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Representative John Conyers Comes Clean on Health Care

Posted by courage On March - 15 - 2011

As if we didn’t already know, the health care law is the platform toward a single payer government run system:

Be mindful that each of those industrialized countries who currently have government run systems are being bankrupted by the very system.

ObamaCare Waivers at 1,040 and Climbing

Posted by courage On March - 6 - 2011

From The Hill:

The number of temporary healthcare reform waivers granted by the Obama administration to organizations climbed to more than 1,000, according to new numbers disclosed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS posted 126 new waivers on Friday, bringing the total to 1,040 organizations that have been granted a one-year exemption from a new coverage requirement included in the healthcare reform law enacted almost a year ago. Waivers have become a hot-button issue for Republicans, eager to expose any vulnerabilities in the reform law.

In order to avoid disruption in the insurance market, the healthcare overhaul gives HHS the power to grant waivers to firms that cannot meet new annual coverage limits in 2011. The waivers have typically been granted to so-called “mini-med” plans that offer limited annual coverage — as low as $2,000 — that would fall short of meeting the new annual coverage floor of $750,000 in 2011.

“We don’t want to take away people’s health insurance before they have some realistic other choices,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview with The Hill earlier this year.

And what will those “realistic” choices cost the states in mandated coverage, because that is what Sebelius is talking about.  Lets hear from Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels:

For state governments, the bill presents huge new costs, as we are required to enroll 15 million to 20 million more people in our Medicaid systems. In Indiana, our independent actuaries have pegged the price to state taxpayers at $2.6 billion to $3 billion over the next 10 years. This is a huge burden for our state, and yet another incremental expenditure the law’s authors declined to account for truthfully.

Perhaps worse, the law expects to conscript the states as its agents in its takeover of health care. It assumes that we will set up and operate its new insurance “exchanges” for it, using our current welfare apparatuses to do the numbingly complex work of figuring out who is eligible for its subsidies, how much each person or family is eligible for, redetermining this eligibility regularly, and more. Then, we are supposed to oversee all the insurance plans in the exchanges for compliance with Washington’s dictates about terms and prices.

And who do you think will be paying for the increased cost in state Medicaid?

Think on that….

CBO Director Confirms What Many Against Obamacare Argued

Posted by courage On February - 10 - 2011

OBAMACARE is a job KILLER. 

Just Thursday, I was in a discussion with a co-worker, a guy I have known for almost 30 years.  He’s a good guy, intelligent and strongly Democratic.  We were talking about the Health Care law, with his opinion being that the law was needed.  We sparred back on forth as to what exactly could have been passed instead of an overreaching life intruding bill which became law. He believes the bill originally started as small steps, steps him and I can agree on which then exploded with addendum’s from both political parties and created the 100,000 page monstrosity which became law.  Now there is no factual proof to this belief he righteously stated, yet because he deeply believes this to be true, facts are thrown out the window and it becomes gospel.

The reason I bring this up is because one main tenet which he believes to be true and that he continually brought up was that the law needed passage so to create jobs.  Which of course was one way which the administration sold this travesty to the willing sheeple of the country. When pressed as to how job creation would be accomplished, he could offer no concise explanation.  When I suggested it would constrict employment as employers hesitate to hire new personal because of the high cost associated with mandatory insurance. <crickets>

Citizens of Missouri Overwhelmingly Vote Against Obamacare

Posted by courage On August - 4 - 2010

Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a federal mandate to purchase health insurance, rebuking President Barack Obama’s administration and giving Republicans their first political victory in a national campaign to overturn the controversial health care law passed by Congress in March.

“The citizens of the Show-Me State don’t want Washington involved in their health care decisions,” said Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, one of the sponsors of the legislation that put Proposition C on the August ballot. She credited a grass-roots campaign involving Tea Party and patriot groups with building support for the anti-Washington proposition.

This is the iceberg of Tea Party patriots, only 10% are above water: meaning that 10% are the patriots which take to the streets protest and are publicly vocal.  The remaining 90% support the basic tenets of the limited government intrusion in our lives, fiscal responsibility and  seek representation that align with the basic values of the Constitution.  Way to go Show-Me State patriots, your voice echoed through the nation with Americans cheering your stand.

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Flashback to Health Care Debate and Where We are NOW

Posted by courage On July - 18 - 2010

Continually throughout the Health Care debate, if you want to call it that, Democrats insisted that the “penalty” (as described by the language of the bill) was NOT a tax.  The pResident emphasized this very point while being interviewed by ABC’s Stephanopoulos.

