Category Archives: Healthcare

Nancy Pelosi Wants ObamaCare To Pass So We Know What Is In It

PlastiGirl has put on her old thinking cap to generate some new ideas to help her get the votes she needs to pass ObamaCare.  Obviously, she does not have the votes needed right now even though she claims that she does or they would have passed the Senate bill through the House in order to avoid reconciliation.  Today, Plasti delivered a speech at the 2010 Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties (NACo). This year marks the 75th anniversary of the organization.

She started her comments with, “Your common responsibilities bring you to Washington with a common cause: to strengthen the partnership between America’s counties and the federal government.  It is in that spirit that I have come here today.  It’s in that spirit that we will work together to, as your theme says, to ‘find solutions in tough times.”  Somehow I do not feel comfortable with Plasti suggesting that the federal government should be walking arm in arm with local government.  Our local government is the area where we can affect the most change in order to get government intrusion out of our lives.

PlastiGirl reminded those who were listening, whom it was that started this Progressive Movement in America by saying, “As you are in Washington this week, we stand at the doorstep of history, ready to realize a centuries old dream, started by a Republican President, Teddy Roosevelt.  He was the one who started this country thinking in this direction, and we are deeply in his debt.  But, we are a hundred years late.”  She went on to relate that Teddy wanted universal healthcare.  She then made this preposterous claim, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”  WHAT!?  They have to pass the bill so we know what is in it?!  I thought they have been telling us for a year what is in this legislation.  Who has ever heard of passing a bill so we can actually she what is in that bill? 

She continued with more of the insanity, “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.”  Excuse me?  This piece of crap tax and spend bill is going to create 4 million jobs?!  This is the first time I have ever heard that claim and I would love to know exactly how that is going to happen.  The government will be driving insurance companies into the ground, which will be job loss.  Doctors will get out of the practice because of the impossible regulations and lack of payments: more job loss.

Then she went on to talk about the courage that will be needed to pass this legislation.  That has been her theme lately.  Courage was needed to pass Social Security and MediCare.  Courage will be needed to set up the infrastructure for government healthcare.  Any person with a brain knows that socialism does not require courage, it requires a desire to control.

President Obama Pulls The Nuclear Option

For a man that has promised that he will dismantle our nuclear weapon program, Obama seems to have an affinity for the nuclear option.  Okay, so I’m not talking about a real nuclear warhead and a real nuclear winter, but ObamaCare unleashed on this country is pretty darn close.  Today, the President delivered yet another address about his plans for health insurance reform.  This message was suppose to inform us that the President had embraced the good ideas of the Republicans and would be including them in his plan.  But that is not what I heard today.  I heard the Illustrious One call on the Democrats to charge forward without the Republicans and get ObamaCare through with reconciliation.

The President made this clear as he stood in the White House surrounded by the photo-op placed doctors donning their white jackets.  He said, “We have debated this issue thoroughly, not just for the past year but for decades.  Reform has already passed the House with a majority.  It has already passed the Senate with a supermajority of 60 votes.  And now it deserves the same kind of up or down vote that was cast on welfare reform, that was cast on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, that was used for COBRA health coverage for the unemployed, and, by the way, for both Bush tax cuts — all of which had to pass Congress with nothing more than a simple majority.”  There it is, the nuclear option.  The President also called on the three people, outside of Washington D.C. and the unions, that support ObamaCare to get out like the tea partiers and make their support known by saying, ” And I urge every American who wants this reform to make their voice heard as well — every family, every business, every patient, every doctor, every nurse, every physician’s assistant.  Make your voice heard.”

Obama has not noticed that the overwhelming voice of We The People has spoken.  We do not want his reform, which is actually a tax and spend bill.  We do not want government intrusion in our lives.  It does not matter how often the President promises that he does not “believe we should give government bureaucrats or insurance company bureaucrats more control over health care in America.  I believe it’s time to give the American people more control over their health care and their health insurance.”  We know that the only reason the government would power forward with this legislation that has little support is for nefarious reasons.  The government desires to build the infrastructure for government insurance. 

How reconciliation will work is that the House and Senate pass a concurrent resolution, which I assume will have the President’s changes.  This resolution instructs one or more committees to report changes to the legislation by a certain set date.  Those committees send their reports to the budget committeee, which combines them into a single omnibus bill. In the Senate, the reconciliation bill then gets only 20 hours of debate before the final vote. This means the bill only needs 51 Senators to vote in support of the legislation.

