Socialized medicine came to America on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.|
Obamacare has been signed into law, and the Democrats are so proud of themselves. But the American
people are overwhelmingly opposed to socialized medicine, and the political cost to the Democrat party will
be enormous -- before this year ends!
Subtopics on this page:
By hook or crook
The use of lies and emotional outbursts to generate public opinion
Overcoming the objections of pro-life Democrats
The Democrats' disregard for the Constitution and its limits on federal power
Legal challenges: Let the lawsuits begin!
New: Court decisions against Obamacare
Repeal and/or Nullification
Waivers, Favoritism and Unfairness
Obamacare is a threat to the economy
Obamacare is a threat to freedom
Socialized medicine is a step toward Marxism
Obamacare is full of surprises
Now that the Democrats have done this, what's next?
Other drastic measures under consideration
Similar subtopics on other nearby pages:
Obamacare was predicated on a pack of lies.
Other countries' experiences with socialized medicine.
What's the rush?
Secrecy, closed-door meetings, and midnight votes.
Liberals are not telling you that Obamacare will bankrupt the United States.
Obamacare will be horribly expensive.
Obamacare is an affront to the rule of law.
Obamacare will be mandatory -- and therefore unconstitutional.
Despite what you may have heard, health care is not a right.
Reid, Pelosi and Obama shamelessly buy votes
Obamacare carries an odor of corruption.
By hook or crook
Parliamentary maneuvers, intimidation, bribes -- the Democrats were willing to do whatever was necessary
to get the Obamacare bill passed, and it was passed over the objections of a wide majority of American
voters, but the Democrats just don't care what the American people want or don't want.
Is the Party Over?
Spoils and loot, promised offices, supercilious defense of the indefensible under the false banner of party
loyalty — all that and more flow naturally from the organs of political parties. Consider
the almost supernatural abomination that is Obama health care. What gifts of our money were proffered
to politicians for their votes? What threats of reduction in rank in party hierarchy were hissed?
The obscenity of such grand arm-twisting and public bribery is so ordinary to us that we just assume that this
is the way our government was supposed to operate.
Good Night For Tyranny. It's nice to know some things never change; that back-room arm-twisting,
extortion, blackmail, bribes, and pay-offs can still work wonders when applied judiciously by Leftists
Speakers of the House, Presidents (and their hatchet men), and Senate leaders. Even 'principled'
Democrats like pro-life Rep Bart Stupak folded like a proud jellyfish.
ObamaCare On the March.
It took a seedy campaign of intimidation, bribery, and back-room deal-making worthy of Tammany Hall, but
Democrats have nearly pulled off the radical transformation of the American health care system that
they — if not the rest of America — so desperately desire. With yesterday's
219-to-212 party-line House vote, made possible by the last-minute collapse of a holdout block of
anti-abortion Democrats led by Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak, the federal government's intrusion into
one-sixth of the economy is one step closer to becoming a reality.
The Arrogance of Power.
When the Japanese Empire struck like a thief in the night and Hitler sought to build a thousand year Reich,
we stood against the arrogance of power. When the Communist slave masters of the Soviet Union sought
to subjugate the world, we stood against the arrogance of power. In America today our own government
as caricatured by the Democrat Party of Barak Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid has decided they know best.
Pelosi Sausage Factory
Preexisting Condition Getting a Cure: We have the debate over ObamaCare to thank
for one thing, at least: the treating of the preexisting childlike delusion that bipartisanship
is possible, let alone desirable, when the other side is the Obama Democrats. It is neither.
And it never has been nor ever will be as long as there is a segment of a society that wishes to control
the wealth and activities of other segments of society. With such people, there are only two options.
Either you defeat them — or they defeat you. If you strive to get along with them,
you will awaken one day to the fact that they have won. Period.
Obamacare Bill: A
Declaration of War. The Democratic Party has in the course of the nine-month health care
debate revealed itself to be an anti-democratic Party and an anti-liberty party. It is a party that
has demonstrated its contempt for the Constitutional framework, for the democratic process, and for the
expressed will of the American people.
to America: Drop dead. Never before in American history has a measure of such
importance been imposed on the country by the majority party over the unanimous opposition of the
minority. Democrats have continually sought to create a halo effect for Obamacare by associating
it with Social Security and Medicare. But the reality is that both of those landmark programs were
approved with strong bipartisan support in both the Senate and House.
National Health Insurance
Reform Done. Fittingly, it was in the last few hours of debate that the dishonesty of reform
supporters reached its zenith. A toothless executive order piously reiterating the language of the Hyde
Amendment banning federal funds for abortion was signed by the president, thus supplying a fig leaf for
"pro-life" Democrats, allowing them to vote in favor of the bill and giving Speaker Nancy Pelosi the margin
she needed for victory. But as Jennifer Rubin points out, "If ObamaCare says, 'We will subsidize
abortion,' no executive order can effectively say, 'but not really.'"
reality of Obamacare: First: Congratulations to President Obama and the Democratic
leadership. You won dirty against bipartisan opposition from both Congress and the majority of
Americans. You've definitely polarized the country even more, and quite possibly bankrupted us
too. ... Simply, you have nationalized healthcare by proxy. Insurance companies are now heavily
regulated government contractors. Way to get big business out of Washington!
Pelosi? I suppose one could interpret the health care bill as "Pelosi's historic achievement," as
the media has been insisting, but that would also mean that an unpopular President and a more unpopular Congress
and a most unpopular Speaker together railroaded through an unpopular, sweeping piece of legislation without a
single opposition vote, and through the sort of tawdry legislative bribery and procedural gimmicks we haven't
seen since the 19th century.
the Cornerstone of a Socialist Utopia. [Scroll down slowly] If all of these facts were not
enough, the Democrats enacted their new law as a result of bribery. The American people have heard about
many of the deals made prior to the vote. The Cornhusker Kickback, Florida Gatorade, and Louisiana Purchase
are but a few examples. It is a national disgrace that our Congress has become an institution dependent on
extortion to enact major legislation. And while the process is not easily discussed or understood, we
cannot ignore the historic level of oppression implemented by Speaker Pelosi's Rules Committee in her effort
to gain passage of the bill. As much as the content of the bill itself, the manner in which it passed
Congress provides clear evidence that the bill was about government power, not the health of America.
In Defeat, Defiance.
[Scroll down slowly] ObamaCare is about raw political power. It is about threats, deals, arm-twisting,
and paying for votes with taxpayers' money. Its taxes, its alphabet soup of bureaucratic agencies, its
budgetary tricks are about folding the whole vast enterprise of modern American health care under the knout of
politicians and special interests. Henceforth, Americans will get health care only if they genuflect to
the political gods.
pyrrhic victory on health care. As he sets his agenda for the rest of 2010, Obama must not
confuse support from weak-kneed Democrats on Capitol Hill with a mandate for more grandiose left-wing
legislation. There is no greater public appetite today for carbon regulation, more stimulus legislation,
or an amnesty-based immigration bill than there was before Obama's highly partisan, brute-force tactics won
the day for an exceptionally unpopular health care plan.
Biggest Abuse of Power and Arrogance Washington Has Ever Seen. In President Obama's first State
of the Union address, only mere months ago, he pledged to focus on jobs and stressed that it would be priority
number one. After last night's contested, contentious and downright partisan vote on health care, one
that took rule manipulation and arm-twisting to achieve, it is clear that perversion and power lust are
paramount to all else.
Are you kidding? The Obama White House did not allow the press to cover the president's signing
of the executive order created to win Rep. Bart Stupak's vote for Obamacare. At the daily briefing,
reporters wanted to know why no press photographer or reporter was allowed in. Press secretary Robert
Gibbs told them they should be happy with a picture from the White House photographer, Pete Souza —
a photo produced and selected by the White House. It will be a "nice picture," Gibbs assured reporters.
Thanks Religious Left for Obamacare Support. [Scroll down] According to the United
Methodist Church's official Social Principles: "We believe it is a governmental responsibility to
provide all citizens with health care." With all the theological and economic wisdom characteristic of
the Religious Left, the United Methodists further declare: "Like police and fire protection, health care
is best funded through the government's ability tax each person equitably and directly fund the provider
owns you? The risk of 'unlimited submission'. Thanks to the "judgment" of Congress
that it can "create" new rights "ex nihili" (out of nothing) — namely the peculiar right to be forced
to buy health insurance — the states, and the individual citizens therein, have fallen under the
"dominion, absolute and unlimited," of the federal government. You will not find anything like
this power of Congress in the Constitution, which is why more than a dozen state attorneys general
have already filed suits to block the health-care bill from taking effect.
break spirit of law when enacting law. [After the election of Scott Brown, Obamacare could not
be enacted,] as the Senate would kill it, so it had to sneak by — against the popular will and by
bribes, threats and buy-offs — through a loophole for which bills of this import were not intended.
Big bills aren't supposed to squeak by on a simple majority, and under proper procedure, it would not have
happened. It followed the law, while it shattered its intent. The whole country knows it's a
fraud. As a result, it's a "law" that the country feels little respect for and feels morally free to
resist. It is a law with an asterisk, a law with a stench, a law few regard as conclusive or binding.
Gifts to the 'Outlier' Have Only Just Begun. One might suspect that after strong-arming
Obamacare through Congress over the objections of a substantial majority of Americans, the Obamunists
would lie low for a while — or that they would at least pretend to make conciliatory overtures
to the other side to heal the rifts they've caused in this nation. Hardly. The left wing is in
full gloating mode. ... They are planning to sweep the nation with yet another propaganda blitz to explain to
the rubes just how much better off they'll be with less freedom, less money and worse health care.
health care plan is a disaster. President Barack Obama's signature on Congress's disastrous
health care plan was a disappointment to everyone who values limited government, bipartisanship and quality
and affordable health care. In forcing the bill through, congressional leaders from House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi on down substituted their own desires and political goals for the good judgment and common sense of the
people they represent. Indeed, the more the American people learned about the socialist proposals, the
more they rejected them.
legislative dysfunctions. As passage of Obamacare recedes into the distance, its varied substantive
and procedural abuses deserve scrutiny. Far too little attention was paid to how Senate Democrats refused
all reasonable attempts to make an atrocious bill just a little less bad.
With an ice-cold disdain for public opinion and an obsession worthy of Lenin, President Obama and Speaker Nancy
Pelosi rammed ObamaCare through the House by unprecedented parliamentary trickery, bribery and deceit. The
President has thereby poisoned the national political well. But the health care fight has just begun.
Substantive constitutional court challenges are coming.
The use of lies and emotional outbursts to generate public opinion
If You're against Obamacare, You're Probably a Racist.
Shame on the New York Times for comparing those who protested the Democrats' health-care
policy with the virulent southern racists who participated in violent and often deadly
protests against civil-rights demonstrators. Give us a break.
Dissembling, Death, and
Deficits. Democrats enacted the first step towards nationalized health care, where $500 billion
of Medicare cost savings are fiction but $400 billion of tax increases to finance new entitlements will be
very real — depriving both from reducing the national debt. Deliberately misstating and sidestepping
the devastating financial consequences of this fraudulent takeaway-giveaway, the Democrats were happy to construct
their own alternative reality rivaling the best, from Lewis Carroll to George Orwell.
You're against Obamacare, You're Probably a Racist. Shame on the New York Times
for comparing those who protested the Democrats' health-care policy with the virulent
southern racists who participated in violent and often deadly protests against civil-rights
demonstrators. Give us a break.
Enacting A Lie.
Sunday's vote exposed the ugly truth that ObamaCare is not really about health care at all. It's all
about who pays for it and who controls it — in effect a massive wealth-redistribution scheme. ... This
poorly designed monstrosity will lead to lower-quality care, higher costs, fewer practicing physicians, higher
taxes and fewer jobs.
triumph. Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday launched the Democrats' argument for the health care
bill, claiming, "This is an American proposal that honors the traditions of our country." Does that
suggest that opposition is un-American? And what are the traditions that are American that this law
fulfills? The Democrats argue that the bill fulfills the "right" of all Americans to government-assured
health care services. The congressional Democrats claim many other things that a majority of the country
believes to be inconsistent with truth and reality.
Contributor Equates State Lawsuits Against ObamaCare to Causes of the Civil War. Why miss an
opportunity to inject racism accusations into a highly charged debate like health care reform that was
recently signed into law by President Barack Obama given the opportunity? Melissa Harris-Lacewell, also
of The Nation Magazine, in appearance on MSNBC's March 24 "Countdown" found a way, without exactly calling
O's ego booster
shot. Finally exposed was the Holy Grail of the ruthless quest. It was so our Narcissist-In-Chief
could claim another notch on history's belt. Don't think for a second the whole last year was about reducing
the deficit or bending the cost curve. Nor was it ever really about helping Americans who need better medical
care. A handful of those poor souls were there again yesterday, human props for his show. As he
smugly read the roster of predecessors who tried and failed, from T.R. to Bill and Hillary, there was no
pretense of modesty. This was about him.
Teleprompter got your tongue?
Why So Silent, Mr. President?
President Obama and his allies won the political battle on health care but lost the debate on substance.
And instead of fighting on the merits and trying to convince the American people of their brilliance, the left
wing is dealing from the bottom of the deck and playing their political trump card — by calling
critics racist (with scant evidence). But for some reason, one man has been eerily silent —
the President of the United States.
shrugs off healthcare law criticism. President Barack Obama shrugged off judgments of the
healthcare law as premature on Thursday [4/1/2010], noting, "It's only been a week." ... Obama said pundits
and reporters should allow more time to pass before judging the new law's popularity.
ObamaCare? You're a Fascist Racist Hater. Differences of opinion and ideology, passionately
held, drive the opposition against ObamaCare. Yet to shut down the effort to overturn ObamaCare's
unpopular assault on freedom and prosperity, the left resorts to a frequently employed tactic.
Racism and Obamacare.
Democrats have passed government health care with no Republican votes. Their leadership threatened and
bribed their own members to eek out a majority. They resorted to an arcane procedure that maybe
100 people in the whole country can explain in order to pass a massive bill that polls show a majority
of Americans don't want. The federal government, for the first time ever, will force every American
to buy, with a big chunk of their income, a product designed by government bureaucrats, with an army of IRS
agents snooping on each of us to make sure we did it. And how are many liberals explaining why so many
Americans are ticked off? It's because our president is black. It's about racism.
Does Anybody Really
Understand ObamaCare? Since the passage of the Health Care Reform Bill, the Democrat leadership
has embarked on a strategy of demonizing its opponents as angry, potentially violent racists. Charles M.
Blow developed a new line of attack in his New York Times column last weekend, with an argument based on a
recent Pew Research Council poll: Republicans don't understand ObamaCare, so they have no right
to criticize it.
Obamacare Inquisition Is on Hold ... for Now. You'll recall that [Henry] Waxman fired off
nasty-grams to the heads of Deere, Caterpillar, Verizon and AT&T last month, demanding their presence at a
congressional auto de fé. Their sin? Publicly reporting the costs and consequences
of federal health care taxes on their firms' bottom lines. A vindictive Waxman sought internal
documents and e-mails from the CEOs about the profit charges.
More about the liberals' use
of emotional outbursts instead
of sound reasoning.
Overcoming the objections of pro-life Democrats
Merits Fierce Revenge. Bart Stupak, Kathy Dahlkemper, Indianans Ellsworth, Donnelly,
and Hill, and all their supposedly pro-life AND pro-fiscal-integrity colleagues who voted for Obamacare
are in for a life of unmitigated hell. They should, they must, they will never, ever, ever be
allowed to forget what they have just done to America.
Much For Blue Dog Democrats. Bart Stupak's surrender on ObamaCare likely signals
the end of pro-life Democrats, as several commentators have noted. But Sunday's votes
also may mark the end of Democrats' revival in the South and Midwest.
Executive-Order Farce. Executive orders have the force of law only within the executive
branch and only to the extent they are consistent with legislation. [Rep. Bart] Stupak believes
that the Senate bill does not do enough to prohibit the use of federal funds; what he apparently does
not realize is that the executive order can do no more to prohibit use of federal funds for abortion
than the Senate bill does.
Roe v. Pelosi:
On January 22, 2004, Nancy Pelosi issued a statement regarding the fundamental right to make important health
care decisions. ... "Today we observe the 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that
affirmed the fundamental right of women to make their own reproductive health care decisions." This
statement alone is very good news. It would certainly seem to follow that women have a right to be
exempt from a national health care plan that would force them to make purchases they do not want to make.
agrees: Stupak sold out for nothing. Bart Stupak said at his press conference Sunday that
an executive order signed by President Obama will accomplish what his amendment would have accomplished ... Stupak
said on Fox News that the executive order will have "the full force and effect of law." The problem with
Stupak's statements is that they're not true — and no one on the right or the left believes them to
be true, except for Bart Stupak and a few of his friends.
Madam Pelosi's House Of Ill
Repute. Conned by the promise of an ephemeral executive order, the last holdouts cave and
ObamaCare advances. It doesn't add a single doctor or hospital room, but needs 17,000 new IRS agents
to enforce it.
If Obama were a Christian, would he act like this?
media at Obama abortion-order signing. A day after a lavish bill signing White House ceremony on
health care reform, President Obama will sign an executive order barring the law from allowing federally funded
abortion, but he'll do so behind closed doors and with no media allowed. ... Not even a photographer will be
allowed into the Oval Office to capture the moment.
Obama signs order on abortion in health
care bill. With little fanfare, President Barack Obama signed an executive order Wednesday [3/24/2010]
designed to ensure that no federal money can be used for elective abortions under the nation's new health care
Executive Order: Why Rep. Stupak and his coalition got it wrong. An executive order has
the force of law when it is consistent with statutory law. However, a statute cannot be undone by an
executive order or regulation. For example, regarding the new health care reform law, an executive
order cannot prevent insurance plans that pay for abortions and participate in the newly-created exchanges
from receiving federal subsidies, because this allowance is explicitly written in the bill.
The Democrats' disregard for the Constitution and its limits on federal power
My Thoughts on
Watching the Dems Stab the Constitution on the Congressional Floor: This is a "bill"
that is clearly not really a Constitutionally allowable legislative entity, eligible for signature
into law. For it to be that, it would need to be identically passed in both houses. It
was not. It was passed as a corned beef hash of vague promises in the Senate. Then a
vote was taken in the House to eventually pass the same bill but with a few changes and a further
vague promise to reconcile both versions. This is not how the Constitution defines a bill
en route to becoming a law. This is just a demand by President Obama to submit to his
authority, which the Democrats meekly passed. This is not Constitutional.
Congress Votes to Socialize Health Care in
United States. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 219-212 on Sunday night to
socialize health care in the United States, making the government the paymaster of, and giving it
sweeping regulatory authority over, the U.S. health care industry which represents one-sixth of
the U.S. economy. The legislation also enacts a dramatic and unprecedented diminution in
the individual liberty of citizens.
Where Were You When
the Republic Died? In November 2008, Americans elected a socialist as their president. In
March 2010, they woke up stunned to find themselves living in a socialist country. Health
insurers — once private companies — are now organs of the federal government.
Every citizen is a ward of the state, which can now compel you to have insurance, punish you if you don't;
determine if your insurance is acceptable, punish you if it isn't. Thousands of new federal
bureaucrats will soon spill from the D.C. Beltway and flood the country, scrutinizing our finances
to verify compliance with this new law.
We The People Losing Control Of
Government. Backing up the demagoguery was a lot of arm-twisting until minutes before the House
of Representatives voted. The largest public union, SEIU, threatened Democrats in Congress with primary
challenges in the fall if they voted against the health bill. A congressman's brother was nominated to
the federal judiciary, and a popular school-loan bill was inexplicably attached to the unpopular health bill.
Papers and Obamacare. Now is the time for lovers of liberty to throw themselves into the
national scale. You are the natural guardians of the Constitution. ... You have a choice. What
will it be? Acquiescence? Submission? Defeat?
Obama's Purple Politics.
The health care reform bill was a partisan Democrat smorgasbord of taxes, regulations and entitlement. There
was nothing bipartisan about it, but there the Democrats were, wearing their purple and attacking Republicans
for uniformly opposing the bill that didn't have any Republican votes because it didn't earn any. It was
a sign of how surreal American politics has become. Stagecraft and spin trump facts; symbolism and
rhetoric trump truth.
The Interstate Commerce Clause and the Kitchen
Sink: Despite what liberals want you to believe, the Constitution actually gives very few powers
to the federal government; and if that power is not specifically spelled out, it was meant to go to the states.
Let's dispense with the supremacy clause. Democrats are insisting that federal law always trumps state
law when there is a conflict. (Apparently, that doesn't apply in Chicago when the issue is the
2nd Amendment, however).
constitutional malpractice: [Scroll down slowly] This is the radical interpretation of the
Commerce Clause embedded in the health care bill. It is not a power to regulate commercial activity, but
to compel it. The change is unprecedented. All previous Commerce Clause cases have dealt with regulating
pre-existing activity, but if someone is not buying health insurance, there is no commerce to regulate. The
clause has never been used to compel private citizens not engaged in commerce to spend money on a government-mandated
program. This is a new, extreme and potentially dangerous interpretation.
Change ... the Constitution. We live in a fundamentally different country from that which existed
only days ago. The government now requires that every American purchase health insurance. The
Constitution has been attacked, interpreted in a way beyond its original intent. Therefore, we must
Sean Hannity: 'If You Look Up the Dictionary
Definition of Socialism, This Is It'. [Quoting Sean Hannity] "Obama is a socialist.
If you take over banks, if you take over car companies, if you take over financial institutions, the way that
he has — now the health care system. If you're going to use every crooked deal that you can
come up with to get a bill like that passed — most recently the health care bill — that
is by definition, if you look up the dictionary definition of socialism, this is it." Later in the
interview, Hannity said Obama is the "most radical president" in American history.
Signing: Ex-con at the Scene of the Crime. Convicted felon Robert Creamer, who wrote the
blueprint for the Democrats' health care reform campaign, attended official health care signing celebrations
in Washington, D.C. yesterday. He was joined by numerous activists and "community organizers" who have
had their sights set on nationalizing health care and have finally achieved it. Creamer's spouse, Rep.
Jan Schakowsky, was one of the bill's most vociferous proponents.
Discover the Networks:
Robert Creamer. [Scroll down] While incarcerated — or on "forced sabbatical,"
as he called it — Creamer wrote a 628-page political manual titled Stand Up Straight!
How Progressives Can Win (published in 2007). ... Creamer laid out a "Progressive Agenda for Structural
Change," which included a ten-point plan to set the stage for implementing universal health care:
• "We must create a national consensus that health care is a right, not a commodity; and that government must guarantee that right."
• "We must create a national consensus that the health care system is in crisis."
• "Our messaging program over the next two years should focus heavily on reducing the credibility of the health insurance industry and focusing on the failure of private health insurance."
• "Over the next two years, we must design and organize a massive national field program."
• "We must focus especially on the mobilization of the labor movement and the faith community."
The Man Who
Wrote the Blueprint for Obamacare from His Prison Cell. Robert Creamer is the husband of Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky.
He formerly served as ... a lobbyist for George Soros's Open Society Institute. Today Creamer heads the Strategic Consulting Group, a
political consultancy whose list of clients includes ACORN and the Service Employees International Union. Pursuant to an FBI
investigation, Creamer in 2006 was indicted for bank fraud and tax evasion. He ultimately was sentenced to five months in federal
prison plus eleven months of house arrest. While incarcerated, Creamer wrote a 628-page political manual titled Stand
Up Straight! How Progressives Can Win (published in 2007). In the Acknowledgements section of the book, Creamer stated that
his political views had been deeply influenced by "the legendary community organizer" Saul Alinsky.
No Limits on Federal Power?
Every power the federal government has through the commerce clause is one the state has never had. If
everything that affects interstate commerce (which, by today's standards, is every imaginable activity) can
be federally regulated, then the states never had any power. If the states have no exclusive regulatory
power, then they are simply temporary custodians of federal power until the federal government chooses to
retake that power. That states have no exclusive power is an absurd conclusion. But it is not easy
to see now because the federal government "discovers" one power at a time. But if all activities affect
interstate commerce, then what other conclusion is there?
Marxism: A Study In Slacker Mentality.
Marx is dead. Marxism on the other hand keeps coming back, like cancer, under a government controlled health
care plan. It is the carrot on the stick the elite uses to beat the people on the head with. It is called
many different things including progressivism. If America chooses this path, the people are choosing to
abandon the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and freedom. There is a difference between a Marxist and an
Anti-Marxist; Both have read the Communist Manifesto but only the Anti-Marxist understood it.
Obama launches Bad Deal.
Democrats hailed Obamacare as a triumph along the lines of Social Security and Medicare. But Social
Security and Medicare were popular. Eighty-one Republicans in the House and 16 in the Senate voted for
Social Security in 1935. In 1965, 70 Republicans in the House and 13 in the Senate voted for Medicare.
Obamacare, on the other hand, is detested by many if not most Americans and passed the House without a single
Republican vote and with 34 Democrats voting against it.
The Commerce Clause
Trap. A frontal assault on the commerce clause by ObamaCare opponents is a losing proposition.
The argument: the federal government cannot regulate such-and-such because it is not interstate commerce.
But all it takes to defeat that argument is one finding by one judge in one case that interstate commerce
Constitutional Storm. Much has been made of several states suing the federal government
over the passage of ObamaCare. The argument is, essentially, that the new law violates the
10th Amendment and infringes on the "commerce clause" of the Constitution. In this article,
I will argue that this approach by the states will probably fail (in and of itself) — but
that the suits brought by the states could play a role in a more comprehensive strategy to challenge
the constitutionality of ObamaCare.
Health Care Statists
on the March. The American Medical Association's top journal publishes an article calling for
startling change to our medical and political system. Not content with passage of recent health care
reform, doctors Samuel Sessions and Allan Detsky suggest that US citizens ignore the literal meaning of the
Constitution. This would allow health reformers to transform the US medical system with fewer roadblocks.
Obamacare: If the Constitution guarantees a right to privacy, as Roe v. Wade
told us it does, how can Obamacare's individual mandate pass constitutional muster?
of threats to the Constitution.
The Death of Medical
Privacy. As I have read through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA,
aka ObamaCare), I have been repeatedly struck by the disregard the law has for patient privacy. Time and
time again, the PPACA authorizes the federal government to obtain information about patients directly from
their health care providers. A particularly vivid example is Section 4302, "Understanding Health
Disparities: Data Collection and Analysis." Section 4302 literally opens up almost every
medical record in this country for government review and data collection.
Legal challenges: Let the lawsuits begin!
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Court decisions against Obamacare
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Repeal and/or Nullification
votes to repeal part of health care law. More than two dozen House Democrats broke party ranks to
join Republicans in a 267-159 vote to repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS)
Act — a part of Mr. Obama's signature health care reform aimed at providing long-term coverage for
the elderly and those with disabilities. But putting together a filibuster-proof majority to repeal CLASS
in the Senate is another matter.
The Incredible Lightness
of Obama. The administration is clearly hoping to delay any appeal to the Supreme Court on the
[Obamacare] law so that implementation will be so far underway that it can argue that undoing the legislation
would have a disastrous impact on the economy and national health care. ... In Idaho, one legislator is
proposing a nullification bill, and other states are voting to opt out of the act. For every (outrageously
overreaching) action, there's an equal and opposite reaction. In Obama's mind, cramming this act through
Congress might have been his crowning achievement. In mine, it will be the epitaph of his
administration, if not his party as well.
Has Begun. Mark this date: On Feb. 2, 2011, a Democratic Senate killed the first piece of the
health-care law it passed less than a year ago. Bowing (finally) to reality, 34 Democrats rushed to
be among the 81 senators who axed the bill's odious 1099 tax reporting requirement. Let the
ObamaCare dismantling begin.
Unravels. The House voted by a wide margin Wednesday [1/19/2011] to rescind ObamaCare. Critics
sniff that the vote was merely symbolic and therefore a waste of time. But this decision carries some weight.
The Repeal Vote.
Democrats are deriding last night's House vote to repeal ObamaCare as "symbolic," and it was, but that is not the
same as meaningless. The stunning political reality is that a new entitlement that was supposed to be a
landmark of liberal governance has been repudiated by a majority of one chamber of Congress only 10 months
after it passed. This sort of thing never happens. More House Members — 245 in total —
voted to rescind the new entitlement than the 219 Democrats who voted to create it last March.
Everything Starts with Repeal: Suppose someone — say, the president of the United
States — proposed the following: We are drowning in debt. More than $14 trillion
right now. I've got a great idea for deficit reduction. It will yield savings of $230 billion
over the next 10 years: We increase spending by $540 billion while we increase taxes by
$770 billion. He'd be laughed out of town. And yet, this is precisely what the Democrats
are claiming as a virtue of Obamacare. During the debate over Republican attempts to repeal it, one of
the Democrats' major talking points has been that Obamacare reduces the deficit — and therefore its repeal
raises it — by $230 billion. Why, the Congressional Budget Office says exactly that.
Vote To Repeal More Than Symbolic. Time will tell, but I reject the somewhat cynical view that the
House Republicans' vote to repeal Obamacare is purely symbolic. I think it's quite significant. We are
engaged in a war to save our nation from crippling debt and systematic assaults on our Constitution and our liberties
and to preserve our prosperity. No setback has to become a permanent defeat. But neither will any victory
remain secure, for the forces working against us are tireless and relentless.
60 Percent of Americans Want ObamaCare
Repealed, But Not the Anti-American Senate and President. In our national elections held
just this past November 02, 2010 the American people spoke out loudly and clearly against the
socialist liberal Democrats and the unconstitutional medical plan called ObamaCare that was forced
through both houses of Congress, which they controlled at an earlier time in 2010 before the elections.
The newly elected conservatives to the Republican Party in Congress were of such magnitude that they
were able to regain control of the House of Representatives by a wide margin, and just missed getting
control of the Senate by a mere three members.
We'll Fight To Repeal ObamaCare. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said Tuesday [1/11/2011]
that his organization would join in the fight to repeal the new health care law, lobbying Congress to take it back
to the drawing board and renegotiate key provisions.
Six states to watch on health reform.
Health reform repeal efforts will generate a lot of noise in the opening weeks of the 112th Congress —
but the real action on health reform is going to ramp up outside the Beltway in state capitals. "Unless
states move forward as fast and as hard as they can this year, they will be lost in 2014 when the bulk of
health reform hits," says Stan Dorn, a senior health policy researcher at the Urban Institute.
Here's one more weapon. The vehemence of the opposition to President Obama's overhaul of health
care has spawned an assortment of strategies for killing it. The newest and most ambitious would create
a health care compact among the states and use it to switch control of health care programs from the federal
government to the states.
On The Regulatory Tsunami. Beltway pundits say Republicans are making a mistake in vowing to block
ObamaCare "piece by piece." They're right. They should get rid of it entirely. It's already
hurting consumers and businesses.
GOP Health Care Repeal Could Pick Up a Few Dem Votes. Only a few moderate or conservative
Democrats remain left in the House of Representatives come opening day on Wednesday [1/5/2011], but expect at
least a chunk of them to vote in favor of the Republican plan to repeal the health care law. As one of
its first act in the new Congress, the Republican majority is calling up the law for repeal. Text of the
repeal bill is already online for Americans to read and a vote is expected on Jan. 12.
Any Fool Can Understand the Commerce Clause.
The growth of the powers Congress has arrogated to itself is the singular greatest threat to freedom and
liberty in America. This is why so many individual States have joined in the several cases brought
against Obamacare. Failing a common sense ruling on this case by the Supreme Court, the States have but
one option left and that is nullification. They can, individually and together, pass laws to restrict
the implementation of Obamacare. Meanwhile, the incoming 2011 Congress can and should do everything in
its power to defund and otherwise thwart this assault on liberty.
10 reasons Obamacare is unravelling. [Scroll down] Three states — Oklahoma,
Arizona, and Colorado — have ballot initiatives before the voters in November, all repudiating the
health law. Passage will give even more impetus to proponents of repeal, following the 71% vote against
the law in Missouri in August.
How to Reform
ObamaCare Starting Now. The Republican rallying cry during this election season has been a
promise to "repeal and replace" ObamaCare. The problem is that through at least 2012 President Obama
would veto any law repealing his signature health-care legislation. What, then, can Republicans do in
the next two years? Look to the states.
No Avoiding 'Repeal and Replace'. Scores of House and Senate candidates are campaigning on a platform
of reestablishing limited government. There could hardly be a more encouraging development for our republic.
After decades of legislators' piling countless new programs on top of old ones, and two years of the most intense
tax-and-spend binge ever conducted by an administration, government finances have reached the breaking point.
Something is going to give, and probably sooner rather than later.
Who Will Write the History of the
Battle Over ObamaCare? [Scroll down slowly] Thus, going forward to the November midterm
elections and beyond, the real question is not whether the bill will actually achieve universal health
insurance without lowering the quality of care or raising costs; that is an impossibility. Rather, the
question will be whether liberals in Congress and especially the media will be able to imprint the idea into
the majority of American minds that, however messy its passage was and problematic the details may be,
ObamaCare had to be passed and cannot be reversed.
It must be
repealed. The plan will explode the national debt, raise $569.2 billion in new taxes,
force taxpayers to fund abortions, and impose unconstitutional mandates on every American. All of
this was done in the face of overwhelming public outrage and bipartisan opposition in Congress. This
process has been an insult to our democracy and threatens our nation's prosperity and freedom.
Government bureaucrats will now dictate the terms of our health care system.
Repeal. Late last night,
in a narrow and partisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the most significant piece of social
legislation in over seven decades. It did so in the face of overwhelming and principled opposition from
the American people. Large majorities of Americans oppose this legislation because it offends the historic
American dedication to the principle of self-government. They understand that this new law will
accelerate Washington's intrusion into our most personal and private decisions. This is why
opposition to this bill will only grow.
Obamacare Must Be Repealed. Conservatives
are demanding the repeal of Obamacare. Simply, it's an intolerable act by government that's inconsistent
with freedom and liberty. ... The left so wanted to head off this repeal effort that Section 3405, Subsection C of
ObamaCare flat out states: "it shall not be in order in the Senate, or the House of Representatives to
consider any bill resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this
Sen. Inhofe Backs 47-Word Bill To Repeal 2,400-Page
Health Care Law. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today that he is supporting a 47-word
long bill to repeal the 2,400-page long health care bill that was passed by Congress and signed into law by
President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
Repeal or Bust?
If the GOP takes control of the House after November, several leading GOPers are vowing that H.R. 1 in
the next Congress will be an ObamaCare repeal bill. In the Senate, Republican Jim DeMint of South
Carolina has already introduced a bill.
Favor Repeal of Health Care Bill. Just before the House of Representatives passed sweeping
health care legislation last Sunday, 41% of voters nationwide favored the legislation while 54% were
opposed. Now that President Obama has signed the legislation into law, most voters want to
see it repealed.
Repeal It! I've written
elsewhere that we should wait at least a week or two before paying attention to polls on Obamacare, but this
one is too remarkable to pass up: Rasmussen finds that 55 percent of voters want Obamacare
repealed. That is extraordinary. Has the public ever greeted passage of a major piece of
legislation with this much disgust?
Replace. This week, President Obama signed into law a health-care bill that was rushed through
the Senate on Christmas Eve, pushed through the House of Representatives near midnight on Sunday, and which has
been overwhelmingly rejected by the American people. Democrats are now celebrating their great victory,
but it will be short lived. This health-care bill will be repealed; it's not a question of "if," but
This Law Will Not
Stand. In the dead of night on Sunday, Democrats rammed their health-care overhaul through
Congress. Some say we made history. I say we broke with history, turning our back on this country's
finest traditions of limited government, personal responsibility, and the consent of the governed. ... As
Washington Democrats embark on their attempt to sell government-run health care, they are in for a rude
The last time health care
was repealed. The drive to "repeal and replace" the newly enacted health care-reform law has
already bumped into a bit of Beltway conventional wisdom: Entitlements are never repealed. Even if
Republicans somehow summoned the political will to try, they would first need to win the presidency and a
filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate. That would be a tall order, to be sure. And no one
should underestimate the difficulty of reversing what Washington has wrought — in a welfare state, the
ratchet effect usually works only one way. But those who say it has never been done before are
forgetting about the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988.
the Health Care Bill Could Be Repealed: While this bill was intended to be a broad middle
class entitlement in the mold of Social Security and Medicare, it is fundamentally different. It is
funded by a variety of mechanisms that target specific stakeholders. It is paid for primarily by
Medicare beneficiaries and the wealthy, neither of whom are likely to receive the benefits.
Can Govt Health
Care Bill Be Repealed? You Bet! Liberals and their allies in the "mainstream" media have
been busy telling us since the unconstitutional government health care bill passed a little over a week ago
that there's no way it can be repealed, even when (note that I said when) conservative representatives take
back the House and Senate in November. Programs never get repealed, government entitlements never go
away, they say. For the most part, that is sadly true. But it isn't impossible.
McMaster: Why I'm suing over Obamacare. When the people of South Carolina are subjected to
actions that violate their constitutional rights and our state's sovereignty, it is my sworn duty as attorney
general to protect them. For that reason, South Carolina has joined with 16 other states in a legal
challenge to President Obama's new health care law, with additional states expected to join in the coming days.
repeal of Obamacare. President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid — the
troika that controls America today — have long had designs to shove America into the abyss of
socialism. Their philosophy, political power and cynical effort to expand the dependency class all lined up
to make Obamacare the law of the land. The highest price every generation of Americans will pay is not
measured in dollars but in lost liberty.
Thurbert Baker, Attorney
General for ACORN. Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker has angered Georgia Republicans to
the point that some have called for his impeachment. Mr. Baker refuses to join other state attorneys
general filing suit challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare. He's become the darling of the left
by his refusal to file suit.
Intolerable Act: The history of the United States begins with a rebellion against unfair
taxation. ... The punishment for that first Tea Party was a series of intrusive laws so oppressive that
they were described as the "Intolerable Acts." ... Obamacare is today's "Intolerable Act." It too
should be opposed and repealed.
Republicans Against Repeal.
Well, that didn't take long. After Democratic supermajorities rammed through their health care bill,
Republicans were full of sound and fury about how this injustice will not stand. ... But in the GOP, cooler
heads always prevail. What these Republican heads want to cool down is the campaign to repeal the health
The ABCs of Repealing ObamaCare. Conservatives
want to repeal every single word of ObamaCare. They want ObamaCare euthanized so Congress can start over with
true healthcare reform that lowers prices, restores free markets and gets the government out of the decision-making
process. ObamaCare was an intolerable act of government. Luckily, there are three ways to repeal it.
Rasmussen: Support for Repeal of Obamacare
up Four Points. Rasmussen Reports has released new numbers today [4/12/2010] showing increased support for
the full repeal of Obamacare. The new weekly polling results show that 58% of likely voters now support
repeal of the government takeover of health care. A full 50% strongly support the repeal.
Why Repeal Can Really Happen.
In the first five weeks after ObamaCare's passage, Americans favored repeal by a whopping 16 points
(56 to 40 percent), according to Rasmussen's poll of likely voters. Now, in the wake of
developments such as the news that ObamaCare has actually prompted major corporations to discuss the
possibility of dropping their employer-sponsored health plans, that number has risen to 19 points (56 to
37) — and to 28 points among independents (60 to 32 percent). Independents
actually favor repeal by more than Democrats oppose it (34 percent of Democrats support repeal, while
58 percent oppose it).
to Repeal is Well Under Way. "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,"
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told us just weeks before Congress passed President Barack Obama's health care
plan. Well, the nation's post-passage Obamacare education continued yesterday when the Congressional
Budget Office (CBO) confirmed that the federal government will have to spend an additional $115 billion
implementing the law, bringing the total estimated cost to over $1 trillion.
Americans dissatisfied with the Democrats' federal takeover of health care have reason to doubt whether the
Republicans have the political will to provide a real alternative. Their performance in the last 14 years
leads to skepticism.
of the Health Care Law: Support for repeal of the new national health care plan has jumped to its
highest level ever. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of U.S. voters now
favor repeal of the plan passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in March.
Plan to Repeal Obamacare. In a perfect world, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) would like to "fully
repeal" Obamacare. "That's what I voted for earlier this year," he says, alluding to the Senate GOP's
repeal amendment from March, which failed by a vote of 58 to 39. "But, for now, full repeal
is very tough. I would like to see that, but Republicans only have 41 votes."
Calls for Repeal of Obamacare Mandates. "I've been working to dismantle Obamacare," declared
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). "We have to fight this terrible law that's a threat to liberty itself."
These comments came during a June 21st blogger conference call held by Sen. Hatch in which he sought to
rally support for two bills aimed at representing "a strategic attack on the central tenants of Obamacare."
Repeal Within Reach? Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said the night of ObamCare's passage,
"We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it…". The emerging picture is
frightening. ObamaCare dramatically alters the already-overregulated health insurance market.
The federal government will now manage your health care decisions. The law creates a maze of
mandates, federal directives, price controls, tax increases and subsidies. We all begin paying
ObamaCare taxes this year. The law includes at last count at least 19 new taxes. As
Americans begin to reap the personal financial burden of Obamacare, the movement to repeal it is
Brakes on ObamaCare. If Republicans take control of one or both houses of Congress this fall,
many will have been elected with a promise to "repeal and replace" ObamaCare. But what are their
options, really? There likely will be an initial showdown, but President Obama will surely veto
any challenge to the law, and it would be hard to imagine mustering the votes to overturn it.
The coming investigation
into Obamacare. The hallmark of the administration's political bribery and graft is, of course,
the so-called Obamacare legislation — legislation that contains 2,841 pages, includes some 2,200
references to the new role of the Health and Human Services (HHS) czar, and creates 600 new authorities
that CANNOT be challenged, 150 new bureaucracies and boards interposing between doctors and patients, and
17 new mandates governing insurance companies. Also slapped onto Obamacare, as you will recall, is
the unilateral takeover of the entire private student loan industry.
Vote to Repeal
ObamaCare. As a doctor I know something about unexpected recoveries, and this latest attempt
to rescue ObamaCare from repeal needs to be taken seriously.
Did Democrat Rep. Taylor Sign ObamaCare Repeal Petition? Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor of Mississippi
has signed the discharge petition for H.R.4972, a bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
If at least 218 members sign it, the bill is then removed from committee and brought to the House floor for
a vote. Until Taylor, only Republicans had signed it. What's interesting is that Taylor is not one
of the most endangered House Democrats.
The Race to Repeal
ObamaCare — Even on Crutches. Dr. Donna Campbell is running against Lloyd Doggett,
one of the Dems who used to brag about having helped write ObamaCare, in Texas. Even on a broken foot,
Campbell is running hard to hold Doggett accountable, and drive him out of Washington this November.
ObamaCare Repeal Gains at the Polls.
Democrats cannot spin Tuesday's election as an anti-incumbent exercise. Rather, it was Washington, D.C.'s
biggest mid-term shift in party power since 1938. ... The American people gagged on government —
gargantuan, profligate, and pugilistic — especially in its domestic quintessence: ObamaCare.
Calls to repeal the Democrats' wheezing contraption grew louder Tuesday.
A checklist for Congress.
[Scroll down] Congress must repeal Obamacare immediately. Until Congress can get the president to
sign a law to do so, it must withhold funding, block key provisions and override regulations carrying out
Obamacare. Only after this misguided "reform" is rejected can Congress undertake a careful, thoughtful
legislative process to make practical adjustments that allow the free market to provide affordable, effective
health care insurance choices.
ObamaCare Still Worse Than You Thought. While most Republicans ran on repealing the Health Care Act
of 2010, Democrats kept saying that Americans would eventually embrace the features of the bill and that
Republicans would never be able to overturn such a major piece of legislation. A new analysis of the
bill — by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) — would make any common-sense
individual an enthusiastic devotee of the total obliteration of this monstrosity.
A vote to repeal Obamacare will be high on the agenda of the House of Representatives when the new Congress
convenes in January, and the bill is very likely to pass the House with support from both Republicans and
conservative — or at least frightened — Democrats. But the repeal bill likely will
stall in the Democrat-controlled Senate and certainly would hit a brick wall with President Obama's inevitable
veto. So what next?
Nullify Now. [Thomas] Jefferson didn't tell us that a
nullification of the act is a "good idea" — or that we should first try federal lawsuits or wait
for the next election cycle. He said, in fact, that every time Congress exercises powers not delegated
to it — every time — it must be resisted on a state level. Thus, when states pass
laws to reject unconstitutional federal "laws" — this is not rebellion — it's duty.
State Nullification. As
Jefferson warned, if the federal government is allowed to hold a monopoly on determining the extent of its
own powers, we have no right to be surprised when it keeps discovering new ones. If the federal
government has the exclusive right to judge the extent of its own powers, it will continue to
grow — regardless of elections, the separation of powers, and other much-touted limits on
government power. In his famous Report of 1800, James Madison reminded Virginians and Americans at
large that the judicial branch was not infallible, and that some remedy must be found for those cases in
which all three branches of the federal government exceed their constitutional limits.
needs a new national debate on the Constitution. It might seem unlikely that a lone law professor
could spark a national discussion about the kind of government Americans want in the 21st century, but that's
exactly what Georgetown Law School's Randy E. Barnett hopes to do with his modest proposal known as the
Who is afraid of
the Repeal Amendment? Arising from those who are distressed at the seemingly limitless power of
the federal government — taking over everything from car companies, banks, student loans, and even
the practice of medicine — the Repeal Amendment seems to have touched a nerve on the left.
First, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank played the race card.
U.S. House Should Repeal Social Security Along
with ObamaCare. To the best of my recollection, I never agreed to purchase retirement insurance,
AKA, Social Security. Rather, it was mandated by a fascist government that I purchase it. ... In turn,
the Social Security scam has spawned the Medicare Ponzi Scheme which, although it is not required, is another
non-sustainable program administered by dim wits too stupid to survive in the real world.
Begins? By a 236-181 margin, the House on Friday approved rules for the debate leading up to
Wednesday's [1/5/2011] up-or-down vote on repeal legislation. Democrats, fearing they may lose their
grip on Americans' health care, launched into hysterics right away.
Half the states now
suing the federal government over Obamacare. If it is allowed to be implemented, Obamacare will
eventually do deep and irreparable harm to our nation's budget deficit. But while Obamacare is more of a
long-term threat to fiscal health at the federal level, it is a clear and present danger to the states.
Of the 34 million Americans who gain health insurance through Obamacare, over half (18 million) will
receive it through Medicaid.
Massachusetts Experience Put ObamaCare On A Path To Repeal? The new GOP majority plans to
introduce a bill to repeal ObamaCare soon. What the Republicans are trying to prevent is what is
already happening in Massachusetts, where a similar health care bill was enacted in April 2006. It is
already imploding. Unless ObamaCare is repealed, we're on a path to Massachusetts' future.
Obamacare, and the Senate. 21 Senate Democrats are up for reelection in 2012, along with the two
Independents. Each of those 23 Senators will have to explain to their constituents whether they
favor the new taxes, higher premiums, lack of options and special-interest favors that are part of Obamacare.
Obamacare was front-and-center in the tsunami election that brought Republicans to power in the House.
Repeated votes in the Senate over the next two years will leave Senators with no place to hide. Those up
for reelection will face a choice: Vote for Repeal or Vote to be Replaced.
Defund 'Obamacare': The next step.
As one of the first acts of this 112th Congress, the House is due to pass language I introduced to repeal
Obamacare: "as if such Act had not been enacted." This legislation would validate the strategy
for repeal that I have been advancing since the day the law was signed. It will also set the stage for
the next component of my repeal strategy: the inclusion of language in every appropriations bill to
prevent federal funds from being used to implement or enforce any of Obamacare's provisions.
Nullification bills introduced.
While 12 states have now introduced bills to nullify Obamacare, Montana is leading the way toward a broader
Dirty Little Secret About De-Funding Obamacare. Several members of Congress, like Rep. Denny
Rehberg (R, MT) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R.-Wash.) are offering amendments that would prevent any
new spending from being used to implement Obamacare. Good for them. Those are important additions
to the big spending bill pending in Congress. But here's the dirty little secret: Much of
Obamacare is being implemented with money that was already appropriated last year. These billions are
already available for bureaucrats to put Obamacare into force.
U.S. health care law not immune
to nullification. In their battle against the federal health care legislation, Republican lawmakers
in at least 11 states are turning to a centuries-old and rarely used tactic in an effort to wrest power from
the federal government.
50 Straight Weeks, the Majority Has Supported Repeal. For 50 consecutive weeks, Rasmussen's
poll of likely voters has been asking Americans whether (and how strongly) they support or oppose the
repeal of Obamacare. Fifty times in fifty weeks, the majority of Americans have said that they
support repeal. In 49 of those 50 weeks, Americans have supported repeal by double-digits
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compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
Waivers, Favoritism and Unfairness
...exceptions, loopholes and fine print.
votes to let insurers offer employer plans that don't comply with Obamacare. The House on Thursday [9/11/2014]
took one last big swipe at Obamacare before of the midterm elections, as two dozen Democrats teamed up with Republicans
to pass a bill that lets insurers continue to offer employer health plans that do not meet the law's standards.
Republicans said the bill was a chance for Democrats to keep President Obama's promise that "if you like your health plan,
you can keep it," by letting companies continue to offer insurance that doesn't meet Obamacare's stricter requirements.
exemptions to grow to 25M by 2016: report. A new report from the Congressional Budget Office
finds that the number of those who don't have to pay fines to opt out of Obamacare — the exempted
class — is going to hit 25 million by 2016. The Wall Street Journal said now, only
4 million are going to pay the opt-out fine — down from 6 million.
on Obamacare. The latest example of Obama's selective enforcement of oppressive legislation is
his decree that Obamacare's hated individual mandate won't be enforced for those who didn't have Obamacare-compliant
insurance during the 4-month stretch from January through April of this year. This, despite the fact that
Obamacare's actual text states that anyone who goes even three consecutive months without Obamacare-compliant
insurance in this year must pay the penalty established in law for violating the individual mandate. A
2-month grace period in law has therefore become a 4-month grace period in practice.
Rep. Steve Stockman Exempts
His Staff from Obamacare. Like Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), the GOP primary
challenger to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), has exempted his staff from Obamacare. In late October, the Washington Times reported that
Stockman "said his staff unanimously voted to reject Obamacare enrollment, saying the law subsidizes abortion and is a 'Ponzi scheme'
that forces young people to pay more for health care."
Thune: Obama Gives Unions Obamacare Exemption. Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the chairman of the Senate GOP conference, has
discovered that President Barack Obama's administration has decided to grant an exemption to labor unions from Obamacare's reinsurance
tax. On page 70 of regulations the administration published on Monday [11/25/2013], Thune's office noted that a rule would
exempt Taft-Hartley union healthcare plans from from the Obamacare reinsurance tax.
$174K-Per-Year Congressmen Will
Get Special Obamacare Subsidy. Under Obamacare — as it is being implemented under a regulation issued by the White House Office
of Personnel Management (OPM) — a middle-aged member of Congress who earns an annual salary of $174,000 from the taxpayers, and who has a
wife and children, will get a $10,000 subsidy from the taxpayers (over and above his $174,000 salary) to buy a health insurance plan that a regular
citizen making almost $80,000 less than the congressman will not get.
Obama Rewrites Rule To Let Unions
Avoid ObamaCare Tax. While millions of Americans deal with the fallout of ObamaCare in the form of increased premiums prices and
cancellations, the New York Post reports that President Obama has already moved to protect his Big Labor allies from paying their "fair
share." After publicly refusing to do so, the Administration has quietly "sneaked in a rule that would let some labor unions off the hook
for an ObamaCare tax."
Claim: 'Unions May Get Health Law Tax
Relief'. It looks like labor unions might be getting tax relief from Obamacare, according to a report from kaiserhealthnews.org.
"Weeks after denying labor's request to give union members access to health-law subsidies, the Obama administration is signaling it intends to
exempt some union plans from one of the law's substantial taxes," reads the report.
Health and Human Services
quietly giving unions Obamacare fix. The Department of Health and Human Services quietly released a final rule last week that includes
an intention to exempt some union insurance plans from a substantial new tax known as the reinsurance fee. As part of Obamacare, the tax was
supposed to be levied against all insurance plans to share the risk for insurers taking on the sickest patients next year. But unions, which
were among the strongest supporters of the Affordable Care Act when it passed in 2010, had pressed the administration for changes to the law,
arguing that the measure is harmful to insurance plans accessed by more than 15 million union members and would raise costs.
