Posts Tagged ‘Harry Reid’

  • Obama is not Sincere in Debt Limit Stand-off

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    There is no question that the bipartisan talks over raising the debt limit are disingenuous. The Democrats and their leaders – Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama – opposed the Republicans when they moved to raise the debt limit under President George W. Bush.

    Debt limit brinksmanship

    Now these same Democrats are indignant over the GOP’s efforts to bring some sanity to our spending addiction before raising the debt limit. And on the GOP side, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal to cede Congressional authority to President Obama and let him alone raise the debt limit is ridiculous.

    All of these countless hours spent by the “leadership” of both sides sitting at the White House have been a study in double-edge swords. We’re now in a no-win situation. Obama sees a way to trap Republicans and ruin their chances at the ballot box in November 2012.

    With someone like Obama sitting across the table offering disingenuous proposals, it’s understandable why Mitch McConnell wants to allow Obama to raise the debt limit without Congressional approval. He wants Obama to own the mess and the political blame for the continued erosion of our economy. If the GOP joins hands with the Democrats in raising the limit, they’ll share in the blame.

    But handing over more power to the executive branch may be politically advantageous in the short run, but it’s dangerous in the long run. As I mentioned last month, Obamacare is already loaded with unaccountable “Czars” in control of the decision-making process. This trend should not continue.

    I believe that raising the debt limit gives Obama more power to shove Obamacare and other programs like Cap & Trade down our throats. Obama may “own” the results of these moves and face the political fallout in 2012, but it’s a terrible pill for America to swallow.

    Earlier this week, my concern was not that we would default if no deal emerged by August 2. However, as this week has progressed and the mainstream media narrative has taken shape – with all of the threats of default and credit downgrades – we should be wary that a default is possible or made to occur, with blame doled out accordingly.

    All of the layers of networks, bureaucracies, and structures of Obamacare are like relentless vine choking American commerce and the economy. I don’t think Obama understands the true costs his own health overhaul is having on this country.

    It is imperative that a Republican wins the White House in 2012 so the malignancy of Obamacare can be fully repealed and excised. Until then, the Republicans must do everything they cannot to take the fall for well-maneuvered political strategies like Obama’s debt limit charade.

  • Obamacare’s Chilling Provisions Begin Taking Effect

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    Starting last month, some patients I have treated have arrived with the diagnosis of “End of Life” on their hospital discharge forms. Knowing what I know about the provisions contained within Obamacare, seeing this diagnosis begin to appear on discharge forms sent me a chill.

    The fact is, we are now starting to see some of the more insidious components of Obamacare take effect. I have listed some of these below, courtesy of Judge David Kithil of Texas.

    Under Obamacare, doctors and surgeons with years of advanced training will be reimbursed at the same rates as all MDs. We all know where policies like this will lead. Medical School Enrollment is down — so much so in fact that soon we will face a physician shortage in excess of 100,000. In Massachusetts, where we can see the effects of Romneycare, the prototype for Obamacare, people now face wait times of seven to 48 months for MD visits.

    Doctors, specialized surgeons and medical specialists should be compensated according to their experience and advanced knowledge, education and training. Patients treated by these very specialized MD’s are certain to have more accurate diagnoses and better outcomes.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, this is no joke. Obamacare was shoved down the throats of the American people who were vehemently opposed to it by a left-wing triumvirate composed of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama. We must repeal this law in its tracks or we risk our lives and freedoms and must defeat these out-of-control left-wing socialists in 2012 by defeating Obama and taking back the Senate. The House Republicans are doing a great job advancing important legislation, but these achievements will continue to stall without victory in 2012 and control of the Senate and the White House.

    And now, some of the more insidious components of Obamacare. Thanks to Judge David Kithil of Texas for compiling it. These Obamacare provisions affect us all (unless you’re a friend of Obama and you’ll get a waiver).

