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Looking forward to Obamacare –> Rationing

Heres a great video that illustrates what’s in store if Obama and his Democratic cronies get their way on Obamacare!

The producers of the video, the Sam Adams Alliance, have also put together a website for the Health Administration Bureau to be created when Obama and his Socialist accomplices bankrupt the private insurance industry, leaving you no alternative but to patronize the government’s version of medical services.

You can register with the Bureau and let Congress know this is NOT the change you want!

July 20, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , | 2 Comments

Dems’ Health Plan Will Increase Costs for Families, Small Businesses

Mon Jul 20, 2009
By House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Middle-class families are struggling every day with rising costs of housing, food, transportation, and taxes.  But for many, rising costs of health care are the most devastating of all.  That’s why Americans’ top priority during the ongoing health care debate is a plan that will reduce costs.  Unfortunately, the government takeover of health care offered by the Washington Democrats will not reduce costs; instead, it will dramatically increase costs – for your family, America’s small businesses, and all taxpayers.

Last week, Douglas Elmendorf, the director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) sent shockwaves through Washington when he told Congress that the Democrats’ plans would make health care more costly.  Throughout this debate, President Obama has spoken of the need to “bend the cost curve” or drive health care costs down.  During a congressional hearing, however, Mr. Elmendorf testified that the Democrats’ plans would have the opposite effect, saying that under their proposals, “The curve is being raised” and costs would “significantly expand.”  That’s because the Democrats’ plan adds a new layer of taxes, mandates, and bureaucracy on top of the current system.  If that’s not bad enough, the Democrats’ plan cuts Medicare and takes away choices for millions of seniors.  What does all of this mean?  Higher costs for the medicine and treatments you need.

Not only will the Democrats’ government-run health care plan raise your costs, but it also will raise costs for our nation’s employers – particularly small businesses.  At the heart of their proposal is a small business tax that, for tens of millions, means diminished job securityThe National Federation of Independent Businesses warns that the small business tax and mandates in the Democrats’ plan will destroy 1.6 million jobs – one million of them in small businesses alone.  And according to methodology developed by Dr. Christina Romer, the chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, the government takeover would cost Americans 4.7 million jobs over the next 10 years.  With our economy at its weakest since the Great Depression and unemployment soaring far beyond the levels promised by the Administration, why would Congress promote policies that make jobs even more scarce?

In addition to warning that the Democrats’ plan will raise health care costs, the Congressional Budget Office also has projected that the House Democrats’ proposal would increase the deficit by another $239 billion over the next 10 years.  And even though the President continues to claim that those who like their current health care plans can keep them under the Democrats’ proposal, independent analysts disagree.  One analysis shows that 114 million Americans may be forced off their current coverage and onto a government-run plan as a result of the House Democrats’ legislation.  That means more costs to the taxpayers.  The bottom line: while Democratic leaders continue to claim that health care legislation must be “paid for,” the House Democrats’ bill is not.  Instead, it will force us to borrow more from China and countries in the Middle East and stick our children and grandchildren with the tab.

Faced with the Democratic bill’s extraordinary costs to families, small businesses, and taxpayers, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) suggested last week that Democrats should go “back to the drawing board.”  I agree, and that’s why House Republicans have offered real reforms that would lower health care costs.   Our plan roots out waste, fraud, and abuse in the system and reforms medical liability rules that cost families millions each year – millions that line the pockets of trial lawyers at the expense of patients and doctors.  It lets small businesses band together through associations and purchase health insurance for workers at a lower cost, just like large corporations and unions do.  It offers incentives to help Americans who do not have access to quality health care get the coverage they can afford, while giving states tools to design programs that make health care coverage more affordable.  And it reforms regulations so insurance companies compete for your business and you can shop around for the best coverage and price.