Strategic Move Exempts Health Law
From Broader U.S. Statute. The Affordable Care Act is the biggest new health care program in decades, but the Obama administration has ruled that
neither the federal insurance exchange nor the federal subsidies paid to insurance companies on behalf of low-income people are "federal health care programs."
The surprise decision, disclosed last week, exempts subsidized health insurance from a law that bans rebates, kickbacks, bribes and certain other financial
arrangements in federal health programs, stripping law enforcement of a powerful tool used to fight fraud in other health care programs, like Medicare.
House Granted Itself Waiver To Launch Obamacare Website 'Deemed As High Security Risk. A memo the Obama administration turned over to the House
Oversight Committee revealed that the White House granted itself a waiver to launch the faulty HealthCare.gov website with "a level of uncertainty."
The waiver was granted four days before the Oct. 1 launch of the Obamacare website, even though it was "deemed as a high (security) risk," according
to CBS News.
Hill aides can quietly stay off health
exchanges. Congressional offices this week have been forced into a frenzied, late-hour scramble to decide which of their staffers will be
pushed onto the District of Columbia's health insurance exchanges and which will be able to keep their current health insurance plans. Under rules
created in the wake of Obamacare's implementation, House and Senate personal office staffers — dubbed "official office" aides by the House
administrative office — are supposed to get their health insurance through D.C.'s health insurance exchange.
A lie from day one. Sec. 1251(a)(1) of the Affordable Care
Act (Obamacare) says that no one can be required to give up a plan in effect on March 23, 2010, when the law was passed. Those
plans are "grandfathered." But following that guarantee is a list of costly requirements that made it difficult for insurers to keep offering
your plan. It gets worse. Union plans were "grandfathered" with none of those fine print tricks and exceptions. Sec. 1251(d).
Democrats expected to exempt staff from Obamacare.
Facing a deadline today [10/25/2013] on deciding if Senate and House committees staffers will be swept into Obamacare like personal office aides of members,
sources tell Secrets that several Democratic staffs will likely be kept out of the troubled health care system. Such a move to shield thousands of aides
would be a blow to efforts to have all of Capitol Hill enrolled into the system the president and congressional Democrats created.
Sebelius: I'm Not Signing Up for Obamacare. In an
interview with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta Tuesday night [10/22/2013], Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she won't be enrolling in the
problem-plagued health insurance system that she was charged to implement.
Obama's leadership proves presidency is no place
for amateurs. With ObamaCare, he allowed Nancy Pelosi and her liberal Democratic cohort to ram through the most sweeping — and
flawed — piece of social legislation in more than four decades without a single Republican vote, guaranteeing that the unpopular law will be
challenged for years to come. Compounding this mistake, he then handed out waivers and exemptions to the law to politically connected businesses,
including restaurants and nightclubs in Nancy Pelosi's district.
Big Labor Set to Win ObamaCare Delay.
As Senate leaders hammer out a deal to end the partial government shutdown and lift the nation's debt ceiling, sources on Capitol Hill tell Breitbart News
that labor unions are poised to win a significant delay in an ObamaCare tax. The delay in the tax, which has long been a goal of Big Labor, is
expected to be part of a spending agreement brokered by Sens. Reid and McConnell.
Exemptions pose another big hurdle for Obamacare.
Think you're exempt from Obamacare's individual mandate? Good luck proving it. The health law's least popular component — the
requirement to obtain insurance or face a tax penalty — also features a lengthy list of exceptions for people facing certain hardships like
foreclosure, domestic violence or homelessness. Members of certain religious sects or Native American tribes also are exempt. But if the
online system for getting into Obamacare coverage is rickety, the system for getting out of the mandate doesn't even exist yet. HHS says it will
take another month at least for the administration to finalize the forms.
It's obvious why people don't trust ObamaCare.
If you're puzzled why ObamaCare is so polarizing, consider how a law that's ostensibly about fairness — health care for all — can be so
unfair. Favored groups like unions and some businesses have carved out exceptions for themselves, while the average American could see their hours cut
or their job eliminated. Perhaps the most frequently talked about, but also most widely misunderstood, dispensations is the one for Congress and its staff.
Congress And Staff Get Gold Health
Care — It's Required. If you use the Obamacare calculator to get a price estimate on health insurance you'll probably be given
a price on a silver plan, which is on the low end of the spectrum when it comes to benefits. They probably don't quote the gold or platinum plans
because they're more expensive. Well, unless your a member of Congress or congressional staffer. Then you would be required to choose a gold
plan, which would be fine since the taxpayers will pick up most of the tab.
Dems vote to keep their perks.
When Obamacare was passed, it included a requirement that members of Congress and their staffs had to sign up for insurance through the exchanges.
But many of these staffers are so well-paid that they're ineligible for taxpayer-funded subsidies — just like every other American earning the
same amount. President Obama, who insists that he "will not negotiate any changes in the Affordable Care Act," stepped in and changed Obamacare,
giving these pols and their pals cash to cover their costs. Cash that comes out of your pocket but that you, regular tax-paying schlub, can't have.
Welcome to Obamacare — fax us your money!
From the moment the last of the 22 pens he used to sign the bill into law left the parchment, the federal government has been gearing up — and,
of course, collecting cash — for Day One, non-ironically set 915 days in the future, Oct. 1, 2013. In the meantime, though, the
community organizer from Chicagoland exempted everyone in his administration from the new law (as well as lawmakers and staffers in Congress). Lots of
campaign donors and business buddies in blue states got waivers, too. But everyone else has to fall in line and get set for the federal government to gain
an unfathomable degree of control over their lives.
The Hypocrisy Of Congress's Gold-Plated Health
Care. As close observers of history and human nature, James Madison and the other Founders of the U.S. Constitution knew that the
equal and unbiased application of the law to all people, especially elected officials, is essential to freedom and justice and one of the primary
safeguards from authoritarianism and oppression by a ruling class. And so, referring to the members of Congress, James Madison wrote in
Federalist No. 57: "[T]hey can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the
great mass of the society." Today, elected officials need to be reminded of these truths.
Republicans think Labor
Department has secret Obamacare 'fix' for unions. Two Republican House lawmakers asked the Labor Department to provide "all legal analyses" it
has done on a proposed Obamacare "fix" sought by Big Labor. The lawmakers think the administration is secretly working on a such a fix but trying to
keep it hidden from the public.
Federal workers want
everyone on Obamacare except federal workers. The lion's share of federal workers are all organized in federal employee unions.
Weren't they some of the President's most vocal and active supporters when this train wreck was being shoved through Congress in the first place?
No Obamacare exemptions for Big Labor?
We'll see. The Obamacare rollout has been an uncomfortable one for Big Labor. Congress passed the law with their blessing,
and now they're finding out what's in it, and they want out.
The Chicago Way in Obamaland.
The union bosses who pushed so hard to pass ObamaCare now realize that they are in deep trouble; they won't be able to keep their cushy
jobs if the rank and file realize that the sudden loss of hours and/or healthcare benefits of union members is due to the union bosses
supporting ObamaCare. As a result, Obama is trying to figure out a way to provide relief to unions and only unions. Of course,
that's unconstitutional vote buying at its most obvious, but if you're from Chicago that's business as usual.
Out a Sweetheart Obamacare Deal: Obama Meeting With AFL-CIO. Guess who's at the White House today? The AFL-CIO of course.
And who are they meeting with? President Obama himself. Why? They're trying to secure a sweetheart Obamacare waiver and they want
you to pay for it.
Obamacare Rules for Congress May Be Delayed.
A memo to House staff on Wednesday [9/11/2013] said that the Office of Personnel Management may not issue the final rules about how members of Congress and congressional
staff members can enroll in Obamacare insurance exchanges until after enrollment begins on October 1.
When servants behave as rulers.
[C]oncern about government overreach is not a new phenomenon in America. However, that concern is now being fueled by blatant favoritism shown
to members of Congress and their staffs regarding the requirement to participate in the insurance programs offered by Obamacare. [...] Why are so many
people fleeing from this legislation if it is such a great masterpiece? Would you eat food prepared by a great chef if he refused to eat it himself
and all of his staff also refused to eat it?
Republicans question cost of Obamacare
price break for unions. Anticipating a move by the White House to appease unions, top House Republicans asked Congress' auditors to estimate
how much it would cost to provide Obamacare subsidies to workers who use multi-employer health plans.
A Test of GOP Resolve on ObamaCare.
The Office of Personnel Management announced — with no legal authority — that Congress could keep receiving its giant subsidies.
Oh, and the OPM also declared that each member of Congress also gets to define which of his staff is covered by the law. Chances are many
staffers will never have to deal with the exchanges at all. This deal ought to have led to a wild GOP protest, both on philosophical and
legal grounds. Instead, there has been nary a peep of complaint.
ObamaCare: When Socialist Theory
Meets Practice. Every day that passes the public learns more of the unsavory aspects and high costs of this misbegotten legislation,
and when the administration isn't waiving its application to its donors and cronies, it is delaying yet another feature of it.
Obama write his own laws?. [Scroll down] Indeed, the very next day, it was revealed that the administration had unilaterally waived Obamacare's cap
on a patient's annual out-of-pocket expenses — a one-year exemption for selected health insurers that is nowhere permitted in the law. It was simply
decreed by an obscure Labor Department regulation. Which followed a presidentially directed 70-plus percent subsidy for the insurance premiums paid by congressmen
and their personal staffs — under a law that denies subsidies for anyone that well-off.
Obamacare exemption — none
dare call it treason. All the legal, constitutional and parliamentary maneuvering is enough to confuse Albert Einstein, but here is the bottom
line: Congress and staff managed to get themselves exempted from the single, most-punishing aspect of Obamacare.
Wait — Isn't Obama Already Defunding Obamacare
On His Own? So there's all those exceptions. The one at the end, which includes all the union and corporate carve-outs, is a biggie when you
add in the delayed employer mandate. That's one of the main mechanisms by which the hideous law is supposed to be funded. You get to be one of the
others, via the individual mandate.
President Obama seems to regard the law as a mere inconvenience.
Presidential Lawlessness: It's So Cool.
Along with his extra-constitutional decisions to ignore or vacate the law, Obama also unilaterally exempts his friends from the law. [Quoting Kevin]
Williamson: "Neither does the law empower him arbitrarily to exempt millions of his donors and allies in organized labor from the law, but he
has done that too." Obama has been granting waivers from the ACA mandates since 2011. The latest is his exemption of Congress and its
staff from the mandate. Obama is buying off Congress.
Members Only. The White House on
Wednesday [8/7/2013] released the legal details behind its ObamaCare bailout for Members of Congress and their staffs, and if anything this
rescue is worse than last week's leaks suggested: Illegal dispensations for the ruling class, different rules for the hoi polloi.
Congress wins relief on Obamacare health plan
subsidies. Congress has won some partial relief for lawmakers and their staffs from the "Obamacare" health reforms that it passed and
subjected itself to three years ago. In a ruling issued on Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers and their staffs will continue to receive a federal
contribution toward the health insurance that they must purchase through soon-to-open exchanges created by President Barack Obama's signature
Members, staff will keep
health-care subsidies under Obamacare. Members of Congress and Hill staffers will not lose their health-care subsidies from
the government when Obamacare is implemented because of an exception proposed Wednesday [8/7/2013] by the Office of Personnel Management.
Under the current system, the government covers most of the cost of health-care premiums for members and their staffers. But an amendment
to the Affordable Care Act — proposed by Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley — threw those subsidies into question saying
that members and staff must enter into the exchanges or be covered by insurance "created" by law.
Congress's Obamacare Waiver.
America has a two-party system. But it's not Republicans versus Democrats. It's the ruling class — Republicans and
Democrats — against everyone else. Consider how President Obama just gave Congress its very own Obamacare waiver.
Obama Making his Own Laws — Again.
By what authority did President Obama decide to exempt members of Congress and their staffs from a provision of Obamacare that would deny them
their federal subsidy and and make them buy insurance on the exchanges like everyone else? Obama, as has been widely reported, promised
Congress the other day that he would personally see to it that the federal benefit, which pays 75 percent of premiums, would be preserved
even after Congress is forced onto the exchanges.
Congress's ObamaCare Exemption.
To adapt H.L. Mencken, nobody ever went broke underestimating the cynicism and self-dealing of the American political class. Witness
their ad-libbed decision, at the 11th hour and on the basis of no legal authority, to create a special exemption for themselves from the
ObamaCare health coverage that everybody else is mandated to buy.
IRS Chief: I Want
to Keep My Health Care Plan, Not Switch to Obamacare. IRS chief Daniel Werfel says he wants to keep his health care plan, not switch
to Obamacare: "Mr. Werfel, last week your employees who are a member of the National Treasury Employee's Union sent a form letter for union
members to send in to ask they be exempt from the exchanges," a congressman asked. "Why are your employees trying to exempt themselves from
the very law that you're tasked to enforce?"
responsible for enforcing Obamacare doesn't want it to apply to them. Millions of Americans are going to "go through a change" in
their insurance policies and premiums. Why should [IRS chief Daniel] Werfel and his employees be any different?
IRS chief says he'd rather
not switch to ObamaCare plan. The head of the agency tasked with enforcing ObamaCare said Thursday that he'd rather not get his
own health insurance from the system created by the health care overhaul. "I would prefer to stay with the current policy that I'm pleased
with rather than go through a change if I don't need to go through that change," said acting IRS chief Danny Werfel, during a House Ways and Means
The White House says you can sign up 'without further verification.'
ObamaCare's 'Liar' Subsidies.
The White House seems to regard laws as mere suggestions, including the laws it helped to write. On the heels of last week's one-year
suspension of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate to offer insurance to workers, the Administration is now waiving a new batch of its own
ObamaCare prescriptions. These disclosures arrived inside a 606-page catch-all final rule that the Health and Human Services Department
published on July 5 — a classic Friday news dump, with extra credit for the holiday weekend.
Obama Exempts American Indians from
Obamacare Mandate. The Obama administration on Wednesday broadened an exemption for American Indians from the new health care law's
requirement that virtually every U.S. resident has health insurance starting next year.
Congress Can't Weasel Out of
ObamaCare. During the course of the long, contentious and often under-handed battle to pass ObamaCare, Congress did
do one honorable thing: it included the Grassley Amendment in the legislation that ensured that the government could not offer
members of the House and Senate and their staffs any insurance plans but those created by the bill or those that were part of the
exchanges set up in association with it.
Waivers Are For Union Pals, Not Dying Child. Kathleen Sebelius' claim she can't waive a rule to save a 10-year-old's
life is rich, given she was last seen doling out ObamaCare waivers like candy to union groups. Welcome to the world of
politicized health care.
Obama Is Every Bit as Bad as We Warned You.
The common thread in each of these scandals is corruption and a willingness to abuse the expanded powers of big government — while
failing to carry out the most basic responsibilities of any government. [...] In Obamacare, Obama rushed through a massive, unworkable
law — then granted waivers to key companies and a disproportionate number of unions while his congressional allies worked to exempt
Exempting Congress From ObamaCare.
The Politico website broke the story Thursday morning [4/25/2013] that Congressional leaders were in hush-hush talks to exempt themselves and their staff
from the wonders of ObamaCare. The story succeeded in blowing up the talks, but there's a bigger story here about Congressional intentions that is
How Barack Obama Is Using Health Care to Balkanize
America. What we are now seeing in the country is but one of the many deliberate designs of the Obama administration to pit one group against another and
make them beg for some dispensation or waiver. The class warfare that has been an Obama signature now engages cancer patients and teachers and the military.
Who will be next in line to demand special consideration? Obama knows only one way to rule — and I do mean rule, since governance has gone by the
wayside. Bribes and special interest group waivers have marked his presidency since the beginning of his term.
new Interior Secretary nominee received Obamacare waiver for her company. President Barack Obama's newly-named
nominee to run the Department of the Interior, REI CEO Sally Jewell, sought and received a waiver from Obamacare requirements
for her outdoor clothing and equipment company in 2011. The Washington Examiner's Charlie Spiering dug up the revelation
Thursday [2/7/2013], noting that Obama welcomed Jewell to the White House in 2009 to jointly argue for the passage of Obamacare.
How's That Obamacare Waiver Workin' Out for Ya?
Exactly two years ago this week, the Obama administration announced it had issued more than 100 waivers en masse to a select group of companies, unions
and other health insurance providers seeking relief from the onerous federal health care law. The Obamacare waiver winner's club now totals 2,000.
Where are they now? Answer: In the same miserable boat as every other unlucky business struggling with the crushing costs and burdens of the mandate.
exempts millions — prisoners, illegals, welfare recipients. In just 14 months, Americans will be required
to prove that they have federally "qualified" health insurance or face an Obamacare tax of $695 to $2,085. That is unless you
are in prison, below the poverty line, or are an undocumented immigrant, according to the anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform.
When added together, those three groups total up to one-sixth of the nation's population of 314 million: 218,929 are in
federal prisons, 12 million are illegals and 42 million are below the poverty line and eligible for welfare, though some
fit into all three categories, according to federal reports.
Obamacare: A plan of, by and for special interests.
For a law that supposedly sticks it to big business, President Obama's health care overhaul sure has a lot of industries counting on it for profits.
In recent weeks, plenty of new evidence suggests Obamacare was a boondoggle for special interests.
