Topic: Health Care

If Norm Coleman's prediction comes true, kiss the Republican Party goodbye.

Norm Coleman – the former senator from Minnesota and a prominent advisor for Mitt Romney – suggested over the weekend in an interview that no matter who the Republican nominee is, they are unlikely to fully repeal Obamacare.

The conservative base of the GOP did not bust its butt to return Republicans to control in the House because we like pragmatism, bipartisanship, and tinkering around with Obamacare in an effort to "fix" it. The majority of Americans want it repealed. Obamacare is a malignant tumor on the Republic. If the GOP proves unwilling or unable to cut out that tumor before 2014 -- when it goes into full effect -- then we conservatives will eviscerate the GOP as a political entity and start over. The party cannot survive without us Google the sad fate of the Whig Party; it can happen again.

If the GOP doesn't bleed to get Obamacare repealed, we'll bleed the party dry. Bank on it.

Watch this ...


... then read this.

H5N1 superfluA group of scientists is pushing to publish research about how they created a man-made flu virus that could potentially wipe out civilisation.


The deadly virus is a genetically tweaked version of the H5N1 bird flu strain, but is far more infectious and could pass easily between millions of people at a time.

The research has caused a storm of controversy and divided scientists, with some saying it should never have been carried out.

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Both papers are now being reviewed by the U.S National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).

NSABB does not have the power to prevent the publication but it could ask journals not to publish.

Paul Keim, chairman of NSABB, said: "I can't think of another pathogenic organism that is as scary as this one. I don't think anthrax is scary at all compared to this."

More here.

What is Ohio's Issue 3 all about?

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Here it is in a nutshell:

Do you want to keep health care decisions between patients and doctors, and not politicians and bureaucrats? Do you want the freedom to choose the care and insurance that best fits your own needs? If so, vote yes on Issue 3, the Ohio Healthcare Freedom Amendment.

Unless Issue 3 passes, this is what your health care system will look like.


And no, you will not get to keep your private insurance, because all private insurance plans will be crowded out by the government. You will be forced to join Obamacare if Issue 3 is defeated. If Issue 3 passes, we have a chance to defeat Obamacare and preserve your control over your relationship with your doctor, your insurer, and your employer.

If America decides to re-elect Barack Obama in 2012, here's what you'll see beginning in 2014:

Once provisions of the Affordable Care Act start to kick in during 2014, at least three of every 10 employers will probably stop offering health coverage, a survey released Monday shows.


While only 7% of employees will be forced to switch to subsidized-exchange programs, at least 30% of companies say they will "definitely or probably" stop offering employer-sponsored coverage, according to the study published in McKinsey Quarterly.

The survey of 1,300 employers says those who are keenly aware of the health-reform measure probably are more likely to consider an alternative to employer-sponsored plans, with 50% to 60% in this group expected to make a change. It also found that for some, it makes more sense to switch.

"At least 30% of employers would gain economically from dropping coverage, even if they completely compensated employees for the change through other benefit offerings or higher salaries," the study says.

Don't say you weren't warned, because you were.

Will the Ryan Plan kill Medicare?

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Obamacare ruled unconstitutional

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Here's the entire text of Judge Roger Vinson's ruling. Onward towards the Supreme Court!

Betty Sutton is one of the key supporters of Obamacare. She votes with Pete Stark 94% of the time. Stark offers the following response when challenged on his support for Obamacare:


Past evidence strongly suggests that Sutton agrees with Stark here, too. Prove me wrong, Betty. Let's hear your response to these objections in some format other than a conference call, and sooner rather than later.

Here's a startling chunk of President Obama's speech on health insurance yesterday (the emphasis is mine):

So this is a long-overdue victory for America's consumers and patients. And yes, it does away with the status quo that some insurance companies have taken advantage of for so long. But insurance companies should see this reform as an opportunity to improve care and increase competition. They shouldn't see it as an opportunity to enact unjustifiable rate increases that don't boost care and inflate their bottom line.

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The point is that there are genuine cost-drivers that are not caused by insurance companies. But what is also true is we've got to make sure that this new law is not being used as an excuse to simply drive up costs. So what we do is make sure that the Affordable Care Act gives us new tools to promote competition, transparency and better deals for consumers. The CEOs here today need to know that they're going to be required to publicly justify unreasonable premium increases on your websites, as well as the law's new website -- healthcare.gov. As we set up the exchanges, we'll be watching closely, and we'll fully support states if they exercise their review authority to keep excessively expensive plans out of their insurance exchanges.

None of this is designed to deprive insurance companies of fair rates. And as I mentioned when we were meeting with the CEOs, there are a lot of cost-drivers other than those that are within insurance companies' control.

That sounds an awful lot like he wants to impose price controls. Since when do price ceilings ever succeed at anything but causing shortages of whatever product/service they're supposed to make "affordable?"

A few requests for Tom Ganley

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Iceberg aheadFirst, please schedule some campaign events. Your calendar's empty. If you really want our votes here in Ohio's 13th District, you'll have to earn them.

Second, you've got a serious Cash for Clunkers problem that you need to solve. Soon.

Third, you also need to take away Betty Sutton's helpless-victim-of-misogyny card. She's cashing in on it.

Fourth, how do you plan to address Betty Sutton's award from the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association?

Fifth, how will you respond to accusations that your business practices are less-than-ethical?

Sixth, if you truly oppose Obamacare (although your current position isn't clear), and if you want to set yourself apart from Betty Sutton, click on this logo ...

Repeal It!

... and sign the pledge.

Time to adjust course, Tom.

Obamacare and unemployment

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Initial unemployment filings were struggling back toward a tolerable level last year until something interesting happened.

intital unemployment filings

Obamacare: the gift that keeps on giving.

Obamacare illustrated

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Obamacare as a mousetrap grenade

You worked so hard to extract a promise from the Precedent to issue a magic Executive Order, one that can overrule the federal funding of abortion in the Obamacare bill signed into law at noon today. You made such a very big show of accepting your precious little fig leaf, but you're still standing there naked at 5:00 PM.

