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Obamacare May Target Gun Owners

by Jillian Bandes at Townhall.com

Who might be the next victim of Obamacare? Gun owners.

Government health care reform “will most likely dump your gun-related health data into a government database…that can preclude you from owning firearms,” said Gun Owners of America, in an email notification to their members, shortly before the health care debate on Saturday. GOA said that diagnoses such as post-traumatic stress disorders or other mental illnesses could be a reason the government uses to charge you more for health insurance under the public plan, or as part of co-op regulations.

Larry Pratt, executive director of GOA, said the chances of Uncle Sam using his power to regulate health care based on gun ownership was even better because Kathleen Sebelius is the head of the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that would be in charge of specific health care regulations and their enforcement. Sebelius has a long anti-gun history, responsible for vetoes of concealed carry bills in Kansas.

“Gun owners are likely to be in there with fat people,” said Pratt.

It wouldn’t be the first time gun ownership has been tied to health regulation. GOA claims that over 150,000 vets with post-traumatic stress disorder are currently on a list that prohibits gun purchases. But Obamacare would expand government health care to millions of additional Americans.

Calls to Sebelius’ office were not returned, though a member of her press office laughed out loud when questioned about the prospect of health care being tied to gun ownership, saying, “that’s crazy.”

But Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute, said such regulations were quite possible. The problem stems from government’s overriding cost-benefit assessments and their take on health issues.

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November 25, 2009 Posted by | Gun control, Health Care | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Wheels Coming Off the Obama Agenda

by Donald Lambro at Townhall.com

WASHINGTON — The gutsy admonition that “failure is not an option” has turned into the “failed public option” in President Obama’s trouble-plagued, government-run health care plan.

The idea of the federal government operating another health-insurance business to compete with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and hundreds of other private plans has crashed and burned — the victim of a massive grassroots protest movement and deepening fears and divisions among Democratic lawmakers.

The White House gave Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the go-ahead Sunday to suggest that the administration was not necessarily wedded to a government health-insurance plan for millions of uninsured Americans. But in a bit of good-cop/bad-cop playacting, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs insisted Monday that the president was still behind a government plan and that the news media had misinterpreted her remarks. Other West Wing officials said his positions had not changed, though they left him some wiggle room.

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August 20, 2009 Posted by | Obama | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We’re winning folks! Keep up the fight!

UPDATE–White House says Sebelius misspoke.  Public option not off the table!!

Last month we saw a precipitous decline in the President’s poll numbers as he tirelessly pushed to sell his health care plan.  That was the first sign of his vulnerability on the issue.  Until then, with the Democrats in the majority in both houses of Congress, Obama had seemed almost politically invincible.  But now we see the once mighty falling.

When Senator Jim Demint (R-SC) commented this could be Obama’s Waterloo, the President and liberals wailed.  But whining that Republicans were out to get him didn’t do much good.  When polls began to show public support for his plan began to waver, he swung into full campaign mode to turn the tide.  It seems he’s lost his appeal to the American populace, because it didn’t work.  When conservatives exercised their 1st Amendment rights at town hall meetings across the country, Obama through his lackeys attacked them as un-American and encouraged liberal acolytes to collect names and turn them into the White House.  These tactics backfired too.

Yesterday, the President’s approval rating among likely voters Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll fell to its lowest point of his term, 47%.  The 52% who disapprove of his job performance include 41% who strongly disapprove, the highest since Obama took office.

Yesterday, we had the strongest signal yet that our efforts are beginning to bear fruit.  Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius indicated the administration may be willing to drop the public option–the controversial government-run health insurance plan.  Democratic Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) also said the votes aren’t there for a public option and it should be taken off the table.  This is huge since Obama has publicly stated that no reform without such a plan will receive his support.  We now have the administration retreating from one of their most heavily defended positions in this battle!

But now is not the time for us to let down our guard.  Remember, even if the Senate passes a bill without a public option, the Senate and House bills must be merged.  It’s at this stage we’ll have to be on guard for a flanking maneuver by Democrats.  We must continue to press and press hard against every controversial part of this bill.

It may also be time to attack from a different angle.  Now that we have the momentum, it might be time to start forcing our demands into the debate.  We might begin to demand things like allowing insurance companies to sell policies across state lines, tort, reform, equal tax treatment for individuals who purchase their own insurance, and more.

Whatever we do, let’s keep fighting the good fight.  It’s working!

August 17, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , , | 1 Comment