If this gets through, the country will never be the same.  It will be a form of nuclear winter.

The Health Care Summit: The Joke It Promised To Be

I have maintained for the past two weeks that the Republicans should not even show up for the Health Care Summit being held today.  The GOP leadership decided to go ahead and show up.  I also maintained that if they did show up and the President presented anything except a blank piece of paper, that the Republicans should get up and walk out.  They are still sitting in this Summit currently, which has just taken a break for lunch.  The day has been an utter joke and waste of time.

President Obama has harped repeatedly on time limits, especially after Republican members make statements.  John Boehner finally asked what the limits were since they had not been specified and McConnell points out that Dems have gotten 52 minutes compared to Repubs 24 minutes.  There was no real answer from the President, but I can gather what the President’s goal is because he stated it today.  The meeting is set to last six hours and the President has promised that they’ll get this settled before the day is done.  Of course, we know what an Obama promise is worth – zip!  Plus, my common sense brain reminds me that they have been at this healthcare insurance reform effort for a year and gotten nothing accomplished.  The President gave a clue on his way to the Summit of what the plan is if this does not work.  A reporter asked if Obama had a plan B and the President responded, “I’ve always got plans.”

Republican Alexander Lamar started the Summit by calling out the Democrats on their threats of reconciliation, which I believe would be the President’s real Plan B.  The Wall Street Journal has actually detailed a Plan B which is a scaled back plan covering only 15 million of the uninsured and expanding on MediCaid.  It also does even less reform and barely cuts costs.  Senator Alexander also called on the Democrats to do this piece by piece instead of as a large package.

PlastiGirl then declares that health care is a right and not a priviledge and brings up Teddy Kennedy.  Where is the theatre dramatics?  Come on Plasti, throw yourself across the table as you emote about Teddy and declare, “Let’s do this for Teddy!”  One thing that becomes obvious and apparent is that the President’s thin skin is showing and this sideshow is going nowhere.  Once again, our tax dollars at work…being wasted.

Time To Call The White House’s Bluff, Republicans

The President is so proud of his idea for healthcare reform that he released the details quietly on the Whitehouse.gov website this morning.  Where is the primetime press conference?  Where is the national address?  The President has made those kinds of tactics a staple of his plans to implement ObamaCare.  But not this time and the reason is obvious.  ObamaCare is crap!  The President can twist and contort the plans from both the Senate and the House anyway he wants, but the plan is still garbage.  House Minority Leader John Boehner claimed after looking over the President’s plan that it doubles down on failure and puts Thursday’s Healthcare Summit in peril.

And now the White House is prepared to play chicken with the Republicans as The Plum Line points out.  White House advisors threatened on a conference call this morning that if the Republicans filibuster on this plan, then the Senate was going to use reconciliation – that requires only 51 votes – to pass ObamaCare.  I say the Republicans should call their bluff.  Do not show up for this summit on Thursday.  Filibuster this load of dung.  Let the Democrats and the President go down with this sinking ship.  If the Democrats think this ObamaCare legislation and reconciliation is going to get them more votes in November, then have at it because I know that the American people will not stand for this bill being crammed down our throats.  We have let the government know through Tea Parties, town halls, emails and phone calls that we do not want this kind of reform that is anything but reform.

Obama’s plan rolls in at $950 billion dollars, includes the word “tax” thirty-five times, increases fees on brand name drugs, increases the tax base and keeps the Cadillac tax, calls for a comprehensive data base for all of our medical information to be readily available and increases the fee assessed to people who decide to opt out of health insurance coverage.  And that is just for starters.  The public option is missing, but the insurance exchange is in this plan.  And for a little comic relief: the President claims that this will not add to the deficit.  Pretty laughable coming from a man who lied and accused the Republicans of claiming that their plan would cost nothing when in reality the Republicans claimed their plan would not raise taxes a penny.

The Heathcare Summit on Thursday should be very interesting.  I expect to witness a room full of Democrats looking at each other stupidly.

Obama Has New Plan For ObamaCare

The President used his weekly address today to urge Republicans and Democrats to work together during the upcoming Healthcare Summit to pass ObamaCare.  Let me be clear, I continue to call this monstrosity ObamaCare because this is still ObamaCare we are talking about, not healthcare reform.  The Democrats have been unable to put together their two bills and so the President has stepped in and will present his own plan using pieces from both bills.  Is this not a complete and utter act of ignoring the American people?  We have rejected both bills.  The Republicans have rejected both bills.  The President wants to bring the Republicans inside to help develop a new plan.  And he formulates his own plan using the rejected bills?!  This is not bi-partisanship! 