Where is it, chump?

10:45 Update: Teh One sure is in a hurry to live up to his word, eh? I'll bet it'll help you sleep at night, though, Bart. That is, until Obama decides that his EO is no longer convenient (per Geraghty's Rule), or until some federal judge permanently enjoins its enforcement as incapable of overturning an Act of Congress, or as an "undue burden" on a woman's right to a dead baby. But hey, just trust the most radical pro-abortion president in history. It's bound to go well.

3/26 Update: Stupak's pathetic attempt to justify his action rings hollow.

3/27 Update: Stupak's price? $578 million in earmarks for his district.

Stupak the metaphor

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Bart Stupak as Neville Chamberlain

Watch the clip. Click the banner. Sign the pledge. Take back your liberties.


Repeal It!

... then today's betrayal surprised you. I didn't trust him, but wish I'd known that Stupak telegraphed his move:


There's no such thing as a "Pro-Life Democrat." No. Such. Thing.

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8:10 PM Update: For the benefit of my progressive readers, a little taste of what's coming.

Protesters Have Some Friends in the Capitol

Feet from the Capitol, protesters roar when GOP members fly a "Don't Tread on Me" flag from the House balcony.

Roar from Tea Partiers

We're just getting started, and we're not feeling despair. I'm smiling at the thought of November 3rd.

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8:45 PM Update: Linda Goldthorpe for Congress


Courtesy of BarackHatesThis.com, here's the list of undecided Democrat Congressmen to call and voice your opposition to Obamacare. Melt the phones, people. This is the left's best chance to turn America into a socialist banana republic. Stop them!

US RepresentativeDistrict OfficeCapitol Hill Office
Adler, John(732) 608-7235(202) 225-4765
Altmire, Jason (724) 378-0928(202) 225-2565
Baird, Brian (360) 352-9768(202) 225-3536
Berry, Marion (870) 972-4600 (202) 225-4076
Boucher, Rick (540) 628-1145 (202) 225-3861
Carney, Christopher (570) 585-9988 (202) 225-3731
Chandler, Ben (859) 219-1366 (202) 225-4706
Dahlkemper, Kathy (814) 456-2038 (202) 225-5406
Driehaus, Steve (513) 684-2723 (202) 225-2216
Ellsworth, Brad (812) 465-6484 (202) 225-4636
Foster, Bill (630) 406-1114 (202) 225-2976
Giffords, Gabrielle (520) 881-3588 (202) 225-2542
Gordon, Bart (615) 896-1986 (202) 225-4231
Hill, Baron (812) 336-3000 (202) 225-5315
Kilroy, Mary Jo (614) 294-2196 (202) 225-2015
Murphy, Patrick (215) 826-1963 (202) 225-4276
Nye, Glenn (757) 789-5092 (202) 225-4215
Perriello, Tom (434) 293-9631 (202) 225-4711
Pomeroy, Earl (701) 235-9760 (202) 225-2611
Salazar, John (719) 543-8200 (202) 225-4761
Schauer, Mark (517) 780-9075 (202) 225-6276
Space, Zack (740) 779-1636 (202) 225-6265
Teague, Harry (575) 622-4178 (202) 225-2365
Wilson, Charlie (740) 533-9423 (202) 225-5705
 

In case the site is down (it's been swamped by traffic), here's what the home page says:
 

Obama yelling


There's Still Time To Act. What Are You Waiting For?

Don't believe Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi when you hear them saying they've got the votes to pass their monstrosity of a health care reform bill.

This fight is NOT over.

At this very moment, targeted Democrats in the House of Representatives are sweating bullets, trying to decide how they're going to vote this weekend.

They've been reading polls like this one -- polls that prove to them that in their very own districts, their constituents are opposed to a government takeover of health care.

They've been on the receiving end of millions of dollars of advertisements from the special interests.

As of Friday afternoon, President Obama and Speaker Pelosi are still several votes short.

You still have time to make your views known, and make your voice heard.

And don't think that just because you've called YOUR Member of Congress and let him or her know what you think, your work is through.

The vote of a Congressman in Pennsylvania or a Congresswoman in Ohio WILL impact your life, and our nation's future, no matter WHERE you live.

So call them. Call ALL of them on the target list below.

Call their district offices first, then call their Capitol Hill offices.

Be polite, but be firm. Ask them to please vote to kill the bill.

Send them back to the drawing board, to put together health care reform we can ALL support.

Because there's NO interest more special than YOURS.

Democrat John Boccieri (OH-16) just announced he'll be voting "yes" on Obamacare. In response I just contributed $25.00 to Republican challenger Jim Renacci.

Jim Renacci for Congress

Please do the same and contribute what you can, and let's replace this craven licker of Nancy Pelosi's boots.

11:25 AM Update: The rumblings were real. Democrat Charlie Wilson, (OH-06) just caved and will vote "yes" on Obamacare.

Repeal It!

Ohio candidates and voters have signed the pledge to repeal Obamacare, but so far no elected officials have signed it. Encourage them to do so!

12:05 PM Update: More from Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.

4:30 PM Update: Tom Blumer has a nice collection of links and a revealing video clip, plus a suggestion to "go local" if Boccieri's DC phone is busy.

A warning to John Boccieri, Steve Driehaus, Zack Space, Charlie Wilson, Marcy Kaptur, Tim Ryan, Betty Sutton, Dennis Kucinich, Marcia Fudge, and Mary Jo Kilroy:


Any special deal, job, earmark, or payment that comes your way in return for your "yes" vote on Obamacare will be dragged to center stage and spotlighted. Bank on it.

According to The Columbus Dispatch:

Rep. Charlie Wilson is one of a number of Democrats who is officially undecided about the final health care bill - but the St. Clairsville Democrat is giving off strong signals he is headed toward a "yes" vote.

Get on it, folks!

Washington Office
ph: (202) 225-5705
fx: (202) 225-5907

Canfield, OH
ph: (330) 533-7250
fx: (330) 533-7136

Marietta, OH
ph: (740) 376-0868
fx: (740) 376-0886

Bridgeport, OH
ph: (740) 633-5705
fx: (740) 633-5727

Ironton, OH
ph: (740) 533-9423
fx: (740) 533-9359

Wellsville, OH
ph: (330) 532-3740

Unless you've spent the last four years living in a cave, this is no surprise at all. In a statement e-mailed to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Betty Sutton said:

Obama medalEvery year more than 40,000 people die because they don't have health insurance coverage, and in this great nation it should not be that way. The legislation is not perfect and indeed contains provisions that I will continue to strive to improve, but I will vote for the bill. By passing this legislation we will take the long overdue step toward ending the egregious, discriminatory practices of insurance companies that deny care based on pre-existing conditions and impose outrageous premium increases. This legislation will also strengthen the solvency of Medicare, lower drug costs for our seniors, and make health insurance more affordable and accessible for small businesses and individuals.

The bosses of the big labor unions want this bill passed, and what union bosses want, Betty Sutton delivers.

By the way, Betty, that "40,000 deaths" statistic is a complete crock of poo:

So, how did these political doctors come up with the 44,000 figure? They used data from a health survey conducted between 1988 and 1994. The questionnaires asked a sample of 9,000 participants if they were insured and how they rated their own health. The federal Centers for Disease Control tracked the deaths of people in the sample group through the year 2000. Drs. Himmelstein, Woolhandler, and company then crunched the numbers and attributed deaths to lack of health insurance for all the participants who initially self-reported that they had no insurance and then died for any reason over the 12-year tracking period.


At no time did the original researchers or the single-payer activists who piggy-backed off their data ever verify whether the supposed casualties of America's callous health care system had insurance or not.

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To boil it all down in plain English: The single-payer scientists had no way of assessing whether the survey participants received insurance coverage between the time they answered the questionnaires and the time they died. They had no way of assessing whether the deaths could have been averted with health insurance coverage. A significant portion of those classified as "uninsured" may not have even been uninsured, based on past studies that actually did verify insurance status. But the Himmelstein team just took the rate of uninsurance from the original study (3.3 percent), applied it to census data, and voila: more than 44,000 Americans are dying from lack of insurance.

At least do your constituents the favor of using honest data when you try to support your socialist initiatives, Betty.

Obama and his Precious

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Obama as Gollum

Just look northward to Canada for a death panel example that will give any honest person reason to doubt the wisdom of enacting Obamacare.

A decent opening shot, but somehow I suspect my congresscritter Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH) is not listening any more now than she usually does. When it comes to confronting the vast majority of Americans who don't want anything to do with Obamacare, she's been a bit, um, timid.

Any comment, Tom Ganley? Justin Wooden?

Yo! Tom Ganley!

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If you really, truly oppose Obamacare as you claim, and if you want to set yourself apart from Betty Sutton, click on this logo ...

Repeal It!


... and sign the pledge. I did!

P.S. -- Justin Wooden, call your office!

Must. Obey. Obama.

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Just got a 30-sec robocall from Americans United for Change, spouting class warfare talking points and urging me to tell my congresscritters to vote for Obamacare.

Obama zombies

Please, progressive geniuses, spend more of George Soros' money on annoying robocalls. It's bound to help your side. Really.

Palin: Dems have it backassward

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I love blunt conservative honesty, especially from a politician!

A simple question for progressives (#14)

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Under Nancy Pelosi's version of ObamaCare,

Americans who do not maintain "acceptable health insurance coverage" and who choose not to pay the bill's new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

By what authority can Congress require people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States? Please refer to this previous question to aid your answer.

3/18/10, 2:42 PM Update: Here it is, folks.

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This is what Congress plans to ram down your throat before you have a chance to stop them.

[document superseded]

More information:
Doctors For Patient Care
Fix Health Care Policy
Horror Stories
Patients First
Patients United Now
GOP Health Care Solutions

Like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall

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That's what it's like when you find yourself debating an ObamaCare supporter.

Nailing Jell-O to the wall

It's frustrating to constantly drag the conversation back to the key question, no matter how many times the ObamaBot switches topics. We have to try anyway, since these mush-brained emotion-ruled leftists elected our current Congress. If we can't pin them down to a single logical conclusion, we must at least shame them into silence.

I did what I could.

On rude and inappropriate outbursts

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Sure, Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst against President Obama would once have been thought rude. Thirty years ago, shouting such an accusation at a president addressing a joint session would have been nearly inconceivable ... but this ain't 1979.

Shut up demotivatorAmerican popular culture is much coarser and cruder these days, and our politics mirror our culture. The blame lies almost exclusively at the feet of Americans who occupy the farthest reaches of the statist left wing. They've brought us the Sexual Revolution, rampant drug use, violent and sexually explicit entertainment, abortion on demand, disregard for our Judeo-Christian roots, militant atheism, and moral relativism. The left's utter disregard for anything standing between them and complete political power leads to the rise of political opportunists like our current president. He and his ilk will say and do anything to advance their agenda. Lying is just another tool in the toolbox, to be used whenever it will accomplish the left's goals.

The left bemoans the supposedly inappropriate and rude outburst by Joe Wilson for one reason only: they hope to advance their agenda by doing so. Period. Never mind that they've done far worse. Never mind that moral disapproval is supposedly evidence of the cardinal sin of "intolerance." The left will scream and wail as long as faux victimhood helps them extract money and power from American citizens.

Given that fact, I refuse to join in the Tut-Tut Chorus. We're close to enacting an irreversible government takeover of close to one fifth of the American economy, by people who have more in common with Stalin and Mussolini than with Madison and Jefferson. I'd much rather have inappropriate and rude outbursts in defense of the truth than polite silence in the face of blatant and dangerous lies.

The truth hurts the statist, so shout it if you must.

VA to vets: hurry up and die

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Jim Towey's editorial touched off the debate over the VA Death Book, so here's a copy to read for yourself.

This pamphlet's clearly quite slanted toward the euthanasia side of the scale, so pay it no mind. Instead, educate yourself about advance directives before you make any end-of-life decisions.

Have you wondered why SEIU and the rest of Obama's union thug buddies have been pushing the House's version of Obamacare so avidly? Thanks to Warner Todd Huston's and Ed Morrissey's digging, I've cut and pasted Section 164 for you to examine. Take a look at this $10 billion payoff (look at the red text on the second page):

Those are your tax dollars being shoveled into the pockets of union bosses. You can thank people like Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH) for slipping this fat bribe to the unions that have been ruining American productivity for decades. She was intimately involved in drafting this bill, and you can bet your last wrinkled dollar that her union friends will repay her richly with kickbacks campaign contributions.

Apparently, Betty's $3 billion Cash-For-Clunkers pet project wasn't enough. The previous multibillion-dollar bailouts of GM and Chrysler (with the unions getting great gobs of common stock) weren't enough. The minimum wage increase (which boosts union members' pay, according to their contracts) wasn't enough. Even this $10 billion payoff isn't enough. It's just another in a long line of juicy sops thrown to the labor lobby. Before long, she'll resume her push for card check and its stacked-deck-arbitration companion.

How long will Ohio voters in the 13th District tolerate this legalized corruption? How high must unemployment go? How many tax hikes will we tolerate?

Sen. Sherrod Brown town hall

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According to the Lorain County 912 Project, our most left-wing U.S. Senator has an event scheduled this evening:

Health Insurance Reform - Town Hall (Let's Get It Done: Health Insurance Reform Now Events)

Sen. Brown town hall - Mansfield w/ State Director John Ryan.

Monday, August 24, 2009
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Mansfield Senior High School
124 North Linden Road
Mansfield, OH 44906

Associated Groups: Worthington Ohio for Obama: Join Organizing for America members across the country in sending their members of Congress back to D.C. with a clear message about health insurance reform: Let's Get It Done!

2:45 PM Update: Senator Brown won't be there.

Yoo hoo! Betty Sutton, where are you?

We aren't going away.

This e-mail from Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH) just landed in my inbox. She's hiding behind a telephone conference call to avoid facing her constituents in the 13th District.

Betty Sutton letterhead
August 21, 2009

Dear Mr. Konsen,

Where's Betty Sutton?Thank you for contacting my office regarding my schedule of events for the month of August concerning health care. I will be hosting a tele-town hall meeting for my constituents on August 26th at 6:30 pm to discuss the America's Affordable Health Choices Act. A tele-town hall meeting will enable me to discuss this important bill with you by telephone. The call in number and identification code is provided below. I look forward to providing you with a legislative update about the bill and hearing your thoughts and questions regarding it.

Please contact my office at 202-225-3401 with any question you might have regarding this event.

HOST: Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13)
WHAT: Tele-Town hall meeting on America's Affordable Health Choices Act
WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 6:30 p.m. - p.m.
PARTICIPATE: Dial 1-877-229-8493. When prompted, enter I.D. code "15125."

Sincerely,

Betty Sutton's signature
Betty Sutton
Member of Congress

Please do not respond to this email as this is an unattended mailbox. Please return to our website to respond (http://sutton.house.gov).

Betty's chief of staff, Nichole Reynolds, assured me unequivocally that Betty would hold public meetings with her constituents. So much for keeping one's word.

Is this GOP radio ad running in OH-18?

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It's targeted at Zack Space for being a servile little toady to Nancy Pelosi.

Has anybody heard it on the air down there?

Hat tip: Campaign Spot

Courtesy of the Chronicle-Telegram:

An Elyria woman said a member of Congresswoman Betty Sutton's staff asked her to leave a public meeting held Tuesday in Lorain because the woman wanted to know if she could ask the congresswoman questions during the talk.

Nichole Reynolds, Sutton's chief of staff, said the staff member who spoke to the woman denied telling her that the meeting was private, as the woman alleges, and also denies telling her she had to go.

Jane Grimm, 58, said she had wanted to speak with her congresswoman about health care reform and called her Washington, D.C., office last week to see when Sutton would be coming to town.

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She and her husband walked into the clinic and wanted to confirm with staff people in the front whether this was a meeting where questions could be asked. Grimm said a man wearing a name tag identifying him as a Sutton staff member approached them. This is where the stories differ.

"He said, 'I was told I'd see you here,' and 'I understand you wanted this to be a town-hall meeting,' and I told him that I wanted to ask a few questions," Grimm said.

She said the staffer told her it was not that kind of meeting.

"I said, 'All right, well, I'd still like to sit and listen to what the congresswoman has to say,'" Grimm said. "Then he said, 'No, I'm not going to allow you in because this is a private event.' "

That's our Brave Betty!

You can keep your doctor? Uh, maybe.

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Crossed fingersFor months now, President Obama has been insisting that Obamacare will not come between you and your doctor. He's claimed over and over that if Obamacare passes and you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period. End of story. All claims to the contrary are malicious lies told by mean ol' poopyheads.

Uh, except when he changes his mind.

Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius began retreating ever-so-subtly from that unequivocal language this weekend. Now it's "highly likely" that you'll keep your doctor. Watch from about the 5:55 point onward (ABC won't allow me to embed the video here, so you'll have to follow that link).

Here's the transcript from ABC, with my emphasis added:

TAPPER: OK, I'll -- I'll take that as a "yes" and then we'll move on. The president often -- and he did last night in Colorado -- says to the American people that, if they like their doctor, they can keep their doctor. If they like their insurance plan, they can keep their insurance plan. But according to the Congressional Budget Office, if a public plan, if a public option is introduced, at least 2 million Americans will be switched by their employer from a private plan to the public plan.

Now, that doesn't get into the whole issue of employers dropping health care coverage in general and all the people that will be added to the rolls, and I understand that. But how can the administration make the promise that if you like your insurance plan you can keep it, when CBO and other analysts estimate that some people will be switched from private to public?

SEBELIUS: Well, I think, Jake, if you -- if you think about a marketplace option and new plans being created in Toledo, Ohio, or in California or in Florida, the network of doctors is likely to be pretty identical. A lot of plans exist in the same marketplace, and doctors are part of a variety of networks. So the idea that you would keep your own doctor is highly likely.

