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What Americans Don’t Understand about Obamacare

by Brad O’Leary at American Thinker

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama tried to offer a mea culpa of sorts for the unraveling of his health care bill. Calling health care “a complex issue,” the president said, “I take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the American people.”

Mr. President, you are correct. We Americans don’t understand.

However, our lack of understanding is not because we’re incapable of deciphering complex issues. Rather, we don’t understand how Obamacare itself is supposed to make our health care system any better.

Here is a short list* of what we specifically don’t understand:

  • How will our health care system improve by giving a $300-million payoff to Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu in Louisiana in exchange for her vote?
  • What is positive about exempting Nebraska from having to pay future Medicare costs but making other states foot the bill?
  • Why are labor unions singled out from all other Americans and given an eight-year pass on paying taxes, while non-union workers have to pick up the tab?
  • Why should taxpayers be forced to pay for elective abortions?
  • How does putting the federal government between Americans and their doctors improve anyone’s health?
  • How does a closed-door legislative process help us understand the complexities of Obamacare?

*click here for more details

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February 20, 2010 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , | 1 Comment

Tea Party Power to Solve the Debt Problem

by Larry Kudlow at Townhall.com

The New York Times ran a front-page story this week called “Party Gridlock in Washington Feeds New Fear of a Debt Crisis.” As usual, they got it wrong. Instead, the headline should have read, “After Scott Brown’s Astonishing Senate Win in Massachusetts, New Political Gridlock in Washington Could Spell the End of the Liberal Crack-Up We Have Witnessed over the Past Year.”

In fact, gridlock in Washington is good, since it will stop the assault of big government until the end of the year when Congress could be overturned by independents, tea partiers, Republicans, and probably some Democrats as well. Just take a look at the high spirits at the CPAC convention, where tea partiers are reinvigorating conservatives and Republicans.

So let’s take this momentum forward by using it to drain any remaining power from the extravagant spending-and-borrowing assault in Democratic Washington. And let’s especially use this tea-party power to stop Democratic plans for another round of broad-based tax increases.

Take, for example, Obama’s new deficit commission. It’s a bad idea. This commission is a fig leaf to cover up President Obama’s out-of-control budget. It’s a Trojan horse for tax hikes, especially a VAT that would engulf the middle class with up to a 15 percent tax rate on the sale of goods and services. Obama is getting ready to move his lips on the pledge not to raise middle-class taxes. Congressional Republicans must not let him do this.

Here’s the real problem: The Obama budget would take federal spending as a fraction of the economy to 25 percent, roughly a $1 trillion additional spending increase in the out-years. Publicly held federal debt would climb about $18.5 trillion by 2020, more than double what Mr. Obama inherited, rising to almost 80 percent of the economy.

Rather than tax hikes, I say stop the spending. Outside of defense and entitlements, why not roll back the discretionary budget to 2008?

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February 20, 2010 Posted by | Economy | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment