Posts Tagged ‘Obamacare’

A Taste of What’s to Come: UK Cutting Back on Operations to Save Costs, Elderly Hit Hardest

June 6, 2010

The case for repealing Obamacare grows stronger each day.  The harsh reality of Nationalized Healthcare is that it’s simply unaffordable over time, as we’re also seeing with Social Security and Medicare.  For proof look no further than the UK, where operations such as hernias, joint replacements, and cataract surgery are being cut back in order to save costs.  Sorry Seniors. 

From the Daily Mail via Gateway Pundit:

Millions of patients face losing NHS care as bosses prepare to axe treatments to make £20billion of savings by 2014, a top doctor has warned.

Among procedures being targeted by health trusts are hernias, joint replacements, ear and nose procedures, varicose veins and cataract surgery.

Dr Mark Porter, chairman of the British Medical Association’s consultants

He said primary care trusts – which commission care – are already compiling lists of ‘low value’ operations that would no longer be provided.

These include hip replacements for obese patients and some operations for hernias and gallstones. Procedures for varicose veins, ear and nose problems including grommets in children are also not funded in some areas.

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IRS Commissioner: Buy Health Insurance or Lose Tax Refund

April 7, 2010

IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman spoke at the National Press Club earlier this week and told the crowd that for those individuals who don’t pay for Obamacare, their payments will be taken from their tax refunds.  From the Daily Caller via Gateway Pundit:

IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman told reporters yesterday at the National Press Club that the government plans on punishing those who don’t purchase government health care by confiscating their tax refunds.
The Daily Caller reported:

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.

Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, Shulman downplayed the IRS’s role in enforcing the recent overhaul of the health insurance industry by claiming the agency would not aggressively target individuals who don’t purchase coverage. He noted that the health-care bill expressly forbids the agency from freezing bank accounts, seizing assets or pursuing criminal charges, but when pressed said the IRS would most likely use tax refund offsets to penalize those that don’t comply with the mandate. The IRS uses refund offsets to collect from individuals that owe the federal government a delinquent debt.

Harry Reid on Aftermath of Obamacare: “People are so nice to me”.

April 6, 2010

From his Greta interview which aired on 3/5/2010.

Krauthammer on Obama’s Rambling, 17-minute Healthcare Answer: It’s only 9 times longer than the Gettysburg Address

April 5, 2010

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Georgia AG, 1 of ACORN’s favorites, Refuses to Join Healthcare Suit

April 2, 2010

From Mark J. Fitzgibbons in the American Thinker:

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.

Based on praise by the liberal media, you’d think General Baker was the model of fiscal responsibility and restraint on judicial activism.

That bastion of fiscal responsibility, The New York Times writes, that Mr. Baker “has rejected such lawsuits as ‘frivolous’ and ‘a waste of taxpayer money.'”

AlterNet reports on Mr. Baker’s appearance on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC conservative smear show:

“It’s impossible to have a lawsuit where there are no inherent costs,” Baker said. “Every time you are pulling employees away from their appointed duties to file a lawsuit and to engage in this counter-activity, there’s going to be cost. Lawyers don’t work for free, not even lawyers who work in house. So I’m not aware of any way that a lawsuit can be filed, even if we do it in house, where it doesn’t cost the taxpayer some money.”

If only Mr. Baker had been consistent throughout his career. You see, Mr. Baker was given a grade of A from ACORN in 2008 precisely because he is an activist attorney general who spent taxpayer money in pursuit of ACORN’s legislative and judicial agenda. Mr. Baker’s grade of A is shown on page four of ACORN’s report.

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Obama’s M.D. Cousin: “Patients will suffer under Obamacare”

March 26, 2010

Excellent piece from Milton R. Wolf, M.D. in the American Thinker.  Dr. Wolf is a Kansas radiologist who is also a 2nd cousin of Obama. 

I am Milton Wolf. After this last week, you probably know me as the doctor who is Barack Obama’s cousin.   

Like millions of other Americans, I watched with bafflement and frustration as Congress wrestled with the onerous task of reforming our health care system. After studying both the House and Senate’s health care plans, and a lot of sleepless nights, I knew I had to take a stand for my patients, my profession, my state, and my country. I made the decision to “go public” with my opposition to “ObamaCare.”  

I wish my cousin well, but my oath is to my patients.    

What began as a humble blog led to a Washington Times op-ed. Then a massive media storm erupted. Morning news with a visit to the Curvy Couch, radio interviews, ruffled feathers at Media Matters & Democratic Underground, another op-ed, an army of Davids carrying my questions to their representatives in Congress, Hannity, more FOX & Friends, radio, and more print and internet opinions than I could ever read. Last Saturday, it all culminated in an address to thirty thousand patriots who set their lives aside long enough to rush to the Capitol and try one more time to be heard by their elected leaders in Washington.

My message is simple: Patients will suffer under ObamaCare

Continued…

We are given a preview of what this rationing board will try in section 3007 of the Senate bill. This portion of the health care bill addresses a scheme that actually penalizes your primary care doctor for providing the care he has determined that your family needs. The top ten percent of doctors who refer patients to specialists, no matter how valid the reason, will be penalized. This ignores the expertise of the family care physician. It does not care if your daughter hurt her arm and needs an orthopedic surgeon. It does not care if your mother is short of breath and needs a pulmonologist. It matters to them only how many of your doctor’s patients are sick enough to need a specialist. 

There’s no other way to say it: “ObamaCare” penalizes your doctor for providing medical care. This is rationing. It will get worse as costs continue their upward climb and more doctors opt out of Medicare and medicine altogether.

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States Lining Up to Sue Over Obamacare

March 23, 2010

It starts.  As of today, nearly a dozen states are set to sue with another 26 in the initial phases of filing suit.  From state-controlled Reuters:

“The health care reform legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last night clearly violates the U.S. Constitution and infringes on each state’s sovereignty,” Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, a Republican, said in a prepared statement announcing a news conference.

“On behalf of the State of Florida and of the Attorneys General from South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Pennsylvania, Washington, North Dakota, South Dakota and Alabama if the President signs this bill into law, we will file a lawsuit to protect the rights and the interests of American citizens.”

John Boehner’s Response to Healthcare Bill on the House Floor

March 23, 2010

From John Boehner’s speech on the House floor:

“We have failed to listen to America. And we have failed to reflect the will of our constituents. And when we fail to reflect that will – we fail ourselves and we fail our country.”

SC Senator Jim DeMint to Introduce Legislation to Repeal Obamacare

March 23, 2010

Sen. Jim DeMint, one of the few Republican Senators not afraid to raise his voice, will introduce legislation to repeal the healthcare bill.  It begins.

From The Freedom Post:

“This bill is unconstitutional and it cannot be fixed. It must be repealed,” said Senator DeMint. “The battle for health care freedom is not over and I will introduce legislation this week to repeal this health care takeover.
 

“Unless this trillion-dollar assault on our freedoms is repealed, it will force Americans to purchase Washington-approved health plans or face stiff penalties. It will fund abortions, raise taxes and insurance premiums, while reducing health care choices and quality.This arrogant power grab proves that the President and his party care more about government control than the will of the American people. Americans told Washington to keep its hands off their health care in opinion polls, at public protests, and at the ballot box, but their pleas were ignored. If the President and Democrats were serious about true health care reform, there were many free-market solutions we could have easily passed. Americans support commonsense reforms such as purchasing coverage across state lines, stopping frivolous medical lawsuits, and giving the same tax breaks to Americans who don’t get their insurance at work. Unfortunately, Democrats refused to listen.”

 

Dem Senator Dick Durbin Says Premiums will Increase with Obamacare

March 10, 2010

Illinois Senate Democrat Dick Durbin is actually telling the truth on this.  One has to think that wasn’t what he meant to do…  Courtesy of Hotair.com.

Democrats Allow Unions to Escape “Cadillac Tax” on Health Benefits

January 16, 2010

Democrats are once again caving to Unions by allowing their members to be exempted from the “Cadillac Tax” on health benefits.  Under the plan, Union members won’t have to pay the tax until 2018 but you just know that come 2017 more back-room dealings will occur and they’ll again be exempted. 

From Foxnews.com:

In pushing a giant step closer to a health care reform deal, Democratic leaders are once again drawing fire from their critics for extending special treatment to an interest group in exchange for its support of the bill. 

The latest deal was struck Thursday among the White House, Congress and union leaders over the proposed tax on high-value “Cadillac” health insurance plans.” 