Was her characterization just a fluke? Before you answer, pay close attention to what President Obama says from about 46:50 onward in this town hall meeting on Saturday:

Here's the transcript from the White House, with my emphasis added:

Now, what the opponents of a public option will argue is, you can't have a level playing field; if government gets into the business of providing health insurance, they will drive private insurers out of the health insurance market. That's the argument that's made. (Applause.) And I -- that is a legitimate, it's a fair concern, especially if the public option was being subsidized by taxpayers, right? I mean, if they didn't -- if they could just keep on losing money and still stay in business, after a while they would run everybody else out. And that's why any discussion of a public option has said that it's got to pay for itself, it's not subsidized by private insurers.

The only point I want to make about this is whether you're for or against a public option, just understand that the public option is not a government takeover of health insurance. Everybody here who still has -- who has currently private insurance, you would more than likely still be on your private insurance plan. Employers wouldn't stop suddenly providing health insurance. So that is where this idea of government-run health care came from. It is not an accurate portrayal of the debate that's going on in Washington right now. All right?

Were these just "slips of the tongue" from the Obama administration? Or were they a stealthy shift in language, much like the recent change from "health care reform" to "health insurance reform"?

Obama's bunch does a good job of maintaining message discipline. I don't think these two changes were accidental. Words mean things, folks. Pay close attention to see if this wishy-washy waffling continues.

Zach Lahn corners Barack Obama

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Bravo to Zach Lahn, for having bigger balls than 99% of the media! I hope this young man's ready for the Joe The Plumber treatment, courtesy of ACORN and SEIU.

President Obama spent the majority of his "answer" restating the question, then talked about "opposing" the exact kind of public option that's in the House bill. ABC transcribed some of it:

"Certainly they can't compete if the taxpayer is standing behind the public option just shoveling more and more money at it," Obama said. "That's certainly not fair. And so I've already said I would not be in favor of a public option of that sort, because that would just mean more expenses out of our pockets and we wouldn't be seeing much improvement in quality."

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"I think there are ways that we can address those competitive issues," he said. "And you're absolutely right, if they're not entirely addressed, then that raises a set of legitimate problems. But the only point I wanted to make was the notion that somehow just by having a public option you have the entire private marketplace destroyed is just not borne out by the facts."

Read the whole thing; ABC interviewed Zach afterward, and he kept the pressure on the president for regurgitating nothing but vague talking points. Ten bucks says Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck are all over this within a week. Oh ... notice that Obama didn't accept Zach's challenge, either (wuss).

More coverage:
Politico

Betty Sutton, call your office

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Unless I'm missing something obvious, Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH) still has not released a schedule of her public events for this month. We're 15 days into the U.S. House's summer recess, and there are 23 days left.

Where's Betty?

Where's Betty Sutton?

Her constituents in the 13th District have questions for her, and if we have to fork over $30 to get them ... so be it.

UK writer: US health care beats ours

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Stephen Glover admits that the truth hurts:

In treating almost every cancer, America apparently does better than Britain, sometimes appreciably so. According to a study in Lancet Oncology last year, 91.9 per cent of American men with prostate cancer were still alive after five years, compared with only 51.1per cent in Britain.

The same publication suggests that 90.1 per cent of women in the U.S. diagnosed with breast cancer between 2000 and 2002 survived for at least five years, as against 77.8 per cent in Britain.

So it goes on. Overall the outcome for cancer patients is better in America than in this country. So, too, it is for victims of heart attacks, though the difference is less marked.

If you are suspicious of comparative statistics, consult any American who has encountered the NHS. Often they cannot believe what has happened to them - the squalor, and looming threat of MRSA; the long waiting lists, and especially the official target that patients in 'accident and emergency' should be expected to wait for no more than four - four! - hours; the sense exuded by some medical staff that they are doing you a favour by taking down your personal details.

Most Americans, let's face it, are used to much higher standards of healthcare than we enjoy, even after the doubling of the NHS budget under New Labour. Of course, the U.S. is a somewhat richer country, but I doubt its superior health service can be mainly attributed to this advantage.

In other news: jumping into water leads to wetness, rocks fall downward, and there's no way to pick up a turd by the "clean end."

Jonah Goldberg explains:

Under the plan discussed at President Obama's infomercial-esqe town halls, America would cut costs and expand coverage while avoiding rationing. Apparently, it's paranoid to think that's too good to be true.

Imagine you're in charge of bringing pie to a company picnic. You're planning to provide dessert for 100 people. Then, your boss says you need to hand out pie to 150. Fine, you say, I'll make more pies. But -- oh no! -- you can't, because you've also been told costs must go down. Okay, then you can cut slices of the existing pies smaller so everyone can have a piece. Wait! You can't do that either, because you're not allowed to ration (i.e., give less to more).

According to Obama, the health-care pie will be sliced into more pieces, of equal or greater size than available now, for less money -- all because government is so much better than the private sector at managing large projects.

But ... but ... it doesn't matter if government-provided health care has always resulted in such a conundrum! Obamacare is new and different! It will run on rainbows and unicorn farts, which will allow the program to defy the laws of economics! Surely this time it'll work!!

Absolutely hilarious!

Hat tip: iOwnTheWorld

You can keep your doctor?

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Talk about asterisks:

President Obama in New Hampshire: "Under the reform we're proposing, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." *, **, ***, **** ,*****, ******

Crossed fingers* Claim not valid after five years as all health care plans must then meet a new federal definition for a "qualified" health care plan. (Section 102(b), H.R. 3200)

** Claim not valid if you rely on a Health Savings Account (HSA) as the construct for these plans is outlawed in the bill (Section 122 (c)(3), H.R. 3200)

*** Claim not valid if you choose to make any changes to your employer-provided plan or get a different plan in the next five years, as doing so would trigger the mandate to have a government approved plan. (Section 102(c), H.R. 3200)

**** Claim not valid if your insurance company makes any additions to your private, individual plan (such as including more people or adding a newly found cure for cancer), as doing so would trigger the mandate to have a government approved plan. (Section 102(a), H.R. 3200)

***** Claim not valid if your employer finds it cheaper to dump you on the government plan rather than pay for care. (Section 412, H.R. 3200)

****** Claim not valid after the federal government envelops the private market as it has done with Medicare, leaving only a government option on the table. (Common Sense)

Other than that, though, he's totally telling the truth.

$30 to ask Betty Sutton a question

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Hey, fellow residents of Ohio's 13th Congressional District! Look what I found!

Legislative Luncheon with Congresswoman Betty Sutton
Wednesday, 8/19/2009, 11:30 - 1:00
Martin University Center
105 Fir Hill Street
Akron, OH 44325

Event Sponsors: AT&T Ohio, Akron Children's Hospital, Oriana House, Inc.

Congress has been in the headlines for the past several months debating important policy such as the economic stimulus, healthcare, climate change and labor issues. Join us on Wednesday, August 19th for a Legislative Luncheon with Congresswoman Betty Sutton, who will provide a Capitol Hill update.

It'll only cost you $30 to get in ($25 if you're a member of the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce).

How interesting that this event is not mentioned anywhere on Betty Sutton's web site. I'm also still waiting to get a schedule of her events from her staff. I guess I shouldn't hold my breath, huh?

At least at this luncheon, the odds of facing an aggressive goon are lower than at Sen. Sherrod Brown's last town hall.

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9:15 PM update: "Chicken shi-shi" is right.

His stealth town hall was sniffed out anyway, though.

Nice work, Shelby Holliday!

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7:57 PM update: At least one anti-Obamacare questioner got to actually ask a question.

I hope this guy didn't follow him home.

You can't hide, Sherrod.

Rep. Betty Sutton still MIA

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The House of Representatives adjourned on July 31st. It's now day 12 of their 35-day summer recess, and my Representative has still not released any details of her schedule. Betty Sutton's staff assures me that there will be two public events at some point, somewhere. They assure me that I'll receive a schedule as soon as it's finalized.

Any day now. Yep. That's the ticket.

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1:15 PM update: Hmmm ... what's this?

5:25 PM update: Curiouser and curiouser. Betty, why don't you publish your schedule on your web site, instead of scattering it in places like this?

11:00 PM update: A telephone town hall meeting is not a town hall meeting.

Sutton's office said she discusses health care with constituents in many forums. Her schedule is not published in advance because it's in constant flux. She'll hold a telephone town hall meeting with constituents next week and will discuss health-care legislation in an upcoming Ohio News Network appearance. Her Washington office number is 202-225-3401.

FreedomWorks knows how to grovel:

Washington, DC -- Today, FreedomWorks released an apology to leftist political organizations, including MoveOn.org, the Democratic National Committee, the AFL-CIO, and ACORN for our apparent ignorance of the fine art of political discourse.

FreedomWorks' August Recess Call to Action encouraged grassroots citizens to attend Congressional town hall meetings and listening sessions. We asked everyone to voice their opinions and communicate their opposition to the President's proposed hostile takeover of the American health care system. Apparently, the very act of showing up and having an opinion is, in effect, to act like a "thug." Opposing President Obama's policy agenda on health care is, in and of itself, unacceptable, and has no place in our democracy. Bottom line: it's "disgusting," according to our friends on the left.

Follow the link to hear the ever-so-cultured voicemail messages left by our betters among the Obamabots.

Obama vs. Obama

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Is he lying now ...

... or was he lying then?

If you have two brain cells to rub together, the answer's obvious.

Join the Obamacare Snitch Squad!

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It's your patriotic duty, Comrade.

Uncle Sam wants you to snitch on your neighbor

Workers of the world, unite!

Informers needed

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President Obama's media flacks ask all patriotic Americans to inform on their friends and neighbors who dare to ask impolitic questions about Dear Leader's past speeches on socialized medicine. Since I'm as patriotic as the next guy, I did my part this morning:

Uncle Sam wants you to be a snitchFrom: Alo Konsen
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2009 19:02:31
To: flag@whitehouse.gov
Subject: I found something fishy

This blog post completely glosses over President Obama's clear & unequivocal statements and goals concerning the U.S. health care system:

http://is.gd/22vQK

Mr. Alo Konsen
Cleveland, OH

I hope they address this soon, because I am sick and tired of unpatriotic people debating and disagreeing with this administration.

Zack Space broke his word

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Dear Zack,

In this letter you told Nancy Pelosi that you couldn't support the Obamacare bill if it wasn't budget neutral. Yet you violated your commitment and voted for the bill on Friday, July 31st. Obamacare is anything but budget-neutral. It obliterates the budget.

Douglas Elmendorf, director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, said bills crafted by House leaders and the Senate health committee do not propose "the sort of fundamental changes" necessary to rein in the skyrocketing cost of government health programs, particularly Medicare. On the contrary, Elmendorf said, the measures would pile on an expensive new program to cover the uninsured

Don't act like this is a surprise.

Federal debt w/Obamacare

You'd better hope your sell-out was worth it. We'll be in touch.

Sincerely,
Your Employers

I've called and e-mailed my Congresswoman's very polite and helpful staff several times a week for a month, and so far there's still no schedule for Betty Sutton's activities during the House's August recess. I wonder why she's leaving her staff and constituents twisting in the wind?

Hen

Either he was lying then, speaking to safe pro-Obama crowds, or ...

... he's lying now. My money's on "lying now." We conservatives and libertarians have been screaming about this Trojan horse for years. Will you undecideds and moderates finally wake up, please?

More on Friedman.

Hat tip: Baldilocks

Newsweek's Katie Connolly interviewed former Massachusetts Governor (and former GOP presidential candidate) Mitt Romney about his experiences with health care legislation yesterday. When she asked him "What lessons can be gleaned from your experience in Massachusetts?", Romney replied:

After we crafted the architecture of our plan, the first person I went to was Ted Kennedy. He and I met numerous times and what we fashioned was not perfect in either one of our eyes, but we worked together, because only together could we know that we would have the support of all the parties necessary to make it work.

