It’s Friday news dump day – made especially dumpy by the bad-news-delayed-until-after-passage-of-the-Obama-health-scam disclosures. The latest disclosures emerge after Barack Obama on Thursday performed a John Kerry fake boast “bring it on!” We know how well Kerry’s boast went over – when the attacks came, Kerry folded.
The “bring it on” boast was also reminiscent of Gary Hart’s “follow me around” bravado which destroyed Hart. George W. Bush tried the same chest-thumping with “Mission Accomplished” and “you’re either with us or against us“.
Back in Iowa for a publicity stunt Obama said
“Bring It On!” “Go for it” to Republicans who demand a repeal of his health scam:
“Obama says those who try to overturn the sweeping changes will have to face voters who see immediate benefits from the law. Speaking at the University of Iowa on Thursday, Obama cited changes including tax breaks for small businesses and a requirement that insurance companies allow young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26. Other reforms will take up to four years to implement.”
““My attitude is: Go for it,” Obama said. “If these congressmen in Washington want to come here in Iowa and tell small-business owners that they plan to take away their tax credits and essentially raise their taxes, be my guest.” [snip]
Obama said health care reform is the “law of the land,” and the crowd chanted “Yes we did” – a new take on the slogan from his presidential campaign.
Obama grinned and replied, “Yes we did. Yes we did.”
Obama tried to reignite the passion of those campaign glory days in a speech at the University of Iowa.[snip]
Despite the nostalgia, it was hard not to notice how much had changed in three years.
In May 2007, Obama told Iowans that “as president, I will sign a universal health care plan into law by the end of my first term in office.”
On Thursday, as Obama pitched a watered down version of his original proposal, he had to omit some of the key words in his original promise.
“Just a few months into our campaign, I stood at the University of Iowa hospital right around the corner and I promised that by the end of my first term in office, I would sign legislation to reform our health insurance system,” he said.
Much of Thursday’s speech read like an Obama ‘08 special.”
Did you “Spot The Bot” talking point? HCR is now become the HIR Obama scam.
Obama’s Arrogance Of Palaver, idle, ceaseless chatter, sickens America.
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Today the truth began to seep out in Big Media about the Obama health scam. Big Media will eventually claim, after the health scam is proven a failure, that news reports on the Obama’s health scam disclosed the information that was required to make an informed decision. But we know that was not the case. Very few Big Media outlets did the necessary dissemination of information about the Obama health scam needed by the American people in a timely manner. Now the truth seeps out.
One way to spot a BOT (Barack Obama Thug) is the quick switch made by Big Blog boys in the acronym used by them to describe the health scam. The acronym for Obama’s scam used to be HCR (“health care reform”), now the BOTs use HIR (“health insurance reform”). That’s an easy way to play “Spot A BOT”.
Barack Obama and his BOTs have destroyed the possibility of health care reform and now flog the scam which is the HIR scam – a transfer of taxpayer wealth to Big Insurance and Big PhaRma with the IRS playing the Frank Nitti enforcer role.
Must be defeated in 2012 BOT Claire McCaskill today is already running away from the Obama scam:
“The side on which I’m on, that voted for the bill, probably is overpromising, [has] not been clear enough about the fact that this is going to be an incremental approach over time, [and] the benefits aren’t going to be felt by most Americans immediately,” McCaskill told MSNBC’s Mornine Joe.
The Associated Press today also decided to begin to disclose the Obama scam reality. Only now we hear the impact of the Obama scam on the economy:
“The health care overhaul will cost U.S. companies billions and make them more likely to drop prescription drug coverage for retirees because of a change in how the government subsidizes those benefits.
In the first two days after the law was signed, three major companies — Deere & Co., Caterpillar Inc. and Valero Energy — said they expect to take a total hit of $265 million to account for smaller tax deductions in the future.
With more than 3,500 companies now getting the tax break as an incentive to keep providing coverage, others are almost certain to announce similar cost increases in the weeks ahead as they sort out the impact of the change.
Figuring out what it will mean for retirees will take longer, but analysts said as many as 2 million could lose the prescription drug coverage provided by their former employers, leaving them to enroll in Medicare’s program. [snip]
American industrial companies that are struggling to compete globally against companies with much lower labor costs are particularly likely to eventually drop retiree coverage, said Gene Imhoff, an accounting professor at the University of Michigan.[snip]
As many as 1.5 million to 2 million retirees could lose the drug benefits provided by their former employer because of the tax changes, according to a study by the Moran Company, a health care consulting firm.”
