Posts Tagged ‘Healthcare’

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Cartoon: Healthcare Turkey and Eagles

December 1, 2009

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Cartoon: Healthcare “It’s Alive!”

November 24, 2009

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Help Your President — Kill ObamaCare!

November 20, 2009

Help Your President — Kill ObamaCare!

By Larry Elder – IBD: 20 Nov. 2009

‘The political risks of failure are pretty high.”

A former congressional aide offered this ominous assessment following the House of Representatives’ passage of “health care reform.” Warning to the Senate: President Obama and his party face political catastrophe if you fail to do your part so that the president can sign a bill!

Nonsense.

The political risks of success are much, much higher. Taxes would go up — and not just on “the rich.” And since “the rich” provide jobs, they would hire fewer people, spend less on their businesses and take fewer risks.

Costs would explode far beyond government projections — which conveniently limit the estimated price tag to only the first decade.

Expect insurance companies to deny requests for medical treatment more frequently than today. Why? The bill would require insurers to take people with pre-existing illnesses, so denying requests for treatment would be the only potent weapon to reduce costs.

And since those with pre-existing illnesses could not be denied coverage, people would simply wait until they required care before getting insurance — only to drop it and risk paying fines once they were treated.

Government eventually will start “controlling costs” by rationing care — denying requests, imposing waiting times for treatment and withholding treatment from those with “bad” lifestyles (e.g., those who smoke cigarettes or those who fail to exercise and eat “appropriately”) and those considered too old to “sufficiently benefit.”

During the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt launched the New Deal — a blinding array of expansive and expensive government programs designed to “rescue” the economy. Obama, as did FDR, calls this expansion necessary to achieve economic recovery.

Government expansion — in this case, ObamaCare — and economic prosperity supposedly go hand in hand.

Henry Morgenthau served as FDR’s Treasury secretary. Thus Morgenthau, who served from 1934 to 1945, was to FDR what current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is to Obama.

Morgenthau wrote in 1939: “We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before, and it does not work. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises. … I say after eight years of this administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started … and an enormous debt to boot!”

Political Armageddon if ObamaCare fails? No. A recent Rasmussen poll shows more “likely voters” opposed than in favor. Preventing Obama from being Obama is job security for both the president and the congressional Democrats.

The then-Republican-controlled Congress stopped President Bill Clinton from passing HillaryCare. People soon forgot about his “failure” and re-elected him by a larger margin than he received for his first term. Republicans also blocked his first-term attempt to pass a multibillion-dollar “economic stimulus package.”

Because of Republican pressure or support, Clinton signed measures unpopular with his base — the Nafta and GATT trade agreements, a reduction in capital gains taxes (as part of a larger budget compromise) and 1996’s welfare reform act, which, for the first time, refused recipients more money if they had additional children and imposed benefit time limits. Many congressional Democrats opposed these measures.

Though he successfully blamed the Republicans for temporarily shutting down the government over a budget impasse, Clinton signed a budget more modest and less expensive than he wished.

For these reasons, among others, Clinton left office with a budget surplus that Democrats constantly brag about — never, of course, giving Republicans any credit for restraining Clinton’s desire to spend.

Besides, if ObamaCare fails in the Senate, watch Obama and the sycophantic media round up the “usual suspects”:

“Anti-women” pro-lifers who reject government money for abortions.

Anti-illegal-alien “racists” who wanted some teeth in the legislation to stop illegal aliens from receiving benefits.

“In-the-pockets-of-insurance-company”opponents of the noble “public option” (government-subsidized insurance designed to keep insurance companies “honest”).

“Evil and greedy” health insurance companies that “misled” the public about the wonders of ObamaCare.

“The rich” who selfishly resisted tax hikes.

And, of course, Republicans who “failed to offer an alternative.”

The media will praise the president for his “heroic” effort, for “going down swinging,” for getting the House — for the first time in history — to pass health care “reform,” for going further than any president since President Truman first proposed government-based universal health care.

After spending trillions to “save” our financial system, signing an $800 billion spending package to “stimulate” the economy and pushing government takeovers of financial firms, banks and car companies, the president stands — pen in hand — ready to enact a dangerous government takeover of one-sixth of the nation’s economy.

President Clinton survived — not in spite of, but, in part, because of his “failure” to “reform” health care.

Obama will survive — and benefit from — this “failure” as well. So, members of the Senate, do the president, yourselves and the country a favor: Stop him.