The Marxist Progressive vein snaking through the government continues even as the President plays bait and switch and talks out of both sides of his mouth.  Reuters is reporting that the new agreement will be a combined budget reconciliation bill.  This means that the bill will only need 51 votes in the Senate to pass this piece of garbage.  So what is the point of a summit?  The Republicans should not attend this meeting at all.  Instead, they should schedule a press conference and present their own bills – one from the House and one from the Senate.

There is rumor that there will be items that would be attractive to Republicans in the plan, but as long as those ideas are enclosed in a bill that also contains healthcare decision boards, a public option and increased taxes, the Republicans should do nothing but burn the bill.  The Republicans would like to slowly dismantle the healthcare system we have now and rebuild it and that seems to be the best plan.  Because any overhaul the Democrats have in mind is actually an overthrow of freedom.

Unions Ink Deal On ObamaCare In Dead Of Night

The transparency of the Obama administration continues as yet another deal is inked while America sleeps.  Big Labor came in swinging when it was revealed that the final healthcare reform tax and spend bill would contain a “cadillac tax” to help pay for the legislation.  This tax would have hit union members hard, many of whom are middle class workers.  The President completely supported the tax initially because the hard truth that someone has to pay for this bloated government control measure was obvious.

The President has been meeting with labor union heads at the White House for the past few days and finally reached an agreement last night around midnight.  And another payoff can be added to list as well as a refiguring of how much this measure will cost.  I had thought that perhaps the unions would swallow this tax in exchange for a Card Check deal, but apparently they are getting something better.  Union members will not have to pay tax on their plans until 2018 and at that time, the insurance exchange will be open for union members to join.  But that is not all because anyone with common sense can see what is happening here.  Until 2018, the unions are going to look like a real good option to join for workers who have cadillac plans but do not belong to unions.  Now they will want to join in order to get the exemption.  This appears to be a win-win for everybody except America.

Democratic Representative Joe Courtney, a leading critic of the Senate tax, said “Right now I think that this is a real uphill battle.  There’s a high degree of skepticism about it.”  The revised deal raises the tax’s income threshold and excludes supplemental coverage for dental and vision.  There was word that talks are still underway because some unions are not happy with this deal either.  And this still will have to get Senate approval where the “cadillac tax” was added.

One thing is for sure, the unions got this President in office and have supported ObamaCare to the point of violence, so he owes them on everything.  This is why Andy Stern, head of SEIU, practically has his own room at the White House because he has visited so much.  We live in an Oligarchy with many pulling the strings of the President Puppet and the labor unions are just one of those groups.  This is why we cannot fail in the 2010 elections.  We must start closing the doors on these special interest groups that run this country.

Freedom’s Wings 2009 Year In Review

First black president inaugurated.  Remember these empty words from the speech: “On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.”  He promised to “begin again the work of remaking America.”  My how he has begun that by remaking us into his community organized Marxist utopia.  And the lies continued with, “And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.”

The President goes on to spend more in his first year than all other presidents combined.

Auto bailouts.  General Motors (GM) becomes Government Motors as the government becomes the majority shareholder.  President Obama, in an unprecedented move, fires the CEO of GM.

Insurance giant AIG almost goes under, but the government comes to the rescue again and provides a large bailout.  AIG subsequently passes out large bonuses to executives and parties big time on our dime.  “Outraged citizens” are bused around by ACORN to the different executives homes in staged demonstrations.

Obama spent the year circling the globe, apologizing for America everywhere he went.  Who can forget the Cairo Speech, UN speech, bows to Saudi King, Japanese Emperor and Chinese Premier and handshake with Hugo Chavez?

The President moves the Census from the Department of Commerce to the White House and attempts to have ACORN run it.

Obama does away with enhanced interrogation techniques and orders that only the Army Field Manual will be employed leading to…

No more “War on Terror”.  It is now dubbed the Overseas Contingency Operation and terrorists become enemy combatants and then just criminals.  Terrorists acts become “man-made disasters .”  In that vein, the decision is made by Attorney General Holder to try the 9/11 terrorists in New York City.  Obama begins to realize his dream of closing GITMO by releasing Jihadists to Bermuda and having the government buy a prison in Illinois where the detainees will be moved.