Obama and the Dimocrats were aware of these detrimental changes, but the American people were denied the information, until now that it is too late. Too late, unless November brings “change”. (There are also the bipartisan Attorneys General lawsuits with even more AGs wishing to join the battle against the Obama scam.)
“Most of last quarter’s growth came from a large bump up in manufacturing — but not because consumer demand was especially strong. In fact, consumer spending weakened at the end of the year, even more than the government previously estimated, contributing to the slightly lower reading on overall economic growth.[snip]
Analysts predict the economy will expand at only between a 2.5 percent and 3 percent pace in the first quarter of this year. The next two quarters should log similar growth, they say.[snip]
Sizzling growth in the 5 percent range would be needed for an entire year to drive down the unemployment rate, now 9.7 percent, by just 1 percentage point.”
So much for all those “honest” numbers from the White House.
Oh, and the Congressional Budget Office had this to add:
“President Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget will generate nearly $10 trillion in cumulative budget deficits over the next 10 years, $1.2 trillion more than the administration projected, and raise the federal debt to 90 percent of the nation’s economic output by 2020, the Congressional Budget Office reported Thursday.”
The attacks on the Obama health scam are not only coming from Republicans. The attacks are coming in from the Left of the political spectrum too:
“Now that we have an insurance bill, can we move on to healthcare reform?
As an organization of registered nurses, we have an obligation to provide an honest assessment, as nurses must do every hour of every day. The legislation fails to deliver on the promise of a single standard of excellence in care for all and instead makes piecemeal adjustments to the current privatized, for-profit healthcare behemoth.
When all the boasts fade, comparing the bill to Social Security and Medicare, probably intended to mollify liberal supporters following repeated concessions to the healthcare industry and conservative Democrats, a sobering reality will probably set in.“
The nurses assess the sick joke which is the Obama health scam:
“Though the federal government will provide additional subsidies to states, those expire in 2016, leaving the program a top target to budget cutting governors and legislatures.[snip]
The mandate forcing people without coverage to buy insurance. Coupled with the subsidies for other moderate income working people not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid, the result is a gift worth hundreds of billions of dollars to reward the very insurance industry that created the present crisis through price gouging, care denials, and other abuses.[snip]
1. Insurance premiums will continue to climb. [snip]
2. There is no standard benefits package, only a circumspect reference that benefits should be “comparable to” current employer provided plans.
3. An illusory limit on out-of-pocket medical expenses. But even in the regulated state exchanges, insurers remain in control of what they offer and what will be a covered service. Insurers are likely to design plans to attract healthier customers, and many enrollees will likely find the federal guarantees do not protect them for medical treatments they actually need.
No meaningful restrictions on claims denials insurers don’t want to pay for.
1. Provisions permitting insurers and companies to more than double charges to employees who fail “wellness” programs because they have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol readings, or other medical conditions.
2. Permitting insurers to sell policies “across state lines”, exempting patient protections passed in other states. [snip]
3. Allowing insurers to charge three times more based on age plus more for certain conditions, and continue to use marketing techniques to cherry-pick healthier, less costly enrollees.
4. Insurers may continue to rescind policies, drop coverage, for “fraud or intentional misrepresentation” – the main pretext insurance companies now use.
Taxing health benefits for the first time. [snip] With no real checks on premium hikes, many plans will reach that amount by the start date, 2018, rapidly. Erosion of women’s reproductive rights, with a new executive order from the President enshrining a deal to get the votes of anti-abortion Democrats and a burdensome segregation of funds, that in practice will likely mean few insurers will cover abortion and perhaps other reproductive medical services.
A windfall for pharmaceutical giants. Through a deal with the White House, the administration blocked provisions to give the government more power to negotiate drug prices and gave the name brand drug makers 12 years of marketing monopoly against competition from generic competition on biologic drugs, including cancer treatments.
Most critically, the bill strengthens the economic and political power of a private insurance-based system based on profit rather than patient need.[snip]
Unlike Social Security and Medicare which expanded a public safety net, this bill requires people – in the midst of the mass unemployment and the worse economic downturn since the Great Depression — to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket to big private companies for a product that may or may not provide health coverage in return.