Unions had objected strongly to the proposed tax on high-value insurance policies, fearing it would hurt their members, and they won several concessions from the administration. Under the deal, if it becomes law, union workers will be shielded from the 40 percent tax for five years — until 2018. The threshold for the tax also was raised so that it will kick in for plans worth $24,000 instead of $23,000. And dental and vision coverage will not count toward that threshold. 

But what about everybody else? 

The unions, traditional supporters of the Democratic Party and a major factor in Obama’s political infrastructure, got a deal, but Republicans said that non-union workers will still have to pay the tax from the get-go starting in 2013. 

Obamacare: Senate Bill Takes Aim at Middle Class

January 5, 2010

From Foxnews.com:

The Senate health care bill could end up hitting middle-class workers hard, through a new tax on insurance plans that could ultimately cut through to their wages. 

Both the House and Senate packages will have to be aligned and passed again in both chambers of Congress before a final bill makes its way to President Obama’s desk. Both bills raise money for the sweeping overhaul of America’s health insurance system by cutting about a half-trillion dollars from Medicare and raising lots of new revenue. 

The House bill raises it by imposing a 5.4 percent surtax on people making $500,000 a year or more — a strictly money-raising move with no impact on health care itself. But the Senate bill raises the biggest chunk of its new revenue through a 40 percent tax on so-called Cadillac health insurance plans — plans that cost more than $23,000 per family. 

And that tax, critics say, will trigger a series of changes that will result in billions of dollars in new taxes on the middle class over the next decade. 

First, the tax will hit plans widely used by middle-class employees. The majority of workers with the high-value plans are union members and state government employees who are not considered wealthy, even though Obama advisers like to say the tax is aimed at benefits enjoyed by the likes of Wall Street bankers. 

“A lot of those folks that have Cadillac plans have Chevy wages. And that’s what makes it, has made it, somewhat controversial and a real issue of contention,” said Jim Kessler, vice president for policy with the non-profit think tank Third Way. 

Second, some say the tax will make many of the high-value plans too expensive and slowly cause them to disappear — since employers could wind up cutting back on benefits they offer to avoid any passed-on price increase. 

Third, as those union members and other workers lose their health benefits, which are not taxable, the Senate assumes the lost benefits will be replaced by wages, which are taxable. 

Christina Romer, chairwoman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, referred to this scenario during a speech in October, saying workers could end up with more “take-home wages” that are taxed. 

“A smaller fraction of your compensation takes the form of health insurance — you actually see it in your pocket in terms of wages. Of course when you get things in your pocket in terms of wages, you pay taxes on them,” Romer said. 

In fact, the Senate is counting on raising $120 billion in new taxes over the next 10 years, the majority of which will come from the middle class. Another $30 billion is expected to roll in from the actual tax on insurance plans, but far more comes from wages.

“This is a big tax on the middle class,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office, noting that 95 percent of people with the so-called Cadillac plans make under $250,000. 

Stewart Acuff, with the Utility Workers Union of America, said the House financing plan is actually “much fairer” since it taps money from the wealthy. 

“They got a $2.5 trillion tax cut from President Bush, and asking them to give a little of that back to provide one of the most necessary things in a democracy, which is health care for our people … is the fairer way to go,” he said. 

Acuff noted that Obama campaigned against the idea of a tax on insurance plans when Sen. John McCain, his  Republican rival, talked about it during the presidential campaign in 2008. 

But Obama has since embraced a tax on the insurance plans themselves, and unions are urging Congress and the White House to reconsider. 

Nevada Governor Slams Harry Reid for Obamacare

December 30, 2009

Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons slams Harry Reid, D-NV, for Obamacare and calls it a “Knife in the back”.

Obamacare Means Reduced Medicare Benefits

November 15, 2009

From Lori Montgomery in the Washington Post:

A plan to slash more than $500 billion from future Medicare spending — one of the biggest sources of funding for President Obama’s proposed overhaul of the nation’s health-care system — would sharply reduce benefits for some senior citizens and could jeopardize access to care for millions of others, according to a government evaluation released Saturday.

The report, requested by House Republicans, found that Medicare cuts contained in the health package approved by the House on Nov. 7 are likely to prove so costly to hospitals and nursing homes that they could stop taking Medicare altogether.

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