Trashing Tricare. The Obama administration's
proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while
leaving unionized civilian defense workers' benefits untouched. The proposal is causing a major rift within
the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to
increase the enrollment in Obamacare's state-run insurance exchanges.
top 10 constitutional violations. [#10] Health care waivers: The Department of Health and
Human Services has granted nearly 2,000 waivers to employers seeking relief from Obamacare's onerous regulations.
Nearly 20 percent of these waivers went to gourmet restaurants and other businesses in Nancy Pelosi's San
Francisco district. Nevada, home to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, got a blanket waiver, while
Republican-controlled states like Indiana and Louisiana were denied. Even beyond the unseemly political
favoritism, such arbitrary dispensations violate a host of constitutional and administrative law provisions
ranging from equal protection to the "intelligible principle" required for congressional delegation of
authority to cabinet agencies.
waivers get axe in last-minute Friday night news dump. In what's appearing to be a last-minute
move to avoid scrutiny, President Barack Obama's administration announced late Friday that it is doing away
with Obamacare waivers. Obama administration official Steve Larsen said no new applications, or waiver
renewal applications, will be accepted after Sept. 22 this year. Larsen said politics was "absolutely
not" a part of the decision to do away with the controversial program, but it certainly looks that way with the
decision to dump the news on Friday. It's a common public relations practice to roll news out late on
Fridays when trying to shift attention away from controversial topics.
of healthcare waivers nears 1,500. The Health and Human Services Department granted 39 new
waivers last month from part of the healthcare law, bringing the total to just shy of 1,500.
Waivers as Weapons.
Former House speaker Nancy Pelosi's plea that Congress would have to pass the 906-page Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act to "find out what's in it" has become an instant classic in the annals of dysfunctional
government. But in the months since the bill's passage, as the Department of Health and Human Services
has parceled out waivers, something else has become clear: We may never know what's in it ... because
it lodges such tremendous discretion and power in the Department of Health and Human Services that we can
never really be sure how government decision makers will interpret it. In at least 700 separate
instances, the legislation says that the secretary of health and human services "shall have discretion" to
make rules implementing the law's often vague requirements.
waivers to gourmet restaurants, nightclubs, in Nancy Pelosi's district. Of the 204 new
Obamacare waivers President Barack Obama's administration approved in April, 38 are for fancy eateries, hip
nightclubs and decadent hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's Northern California district.
That's in addition to the 27 new waivers for health care or drug companies and the 31 new union
waivers Obama's Department of Health and Human Services approved.
Cafes in Pelosi's District Eat Up Health Care Law Waivers. Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district
was the hands-down winner in the latest set of health care law waivers announced by the Obama administration.
More than three dozen businesses with locations in Pelosi's district were granted temporary exemptions from the
law in April, according to information released by the Department of Health and Human Services. The
businesses — mostly restaurants and cafes, with a few upscale hotels and clubs mixed
in — accounted for about 20 percent of all waivers granted last month.
Pulling the plug on
Obamacare: By granting more than 1,000 Obamacare waivers (read: payoffs) to a host of unions and
corporations, the Obama administration has tacitly admitted this socialized medical monstrosity is neither
"affordable," nor does it "protect patients." Still, while Republican rooks maneuver to checkmate King Obama
via legislative repeal, others have gone the judicial route.
ObamaCare's Worst Feature? As we close in on the one-year anniversary of ObamaCare, it's worth
asking what has been the worst feature of this 2,000-plus page law. There are lots of unworthy contenders.
But a good case can be made for Section 2711 waivers.
administration keeps giving out Obamacare waivers. Although House Energy and Commerce Committee
Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan Republican, is about to launch a congressional investigation into Obamacare
waiver selection, the administration continues to approve waivers from health-care law for labor unions and
others. In fact, since Upton first requested documentation from Health and Human Services Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius in late January, the administration has issued 307 more Obamacare waivers, 47 of which
for labor unions. That brings the total number of waivers to 1,040. Labor unions received
269 of those.
waivers...and counting. The Health and Human Services site Helping Americans Keep the Coverage
They Have and Promoting Transparency (sic) conveniently lists the 773 waivers approved to date. Scroll
through the list; notice that most of the waivers, more than 650 went to unions exempting well over
2 million employees. And for the millions of other workers who like their health care plan and
want to keep their health care plan? The site also helpfully provides links on how to get one.
details of Obamacare. If you would like to know what the White House really thinks of Obamacare,
there's an easy way. Look past its press releases. Ignore its promises. Forget its talking
points. Instead, simply witness for yourself the outrageous way the White House protects its best friends
Has Given Obamacare Waivers to 28 Food Workers Union Locals. The Obama administration has
granted one-year waivers to 28 separate local chapters of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW),
exempting them from a requirement under the new health care law that bans annual limits on what insurance plans
will pay for medical coverage. The UFCW's political action committee spent $673,309 in independent
expenditures promoting the election of Barack Obama in 2008.
Dude, Where's My Obamacare Waiver? More
than one million Americans have escaped the clutches of the Democrats' destructive federal health care law.
Lucky them. Their employers and labor representatives wisely applied for Obamacare waivers earlier this fall
and got out while the getting was good. Now, it's time for Congress to create a permanent escape hatch for
the rest of us. Repeal is the ultimate waiver.
More ObamaCare waivers. The
Obama Administration has quietly granted even more waivers to the new federal health reform law, doubling the number
in just the last three weeks to a new total of 222. One of the more recognizable business names included on
the newly-expanded list of waivers issued by the feds is that of Waffle House, which received a waiver on November 23
for health coverage that covers 3,947 enrollees.
Discriminatory Application of Laws Abounds. CNSNews.com reports that the administration gave
one-year waivers to 28 separate local chapters of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union,
exempting them from an Obamacare requirement that bans annual limits on what insurance plans will pay for
coverage. The UFCW's political action committee spent $673,309 in independent expenditures promoting
Obama's 2008 election.
Locals Waived From Obamacare Requirement. Three local chapters of the Service Employees
International Union (SEIU), whose political action committee spent $27 million supporting Barack
Obama in the 2008 presidential election, have received temporary waivers from a provision in the
Obamacare law. The three SEIU chapters include the Local 25 in Obama's hometown of Chicago.
waivers granted for Obamacare. By the time they're done, only suckers like us will have
to follow the rules on Obamacare. The Department of Health and Human Services just issued 500 more
waivers for unions, companies, and states to avoid some of the many restrictions and mandates contained
waivers skyrocket to 729 + 4 states; 4 new SEIU waiver winners. While the Democrats
continued to extol Obamacare and the president defended the behemoth law during the Date of the
Union, HHS was quietly presiding over a massive Obamacare Waiver-mania explosion. When last we
examined the growing list, privileged escapees topped 222. Now: The list now at 729 — plus
4 states (Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee). Among the many new union refugees
are 4 new SEIU locals.
Congress Will Probe
Special Exemptions to Health-Care Law. The Obama administration's waivers to temporarily
exempt certain companies, unions, and charities from rules established by the new health care law are
a "perfect example of special interests" having influence in the administration and will be looked into
by Congress, Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee told CNSNews.com.
for Favors: Big Labor's Obamacare Escape Hatch. President Obama's storytellers recently
launched a White House blog series called "Voices of Health Reform," where "readers can meet average
Americans already benefiting from the health reform law." I propose a new White House series:
"Voices of Health Reform Waivers," where taxpayers can meet all the politically connected unions benefiting
from exclusive get-out-of-Obamacare passes — after squandering millions of their workers' dues to
lobby for the job-killing, private insurance-sabotaging law from which they are now exempt.
Obama is paying back the unions for their support.
make up 40 percent of employees exempted from Obamacare. Yesterday [1/26/2011], the Deparment
of Health and Human Services announced it had granted more than 500 new waivers to Obamacare's requirement
that health plans have annual limits of no less than $750,000. This annual limit requirement climbs
to $1.25 million next year and then to $2 million. The reason these exemptions from the
law are needed is that Obamacare forces all health insurance consumers to over-insure themselves and pay
high premiums as a result. Without the waivers, many companies, non-profits and unions would simply
drop their health plans.
Our Waiver? The Obama administration has become famous for its crony capitalism, in which
companies like General Electric were rewarded while energy companies, for example, were cast into the outer
darkness. Now we have what might be called crony health care, with the favored escaping the full
consequences of ObamaCare while the rest of us deal with the rising costs and reduced service.
SEIU Gets Three More
Obamacare Waivers. Three additional locals of the Service Employees International Union
(SEIU) — an organization whose political action committee spent $27 million in independent
expenditures promoting Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign — received one-year waivers
exempting them from complying with a provision in the new health care law.
Union Had Most Employees Affected by Obamacare Waivers. The United Federation of Teachers
(UFT), the union representing New York City's public school teachers, is the largest beneficiary of waivers
from some of the requirements under the new health care law, according to the Department of Health and Human
Your Medical Information Be Used Against You? If the over 700 waivers to the healthcare mandate
granted by Secretary Sebelius to big corporations such as Waffle House and Foot Locker, and supporters of
Obamacare such as Aetna, Cigna and the SEIU are any indication, those who oppose the administration need to
watch their backs. ... Those who are not lucky enough to receive these waivers will have the thankless task
of being under the mandate yolk and therefore picking up the tab. In the age where the government
constantly talks about 'fairness', how fair is that?
Investigation of Obamacare Waivers. The Republican congressman leading the investigation
into the Obama administration's decision to grant more than 700 waivers to the new health care law
is questioning whether the law could be effective if so many waivers are needed. Rep. Cliff Stearns
(R-Fla.) also noted the high percentage of Obama-supporting labor unions that received waivers —
which exempt them from a provision in the new health care law that bans annual limits on what insurance plans
will pay for medical coverage.
Outlets Misreport on GE Receiving EPA Exemption. In January, the Environmental Protection
Agency began implementing its controversial greenhouse gas regulations for power plants and polluters for
the first time in history. Critics of the regulations assert that they will slow down economic
recovery, and are expensive jobs-killers. It should come as no surprise then that readers were
angered to discover in an article published by the Washington Examiner, that just a month after the
regulations began, the Obama administration began handing out exemptions to certain companies, the
first of which was the very loyal General Electric.
Mitch Daniels: ObamaCare A 'Fixers Fiesta'. Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Ind., ... a former White
House budget chief and possible 2012 presidential contender, called ObamaCare a "Fixers Fiesta," referring
to all of the waivers the Dept. of Health and Human Services has given to companies and unions so that
their health care policies don't violate the new regulations. "Get ready for years of this," Daniels
said. "It's going to be so unworkable in so many ways ... anybody who writes about lobbying is going
to have a field day."
Top 10 Labor Union Outrages.
[#5] ObamaCare waivers: If ObamaCare is such a great thing, why are the unions scrambling to get
waivers from the administration to avoid complying with the health care law. Of the first 222 waivers
granted by the Department of Health and Human Services, more than one-third of the workers affected were
insured by union health plans. Some waivers don't pass the smell test: such as the one given to
three local Chicago chapters of the SEIU, which contributed a combined $27 million to Obama's 2008
Vulnerable And Unpopular.
The ObamaCare waivers granted to businesses and organizations now number more than a thousand. This is a
desperate tactic by the administration — as well as a tacit admission that the law is deeply flawed.
The Department of Health and Human Services added 126 waivers Friday [3/4/2011], bringing the total
A Thousand Waivers. No one
outside the secret candle-lit council chambers of King Obama has any idea how these waivers are granted.
An awful lot of them go to the big labor unions that form the true core constituency of the Democrat Party.
House Energy and Commerce chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) demanded an explanation earlier this year, but Health and
Human Services ignored him and sent forth its robed and hooded clergy to issue several hundred fresh
indulgences. This blizzard of waivers is more than just an annoying example of government playing
favorites. It betrays the basic rationale behind ObamaCare, which is that health care is a "basic
A Thousand Points of
Blight. Last October, it came out that the Obama administration had been issuing ObamaCare
waivers to a list of unions and corporations that correlated rather suspiciously to the donor rolls of the
Democratic National Committee. The indignation caused by this news increased proportionally as the
total number of special dispensations grew to 111 by November and to twice that amount in December.
And there was general outrage when an additional 507 new waivers were posted to the approval list the day
after Obama's State of the Union Address. The list now includes more than 1,000 unions and other
12 Worst Features Of ObamaCare. [#3] Waivers: Section 2711 waivers enable the health
plans of businesses, labor unions and other groups to avoid having to comply with ObamaCare's regulations, lest
their members lose "the insurance they like." The Department of Health and Human Services has granted
1,040 waivers in about six months. Naturally, a disproportionate share of those receiving waivers
are unions, some of Obama's biggest political allies. And the waivers are a temporary reprieve as by
2014 all business, unions, etc., must comply with ObamaCare rules, something that will very likely result
in lost jobs.
Louisiana Is Ninth State To Seek Waiver From ObamaCare's Medical
Loss Rules. IBD has just gotten word that Louisiana will become the ninth state to request a
waiver from ObamaCare's medical-loss-ratio regulations. An MLR is the share of health premiums spent
on medical costs. Under ObamaCare, insurers in the individual and small group market must have an 80%
MLR, which means that 80% of premiums are spent on medical care, leaving 20% for things like salaries,
advertising, fraud prevention and profits.
Half of Latest Crop of Obamacare Waivers Are to
Unions. The Washington based GOP think tank known as Crossroads GPS filed a federal lawsuit
Wednesday [3/30/2011] in D.C. District Court against the Department of Health and Human Services. The
group is seeking documents to better understand how HHS makes decisions to grant waivers to the new health
44Dupree Washington Insider. The Obama Administration has rolled out another 129 waivers to
one provision of the new health reform law, with almost half of those new exemptions going to various union
groups. The extra waivers bring the total to 1,168, giving businesses, health plans, unions and others
an exemption from a portion of the law that in 2011 requires an annual benefit limit of no less than $750,000.
The Waiver Charade:
During the debate over his health care law, President Obama repeatedly promised that "if you like
your plan, you can keep it," but for millions of Americans that promise has already been broken.
In a shocking admission, Obama's administration has granted more than 1,000 waivers to the health law to
prevent 2.6 million workers from losing their coverage. Millions more weren't lucky enough
to get a waiver, and have already been forced to switch plans.
Weiner Waiver Wormhole. New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner toasted the one-year
anniversary of Obamacare this week — and accidentally spilled his champagne glass all over
the disastrous, one-size-fits-all mandate. Ostensibly one of the federal health care law's
staunchest defenders, Weiner exposed its ultimate folly by pushing for a special cost-saving regulatory
exemption for New York City. If it's good for the city Weiner wants to be mayor of, why not for
each and every individual American and American business that wants to be free of Obamacare's shackles?
Obamacare is crony-care.
From energy mismanagement to refusal to be fiscally accountable to blatant job-destroying policies, the
president has gone off in a gung-ho leftist direction that leaves many Americans shaking their heads in
confusion. A recent poll found that more than 60 percent of Americans believe the country is
heading off a cliff. The president's trust meter will take another hit now that more and more Americans
are finding out he's giving out waivers to his Fedzillacare law. The president has handed out exemptions
to more than 1,000 unions, companies and organizations and five states.
King Barack's Waivers.
Obama does not, of course, call his targeted exemptions from the rigors of Obamacare "dispensations."
He and his courtiers at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) style them "waivers." But
a special dispensation by any other name is nonetheless noisome. As Columbia Law School Professor Philip
Hamburger reminds us, "Waivers have a history. In the Middle Ages, the pope granted waivers, known as
dispensations, and English kings soon followed suit. ... The underlying justification was that the king had
absolute power — a power above the law — and this caused consternation."
Government by Waiver.
Law is not just an idealized system of rules: It also involves the public administration of those rules by a
wide range of elected and appointed officials in an endless array of particular circumstances. For those
who would defend a just legal order, the basic challenge is to strike a proper balance — between
limiting the discretion of these officials so that they do not undermine the rule of law, while also allowing
them enough leeway to perform their essential roles. Lately in America, we have done a poor job of
preserving this balance.
District Gets 20% of Latest ObamaCare Waivers. On the federal level, of course, Former House speaker Nancy
Pelosi was instrumental in securing ObamaCare's passage. And now, for a disproportionate number of businesses in
Pelosi's San Francisco district, ObamaCare is not their problem, not any more. As if having entire states get waivers
wasn't enough of a debacle, now there's this nonsense.
Waive Me. Yes, smack dab in the
middle of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's congressional district, a cluster of San Francisco small businesses is among
the latest recipients of get-out-of-Obamacare passes. As Jamie Dupree of Cox Media Group and Matthew Boyle of The Daily
Caller pointed out this week, there are at least two dozen Bay Area companies — including bars, restaurants, hotels,
tourist shops, real estate and auto firms — that have secured temporary, one-year reprieves from the federal law.
It's the San Francisco Treat that voters didn't foresee until after the bill was rammed down their throats.
someone mention Nancy Pelosi?
AARP Latest to
Receive Obamacare Break. The Daily Caller has learned that the Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS) rate review rules, which it finalized on Thursday [5/19/2011], exempt "Medigap"
policy providers, like the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), from oversight when such
providers increase payment rates for their supplemental insurance plans. Insurance providers who
aren't exempt from Obamacare's rate review rules are required to publicly release and explain some
health care payment rate increases.
skirts rule of law to reward pals, punish foes. If Obamacare is so great, why do so many people
want to get out from under it? More specifically, why are more than half of those 3,095,593 in
plans run by labor unions, which were among Obamacare's biggest political supporters? Union members
are only 12 percent of all employees but have gotten 50.3 percent of Obamacare waivers.
Surprise: AARP Joins Waiver-gate. The seniors group that lobbied heavily for ObamaCare and
stands to profit handsomely from it now has its own waiver. As the White House picks winners and
losers, AARP wins and the rest of us lose.
about the AARP's involvement in Obamacare.
