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Government Insurance. You Can Opt Out Of It, But You Will Still Pay For It.

Bookmark and Share    Democrats are gleeful over a recent decision pushed for by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid U4HCito include a “public option” in their proposed government run health management and insurance reform bill. Believing that they are geniuses, Senators like Reid, Max Baucus and Chuck Schumer think they have reached a Solomon-like compromise that will please everyone and enable every man, woman and child across America to support their government run health management and insurance business plan.

The plan is to allow states the opportunity to opt out of the highly controversial “public option” which creates a government run insurance industry.

Wow, imagine that, Democrats seemingly offering choices for states rather than ride roughshod over state rights and mandate them to participate in unconstitutional federal programs. But is it really a choice?

Absolutely not!

Just to be clear, taxes will pay for governmet insurance.  As such, even though the “opt opt clause might sound innocent, what happens in states that do opt out of government run insurance? Do the citizens of those states that do not participate in the program have their federal taxes lowered? Since they will not be part of the government insurance program, will their taxes not be used for the program?  The answer is no? So in other words, what Democrat Senators are saying is, you don’t have to be in the program but you will still pay into it. That’s like going window shopping and having the salesperson come out and tell you that you don’t have to buy the clothing that you’re looking at, but you still have to pay for it. Is that sane? Does it make any sense? It does to Democrats who are anything but democratic.

The same situation applies to the set of statements that Democrats make when they told us that no one citizen will be forced to give up their insurance and be forced to take government run insurance. Yeah, they may not have been forced to take the government program. May, not have. But they will be forced to pay into it regardless of whether they participate in it or not.

Thankfully Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine, the lone Republican to vote the Baucus healthcare bill out of the Senate Finance Committee, has stated that by including the public option, even with an opt out clause for states, it will preclude her from supporting it when it comes before the full senate for a full vote. According to Snowe, a woman who is far from conservative and barely a Republican, she feels that the insurance funded by the mandatory flow of tax dollars will give government run insurance an “inordinate advantage” over private insurers and quite possibly put them all out of business. Such a turn of events will leave government the sole source of financial resources for healthcare. This is the same government that can operate the U.S. Postal Service without losing money every year that it operates. This is the same federal government that puts Barney Frank and Chris Dodd in charge of banks, tax cheats in charge of the U.S. Treasury and criminal tax evaders like Charlie Rangel in charge of writing the tax code.

red-tapeDo you really want them deciding how and if your insurance should pay for a particular healthcare procedure that you need but they feel you could wait for ? Do you really think that they can be trusted with the money that is suppose to be used to finance your health care needs?

On this, Olympia Snowe is right.

And so is independent Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut who caucuses with Democrats and is one of the sixty senators they were counting on to pass their nationalized healthcare bill. Lieberman states that he does not believe that this is the time for the federal government to get involved in new business ventures.

Seeing as how in just nine months, President Obama has tripled our national debt and shrunk the growth of the private sector and the private sector jobs that they create, I do not believe that President Obama and his liberal board of directors in Congress should be trusted to run a new business and certainly not to make decisions regarding our health care benefits. No bank would lend money to a crew like Obama, Pelosi and Reid. They are big spenders with absolutely no collateral who would not exactly qualify for a loan to finance a start up business and the American people don‘t either.

Do you really want higher taxes that finance a government insurance program that has a patronage filled bureaucracy determining what treatment the federal health insurance program will cover and not cover for you? Do you really want a politician like former Kansas Governor and now secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius to determine that it is too early for you to have that mammogram that you want? Do you really bureaucrats like her to decide that if you do get it, your government health insurance won’t cover it?

Thankfully some of the supporters that Senator Reid was counting on to insure smooth passage of his health reform measures are pulling away from him. Reid hoped that people like Lieberman and Snowe would help avoid a filibuster of the liberal proposal to create nationalized healthcare and government run health care and insurance. Now, with the pretend opt out clause for government insurance being placed in a final version of the bill, Senators like Olympia Snowe and Joe Lieberman are making it clear that they might assist Republicans in successfully filibustering the Democrat health scam to death.

healthcare88If you really want to make changes that hold down the costs of healthcare and health insurance and allow more people to obtain and keep insurance, than do so. Create more competition by allowing people to take advantage of out of state insurers. Strengthen portability so that people can continue to carry the same insurer from job to job and state to state. And also get a handle on the overly litigious society which we live in by adopting tort reforms. Lawsuits for outrageously high damage claims create a climate that forces physicians to not participate in the geographical areas of the country that do not have caps on damages. Regions without such caps find themselves lacking doctors who are willing to care for high-risk patients or to conduct high-risk procedures. As for the few who are willing to take on such responsibilities, their liability insurance is so expensive that it must be passed on to all their patient regardless of their risk level or the procedures they require. In doing so, the expense becomes so great that is often to much to afford.