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Cartoon: Preventative Healthcare

November 20, 2009

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Cartoon: Veterans Day

November 13, 2009

Jeff Parker Cartoon

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Confessions of an ObamaCare Backer

November 13, 2009

Confessions of an ObamaCare Backer

A liberal explains the political calculus.
The typical argument for ObamaCare is that it will offer better medical care for everyone and cost less to do it, but occasionally a supporter lets the mask slip and reveals the real political motivation. So let’s give credit to John Cassidy, part of the left-wing stable at the New Yorker, who wrote last week on its Web site that “it’s important to be clear about what the reform amounts to.”
Mr. Cassidy is more honest than the politicians whose dishonesty he supports. “The U.S. government is making a costly and open-ended commitment,” he writes. “Let’s not pretend that it isn’t a big deal, or that it will be self-financing, or that it will work out exactly as planned. It won’t. What is really unfolding, I suspect, is the scenario that many conservatives feared. The Obama Administration . . . is creating a new entitlement program, which, once established, will be virtually impossible to rescind.”
Why are they doing it? Because, according to Mr. Cassidy, ObamaCare serves the twin goals of “making the United States a more equitable country” and furthering the Democrats’ “political calculus.” In other words, the purpose is to further redistribute income by putting health care further under government control, and in the process making the middle class more dependent on government. As the party of government, Democrats will benefit over the long run.
This explains why Nancy Pelosi is willing to risk the seats of so many Blue Dog Democrats by forcing such an unpopular bill through Congress on a narrow, partisan vote: You have to break a few eggs to make a permanent welfare state. As Mr. Cassidy concludes, “Putting on my amateur historian’s cap, I might even claim that some subterfuge is historically necessary to get great reforms enacted.”
No wonder many Americans are upset. They know they are being lied to about ObamaCare, and they know they are going to be stuck with the bill.
Printed in The Wall Street Journal, page A24 – 10 Nov. 2009
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Healthcare: Visits or Calls to Capitol Hill Needed Now

November 6, 2009

Visits or Calls to Capitol Hill Needed Now

Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 3, 2009

I just returned from Capitol Hill, where Nancy Pelosi, unfazed by big conservative victories in Tuesday’s election in Virginia and New Jersey, is still planning to ram through a floor vote in the full House by Friday on the massive, 1,990-page government health care takeover bill that was just unveiled a few days ago. It’s an abuse of power and an utter outrage. Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in the face of widespread public opposition, has said the Senate will have to delay its version until December or even next year.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), one of the most outspoken opponents of the bill, says Republican members were literally locked out of committee rooms where the bill was written. Recall that President Obama promised “transparency” and that any bill would be written in public. That did not happen.

Mrs. Bachmann is asking Americans to take some time on Thursday, Nov. 5, and do one of several things. She is organizing a noon rally at the U.S. Capitol building on the House side. Participants will then be encouraged to visit the offices of their congressman.

Any Americans within driving distance who can get there are encouraged to show up to support the effort to stop the bill. Those who can’t are asked to visit congressmen’s district offices back in their states. And those who cannot do that are encouraged to flood the Capitol switchboard with calls to their congressmen.

Please Take Action.

Please consider taking one of the following actions.

1) Pray that wisdom prevails and that Congress does the right thing.

2) If you can, please come to Washington, D.C. for Thursday’s rally at noon at the U.S. Capitol building on the House side.

3) Or visit your congressmen’s district office locally.

4) Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 225-3121 and ask for your congressman’s office. Click here to locate your representative. Be polite but firm and tell them simply that you do not want this health care takeover passed, period.

More Background

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said Wednesday that it is now clear the health care bill “is not about health care, but about changing the fundamental relationship between Americans and their government.” In short, it will mean serfdom, as Americans will be made entirely dependent on federal bureaucrats for allocation of health care. Yes, this means “death panels” and the rest of it. Senior citizens will take the brunt of the “savings” that will be mandated, including $500 billion in designated cuts in Medicare. A study by Price Waterhouse Cooper estimates that the average family will have to pay $4,000 more for insurance by 2019, and individuals another $1,500.

Also in the bill:

Government insurance. The “public option” is still in. This provision would create a government insurance plan that would quickly drive private insurers out of business and ensure a “single-payer” system that is, in effect, socialized medicine.

Abortions. American taxpayers will be forced to pay for them. Pelosi and her fellow liberals have defeated 30 efforts in both Houses of Congress to prohibit such funding. The bill has language barring school-based clinics from actually committing abortions, but does nothing to keep the clinics from referring or facilitating abortions.

Domestic partners. Insurance tax benefits are expanded to unmarried couples, which means taxpayers will be subsidizing homosexual relationships.

Tax increases. Americans for Tax Reform has found 13 tax increases or new taxes in the $1.2 trillion bill, including the “medicine cabinet” tax that would prevent people from paying for non-prescription drugs through tax-deferred health savings accounts.

Your prayers, visits, calls or emails will make a difference!

Again, call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 225- 3121 and ask for your congressman’s office. Click here to locate your representative. Be polite but firm and tell them simply that you do not want this health care takeover passed, period.

Remember, you are not alone. Many other national groups are encouraging their constituents to take these actions, too. If enough Americans respond, we will stop this ghastly power grab in its tracks before it even gets to the Senate.

 

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