Posts Tagged ‘Nancy Pelosi’

  • 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.

  • The Rounds: Rep. Ryan Exposes Mediscare, Unconventional Wisdom and a Tale of Two States

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    As the 2012 campaign for the White House and Congress heats up, health care has moved to the forefront once again, along with the typical “Mediscare” tactics which I previously discussed. Rep. Paul Ryan, the architect of the GOP’s “Roadmap” budget, rightfully and effectively exposes the latest round of Mediscare attacks, using independent analyses from Politifact, Factcheck, and even the Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog. Read Ryan’s piece here.

    The conventional wisdom, especially after the GOP’s loss in the special election in New York’s 26th district, is that Rep. Ryan’s plan to save Medicare will be a political liability for the GOP in 2012. The Weekly Standard has a different take after looking at polling data and correctly pointing out that “Ryan’s plan would preserve Medicare’s sinking ship, keeping it afloat for future generations.”

    The fact is that Ryan and the GOP are the only ones serious about solving our nation’s looming fiscal disaster and saving Medicare. Even the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, while believing this may be a short term political advantage for the Democrats, points out that at least the GOP is serious about proposing plans to save Medicare.

    The problem for Democrats is, if they want to get serious about reforming the entitlement program, they are putting their own necks on the chopping block AND giving up a hugely potent political issue.

    Andrea Tantaros of the New York Daily News has another takeaway from the NY26 special election: The GOP should attack Obamacare more strongly. Rather than spend time defending Rep. Ryan’s “courageous” plan to save Medicare, the GOP must go on the offensive against Obamacare.

    The GOP has a strong case to make, and it should be out there making it. But instead of defending Ryan’s plan, they should be poking holes in Obamacare. Only then will the benefits of their alternative become clear to the American public.

    Read it here.

    On to Obamacare. Ralph R. Reiland of The American Spectator continues to expose the Obamacare waivers handed out to the politically-connected. It helps if you live in Nancy Pelosi’s district.

    I again ask the question: If Obamacare is so great, why the need for any waivers at all?

    What about the prototype for Obamacare? Heartland.org looks at the failure of Romneycare in Massachusetts.

    Taxes, costs, and political interference in medical decisions have all increased, while access to medical care has deteriorated. It’s now apparent Romney did not give Massachusetts universal private health coverage. Instead, he put the state on a glide-path to a single-payer, government monopoly health system—the same path Obamacare now follows at the national level.

    On the rising costs of health care in Massachusetts under Romneycare, Peter Suderman of Reason explores how the state’s explorations in universal, government-mandated care is working out and provides an ominous forecast:

    The Obama administration has explicitly stated on numerous occasions that RomneyCare was the model for the federal overhaul. Given the Bay State’s spiraling costs, it seems more and more likely that, thanks to ObamaCare, we can all expect higher health insurance premiums in our future.

    Finally, last week I looked at California as an example of where America is headed under Obama. Walter Russell Mead has an excellent piece in The American Interest where he concludes California is now a failed state.

    Let there be no mistake: when you produce so many criminals that you can’t afford to lock them up, you are a failed state.  Virtually every important civil institution in society has to fail to get you to this point.  Your homes and houses of worship are failing to build law abiding citizens, much less responsible and informed voters.  Your schools aren’t educating enough of your kids to make an honest living.  Your taxes and policies are so bad that you are driving thousands of businesses away… California used to be the glory of this country, the dream by the sea, the magic state.  Now it produces so many criminals it can’t pay to keep them locked up.

  • 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