Abuse Of Power. Example #1: The Daily Caller last week reported that nearly half of the
204 waivers to the strictures of ObamaCare granted in April were to constituents that generally
supported the Democratic Party's push to pass the legislation. They included the widely reported
granting of 38 waivers — 20% of the total — to upscale restaurants, night clubs and
hotels in former House Speaker and current Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district, including a
hotel that advertises itself as "four diamond luxury in the heart of city." In addition, 31 waivers
were granted to unions, and 27 to health care or drug companies.
to Win Payoffs and Intimidate Enemies in Obama's America. Some recent stories instruct us
anew on the cardinal tenets of Obamanomics, a.k.a, pay for play the Chicago way. Consider first the
story reviewing the rush of organizations to get exemptions from Obamacare. So far, nearly 1,400
different entities (businesses, unions, insurers, and state and local governments), covering over three million
people, have been given exemptions from the bill by Obama's HHS Secretary Sebelius, and those waivers have a
disturbing pattern. The Obama regime clearly played the crony capitalist card in granting these waivers.
to end monthly healthcare waiver approvals. The Obama administration announced Friday [6/17/2011]
it is changing the way it approves waivers to part of the healthcare reform law. Instead of approving a
new batch of year-long waivers every month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that
plans have until Sept. 22 to apply for a waiver that will carry through 2013. Starting in 2014, all
plans will have to comply with the provisions of the law and the waivers will be moot.
admin to end health care waivers. The Obama administration says it will end a controversial
health care waiver program in September.
blasts reporters at Obamacare waivers presser. Freshman Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh
ripped mainstream media reporters at a press conference Wednesday morning [6/22/2011] for their failure to
adequately cover the Obamacare waivers imbroglio. "This is an outrage," Walsh said of the Obamacare
waivers program. "I don't know why your profession isn't outraged. If this were any other
president or any other administration, you would be investigating this tooth and nail every single day."
The Tea Party,
Right About Everything. [Scroll down] ObamaCare was sold as a way to bend the health
"cost curve" down. As it turned out, it is bending the cost curve up — health care
will be more costly than it would have been without ObamaCare. It's so great that in its first year
about 1,500 companies, states, and unions were granted waivers.
Continuing Injustice of Obamacare Waivers. It may be hard to keep track of with the
round-the-clock news cycle, but the continuing injustice of waivers to the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act deserves careful scrutiny by the American citizenry. The list of granted
waivers now stands at 733. A glance reveals that much of this favored class is made up of the
law's biggest supporters: unions and health care providers.
Year in Obama Scandals — and Scandal Deniers. [Scroll down] This spring saw rising public
anger over the preferential Obamacare waiver process (which I first reported on in September 2010). Some
2,000 lucky golden ticket winners were freed from the costly federal mandates — including a handful of
fancy restaurants in Aloha Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district, the entire state of Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid's Nevada, and scores of local, state and national Big Labor organizations, from the
Service Employees International Union and Teamsters on down.
Get Waivers Bought With Political Cash. In a telltale Friday-night document dump, the White House released
records showing the latest lucky recipients of Obama-Care cost waivers. By the wildest of coincidences, 87% of
them belong to Big Labor unions. Interesting, since Big Labor pulled out all the stops to get the president's
signature on health care reform passed in March 2010. But as the waivers came, it's clear they never had any
expectation of paying for it.
Obama Excuses Over 500,000 Union Members From
Obamacare. Remember back in the days of the debate over Obamacare when unions were the biggest voices
screaming in support of the legislation? Many labor union bosses said that nationalized healthcare was exactly
what they wanted. Further they said it was what was good for the country. Yet now we learn that Obama has
given waivers to some 550,000 union members so that they don't have to suffer under Obamacare.
Obamacare is a threat to the economy
You could call this GOP Congress a death panel for Obama-Care itself. The decision to pull the political
plug has been made and the date is set. The text of the repeal bill is already online ... Putting key
bills online before they were voted on is something President Obama and the Democrats promised but never did.
The attempt may be futile — the Democrats still hold the Senate, and a presidential veto looms
beyond that. But our representatives, including 23 Democratic and independent senators up for
re-election in 2012, will be forced to declare themselves.
of Obama's Socialism. Make no mistake, President Obama's "Socialist Realignment Strategy" has
the stuff of a coup — a coup using legislative and executive authority to ram through radical
changes that empower Washington politicians and bureaucrats as never before. Americans have witnessed
this strategy in action since Mr. Obama assumed power in January of 2009. Stopping ObamaCare would be a
critical practical and symbolic victory in the war for freedom.
Planning a Market Failure. The "Cadillac tax" on health plans applies a 40 percent excise
tax on plans with total premiums initially exceeding $8,500 for individuals and $23,000 for families.
Because these dollar amounts are indexed to consumer inflation, not health-care inflation (which rises at a
significantly faster rate), Towers Watson has estimated that more than 60 percent of large employers'
existing plans will qualify as Cadillac plans by 2018. The tax is paid by the insurer, who will then pass
the extra costs onto beneficiaries, increasing premiums. But employers' existing plans won't be legal
under Obamacare: they will have to change significantly to accommodate the law's blizzard of mandates
Emerging ObamaCare Massacre. Here's a Post-it note for ObamaCare supporters and opponents:
Over the weekend 3M, the maker of the ubiquitous sticky message pads, along with electronics, optics and more,
decided to end its retirees' access to its health care plan beginning in 2013. ... That comes on the heels of a
report Thursday [9/30/2010] that McDonald's was considering dropping its "mini-med" plan for its employees
because those plans may run afoul of the forthcoming medical-loss ratio regulations.
Fox News Poll:
79% Say U.S. Economy Could Collapse. The latest Fox News poll finds that 79 percent of
voters think it's possible the economy could collapse, including large majorities of Democrats (72 percent),
Republicans (84 percent) and independents (80 percent).
the Entitlement Lollipop. Two months after passing a law that supporters claimed would reduce
federal deficits, largely through Medicare cuts, the House is moving toward a temporary "doctor fix" that
would add tens of billions in Medicare costs. Even more expensive fixes are likely in the future.
Congressional leaders knew this spending would be necessary when they passed health reform in March.
Yet they didn't include this liability in the law, in order to hide the overall cost of the entitlement.
In a failing corporation, this would be a scandal, investigated by Congress. In Congress, this is known
as legislative strategy.
No Longer Able to Save
on Health Care Insurance. High deductible-plans or HSAs link the consumer and the expenditure.
This is the only way market forces can work. Moreover, a lot of services be purchased less expensively
if paid for on the spot, and the provider does not have to file claims. All that efficiency is going to
be outlawed now. But the president solemnly assures us that his scheme will save us money.
Markets Reflect the True Cost of Obamacare. Not many people noticed amid the Democrats' struggle
to jam their health care bill through the House, but in recent weeks U.S. Treasury bonds have lost their
status as the world's safest investment. The numbers are pretty clear.
ObamaCare Day One.
Democrats dragged themselves over the health-care finish line in part by repeating that voters would like the
plan once it passed. Let's see what they think when they learn their insurance costs will jump right away.
Even before President Obama signed the bill on Tuesday, Caterpillar said it would cost the company at least
$100 million more in the first year alone.
Sickening Questions About Obamacare. What government program has ever reduced the deficit?
Why are some in the White House and Congress exempt from this plan? And those questions are just for
Obamacare Violates Obama's Pledge Not to Increase Taxes.
As many as a dozen taxes in the new health care law violate President Barack Obama's campaign pledge not to
raise taxes on families earning less than $250,000 and on individuals earning less than $200,000. At
least seven of these taxes directly affect health consumers regardless of income, such as the individual
mandate to buy insurance, the employer mandate, the tanning tax, and limits and penalties on health savings
says Health Care bill will cost it $150 million. Deere & Company, Iowa's largest manufacturing
employer, said in a statement this morning that the recently-passed health care legislation will cost the
company $150 million after tax this year.
Tell Us The
Total. One of the many reasons why so many North Carolinians opposed the ObamaCare legislation
is that the process that yielded it was full of backroom deals, prevarication, and confusion. A republican
form of government requires both clarity and transparency on the part of public officials, to whom voters have
granted the coercive power of government only grudgingly, with important restrictions and reservations.
You may have seen a list of these restrictions and reservations. It's colloquially known as the United States
Deere in Obama's Headlights.
What do Caterpillar and John Deere have in common? Besides being America's two biggest makers of heavy
equipment, they have both announced huge increases in expenses due to ObamaCare. ... Yesterday [3/25/2010],
John Deere said it will face an additional $150 million in increased costs for 2010 in order to comply
with the Democrats' assault on America's health care and health insurance systems, eliminating about 11%
of the company's profits for the year.
The Looting of America:
Now that we've crossed the bridge to utopia by simultaneously shredding the Constitution and establishing the
health-care state, it's worth looking back and seeing March 21, 2010 in the context of recent history.
If "fundamentally changing" America means its final destruction, then it seems to have happened in three
discrete phases that began long before Obama. Why and how it happened is much less important than what
each of us is willing to do to correct it.
The VAT Cometh.
Obamacare was sold on the premise that, as Nancy Pelosi put it, "health care reform is entitlement reform.
Our budget cannot take this upward spiral of cost." But the bill enacted on Tuesday accelerates the
spiral: It radically expands Medicaid (adding 15 million new recipients/dependents) and shamelessly
raids Medicare by spending on a new entitlement the $500 billion in cuts and the yield from the Medicare
A tarnished presidency. The liberal line is that President Obama has secured his place in history by
signing into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. And secured it he has. Henceforth
Obama will be remembered as the man who accelerated America's mad dash toward bankruptcy.
[Scroll down] The one thing that can be said for certain is that, whatever claims are made for Obamacare,
it will lead to more people depending on government for their health arrangements. Those 5 million
retirees are only the advance guard. And, if you're one of those optimistic souls whose confidence in the
CBO is unbounded, let's meet up in three years' time and see who was correct — the bureaucrats passing out
the federal happy juice, or the real businesses already making real business decisions about Obamacare.
Can we afford this? No.
Writedowns. It's been a banner week for Democrats: ObamaCare passed Congress in its final form
on Thursday night, and the returns are already rolling in. Yesterday AT&T announced that it will be
forced to make a $1 billion writedown due solely to the health bill, in what has become a wave of such
corporate losses. This wholesale destruction of wealth and capital came with more than ample warning.
the numbers. The real cost of health care reform, as recognized by the nation's business community,
is just beginning to take shape. Bloomberg Business Week (picked up by Drudge) reports that SEC filings by
such companies as AT&T, Caterpillar, AK Steel Holding, and 3M Co., reflect their anticipated costs of compliance
with ObamaCare. Keep three things in mind: a.) these write-downs are not reflected in any CBO
estimates of the cost of funding health care reform; b.) in order to protect stock prices, these
companies have a huge incentive to understate the costs they actually face; and, c.) the true cost
of health care reform is equal to taxes raised from American taxpayers plus decreased wealth accruing to
Health Care Law Provision Is a Budget Buster, Critics Say. While Congress spent the last year
debating how to provide health insurance for the uninsured, a little-known provision slipped into the heath
care law that could cost some Americans upwards of $2,000 a year.
bill, Obama has sown the seeds of a budget crisis. A "budget crisis" is not some minor accounting
exercise. It's a wrenching political, social and economic upheaval. Large deficits and rising
debt — the accumulation of past deficits — spook investors, leading to higher interest
rates on government loans. The higher rates expand the budget deficit and further unnerve investors.
To reverse this calamitous cycle, the government has to cut spending deeply or raise taxes sharply. Lower
spending and higher taxes in turn depress the economy and lead to higher unemployment. Not pretty.
We Are Expected to
Believe. [Scroll down slowly] We are expected to believe that Obama's signing rendered
the bill benign. We are expected to believe three thousand pages of shalls and shants, musts and
mandates, have drifted away on the breeze and can no longer come between our doctors and us. We are
expected to believe that a half-trillion in new taxes and a half-trillion in Medicare cuts will suddenly go
unnoticed. We are expected to believe that Enron-style CBO accounting will be transfigured into wondrous
sums for our grandchildren to behold. We are expected to believe that our newly disciplined government
will never let this entitlement break the bank.
A War On Reality.
Rep. Henry Waxman vowed to haul CEOs into hearings after they revealed just how much ObamaCare will cost their
firms. It's an absurd war on bookkeeping, from a Congress desperate to avoid heat for this fiasco.
Economics for Dummies. You
probably missed it. But a new school of economics was unveiled last week shortly after health care reform
passed the House of Representatives. Speaker Nancy Pelosi stepped to the podium in the House chamber and
said the legislation will "unleash tremendous entrepreneurial power" and create millions of jobs. "Our
economy needs something new, a jolt," she said. And she and her Democratic colleagues had just delivered
Expect Health-Care Charges. The cost to companies of the landmark U.S. health-care overhaul
continued to mount Wednesday as Boeing Co. said it will take a $150 million charge against first-quarter
earnings because of tax changes in the legislation.
job-killing impact is just getting started. It didn't take long for businesses — especially
in Illinois — to start feeling ObamaCare's job-killing punch. ... In the last week, four major
Illinois-based companies — Boeing, Caterpillar, Deere & Co. and Illinois Tool Works —
have announced they will take charges of $150 million, $100 million, $150 million and $22 million,
respectively, because of one provision in the new law.
was mainly aimed at redistributing wealth. It hasn't attracted much notice, but recently some
prominent advocates of Obamacare have spoken more frankly than ever before about why they supported a national
health care makeover. It wasn't just about making insurance more affordable. It wasn't just about
bending the cost curve. It wasn't just about cutting the federal deficit. It was about redistributing
Fueling Higher Insurance Costs. Despite all the talk about how Obamacare would lower health care
costs, it's already becoming clear that it just won't be the case. The Indianapolis Star reports that
companies can expect employee health insurance costs to rise even faster.
ObamaCare, The Deluge. Now ObamaCare is law. The storm has come ashore. And we are
seeing the first signs that our economic levees will not hold, that the disasters predicted are coming to
pass. Verizon, the second largest phone company in the United States, estimates that ObamaCare will
impose on them $970 million in additional costs. What will this mean for Verizon's 223,000
workers? According to wireless analyst Chetan Sharma, "This is having an impact on the bottom
line and that can cut jobs." No kidding.
Are the Democrats who want to place price controls on premiums trying to destroy the health insurance
business? If we didn't know better, we'd say yes.
Fudging Obamacare costs.
U.S. government debt continues to spiral out of control, thanks in large part to Obamacare. Long after
the votes to approve the government takeover of health care, bureaucratic number-crunchers are finally doing
the math to figure out how much it will cost. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services concluded
in April that Democrats double-counted projected Medicare spending cuts as savings and for helping ease
existing financial strains on the Medicare system. It can't do both.
The Smallest President.
[Scroll down slowly] ObamaCare was the progeny of a shrinking president preoccupied with identity politics
accompanied by big government ideology and not much else, floated on the emotional chaise of justice and fair
distribution. Yet its proponents thoroughly disregarded the vast, complex, and highly skilled bureaucracy
needed to attain those ideals in a brand new, centralized, top-down social engineering monstrosity. It will
require a bureaucracy ten times the size of the Pentagon.
The Failures of ObamaCare.
The head of the trusted Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicted ObamaCare will drive people out of the job
market. Douglas Elmendorf, in an Oct. 22 talk, called this the most significant impact of the law,
which now universally leaves a bad taste in Americans' mouths. As director of the CBO, he is Congress's
More about Obamacare's
potential to bankrupt the United States.
More about Obama's
apparently intentional destruction of the U.S. economy.
Obamacare is a threat to freedom
Socialized medicine inevitably makes more people dependent on government. If you don't want
to pay everybody else's medical bills, keep this in mind: the IRS will be Obamacare's enforcer.
health reform's individual mandate first step in taking of freedoms? Uncompensated care, although
a serious problem, is a small part of our overall health care costs. In 2008, it represented an
estimated $43 billion of our $2 trillion healthcare bill or about 2%. I have not seen a
study that shows how much of uncompensated care is for health care services received by people who already
have insurance but refuse to pay a deductible or copayment or for services excluded by the insurance plan
and not paid by the individual who received them. When did it become one individual's responsibility
to pay for someone else's expenses?
A Crossroads Election. Runaway
"stimulus" spending, high unemployment and ObamaCare are all legitimate and important issues. It is
just that freedom and survival are more important. For all its sweeping and scary provisions, ObamaCare
is not nearly as important as the way it was passed. If legislation can become laws passed without
either the public or the Congress knowing what is in those laws, then the fundamental principle of a free,
self-governing people is completely undermined.
A Crossroads Election.
Some members of Congress who voted for ObamaCare, and who are now telling us that they realize this legislation
has flaws which they intend to correct, are missing the point. ... Rushing ObamaCare into law too fast for anyone
to have read it served no other purpose than to prevent this very process from taking place. The rush to
pass this law that would not take effect until after the next two elections simply cut the voters out of the
loop — and that is painfully close to ruling by decree.
dark day for freedom in America. The passage last night of Barack Obama's health care reform
bill through the House of Representatives is yet another blow to freedom in America inflicted by the Obama
administration. The legislation, which comes at a staggering cost of $940 billion, will hugely
add to the already towering national debt, now at over $12 trillion. It is yet another millstone
round the necks of the American people, already faced with the highest levels of unemployment in a generation.
