Archive for the ‘health care’ Category

I’ve already commented on Pelosi’s arrogant statement regarding the content of the health care bill after it is passed (here).   The American public was correct, when 80% of the people said that Congress doesn’t know what’s in the bill.  After all the hoopla and champagne sipping, it is now being reported that major aspects which the White House triumphed as being cornerstones to the bill are not there.  <gasp>  I know.. what they were wrong?  Didn’t they read the bill?  This should come as no surprise to anyone watching these keystone cops.

Washington— Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children.

Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be shut out of coverage.

Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill Obama signed into law Tuesday.

However, if a child is accepted for coverage, or is already covered, the insurer cannot exclude payment for treating a particular illness, as sometimes happens now. For example, if a child has asthma, the insurance company cannot write a policy that excludes that condition from coverage. The new safeguard will be in place later this year.

Full protection for children would not come until 2014, said Kate Cyrul, a spokeswoman for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, another panel that authored the legislation. That’s the same year when insurance companies could no longer deny coverage to any person on account of health problems.

Obama’s public statements have conveyed the impression that the new protections for kids were more sweeping and straightforward.

“This is a patient’s bill of rights on steroids,” the president said Friday at George Mason University in Virginia. “Starting this year, thousands of uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions will be able to purchase health insurance, some for the very first time. Starting this year, insurance companies will be banned forever from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.”

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Throughout this debate, Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan has been a clear strong voice about fiscal responsibility and the imapct this law will have on the American people.

“Largest entitlement we have ever had in the history of this country.. at a time we can’t afford the entitlements we have right now.”

Yesterday there was a rally sponsored by Northwest Indiana Patriots (NWIP) at the office of the NON-representative Pete Visclosky.

The weather was cold windy and at times sleet pelted the patriots as they braved Mother Nature.  Approximately 50+   turned out for the protest.  We arrived at around 10:50am and immediately bundled up and hit the street. By 11:15, Broadway in front of Pete’s office was lined with flags. Countless (meanings 100′s) thumbs-up signs from passing motorists, accompanied with horns hooking NO to OBAMACARE, which helped warm up the patriots as they voiced opposition against the tyranny of the federal government. Every person was in good cheer, sharing gloves, extra coats, signs and flags; along with excellent dialogue regarding the country, it was pure patriotism.

More pics and further thoughts at break:

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Health Care

Posted by courage On March - 21 - 2010

The last week has been one of frustration, with numerous posts begun only to lay unfinished in my draft box.  The news brought daily insult from the Democrats; they believe the American people to be fools.  Continually reporters are told that once the people see the health care legislation, code for them passing it, we will then understand how it will magically transform our lives.

I have written letters and called elected officials in Washington urging they start the process over, void of the shake-downs, shenanigans and bribes, requesting they taking small steps instead of giant leaps, asking why the payment for doctors is not included in the bill when any reasonable person knows this expense should be included.  Each office refuses to talk specifics about the bill, a memo early in the week from the Speakers office handed out talking points, foremost do NOT talk about specifics… mission accomplished.   I received emails back talking about how wonderful the legislation is and how it will help the country, everything vague, filled with rainbows.

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After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate’s health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it.

Instead, Pelosi (D-Calif.) would rely on a procedural sleight of hand: The House would vote on a more popular package of fixes to the Senate bill; under the House rule for that vote, passage would signify that lawmakers “deem” the health-care bill to be passed.

The tactic — known as a “self-executing rule” or a “deem and pass” — has been commonly used, although never to pass legislation as momentous as the $875 billion health-care bill. It is one of three options that Pelosi said she is considering for a late-week House vote, but she added that she prefers it because it would politically protect lawmakers who are reluctant to publicly support the measure.

“It’s more insider and process-oriented than most people want to know,” the speaker said in a roundtable discussion with bloggers Monday. “But I like it,” she said, “because people don’t have to vote on the Senate bill.” (emphasis mine)

Pelosi’s statements become more insulting each day to the intellect of the American people, she believes WE-THE-People are simpletons and do not understand how this gigantic legislation will forever negatively alter health care as we know it in the United States.  NO lawmaker has yet seen this reconstructed bill, it is unavailable for the American public to read yet we have Congress critters like Pete (pay-for-play, Department of Justice investigation) Visclosky stating in emails to constituents that he will vote in favor of the bill.  How does this work?  How can ANY Congressperson state they will vote in favor of a bill that has not been scored by the Congressional Budget office and that they have not yet read?

I have recently heard people speak of “unintended consequences” of legislation that Congress is currently passing, such as the credit card reform act which allowed companies like Chase to up interest rates to almost 30%.  IF these in fact are “unintended,” then why has Congress NOT moved to swiftly pass legislation which would cap interest rates below which would be found by neighborhood loan sharks?  What?  These inept Congressional Reps didn’t know this would happen.. BS, almost immediately after passage of this supposed “reform” credit card companies began sending notices to card holders of rate increases.

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Richmond Times: Virginia’s General Assembly is the first in the nation to approve legislation that bucks federal health care reforms by banning mandatory health insurance coverage. Without debate, the House of Delegates voted 80-17 Wednesday to accept Senate amendments to a bill that supporters say preserves Virginia’s prerogatives as a state. Thirty-four other legislatures have filed or proposed similar measures rejecting health insurance mandates.

Will this trend continue?

From the Speakers website, remarks at the 2010 Legislative Conference for National Associations of Counties talking about the health care bill:

But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy. Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President’s economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation—innovation begins in the classroom—clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform.  Health insurance reform is about jobs.  This legislation alone will create 4 million jobs, about 400,000 jobs very soon. (emphasis mine)

“Pass the bill to find out what is in it,” shouldn’t the people and our elected representatives KNOW the impact this bill bill will have on the lives of Americans?  Throughout the summer, town hall events were held and citizens continually asked elected officials about specific aspects to the various bills.. again and again the concerned populace was discarded, dismissed and treated with utter contempt.  Madam Speaker, we know what is in the health care bill, we have read the various versions, taking time away from loved ones, spending countless hours with our head swelling in disbelief over the audacity of public officials and wondering what in the Constitution grants Congress the mandate to require private citizens to buy anything from a public company solely on the basis that they breathe.

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Quick Observation.. Manipulation Through Imagery

Posted by courage On March - 4 - 2010

Am I the only one to notice this overly staged appearance by the President?

Obama flanked by a sea of white lab coats, which eludes to the misconception  that doctors support the legislation.  This flies in the face of the survey done by Investor’s Business Daily last year with doctors.  (here)

A brief look at this survey shows…

– 45% of doctors polled said they would consider leaving their practice or retiring early if the proposed health care bill was to pass

– 65% or 2 out of 3 practicing physicians polled say they oppose the plan

– 72% of doctors polled disagree with the administration’s claim that the government can cover 47 million more Americans with better quality care and at a lower cost.

All show and no substance with the imposer-in-chief.

One additional thing I noticed with this circus.. purple tie.  Purple the color of SEIU, coincidence?  Hardly.. this is a call out to his main constituents which he pledged to help in “painting the country purple.”

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Anytime Obama speaks there are numerous subliminal messages carried in the speeches, all centered on  galvanizing his base.   He used these methods during the campaign to enthrall the masses and continues to attempt to manipulate through their use.  Things we should all pay attention to and make others aware of.. Coincidences are not always happenstance and in the case of this President they are often orchestrated.

November can’t come soon enough!