    • Page 50/section 152: The bill will provide insurance to all non-U.S. residents, even if they are here illegally.
    • Page 58 and 59: The government will have real-time access to an individual’s bank account and will have the authority to make electronic fund transfers from those accounts.
    • Page 65/section 164:  The plan will be subsidized (by the government) for all union members, union retirees and for community organizations (such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now – ACORN).
    • Page 203/line 14-15:  The tax imposed under this section will not be treated as a tax.
    • Page 241 and 253:  Doctors will all be paid the same regardless of specialty, and the government will set all doctors’ fees.
    • Page 272. section 1145: Cancer hospitals will ration care according to the patient’s age.
    • Page 317 and 321: The government will impose a prohibition on hospital expansion; however, communities may petition for an exception.
    • Page 425, line 4-12: The government mandates advance-care planning consultations.  Those on Social Security will be required to attend an “end-of-life planning” seminar every five years. (Death counseling…)
    • Page 429, line 13-25: The government will specify which doctors can write an end-of-life order.

    Cartoon Credit: Eric Allie

  • Obama won’t stop until America is bankrupt

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    Obama was visibly absent and uninvolved during the budget negotiations between Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week. Today he sauntered over to GWU with multiple agendas in his back pocket.

    First, Obama was going to university campus to deliver his rhetoric.  He has been showing up at a lot of College campuses lately.

    He is on his daily campaign stop for 2012 tore-energize  the youth vote that proved so important to his election in 2008. While  recent polls that show 69% of Americans feel the country is headed in the wrong direction, Obama has to counter the deal that almost had to shut down the Government last Friday.

    So Obama proposes that he wants to reduce the budget cuts and raise taxes. Just as there was a little light at the end of the tunnel he reverses the progress. He wants to reinstate Medicaid cuts and all of the social drains contained within Obamacare. He truly is taking us on the road to a financial meltdown. Stay tuned for the Republicans response…

  • The GOP Stood Firm on the Budget

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    As the terms of the Budget deal were tossed around last week, many things stood out. First, kudos to the Republicans who stood their ground and hit a home run. Speaker John Boehner was determined to get the budget through even if it meant shutting the government down. He was loyal to the constituents who voted in 87 house members in November demanding our inflated federal government stop spending money at the rate that it had been for the past two years.

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

    President Obama was no where to be found all day Friday as Boehner and a weakened Harry Reid duked it out. It is important to note that the original Democratic budget plan included ZERO budget cuts. Harry Reid bowed to the Republican push and agreed to allow issues surrounding funding for Planned Parenthood and NPR voted on in the Senate. These programs may not get defunded, but we will get our elected officials on the record regarding these non-deserving drains on our budget and the American taxpayer’s wallet.

    While Obama, who’s now focused on 2012, wants to take credit for passing a budget and avoiding a shutdown, the kudos go to the Republicans and Speaker Boehner for driving these cuts home. There’s much more to do, but this is a solid start.

    Congressman Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, is getting the attention he deserves as the only Member of Congress putting together realistic plans to cut federal spending. He is a problem solver and has the facts and numbers to back things up.

    Under his plan, Medicare will stay the same as it is now for those currently 55 and older. For those under the age of 55, Medicare and Social security will change, and for the better. You will still receive Medicare but it will be managed by private insurance companies to reduce the drain on government coffers.

    For Social Security, we may have the opportunity to direct some of your funds in investments just as you manage your portfolio. I believe that both Social Security and Medicare need to be privatized to allow free enterprise to market, sell and create the actuarial tables. This not only would draw out efficiencies via a capitalist model, but if managed correctly it could make money for our economy and not drain it. In my role as a Registered Nurse and owner/operator of a home health care company, I deal with Medicare provisions each and every day. The current Medicare model is broken. These changes are absolutely necessary.

    I believe that Paul Ryan’s plan, even though it may not make it through the Senate, will have a lasting impact on our economy, spending and certainly healthcare. It shows that the recklessness of Obama’s spending and Obamacare will bankrupt our nation and destroy our free market system. Paul Ryan and John Boehner have made great strides in seeing that this doesn’t happen.