Unless Congress is willing to first tackle the obvious need for tort reform, portability and interstate insurers, all else that they are currently doing is meaningless. In fact it is more than meaningless, it is reckless and dangerous.

A nation that can’t run a postal service without losing money should not be running an insurance a bureaucratic insurance company. Next thing you know, President Obama will be selling us used cars, Charlie Rangel will be selling us tax shelters and Chris Dodd will be hawking high interest home mortgages. If we don’t trust politicians when it comes to politics, why on earth would we trust them to sell us insurance?

Wake up America! This is the government that had people wait on lines, in vain, for flu shots that never materialized, prompting Health and Human Services Secretary Sibelius to beg people to “come back” another day.

Sick people should not be dispensing health care and believe me, these Democrats are sick people.

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Blanche Lincoln & Olympia Snowe Will Support The Baucus Healthcare Bill in Committee

Bookmark and Share  Ahead of the actual Senate Finance Committee vote on health  management and care reform, Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln and Maine Senator Olympia  Snowe  have  declared that they will be supporting it in committee.

BlancheLincoln2009-08-15-1250389082Lincoln was the only Democrat of the the thirteen Democrats on the committee whose vote was doubtful. 

As one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection in next years midterm elections, Lincoln was in a tough position as she sets the stage for her reelection campaign.  A vote against the  Baucus  version of healthcare reform would have been a strong signal that Southern support for the type of reforms that are being offered is quite limited.  Having declared that she will support the bill in committee does not neccessarily mean it is popular down South.  It could be in large part due to a great deal of strongarming being conducted by Democrat majority Leader Harry Reid.

Reid has been keeping his conference on a short leash and I am sure that Blanche Lincoln is hoping that the Democrat Senate Campagin Committee will invest much needed resources into Lincoln’s reeelection bid.   A vote against the bill while in committee would not have helped to solidify a committment to her campaign from the DSCC.

This does not mean that Senator Lincoln is beholden to continue supporting nealthcare reform. She could still oppose the final bill that comes before the full senate after a number of different versions are merged together into one final version.

SnoweAs it stands now, the Senate Finance Committee’s vote on the Baucus version of healthcare reform will be 13 Democrats and One Republican for it and 9 Republicans against it.  That is of course if the only remaining wildcard sticks with the Republican position on the issue.  Olympia Snowe will be the lone Republican to vote in favor of the measure.  Her vote will allow Democrats to exaggerate a claim of bipartisan support for healthcare reform. 

Snowe’s vote for the bill, could cost her dearly. It could prevent her from replacing retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson as the ranking Republican on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. 

Senator Snowe is next in line for the post but her breaking from the ranks on healthcare reform, risks her moving into that position as fellow Republicans deny her enough of their votes to get the job.

Snowe could change her mind and oppose the bill in the full senate when the final bill is posted.  According to Snowe, she will vote it out of committee because she wants the process to continue but she will await a final decision after the final figures from the Congressional Budget Office come out.

For now though, Democrats will be declaring a bipartisan victory of sorts.  However, one liberal Republican does notr necessarily constitute bipartisanship.

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Senate Finance Committee Vote On Healthcare Focuses On Olympia Snowe

Bookmark and Share    The Senate Finance Committee is about to vote on the administration’s everything or nothing push for health Snowemanagement and care reform packages. The committee’s chairman, Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) has pieced together a version of the bill that is more than likely to pass the 13 to 10 Democrat over Republican member committee.

This will be the fifth and final committee hurdle that H.R. 3200 will go through before it gets merged with four other congressional committee versions. The merging of all five committees versions into one bill will then be scheduled for a full and vote before the House and then the Senate.

It does appear that all 13 members of the committee’s Democrat majority will vote for the bill before them. The only real suspense that exists is whether or not all 10 members of the Senate Finance Committee’s Republican minority will unanimously oppose the bill.

