally reform American health care. The exercise now underway in the Senate is a mad
dash to get to 60 votes, and nothing more. That's why some Democratic senators who had no idea
exactly what is in the "breakthrough deal" announced by majority leader Harry Reid last week immediately
hailed it as a milestone.
Mistake. Why so much focus on health care and so little focus on the economy? Perhaps it's because
Obama — like many Democratic Presidents before him — wants to be the next Franklin Roosevelt. For
whatever reason, they seem to dream of getting themselves into the pantheon of leaders who expand the federal
government's role in the provision of social welfare. And health care is the white whale of the Democratic
Party's social welfare agenda.
Can Obamacare be stopped?
Can ObamaCare Be Stopped?. The courts have not yet produced any
ObamaCare-killing rulings. John Roberts's stupefying decision to uphold the individual mandate by calling it a tax ensured that ObamaCare would go forward.
Dozens of lawsuits are pending, and once the states and the regulated community understand how overreaching the ACA actually is, a flood of additional lawsuits will
Bolling Urges Warner and Webb to Not Support Health
Care Reform. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling sent a strongly worded letter to Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner
Monday expressing outrage over special concessions given to certain states to obtain support for federal health
care legislation from their Senators and asking them to oppose this legislation, which Bolling called "misguided."
totters on the precipice. Obamacrats at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are peddling
the notion that passage of Obamacare is a stone-cold inevitability. Don't believe it for a second,
if for no other reason than the fact that nothing the Senate has done on its version of Obamacare in
recent weeks actually amounts to a legislative hill of beans.
Fight. The Founding Fathers
created a Republic, but 60 Senators are poised to take it away. With the pending disaster of the
passage in the Senate of a bill nationalizing one sixth of the U.S. economy and our entire healthcare
system at a cost of over $2.5 trillion, we are faced with a crucial question: are the
Republican senators using every means at their disposal to stop this looming, tyrannical abuse of
power? Unfortunately, the answer appears to be "no."
How is Obamacare to be stopped?
The longer this bill is on the floor being debated on the merits (or lack of them) the fewer people support
it, and the more Democrats have to answer for how bad it is.
Four Tactical Steps That Will Defeat Obamacare.
[#1.] Denounce this bill for the lying fraud scheme it is: Just as an example: The Congressional Budget
Office (CBO) "scored" the Pelosi bill to cost $1.055 trillion — far above Barack Obama's $900 billion
ceiling. Pelosi immediately held a press conference and announced her bill would cost $894 billion —
a figure that did not appear in the CBO report and which could be reached only by subtracting projected IRS-administered
penalties from the actual cost.
Dick Morris and the
Crusade against ObamaCare. But Dick Morris is doing his best work now in his crusade against
ObamaCare. He seems charged with high purpose, principle, and energy. If he continues to receive
support, he might help save America from a health care catastrophe. Catastrophe, of course, is
also the title of Morris' recent co-authored bestseller outlining the countless ways that the most radical
president in American history is leading the country towards a rendezvous with decline and doom.
No threatening to have bill read on Senate floor. Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who
developed a close friendship with President Obama when they served together in the Senate, is threatening to
have the entire health care bill read on the Senate floor. Senior Senate Democratic aides had heard
Coburn was considering having potentially thousands of pages read aloud in effort to stall passage.
bill could get 34-hour reading in Senate. The 2,074-page Senate health care bill would take
34 hours to read cover to cover — and that's just what Sen. Tom Coburn wants done on the Senate
floor. The Oklahoma Republican has threatened to invoke parliamentary rules to force the Senate
clerk (or more likely, a team of clerks) to read the massive bill before the full Senate begins formal
debate on the legislation.
Can States Protect Themselves
Against Massive Health Care Intrusion? Alabama State Rep. Mac Gipson, R-Prattville, will
introduce in the 2010 session of the Legislature the Alabama Care Freedom Act constitutional amendment
that will protect the rights of patients to make their own health care choices. Further, his measure
prohibits penalties levied on patients for declining participation in any big government passed Pelosi/Obama
health care plan. To date, 22 states have introduced similar initiatives.
The Bill to
Nowhere. "This is our moment," President Obama proclaimed this weekend, shortly after the
House passed H.R. 3962, a sprawling, 1,990-page version of the health care reform that has become the
president's chief policy goal. The moment, though, proved fleeting. The House bill, which imposes
punishing new taxes even as it dramatically expands the federal government's reach into health care, is now
set to limp into the Senate with little realistic chance of passage.
Reid's ObamaCare 'by any legislative means necessary'. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,
has delivered his ultimatum to Republicans in the Senate. And it is nothing short of a coup of representative
government. Either Republicans bow to the demands of the Senate's Democratic leaders and pass a "bipartisan"
bill, or Reid will invoke reconciliation, a process that requires only 51 votes to pass the bill.
DeMint escalates attacks on Obama plan.
In unusually pointed terms, DeMint turned the tables on Obama, accusing him of blocking health care reforms while
Obama was a U.S. senator. "I've probably introduced more legislation to reform health care since I've been
in the Senate than probably any other senator. "The fact is, Barack didn't introduce any major reform
legislation, and he voted against every reform measure," DeMint said.
Health Care Plan Can Be Defeated. The Democrats' most recent answer to the question of how they will pay
for their trillion-dollar health-care reform was just announced by Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel. He
wants to impose a surtax on incomes over $280,000, which would be a staggering blow to small businesses that
create most jobs.
ObamaCare Isn't Inevitable.
[Scroll down] By a 58%-to-37% margin, American prefer reforming health care "without raising taxes or
increasing the deficit" to government investing "new resources to make sure it is done right." This is
why Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus blanched when committee staffers priced his —
which is also the Obama administration's — draft legislation at a cool $1.6 trillion over the
The GOP Can Stop ObamaCare.
It's extremely unlikely that Republicans will be able to pass their own health-care plan in this Congress.
But in politics you can't beat something with nothing, so it is critical that the GOP offers an alternative to
President Barack Obama's government-run monstrosity. Americans will listen more closely to Republicans
if they make empirical and specific arguments against Mr. Obama's attempted government takeover of the nation's
health system. But they must also offer proposals that families, small-businesspeople and health-care
providers will applaud.
How to Stop Socialized Health
Care: It was a sobering breakfast with one of the smartest Republicans on Capitol Hill. We can fix a
lot of bad stuff President Barack Obama might do, he told me. But if Mr. Obama signs into law a "public option,"
government-run insurance program as part of health-care reform we won't be able to undo the damage. I'd go the
Republican member of Congress one further: If Democrats enact a public-option health-insurance program, America
is on the way to becoming a European-style welfare state. To prevent this from happening, there are five
arguments Republicans must make.
Health Care Takeover Must be Our Top Priority. "President Obama says that the nation is in a
very deep recession and it will take considerable time to recover." Ladies and gentlemen, we are in a
bad recession precisely because of President Obama's policies. His policies have deepened the recession,
and they are responsible for lengthening it, and his announced "solutions" today to speed up more government
spending with more hiring of "shovel-ready jobs" and so forth is only going to compound the problem and make
it even worse ... The question remains: At what point will people who voted for Obama begin to
see it this way?
Alternative to Obamacare. While President Obama may believe the stars are aligned for major
health reform this year it is far from certain whether Congress will pass a bill that works. The
groups that are most likely to unravel this effort are not the president's opponents, but his allies.
Obama's liberal [health care] reforms would probably be irreversible. Most ominous is creation of a government health
insurance program open to everyone. The respected Lewin Group estimates such a program would soon cover 130 million
Americans, most of them refugees from private insurance. It would only be a short step to a Canadian-style, single
payer system run by bureaucrats in Washington.
ObamaCare. The Obama plan, whatever its tactical cleverness, will suffer from the
key drawbacks of all government-financed and managed health insurance. It would make the government the
gatekeeper — the controller of prices and the provider of coverage. Health care decisions
would increasingly be made in Washington and subject to political pressures that take into account neither
patient needs nor economic realities.
the Destruction of American Health Care. President Obama served notice on Tuesday night that he intends a
massive rewrite of the laws governing health care in the United States. Unlike the stimulus bill, such legislation
will do far more damage than just the waste of hundreds of billions of dollars. Obamacare will of course be
extraordinarily expensive, but far worse, it will radically alter the health care delivery system in the U.S.
If the Congress and the Administration get it wrong, the best health care system in history will quickly tailspin
into mediocrity or worse.
Reconciliation. For Democrats, the medicine cabinet is mostly empty, save for "a poisonous pill called
reconciliation," says Sen. Judd Gregg (R., N.H.), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, to National
Review Online. That's the Senate budget procedure enabling a bill to pass with 51 votes. As
Democrats plot to keep Obamacare alive, they seem ready to pop that pill and "swallow the consequences,"
in Cloud Cuckoo Land. When the majority of voters in the bluest of blue states elects a
candidate opposed to Obamacare to fill the Senate seat previously held by the man who was that proposal's
most prominent supporter, there is a clear message: You lost because of what you've been doing for
the past year, so stop doing it.
Dem health care talks collapsing.
Health care reform teetered on the brink of collapse Thursday [1/21/2010] as House and Senate leaders
struggled to coalesce around a strategy to rescue the plan, in the face of growing pessimism among
lawmakers that the president's top priority can survive.
drop health plan in face of voter anger. Congressional Democrats are abandoning their
massive health care package in the face of strong public resistance manifested in the election of
Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts to the Senate. Brown's victory Tuesday [1/19/2010] halted
the intense backroom negotiations aimed at merging competing House and Senate versions of President
Obama's health plan.
How Democrats could pass health bill with
51 votes (it isn't pretty). The procedure, known as "budget reconciliation," likely would
limit the scope of the legislation. However, it also would permit a bill to pass with a simple
majority of 51 votes.
The Editor says...
Yes, but first you have to find 51 senators who don't want to be re-elected.
Totalitarianism = Unstoppable one-party rule
Dems intend to bypass GOP on health compromise.
House and Senate Democrats intend to bypass traditional procedures when they negotiate a final compromise on health
care legislation, officials said Monday [01/04/2010], a move that will exclude Republican lawmakers and reduce their
ability to delay or force politically troubling votes in both houses.
National Health Care With 51 Votes.
Late last week President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders agreed to use "budget reconciliation"
if necessary to jam a massive health-care bill through Congress. Most Americans probably greeted this
news with the glazed eyes and yawns that should rightfully accompany any discussion of "the federal budget
process" longer than 30 seconds. But this decision is a deeply troublesome attempt to circumvent
the normal and customary workings of American democracy.
This week, there was a major development that could give one political party carte blanche to remake the country's health
care system. ... A procedural vote ... increased the likelihood of a federal government takeover of health care. Both
houses of Congress passed a $3.5 trillion budget resolution. Included in the conference report was reconciliation
language that would allow health care legislation to be rammed through the expedited budgetary process with no amendments,
no filibusters, and minimal debate.
Reconciliation Is Not Negotiation.
The President's plan is drafted in a way that envisions the use of a highly partisan parliamentary tactic,
reconciliation, to pass the bill. Reconciliation could allow liberals in Congress to ignore the concerns
of Republicans, moderate Democrats and the American people during the legislative process.
Their words come back to haunt them:
Obama, Biden, Clinton, Dodd & More Believe
Reconciliation is Unconstitutional. The Obama White House has recently announced that they
will go forward with a reconciliation process — sometimes called the "nuclear option" —
to try and pass their government run healthcare plan in the Senate. This process circumvents a
Republican filibuster and only requires a simple majority vote of 51 rather than 60. What did top
Democrats think of this process previously?
As Despotic as They
Need to Be. Critics of the Senate's 60-vote cloture threshold have come out in full force since
the Democrats lost their 60th Senate seat (and some before). ... The argument made is that a majority vote
carries the day. But the very structure of our Constitutional Republic sets limits on majority power.
From the amendment process to the state-strengthening 10th Amendment to the Senate itself, the American system
has built-in defenses against what Thomas Jefferson called "mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people
may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."
ObamaCare is Tyranny,
Not Legislation. What we're seeing in Washington, D.C. is not "politics as usual" with the arm
twisting and "horse trading" that is typical in getting a bill passed; instead, it is ideological warfare.
What Obama, Reid and Pelosi are doing is not legislating; it is an act of tyranny — overturning all
the rules and principles of government in a representative democracy. ... Apparently Obama, Reid and Pelosi aren't
worried about losing control of Congress in 2010 or even the presidency in 2012, because their higher goal is
to irrevocably institutionalize their ideology.
The 60th Vote Regrets. One of the tragedies of
the Obama Administration is the historic political accident that it had 60 Senate Democratic votes in 2009. The ability to break a filibuster
without Republican votes empowered the left to think it could pass anything, and so it steamrolled ahead with ObamaCare, which needed every one of those
60 votes to pass. Now a couple of those Senators are expressing regrets about those votes after the fact.
A totalitarian says she is surprised by the resistance.
Obamacare More 'Difficult' Than Anticipated. The Hill noted that Sebelius, speaking at the Harvard School of Public Health, said
Republican governors who have rejected the health exchanges and Medicaid expansion have frustrated the administration's efforts to smoothly roll out
the law. As a result, she said the administration faces "state-by-state political battles" they had not anticipated.
To Blame GOP For Coming ObamaCare Failures. As Democrats grow increasingly worried that ObamaCare will explode on the launch pad just as
midterm elections get going, the Obama administration seeks to pin blame on Republicans.
Who is to blame for Obamacare? Who are the enablers?
lobbies against Medicare changes that could hurt its bottom line. As Washington debates whether to cut federal retirement
programs as part of a deal to tackle the nation's debt, one of the most powerful advocates for preserving them could have millions of
dollars riding on the outcome. AARP, the highly influential lobby for older Americans, is fiercely opposing any Medicare or Social
Security cuts and emphasizes that it is fighting for the good of its members. But the proposals for changing Medicare also could
affect AARP's bottom line.
The Love Song of AARP and Obama.
Thanks to just-released emails from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we now know that AARP worked through 2009-10 as an extension of a
Democratic White House, toiling daily to pass a health bill that slashes $716 billion from Medicare, strips seniors of choice, and sets
the stage for rationing. We know that despite AARP's awareness that its seniors overwhelmingly opposed the bill, the "nonpartisan
membership organization" chose to serve the president's agenda. The 71 pages of emails show an AARP management taking orders from
the White House, scripting the president's talking points, working to keep its board "in line," and pledging fealty to "the cause."
AARP Stands by as Obama Gets Mugged by Reality.
Having provided full-throated support to the President and the Democrats on Obamacare, and resisted Medicare reform, AARP has begun to revert to its
nonpartisan pose now that Obama appears to be in trouble.
Sorry AARP, you own Obamacare. I have written
numerous times about AARP's love affair with Obamacare, including recently disclosed documents showing coordination of strategy.