Multi-mouth MittThe states are laboratories of democracy. Well, our state passed a bill. It's been in place now for several years. Have they studied it? Have they spoken with the Republicans and Democrats in Masssachusetts? Have they spoken with hospitals? Doctors? Have they sent the GAO there to take it apart to see what is working well and what is not? Nobody has given me a call, except Republicans. I've received no calls from Democrats saying what do you think about it? What would you do differently if you were to do it today? There's a whole series of things I'd do differently. And yet, there seems to be such a rush to act. I understand that President Obama wants to get this done in his first term, but more important than getting it done in the first year is getting it done right, before he is out of office. There is time here to get it done right.

What's Obama supposed to ask Mitt to explain? How to screw up health care through rationing, high taxes, obscene spending, and over-regulation? Both men have mastered those skill sets already.

Connolly also asked Romney "In terms of the reform proposals before Congress, what do you see that you like and dislike so far?"

I'm not happy that the President wants to provide a so-called public option. There is no need for the government to become an insurance company. I'm convinced, as many before me have said, that this is a step towards a single payer system; that it will result in billions, if not hundreds of billions, of subsidies down the road and a new entitlement, which is one of the last things America needs right now. On the other hand I am happy that he is actually working to reform healthcare. It's important for us to get everyone insured. It's important that there be an effort made to reduce the excessive inflation in the healthcare sector.

This is just rich. Mitt Romney, the man who orchestrated Massachusetts government's takeover of its citizens' health care, is warning about a government takeover of health care?

I think Mitt's been hitting the medical marijuana.

7:00 Update: We've got health care, yes we do! We've got health care, how 'bout you?

Greg Coleridge (apparently a useful idiot holdover) has a question for Dear Leader:

Greg ColeridgeSince President Barack Obama will be at Shaker Heights High School on Thursday, taking questions on health care, I've got one for him:

Who should have the final say on the type of health care patients receive under any reformed system?

A. Patients and their doctors

B. Insurance corporations

If A is his answer, his solution should be one that shuts out insurance corporations that make billions of dollars by denying coverage to millions of Americans.

Way to commit the false dilemma fallacy combined with the straw man fallacy, Greg! Mind-numbed Obamabots will lap this stuff right up.

Coleridge is the director of something called the "Economic Justice & Empowerment Program" of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee, a group that has yet to find an anti-American cause it doesn't like.

I wonder if the Cleveland Tea Party Patriots will run into this tool tomorrow at their protest?

Reagan on socialized medicine

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It's approved by the Health Administration Bureau, so you know it's peachy keen!

Obamacare in one picture

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House Republicans released a diagram today that condenses the House Democrats' 1,018 page Obamacare bill into a visual representation anyone can understand. Just click it:

Obamacare flowchart (7/15/09)

Like I said, it's really easy to understand. This is the kind of streamlined, efficient, low-overhead, helpful government takeover of your health care that all right-thinking Americans want.

If you deny that plain fact, you're obviously a hateful racist bigot who wants 43 million uninsured Americans to die. You jerk.

So you think health care's boring? Politics makes you zone out? Can't find the time between work and reruns of American Idol to focus your A.D.D.-riddled mind on something requiring actual rational thought?

Pop another Ritalin, sit down, shut up, and watch this. It's funny. No, really ... it is.

There! Was that so hard? In our next lesson, we'll learn how to get off our lazy butts and pimp-slap the idiot politicians who want to bring this farce here to America.

OK, you can go back to watching Jon Stewart now.

Here's a big tip o' the hat to Caleb at RedState for finding this.

In 2006, Massachusetts passed health care reform that implemented a number of policies that are now being mirrored in the Obama health reform plan. The president has repeatedly claimed that his plan will lower health care costs but not decrease health care quality. This visualization looks at how the Massachusetts plan has panned out in terms of cost and wait times.

The "Massachusetts Model" in a word: fail.

In defense of the frail elderly

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A real thought-provoker:

The frail elderly and their families deserve love, support and care from a compassionate society. If we allow willy-nilly healthcare reform, the frail elderly will undoubtedly be targeted, with such rationalizations as "Why devote resources (the liberal euphemism for money) to a hopeless cause such as this?" A physician at our local Tea Party stated one platform of healthcare reform is to withhold vital treatment in the last 6 months of the patient's life.

Do we really want our government deciding when our last 6 months have arrived? They have not done such a good job predicting unemployment or economic recovery: why should we assume they'd be any better at predicting when we are in the last six months of our life?

Obamacare will decide when you've lived past your usefulness. Don't like that prospect? Do something about it.

Click to enlarge:

Public Plan graphic by Heritage

Source

Since we presumably still live in a nation of laws and not of men, and since the U.S. Constitution is still the supreme law of the land, I ask you to first read these small portions of that document, after which I'll pose my question.

U.S. Constitution

Article I, Section 8

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

U.S. Constitution

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

U.S. Constitution

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Given the above supreme law of the land that sets out the enumerated powers of Congress, on what basis does Congress have the authority to enact Obamacare?

Don't tell me it's justified because it's a good idea, because it's fair, because it's in my interest to want it, because Medicare/Medicaid/SCHIP already exist, because Obamacare will save money, because I'm a heartless hateful warmongering homophobic puppy-killing raaaaacist, because America wants Hopenchange© ... just tell me how Congress can possibly have the constitutional authority to enact Obamacare.

Match point: Talking Points Memo lobs, Katie Favazza returns with a smash. Game, set, and match: Favazza.

Hat tip: RightGirl

Socialized medicine doesn't result in "affordable insurance for everyone", no matter what the politicians say. Just look at what happened in Massachusetts when they tried it.

Now do you get it? When Republicans like former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney tell you that they know how to provide health insurance for everybody, remember that they're full of crap. When slicksters like Barack Obama and Teddy Kennedy talk soothingly about how their public "option" will magically provide care for the uninsured, remember that they're full of crap.

Socialized medicine never works better than the private sector at providing the best possible care for the greatest number of people. Never.

