Monthly Archives: December 2009

CBO Says Dems Misrepresenting Future Medicare Deficits

The Democrats are playing hide the bean with future Medicare financing. Not only will the bill that passed the Senate today not increase the longevity of Medicare, it won’t come close to saving the money or benefits that Liberals have been touting.

Bloomberg.com posted an article that shines light on a letter from the CBO that is intended to correct the mistruths being spouted from the Congressional leadership.

What we’ve seen is a colossal manipulation” by Democrats “of the accounting scores of CBO” and the independent actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid .. Nor could those savings be used to extend the solvency of Medicare, set to run out of money in 2017, the budget office said in a letter to Senate Republicans.

Senate Passes Health Bill

This year most Americans can add another gift to the list of things we didn’t really want. While fruit cake, socks, holiday themed ties and ugly sweaters have topped that list for decades, the U.S. Senate has placed a new present at the top of that infamous grouping: Health Care Reform.

The Senate passed the measure 60-39 with a pure party-line vote and only one non-voting member, Jim Bunning (R-Ky). This bill began its life as Max Baucus’ Chairman’s mark in the Senate Finance Committee. It has been amended to remove the public option, take out the extension of Medicare, and several changes that make Medicaid require more Federal funding.

Oddly enough, the Democrats are pointing out positives in this bill… that were in the Republican bill. They no longer want to talk about how it controls costs, because it doesn’t (and never did). The method by which the liberals chose to prevent undercoverage for those with pre-existing conditions will simply mean that premiums must go up or that services will have to be rationed.  Certainly, both will occur.  There are no protections in the bill to insure that premiums rise slower than they are today.  There are no mechanisms to do much of anything other than make more Americans reliant on an overbearing central government.

So what does the bill do?  It puts more Americans into Medicaid while failing to remedy a broken medical malpractice mechanism.  This will cause fewer Doctors to choose to work in Rural or underprivileged areas due to increased risk for little-to-no reward and insurance costs that will ultimately outweigh any income from those areas.  This will create a system of have and have-nots that will be fundamentally egregious.

Many Conservatives take solace in the fact that this bill has to be reconciled with the House version before it can make it to the President’s desk.  They shouldn’t.  Not only will that occur, but it will more-than-likely happen in a back room with Reid and Pelosi making all the decisions out of the public eye.  This Administration and Congress have been less transparent despite Obama’s broken promise (that pile is growing by the day).  Instead of an open Conference Committee to reconcile the two bills, C-Span coverage, and public debate, we’ll get shown the bill very shortly before it goes in-front of both houses for final passage.  There won’t be any time for informed dissent because no one will know what’s in the bill until it’s too late.

Opposition to the President: The Elephant in the Room

As the Senate health care bill nears a key vote, the noise is getting louder.  Americans are inundated with comments from the White House about how “everyone can agree” that a massive take over of health care by the government is the right thing.  We are told that there is a consensus that the earth is warming and the government can fix it, that we can spend our way out of a recession, that offshore drilling is unpopular, and that big government has only failed because it has not been made big enough.

The real trouble with all of this is that … not everyone agrees.  In fact, not only do most disagree, only 40% of Americans support the health care bill while over 56% oppose it according to a Rasmussen Reports poll.  It continues: 68% of Americans favor offshore drilling, only 34% believe that global warming is due to anything humans are doing, and more than half believe that more regulation of the financial system will be disastrous.

Public opinion is one thing, but President Obama and the radicalized-left are in denial.  Not only do they disbelieve that public opinion is against every one of there public policies, but they continue to ignore that the portion of the democrat party that is the most in-touch with the American people.  The part of the democrat party that is also fighting against the far-left agenda.

There are ultra-leftists like Senator Sheldon (D-R.I.) who believe that the only foes of the health care bill are birthers, militias and Aryan groups.  While those groups would probably oppose Obama’s policies, the real opposition to his policies is coming from his own party – none of whom are probably birthers, white-supremacists or members of a militia.  Joe Lieberman opposed the public option and the the expansion of Medicare.  Senator Nelson (D-NE) was opposed to the legislation unless clear restrictions against public money for abortion was put in – until … Harry Reid gave Nelson’s home state the money necessary to pay for all of its new Medicare recipients.  All of them covered directly by your tax dollars instead of Nebraskan’s as Medicaid is normally a State-funded program.

Many liberal Senators have been paid-off to keep quiet and toe-the-line, but oddly enough, the news hasn’t reported about the masses of G.O.P. Senators that have been paid to vote for the bill – perhaps because there aren’t any.  Chicago politics has been brought into D.C. to make the corrupt absolutely corrupt and they hope absolutely powerful.Obama for Socialism

Even though cap-and-trade doesn’t look like it will pass in the near-future, electric companies are reacting to the possibility that it might.  Levelling older electric generation plants to put in newer ones at costs that will certainly be passed on to their electric customers.  Refiners shutting down operations to avoid the huge expenses they believe are coming their way which will decrease supply and increase the price of refined petroleum (gasoline, tires, plastics… pretty much everything).

These moves are not and have never been about improving the condition of anyone’s life other than the bureaucratic elite.  Al Gore stand to make billion of dollars from the farcical and recently-debunked global warming movement, the members of Congress stand to benefit in new benefactors and a huge powerbase of newly-enslaved Americans, and the White House gets its Socialism.

The real question is what do the rest of Americans get?  Historic deficits for us and our children, inflationary pressures that will make the Carter years look like a walk in the park, changes in the job market that will keep 10% of Americans permanently underemployed and massive control of the lives of Americans by those that are supposed to answer to those citizens.