Proponents of Obamacare often cited AARP's support as the equivalent of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Few AARP members
probably realize how big a role AARP played in Obamacare.
Being booed by AARP is a badge of honor.
I haven't written much lately about the insurance sales organization doing business as a senior citizens advocacy group using the name AARP.
You have AARP, among other corporate sell-outs, to thank for Obamacare, as I posted in 2009-2010. [...] So Paul Ryan being booed by an organization
which has caused so much damage to our economy and our health care system should be viewed as a badge of honor.
Ryan at the AARP. Mr. Ryan deserves credit
merely for showing up at an organization that portrays itself as nonpartisan but whose leadership is dominated by long-time liberals who consistently
pursue the Democratic Party's entitlement agenda. On Friday, [...] Kimberley Strassel reported on the long email trail showing how AARP officials
served as an arm of the White House in promoting ObamaCare.
Book: Obamacare law was designed to
unionize 21 million health care workers. In a book set for publication Tuesday [8/21/2012], a politics and government professor at The Citadel
claims President Obama's 2009 health care reform law was, in part, a union-driven effort to organize 21 million health care workers. In "Shadowbosses:
Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind," Mallory Factor describes a December 9, 2008 memo from Service Employees International
Union (SEIU) Healthcare president Dennis Rivera to the Obama-Biden transition team. That memo outlined a legislative proposal calling for "increasing
the capacity of the health care workforce" as part of a larger health care reform initiative.
HHS caught campaigning for Democrats. New documents obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom
of Information Act request show that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spent over one million
taxpayer dollars promoting Obamacare in coordination with the 2010 mid-term elections.
Klayman wins round against Obama health reform panel. The suit alleges that as the administration
pressed for passage of health care reform legislation, White House officials set up a panel of lobbyists from
the pharmaceutical industry, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AARP, the American Medical Association and
others to build support for the measure.
Ryan at the AARP. The AARP sometimes presents itself as a
kind of membership organization consisting of senior citizens, but it is basically a huge financial-services company with an enormous stake in the
current design of the Medicare system (it makes about half a billion dollars in revenue each year endorsing and selling Medicare supplemental, Medicare
Advantage, Medicare prescription drug, and long-term-care-insurance policies). It profits in particular from higher-premium Medicare supplemental
coverage (because it receives a royalty fee on every dollar seniors spend on premiums for AARP-endorsed products), and so would be a major loser in a
The Love Song of AARP and Obama.
Thanks to just-released emails from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we now know that AARP worked through 2009-10 as an extension of a
Democratic White House, toiling daily to pass a health bill that slashes $716 billion from Medicare, strips seniors of choice, and sets
the stage for rationing. We know that despite AARP's awareness that its seniors overwhelmingly opposed the bill, the "nonpartisan membership
organization" chose to serve the president's agenda. The 71 pages of emails show an AARP management taking orders from the White House,
scripting the president's talking points, working to keep its board "in line," and pledging fealty to "the cause."
Who's to Blame for Obamacare? Two Republicans.
The real culprits are two Republicans who ran the show the previous eight years: George W. Bush and
his "master political strategist" Karl Rove. If it weren't for these two in the White House, the Democrats
wouldn't have sixty senators, including a professional comedian from Minnesota, to close off debate and ram
down our throats a bill worse than Hillary Care.
Obamacare: A Uniquely Vicious Form of
Corruption. We have had various forms of corruption over the years, but I don't believe we have
had, within memory, anything quite this disgusting. The worst malefactor here, besides President Obama
himself, is AARP.
AARP: Money First,
Seniors Second. We've all heard of AARP: that friendly, non-profit organization that just
wants to help our seniors? Wrong. While AARP, formerly known as the American Association of
Retired Persons, is technically considered a private not-for-profit organization, they were founded in
1958 with a primary mission to sell seniors health insurance. That's right, sell. As in to make
Is AARP a Business?
Last week, two Republican congressmen issued a report about AARP — the organization formerly known
as the American Association of Retired Persons. The document questions AARP's tax-exempt status, and in
the process provides a slew of important information. The issue of tax exemption is a thorny one —
as the congressmen note, the IRS would need to conduct a full audit to sort out the group's finances. But
one thing is clear: Seniors should take the report into account before joining AARP.
Golden Years Of AARP. The tax-exempt seniors group that pushed hard to get ObamaCare passed stands
to reap a billion-dollar reward over the next decade as ObamaCare destroys the competition to the products it
[Q]: What is the greatest scandal of Obamacare? [A]: There are a lot of potential
choices — the AARP is one, the deal with PhRMA is another, the giveaways to unions are a third.
But I'm going to have to pick the decision not to include any kind of malpractice reform. That's the
clearest sign that the trial lawyers co-own this presidency, along with the unions.
sets sights on AARP over its support for healthcare reform. Newly empowered House
Republicans are getting ready to renew their attacks against AARP over its support for the healthcare
reform law, The Hill has learned. The Ways and Means health and oversight subcommittees are hauling
in the seniors lobby's executives before the panel for an April 1 hearing on how the group stands to
benefit from the law, among other topics.
AARP Latest to
Receive Obamacare Break. The Daily Caller has learned that the Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS) rate review rules, which it finalized on Thursday [5/19/2011], exempt "Medigap"
policy providers, like the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), from oversight when such
providers increase payment rates for their supplemental insurance plans. Insurance providers who
aren't exempt from Obamacare's rate review rules are required to publicly release and explain some
health care payment rate increases.
Billion Dollar ObamaCare Windfall. Medicare is sacrosanct among America's senior citizens.
It was unfathomable to me that the nation's largest membership association of seniors would, not just not oppose
the cuts, but would actively lobby for them. It didn't make any sense. ... The Committee found, after an
18 month investigation, that AARP stands to reap an extra billion dollars in profits from ObamaCare.
(Yes, that is billion with a B.) Worse, this extra profit is largely BECAUSE of the Medicare cuts.
AARP's members may face uncertainty over their future health care because of the cuts, but AARP faces certain
windfall profits for itself.
House Republicans seek IRS probe of
AARP. AARP lobbied for the new health care law and now it stands to profit, Republican lawmakers
charged Wednesday [3/31/2011] as they called for the IRS to investigate whether the powerful interest group
representing older Americans should be stripped of its federal tax exemption.
Curtain: Why AARP Supports ObamaCare. When the AARP began its full-throated support for
the President's Health Care Scheme many wondered why this venerable organization would support a plan which
would cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare, mostly by putting strict price controls on the very
popular Medicare Advantage program.
Thousands Quit AARP Over
Health Reform. CBS News has learned that up to 60,000 people have cancelled their AARP memberships
since July 1, angered over the group's position on health care. Elaine Guardiani has been with AARP
for 14 years, and said, "I'm extremely disappointed in AARP." Retired nurse Dale Anderson has
12 years with AARP and said, "I don't wanna be connected with AARP."
AARP loses members
over health care stance. About 60,000 senior citizens have quit AARP since July 1 due to the
group's support for a health care overhaul, a spokesman for the organization said Monday [8/18/2009].
GOP Report Charges AARP Getting
"Kickbacks" In Dem Health Care Bills. One of the subplots to the health care debate I've been
following is the cozy relationship between AARP and the Obama administration, as the group has thrown its
full-throated support behind the Democrats' health care push even though their membership comes from the
age group most opposed to Democratic health care proposals. Today, House Republicans have issued a
report providing evidence that AARP is in a position to recieve tens of millions of dollars in "kickbacks"
if Democratic health care legislation becomes law.
Quittin' time. My only
regret about not being a "joiner" is that I don't have many opportunities to quit organizations. I am a
member of AARP, though, and this is looking like the perfect time to quit.
Insurer Gagged, AARP Rewarded.
[Scroll down] To further keep the American people in the dark, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS),
which administer benefits under Medicare, issued what can only be called a gag order after Humana warned its Medicare
Advantage customers in a letter that the president's plan might cause them to lose some benefits.
Endgame Revealed. We now have a clear picture of the treachery in which AARP has engaged since
President Obama took office. The Daily Caller reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services has granted Medigap policy sellers, including the American Association of Retired Persons, exemption
from ObamaCare-mandated federal supervision of insurance premium hikes. "Medigap" is an industry term for
a type of coverage that helps pay medical costs not covered by Medicare. Non-Medigap insurers, not
exempted from ObamaCare's rate reviews, must justify rate increases. In effect, the HHS exemption gives
AARP the ability to generate profits not achievable by non-exempted competitors.
Surprise: AARP Joins Waiver-gate. The seniors group that lobbied heavily for ObamaCare and
stands to profit handsomely from it now has its own waiver. As the White House picks winners and
losers, AARP wins and the rest of us lose.
Abuse Of Power. Example #2: HHS last week issued new rules which will have the effect of
rewarding the AARP, which spent millions of dollars on lobbying and advertising in support of ObamaCare, with
the opportunity to earn millions of dollars in additional profits.
The many faces of AARP. AARP Services also
spends tens of millions of dollars on lobbying, including its recent effort on behalf of the Health Care Reform Act — better
known as Obamacare. Were you under the impression that AARP promoted Obamacare because they are your enthusiastic, non-profit,
fully-charitable-in-intent advocates? Think again. AARP Services stands to rake in more than $1 billion in new
business from, you guessed it, Obamacare. The folks who run these organizations prefer you remain confused. After all,
what they're doing may not be illegal, but the arrangement provides an excellent reminder that those who confuse what's right with
what's legal are morally incompetent.
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
And then there's the AMA:
Don't Trust the
AMA. "I was surprised, shocked, and saddened." That's how Donald J. Palmisano, former
president of the American Medical Association, described his reaction upon learning that the organization had
endorsed the House Democrats' health-care-reform plan. "I am a loyal member of the AMA, a lifetime
member, but I believe the AMA made a serious mistake in endorsing this bill." He's not the only one.
What's Up, Docs? The AMA is
essentially saying that if doctors get paid more, all else is negotiable. Other industry lobbies such as
the insurers and drug makers have made the same calculation, putting their short-term self-interest —
usually ensuring that government programs remain generous (enough) — ahead of the long-run threats.
It can't last.
AMA Doesn't Speak for Most Doctors. The
American Medical Association officially endorsed the Democrats' health reform bill. An eager Barack Obama, of
course, used this endorsement to claim that "doctors" support his healthcare takeover. This misleading statement
plays on the common misperception that the AMA represents some huge block of American physicians. Not true.
In fact, excepting membership given to students and residents in training, the AMA represents only 17-19% of
physicians actually in practice.
Funding the Obamacare Campaign? If you believe the White House, there are 30 million
Americans who support a government health care takeover. But if you look at the funding behind the
Obamacare campaign, it's the same few leftist billionaires, union bosses and partisan community organizers
pushing the socialized medicine agenda. Let's connect the dots.
Are We Ready for Soros Care? Most of Barack
Obama's stated plans for America are indistinguishable from those of George Soros. As the left forces nationalized
health care on us, we may want to consider the George Soros funded Project on Death in America.
Why the AMA Wants
to Muzzle Your Doctor. The American Medical Association (AMA) is putting the doctors of America
on notice. A major cheerleader for ObamaCare, the organization is now trying to silence doctors who
oppose it. It is time the American people understood what the AMA is really all about. ... The AMA was
not only a major supporter of ObamaCare but also an accomplice in its passage. Without the support of
the AMA it is quite possible that the health-care reform initiative would have failed.
is America's Fault. America doesn't need to repeal ObamaCare so much as the contradictory,
irresponsible, and quite frankly plain stupid ideas underlying it. The fault lies primarily with the
American people, the vast majority who have refused to grow up on the issue. Maybe they won't grow up,
but they're sure going to wake up once socialized medicine becomes the full law of the land.
Obamacare will affect families and small businesses
Indiana company scraps plans for
expansion over ObamaCare device tax. An Indiana-based medical equipment manufacturer says it's scrapping plans to open five new plants in the
coming years because of a looming tax tied to President Obama's health care overhaul law. Cook Medical claims the tax on medical devices, set to take
effect next year, will cost the company roughly $20 million a year, cutting into money that would otherwise go toward expanding into new facilities over
the next five years.
Obamacare: No Free Lunches. The president loves
to cite the fact that college students are now able to stay on their parents' policies until age 26. This has undoubtedly made it
easier for some students to get or keep insurance coverage. But the additional coverage is not free. In fact, according to the
Department of Health and Human Services, the cost of continuing coverage from 18 to 26 could run as high as $3,400 per child per
year. Much of that additional cost is passed back to companies that provide insurance coverage to dependents of their employees.
The predictable result: Companies are dropping dependent coverage altogether.
The Ministry of Wellness.
As a restaurateur, I've been following the heath care debate especially attentively. I have already
determined that the health care bill, if passed, will cause a significant reduction in our net
profits — depending on how many employees we can shed. After reading the fifty or so pages of
the Senate "Affordable Health Choices Act" devoted to "Employers' Responsibilities," I still have no idea
whether my businesses are "small" or "large" — but I am pretty sure that it will cost me $100-$150 a
month in bookkeeping, accounting, and payroll service fees just to find out.
The Three-Step Plan to Stop Nationalized Health Care.
Congressional Democrats, after all their faux wrangling, open bribery and bully tactics, are poised to reach
agreement on a massive makeover of the American health system. This makeover will bankrupt the insurance
companies, raise premiums, and eventually lead to the full nationalization of health care. That's what it
is intended to do.
Merry Christmas: Obamacare Slaps $15,000 Annual
Fee on Middle Class Families. The Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the final Senate
health care bill indicates it would slap a mandatory annual fee of about $15,000 on middle-class families
that earn an annual income greater than 400 percent of the federal poverty level ($88,200 for a family
of four) and are not provided with health insurance by their employer.
Repeal Obamacare: Small-Business Killer.
The average small-business owner spends about 12 hours filing his taxes each year. Thanks to one of
Obamacare's oft-overlooked provisions, that figure will soon increase exponentially. The new law requires
all businesses to submit 1099 tax forms to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for each vendor from which they
purchase more than $600 in goods in a year. Business owners will now have to keep receipts and file forms
for every trip to the coffee shop, the local lunch spot, and the office supply store. After all, those
$3 lattes each day add up.
The Obamacare bill is thousands of pages long. Who knows what's hidden inside?
Rand Paul claims Obamacare will include diagnostic codes for [...]. In a little-noticed speech
to the Iowa Republican Party this month, Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul mocked President Obama's signature health care overhaul, noting the
122,000 new medical diagnostic codes doctors will have to use in order to inform the government about injuries sustained by Americans. Those
codes, said Sen. Paul, a medical doctor himself, include line-items for 'injuries sustained from a turtle,' 'walking into a lamppost' and 'injuries
sustained from burning water skis.'