Courtesy of Tom Blumer:

Questions for those advocating the "public plan" option in Obamacare:
  1. Will the "public plan" pay income and other taxes like the companies who run private plans must? (Example: Aetna alone incurred $790 million in income tax expenses in calendar 2008, and over $3.5 billion in the past four years. The company's most recent 10-K [PDF] indicates that this expense is almost entirely related to its Health Care and Group Insurance.)
  2. What will anyone do to keep the "public plan" from taking advantage of other unfair advantages, which could at least include general government absorption of administrative costs, sales-tax exemptions, property-tax exemptions, "public service" advertising, and much more?
  3. Will the "public plan" be just as vulnerable to class-action and no-limit malpractice lawsuits as private plans currently are?
  4. If the answers to Question 1, 2, or 3 are "no" or "I don't know," how can you possibly claim to know that the "public plan's" competition against private plans will be conducted on a level playing field?

Very good questions, Tom. I've asked similar questions and made similar accusations that have so far gone unanswered. I'm sure the Obamabots will respond soon. Yup. Really soon.

Any day now ...

Remember this ad from October 29th, 2008?

Gosh, Candidate Obama sure did make a big fuss about the evil idea of taxing your private health care benefits, didn't he?

Of course, now he's the President. Things have changed. He has a lot of big, expensive programs to fund, including a complete government takeover of your health care. He has to keep his options open ... especially the so-called public "option", which won't fund itself. That gigantic price tag is something he has to deal with, you know. He's going to "let the process work its way through":

You wouldn't be so gauche as to hold it against him if he taxes your private health care benefits to fund Obamacare, would you? C'mon, what's a broken promise and some more crushing taxation between friends?

Wealth Spread

The following snotty quote is a lie.

Why would [the "public option"] drive private insurers out of business? If private insurers say that the marketplace provides the best quality health care, if they tell us that they're offering a good deal, then why is it that the government -- which they say can't run anything -- suddenly is going to drive them out of business? That's not logical.
Barack Obama
June 23, 2009

Oh, it's logical. The so-called "public option" sounds nice at first, but it's actually a sneaky scheme to engineer a total government takeover of your health care.

You have to remember that the government isn't a fair competitor. It doesn't have to play by the same rules as your employer. It doesn't have to make a profit, keep its employees happy, or provide excellent service to its "customers." It will take you as a "customer" even if you can't pay, because it can just absorb the loss and print more money. Private companies can't compete against the entity that makes and enforces the rules ... especially when that entity is run by statists progressives who have decided to eliminate those private companies. The game is rigged from the start.

When it comes to covering expenses for employee pay and benefits, your employer has two choices on how much to pay:

Obamacare crowds out private health insurance

Gee, I wonder which one your boss will pick?

Unless your boss is nuts, he'll stop paying for your health insurance. What if your boss actually is nuts, and decides to keep paying for your private health plan? Your employer's competitors will cut their expenses by dumping their health coverage, and their cost savings will mean they'll run your employer out of business ... and you'll lose your job. It's a variation on the Tragedy of the Commons.

Although it's bad enough to face a choice between eventually losing your private health care or losing your job, Congress is about to kick things into high gear. They're getting ready to tax your private health insurance. It won't be long until the so-called "public option" will be your only option.

The statists progressives have been working toward that goal all along, and last year during the presidential campaign a few were honest enough to admit it.


Today? Eh, not so much.

Just look at Canada:

Take, for example, the report out last week from the Wait Time Alliance (WTA), a group of 13 Canadian medical groups, including the Canadian Medical Association. For cancer patients, the report found that "the median wait time for radiation therapy was almost seven weeks." That figure exceeded the recommended maximum wait time of one month. Note, too, that as a median figure, there were just as many patients who waited longer than seven weeks as who waited less than seven weeks.

A government takeover of your health care will inevitably result in problems like this.

As President Obama suggested, government health care works in some countries, like ... umm ... uh ... errr ...

If this unethical tactic for pushing an immoral policy doesn't justify a full-throated attack, what does? Via Drudge:

On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care -- a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm!

Highlights on the agenda:

ABCNEWS anchor Charlie Gibson will deliver WORLD NEWS from the Blue Room of the White House.

The network plans a primetime special -- 'Prescription for America' -- originating from the East Room, exclude opposing voices on the debate.

Hey, Ohio Republican Party bigwigs! What in the world are you waiting for? Blast this! Get aggressive. This is a no-brainer in at least two ways. 1) Americans don't want socialized medicine. 2) Americans hate biased media outlets that claim to be unbiased.

Couple that with cratering support for Obama's policies and you guys have a perfect opportunity to contrast the statist path of the Democrats with the traditional GOP values of rugged individualism, independence, and capitalism. Yes, Obama's popular. So what? Attack his policies and his plans, not him.

Stop worrying about being treated badly by the media. You lost that war in the 1960s. They'll never like you. Use it to your advantage. Say things that they can't afford to ignore, things that they'll have to cover. Call ABC "a wholly owned subsidiary of ACORN and the Democratic Party." Draw comparisons to Joseph Goebbels' "Big Lie" strategy. Remind people of what Pravda used to publish. The media and the statists on the Left have just exposed their weakest point of vulnerability to you. Hit it with a sledgehemmer!

Learn from Sun Tzu:

You may advance and be absolutely irresistible, if you make for the enemy's weak points; you may retire and be safe from pursuit if your movements are more rapid than those of the enemy.

...

Military tactics are like unto water; for water in its natural course runs away from high places and hastens downwards.

So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak.

Get off your asses and attack!

Can you name one industry that runs more efficiently after it's been taken over by the government?

If there were a better-than-even chance that the Democrats' government health care plan would result in Americans experiencing (on average) ...

Obamacare


  • higher costs

  • lower quality

  • fewer choices


... would you still support it?

Image from Michelle Malkin reader Rachael in Kentucky

Fortunately for Canadian cancer patient Shona Holmes, the private American health care system was available.

Don't let it happen here. Stop Obamacare before it starts.

Obamacare bill released online

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If you want to stop the imposition of government-run universal health care socialized medicine, now's the time to do something about it.

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