Two days after the Blair House summit and still no official CBO cost estimate [Article - CBO: Obama's Health Care Plan Too Sketchy to Score; UPDATE: Obama Punts on Public Option: "That's Up To Leader Reid"].
To be sure, the estimate will reveal the bloated cost of the 2700-page ObamaCare bill [Article - Obama Admits CBO Cost Estimates of ObamaCare Are Incomplete].
We should reform our health care system, but at what cost? At the cost of another one trillion dollars added to the burgeoning national debt? If ObamaCare passes, Americans will be paying for something that will not officially start until 2014 and will do nothing to reduce our budget deficit.
With all of the spending that Obama and tax-and-spend politicians have already added to our debt, how can we sustain the cost of ObamaCare? How much money will honest, hard-working Americans have in their pockets after paying for all of the spending Obama has racked up? One way or another, we will be paying for it in the form of higher taxes.
After the GOP clearly built a stronger case against ObamaCare at the health care summit (when state-run media calls it a “draw”, you know the Republicans got the upper hand), they need to form their own health care summit and create another one of their own comprehensive health care bill (previous bills were thrown out by congressional Democrats) [Article - ObamaCare' alienates most Americans].
In a brazen act of defiance against over 50 percent of the American people, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her fellow leftist statists in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the monstrosity known as H.R. 3962 – Affordable Health Care for America Act [Article - House passes health care reform bill; Vote garners only one Republican].
The snag in the works was getting so-called “moderate” “Blue Dog” Democrats to vote for the “deficit neutral” bill. How did Pelosi get so-called “Blue Dog” Democrats to vote for passage of the bill? There was certainly some arm-twisting that was done by leftist Democrats and President Obama himself; however, by simply inserting a stipulation known as the “Stupak Amendment“, which limits, but does not eliminate coverage and funding for abortions, that’s all it took for so-called “moderate” Democrats to submit an “up” vote.
Never mind the insertion of items that don’t have anything to do with health care reform and that raise taxes on people whom President Obama promised would not be taxed. Never mind that over 50 percent of Americans do not want a public “option” or in other words, government-run health care [Rasmussen Report - Health Care Reform].
Self-serving, hyper-ambitious politicians on all levels of government do not care about the will of the American people. They do not genuinely care about the health and well-being of the American people. They have proven time and again that they are nothing but a group of haughty, arrogant, elitist power and money grabbers with an aristocratic sense of predestinate entitlement.
The next election cycle is only a year away. A lot can happen in a year and those who want to retain their positions of power will do their best (or worst) to pull the wool over their constituents’ eyes in an effort to get re-elected. They know that the memories of the people they claim to represent are short. They are banking on that knowledge because it is a successful time-tested strategy.
So-called health care reform is only one link in a longer chain of enslavement that leftist bosses are forging for America. They are only a couple of links away from completing that chain. After the chain is complete, it will be almost impossible to break it.
What will you do? Will you vote for or against the chain? The 2010 elections should give us an indication.
Despite a GOP boycott, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairwoman of the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee and other Democrats on the committee approved a climate change bill that would require cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent over the next decade from 2005 levels [Article - Senate Panel Approves Climate Change Bill Despite GOP Boycott].
In typical overreaching fashion, leftist politicians are attempting to force unpopular economy-killing legislation through. However, there is a silver lining: The bill has passed committee, but it now goes to the Senate floor, where it is expected to die an ignominious death.
This goes along with a previously submitted ACW post, touching on how leftist politicians tirelessly and tenaciously try to further their destructive interests [Reference - German Chancellor Merkel And The Climate Change “Wall”].
To be sure, the battle to force through legislation based on junk science will continue. Without unwavering, steadfast opposition to leftist environmental lunacy, it is a guarantee that climate change legislation will be passed and the suffering of the American people will last for decades.
Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the pulling down of the wall separating East and West Berlin in Germany. For the first time, a German head of state spoke before U.S. Congress. German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed members of U.S. Congress and one of the subjects Merkel spoke about was the need for a global deal on climate change [Article - Merkel meets with Obama, then talks to Congress]. Perhaps a symbolic appeal by Merkel to tear down the climate change “wall” [Article - The European Experience with Cap and Trade]?
With support for cap and trade legislation on the decline, President Obama vows that the United States will play a prominent role in decreasing global greenhouse gas emissions. Obama’s answer to the climate change question is cap and trade legislation.
The Waxman-Markey bill or rather, Taxman-Malarkey bill (H.R. 2998 – American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009) is currently in limbo, since health care reform legislation has taken center stage. Beltway politicians have certainly been working behind the scenes on slipping cap and trade legislation through, with very little public scrutiny…so they hope.
If the United States agrees to comply with some sort of global climate change contract in Copenhagen, Denmark, this will surely embolden leftist environut anti-capitalists in America to get climate change-related cap and trade legislation enacted.
If such a bill goes through, it will destroy the American economy, no ands, ifs or buts about it. We think unemployment is bad now, wait and see how high it will be if cap and trade becomes law. In addition, we and future generations of Americans will pay dearly for the taxes, fees and other costs climate change legislation will incur [Article - Leading Climate Scientist: Cap and Trade Could Ruin US Economy | Reference - Treasury Department – Climate Change Bill Could Cost American Families $1,761 A Year]. Read More…
Here is a copy of all 1990 pages of H.R. 3962 – Affordable Health Care for America Act for your reading pleasure, providing you want to read the whole thing, which I’m sure would be more than most members of the U.S. House of Representatives have done:
What I gather from all of the talk about the legislation, it is basically the H.R. 3200 – America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 on steroids, including more convoluted and vague legal speak in an effort to mask the establishment of a government-run health care system.
Again, cost estimates on the legislation are incomplete and contrary to what House Speaker Pelosi thinks, each present (and future) American citizen could be facing a bill that is worth over 1 trillion dollars (that’s $1,000,000,000,000.00), instead of the less than 900 billion dollars Speaker Pelosi would like us to believe the cost to be. This will hardly give a majority of Americans the “choice” on whether or not to pay for something they don’t want in the first place [Article - CBO: House Bill Costs $1.055 Trillion].
With conservative and moderate Republicans and Democrats being opposed to a public “option” being included in any health care (insurance) reform legislation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has threatened to use reconciliation or the “nuclear” option to ram health care (insurance) reform legislation down America’s collective throat [Article - Reid Threatens 'Nuclear Option' to Pass Health Care Reform as Panel Starts Work].
What’s more, a draft of the U.S. Senate’s health care (insurance) reform legislation will not be available for the public to read and research. So much for transparency [Press Release - 1. Bunning Introduces Transparency Resolution | 2. Bunning: Democrats Are Intent On Keeping Americans In The Dark].
There has been talk of passage of a watered-down bill that would leave the way open for any public “option” amendments or other amendments that would receive stiff opposition if they were inserted in committee [Article - 1. Boehner Decries “Phantom Amendments” Added to Senate Health Care Bill After Committee Vote | 2. The Vapor Bill – Congress’ Secret Plan to Pass Obamacare - Update | 3. New plan might allow Dems to slip public option through Senate].
Go ahead all of you power-hungry, self-serving, leftist politicians—force through legislation that the American people don’t want [Article - Reconciliation 101: A "Nuclear" Abuse of Power]. I’m sure most if not all of you know that you are going to be committing political suicide. You claim to care about the wants and needs of the American people. If you continue to defy the will of the people, with elections coming up, the people will show just how much they care about you.
Max Baucus (D-MT) is enraged at Medicare Advantage provider Humana for exposing language in America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009 that outlines cuts to the Medicare Advantage program. The cuts would affect health care for a large number of American senior citizens [Article - Baucus Bludgeons Humana]. Senator Baucus complained to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the CMS issued a gag order to Humana. This has also prompted an investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services of Humana for unethical activities [Article - HHS investigates Humana Medicare mailer warning seniors on health overhaul].
