Archive for February, 2011

  • New Republican Majority Event: You’re Invited!

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    Representative Pete Sessions, Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, asked me to forward this invitation to my readers.

    The New Republican Majority is holding a very special event on Wednesday, March 30 at the Historic National Building Museum in Washington, DC. The March Dinner will begin at 6pm.

    The Honorable Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, will be our keynote speaker.I encourage you to attend! For information and reservations, please call Speaker John Boehner‘s office at 1-877-218-7381. Space is very limited. Hope to see you there!

  • 10 Reasons to Repeal Obamacare

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    I have been writing here for quite a while about why Obamacare must be repealed. My vantage point as a Registered Nurse and a successful business-owner in the health care space have provided me with ample evidence that this law is tearing apart our healthcare system from the inside out.

    While my profession may give me a unique perspective on Obamacare, none of us are mere bystanders. We are all affected by this monstrosity. As parents. As children. As employers and employees. As friends. And as patients.

    I have put together my top ten reasons Obamacare must be repealed. I’m leaving issues around the Constitutionality of the individual mandate to the lawyers, whom I wish well in their effort to strike this monstrosity down. I welcome you to add additional reasons in the comments. Congress must hear all of your voices to give them the support they need to do the right thing.

    Without further adieu, here are my top ten reasons Obamacare must be repealed:

    1. The 1099 Rule Targets Small Businesses. Like hundreds of thousands of other Americans, I am a successful small business owner. Obamacare requires us to file a 1099 tax form for any business purchase over $600. This significant paperwork burden falls on small businesses just as many are struggling to survive the Great Recession. All so we can help “fund Obamacare.”
    2. Skyrocketing Premiums. The insurance premiums I pay to cover my employees are increasing at well over 80%. Like the 1099 Rule, this is another way Obamacare targets small businesses. These exploding premiums are a not-so-veiled effort to get employers to drop employee health benefits and force them into the government-run insurance. I’m proud to provide my employees with these benefits and I’m appalled that the federal government is squeezing me and other small business owners this way in order to fill the ranks of public-run insurance.
    3. Seniors Get Squeezed. Many of my clients are seniors who rely on Medicare, which was already facing cuts prior to the adoption of Obamacare. They will be hit again under Obamacare. Now Medicare faces even more cuts under the new law while the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is proposing a new entitlement insurance program for the “uninsured”. Some that may qualify for a “free ride”.
    4. Legal Abuse Left Untouched. Why have health care costs been shooting through the roof over the past 20 years? A key driver is abuse of the legal system through malpractice lawsuits. Frivolous claims and outrageous awards have sent malpractice insurance premiums every doctor must pay into the stratosphere. Democrats in Congress and President Obama failed to address this obvious cost driver in Obamacare because trial lawyers are among their biggest contributors.
    5. Doctors are Being Squeezed. Medicare keeps slashing the rate that medical doctors are reimbursed for the care they provide —  currently about 25% less than market rates. Doctors had already begun declining to take on new Medicare patients because they can’t continue to absorb the costs. Obamacare will continue to slash these reimbursement rates, further limiting the ability for seniors to find a doctor to treat them. Access will certainly be limited.
    6. Hidden Taxes will Kill Small Businesses. Obamacare is extremely complex, and we’re just beginning to fully understand the details of its implementation. Over the next two years hidden taxes contained within Obamacare will hit many small businesses hard and drive many others under! Where will these tax revenues go? To pay for Obamacare, of course! Whether you deserve it or not! Spread the wealth.
    7. Research and Development Takes a Hit. Medical device and pharmaceutical companies take huge risks every year to develop the innovative products and medicines that improve and extend the lives of millions of Americans. Obamacare allows politicians to dictate what medical products and treatments should cost, setting up a situation where companies cannot recoup their development costs and will not have the resources to continue taking such risks.
    8. Cancer Treatments Rationed. Under Obamacare, many cancer-treating medications will be rationed and may not be available at all. It’s already begun. Let’s hope you can continue to afford private insurance or maintain your treatments under Medicare.
    9. Obamacare is a Job-Killer. How are entrepreneurs and small business owners going to swing all of the new taxes and regulatory burdens imposed on them and pay the high costs of health insurance? It will be more difficult to bring on the types of skilled employees that I need for my business. It will place a strain on my ability to continue providing the premier private and skilled services that I am now able to provide. Just when we need more jobs, Obamacare goes for the kill.
    10. Obamacare is a Business-Killer. Obamacare will cut me off at my knees. In 2013 I will likely need to sell real estate to generate capital to reinvest in my business. I need to hire more employees and treat more patients at home that need personal care, skilled nursing and physical therapy. But wait a minute! Under Obamacare I now face an additional tax on the capital gains from real estate sales. Now after all of the hard work to save, buy, maintain and hope to gain some equity in real estate, I must to fork over another 3.8% to fund Obamacare and not my business! Obamacare will kill businesses.

    It may not matter. In 2013, I may not be in business at all because of Obamacare!

    Cartoon Credit: UnderTheHill

  • Abortion Issue Heats up in Congress

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    For the past few years the issue of abortion has taken a back seat to economic issues in the face of economic meltdowns and real estate collapses. Even the driving political force since Obama’s election — the Tea Party movement — avoids social issues to maintain their focus on fiscal policy and build a broad coalition of support.

    The abortion issue’s hibernation may be coming to an end. GOP leaders in the US House of Representatives have signaled they plan on making abortion a priority. The sponsor of one major bill, Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey, says his legislation would “permanently end any U.S. government financial support for abortion, whether it be direct funding or by tax credits or any other subsidy.”