Obamacare's empress strikes
again. In 2010, shortly after President Obama's health care legislation was signed into law, I dubbed Health and Human
Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the "Empress of Obamacare" for the vast new powers she inherited. Reading through the text of
the law, I counted more than 2,500 references to the secretary of HHS, of which more than 700 referred to instances in which she "shall"
do something and more than 200 cases in which she "may" take regulatory action.
5 Ways the Immigration Bill Is Like
Obamacare. Nancy Pelosi wasn't kidding when she said Congress would have to pass Obamacare "to see what's in it." That's because
the bill gave federal agencies free rein to write regulations that would become the real-world version of the law — and even though it
passed in 2010, the regulations are still being written today.
New components are being added every week.
of thousands Obamacare 'navigators' to be hired. Tens of thousands of health care professionals, union workers and community
activists hired as "navigators" to help Americans choose Obamacare options starting Oct. 1 could earn $20 an hour or more, according
to new regulations issued Wednesday [4/3/2013]. The 63-page rule covering navigators, drawn up by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services, also said the government will provide free translators for those not fluent in English — no matter what their native
Healthcare application registers voters, too. The 61-page online Obamacare draft application for health care
includes asking if the applicant wants to register to vote, raising the specter that pro-Obama groups being tapped to help Americans
sign up for the program will also steer them to register with the Democratic Party. On page 59, after numerous questions
about the applicant's identity and qualification for Obamacare, comes the question: "Would you like to register to vote?"
The placement of the question could lead some to believe they have to register to vote to get health care.
Their Own Devices. The
Affordable Care Act has been a running series of nasty non-surprises, with many more on the way — gird yourself for 116%
insurance premium increases — but sometimes the surprises are real. Take the amazing bipartisan turn against the 2.3% tax
on medical device makers, even among liberals who still evince no remorse for voting for the overall bill three years ago.
Not that the media noticed, but on Thursday night [3/21/2013] ObamaCare's $29 billion excise tax on device sales (not profits)
lost on the Senate floor in a rout.
CBO: ObamaCare Kills Jobs.
Remember when Nancy Pelosi said that we had to pass ObamaCare to find out what was in it? [Video clip] Two points
about that statement: One, we now know why she didn't want this stuff out before it passed. Two, given all the bad things
that have already come out about this monstrosity of a program, I don't really want to know more, I want it to be repealed at the
earliest possible opportunity.
Three: 10 Disturbing Facts Americans Have Learned. ObamaCare backers typically tout popular features that went into
effect almost immediately. The law expanded Medicare's drug coverage, for example, and let children stay on their parents'
plans until they turned 26. But the bulk of ObamaCare doesn't take effect until next year. That's when the so-called
insurance exchanges are supposed to be up and running, when the mandate on individuals and businesses kicks in, and when the avalanche
of regulations on the insurance industry hits.
Unions Outraged by $63-Per-Worker Obamacare Fee. A provision buried inside Obamacare will force many employers to pay an
extra $63 per employee next year. Analysts say most of the cost will likely be passed on to workers. "It's caught most
employers, if not all employers, by surprise," said National Business Group on Health Vice President of Public Policy Steve Wojcik.
"They're very upset about it."
The Editor says...
Since they call it a fee, does that mean it's not a tax?
Obamacare Nugget About To Whack Big Employers. This was one of those "have to pass the law to find out what's in it"
surprises that was buried so deep in this monstrosity that most of the companies that will be affected by it didn't notice it at
first. It's not too hard to figure out where large companies that are going to be forced to spend tens of millions extra next
year are going to get that money.
Obamacare May Bite You At The Vet's Office.
You may want to start saving more money for veterinarian care this year. The reason goes all the way back to Washington and an
unintended consequence from medical reform.
Seven Feet of Job-Killing Regulations. Senate Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell sent out a shocking photo showing
what it looks like if you stack every page of Obamacare regulations one on top of the other. The stack reaches to more than seven
feet in height [...]
Pages of Federal Regulations Create Obamacare Tower. What a nightmare. Thank you, Democrats.
700 pages of healthcare rules released. The Obama administration on Friday released more than 700 pages of
new regulations to implement portions of the Affordable Care Act. The four rules, which are scheduled for publication in
mid-March, finalize both major and minor parts of the healthcare reform law that Congress passed in 2010. Three of the
regulations are final and roll out the multistate healthcare exchanges and reforms to the insurance market, including provisions
to encourage cost-sharing, stabilize health insurance premiums and prevent providers from denying coverage.
what! It's time for 700 pages more of fun Obamacare regulations. Nancy Pelosi was wrong: Even after passing
the bill, no one could have possibly known what was in it! That's because America's finest bureaucrats are creating a
galaxy of amazing new rules to implement provisions of the "Affordable Care Act". In the traditional Friday-night document
dump that is the hallmark of how the Obama Administration operates, The Hill writer Megan Wilson reports that over 700 pages
of new rules were released [...]
Supermarkets cry foul as FDA proposes new food
labeling rule under ObamaCare. Supermarket owners argue a pending federal food-labeling rule that stems from the new
health care law would overburden thousands of grocers and convenience store owners — to the tune of $1 billion in the
first year alone.
Secret gun-rights provision in
ObamaCare?. Nancy Pelosi was right — they didn't know what was in ObamaCare until it passed! Of course, in this
case all she needed to do was ask her buddy Harry Reid, who apparently sandbagged his party's gun-control wing by inserting an interesting
clause in the 2800-page bill that no one in Congress bothered to read before voting on it.
How a Secret Gun
Provision Made its Way Into Obamacare Legislation. The Washington Post first reported on Dec. 30 about the presence of this
controversial wording. Under a section with the headline "Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights," the NRA-advocated wording is nestled
deep within the law. The Post called the inclusion, "a largely overlooked but significant challenge to a movement in American medicine to
treat firearms as a matter of public health." As the outlet also noted, it was in the final stretch of the debate over Obama's health
care legislation that the NRA successfully pushed to insert this language.
Get ready for the costs and chaos of
Obamacare. Nancy Pelosi was widely mocked when she said of Obamacare, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." At
the time, March 2010, Pelosi's words accurately described the Democrats' just-get-it-done approach to passing a national health care bill. But now it turns out
Pelosi was wrong. In fact, we have to implement Obamacare so that you can find out what is in it.
IRS Issues 159 Pages of Obamacare Rules.
It took the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 159 pages to explain one new Obamacare tax on investments that will be used to pay for Obamacare.
Only individuals and families making more than $200,000 and $250,000, respectively, will be impacted by the tax, which "applies to a broad range of
investment securities ranging from stocks and bonds to commodity securities and specialized derivatives."
Anyone For More Obamacare Tax Rules?
This stack explains the tax on people making more than $200,000 (individuals) and $250,000 (families), and suggests that Obama's plan to lower
unemployment is to expand the ranks of the IRS until it employs as many people as the military.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad ObamaCare. Now post-election,
new regulations are pouring out from HHS -- more than 13,000 pages so far and yet nuts-and-bolts questions are still unanswered. Most of what we know so far
comes from a 17-page question-and-answer document that HHS divulged this week, though none of the answers have the force of law and HHS says they're subject to change
at any moment. HHS is generally issuing rules with only 30 days for public comment when the standard is 60 days and for complex regulations 90 days
Surprise New Insurance Fee in Health Overhaul
Law. Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head annual fee to
cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The charge, buried in
a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be
passed on to workers.
Health care law
surprise: $63 per-person fee for three years. The $63-per-head fee — buried in a recent regulation — will
hit health plans serving an estimated 190 million Americans, mostly workers and their families.
Surprise: New insurance fee in health overhaul
law. Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion
the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
Obamacare fee of $63 per person
to begin in 2014. Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee
to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Obama's health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a
recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed
on to workers.
Obamacare May Hike Your Pet's Health Care
Bills. American health care consumers aren't the only ones who will be hit by slated Obamacare tax hikes. Medical bills for
their pets may go up as well. According to a rule published Friday [12/7/2012] by the Internal Revenue Service, some medical devices used
in veterinary practices will be hit by Obamacare's 2.3 percent device tax.
IRS aims to clarify investment income tax
under healthcare law. The Internal Revenue Service has released new rules for investment income taxes on capital gains
and dividends earned by high-income individuals that passed Congress as part of the 2010 healthcare reform law.
Obamacare regulations 620 times the
length of the U.S. Constitution. Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson commented on the release of the following info-graphic
highlighting the length of Obamacare's regulations. "Our Counsel John Vinci has noted that Obamacare's regulations are now 2,864,094 pages
long. That's about 700,000 pages more than when last reported at the end of February. This is 620 times the length of the U.S. Constitution.
32 months later, Obama administration tells us what ObamaCare plans must have in them. [T]he federal government was demanding
governors finish their detailed plans for implementing state-based health care exchanges four days before it even told them exactly what plans
in those exchanges had to look like.
"Shaping" Healthcare Reform to Advance a Pro-Abortion Agenda. In its most recent
annual report, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America boasts of the architectural role it played in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare:
"Planned Parenthood worked... to help shape and pass the Affordable Care Act." The "shape" the ACA took under Planned Parenthood's guidance is one that benefits
its bottom-line and advances its pro-abortion agenda.
Racial Preferences in ObamaCare.
ObamaCare requires the secretary of health and human services to give priority to the entities that have demonstrated such a record in
the awarding of these grants and contracts to medical and dental schools and other entities. ObamaCare does not state what would
qualify as a "record" of such training, so we can expect medical and dental schools and the other entities to do whatever they think
they can get away with to train as many "individuals who are from underrepresented minority groups" or "from underrepresented minorities"
as necessary to have a better "record" in this regard than their competitors. ObamaCare creates a significant financial incentive
for medical and dental schools and other entities to lower admission standards for "individuals who are from underrepresented minority
groups" or "from underrepresented minorities" if that is what it takes to have the winning "record" of such training.
My Doctor Is Now the IRS. The Congressional Research Service
Report for Congress, "A Brief Overview of the Law, Implementation, and Legal Challenges," gives a new definition to Nancy Pelosi's statement that
we had "to pass Obamacare to find out what's in it." Not only did Congressmen not read the 2,700-page law before they voted and passed it by
twisting arms and briberies, but they now have to be informed of the disaster they have created.
Thanks again, Obama voters.
Subjects Nearly Every Phone and Computer to Government Control. On July 19, 2011, the Obama
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff
on Mobile Medical Applications[, i.e.,] our smartphone, tablet and computer apps.
The Obama Administration — the most unilateral-power-grab Presidency in our nation's history —
is asserting that these mobile medical apps may pose "risks." And thusly should be regulated as medical devices.
Liberal Quest for Population Control. In addition to promoting contraception, the United States
Preventative Services Task Force has also indicated that annual preventive breast cancer screening should be
considered a luxury. Thus, without yearly mammograms, if breast cancer isn't detected until it's too
late, women on birth control pills may also contribute to the left's initiative to foster fewer human beings.
From the looks of things, it certainly appears as if the Obamacare concept of prevention seems obsessed with
curtailing the population. And while birth control is not exactly a 'death-panel' per se, it could
be described as a life-preventative.
Is It Better Treatment Or No Treatment? One would like to take the best view of
this trend but given the politics and economics of the situation it is difficult to do so. These moves seemed designed to reduce up front
medical costs and prevent chronic medical conditions from being discovered until they have progressed to a point where they are serious, if not
fatal, conditions. This is a way of minimizing that 70% of medical expenses that do not occur during the last year of life by simply not
diagnosing and managing them over a period of decades.
seeks 'outrageous' vending fee hike. The Patrick administration is pitching a staggering 500-plus percent
hike in vending machine license fees — in part to meet Obama-care rules that haven't even been written yet,
the [Boston] Herald has learned.
truth about Obamacare keeps seeping out. When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said that she
had to pass Obamacare through Congress so that we could find out what was in it, Americans were given a
preview of what they are seeing now — a profusion of legislative errors and broken promises
related to President Obama's virtual government takeover of health care. Just this month, we have seen
another tranche of bad Obamacare news.
Spoils System. Embedded within the Patient Protection and Affordable Act (ObamaCare)
are provisions sending tax dollars preferentially to medical schools that have robust admissions
programs for "underrepresented minorities" (meaning academically-outperforming Asians don't count).
More money flows if these schools send their doctors to and nurses to "vulnerable populations" in "underserved
areas," meaning inner cities. The focus on tipping the scales was so blatant that it drew a rebuke
from the U.S Commission on Civil Rights that such provisions were "racially discriminatory." This
rebuke was ignored; racial discrimination apparently is in the eye of the beholder.
Nancy Pelosi, ObamaCare Waiver
Queen. Remember when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got all wound up in March 2010 about the passage
of ObamaCare and told the assembled conventioneers at the National Association of Counties that the bill's
reforms were going to make health care in America "very, very exciting"? To lift "the fog of
controversy" off the legislation, all Congress had to do, she explained, was "pass the bill so that you can
find out what's in it." ... In fact, it was the same for the members of Congress. The marching order
from the White House was to pass the bill post-haste without reading it, without finding out "what's
Bureau request alarms Tulsa County Assessor. Buried deep in the bowels of the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act is a provision to impose a 3.8% tax on real estate transactions. Proceeding
without regard to Federal Judge Roger Vinson's ruling that the health care law is unconstitutional the Obama
administration appears to be pushing ahead with implementation of the real estate tax scheme. The Tulsa
World reports that County Assessor Ken Yazel has come under fire for comments made last month during the Tulsa
County Republican Convention. Mr. Yazel told the convention that the U.S. Census Bureau had asked his
office for information that he believed could be used to help create a data base for collection of a 3.8%
real estate sales tax. The steadfast assessor isn't backing down from his statement.
Pages of Obamacare Equals 429 Pages of Regulations. Giving proof to Main Street's worries that
President Obama's healthcare reform will lead to thousands of new and costly regulations, the Department of
Health and Human Services has taken one small section of the law and written enough new rules to every page
of Obama's campaign book, The Audacity of Hope -- plus another 45 pages. Section 3022
of the law, which is about the Medicare shared savings program, take up just six pages in the 907-page
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But HHS has turned that into 429 pages of new
regulations and that's too much, says Republican Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a practicing doctor.
Avalanche of Paperwork. Pres. Barack Obama promised Americans "health-care reform." So far,
"health-care form" is more like it. Obamacare is devolving into the Paper Industry Salvation Act of 2010.
This new law spans 2,562 tree-killing pages. Far worse, it will force Americans to spend countless irritating
hours completing, transmitting, and filing endless reams of federal paperwork.
for America's soul. The left is lobbing nukes into the institution of marriage and the military.
Obamacare is going forward, complete with funding for abortion and massive increases in the size of the already
enormous Department of Health and Human Services. Defunding this increasingly unpopular power grab should
be in every budget bill — but it's not.
I'm from the Government,
and I'm Here for Your BMI. While the Stimulus Bill requires that the government have access to
your Electronic Health Record (EHR) by 2014, it only vaguely defines what the government will do with this
information. Herein lies the danger. Vaguely defined power in new laws always leads to broad
interpretation of power by the government.
Read The Fine Print.
[Scroll down] Greg Scandlen, a senior fellow at the Heartland Institute, says due to a little-known legal
concept the entire law would unravel if a single part was found to be outside the Constitution. "Apparently
there was no 'severability' clause written into this law, which shows how amateurish the process was," he wrote.
"Virtually every bill I've ever read includes a provision that if any part of the law is ruled unconstitutional
the rest of the law will remain intact. Not this one. That will likely mean that the entire law will
be thrown out if a part of it is found to violate the Constitution." No argument from us. The bill
writers and lawmakers who voted for it without reading it were unprofessional.
Health Reform Doesn't Have To Be
So Hard. The fundamental problem with the 2,074-page Senate health care bill (as with its
2,014-page House counterpart) is that it wildly compounds the complexity by adding hundreds of new
provisions, regulations, mandates, committees and other arbitrary bureaucratic inventions. Worse,
they're packed into a monstrous package without any regard to each other. The only thing linking these
changes — such as the 118 new boards, commissions and programs — is political
expediency. Each must be able to garner just enough votes to pass. There isn't even a
pretense of a unifying vision or conceptual harmony.
Constitution in decline.
It's time to reform our administrative state. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was right when she said Congress
would have to "pass the health care bill so you can find out what's in it." That's because the
health care bill, like most major laws passed by Congress over the past hundred years, isn't really a law.
Rather, Obamacare is a series of assignments to bureaucrats in the Department of Health and Human Services.
It is emblematic of what scholars call the administrative state, where legislative, executive and judicial powers
are delegated to unaccountable experts sequestered in a fourth branch of government.
law's massive, hidden tax change. An all-but-overlooked provision of the health reform law is
threatening to swamp U.S. businesses with a flood of new tax paperwork. Section 9006 of the health care
bill — just a few lines buried in the 2,409-page document — mandates that beginning in
2012 all companies will have to issue 1099 tax forms not just to contract workers but to any individual or
corporation from which they buy more than $600 in goods or services in a tax year.
CLASS(less). Those of us who are
taking Nancy Pelosi's advice to "find out" what's in the healthcare bill are coming to realize that the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act is badly misnamed. As I leaf through the pages of this law, I can see the
dollars flying off nearly every page. One of its many potential fiscal nightmares is contained in Title VIII
of the law, the CLASS Act.
was right about one thing. Several weeks ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the health care bill had
to be passed so "you can know what's in it." Conservatives pounced on the opportunity to hammer
her, and the clip soon became a laughingstock. Well, it turns out Pelosi was right — we did
have to pass the bill to find out what was in it.
House health bill clocks in at 1,990
pages. It runs more pages than War and Peace, has nearly five times as many words as the
Torah, and its tables of contents alone run far longer than this story. The House health care bill
unveiled Thursday [10/29/2009] clocks in at 1,990 pages and about 400,000 words. With an estimated
10-year cost of $894 billion, that comes out to about $2.24 million per word.
Theater. The King James version of the Bible runs more than 600 pages and is crammed with
celestial regulations. Isaac Newton's "Principia Mathematica" distills many of the rules of physics in
a mere 974 pages. Neither of them has anything on Nancy Pelosi's new fiendishly entertaining
health care opus, which tops 1,900 pages.
Republicans Find 111 New 'Bureaucracies' in Health Care Bill. House Republicans claimed Monday
[11/02/2009] that the health care reform bill pushed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi would create a whopping 111 new
"federal bureaucracies." In its latest attempt to portray the Democrats' reform package as an unwieldy
expansion of federal government in the health care sector, the House Republican Conference circulated what it
called a list of "new boards, bureaucracies, commissions and programs" created in the House health care bill.
Connect the Dots on
ObamaCare. Critics of those who have exposed ObamCare's contradictions and incoherencies are
either unwilling to connect the dots or too stubborn (dare I say stupid) to acknowledge what the dots really
mean. Connecting the dots in this case doesn't require unusual skills, much less a background in symbolic
logic, merely perseverance in reading the text of HR 3200. Let's start with Sec 123, the formation
of the Health Benefits Advisory Committee, and Sec 124, the creation of the Health Choices Administration
and Health Choices Commissioner.
Health Care Reform
Vaporizes Obama Presidency. In the fledgling days of the personal computer industry, software
vendors frequently announced products that were not yet ready for release. The term "vaporware" was coined
to describe such software. Most of these products never reached the marketplace; some that were sold to
the public should not have been.
Dog That Was Not Allowed To Bark. On November 7th, 2009, Speaker Pelosi marched to the podium
and paraded her lap dogs to the microphone to proclaim "Victory" for herself, her Democratic House colleagues,
and President Obama. What about every other American? The "Victory" was the passage of the second
part of ObamaCare, "The Health Care Bill." That's right, the second part of ObamaCare is the 1,990 page
bill that created 118 new boards, commissions, offices and bureaus.
159 Big Spending, Big Government Features
of Obamacare: When Obama says that his Obamacare healthcare plan isn't a big government
take over of healthcare he really is simply lying outright to the nation. ... Here is [part of] a list of
159 new programs, administrative boards, and bureaucracies that the Democrat Party's healthcare bill creates:
[#50] Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women's Health (Section 3509(a), p. 1098)
[#51] Centers for Disease Control Office of Women's Health (Section 3509(b), p. 1102)
[#52] Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Women's Health (Section 3509(e), p. 1105)
[#53] Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women's Health (Section 3509(f), p. 1106)
[#54] Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health (Section 3509(g), p. 1109)
[#55] National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (Section 4001, p. 1114)
[#56] Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public
Health (Section 4001(f), p. 1117)
[#57] Prevention and Public Health Fund (Section 4002, p. 1121)
[#58] Community Preventive Services Task Force (Section 4003(b), p. 1126)
Government Takeover. Everyone knows Democrats are planning to use the budget reconciliation
process to get ObamaCare through the Senate. Less well known is that Democrats are plotting add-ons to
that bill to get other liberal priorities enacted — programs that could never attract 60 votes.
One of these controversial measures rewrites the Higher Education Act to ban private companies from offering
federally guaranteed student loans as of this July.
Searching for Core
Beliefs. For those who have not heard, beginning July 1, student loans will no longer be
administered by banks. Instead, they will be issued directly by the federal government via the U.S.
Department of Education. Tellingly, Obama used the same line of argument when pushing for health care
reform. There, too, he argued that government takeover will save money. Such assertions are
obviously absurd. To see why, we need only to ask this question: When has any government-run
program saved money?
Obama's Costly Student Loan Takeover.
Obama and his statist allies in Congress attached this bill to the healthcare legislation. Now, with the
stroke of his pen, Mr. Obama has taken the 15 million college students who chose from 2,000 lenders for
their loans, and dumped them into the Department of Education, which will process future loans by means of four
call centers. This will be about as friendly and personal as standing in line to get a driver's license.
We don't need to
pass health care reform to find out what's in it. As you can see, the Senate's Christmas Eve Bill
originated in the House satisfying the Constitutional imperative that tax bills originate there and it gets them
around the ex post facto provision of the Constitution; you and I will be retroactively responsible for
paying the taxes on Obamacare from the January 1 of 2010. (Perhaps, as far back as 1/1/2009.)
subsidy for the sexually depraved. Senate Democrats voted almost unanimously Wednesday night to
ensure the right of rapists and child molesters to have guaranteed access to government-subsidized Viagra
under the president's health care plan. Only Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana broke ranks with his Democratic
Dems Subsidize Prescription-Strength Sex-Enhancement Medication For
Child Rapists. Last night [3/24/2010], Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid voted in favor of
allowing the federal government to subsidize Viagra for child molesters. So did fifty-six of Reid's
Democratic colleagues, including Sens. Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Arlen Specter (Penn.) Blanche Lincoln (Ark.).
and others facing tough re-election challenges this November.
[Scroll down] In one of a bazillion little clauses in a 2,000-page bill your legislators didn't bother
reading (because, as Representative Conyers explained, he wouldn't understand it even if he did), Congress
voted to subject the 28 percent tax benefit to the regular, good, ol', American-as-apple-pie corporate tax
rate of 35 percent. For the purposes of comparison, Sweden's corporate tax rate is 26.3 percent,
and Ireland's is 12.5 percent. But just because America already has the second-highest corporate tax
in the OECD is no reason why we can't keep going until it's double Sweden's and quadruple Ireland's.
Health Care Law Provision Is a Budget Buster, Critics Say. While Congress spent the last year
debating how to provide health insurance for the uninsured, a little-known provision slipped into the heath
care law that could cost some Americans upwards of $2,000 a year.
The Beginning of USA Disarmament.
Page 1312 of the now signed-into-law Senate version of ObamaCare provides for funding of Obama's private
militia referred to as "Establishing a Ready Reserve Corps" Sec. 5210. This "Corps" is given
broad powers to control the US citizenry. [In addition,] All Student College Loans are taken from the
private sector and placed in the hands of the ObamaGov. The better to fully indoctrinate young minds into
totalitarianism — only. No dissenting opinions will be allowed and this time it's mandated by
Obama & Co. Did you know that this is also included in ObamaCare?
Dems likely didn't read the bill before passing and signing it.
As the president has yet to admit, the health care reform bill does not prevent insurance companies from
excluding children with pre-existing conditions. HotAir's Ed Morrissey points out a release from the
Senate Republican Conference that showing a number of other omissions as well. Is it possible that
the president hasn't read his own bill?
Obama's 'Soviet-Style' Takeover of Student Loans. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.), the U.S.
secretary of education from 1991 to 1993, tells National Review Online that President Obama's revamping of
the federal student-loan program is "truly brazen" and the "most underreported big-Washington takeover in
history." "As Americans find out what it really does, they'll be really unhappy," Alexander predicts.
"The first really unhappy people will be the 19 million students who, after July 1, will have no
choice but to go to federal call centers to get their student loans.
Peter to pay Paul's health care. Obamacare is a socialist law designed to take money from some
Americans and use it to benefit others. The health care bill signed into law by President Obama is full
of hidden time bombs. One costly provision buried in the lengthy reconciliation bill at the last minute
has taxpayers covering long-term at-home care for the elderly. Through the so-called Community Living
Assistance Services and Support Act (CLASS Act), Americans will find between $150 and $250 taken out of their
paychecks each month to cover this program nobody knew about.
We Still Don't Know What's
In It. Nancy Pelosi promised, after all, that if we passed [Obamacare], we'd find out what
was in it. Well, this is what comes of racing through a largely secretive legislative process.
[Bill] McGurn explains "one of the murkiest bits of this legislation"...
What The "Affordable Health Care For America Act"
Actually Says: In many ways the bill is a convoluted, uncoordinated list of compromises between
thousand of legislators, legislative aides, and lobbyists. Yet the bill has two main thrusts, with one
central meaning. The first thrust is a massive increase in government power. The second is the
total rejection of the free market. The central meaning of both is the repudiation of individual
rights. No longer will Americans have the liberty to preserve their own lives in the way they judge
best[. F]rom now on, they will have to conform to government controls on the most intimate details
of their lives.
Pelosi passed it, and we just keep finding out what's in it.
Jon Ward at The Daily Caller unearths a great story from the voluminous health care reform bill that Congress just
passed. ["]Tucked away on page 466 of President Obama's 2,704-page health-care bill is a provision that
changes the definition of 'medical assistance,' the term describing what states are required to provide to Medicaid
recipients.["] The bottom line is that lawsuits against states will proliferate and probably force them to
hike Medicaid reimbursements to levels they cannot afford.
to Doctors: Now I'm "Entitled" To Your Services. [Scroll down] But thinking about
this situation more broadly, one has to ask "what is fair?" ... Is it "fair" that Barack Obama and Joe Biden
and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and every elected member of Congress and their respective staff members and
members of the United Auto Worker's union are all exempt from the heavy handed mandates of Obamacare, while
the mandates are imposed on the millions of the rest of us? Is this the "change" we were "hoping" for?
things we learned about Obamacare after it passed. [#1] Despite all of Obama's promises
and talking points, Obamacare as passed by Congress does not require insurers to cover children with expensive
pre-existing medical conditions. Immediately, the White House got an assurance from the insurers.
After demonizing them for months as callous profiteers on others' misery (in fact, the entire industry is
barely profitable), Obama now tells Americans that they can trust health insurance companies to do the right
thing out of the goodness of their hearts.
Obama's private army? [Scroll
down slowly] It's hard to see how such a civilian security force under the direct control of the President
might be justified, in view of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. This law prohibits the federal government
from using federal troops for law enforcement purposes within the United States. ... Language in Obamacare
seems to remove this prohibition.
Whets Lawyers' Appetites. It turns out the Democrats tucked away a little gift for one of
their biggest constituencies, the trial lawyers, in Section 2304 of the new health care law. It
alters the section of the U.S. code that defines what "medical assistance" means for state government
health care programs, including Medicaid. That leaves states open to far more liability.
ObamaCare's Key to the
Kingdom: The enacting legislation of ObamaCare creates a Disney World for micro-managers and
other assorted scolds. But in Title V of the bill, we find the key to the Magic Kingdom, or at least
the kingdom's treasury. Under the heading of "Health Care Workforce," this section lays out the infrastructure
for a single-payer system, while plowing fertile ground for a perpetual left-wing voting majority.
ObamaCare High School:
Reading, Writing, and Suicide Assistance? Some years ago, I was speaking to a Nebraska state senator
after testifying on a pending bill. I had explained that I wasn't saying that the bill would be
interpreted in a certain way, only that it could be. Then he said something I've never forgotten.
"Be assured that if a law can be interpreted in a certain way, it will be — by
someone. And it will all be perfectly legal."
we did that? More health care surprises. The partisans on the left who preach with
certainty about the effects of the new health care law — it will reduce the federal deficit; it
will allow you to keep your current coverage; it will lower premiums — speak from ignorance.
No one really knows what the bill will do, including the members of Congress who voted for it.
Stealth IRS changes mean
millions of new tax forms. The massive expansion of requirements for businesses to file 1099
tax forms that was hidden in the 2,409-page health reform bill took many by surprise when it came to light
last month. But it's just one piece of a years-long legislative stealth campaign to create ways for
the federal government to track down unreported income.
Obamacare at Three Months. On
the 100 day anniversary that Obamacare became law, which was Wednesday [7/7/2010], Senators Coburn and Barrasso passed
around a memo reminding folks that the law isn't actually good for America: Fact [#1]: Sixteen
million Americans are forced into Medicaid — a program that denies care, has higher rates of infant
mortality, and yields poorer health outcomes for patients. Fact [#2]: Citizens will be forced to
purchase costlier health insurance or pay a tax, but illegal immigrants will continue to get free care and
those costs will be shifted onto citizens.
Bitter Fruit of Obamacare. Get ready for your life to change. The so-called benefits of
ObamaCare don't start until 2014, but the tax increases, misallocated resources and federal regulations start
now. Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said the night of ObamCare's passage, "We have to pass the bill so
that you can find out what is in it." The emerging picture is frightening.
A Tangled Knot Around America's Throat. Those who wondered what was in the health care overhaul
bill now have a chance to look inside. What they see is a snarl of lines, arrows and geometric shapes
that will do nothing to improve medical care.
Only Looks Worse Upon Further Review. One of the more illuminating remarks during the health-care
debate in Congress came when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told an audience that Democrats would "pass the bill
so you can find out what's in it, away from the fog of controversy." That remark captured the truth that,
while many Americans have a vague sense that something bad is happening to their health care, few if any
understand exactly what the law does.
America: Part II. "We the people" are the central concern of the Constitution, as well as
its opening words, since it is a Constitution for a self-governing nation. But "we the people" are
treated as an obstacle to circumvent by the current administration in Washington. One way of
circumventing the people is to rush legislation through Congress so fast that no one knows what is buried
in it. Did you know that the so-called health care reform bill contained a provision creating
a tax on people who buy and sell gold coins?
The coming investigation
into Obamacare. The hallmark of the administration's political bribery and graft is, of course,
the so-called Obamacare legislation — legislation that contains 2,841 pages, includes some 2,200
references to the new role of the Health and Human Services (HHS) czar, and creates 600 new authorities
that CANNOT be challenged, 150 new bureaucracies and boards interposing between doctors and patients, and
17 new mandates governing insurance companies. Also slapped onto Obamacare, as you will recall, is
the unilateral takeover of the entire private student loan industry.
Nightmare. Even before a single-payer system could evolve, ObamaCare has the potential to
topple from bureaucratic overload. Uncountable unelected and untested bureaucrats will be making
life-affecting decisions. At this stage, not even experts who have pored over the
2,000-plus-word [sic] law know how many bureaucracies are hidden away in the ObamaCare statute.
Torpedo Repeal of Harmful Obamacare Provision. As the current law stands, starting in 2012, all
organizations will be mandated to issue 1099 tax forms not only to contracted workers, but to any other group
or business from which they purchase at least $600 worth of goods or services in a given year. They'll
also be required to send a copy of each 1099 document to the IRS.
The Price of "Expert" Care:
Hidden in the labyrinth of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) — ObamaCare, for
short — is a provision that symbolizes the mandatory theme that characterizes the entire nationalized
health scheme. The provision creates an appointed board of "experts" with power to dictate cost policies and
timing to Congress and to cap health-care spending. Eventually, patients, doctors, and hospitals will be under
the sway of this board. It's called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
ObamaCare Still Worse Than You Thought. The NCPA identifies 159 new federal agencies in which
bureaucrats define what medical care you may or may not receive. But is that true? The U.S.
Chamber of Commerce states there are 183 new federal agencies. It's perverse enough that all these
agencies are being created. But if two reputable organizations can analyze this legislation and still
disagree on how much bureaucracy springs from its pages, what hope will we ever have to survive this mind-warped
"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the
laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood."
Bill Nelson, D-Fla., clearly didn't read the bill... We already have doubts about whether
senators and congressmen actually understand the bills they vote for. But surely, we can at least bank
on the idea that by now, nearly a year after its passage, they know what's in Obamacare. Right?
Post and PolitiFact Confirm $105 Billion ObamaCare Slush Fund. Today [3/9/2011] former
Congressman Ernest Istook testified before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee about the
$105 billion slush fund in advance appropriations liberals tucked inside Obamacare. The
$105 billion bypasses the traditional yearly budgeting process and is spread throughout the 2,700 page
legislation. It took the Congressional Research Service (CRS) seven months to identify all the
disparate funds and it was not until February (11 months after the bill passed) that all of the
funds could be totaled up.
dismantle Obamacare scam. In all the controversy around Obamacare, you've likely heard talk of
Congress defunding parts of Obamacare that the new Congress elected by a majority of American voters last November
wants to halt. But the $105 billion "slush fund" secretly stashed in the language of the Obamacare bill
was granted directly to programs, outside the normal congressional appropriation process. That's unprecedented,
deceitful and dodges the will of voters who oppose Obamacare and those in Congress who oppose it. In essence,
the Administration and congressional perpetrators of this scam silently rigged the system in order to keep Obamacare
running against the will of voters and the subsequent Congress the voters elected to stop Obamacare.
ranks with Prohibition, 55 mph speed limit. No law can command public respect if its authors felt
compelled to hide billions of dollars for its implementation.
The 'Obamacare' Gordian knot. Obamacare
is today's Gordian knot. The law was drafted to be incredibly difficult for lawmakers to unravel. When then-House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), President Barack Obama, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) drafted Obamacare,
they quietly included provisions that automatically spend $105.5 billion over the next 10 years to implement
the law. Annual congressional appropriations are the regular order of business, yet some automatic funding
continues in perpetuity.
$105 Bil In ObamaCare Is A Fat Target. Michele Bachmann has again demonstrated her extraordinary
leadership by discovering $105 billion of taxpayers' money that Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi had hidden in
ObamaCare. Now, Rep. Bachmann, R-Minn., wants her colleagues to refuse to pass must-pass bills, such as the
Continuing Resolution or raising the debt limit, unless they include recapturing that secret money.
New $2 billion bailout in Obamacare. Investigators for the House Energy and Commerce
Committee have discovered that a little-known provision in the national health care law has allowed
the federal government to pay nearly $2 billion to unions, state public employee systems, and
big corporations to subsidize health coverage costs for early retirees. At the current rate of
payment, the $5 billion appropriated for the program could be exhausted well before it is set
Prediction Backfires? Glitches Arise in Health Law. Back in March 2010, then-House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi, D-Calif, uttered the now-famous words, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in
it, away from the fog of the controversy." Pelosi was talking about the health care law, and it appears
she was right about the fact that it was full of unknowns. It turns out that, due to a glitch in the law,
roughly three million middle-income Americans could wind up on Medicaid — which was designed to
assist the country's poorest citizens.
Another Rotten Obamacare Easter Egg. What a windfall for middle class families: Saddled
with sky-high, unaffordable family coverage rates, and "socked" with billions in new taxes. Thanks,
I do not know what the learned political scientists of the republic say about it, but it seems to me that the laws
of the land are so poorly written now that almost no one knows what they mean. That is a government bureaucrat's
delight. The health care bill, commonly known disparagingly as Obamacare, is typical. No member of
Congress could have read it before voting on it, and even now, I doubt any congressman has read it through. ... Finally,
someone over at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at least has read what it says about long-term
health care, and the authorities there made a surprising admission: It is unworkable and possibly illegal.
Obamacare: Get Ready for "Targeted Dumping" of Coverage. One of the single biggest price tags
of Obamacare is its premium subsidies, which will shoot through the roof under this scheme. As Jeffrey
Anderson notes in his post, the CBO has already severely underestimated how many Americans will require subsidies
under Obamacare. They also grossly underestimated how much the overall law would cost.
Obamacare Onslaught Begins. The law was passed a while ago, but the effects of the 2,700 page
bill misnamed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — and commonly referred to as
Obamacare — are slowly taking effect. The CLASS portion may have been eliminated and the individual
mandate will be decided by the Supreme Court, but I'd like to discuss one of the many hidden costs contained
within the legislation.
Obama's Nurse Ratched. Behind every
powerful health care mandate under Obamacare is a power-hungry woman named Kathleen Sebelius. As the Health and Human
Services Secretary, she has unprecedented power under Obamacare to control health care decisions, the approval of medical
products and the national biomedical research agenda. The Secretary is not only the key player; she is the only one
on the field. "The Secretary shall..." is mentioned more than 1000 times in the new health care law. Sebelius
is using that power to promote a liberal agenda and Obama's re-election.
Contraception Law is an Idiot's Nightmare. When the smoke clears and people start looking at this new
level of socialism, I believe that the disapproval rating of Obama will go to a new level. Look at the
Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act and you will start to understand why the communists passed this bill.
You can look through this entire bill and will find nothing pertaining to contraception for non-school age women.
So what the crooks at Obama's lair have improvised is a new concept. Under the provision in Obamacare, they
are trying to bootstrap in contraceptive care.
The Sebelius savings plan.
There's something perverse about a government $15.5 trillion in the red espousing a strategy to "save money" by
discouraging the birth of human beings. That's what Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is
advocating through the implementation of President Obama's contraception mandate.
Finding out what's
in it: Abortion coverage in Obamacare. I don't think the majority of Americans are going to be
pleased with this. They may or may not be okay with abortion, but do they really want the blood on their
own hands, per order of the federal government? Isn't there a law against that? But the Obama
administration is betting they won't really mind.
a failure, in every way possible. Stimulus packages were not to stimulate the economy but were to siphon off
money for the bonuses of executives in failing businesses. Since when does failure deserve a bonus? What else
did he do? His ObamaCare will bankrupt America and was passed with bribes, threats, arm twisting and backroom
deals. Nancy Pelosi: "Let's pass it so we can see what's in it." If that isn't buying a pig in a
poke, what is?
Pop Quiz for College Students.
[Scroll down] As of February 2012, ObamaCare is now about 2,163,744 words long. Put another way, it is three times
longer than the King James Version of the Bible.
2,700 pages are too much for justices. During the long, painful debate that led to the passage of Obamacare,
Republican lawmakers made a single request of their colleagues, the press and the public: Please read the 2,700-page
bill. That request was mostly ignored, even by many of the members of Congress who voted for what became the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Now, it's someone else's turn not to read the bill.
Another $17 trillion surprise found in
Obamacare. Senate Republican staffers continue to look though the 2010 health care reform law to see what's in it, and
their latest discovery is a massive $17 trillion funding gap. "The more we learn about the bill, the more we learn it is even
more unaffordable than was suspected," said Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Republican's budget chief in the Senate. "The bill
has to be removed from the books because we don't have the money," he said.
Obamacare's $17 Trillion Surprise. The
federal government's unfunded health care obligations have grown by a whopping $17 trillion since the passage of
President Obama's controversial reform bill, a new study has found. Staff at the Senate Budget Committee, which
calculated the figure using methods based on those used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), found
that total unfunded obligations for federal health care programs have jumped from $65 trillion in 2009 to
$82 trillion in 2011.
Call 911: Your country is being mugged.
Here's a headline that got me riled up last week: "Montana to receive $15,598,051 in grants from the new health care law for community health centers."
That comes from a press release by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was ironically (or intentionally?) issued on May 1, the international
socialist holiday known as May Day. Of course, we all know that Obamacare is socialism, but we aren't supposed to say so. Close your eyes and
pretend it never happened. That's the ticket for getting along these days. But wait a minute! $15.6 million is a lot of money to be spending
in little old Montana, and what does that have to do with health insurance anyway?
Obamacare Hubs Coming to the Nation's Schools.
As the U.S. Supreme Court mulls the constitutionality of the Democrats' Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration is moving ahead with plans
to pour millions of dollars into "school-based health centers." On Wednesday [5/9/2012], Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
announced that $75 million in taxpayer money is available to build and renovate health clinics inside schools.
ObamaTax At 13,000 Pages Of
New Regulations — And Counting. ObamaCare, the legislation that replaced the "We the People" of the Constitution
with the insidious phrase, "the Secretary shall determine," which appears in the bill a mind-boggling 1,563 times, is still being
written. "There's already 13,000 pages of regulations, and they're not even done yet," says Rehberg. The Orwellian-named
Affordable Health Care Act is a "delegation of extensive authority from Congress to the Department of Health and Human Services and a
lot of boards and commissions and bureaus throughout the bureaucracy," adds Matt Spalding of the Heritage Foundation. "We counted
about 180 or so."
ObamaCare and the missing words. The Washington Post
ran an interesting story on Tuesday [7/17/2012] about two health care experts, Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University and Michael Cannon of
the Cato Institute, who believe they have discovered a fatal flaw among the thousands of pages of ObamaCare rules and regulations. [...] But the
notion that a missing word or two in the ObamaCare legislation would somehow halt this massive power grab is hopelessly naïve. Words, and
laws, with firm definitions are for the little people, not the masters of the almighty centralized State. If you violate an obscure clause of
some complicated regulation, you'll be destroyed, but this lawless Administration will allow itself to be held to no such standard.
Obama's Second Term Transformation
Plans. [Scroll down] For example, in the 2,700 pages of ObamaCare there are more than 2,500 references to the
Secretary of Health and Human Services. There are more than 700 instances when he or she is instructed that they "shall" do
something and more than 200 times when they "may" take at their sole discretion some form of regulatory action. On
139 occasions, the law mentions that the "Secretary determines." In essence one person, appointed by and reporting to the
president, will be in charge of the health care of 310 million Americans once ObamaCare is fully operational in 2014.
Feds need 18 pages to
define 'full-time' for Obamacare. One of the most-anticipated new federal regulations governing which companies will be
required to provide health insurance under Obamacare has finally landed — with a thud. In the latest indication of
how complicated putting the Affordable Care Act into action will be, the Department of Health and Human Services and Internal Revenue
Service issued 18 pages of regulations just to describe what a "full-time employee" is. Of note, to the Feds a full-time
employee works an average of just 30 hours a week, not the normally accepted 40 hours. The IRS rule is key because
companies with more than 50 full-time employees must provide health insurance under Obamacare, or be fined.
ObamaCare Calls 30 Hours of Work Per Week
'Full-Time'. A little-known section in the ObamaCare health reform law defines "full-time" work as averaging only 30 hours per
week, a definition that will affect some employers who utilize part-time workers to trim the cost of complying with the ObamaCare rule that says
businesses with 50 or more workers must provide health insurance or pay a fine.
rhetoric vs. its reality. Just recently, the Internal Revenue Service issued an 18-page, single-spaced notice explaining how to
distinguish between full-time and part-time workers under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). The difference matters, because the act
requires employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide health insurance for those workers. At the same time, no company
has to buy insurance for part-time employees, defined as those working less than 30 hours a week.
Hospitals scramble to limit readmissions, avoid new
penalties. Under federal penalties that kicked in Oct. 1 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, hospitals lose Medicare
reimbursements if their patients are readmitted at an excessive rate.
Nanny State: Obamacare Now
Regulating Pizza. Section 4205 of PPACA (ObamaCare) requires any pizzeria, grocery, or convenience store with more
than 20 locations to post calorie information in their store on menu boards. The way the bill is written, Dominos, for
example, will have to write out the caloric information for 34 million different pizza combinations (yes, they've done the
math on that).
Does Obamacare include blanket amnesty for illegal aliens?
Obama Won't Give Federal Insurance Benefits to Illegal Aliens,
He'll Make Them Legal First. It is true that both the House and Senate health care bills as they are now
drafted would make illegal aliens ineligible for federally funded health care. But President Obama has stated as
recently as last month at a press conference in Mexico that he will seek "comprehensive immigration reform" legislation
that will put illegal aliens on a "pathway to citizenship."
"Myth" that Health Care Reform Won't Cover Illegal Aliens, Is Itself a Myth. Nowhere does
H.R. 3200 say that illegal aliens are ineligible to enroll in the proposed "public option." To the
contrary, Section 202 provides that "all individuals" are eligible for benefits offered through the
government exchange unless they are enrolled in another health insurance plan.
for Illegal Aliens. Big Nanny Democrats want to ration health care for everyone in
America — except those who break our immigration laws. Last week, the House Ways and Means
Committee defeated an amendment that would have prevented illegal aliens from using the so-called "public
health insurance option." Every Democrat on the panel voted against the measure.
Illegal immigrants already
put a strain on America's health care system..
Crusaders Out To Plunder System. Since Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, proponents of
socialized medicine have bombarded us with nonstop demagoguery about the 40 million-plus uninsured to
create a crisis mentality sufficient to catalyze sweeping "reforms." Their efforts didn't stand much of
a chance until the advent of the pseudo-crisis-exploiting administration of President Barack Obama, which
never met a "crisis" it couldn't leverage.
Government Medical Care Always Becomes Political Medical Care.
Americans did not invent democracy. What America rightly did, for the first time in history, was institutionalize the
concept of limited government — based not on majority rule, but on individual rights. Sadly, this
foundation is not properly recognized and is rapidly giving way to an ever-expanding government.
Those who say that
government should seize control of all of our medical care are ultimately advocating the elimination of all restraint on
Truth Is A Casualty Of The Final
Push. [Quoting President Obama] "By the time the vote has taken place ... you'll know what's in it
because it's going to be posted and everybody's going to be able to evaluate it on the merits." The
final bill wouldn't available to the public until Saturday morning [3/20/2010], the day before the vote,
congressional sources told us Friday. So in fact, nobody would have time to digest the 2,500-page
Obamacare is HillaryCare in a new wrapper
Reading the Bill...
The White House has pointedly refused to say whether President Obama will read the 1,000+ page health care
bill — HR 3200 — now pending before the House of Representatives. ... The language
may seem innocuous, but Sec 1866D actually describes the plan for American health care that was
first proposed as HR 3600 in 1993 and known as HillaryCare.
Never Seen The Left So Out-Of-Control
Desperate. Try looking at this health care debate from the Democrat perspective. It has been
a Democrat dream for decades to control the nation's health care delivery system. They thought they had it
made in 1993 after Clinton's defeat of George H.W. Bush. Hillary got to work and created a monstrosity
of a plan for government control of our health care, and it died a well-deserved and rather painful death.
Within a year the Republicans had control of the House and the Senate.
to America: Bend Over and Cough. [Scroll down] Eighty-five percent of Americans have
health insurance, and 89 percent of them are satisfied with it. This poses a problem for "reform."
MSNBC's Chris Matthews once wrote that because HillaryCare failed to calm the satisfied, it collapsed.
"People," said Matthews, "saw their hard-won benefits and options being siphoned off to fund the health needs
of all comers. Instead of securing the health care of the 'working family,' Hillary Clinton was offering
'universal coverage' for those who didn't work, financed by those who did. It was an offer people were
eager and quick to refuse."
someone mention Hillarycare?
Obamacare is RomneyCare in a new wrapper
Mess. ObamaCare is supposed to increase health coverage and slow spending. The
promises of RomneyCare in Massachusetts were the same. But it has neither brought universal coverage
nor contained costs.
Massachusetts Meltdown A Model For ObamaCare. During the
health care debate, President Obama claimed his proposal was similar to RomneyCare, passed in 2006 in
Massachusetts under then GOP Gov. Mitt Romney. Unfortunately, RomneyCare portends a bleak future for
the U.S. under ObamaCare. Little by little, the system is falling apart in Massachusetts under the
weight of ever-increasing costs.
coverage? First, look at the disaster in Massachusetts. To much fanfare from both right and
left in 2006, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to require all residents to buy health
insurance. ... Then Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, promised that "every uninsured citizen in Massachusetts
will soon have affordable health insurance." Yet just two years later, Romney's much-heralded
"solution" — touted by many as the model for a national program — has become an
who makes RomneyCare/MassCare's waiver decisions. Before there was Obamacare, there was
RomneyCare/MassCare. Before there were Obamacare waivers, there were RomneyCare/MassCare waivers.
And just as the SEIU Purple Army is smack dab in the middle of exempting itself from Obamacare, it is smack
dab in the middle of deciding who does and who doesn't have to follow the RomneyCare/MassCare rules in the
Prefers to Lose Primary Rather than Renounce Romneycare. Mitt Romney refused to criticize his Massachusetts
health-care program tonight, saying he would prefer to lose the primary rather than renounce it. "I'm standing by
what I did in Massachusetts," Romney said on Fox News Channel's Special Report with Bret Baier. "I'm not trying
to dust it aside. I'm absolutely firm that it was the right thing for our state. I'll defend that and I
understand it has political implications. And if it keeps me from winning a primary, so be it."
Obamacare kills jobs
...or at least it kills full time jobs.
restaurant mulls cutting meal portions, staff hours to save money ahead of Obamacare. Rising costs associated with President
Obama's Affordable Care Act has a D.C. restaurant mulling the possibility of making their meals less affordable, less filling, or even
cutting costs at the expense of staff. "For one to two years [Obamacare has] been the No. 1 issue on our radar," Clyde's
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Owens told NPR. "We're not trying to run away from it, but it's a frightening proposition."
Obamacare is forcing the restaurant chain to "rethink its business plan," according to NPR.
More Bad Obamacare News. Schools in Indiana are being
forced to cut back on part-time employee hours to avoid Obamacare's mandates and penalties.
The Only Jobs Obama is
Creating Are Low Paying McJobs. It's a recovery. A recovery consisting of low end minimum jobs that the
Gang of 8 Amnesty would swallow in less than 5 minutes.
$96 an hour cost spike may end 30-hour workweek. For a worker making $16 an hour for 29 hours per week, the
30th hour of work each week could cost an employer $112.15. In other words, ObamaCare could cost an employer as much
as $96.15 extra an hour — or six times the going hourly wage in this example. Here's how: Employers who
offer health coverage that is deemed either too pricey or too skimpy will owe $3,000 for each full-time, 30-hour-per-week, worker
who taps ObamaCare subsidies.
ObamaCare's 30-Hour Work Week: Fulfilling a Longtime Leftist Dream?
It turns out that the idea of a 30-hour work week in the U.S. is at least nearly a century old. Its lineage ultimately goes back to Karl
Marx's long-discredited idea of "surplus labor." In 1919, the 30-hour week was a central but ultimately abandoned demand in nationwide
negotiations between unionized coal companies and their United Mine Workers members.
Obamacare Scares Head
Start Staffers More than Budget Cuts. You'd think that at a national Head Start conference, sequestration, across-the-board
federal spending cuts, would be the top issue. No. Instead, Head Start teachers and administrators told The Daily Caller
that the health care law is their biggest headache.
Is Blocking Job Creation, Economic Growth. On Friday the government will release its unemployment report for April.
The jobs numbers last month were a huge disappointment. Americans can't afford more bad news. Washington needs to break the
cycle of weak job growth month after month. To do that, we need to honestly deal with one of the main roadblocks to job creation:
President Obama's health care law. At a press conference this week, the president proved once again that he doesn't understand how
his law threatens Americans' jobs, their care and their paycheck.
The ObamaCare Train
Wreck Is Already Here. Democrats fret about a "train wreck" when ObamaCare goes into effect next year. But the law
is already a disaster for workers who've seen their hours and benefits cut as employers try to avoid its costs.
Train Wreck: ObamaCare
Blocking Job Creation, Economic Growth. On Friday [5/3/2013] the government will release its unemployment report for April. The jobs
numbers last month were a huge disappointment. Americans can't afford more bad news. Washington needs to break the cycle of weak job growth
month after month. To do that, we need to honestly deal with one of the main roadblocks to job creation: President Obama's health care law.
At a press conference this week, the president proved once again that he doesn't understand how his law threatens Americans' jobs, their care and their paycheck.
Employee Benefits Fall As Firms Brace For
ObamaCare. Employer spending on benefits rose at the slowest pace on record in the first quarter, as companies began bracing for higher health
costs with next year's launch of ObamaCare. Total benefits, such as insurance and pension contributions, rose just 0.1% vs. the end of last year, the
smallest gain in Labor Department data going back to 2001. By comparison, payroll employment grew by a half-million, or 0.4%, in Q1. So
benefits-per-worker declined. Total employee benefits provided outside of government jobs declined outright.
Part-timers to lose pay amid health
act's new math. Some workers are having their hours cut so employers won't have to cover them under Obamacare.
Employee Benefits Fall As
Firms Brace For ObamaCare. Employer spending on benefits rose at the slowest pace on record in the first quarter, as
companies began bracing for higher health costs with next year's launch of ObamaCare. Total benefits, such as insurance and
pension contributions, rose just 0.1% vs. the end of last year, the smallest gain in Labor Department data going back to 2001.
By comparison, payroll employment grew by a half-million, or 0.4%, in Q1. So benefits-per-worker declined.
'Obamacare will negatively hit us like nothing else'. You know it's bad when such a successful company like McDonald's says "the
future looks BLEAK!" because of Obamacare.
ObamaCare Bites Unionized
Educators. Union representatives are now sending their members letters stating that "the Affordable Care Act [aka ObamaCare]
has defined full time as anyone working over 30 hours a week or 130 hours a month." Many of these hardworking and
well-meaning local labor representatives, who were duped — I mean, told by the American Federation of Teachers Union (AFT) that
Obama was the one who would bring all good things to pass — now find themselves in an untenable position.
The culture war is all Obama has left.
Obama's signature domestic accomplishment, Obamacare, remains highly unpopular. Health care premiums are rising, as its opponents
predicted, and numerous newspaper stories are now highlighting how the law is either discouraging new hiring altogether or forcing more
Americans into part-time work involuntarily.
threatens 3.2 million small business jobs. Over one-third of the 9.1 million full-time jobs among America's diverse
business franchises could be cut back or eliminated by Obamacare as small businesses struggle to maintain profitability while coughing up
money to pay for Washington-mandated health care coverage, according to the International Franchise Association. The threat of
hitting 3.2 million full-time workers as the Affordable Care Act takes effect next year is prompting the owners of fast food
restaurants, service companies and other franchises to urge Congress to make significant changes in Obamacare.
Three: 10 Disturbing Facts Americans Have Learned. [Scroll down] The Federal Reserve's March beige book on economic
activity noted that businesses "cited the unknown effects of the Affordable Care Act as reasons for planned layoffs and reluctance to hire
more staff." Around the same time, Gallup reported a surge in part-time work in advance of ObamaCare's employer mandate. It
found that part-timers accounted for almost 21% of the labor force, up from 19% three years ago. Meanwhile, human resources
consulting firm Adecco found that half of the small businesses it surveyed in January either plan to cut their workforce, not hire
new workers, or shift to part-time or temporary help because of ObamaCare.
Pelosi: Obamacare Means 'You
Could Be A Photographer or Writer'. Marking the third anniversary of Obamacare's passage, House Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the health care law fulfills the promises of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness because it allows people
to leave jobs that include health insurance as a benefit: You can become a "photographer or writer." "I've always said that
the Affordable Care Act is something that was transformative," Pelosi said Wednesday during a press conference on Capitol Hill marking
the upcoming anniversary of the law on March 23.
And so it begins: ObamaCare kills jobs.
When Democrats passed ObamaCare, they told us it wouldn't affect the private insurance coverage any of us already had.
"If you like your coverage, you can keep your coverage," is what Obama said. Just one problem. You can't keep your
coverage if, thanks to ObamaCare, it no longer exists.
Future costs and regulations are unpredictable.
A recent study found that 33 percent of business owners cited new requirements in Obamacare as either the biggest or second-biggest obstacle
to hiring. In addition, Dennis Lockhart, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, said, "We have frequently heard strong
comments to the effect of 'My company won't hire a single additional worker until we know what health insurance costs are going to be.'"
Obamacare Kills Jobs. President
Obama may think that the private sector is "doing fine", but in all reality the last thing our economy can handle is even more hurdles to
job creation, which is precisely what Obamacare represents. Obamacare's employer mandate will not only slow growth, but will penalize
businesses that want to hire workers.
Obamacare is a Job Killer. Automation Systems Inc. has
expanded to include 37 employees today, and [Carl] Schanstra says he wants to hire more — maybe as many as 200 or
300 in the next 10 to 15 years. But once the business crosses the 50-employee threshold, it will have to pay
$40,000 in penalties, plus $2,000 for each additional employee. That's because of the so-called employer mandate, a fee imposed on
businesses that get too big without providing health care the federal government deems acceptable.
Recovery Stalled After
Obamacare Passed. The law discourages employers from hiring in several ways: Businesses with fewer than 50 workers
have a strong incentive to maintain this size, which allows them to avoid the mandate to provide government-approved health coverage or
face a penalty; Businesses with more than 50 workers will see their costs for health coverage rise — they must
purchase more expensive government-approved insurance or pay a penalty; and Employers face considerable uncertainty about what
constitutes qualifying health coverage and what it will cost.
End the Madness at the EEOC.
Over 89 million Americans are presently out of the labor force. The New York Times seems to offer a muddled explanation
for the fact that employers have money to hire but aren't doing so even when they need extra help. The Federal Reserve's vision
is less cloudy. In its latest beige book the Fed indicates that uncertainty about the impact and requirements of Obamacare is
playing a significant role in the national job freeze cutting into sales and hiring.
ObamaCare and the '29ers'.
Here's a trend you'll be reading more about: part-time "job sharing," not only within firms but across different businesses.
It's already happening across the country at fast-food restaurants, as employers try to avoid being punished by the Affordable Care Act.
The Real State of the Union.
[Scroll down] Many employers are also clearly doing all they can to keep all but a few key employees from toiling more than
30 hours per week, because ObamaCare will compel them to treat employees who work 30 or more hours as "full-time," forcing
them to either provide mandatory health insurance coverage or pay a fine if they don't.
Health Care, One Law Is Working Like a Charm. "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it," said
Nancy Pelosi during the debate over Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act passed, and Americans are now finding out.