We've Crossed the
Rubicon. The bill was not really about medicine; after all, a moderately priced, relatively
small federal program could offer the poorer not now insured, presently not on Medicare or state programs
like Medicaid or Medical, a basic medical plan. We have no interest in stopping trial lawyers from
milking the system for billions. And we don't want to address in any meaningful way the individual's
responsibility in some cases (drink, drugs, violence, dangerous sex, bad diet, sloth, etc.) for costly and
chronic health procedures. No, instead, the bill was about assuming a massive portion of the private
sector, hiring tens of thousands of loyal, compliant new employees, staffing new departments with new
technocrats, and feeling wonderful that we "are leveling the playing field" and have achieved another
Civil Rights landmark law.
Victory for Obama's Agenda of Spreading Dependency. Health care will not be seriously revisited
for at least a generation, so the system's costliest defect — untaxed employer-provided insurance,
which entangles a high-inflation commodity, health care, with the wage system — remains. Obama
could not challenge this without adopting measures — e.g., tax credits for individuals, enabling
them to shop for their own insurance — that empower individuals and therefore conflict with his
party's agenda of spreading dependency.
Versus Freedom. The American people have figured out that the issue is not health care, it's
freedom. It's whether Obama will succeed in "fundamentally transforming" the American nation, the first
leg of which is to put complete control over every individual's health into the hands of government bureaucrats
and their appointed "experts." Opposition to this Obamanation is manifesting itself not only in Tea Parties,
Town Hall Meetings, a tsunami of phone calls to the U.S. Capitol and spontaneous demonstrations in unprecedented
numbers. The revolt against Obamacare is also resonating in state capitols all over the country.
IRS to Enforce Health Reform. The Internal
Revenue Service will function as the government's chief enforcer for health care reform, should President
Obama sign the bill into law as expected, monitoring both businesses and individuals to certify whether
they have the insurance coverage the government requires.
On The Government For Your Health Care? Good Luck... The vote is done and we have awakened to a
new era. Under the guise of coverage for pre-existing conditions and the security of knowing that you
can't be kicked off your insurance when you really need it, the democrats have pushed through a bill which
will lead to the end of health care as we know it.
The Moral Case Against
Health Care Reform. In a free society, does one individual's needs constitute another individual's
obligation to provide? The answer is no; rather, it is the duty of free individuals to decide what and
whose needs appear most important to them. In a free society, the individual is of supreme importance
and should not to be used as a means to society's ends. The individual has the right to order his
actions and possessions in the manner most consistent with pursuing his own happiness and values. This
view is consistent with America's founding principles.
The Party of American Slavery in Full Abhorrent
Power Again. The political party that promoted the slavery of Africans, established Jim Crow laws,
created the Ku Klux Klan, refused to follow court orders barring segregation — and so on and so
on — is now is full raging power within the borders of the United States of America. However,
this time only the colors of its victims' skins appear to have changed. This time, people from ALL ethnic
backgrounds are being enslaved by the US Marxist Party's (aka former "Democrat Party") overseers and rulers.
Reflections on a National Disaster.
The healthcare bill is freedom lost forever. I hope I am wrong, but I now doubt it will be repealed,
nullified by the states, or reversed by the Supreme Court. While it is true that most constitutional
scholars believe it is unconstitutional, taking and twisting the Commerce clause beyond recognition, I believe
the damage has been done.
The ACLU Goes AWOL.
When George W. Bush was president, the ACLU and its liberal allies were driven nearly berserk by the possibility
that the FBI might know what library books Americans had borrowed. Under the terms of the health care
legislation that President Obama signed into law earlier today, the IRS will have access to all of our most
intimate medical records — and not one peep from the ACLU or anyone else on the Democratic side of
the aisle in either the House or the Senate.
The Progressives' Perfect
Trojan Horse. Democrats say that their mission is to give all Americans health care. The
Democrats are lying. Signing ObamaCare into law against our will and the Constitution is tyranny and
step one of their hideous goal of having as many Americans as possible dependent on government, thus
controlling our lives and fulfilling Obama's promise to fundamentally transform America.
Free Will and
Destiny. I thought I might need to try my small part to cheer people up and calm them
down, but for once I have underestimated the American people. People, by and large, seem not
only calm but absolutely determined. Everywhere I have looked this morning the reaction seems
to be more or less the same: a nation of steely-eyed missile men. These Marxist bastards
have no idea what is coming for them.
The coming of an American Reichstag?
While published reports confirm that Capitol Police have been contacted and are addressing security concerns
of lawmakers and the incidents of vandalism, the involvement of federal agencies has not been publicly disclosed,
nor will it likely be on any official level. The reason, according to this source, is that high-level
discussions between top lawmakers and agency heads are "exploring the application of the Patriot Act against
any right-wing individual or group that poses a danger to government operations."
A Nation of Dependents.
Central planning has gradually eroded the quality of education our youth obtain — and in the process,
it has severely diminished free-market alternatives to government schools. Medicare has survived only by
burdening that same youth with our unpaid bills and through inflationary erosion of our private savings.
For the elderly, no affordable private insurance exists even as backup. ObamaCare is one more
destructive iteration of central planning.
The Innate Immorality of Liberalism.
In my last column, I briefly addressed the issue of morality — or rather the lack of morality —
that animates modern-day liberalism. Understand that I also consider the "compassionate conservatism"
of the Bush administration to be equally liberal and equally immoral. If your father went into his
grandson's room, found his wallet and took all the money in it, what would you call it? I know what I'd
call it. ... It's called stealing, and I can't think of a single moral code on the planet which condones it.
It's Really About: Insurance Reform Was Never About Health Care. Past liberal administrations
began the march toward socialization, expanding government control and provision, demonizing capitalism, and
shifting responsibility away from individuals and onto government. ObamaCare will take its place in the
liberal cavalcade of massive government growth initiatives alongside Welfare, Social Security, and a multitude
of entitlement programs. Democrat Senator Dick Durbin said the massive taxes and vast expansion of
government required to run the program would simply be, "The cost... of having the kind of America we want to
have." What kind of America was he referring to?
Debate brews over expansion of Internal Revenue
Service's work force. Health reform may have finally become law, but the partisan wars over the
bill continue to rage — and the latest flash point is a debate about whether the $940 billion
overhaul means thousands of new government workers are about to bloat the federal payroll. Republicans
lawmakers are warning the law would put as many as 16,000 new Internal Revenue Service agents and workers on
16,500 More Reasons to
Vote Republican in November. Thanks to the Democrats, the most hated agency in America, the IRS,
just got 16,500 agents bigger. By sprinkling in an additional 16,500 IRS agents into their health care
mix, the Democrats may have just placed upon their own backs a backbreaking straw.
IRS Commissioner Can't Say How Many New Agents IRS Will
Need to Enforce Obamacare. Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman said at the National
Press Club on Monday [4/5/2010] that the IRS cannot say how many new agents it will need to enforce the new
health care law signed by President Barack Obama last month.
Dominoes. Now that health care reform in the shabby disguise of ObamaCare has been crammed
through Congress, a peek at the president's precariously stacked dominoes confirms that sooner than you may
suppose, there won't be any private companies selling health insurance in America.
chief: Buy health insurance or lose your tax refund. Individuals who don't purchase health
insurance may lose their tax refunds according to IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. After acknowledging
the recently passed health-care bill limits the agency's options for enforcing the individual mandate,
Shulman told reporters that the most likely way to penalize individuals that don't comply is by reducing
or confiscating their tax refunds.
Revolutionary. There's no word that more aptly describes the health reform that was just enacted.
It will affect everyone. Every employee. Everyone on Medicare. Everyone on Medicaid. It
will even affect those who choose to remain uninsured.
A New Direction. Obama
intends to punish productivity and reward laziness to the point that we become an egalitarian society (where
everyone has an equal amount of stuff) rather than a society of equal opportunity. You've seen ObamaCare.
Our country cannot survive this hideously expensive monstrosity. But there's more to come. Cap-and-Trade
is on the way. Unions will become more powerful. And then there's the Value Added Tax.
More Entitlements. The great irony in the Obama administration's latest expansion of entitlements,
its massive commitment to health care, is that it has created one that most Americans don't want. Poll
after poll demonstrate that most Americans oppose the Democrats' radical change to the U.S. health care system.
Not only do they find it too expensive, but they dislike the specific adjustments that shift power and control away
from the individual and place them in the hands of the federal government.
Tyranny May Be Closer
than We Think. When the grassroots efforts of the Tea Party movement began to gain national
attention, it became a target for accusations of racism. It's a typical red herring intended to divert
attention from the president's massive power-grab known as ObamaCare, which will, in addition to destroying
the best health care system on the planet, put an unsustainable debt burden on future generations. Does
any rational person really believe that the majority of our citizens would be in favor of that medical
monstrosity if it had been proposed by a white president?
reform or a war on minorities? A process that began admirably — to increase access, decrease costs
and encourage quality — was jettisoned for $474 billion in direct bailouts to health insurers, $500 billion
in Medicare cuts, 17 million new enrollees in the already bankrupt Medicaid system, and a new tax penalty estimated to
impact millions of middle class American families. And the group given the fewest crumbs in this unfolding disaster?
The same Americans who are always told "we'll fix it tomorrow" — low-income and minority groups.
the government plantation forever? Democrats have just committed multitrillions of our money,
and, as a bonus, sold a big chunk of American freedom down the road, betting that everything a college
freshman learns in basic economics is not true. Or, that health care doesn't follow the rules of
Obamacare's Hit Man.
Last week the Congressional Budget Office reported that it expects that the Internal Revenue Service and the
Department of Health and Human Services will spend up to an additional $200 billion over the next decade
on administering Obamacare. That's in addition to the estimated $1 trillion that will be spent in
2014-2019 under the new healthcare law. Much of the money will go to hiring hundreds of thousands
of bureaucrats to administer Obamacare over the next decade.
An Incurable Romantic.
Arguably, the single most powerful person in the U.S. health care system is the Administrator of the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As the head of a federal agency that directs the flow of nearly
$1 trillion per year through our medical system and effectively dictates quality standards for the nation's
hospitals, nursing homes and clinical laboratories, this bureaucrat's influence reaches far beyond the bounds of
his statutory authority. Moreover, that influence will be considerably augmented by ObamaCare. Thus,
the American public should be alarmed that President Obama has nominated Donald Berwick to head CMS.
The Real Face of
Obamacare. Once a sleepy federal backwater, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) now
has primary responsibility for implementing the federal takeover of the U.S. health-care industry, and Pres.
Barack Obama proposes to fill a key position there with Dr. Donald Berwick, who exemplifies the worst aspects
of the Democrats' health-care agenda: Denouncing the "darkness of private enterprise," he celebrates the
centralization of power, the redistribution of wealth, and the subordination of health-care professionals to
Assaults on Liberty Proceed Unabated. The socialized medicine nightmare is already
beginning. Many of us warned that Obamacare would serve as an all-purpose justification for
government intervention in every aspect of our lives. Have we become so far removed from our
founding principles that we don't grasp the perniciousness of such government encroachments into our
private lives and personal liberties? You must read the executive
order*. Then you'll understand that the council and
"Advisory Group" it establishes will not be merely advisory. The provisions of this "order" underscore
the disturbing extent to which Obama and his band of authoritarians intend to control our lives.
the Voice of the Liar is Heard in our Land. The [Obamacare] bill will break states. It will
break companies. It will put a boot down on the head of the American economy. Which is exactly its
goal. The Obama Administration is not interested in economic prosperity, it is interested in a government
takeover. People who can make their own way and pay their own bills, are poor candidates for a nanny
state. No, the people have to be robbed, browbeaten, left helpless, and only then will they agree to
have the chains put around their necks. Or least stop fighting against them as hard.
Government by Favoritism.
ObamaCare is an even bigger disaster for America than previously suspected, going beyond merely wrecking the health
care sector. It is changing the rule of law, the sacred principle of our political economy, into rule
by government favor. One of the many poorly-conceived provisions of ObamaCare was one mandating the
percentage of premium income which would have to be spent on medical expenses. This had the effect
of making it impossible to offer low cost plans to lower wage workers.
Virginia Attorney General says...
Obama is Claiming More Power Over
Americans Than King George III. Virginia Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli, who has filed a federal lawsuit seeking
to overturn the health-care law signed by President Barack Obama last March, says Obama and the Congress that enacted that
law — which mandates that individuals must buy government-approved health insurance plans — are
seeking a power over the lives of Americans that even King George III did not claim to possess.
Socialized medicine is a step toward Marxism
ObamaCare a Huge Hit — With
Fidel Castro!. Those who doubt that ObamaCare is an evil Communist scheme that will
destroy our way of life: Listen up to the words of the second most dedicated Marxist in our
Hemisphere. That would be Fidel Castro, the dried-up old Commie prune from Cuba, the only man
outside of Moscow more smitten with Marxism than our very own Barack Obama.
Party Statement on "Health Care Victory". The Communist Party USA has issued a statement
on Obama's "Health care victory". It's a classic piece of communist double-speak, but there is
some truth and some very clear warnings buried in the propaganda.
and save until November 2. If you favor all or most of Obamacare, you should vote for every Democrat
in every election, as Obamacare represents a victory for the entire Democratic Party organization, one it has been
seeking since 1993. If, on the other hand, you oppose all or most of Obamacare, or even just the unconstitutional
individual mandate that requires every American to buy health insurance, then vote for every Republican at every
level of government, so as to fully repudiate the Democratic Party that has foisted this job-killing and
economy-chilling disaster on us all.
Day of Wreckoning — the Socialist Putsch Comes to Washington. [Scroll down slowly]
Those of us battling the left are used to the libel and slander directed towards us as a means to
eliminate the truth of our message by destroying our credibility. The daily drumbeat of lies
and smear is so relentless that it has lost its sting. It's like water off a duck's back. But
for the first time, America is getting a taste of it. Ordinary Americans are being smeared
and slandered. And the silver lining here is that the American people will never trust the
Democrats or big media again. Big Media will go down in flames as a result of this.
Beyond ObamaCare. Voter anger is building on issues beyond ObamaCare. The large group
of people already angry over runaway spending and ObamaCare are now being joined by those angry at the EPA
for moving forward with controls on greenhouse gases without congressional action — and without
considering the economic impact on the economy. Like the Tea Party movement, this group cuts across
geographical and political lines.
CNN announces the obvious...
poll: Americans don't like health care bill. A majority of Americans have a dim view of the
sweeping health care bill passed by the House, saying it gives Washington too much clout and won't do much to
reduce their own health care costs or federal deficits, according to a new poll released Monday [3/22/2010].
Poll: Low Favorability Ratings
For Pelosi, Reid. [Scroll down] Pelosi and Reid are viewed unfavorably by roughly three
times as many people as they are viewed favorably. Pelosi's favorable rating in the poll stands at 11 percent.
Her unfavorable rating, meanwhile, is 37 percent — meaning that more than one in three views
the California Democrat negatively.
Health Care Rebellion:
Lessons From Martin Luther King. Obamacare will not stand. Americans will not tolerate it,
that is already certain. But the resistance has only begun. And as to how that resistance does its
inevitable job and wins its inevitable victory?
It's a Civil
War: What We Do Now. A terrible thing happened to America on Sunday, March 21, 2010.
The country took its biggest step ever down a road diametrically opposed to its original intent of keeping the
state small so that the individual can be free and great. Therefore, in this unprecedented crisis of
values, this is what needs to be done...
comes November. Now the real fun begins. President Obama and his Democratic legion, frightened
with good cause, want the health care "reform" debate to be over and done with. "It's time to move on."
Lots of luck with that. "This," the president said, interrupting his undivided attention to a basketball
game to celebrate the House vote, "is what change looks like."
halo blinds Democrats to trouble ahead. Magical thinking has returned to Obamaland and Democrats
are lining up for their unicorn rides. Listening to the analysis of Democrats and the swooning press corps
suggests that between Sunday night and Tuesday afternoon all of the realities of American politics had been wiped
away. Passing an unaffordable health bill over strong public objections on a straight party-line vote:
a political masterstroke.
Should Do Now. Democrats are celebrating victory. The public outcry against what they've
done doesn't seem to bother them. They take it as validation that they are succeeding at transforming
America. But we've seen this movie before and it won't end happily for Democrats.
Be Not Afraid America.
Call me a cockeyed optimist but I just can't get into the gloom and doom mentality of many of my conservative
colleagues. Over and over I hear them say, "I've never been so afraid for my country. We're headed
for a depression," etc, etc. There are simply too many good signs that need to be celebrated that the pessimists
are overlooking. The biggest boost to my confidence stems from the rising number of Tea Party rallies.
That shows me that the nation is shaking off its apathy and taking back the reins of government. We're doing
it with the weapons our forefathers gave us in the Constitution: our votes.
The Editor says...
That's all very nice, assuming that we are permitted to vote again.
A house divided, again.
Now we enter our history's second stage in the struggle against the abomination of socialism. Just as
slavery had been contained in the South, so entitlement socialism has, until this week, been more or less
contained in service to only the poor and the elderly. And even those programs — Medicare
and Social Security — rested on the principle of beneficiaries paying monthly premiums for the
benefits they will get later. Only the poor under Medicaid received benefit without premium payment.
Trouble Brewing for Anti-Abortion Democrats? Just days after the historic health care bill
became law, abortion activists on both sides of the political aisle are preparing the battleground for
November's mid-term election, which could see a revival of the hot-button issue. ... Obama's executive
order, which he signed Wednesday [3/24/2010], reaffirmed that no federal funds will go toward abortion.