    Abortion is divisive with the GOP camp, and it will be interesting to watch these efforts to elevate the issue unfold.

    Read more at Forbes.

  • Democrat Defections: A Sign of the Times

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    A Guest Post by Al Richardson.

    It’s gradually turning folks. The “common sense” approach to running our country is starting to catch on, even with those Democrats who thought they were conservative but realized that the true conservative movement has nothing to do with the liberal progressive Democrats throughout our nation.

    Judging from Bill O’Reilly’s interview with President Obama last night before the Super Bowl, the President still doesn’t get it. He told Mr. O that he was not a liberal and has always been a centrist, and therefore doesn’t see himself moving to the center since he’s already there.  He intends to continue to govern as he has in the past.

    President Obama does not understand that the majority of Americans do not want his health care package implemented in our country. Listen to County Commissioner Ashley Bell from Hall County, Georgia. An African American who spoke at the Democrat Convention in 2004, Bell is ditching the Democrats and joining the Republican movement. Bell is but one making the switch, a trend that comes as a major blow to Democrats in the South.

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  • 58% Favor Obamacare Repeal

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    A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows 58% of likely voters in America favor a repeal of Obamacare (44% strongly), while only 37% oppose repeal (26% strongly).

    Supporters are running out of reasons and support to continue this catastrophic law.

  • Are Dems Cracking on Obamacare?

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    The Politico reports that some centrist Democrats in the Senate are exploring ways to distance themselves from Obamacare.

    A handful of moderate Senate Democrats are looking for ways to roll back the highly contentious individual mandate — the pillar of President Barack Obama’s health care law — a sign that red-state senators are prepared to assert their independence ahead of the 2012 elections.

  • The Rounds: SCOTUS Looming

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    That Obamacare will wind up in the highest court of our great land has never been in doubt. But now that numerous conflicting rulings have been issued by our lower courts — including two unconstitutional decisions — the health law’s date with The Men in Black surely draws near.

    This fight ironically has the left decrying “judicial activism” as the sinister force behind these unconstitutional rulings. In Townhall.com, Thomas Sowell explores this phrase and how the left is trying to redefine it for their purposes.

    Also in Townhall, Lee Habeeb uses the Vinson decision to highlight the importance of the courts and why we need to pay attention.

    Yes, indeed, judges do matter. And what we need in this country are more Roger Vinsons. Keep that in mind when you rally friends to vote in 2012. Show them this opinion, and let them know that a few men in robes hold the economic life of our country in their hands. Judges matter. And the Presidents who appoint them.

    Fred Barnes, in the Weekly Standard, gives us a snapshot of the national mood that is coalescing around Obamacare as the legal front zeroes in on the Supreme Court.

    What began in 2009 as scattered protests against Obama’s plan for overhauling America’s health care system and soon became the touchstone for Republican victories in the November 2 election has now evolved into a national uprising. Last week’s refusal by the Senate to ratify the House’s repeal of Obamacare is unlikely to quell the uprising or even slow it down.

    As the attention focuses on the courts, we should not lose focus on the legislative front. There is no guarantee of a SCOTUS victory , and any such complacency must be quelled. The new GOP leadership in the House and the strengthened Senate GOP must press forward to repeal this law.

    Cartoon: Walt Handelsman

  • Grassley to Investigate Obamacare Waivers

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    On January 28th, Senator Charles Grassley, who has a record of leading Senate investigations into government waste and fraud, said Republicans will take up an investigation of special waivers that relieve some from complying with Obamacare. These waivers appear to have been disproportionately provided to unions. Of the 220 privileged entities that have received waivers, one third have gone to unions.

    If Obamacare is the right solution, why does the Obama Administration feel the need to exempt certain special interests from compliance? This is one more example of why we must seek a total repeal. Leaving Obamacare in place will contribute to our already out of control debt. Add in these special waivers for well-connected unions will only make our debt soar higher.

  • Chris Christie: “The Party’s Over”

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    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie continues to make waves by telling it like it is. No other elected official cuts to the chase and levels with voters rather than telling them what they want to hear.

    View this video of Christie discussing the hard realities of New Jersey’s budget situation, the burden the state’s taxpayers are enduring, and how everyone needs to contribute to solutions to health care and other priorities.

    “Other politicians made you promises they couldn’t keep. I’m the guy who has to be here when the party is over.”

    Refreshing!

  • The Rounds: Obamacare Ruling Reax

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    In The National Review, Avik Roy states that “Indeed, Judge Vinson has penned a persuasive, well-researched, and tightly-reasoned opinion, one that will surely have some impact on what the Supreme Court eventually ends up doing.” Roy does a nice job of summarizing the ruling and states that it “could go down as an important landmark in the history of American liberty” if it’s upheld by the US Supreme Court.

    It’s well known that Members of Congress didn’t read the bill, and John S. Baker, writing for AOL, states that “One thing federal judges always do — even if members of Congress do not — is read the legislation brought before them.” Good point!

    Rep. Fred Upton, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, states in The National Review that he believes this ruling is an important “pivot point” and outlines next steps in the House.

    The Washington Post is reporting that Senate Republicans are planning on forcing a vote for repeal this week. Also, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan will introduce a repeal of the burdensome “1099 provision”.

    At The White House, Stephanie Cutter continues the amusing trend among Obamacare proponents of usurping the right’s opposition to “judicial activism”. She, of course, is confident the US Supreme Court will somehow find a way to rule Obamacare constitutional.