It's not a pretty picture. Take employment. "Medical device makers in Massachusetts and elsewhere are warning of
potential job losses," reports The Boston Globe, because of a 2.3-percent tax on medical devices imposed by law.
Retail Workweek Hits
3-Year Low In ObamaCare Shift. The fly in the ointment of January's jobs report was the apparent shift to part-time work ahead of a key
ObamaCare deadline. Although retail payrolls grew by 32,600, total hours worked in the industry dipped, Labor Department data out Friday [2/1/2013]
showed. The explanation? Rank-and-file retail workers logged the shortest workweek since early 2010: just 30.1 hours, on average,
vs. 30.4 in December.
Slash Teachers' Hours to Evade ObamaCare. When the Affordable Care Act passed in early 2010, many in academia — faculty and
students alike — cheered on. But now that its provisions are going into effect, some of these same people are learning
firsthand that Obamacare has some nasty side effects.
professors shocked schools are cutting their hours to avoid Obamacare penalties. Robert Balla, an adjunct professor of
English at Stark State College, in North Canton, Ohio received a letter in which he was told that "in order to avoid penalties under
the Affordable Care Act ... employees with part-time or adjunct status will not be assigned more than an average of 29 hours per
week." He told the Journal that the move cut his $40,000 salary by about $2,000 and that he cannot afford health insurance.
Slash Teachers' Hours to Evade ObamaCare. If you want someone to lie to you and tell you how troubling it is when
anyone's income is cut in Obama's economy, you'll want to stop reading right about now. I'm only willing to go as far as to
say that I wish ObamaCare wasn't the cause of all this. But it simply is a beautiful thing to see the very institutions that
carry Obama's water and attempt to brainwash more of his minions, deal first-hand with the consequences of their thoughtless advocacy.
and Taco Bell Franchisees Talking About Cutting Hours To Avoid ObamaCare Fines. One of the least-wise provisions of the Affordable
Care Act is a plan to fine firms with over 50 employees that don't provide health insurance to their workers to the tune of $2,000 per
full-time worker. The natural response for many firms is to do exactly what Ned Resnikoff reports some Wendy's and Taco Bell franchisees
are doing and cut workers' hours to below the 30 hours per week threshold, thus avoiding the fine.
IRS Warns Employers: Do Not Try to
Avoid ObamaCare Insurance Mandate. The Internal Revenue Service warned employers in a new regulatory proposal not to come up with
clever schemes to avoid Obamacare's employer health insurance mandate. The IRS said it would soon issue "anti-abuse rules" to discourage
employers from taking advantage of any regulatory loopholes.
Hiring Freezes Begin. Obamacare opponents warned that forcing companies employing 50 or more full-time workers to
buy healthcare would prompt employers to slash jobs and worker hours. And that's exactly what's happening, says one of President
Barack Obama's favorite economists, Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics.
Dems Finally Spot
Blindingly Obvious Problem With Ocare's Medical Device Tax. Opponents of ObamaCare have long known that one of its most idiotic provisions
calls for a 2.3 percent tax on medical device manufacturers. This provision is not only a sure job killer, it is essentially a tax on
innovation, as Paul Hsieh explained nearly two years ago.
Nevada Restaurant Owners on
Obamacare: 'We Can't Pay For This'. Nevada restaurant owners — increasingly anxious about the future of their businesses
under the Affordable Care Act — are echoing statements by national restaurant chains about the excessive costs President Obama's health
care law will impose on them. [...] The biggest concern restaurant owners express about the law is Section 1513, the Employer Mandate.
Going into full effect in January 2014, it requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide federally approved health
insurance plans or pay penalties of up to $2,000 per employee.
The Mass Firings Begin.
Had Romney won, many of these companies would now be hiring.
CBS, Cheesecake Factory CEO Warns ObamaCare Will Be 'Very Costly'. On Monday's [12/3/2012] CBS This Morning,
Cheesecake Factory CEO David Overton spotlighted the looming economic impact of Obamacare's implementation, especially on small
enterprises: "For those businesses that don't cover their employees, they'll be in for a very expensive situation."
Overton also warned that the cost of the law would be passed on to customers.
Professors Get What They Asked For, Don't Like It Much. [The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)] has just
announced that because of ObamaCare, it will have to slash the hours of 400 of its employees, about half of whom are adjunct
instructors. This is because under the new law, companies and other organizations employing 50 or more employees are
required to provide full health care insurance (at high cost, because of a host of new mandates the law includes) for all employees
working 30 or more hours a week. This means that employers have a tremendous incentive — indeed, virtually a
gun at their heads — to either cut hours for employees to under 30 hours per week or eliminate workers outright (by
outsourcing, offshoring, contracting out, and automating), or to keep the employees under 50 by simply not expanding.
Health Care Law Pushes Employers to
Cut Hours. As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is implemented, the American workforce slowly becomes a
nation of part-timers. The law is discouraging public and private sector employers from hiring full-time workers and pushing them to
slash hours for part-time workers to keep them under the magical 30-hours-per-week limit.
College cuts work hours to duck Obamacare.
To avoid paying for health insurance, a Pittsburgh community college will cut the work hours of 400 adjunct instructors and support staff.
Under Obamacare, employers don't have to provide insurance for employees working less than 30 hours a week. Community College of
Allegheny County will save $6 million.
Menu Labeling: Another
Job-Killing Regulation in ObamaCare. The government is addressing the nation's growing obesity epidemic with a regulation: Section 4205,
the menu labeling provision attached to ObamaCare meant to "aid consumers in selecting more healthful diets." As currently written, however, the regulation
will likely have job-killing effects and result in little, if any, significant reductions in obesity rates and/or improved health.
Obamacare will make us a part time nation.
There are already 8 million Americans working part time who want to work full time. It seems likely that number will skyrocket once Obamacare is implemented.
Surprise: PA College Slashes
Instructors' Hours to Avoid Obamacare. Pennsylvania's Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is slashing the hours of 400 adjunct
instructors, support staff, and part-time instructors to dodge paying for Obamacare.
Kaiser Permanente confirms 530 layoffs in Southern
California. The Kaiser Permente [sic] layoffs come as the health care industry implements provisions of the federal Affordable Health Care Act,
commonly called "Obamacare."
Medical giant Stryker
cuts 1,170 jobs, citing ObamaCare. Medical supply giant Stryker is the latest company to announce job cuts in anticipation of coming costs
associated with ObamaCare, even though the man who inherited a fortune from the company's founder is a fan. The company will cut 1,170 jobs,
or five percent of its worldwide workforce, despite the fact that the founder's grandson was one of the largest contributors to President Obama's re-election
to charge 5% 'Obamacare surcharge' and cut employee hours to deal with cost of legislation. President Obama's election
victory ensured his Affordable Care Act would remain the centerpiece of his first term in power — but that has left some
business owners baulking at the extra cost Obamcare [sic] will bring.
Chain CEO to Impose Obamacare Surcharge on Customers. It seems with each passing day since the President was re-elected
another business owner is coming out to address how he or she is going to make up for the additional costs that will occur once health
care reform is fully implemented. On Wednesday [11/14/2012], John Metz, the CEO of Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurants said that
he's going to impose an Obamacare surcharge on customers.
John's prepares for food fight over Obamacare. Down-heartened pizza tycoon John Schnatter received some pre-holiday cheer on Friday when a conservative
group declared it to be national Papa John's Appreciation Day. [...] Devastated by Mitt Romney's failure to secure the presidency and with it a repeal of the health
care legislation, Schnatter has been threatening to raise the price of a pizza by 14 cents and to lower worker's hours.
Bleary Eyes, Broken Hearts, We Lost. It is the
leftist ideal world plus the lure of free stuff that brought Obama's vote back out in sufficient numbers to give him the win. Free stuff
and the promise of more free stuff is one of the few proposals that he actually ran on. ObamaCare is sold as free stuff and enough people
believe that that's what it is, despite the fact that it's a job-killing drag on small businesses and still threatens to bankrupt reeling state
governments. If you don't have a job, ObamaCare may have something to do with that.
Applebee's, Jimmy John's warn Obamacare will cut profits,
employees. Add Applebee's and Jimmy John's to the growing list of small companies and franchisers warning that
Obamacare will kill profits and force local stores to raise prices or slash employees and their hours.
Prepping for Obamacare, Chain Cuts Workers' Hours. The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster
restaurants is putting more workers on part-time status in a test aimed at limiting the impact of looming health coverage requirements. Darden
Restaurants declined to give details but said the test is only in restaurants in four markets across the country. The test entails increasing the
number of workers on part-time status, meaning they work less than 30 hours a week. Under the new health care act, companies will be required
to provide health care to full-time employees by 2014. That would significantly boost labor costs for businesses. About 75 percent of
Darden's employees are currently part-timers.
Darden Restaurants cuts workers' hours to limit
impact of health care law. The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants is putting more workers on part-time status in a test
aimed at limiting health care costs.
CEO to Workers: You'll Likely Be Fired. David Siegel, the owner of Westgate Resorts, sent a
surprising email to his employees Monday [10/8/2012]. It said that if President Barack Obama wins re-election and raises Siegel's taxes, he will
have to lay off workers and downsize his company — or even shut it down. "If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our
current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company," he wrote.
Study: Obamacare regs have
cost $27.6 billion, killed 30,000 jobs. Fully implementing Obamacare regulations have already cost the U.S. economy $27.6 billion
and more than 18,000 jobs according to a new study released today. Just the top ten most expensive regulations have cost $24.4 billion,
according to the new non-partisan and independent American Action Forum (AAF) report. Just complying with the state health exchanges alone has
to cost employers $3.4 billion according to the AAF totals which were compiled from Federal Register data.
Obama keeps his job; others lose theirs.
After an election campaign that featured jobs as a central issue, some of the nation's businesses have responded to President Obama's victory with a series
of layoff announcements related to a variety of factors including the New Year's "fiscal cliff." A number of companies had hoped the election of
Republican Mitt Romney would raise the chances of avoiding the cliff's $1 trillion in federal spending cuts, half of them defense-related, plus
higher taxes from the expiration of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts. Other factors in the spate of layoff notices included costs related to
Mr. Obama's health care plan and environmental regulations.
boycott Applebee's after CEO threatens hiring freeze and layoffs over Obamacare. Papa John's came under fire this week when CEO John
Schnatter floated a plan to cut worker hours to reduce spiking employee health care costs under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
Now, Applebee's is being boycotted after a major New York area Applebee's franchise owner Zane Tankel threatened a hiring freeze and possible layoffs as
a result of the president's healthcare plan.
spiral: Hours cut, workers pushed to part-time due to Obamacare. As Twitchy has been reporting, the layoff bomb has detonated.
Many companies, both large and small, have been forced to lay off workers due to President Obama's re-election. With no hope of Obamacare
being repealed, they are now forced to lay off employees in order to stay in business.
Progressives Launch Revenge on Applebee's
as Company Downsizes in Response to ObamaCare. The business community's had the writing on the wall for some time. The
election simply cleared up the uncertainty in the decision-making environment.
Other objections to Obamacare
Kathleen Sebelius Advocates for
GaybamaCare. Along with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Barack must feel it's time that fairness be
extended to the gay community. That's why, for those who tend toward melancholy and depression, if ever there were a time to be gay,
this would be it. Why? Because in addition to reassuring college grads that free birth control should give them peace of mind
and sharing the roster at Girl Scout conferences with late-term abortionists, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wants to commemorate LGBTQ
month by making it one of her priorities to actively advocate on behalf of the sexually confused, conflicted, and/or questioning.
Sebelius tells pediatricians to promote 'Obamacare'.
President Obama's top health official asked the nation's pediatric groups on Monday [5/6/2013] to spread the word about benefits within the federal health care law,
a plea that coincides with mounting pressure to implement the ambitious overhaul before its main provisions kick in next year.
Interminable Sentence Nails Obamacare.
In August 2012, a candidate for Illinois State Senate, District 18, Dr. Barbara Bellar, thought she would start a fundraising event with a lighthearted
tone. She claimed that she could describe ObamaCare (the ACA) in one sentence — one very long sentence.
Update: TV Networks Will Be Asked to Boost ObamaCare In Plots of Their Top Shows. Remember that the liberal media was furious
that the federal government would promote the war in Iraq inside Iraq, and furious that the Department of Education would hire PR flacks like
Armstrong Williams to talk up Bush education programs on cable news. So where is their outrage at the idea that federal grants would
promote ObamaCare advertising inside network TV entertainment programs?
The Strange Case of the
Obama Meltdown. Who made the following decisions?  to propose a 1,000 page bill that no one had read,
much less could explain?;  to ram down the greatest change in the US economy in fifty years by the August
recess?;  to talk loosely of the "uninsured" without knowing why they were not insured, how much it would
cost to insure them, or whether they currently in fact find some sort of care?;  to reference Rahm Emanuel's
doctor brother as a source of wisdom?  to demonize the health-care industry as greedy?
On being ruled by fanatics:
The looming ObamaCare fiasco is a classic example of a public policy plan that has never been weighed against the
alternatives. Even liberal economists are saying it. Any consistent reader of the Wall Street
Journal knows more about healthcare options than the Obama administration's "experts" do.
Care Mess. Health care is stalled and insidiously undermining the presidency of Obama precisely
because the public senses he has not leveled with the American people. Of the uninsured, how many millions
are young people who feel no need right now to buy insurance, how many million are illegal aliens, how many
millions chose to use their optional income for things other than a low-cost catastrophic health plan, how
many millions still find care outside the insurance system? Nor do most Americans feel their system
ObamaCare as a Moral Clunker. Though
a relevant consideration, cost is among the least of ObamaCare's problems. Leading the argument against ObamaCare
with cost considerations sells the American people short and betrays a moral insecurity that, if not addressed, will cause
some future form of ObamaCare to sneak in — if not now, in the not very distant future.
Obama's Health Expert Gets Political.
President Barack Obama's health-care plan is in jeopardy because of serious concerns that costs will spin out of
control. As much as anyone, it's White House budget director Peter Orszag's job to save it. Mr. Orszag
is the administration's point man for controlling health-care spending. So when the director of the Congressional
Budget Office, which Mr. Orszag used to run, testified eight days ago that none of the health plans pending on Capitol
Hill would control long-term spending, Mr. Orszag knew that meant trouble.
Politicans, Heal Thyselves!
If Democrats in Washington think their health care reform with a public option is a good thing, why have they exempted
themselves from it? Why isn't what's good for their constituents good for them?
A Cancer In The Capitol Is Killing Us.
Hillary Clinton fractured her elbow on Wednesday and was scheduled for surgery in less than 48 hours.