Too many people will remain uninsured, individual and family healthcare costs will continue to rise largely unabated and private insurers will still be able to deny claims with little recourse for patients.”
Republicans, from the Right of the spectrum, continue the attack. Paul Ryan took to the New York Times for his attack and plans for action, not merely “repeal”:
“Costs will continue their ascent as the debt burden squeezes life out of our economy. We are unapologetic advocates for the repeal of this costly misstep. But Republicans must also make the case for a reform agenda to take its place, and get to work on that effort now. …
Health care experts across the political spectrum acknowledge that a fundamental driver of health inflation is the regressive tax preference for employer-based health insurance. This discriminatory tax treatment lavishes the greatest benefit on the most expensive plans while providing no support for the unemployed, the self-employed or those who don’t get coverage from their employer.
Reform-minded leaders like Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, and Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, pushed legislative proposals that would directly address this issue. I helped write a plan that would replace the bias in the tax code with universal tax credits so that all Americans have the resources to purchase portable, affordable coverage that best suits their needs, with additional support provided for those with lower incomes. All these ideas, though, were dismissed early on, as they didn’t fit with the government-driven plan favored by the majority. But going forward it’s important that we reconsider this regressive tax issue.
Then, when helping Americans with pre-existing conditions obtain coverage, we should focus on innovative state-based solutions, including robust high-risk pools, reinsurance markets and risk-adjustment mechanisms. I intend to continue advancing true patient-centered reforms like attaching tax benefits to the individual rather than the job, breaking down barriers to interstate competition, and promoting transparency and consumer-friendly coverage options.”
Republicans will fight for repeal along with many of the non-hypocrites on the Left. But the energy clearly will be with the Republicans. In July of 2009 we wrote that the advertisements for the 2009 election were easy to discern (“Tomorrow’s Anti-Obama Ads Today“:
“The future anti-Obama advertisements are already written. The ads will begin to air as soon as the 2010 election cycle begins in earnest. The ads will be deadly.
For those wishing to actually see what anti-Obama ads will look and sound like we already have samples. The samples are advertisements already airing in the New Jersey election for governor which will take place this November 2009.
The ads running against Jon Corzine are what we have been saying about Obama since 2007: “Watch what he does, not what he says.”
“The Republican Message Writes Itself”
The talk among Republicans is that their November message should focus on repealing the new health care bill – or some version of repeal and replace. Meanwhile, other analysts have suggested that Republicans risk over-reaching and appearing too aggressive.
I think this debate is misframed. The Republican message is going to be put together by campaign strategists looking to maximize the number of votes won by their candidates. While there is something to be said for emphasizing repeal, I expect the Republican argument to focus on more visceral, immediate points. Here are the five big arguments we should expect the GOP to emphasize.
1. The Economy. This is the number one issue in every poll. If the labor market continues to be weak, expect Republican candidates to use that to great effect. [snip]
Remember, it’s not just that the unemployment rate is elevated. It’s that the Obama Administration – and by extension congressional Democrats – over-promised on what the stimulus package would do for it.
2. Medicare. Call it Bob Dole’s revenge. The 104th Congress tried to trim the sails of Medicare to preserve its long-run sustainability, and they were hammered by the Democrats for their efforts. This time, Republicans will return the favor – arguing against the hundreds of billions of cuts in Medicare that ObamaCare imposes to fund a new entitlement. Republican candidates will be sure to mention points like this, from CBO:
“Under the legislation, CBO expects that Medicare spending would increase significantly more slowly during the next two decades than it has increased during the past decades (per beneficiary, after adjusting for inflation). It is unclear whether such a reduction in the growth rate of spending could be achieved, and if so, whether it would be accomplished through greater efficiencies in the delivery of health care or through reductions in access to care or the quality of care.”
What effect will this have? Consider that in the 2008 presidential election in Virginia, senior citizens made up 11% of the electorate and went for John McCain, 53-46. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, they made up 18% of the electorate and gave Bob McDonnell 60% of the vote.
Gallup finds that seniors right now give Barack Obama just 40% job approval. That’s bad news for Democrats.”