A short cut from the interview:

STEPHANOPOULOS:  I wanted to check for myself.  But your critics say it is a tax increase.

OBAMA:  My critics say everything is a tax increase.  My critics say that I’m taking over every sector of the economy.  You know that. Look, we can have a legitimate debate about whether or not we’re going to have an individual mandate or not, but…

STEPHANOPOULOS:  But you reject that it’s a tax increase?

OBAMA:  I absolutely reject that notion.  (emphasis mine)

Now the first suit by Virginia is being heard in court.  Virginia has filed suit arguing  that the federal government with the health care reform law is making a power grab beyond what the United States Constitution allows.  Basically the state is saying the same thing many of us have said, no where does the federal government have the power to mandate that any citizen purchase a particular commodity.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli outlined his basic argument to NPR earlier in the year. “It is our position that the individual mandate is unconstitutionally overbroad under the Commerce Clause,” Cuccinelli, a Republican, said. “You cannot compel someone to buy something from someone else.” As you will recall, nearly every American will be required to purchase health insurance. This will be important for keeping down the ever rising price of health care in this country, according to the Obama Administration.

Commerce clause you say?  Wait one minute, the Obama administration is now arguing that they (the federal government) have a Constitutional “power to lay and collect taxes.”   However in reading the bill, no where did legislators state the levy as a tax, they continually referred to it as a “penalty.”

Oh yes but the administration is saying that since the law will raise an estimated $4 billion a year, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the “penalty” is a tax.  Plus we have the pesky IRS enforcement aspect of the bill.. exactly what does the IRS collect?

Florida, as well as other states have stated:  “Congress is attempting to regulate and penalize Americans for choosing not to engage in economic activity. If Congress can do this much, there will be virtually no sphere of private decision-making beyond the reach of federal power.”

As these suits proceed forward, lets remember that sixty percent (60%) of voters nationwide favor repeal the passed health care law, including 49% who Strongly Favor repeal. How will these individuals feel once they learn, the “penalty” is really a tax and that the pResident lied to them all-along?  Lets get this information out.. IF your congress critters hold townhalls this summer ask them why the pResident explicitedly stated the “penalty” was not a tax and is now arguing in court that it is. As Representative Joe Wilson stated in the face of outright disdain from the pResident over his blatant lack of honesty…

Senate Passes “Doctor Fix” … But We Passed Heath Care?

Posted by courage On June - 20 - 2010

Didn’t we just go through a year plus of health care reform?  You remember.. hearings broadcast daily on C-Span, television cameras filming every closed door meeting, Congress critters putting the interests of their constituents first.  What, you don’t remember this hoopla?  <snapping fingers> That’s right, I was thinking of an episode of the Twilight Zone.

During a town hall forum, I asked my non-representative Pete Visclosky why Dr. Fix was not included in the health care legislation?  Shouldn’t the payment to doctors for medical services provided under Medicare be a basic consideration in any health care “reform?”  Well, payment to doctors was not included in the “reform” law, imagine that.  In order to keep the final tally under $1 trillion, payment to doctors was conveniently forgotten.  But have no fear, on Friday the Senate passed “Dr. Fix.”

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Now we know what Pelosi meant when she stated once the Health care bill is passed “we’ll know what’s in it.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama’s health care overhaul law will increase the nation’s health care tab instead of bringing costs down, government economic forecasters concluded Thursday in a sobering assessment of the sweeping legislation.

A report by economic experts at the Health and Human Services Department said the health care remake will achieve Obama’s aim of expanding health insurance — adding 34 million Americans to the coverage rolls.

During the debate it was often asked how can you increase the numbers of those covered and decreased costs, mathematically it does work.  Finally someone in government is acknowledging that 1 + 1 = 2, not -2.

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Here it comes… who didn’t realize that taxes would be a result of the horrendous health care law they recently passed?  Tax paying citizens can only pay so much before their budget is spread so thin that it snaps… that snap is on the horizon, while the state is currently solvent this fact will become mute as million dollar burdens are hoisted on the backs of Hoosiers.  And Pete Visclosky, the pay-to-play transient resident from Indiana can take the blame for his part in all this.

INDIANAPOLIS | While the most costly provisions of federal health reform won’t take effect until 2014, state officials determined Indiana’s budget will pay a price starting this summer.

That’s because the new health law takes money from prescription drug rebates currently paid to state Medicaid programs and redirects those funds to the federal government.

As a result, Indiana will lose $25 million during the 2011 budget year, which begins in July, and as much as $400 million during the next decade, said Anne W. Murphy, secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.  (emphasis mine)

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