Attorney General Eric Holder also drops charges on Black Panthers who intimidated people at polling places and in a speech refers to America as a “nation of cowards.”

Maoists and Marxists are revealed to be rampant in the Obama administration.  Green Jobs Czar Van Jones steps down as well as Anita Dunn who declared Mao to be one of her heroes along with Mother Theresa.

Obama declares that he has saved the economy from the brink and the recession is over.  Economy has slight bump up, but stock market continues to yo-yo and financial bubbles loom in the future along with the collapse of the dollar.  Several countries suggest unhinging from dollar and seeking a new global currency.

The Porkulus Bill (Stimulus recovery) is passed and Obama promises to save or create 4, no wait 3.5, um make that 3 million jobs.  It has been an utter failure with rampant fraud and the few jobs created costing somewhere in the area of $200,000 each.  Record unemployment has reached levels as much as 10.2% federally with most states suffering much worse numbers.

Air Force One flying over New York City and the Statue of Liberty for a photo op, sending New Yorkers running for their lives thinking 9/11 is happening again.

Obama appointed Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic to the Supreme Court.  A woman whom has made blatant racist comments and believes that policy is created from the bench.

The Beer Summit!  Who can forget the President jumping to conclusions and declaring that the Cambridge Police Force acted stupidly when arresting a friend of his, Professor Gates.  The President promptly invited his friend and Sgt. James Crowley for a photo op teachable moment at the White House and the three men drank beer around a table while accomplishing nothing.

Two omnibus spending bills full of pork and earmarks passed by Congress and signed by the President.  One has 9,00- earmarks and the other contains 5,000.  A separate Defense Bill contains several billion more in earmarks.  What happened to no earmarks?

Approval ratings for the President go into freefall.  An upper seventy percentage rating upon Inauguration eventually deflated to a 46% approval rating.

This year’s budget deficit: $1.6 trillion

Concerned citizens dubbed “right wing extremists” in a DHS Report entitled, “Right Wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence In Radicalization and Recruitment.”

Obama drops plans for a missile defense shield in Poland.

The Obama family brings home their family dog, Bo.  An expensive, hard to find breed and not a shelter dog.

Obama announced plans for Afghanistan surge of troops.  He chooses to send 30,000 although General McChrystal requested much more and soldiers I have talked to suggest at lease 100,000 are needed and probably more.

Obama meets the Queen of England and gives her an iPod already loaded with his speeches.  He gives the Prime Minister a set of DVDs that do not work in European machines.

The Heathcare Debate!  This has gone on for the better part of the entire year with a final culmination in the House passing a bill and then the Senate passing a bill. The bills now need to merge in committee.  The House plan has a public option while the Senate version does not.  The debate over government healthcare has outraged citizens and created deep dividing lines between socialism and the free market.

The healthcare debate and outrageous spending lead to rallies across the nation dubbed as Tea Parties.  And a movement was sparked!  Concerned citizens have gathered throughout the year at rallies, counter-rallies, townhalls and tea parties to protest government intrusion, taxes, and loss of freedom.  The goal has been to get America back to her founding principles.  Large gatherings happened simultaneously nationwide on Tax Day, Independence Day and a large 9/12 March On Washington that was attended by over one million people.  The tea parties caused liberals to lose their heads, like Janeane Garofalo who called tea partiers “red neck racists” and MSNBC commentators to call tea partiers “teabaggers”, and the President to pretend to be unaware of the protests and then finally refer to the rallies as places where people were waving around tea bags.

The President promises to dismantle our nuclear stockpile while North Korea test fires missiles and Iran ramps up efforts to make nuclear bombs.  Iran has ignored all international requests to cease and desist and the President and other leaders have been left impotent.

Miracle on the Hudson!  One of the few feel good stories of the year.  Pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger was able to bring down a full airliner after a flock of birds took out both engines without anyone dying and only a few injuries, using the Hudson River as a landing strip.  People will recall images of the passengers waiting on the wings of the sinking plane as ferries raced out to rescue everyone.

The Swine Flu!  The name quickly was changed to H1N1 Virus and everyone fears that a pandemic is on the horizon.  America overreacts as only a few thousand die.  Far below the number that die from the regular seasonal flu.  Not enough vaccine is made available and rationing begins legitimizing fears that government run healthcare will lead to rationing.