This is a blatant attempt to suppress dissenting views and is an egregious abuse of power by Senator Baucus. There are going to be cuts to Medicare Advantage, but Senator Baucus doesn’t want seniors to know about it. Instead of waiting until health care reform legislation is signed into law, after which it would be too late to object to the contents of such legislation, Humana felt obligated to inform its customers on what potentially would arise, if the provisions in Senator Baucus’ bill were to be implemented. In other words, Humana was providing a beneficial service to its customers. What Senator Baucus is doing is disingenuous and presents a great disservice to American seniors. If the good senator is worried about his precious bill being scrutinized and altered beyond recognition, he need not worry because it will be for naught. There are already over 500 amendments on the ready to be inserted into Senator Baucus’ bill.
The CMS-issued gag order is now being called into question and rightly so [Press Release - 1. Camp Demands Answers from CMS on Its ‘Gag Order’ on Those Providing Accurate Information About President’s Planned Medicare Cuts |2. McConnell: End Federal Gag Order on Medicare Cuts].
So far no word from President Obama on whether he will order HHS to cease and desist with their investigation. In view of the other cease and desist orders Obama has given and then taken back, the investigation might as well proceed as scheduled.
As they stand, here are the health care plans that either made it to the U.S. House or U.S. Senate floor or are undergoing alterations in committee:
Quite a few people have read and researched the legislation. They have provided their analyses and have provided information from their analyses in Internet-friendly form. Take your pick from the plethora of links provided below: Read More…
Yet again more from the so-called party of “No” and the party with no fresh ideas. Another conservative health care reform bill, submitted to the U.S. House floor back in July, that was referred to committee, but has since then made it to the committee scrap heap along with H.R. 3218 – Improving Health Care for All Americans Act:
Conveniently, House leftists and the MIA (Media In Absentia) didn’t give another conservative bill (268 pages total) one ounce of consideration or air time [Bill Tracking - H.R. 3400: Empowering Patients First Act]. More of the same old worn-out conservative/Republican ideas? Oh that’s right, no public or government “option” in its contents. A bill that actually empowers the people, giving a patient the freedom of choice and taking personal responsibility for his or her own health care. Also contained in the legislation are provisions for tort reform, coverage for every American citizen, no coverage for illegal aliens, less of a tax burden to the American taxpayer and more cost control regulations governing the health insurance industry [Press Release - Putting Patients First!].
Compared to the monstrosity known as the over 1,100-page government-run health care bill (H.R. 3200 – America’s Affordable Health Choices Act), which includes the creation of at least 54 government agencies, government-educated, trained and paid physicians; tax increases to pay for such expansion, including all of the procedures to be covered and paid for, no tort reform (besides, you can’t sue the government), coverage for illegals, vaguely-defined government “exchanges”, equally vague descriptions of the various boards and panels a patient must refer and/or report to, mandates on patients for government-approved health care coverage, mandatory employer coverage, encouraging “competition” among the various health insurance companies, which is really no competition at all when they won’t be able to compete with government coverage, penalties for non-compliance or “opting out” of the public “option” and since government-run health care as it is described in H.R. 3200 will increase in cost over a short period of time, health care rationing will occur, I don’t know why leftists in the U.S. House of Representatives would want to make legislation any simpler.
More from the so-called party of “No” and the party with no fresh ideas. A conservative health care reform bill, submitted to the U.S. House floor back in July, that was referred to committee, but has since then made it to the committee scrap heap:
Well now, I wonder why House leftists and the MIA (Media In Absentia) didn’t give this conservative bill (all 24 pages) any consideration or air time. I know, it contains the same old worn-out conservative/Republican ideas and it was completely overshadowed by the over 1,100-page government-run health care bill (H.R. 3200 – America’s Affordable Health Choices Act) that made it to the House floor [Press Release - Bill expands access to health insurance with tax credits, aid to states | Article - 1. The Republican Health Care Reform Plan: HR 3218 (Part 1) | 2. The Republican Health Care Reform Plan: HR 3218 (Part 2) | Bill Tracking - H.R. 3218: Improving Health Care for All Americans Act].