As a primary sponsor and advocate of nationalized, government run healthcare, shouldn't Clinton have had to
wait a year before surgery — just as she wants the rest of us to do? Apparently, the
conditions of nationalized healthcare shouldn't apply to the royal members of Congress, government employees,
or their gay partners. Those programs apply only to the commoners who pay their salaries.
Marriage Penalty in Health Care. Hidden in Obama's health care bill is a huge marriage penalty.
Both the Senate and House bills would set up yet another federal program to provide financial incentives to
subsidize marriage avoidance and illegitimate offspring.
Political plunder —
again. If President Obama and Congress have their way with the so-called health reform bill, the
American people will have had their pocketbooks and liberties plundered once again. The basic purpose of
government is to protect individuals and their property and to ensure their liberties. However, Congress
and most other legislative bodies spend the bulk of their time doing just the opposite.
These are the good old days, Part Two.
A friend and occasional Power Line contributor writes: "If [Obamacare] passes, the Dems will own every
doctor complaint out there. Moreover, the complaints will multiply, and not just because care will
deteriorate as demand increases and supply decreases."
Obamacare's Biggest Losers:
A recent study by the Urban Institute, a prominent liberal think tank, lists "the biggest losers" should congressional
health care legislation fail to become law. Interestingly enough, this is oddly similar to an earlier
Heritage Foundation assessment of the "biggest losers" — if the liberal bills do become law.
more IRS agents needed to enforce Obamacare. New tax mandates and penalties included in
Obamacare will cause the greatest expansion of the Internal Revenue Service since World War II, according
to a release from Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas.
Obamacare's Hit Man.
Last week the Congressional Budget Office reported that it expects that the Internal Revenue Service and the
Department of Health and Human Services will spend up to an additional $200 billion over the next decade
on administering Obamacare. That's in addition to the estimated $1 trillion that will be spent in
2014-2019 under the new healthcare law. Much of the money will go to hiring hundreds of thousands
of bureaucrats to administer Obamacare over the next decade.
Badder IRS: Brought to You by Obamacare. [Scroll down] And why is this tax
reporting stuff even in a health-care bill? To help fund it, that's why. To help Pelosi and
Reid and Obama get the faux deficit score they needed, the measure is expected to raise $13.7 billion
over ten years — though that's before administrative and discretionary costs, which will add
another $115 billion or so to the bill's official price tag. Pass the bill to find out what's
Painted Themselves into a Corner. The president has staked his entire administration on
getting his Health Care Reform Bill passed. If it fails, he fails. The United States will
then be shown to have a hollow leader, and the whole world — Vladimir Putin, Hu Jintao, Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, and every dictator and drug lord from here to Marrakech — will know it. By
postponing his trip to Asia, first for three days, then for three months, in order to twist arms
and get HCR chiseled in stone, President Obama put his entire presidency on the line. He
has no plan "B."
Will America break
up? President Obama is splintering America. The passage of Obamacare was a historic
victory for liberal governance. Yet, its true cost may be that it triggers the eventual breakup of
Healthcare Sends America Down The Path of
Tyranny. The beginning of Spring 2010 marks an historic moment in American history:
A nation organized as a republic is being transformed into a tyranny. The healthcare bill that has
been bruited over for weeks will be law of the land giving Washington, D.C., control of one-seventh of the
national economy. More significantly, this act violates the Constitution in several critical ways.
Repeal, Replace, Rinse,
Repeat. It is a sad fact that repeal of ObamaCare will be a long, laborious process that is
going to take at least two and perhaps three election cycles to achieve. The Republicans must win the
kinds of majorities enjoyed today by the Democrats at the ballot box, while electing a president willing to
sign a repeal measure in 2012. That's a tall order.
The Unbreakable Theory That Shall Doom ObamaCare in Short Order.
Today's Democrats rail against the evil insurance companies and their profits, and once again pretend to
champion the little guy. This time it's medical care, not gasoline, that will be in short supply.
The new bill will have a significant impact on seniors, since cuts to Medicare and Medicare Advantage are a
large part of the plan's advertised savings, and that means more doctors will be opting out as the cost of
everything medical skyrockets.
Castro, and the Future of our Health Care. As the Obama administration and its supporters
cheer the passage of ObamaCare — the disastrous health care bill pushed through both houses
of Congress by stealth, sleazy deals and perhaps unconstitutional measures — President Obama
has received congratulations on the accomplishment from a most unlikely source who should know what
America's health care system is likely to look like in the near future — Fidel Castro.
A Declaration of
War. It wasn't just that the House of Representatives had ignored the will of the majority
of citizens in voting for the so called "health care overhaul." It was the implications behind the
act; that "they know better than we do" and that we have to take our bad tasting medicine because we will
like what it does for us in the end. ... Imagine America re-instituting slavery, but this time it is more
than 99 percent of the population that is to be enslaved for the pleasure and power of a tiny minority
of self-appointed elites.
Deere (And Others) In The
Headlights. As major businesses lay out the impact of ObamaCare in dollars and jobs, two
things are clear: the costs will be enormous, and the president's vow to focus on "jobs, jobs, jobs"
can no longer be believed.
can stop Obamacare. Even if Republicans take over Congress in November, they'll probably
lack the numbers required to repeal Obamacare over the veto of its namesake. In the short run, then,
the only way to fight this massive expansion of federal government is through the courts. If the
Supreme Court dares to rule the legislation unconstitutional, there will be cries from the liberals of
judicial activism and political bias. Nothing, however, would be further from the truth.
Senator: Health Care Law to Address 'Mal-Distribution of Income'. After the Senate passed
a "fix-it" bill Thursday [3/25/2010] to make changes to the new health care law, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman
of the influential Finance Committee, said the overhaul was an "income shift" to help the poor.
Democrats Try to Smother the Bad
News. As I've noted during the week, the ObamaCare steamroller is already flattening the bottom
lines of a number of large employers. Not content to see billions of losses pile up, the Democrats have now
begun to berate employers for accurately accounting for the anticipated losses.
ATT, Verizon, Deere, Caterpillar Suffer Bloody Billion Dollar
Bill. For those who played by the rules, worked hard, did the right thing —
you're screwed, the man has you and your wallet and your kids' wallet by the throat. Welcome to the era
of the degenerate — they will be sucking your blood and your children's blood and your children's
children's blood for decades to come, or however long America lasts.
now? If more than 80 percent of Americans are satisfied with their current health care coverage, and
if they don't want to lose that coverage, why pass this bill now? If the top issue on Americans' minds is the
economy, and if the economy shows signs of a possible double-dip recession, why pass this bill now? If
President Obama said just two months ago that "...jobs must be our number one focus in 2010," why pass this
House Republicans press Sebelius on 'numerous' missed deadlines under
Obama health-care law. Key Republican lawmakers are pressing President Obama's top health-care
official for answers on why the administration has missed "numerous" early deadlines in implementing Obamacare.
The missed deadlines "are some of the most basic provisions of this law," the June 16 letter says, the
administration's "failure to meet these deadlines does not bode well for the [law's] more complicated provisions."
The Coming Obamanomics
Disaster. Barack Obama's tax plan is going to further impoverish Americans. ... Reaganomics left
more money in taxpayers' hands and American businesses thrived. Obamanomics isn't good for American business,
and it isn't good for American taxpayers. So who is it good for?
SEIU's Friendly Inquisitor. Carole Jean Badertscher was a California nurse who just wanted
to go to work and take care of her patients — but the SEIU was determined not to let that
happen. The union's contract with Badertscher's employer, the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center,
had expired, and the union had called a strike in response. Badertscher and other nurses, unwilling to
abandon their patients for the sake of a stronger SEIU hand in contract negotiations, resigned from the
union and went to work.
The Editor says...
When Obamacare gets rolling, expect to see more unionized nurses and more labor union attitude
at your neighborhood hospital.
hope with your change. In the modern era, all presidents have to some degree used their office
to promote themselves and their policies. The Obama administration, however, has taken the practice to
new heights. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last month unveiled a slick, $700,000
television commercial featuring crusty old actor Andy Griffith announcing that "more good things" are coming
to seniors — thanks to Obamacare. Just add the O Force campaign logo, and the
advertisement will be ready for use in the 2012 presidential race.
Andy Griffith Ad Taxpayer Funding Probe.
Ads featuring Andy Griffith running in targeted markets during the election cycle at a reported cost to taxpayers
of over $3 million in October alone are coming under scrutiny from Republican leaders on the House Ways
and Means Committee.
investigates Obamacare advertising campaign, stimulus funding. Top GOP health-care official
Rep. Fred Upton is taking a close look at the Obama administration's advertising blitz for Obamacare, giving
the president two weeks to provide all documents related to the P.R. push that included spots by aging TV star
Andy Griffith. "Particularly when it comes to health care, we've seen the creation of veritable
government slush funds with no accountability or transparency," said Upton in a written statement.
Griffith's Obamacare Ads Cost Taxpayers $3.66 Million. Politico reports that the Obama
administration's pro-Obamacare Andy Griffith TV ad cost taxpayers $3.66 million, according to records
obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services. Actually, there were at least three such
ads, so it's not clear whether this was the cost for one, or for the whole batch. In [one] ad, Griffith
says, "That new health care law sure sounds good for all of us on Medicare!"
Health Care Law Violates
All Ten Commandments. Obama is again turning to religious leaders to convince us...or, as
Politico put it, to "preach the gospel" of the Patients' Bill of Rights. "Get out there and spread the
word," Obama told thousands of faith-based and community leaders on a conference call. So it's fair game
to check whether ObamaCare meets biblical standards. For starters, let's test it against the Ten Commandments.
Enshrines Uncertainty Into ObamaCare Regulations. "Regulatory uncertainty" is supposed to mean
that businesses are reluctant to make investments because they are uncertain about what new regulations
government will issue. With all the new health care and financial regulations coming out in the
next year, there is a lot of lingering uncertainty. One thing government is not supposed to do is make
uncertainty part of the regulation. Apparently Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Dept. of Health and
Human Services failed to get that memo.
Obamacare is a disincentive to work.
2010 a Banner
Year for MSM's Ministries of Mistruth. [Scroll down] ObamaCare's work and marriage
disincentives. Robert Rector at the Heritage Foundation has shown that if ObamaCare ever takes full
effect, those who wish to advance themselves could face marginal health care subsidy-loss rates of more than
100% (I'm not kidding). A person's "reward" for earning more income would be having to pay more for
the same health care coverage than the additional wages they have earned. Additionally, couples who
marry or wish to stay married would lose thousands of dollars a year by doing so.
Ends Construction of Doctor-Owned Hospitals. Under the headline, "Construction Stops at
Physician Hospitals," Politico reports today that "Physician Hospitals of America says that construction had
to stop at 45 hospitals nationwide or they would not be able to bill Medicare for treatments."
Stopping construction at doctor-owned hospitals might not seem like the best way to boost the economy or to
promote greater access and choice in health care, but that exactly what Obamacare is doing.
Doctors. The Democrats' overhaul was supposed to increase access to health care. Yet
construction on 45 hospitals has been shut down due to the legislation. This is a step back,
Obamacare's Dirty Tricks:
[Scroll down] The resulting bottom line is that health insurance company profits are not a significant factor
in overall health costs. And those politicians who rant and rave about them, calculating that they can
take political advantage of the clueless and gullible, are shameless demagogues who dishonor our democracy by
their participation in it. Under the new federal power that Sebelius has seized, the supposed smarter,
wiser bureaucrats in Washington will review the state regulation, and Washington will decide if the state
approved rate increases are "reasonable."
Worst of Intentions. Obamacare advocates often moralize that to be concerned primarily
with one's own freedoms is selfish and irresponsible. This is when the pejorative meaning of
"selfish" leaves one wanting: it precludes the possibility that acting in one's own best
interest by one's own judgment does not constitute harm to others.
Obama's Contempt for the
Free Market. While President Obama and the then-Democrat controlled Congress strutted with
pride on the enactment of the nation's budget-busting health-care overhaul, the CEO of a major private corporation
offered to "improve the quality and reduce the cost of health-care by $900 billion" for free. But
Obama turned it down. Sam Palmisano, chairman and CEO of IBM, revealed this historic incident in a
little-known interview with The Wall Street Journal's Alan Murray, editor of the paper's on-line program.
But, strangely, the jarring rebuff by Obama seemingly was brushed aside by the Journal.
Statists and the
Racial 'Health Gap'. I often speculate that deep in the bowels of the Obama administration
there exists an obscure office charged with inventing egalitarian schemes to increase American dependency
on government. Ignore the high-sounding "fairness" and "equality" rhetoric. The President's
minions just cannot stop pushing, even boldly lying until the last vestiges of limited government and
individual initiative are history.
medical records vulnerable. The nation's push to computerize medical records has failed to fully
address long-standing security gaps that expose patients' most sensitive information to hackers and snoops,
government investigators warn.
ObamaCare destroys your privacy. It soon may be difficult to keep any sensitive medical
problem strictly between you and your doctor. The 2009 stimulus and the Obama health law enacted last
year established a national electronic health database that will hold and display your lifelong medical
history — making it accessible to a troubling number of strangers, including government
employees and a variety of health-care personnel.
Obama's Electronic Medical Records Scam.
In theory, modernizing record-collection is a good idea, and many private health care providers have already made the change. But as with many
government "incentive" programs, the EMR bribe is a tax-subsidized, one-size-fits-all mandate. This one pressures health care professionals and
hospitals across the country into radically federalizing their patient data and opening up medical information to untold abuse.
One of the taxpayer funded mandates of Obamacare is the formation of a centralized medical record
system. While it can streamline some aspects of care, it can lead to the mother of all 'wikileaks'
regarding sensitive medical records. Here is just a peek at what that may look like — a
California hospital discovered its protected patient data had been posted to a website for over a year.
HHS rule would give government everybody's health records. It's been said a thousand times:
Congress had to pass President Obama's health care law in order to find out what's in it. But,
despite the repetitiveness, the level of shock from each new discovery never seems to recede. This time,
America is learning about the federal government's plan to collect and aggregate confidential patient records
for every one of us.
Co-Eds Going Broke Buying Birth Control, Student Tells Pelosi Hearing. A Georgetown co-ed told
Rep. Nancy Pelosi's hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex that they're going
broke, so you and I should pay for their birth control. ... Apparently, four out of every ten co-eds are having
so much sex that it's hard to make ends meet if they have to pay for their own contraception, Fluke's research
about Sandra Fluke.
Obamacare Cover-Up: Did HHS
Encourage Violation of SEC Law? Early this morning, the Hill reported that the Obama administration's Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) is relying on a private company — a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group — to play a central role in
establishing and running Obamacare's insurance "exchanges." As the Hill writes, the report raises serious questions about
competitive fairness, as "the quiet nature of the transaction, which was not disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has
fueled suspicion among industry insiders that UnitedHealth Group may be gaining an advantage for its subsidiary, UnitedHealthcare."
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