Barack Obama does not include seniors in his “situation comedy” coalition. The Republicans in a head-turning, eye-popping, smart bit of judo will market themselves as friends of seniors in 2010. Republicans will prove that we are right about the “Mistake In ’08” and the chance for Republicans to pick up the groups Obama Dimocrats discarded.
Jay Cost continues with his analysis of the Republican message for November which Obama encourages with his “go for it” bravado:
“3. The Deficit. If anybody doubts whether deficits can influence votes, look no further than the case of H. Ross Perot. He made fiscal sustainability a chief plank in his 1992 presidential campaign, and he pulled in a whopping 19% of the vote. That included 30% of the Independent vote.
The deficit is one of those issues that everybody understands. Everybody has to keep some kind of budget, and everybody knows that they can’t get away with spending more than twice what they take in. The White House can call this a “new era of responsibility,” but it’s hard to square the claim with the numbers.
4. Taxes and spending. Combine the billions of new taxes in the health care bill with the $1 trillion from letting the Bush tax cuts expire, the $940 billion price tag of ObamaCare, and the $789 billion stimulus – and you have a simple GOP message: this is the biggest tax and spend government in American history.
Plus, expect Republicans to warn that the unsustainability of the deficit plus Obama’s social welfare ambitions can mean only one thing: massive new taxes on the middle class. We could see ads using this clip:
“Go for it” Republicans – face down the fake bravura of flim-flam Obama and his Dimocrats of Doom:
“5. Congress. This is one of the most unpopular Congresses in recent history, and Republicans will try to anchor incumbent Democrats to Nancy Pelosi, who is quite unpopular (the latest AP poll had her unfavorables at 51%).
We’re going to see a lot of ads like this:
We recall John Kerry’s brave “Bring It On” and then the “Swift Boat Veterans For Truth” and how Kerry fell apart and did not live up to his boasts. Now Obama has his “Go For It” boobery and we will see him fold as he has time and time again (the latest fold is the HCR=HIR rubbish). Cost informs us why this is so:
“These are the tried-and-true issues for Republicans to hit: jobs, Medicare, the deficit, taxes and spending, and Congress. There will be other messages out there, but individually each of these would be very potent. Running on them all in a single election is something else entirely.”
Will the Republicans air the ads that “write themselves” or fear Obama’s “Go For It”? The New York Times gives a clue:
“Polls Show Public Still Skeptical of Health Care Law
While President Obama promotes health care legislation in Iowa today, polls taken since the bill passed find somewhat more support for the measure, but also reveal a nation still skeptical of overhauling the health care system.[snip]
Both polls also find Mr. Obama receiving better marks for his handling of health care since the bill passed, but his rating on the issue is still below 50 percent.[snip]
The CBS News poll further underscores the notion that Mr. Obama has yet to make the case for his health care agenda to most Americans. A majority of those reinterviewed still say they do not have a clear understanding of how the bill will affect them.
Passage of the legislation made no difference in the public’s opinion of whether the changes would improve the health care system over the next few years; just 3 in 10 continue to believe the changes will make it better.”
Scott Brown of Massachusetts will be the face of reasonable Republican opposition to the Obama health scam:
Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., who took office as the 41st vote against health care reform in the Senate, said today it’s time to “collectively fix this bill” and that he’s prepared to lead the charge to do just that.
“We’re all in favor of the catastrophic care coverage and coverage for children,” Brown told “Good Morning America.” “But what about the backroom deals? What about all the bad things?” [snip]
At a rally in Iowa on Thursday, Obama dared Republicans to try to repeal the new health reform law. “If they want to have that fight, I welcome that fight,” Obama said. “My attitude? Go for it.”
Brown told “GMA” the president’s rhetoric is “inappropriate.”
Scott Brown is right, if restrained, about Obama’s words – “inappropriate”. We would add “foolish”.
The Republicans have provided a “Timeline” of provisions in the Obama health scam which detail when exactly the bills and ugly mechanisms of Obama’s scam will churn – which will prove Obama’s forced confidence unwarranted. Joe Biden will continue to blame George W. Bush (now, according to Biden, it is Bush’s fault that Americans are skeptical of Mess-iah) but Americans know Obama is the Problem.
Obama’s false flim-flam confidence palaver as always is flowery and misguided and untruthful.
Obama will continue to say that his health scam will heal America, if not the planet. But the truth is Obama sickens America. We are sick of his flowery palaver and change for the worse.