For your reading pleasure:
You have to give Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) credit. He tried his hand at compromise by crafting a health care reform bill and was met with opposition, not only from Republicans, but from fellow Democrats as well [Article - Baucus Unveils $856 Billion Health Care Plan, Predicts 'Broad' Support]. Now he should somewhat know how John McCain feels.
Here’s what will have to be in or associated with a health care reform bill for it to be accepted by the majority of the people of the United States of America:
- No government or public option. Health care co-ops are still a scaled-down version of government or public option-style health care.
- Pretax and non-taxable medical savings accounts.
- A crackdown on medical over-billing practices.
- Tort reform.
- Better controls against fraud and waste.
- Non-discriminatory insurance coverage.
- No strings attached incentives for those who want to attend medical school and become health care practitioners or providers.
- No tax increases.
If there ever comes to be a bill that exists with the bullet-pointed provisions, the American people will support it. Otherwise, it’s back to the drawing board, Senator Baucus.
Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) obviously had enough of Obama’s finger-pointing and accusations when he basically called President Obama a liar. Congressman Wilson’s exclamation prompted looks of disgust from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden, as well as shouts of “Shame!” from several Democrat members in attendance. To be sure, Wilson will be receiving an abundance of calls and E-mails from infuriated American citizens who support President Obama and/or his agenda. Wilson later apologized for his outburst, but the focus of Wilson’s anger was on what the President was saying all throughout yesterday’s speech to U.S. Congress [Article - Barack Obama health care speech: Republican calls president a liar].
The facts speak for themselves and analyses of H.R. 3200 have been done over the past couple of months. ACW has even posted an analysis of H.R. 3200, referencing page numbers, articles, sections, subsections, etc. [ACW Post - Analysis of H.R. 3200 – America’s Affordable Health Choices Act Of 2009]. Leftist politicians and proponents of government-run health care have played their word games during the health care reform debate by saying that what opponents of government-run health care or the “public option” (now health care co-ops?) have been saying what is in the bill is not in the bill. They have even called their opponents liars. President Obama has been one of those who has called government-run health care opponents liars.
After reading the following linked information, you can judge for yourselves whether Barack Obama is being completely honest with the American people or not: Read More…
From Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals (Copyright 1972), Rule #13 (p. 130):
“-Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
In their desperate attempts to further Marxism in the United States, President “ChicagObama” and other leftists are on their way to reaching critical mass; therefore, they are stepping up attacks on American citizens, using every component of their propaganda machine:
Those who are exercising their First Amendment rights by opposing a government takeover of the U.S. health care system and a huge government tax hike in the form of “climate change” legislation are only taking these words to heart (some of what may be said below is not to be taken literally, but figuratively): Read More…
It seems that the $1.0 billion that was allocated for S. 1135 – Drive America Forward Act of 2009, a bill which President Obama signed into law, was not enough for the program and now the U.S. Congress is in a mad dash to triple the funds for the program, amidst protestations from several members of Congress [Article - 1. Auto ‘Clunkers’ Offer in Doubt After Going Through $1 Billion | 2. Congress moves to extend autos 'clunkers' plan | 3. New Cash Steered to Clunkers]. Who thinks it’s a very good idea to entrust our health care needs to a bunch of incompetent, opportunistic, power-hungry and self-serving politicians who can’t even get a program like “cash for clunkers” right? Of course, leftist politicians are overjoyed about the success of the program. Why wouldn’t they be? American citizens are helping them further their environmental agenda.
Remember folks, this is taxpayer money that Congress is playing with. Not everybody will qualify for the program and in my estimation, it is giving undeserved credibility to the growing leftist environmental movement in the United States. Trading less fuel efficient autos for more fuel efficient ones might appear to be a noble thing to do, but it will do nothing to eliminate greenhouse gases, nor will it have any effect on the planet’s climate. It will indeed decrease our dependence on foreign oil; however, if we were able to drill for our own oil, we wouldn’t be worrying about insane pieces of legislation like the “cash for clunkers” and “climate change” bills.