But abortion groups on both sides agree on one point: that the order was merely for symbolic political
Why Revenge Is Necessary:
Let us start with all the lies that Barack Obama told or the promises that he broke, each one of which will
damage our way of life as the falsehood is made manifest in law. This president, this sinister creature
of Frank Marshall Davis and Saul Alinsky, of Indonesian sojourns and Columbia University radical salons,
campaigned vociferously against Hillary Clinton's call for an individual mandate for health insurance. Now
the individual mandate is the centerpiece of Obamacare. Obama promised that he would never, ever raise taxes
on individuals making under $200,000 or couples under $250,000. This legislation breaks that promise.
As concerned as I was about the granddaddy of all socialist schemes — Obamacare — I was
encouraged by Obama's difficulty in forcing this demon through both chambers of Congress — despite
substantial majorities — because of Republican solidarity and pockets of principled Democratic
Dakotas May Prove ObamaCare A Bust At The Polls. North and
South Dakota will make an interesting case study for those pundits who insist that Democrats who voted for
ObamaCare will fare better at the polls. The at-large representative in North Dakota is Democrat Earl
Pomeroy, who voted for both health care bills. The latest Rasmussen poll has him trailing state legislator
Rick Berg, 51%-44%.
residents oppose Obamacare 54 to 34 percent. No biggie, it's only one of the most important swing
states in the country: Only 34 percent of Florida voters support the new law while 54 percent
are against it, according to the poll.
lawmaker wants to impeach AG over health care. A Georgia lawmaker on Tuesday filed a resolution
to impeach Democratic Attorney General Thurbert Baker for refusing to join 14 other states in suing the federal
government over health care reform. The resolution from Republican state Rep. Mark Hatfield claims
Thurbert Baker has "abdicated his authority and has committed an act against the state of Georgia." It
has 30 co-sponsors, all Republican.
See you in November.
Democrats and their media allies are counting on voters forgetting the intensity of their opposition to ObamaCare
and other elements of the state takeover of parts of American life formerly safely in private hands. "Six
months is an eternity in politics," goes the mantra they chant to reassure themselves that retribution at the
polls will not be so terribly bad for them, because, after all, the common folk are pretty stupid and unable
to carry an idea for very long.
Brown: The health care fight is not over. By electing me to the US Senate, the people of
Massachusetts sent a clear message: Washington needs to get its priorities straight. Voters
believed I would be the best candidate to fight for jobs and a stronger economy, keep our country safe, and
serve as the 41st vote against the health care reform legislation debated in the Senate. After my
election, Washington politicians began an aggressive push to bend the rules and force their unpopular health
care bill on an unwilling nation.
Inside the numbers: Independents' opposition to Obamacare is bad news
for Dems. The verdict of the most recent Washington Post poll is that the public remains deeply
divided over the Democrats' national health care bill. When the paper asked respondents whether they
"support or oppose the changes to the health care system that have been enacted by Congress and the Obama
administration," the result was 50 percent oppose, 46 percent support. Deep divisions.
up, he argues. Henry Waxman is peeved. He expects corporate America to swallow health-care
reform without a peep of protest — and, apparently, without revealing new costs to shareholders or
the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Obamacare still tanking. Americans don't like redistributionist schemes because they know
that when politicians talk about "spreading the wealth" while promising they'll only take from the rich,
the Middle Class always ends up being the ones with their wealth redistributed. The rich take care
of themselves as they always do. This is why Democrats soft pedaled the redistributionist aspects
Sick Thinking From 'Mainstream' Leftists.
The Obama left, realizing it has really stepped in it with the American people by cramming Obamacare down our
throats, has decided to blunt the backlash against it by tarring, yet again, mainstream conservatives as racists,
bigots, homophobes and violent. Its tactics are objectively despicable.
predictions were way off. [Obamacare was supposed to] serve as the model for even more Democratic
"successes." Not quite. Democrats rammed the Senate bill through the House only because it had first
passed the Senate, so that cannot happen. Democrats are wrung out, and Republicans have no incentive to
compromise. They know Obama's inept at selling his issues, and more so with his candidates. Ask
Gov. Deeds, D-Va., Gov. Corzine, D-N.J., and Sen. Coakley, D-Fantasy, how much Obama helped them.
Indiana Right to Life Will
No Longer Endorse Democrats. Indiana Right to Life's political action committee will no longer
support Democratic candidates for office after the defection of putatively pro-life Hoosier Democrats Brad
Ellsworth, Joe Donnelly, and Baron Hill on the abortion funding language in the health care bill.
The Great Political War Obama
Never Expected. [Scroll down] We have a president and a party (infested with a cabal of heathen
leftists) whose grand design is to bloat the state and, hence, their own power. But the left's smart plans have
come athwart something, that something being the freedom-loving intransigence of God-fearing conservatives and
many other Americans (God-fearing as well). What Barack Obama and the left have gotten is what they never
expected: a political war — perhaps one on an epic scale that will bring down the House of FDR.
Sentiment Strikes Again? West Virginia voters Tuesday [5/11/2010] cast ballots in a Democratic
primary between Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., and challenger state Sen. Mike Oliverio. ... Mollohan was among a
group of pro-life Democrats who voted for the massive health care overhaul bill passed in March after securing
an executive order from President Obama affirming pro-life principles. Pro-life groups are now running
ads targeting Mollohan.
votes against Obamacare. Enacting an unpopular new law in the face of solid Republican opposition
may have demonstrated broad legislative power, but the administration's deafness to public opinion may prove to
be Obamacare's undoing. So far, lawmakers representing half the country have introduced legislation that
would exempt residents from the federal health care mandates. Governors in Idaho, Utah and Virginia were
the first to sign such measures into law.
A Tale of Two Presidents.
The powerful head of the Congressional Appropriations Committee, long-time Wisconsin Representative David Obey
swung the gavel to announce passage. He used the same gavel that had banged Medicare into existence.
He capped that triumphant moment a month later by announcing he would not run for reelection. Huh?
More examples of such events occur each day.
Prospects For Spendthrift Democrats. It is old news that many congressional Democrats are on the
road to political oblivion — 33 House members and nine senators are already on the endangered
list. Now, however, even incumbents in "safe" seats are looking toward the future with fear and trembling.
ObamaCare and the
Independent Vote. The Democrats made a strategic choice to pass health reform even though they
knew it did not have majority support. They assumed passage would generate a positive initial response
from the media -- which it did. They also hoped that, with time, voters would see reform in a more
favorable light, and that health care would not pose an issue in the midterm elections. Were the
Democrats right? If our polling is correct, they were not.
Neither Roosevelt nor Reagan.
When he signed the health care reform bill earlier this year, Barack Obama gave progressives the prize they
had aimed at for seven-plus decades, an event they compared to the passage of civil rights and of Social
Security. At the same time, he destroyed the best chance the Democrats had for enduring center-left
governance since the mid 20th-century, shattered the coalition that brought him to power, and dealt his
party and faction a political setback from which they may not recover for years.
fact: The public hates Obamacare. Just under a million Missouri voters braved 102-degree
heat Tuesday [8/3/2010] to cast ballots exempting the state's residents from Obamacare mandates. The verdict
on the nationalized health care scheme could not have been more clear: More than 71 percent chose to
tell the federal government to stop meddling with their personal health care choices.
Show Me ObamaCare.
The political revolt against ObamaCare came to Missouri Tuesday, with voters casting ballots three to one against
the plan in its first direct referendum. This is another resounding health-care rebuke to the White House
and Democrats, not that overwhelming public opposition to this expansion of government power ever deterred them
are dumb. Missouri's overwhelming rejection of Obamacare made it clear Americans will resist the
federal government's power grab, but Democrats aren't getting the message. Despite being a middle-of-the-road
swing state, an overwhelming 71 percent of Missourians voted against federal mandates over their personal
health care choices. Ignoring the clarity of this protest, top Democrats maintain that the problem lies
with American voters, who aren't smart enough to know what's good for them.
tone. Seventy-one percent of Missouri voters [on 8/3/2010] supported a ballot measure preventing
the federal government from forcing anyone to buy health insurance, as dictated by the healthcare law signed by
President Obama in March. Missourians aren't going to stand for the federal government forcing them to
purchase health insurance or penalize them if they don't. In fact, as a result of ObamaCare, Americans
seem poised to vote lawmakers out of office who voted for the bill.
aren't buying Obama's unconstitutional health care law. Supporters of the recently passed healthcare
law championed by President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid must be getting
pretty nervous. It seems everywhere they turn someone is seriously objecting to the scope of the healthcare
also Obamacare is wildly unpopular and is sure to result
in voter backlash.
Doctor Tells Obama Voters to Go Away. A Florida man who had been referred to specialist
Dr. Jack Cassell found this sign on the doctor's office door: "If you voted for Obama, seek urologic
care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years."
Dr. Galt. A
Florida doctor has told patients who voted for Barack Obama that they should seek care elsewhere. His
is a noble one-man fight against the soft tyranny of the federal takeover of the health care sector.
Dr. Galt Won't See You
Now. After the recent passing of ObamaCare, the Florida urologist taped a sign to the door
of his practice that read: "If you voted for Obama, seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to
your health care begin right now, not in four years." Cassell will not refuse to treat patients, he
just suggests that Obama voters go elsewhere. He also notes that ObamaCare poses far more of a danger
to his patients than his sign.
Healthcare's John Galt:
[Scroll down] In the novel, the hero Galt and his followers retreat to a hideaway where they wait for society to
collapse. But in America, regular citizens have organised in masses against Obama's vision of socialized medicine,
and they've embraced their own John Galt — a Texan scholar-activist named John Goodman. Known to many as
the inventor of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and a key figure in defeating Hillarycare in the 90's, Goodman has
become the intellectual heavyweight of Obamacare's opponents and his arguments are increasingly embraced by the new
"Repeal and Replace" movement.
Party Doctor Issues Obamacare Debate Challenge. If you were stuck reading just the mainstream
media, you would probably have no idea that there is a growing movement among doctors to oppose President
Barack Obama's health care plan. Dr. Adam Dorin, who practices medicine in southern California, has
helped co-found an offshoot of the Tea Party known as The Doctors National TEA Party.
Obamacare is full of surprises
Exempt From Bill? House GOP aides and the non-partisan Congressional Research Service believe
health care legislation passed this week requires lawmakers to enroll in government-run insurance programs —
while exempting leadership staffers, many of whom were instrumental in crafting the bill.
Exempted from "Obamacare:"
The Authors. For as long as the political fight took over the past year, the abbreviated review
process on the health care legislation currently pending on President Obama's desk is unquestionably going to
result in some surprises — as happens with any piece of mashed-up legislation — both
for the congressmen who voted for it and for the American people.
Democrats exempt themselves from socialist medicine:
No Obamacare for
Obama. President Obama declared that the new health care law "is going to be affecting every
American family." Except his own, of course. The new health care law exempts the president from
having to participate in it.
Amish, Muslims to
be excused from Obamacare mandate? The Senate health care bill just signed contains some
exemptions to the "pay-or-play" mandate requiring purchase of Obamacare-approved health insurance or payment
of a penalty fine. As Fox News has pointed out, for instance, the Amish are excused from the mandate.
The Editor says...
By the way, have I mentioned that I'm now a Mennonite? Well, I'm not, but if certain groups
are exempt from this massive new tax, a lot of people will make all kinds of religious claims to
get around the additional cost (or penalty).
What The "Affordable Health Care For America Act"
Actually Says: In many ways the bill is a convoluted, uncoordinated list of compromises between
thousand of legislators, legislative aides, and lobbyists. Yet the bill has two main thrusts, with one
central meaning. The first thrust is a massive increase in government power. The second is the
total rejection of the free market. The central meaning of both is the repudiation of individual
rights. No longer will Americans have the liberty to preserve their own lives in the way they judge
best[. F]rom now on, they will have to conform to government controls on the most intimate details
of their lives.
option is alive and well, but hidden. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wasn't kidding when she famously
said Congress had to pass Obamacare "so you can see what's in it." And now as more people find out what's
in the 2,700-plus pages of the law, a steadily lengthening list of President Barack Obama's promises are being
exposed as empty.
The Coming Property Tax Revolt.
Buried in the entrails of the reconciliation bill (H.R. 4872) that resulted in the passage of healthcare
reform, is this insidious provision: Net investment income defined as "gross income from interest,
dividends, annuities, royalties, and rents ... attributable to the disposition of property" will be
assessed 3.8% "Unearned Income Medicare Contribution".
Obama's Student-Loan Takeover.
Obama's healthcare "reform" legislation included a federal takeover of the college student-loan business.
Obama touted this aspect of "reform" as a way to save $68 billion over the next 11 years. The
savings would go to pay for expanded Pell Grants for low-income students and to help low-income graduates
pay back their student loans. But more is going on here than the standard Obama redistributionist
impulse. Student loans have become a weapon to attack and control private colleges.
Cafferty Rips the Bureaucratic 'Obama-nation' Created by ObamaCare. On Tuesday's Situation
Room, CNN's Jack Cafferty ... admitted during his commentary that ObamaCare is "shaping up to be exactly
what the critics were afraid it would be."
The Death of Medical
Privacy. As I have read through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA,
aka ObamaCare), I have been repeatedly struck by the disregard the law has for patient privacy. Time and
time again, the PPACA authorizes the federal government to obtain information about patients directly from
their health care providers. A particularly vivid example is Section 4302, "Understanding Health
Disparities: Data Collection and Analysis." Section 4302 literally opens up almost every
medical record in this country for government review and data collection.
also Who knows what's hidden inside?
Now that the Democrats have done this, what's next?
Obama after ObamaCare.
What's next for Obama? We can expect to see more of Obama the tyrant and more of Obama the know-it-all.
Now that he has "succeeded" with ObamaCare, his pride will be even more puffed up and he will be that much
more insufferable and difficult to constrain.
Cap-Trade Next For No-Tomorrow
Dems? Hurt by President Obama's partisanship, Nancy Pelosi's strong-arm tactics, the failed
$787 billion stimulus package, the House vote for the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill and now the
unpopular health care bill with all its related shenanigans, Democrats could easily lose their large
majorities in Congress.
Obama's Regulatory Overkill. A
month after President Obama and the Democrats put the government in charge of America's private healthcare
system, they're about to subject the U.S. financial industry to the most sweeping federal regulatory controls
in its history. After the lengthy legislative healthcare battle ended in March, giving the government
unprecedented new powers over every aspect of our medical care, the administration and the Democratic
majority have set their sights on a much bigger, more far-reaching power grab: the nation's entire
financial infrastructure from Wall Street to Main Street.
Taking Surprise Hits. As President Barack Obama is attempting to steamroll yet another enormous
policy change through Congress against the best interests of Americans, we would be well-advised to keep
abreast of the frauds that are already being exposed about Obamacare. Last week, reality dealt Obamacare
twin blows — not that Obama will care. An analysis inside his own administration and a report from
New York state shed the grim light of reality on this monstrosity before its Draconian provisions have even gone
Other drastic measures under consideration
The Civil War History of
Obamacare. The Democratic Left is fond of invoking history and thus heralds its new "comprehensive
national healthcare reform" bill as "historic. That it is. But the historical comparison that
may be most apt isn't Social Security or Medicare, both of which were enacted into law with bipartisan majorities.
This latest "reform" initiative, by contrast, hasn't gotten a single Republican vote. No, the more apt
historical analogy may be the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, which, by allowing for the expansion of slavery
into new federal territories, led to the Civil War.
The Ominous 'S-Word' —
Secession. After 230 years, are the American people coursing toward eventual divorce? Our
polarized society increasingly ponders what would happen if American conservatives and liberals simply agreed
that their differences had become irreconcilable, and redivided the nation to go their separate ways. Which
side would prosper and experience an influx of migration from the other? Conversely, which side would
likely become a fiscal and socio-political basket case?
ObamaCare Doesn't Justify
Secession. I am no shrinking violet when it comes to criticizing Barack Obama. I
believe he's doing great damage to the country, and conservatives need to check him at almost every
point along the way. But to argue that differences in policy ought to lead us to consider
secession is lunacy.
convention. Last week, Congress passed a health care act that both supporters and opponents say
will put control of important aspects of our lives in the hands of the federal government. It is a mistake
to think the uproar is merely about a health care act. Congress has diminished the states, making them in
many ways mere instruments of its will, diminishing local freedom to experiment and producing near fiscal
bankruptcy to both the states and the nation. At least 36 states have introduced legislation
against the implementation of the act.
Does U.S. Need To Split Along
Political Lines? The problem that our nation faces is very much like a marriage where one
partner has broken, and has no intention of keeping, the marital vows. Of course, the marriage can
remain intact and one party tries to impose his will on the other and engage in the deviousness of
one-upmanship. Rather than submission by one party or domestic violence, a more peaceable
alternative is separation.
The Nullification Crisis, Coming to a State Near
You. Known as the "Nullification Crisis," [an 1828] showdown between South Carolina and the
federal government laid the groundwork for the current faceoff between Obama's Administration and the various
states that are suing to stop "Obamacare" on the grounds that it violates the Constitution.
Surrendering to the
Executive Branch. As the Department of Health and Human Services starts the process of drafting
the 30,000 to 50,000 pages of regulations to implement the 2,800-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,
also known as ObamaCare, you have to wonder how the regulations drafted by unseen regulators are going to
enhance anyone's health care. ObamaCare will be the largest transfer of legislative power from the
Congress to the Executive Branch regulators in our history. And everyone who gets, or doesn't get, health
care in the case of rationing will be most personally affected by this vast sea of regulations.
in 3 states to consider opting out of 'Obamacare'. Following the lead of the successful Missouri
initiative, which passed with 71 percent of the vote, Arizonans, Coloradans and Oklahomans will decide this
fall whether to approve proposed constitutional amendments that would allow them to opt out of key provisions of
President Obama's signature national health care law.
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