Were it not for Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, there would be no question that the Baucus version of the healthcare bill will pass the finance committee along strictly partisan lines. But Snowe is not always a fan of Republican policy. On the most recent stimulus package, she was one of only three Republicans to support it. So it is not unlikely that she may be the first and only Republican to support the Obama health management and race reforms to date.

As she entered into the closed door potion of the finance committee meeting, before a final vote is held, Senator Snowe said that she is still considering everything involved in this multifaceted issue.

Her coyness has made her the most important Senator on the hill these past few weeks. If she were to vote for the bill in committee, Democrats will have the opportunity to exaggerate claims that their reforms have bipartisan support. So pivotal her vote might be that Democrats have wined and dined her and it even prompted Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid to congratulate Snowe for comments she once made on the bill as he proclaimed them to be a “brilliant statement,” and to say “She is a leader.”

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus stated “She’s a very important senator”.

On the flip side, one of the most vulnerable Democrat Senators up for election, Arkansas Blanche Lincoln is also being closely watched. She is considered the only Democrat who may not support the Baucus bill. If Lincoln does oppose it, that will be a strong signal that the issue is not popular among swing voters, voters who may easily make the difference in her reelection effort in 2010.

But it is Snowe’s position that makes her the most powerful Senator of the moment. Her approval provides the administration with an essential detail that the President has promised….a bipartisan bill.

Snowe’s biggest concerns mainly deal with the impact on how the bill’s tax on high-cost insurance plans, would affect her home state, where healthcare coverage ranks among the most expensive in the country. However, where she ultimately falls on her committee vote, could greatly impact more than just her state. It could help provide the devastating health management and care reforms,  the ability to limp along, on to final passage in the full senate as it provides enough cover for some conservative Democrats, who are on the fence, to vote for the bill.

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6aantillegalstimulusBookmark and Share     Prior to the senate’s passage of the most expensive spending package in history, there was a great deal of debate on exactly what the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 should include and what guidelines should be created regarding how money in the bill would be spent. 

A bill of such historic size and scope has a lot of strings attached and well it should. That is why Republicans in the Senate tried to insure that one of the greatest concerns in this bill, jobs, be addressed properly. So Alabama’s Republican Senator, Jeff Sessions, tried to offer amendment SA 239. It was an amendment that required all businesses that received any troubled asset relief money or that would get any other federal funds or tax breaks be required to implement use of the electonic verification data base that currently operates under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security.

The E-Verify system vets the immigration status of workers and helps to prevent the hiring of undocumented immigrants.

The measure would have been an added level of security to help insure that the stimulus package did its job for the American people. It was meant to insure that money aimed at increasing jobs for Americans did just that and created jobs for Americans and not foreign citizens living here illegally.

But despite attempts to make this spending bill a more meaningful recovery package, Democrat Senator Max Baucus of Montana objected to the measure.

Immediately following the objection, Nebraska Democrat Senator Ben Nelson made a motion to conclude debate on the entire stimulus package and with a vote of 61 to 36 debate was ended and the stimulus package was scheduled to be voted on without any assurances that any stimulus created jobs will go only to American citizens.

Had debate not ended and the amendment been approved, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and New Jersey Senator Robert antillimmMenendez pledged that they would have used their veto power, under special procedures, to have blocked the E-Verify amendment from being included the final bill.

By denying inclusion of the E-Verify amendment, Democrats have slapped unemployed Americans in the face and Senators Reid, Menendez, Baucus and Nelson have gone out of their way to put the employment opportunities of illegal immigrants on par with hard working, law abiding, American workers. Some reports suggest that their refusal to approve the measure could account for as much as 10 or 11 percent of the money in this stimulus package going towards the hiring of illegal immigrants.

With billions of dollars of questionable spending already included in this so-called recovery package, it is a travesty to see lawmakers go out of their way to willfully waste more by insuring that illegal immigrants have a fair shot at taking jobs away from needy Americans.

Sadly, this is just one example of the American Recovery and Investment Act’s wasteful spending and misappropriation of funds.

Even sadder is the apparent loyalty that Democrats have to the underground culture of illegal immigration.

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These are the insightful words of humorist and columnist Dave Barry:

Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?
A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

Q. Where will the government get this money?
A. From taxpayers.

Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
A. Only a smidgen.

Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy

Q. But isn’t that stimulating the economy of China?
A. Shut up.

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