Watch and listen very carefully to the Today Show interview of President Obama.
Here is a snippet of what was discussed:
OBAMA: And so, what we’ve got to do, is to bend the cost curve over the long term. And we’ve put forward a whole series of proposals to do that, and the Congressional Budget Office and every health care expert have looked at many of our proposals, and they’ve said, “You know, this has a good chance of working.” Not all of them have been adopted by Congress yet –
VIERA: But — not to beat a dead horse here, but again, the Congressional Budget Office is looking at those bills that are out there, and they’re saying they do not contain costs. Any one of those bills, would you sign them, based on what you see?
OBAMA: Right now, they’re not where they need to be. But I promise you, I just met with the Congressional Budget Office today, so I know exactly what they’re saying. And what they’re saying is, is that the cost savings that are in those bills right now, some of them may actually work, but they’re not enough to offset the additional costs of bringing in 46 million new people to provide.
Yes, President Obama met with the CBO. Specifically, he met with CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf [Article - Republicans Assail President Obama Meeting with Congressional Budget Office Director As Inappropriate]. What business does Obama have speaking to a person who exclusively works with U.S. Congress [Reference - 1. CBO Fact Sheet | 2. CBO's Role in the Budget Process | 3. Congressional Budget Office | Article - The 411 on the Congressional Budget Office]? This seems to be in violation of the U.S. government model of “trias politica” or “separation of powers”. The White House has its own budget office. Why speak to the CBO? It’s the Congressional Budget Office, not the Presidential Budget Office. Who is the director of the CBO supposed to report to and meet with? Members of U.S. Congress, not the President of the United States.
I’m just guessing, but I believe the reason why Obama decided to meet with Mr. Elmendorf was because of the CBO’s analysis of the health care reform bills [Article - Lawmakers Warned About Health Costs].
Think about it. Put yourself in Obama’s shoes: A major promise of your presidential campaign and subsequent presidency was dealing with health care reform and getting significant health care reform legislation signed into law. The budget office of the U.S. Congress has said that the cost of health care reform legislation is not sustainable, as it stands. This makes it look like you welshed on your promise and what’s more, it makes you look like an incompetent boob. What to do? Put a severed horse head under the covers in each CBO member’s bed (paging Rahm Emanuel)? Not just yet. How about asking the head of the CBO to attend an impromptu meeting with you? Perhaps you could “persuade” him to come to his senses and lay off all of that unsustainable nonsense. Maybe you could “recommend” that he and his underlings should fudge the numbers a bit, so that health care reform doesn’t look so bad economically. You might even offer perks to Mr. Elmendorf: “Hey Dougie boy, you want some Wagyu steaks? How about a lifetime supply of champaign and caviar? Do you have kids still in school, Doug? How about I arrange it so that your kids’ education is paid for? Would you like that, Doug? What can I do to help you help me soften the blow and ease your troubled conscience? What can I do to sweeten the pot? I know I’m not really supposed to talk to you, but you know this isn’t an “official” meeting, right? I mean, this is just a friendly conversation between two professional guys. How can I convince you that health care reform won’t cost the American people a thing and will not further add to an increasing deficit?”
President Obama, as a member of the executive branch of government, you are not supposed to be permitted to meet with a person who is to only answer to the legislative branch of government. The CBO is supposed to be non-partisan. Did you intend to influence the CBO? Did you intend to “poison the well”, so to speak? What exactly was the purpose of your meeting with Mr. Elmendorf’s? Friendly conversation? When you interviewed with Meredith Vieira of the Today Show, were you putting words in the mouth of Mr. Elmendorf? Were you really speaking for the CBO? Why should we believe what you have to say, since it is obvious that you have been breaking campaign promises and lying to the American people from the get-go?