The Iranian Protests!  A fraudulent vote puts Iamadinnerjacket back in power and outraged Iranians take to the streets in the summer.  The protests continue to this day as Iranians make their move toward full revolution to overthrow their corrupt government.  Obama gives no support and promises that we will “bear witness”.  Gee thanks, Barry!

Somali pirates!  Pirates have long been a problem, but until this year and remained largely ignored by America.  That was until the Maersk Alabama, an American ship, was hijacked.  Captain Richard Phillips offered up himself as a hostage as his crew locked themselves below deck.  For days we watched the pirates hold the captain hostage in a dingy.  Finally, the Navy SEALS took action and killed three of the four pirates and freed Capt. Phillips.  New reports from the crew disparage the Captain’s courage and claim he was captured because he was stupid, but it still was a great day for our military.

The Ft. Hood Massacre!  On November 5th, Jihadist Nidal Malik Hasan, a US Army Major, mowed down 13 people (14 if you count the unborn baby) and wounded 30 others at Ft. Hood in Texas.  A female police officer takes him down leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.  The President takes a long time to address the nation and spends the first two minutes of his comments giving a shout out and thanking everyone at the gathering he is at for a great time and is quite jovial.  Americans are left baffled by the man boy pretending to be a leader.  Obama tells everyone not to jump to conclusions – unlike what he did with the Cambridge Police.

Bernie Madoff commits the largest Ponzi scheme in history leaving millions penniless.  He is sentenced to 150 years in prison.

Roman Polanski finally arrested for a 1970s sex charge for drugging and raping a thirteen year old girl.  He is put under house arrest.

ClimateGate!!  The global warming hoax is up.  The Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in Eastern Europe is hacked and emails are released to the public that revealed an effort to cover up cooling temperatures, efforts to shut down scientists who were debunking manmade global warming and revealing an effort to coach certain members of the media in how to report on climate change.  They deliberately changed, manipulated and deleted data.  This came out before the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen and world leaders, including Obama, completely ignore it.

Ted Kennedy dies.  Boo hoo…

Susan Boyle blows us all away with the voice of an angel and the face of a troll.  She has become a sensation and sold more records internationally then anyone else.  The video of her break out goes viral with several million hits.

Governor Mark Sanford went “hiking on the Appalachian Trail” and came back from Argentina with tales of his lurid affair with a woman.  All prospects for this conservative to have a run at the presidency vanish and his wife leaves him.  Calls for his impeachment fail, but that won’t take away his title as “Scum”.

Governor Sarah Palin quits her job as governor of Alaska.  She claims to be stepping down because of numerous lawsuits that are wasting time and money for the state.  Supporters like myself think she has made a stupid move that has killed her chances at the presidency, but her ability to raise funds has soared.  Not to mention sales of her memoir which has broken records this year.

Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize for doing…nothing.
Tiger Woods and his Mistresspalooza.  One of the most celebrated and inspiring athletes of all time proves to be a schmuck.  The list of women he has cheated with during his brief marriage grows and grows and came to light after his wife tried to attack him with a golf club.  For now, Woods has quit golf and his wife has moved out.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two entities behind the housing bubble crash are bailed out a few times and then given an unlimited line of credit…forever.

Debt ceiling raised to: $12.4 trillion

Jihadist attempts to blow up himself and a Detroit bound jet on Christmas Day.  He gets through security with a device hidden in his underwear.  He gets through also despite the fact he is on a watch list, has no baggage, pays cash and gets a one way ticket.  Not to mention he is Muslim and his father has reported his extremist ways to the US embassy.  American security has egg on its face and, thanks only to a bad detonator and a brave Dutchman, no blood on its hands.  The President waits three days to address the country about the attack and is weak.  Janet Napalitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, claims everything went well and then backtracks.  We are still waiting for her resignation.

And finally the people who died this year: Natasha Richardson, David Carradine, DJ AM, Walter Conkrite, Farrah Fawcett, Paul Harvey, Billy Mays, Les Paul, Karl Malden, Patrick Swayze, Ricardo Montalban, Ron Silver, Dom DeLuise, Director John Hughes, William Safire, Soupy Sales, Jack Kemp, Roy Disney, Bea Arthur, Dominick Dunne, Ed McMahon, Brittany Murphy and Michael Jackson.

Good riddance 2009!!!