Health care reform is too important to rush through a flawed proposal that will raise costs – the opposite of what the American people want.  After the Obama Administration insisted that Congress rush to enact a “stimulus” bill that – by any objective account – has not created the jobs that were promised, Washington cannot afford to make that same mistake on health care.  Nonetheless, it appears Democratic leaders will stubbornly try to ram through this bill before Congress leaves for the August break with little debate or discussion, even as many rank-and-file Democrats express serious concerns about what a costly government-run plan would mean for families and small businesses.  It’s time for Democrats to scrap their government takeover of health care and work with Republicans on a plan that gives more Americans access to affordable coverage.

Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) is the House Minority Leader and a leading voice in the Republican party. He is currently serving his 10th term representing the 8th Congressional District of Ohio.

July 20, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Go for the kill!

Original post by William Kristol at The Weekly Standard

With Obamacare on the ropes, there will be a temptation for opponents to let up on their criticism, and to try to appear constructive, or at least responsible. There will be a tendency to want to let the Democrats’ plans sink of their own weight, to emphasize that the critics have been pushing sound reform ideas all along and suggest it’s not too late for a bipartisan compromise over the next couple of weeks or months.

My advice, for what it’s worth: Resist the temptation. This is no time to pull punches. Go for the kill.

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July 20, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , | Leave a comment

What about transparency Mr. President?

Sometimes I think the President and his cohorts must think the words transparent and opaque are synonyms.  It’s so often they practice the latter and claim the former they must be truly confused.  Another case in point leapt out at me today as I perused the headlines.

We (conservatives) are making progress in our campaign to keep the government’s hands off our health care.  Reuters is reporting public support for Obama’s plan for a government-run system is eroding.  In April, 57% of adults polled supported the President’s reform plan. Today, less than half–49%–believe another government bureaucracy is needed to make our health care system more efficient and less costly.  The number of Americans who disapprove of such a mess has risen from 29% to 44% since April.

For those of us who don’t want to see the health care system run by the same crowd who runs Social Security, Medicare, the Post Office, and the TSA’s airport security, this is great news.  Support is slipping for Obama’s plan to seize control of another 1/6 of the American economy!

What’s the White House response to the faltering support?  I’ll give you a hint.  It’s the opposite of transparency!

An AP story released today with the too benign headline “White House Putting Off Release of Budget Update.”  Buried inside one discovers this report is typically released around the middle of July.  But Obama has decided to delay it’s release until the middle of next month.  Why?

Let’s see, that will be after his deadline for Congress to pass his Socialized Medicine plan.  After Congress leaves for its August recess.

The release of the update — usually scheduled for mid-July — has been put off until the middle of next month, giving rise to speculation the White House is delaying the bad news at least until Congress leaves town on its August 7 summer recess.

Unemployment is rising faster than the President predicted, the deficit is rising faster than he said it would, and the economy wasn’t stimulated by his so-called “stimulus” package.  You can bet if this budget report contained good news, the White House would release it as quickly as possible to counter so much bad news.  But instead, it’s being pushed back while Obama continues his propaganda campaign to create another monstrous bureaucracy to distribute health care in America.  Why?

Because it’s bad news and it won’t complement his propaganda on health care reform!  He’s hiding it because he knows it will impede his campaign to have the government decide which sick Americans get to go to the doctor, which surgery will benefit a patient enough to justify its cost, which patients are too old to receive life-saving treatments because some bureaucrat determines the cost-benefit ratio just isn’t there to perform costly treatments on someone who’s old enough they could die anyday from natural causes.

Obama’s idea of transparency is a blacked-out window.  Write and call the White House and tell them we want to see the damned report NOW!

Feel free to copy and paste the text of my written submission to the White House or create your own:

I just read that your administration is delaying release of a budget report that is sure to include worse than your projected figures on the deficit and the state of the economy. I recognize this as a delaying tactic in your propaganda campaign to socialize the health care system of this country.

Your strategy in this case is precisely opposite of transparent. In fact it’s downright deceptive.

Release the report on time and be honest with the American people!

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July 20, 2009 Posted by | Health Care, Obama | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment