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Entries in HR 3200 (35)

Tuesday
Mar132012

Political Math Blog had fun with political healthcare bill

Political Math Blog is one of those websites you really should bookmark. The blogger always has something interesting up and a recent Tweet alerted me to one of his posts that should be a classic. If you read here regularly, you know about my obsession with the revenue bill Democrats call the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare.

You also know that I read the bill as the House and Senate played politics and I declared it one of the worst pieces of legislation I'd ever seen. Time proved me correct on points like the 1099 repeal, the implosion of CLASS and the fact the bill was nothing more than a tax bill aimed at increasing the government's market share on health insurance.

Anyway, that Tweet from Political Math Blog on Twitter pointed to this video. I wish I'd seen it earlier because if I had, I'd have posted it then as one of my many rants and analyses!

Enjoy:

Friday
Sep102010

Now we know what's in the healthcare bill: ObamaCare disaster

Updated on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 1:48PM by Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor

Remember Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's comment about the healthcare bill--how we had to pass it so we could see what's in it? As time goes by, we're seeing what's in it and the net effect is that it will cost the government and the consumer more. The bill has already cost or will cost approximately 700 people their jobs because the government rolled student loans into the deal.

Think Google is blind to politics?

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Tuesday
Sep072010

Obama’s weakest link: Congress

President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail, talking to his Union peeps over Labor Day. Obama pitched his usual commentary. He and his fellow Dems saved the jobs of teachers and firefighters. No one knows how the states will deal with the same budget shortfalls next year, but who cares?

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Friday
Apr232010

Healthcare bill reality—more covered, more costs as predicted

By Kay B. Day

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) talks about solutions for healthcare in a video at the GOP congressional website.The government has finally admitted what I said about the government takeover of healthcare after an initial reading of HR 3200, one rung of many in the ladder of legislation that became Obamacare.

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Thursday
Mar252010

Democrat health bill signed, sealed and delivering surprises, part 3

Pt. 3 of 3

Taxes and Center for Comparative Effectiveness place big question marks on healthcare bill’s cost and policy impact.

On Wednesday, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) commented on healthcare legislation passed by Democrats: "This fight is not over."As Democrats promise benefits to Main Street, some elements of their healthcare bill promise nasty surprises for those expecting more quality care for less money. What the bill arguably delivers in questionable promises of premium decreases by President Barack Obama, it may take back in taxes through the back door Democrats are so fond of.

Political analyst and Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Charles Krauthammer pegged one outcome—he predicted a national sales tax during an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday. The Washington Post reported the Obama administration was looking at a value-added tax (VAT) in May, 2009. National media said the idea came from a book written by the brother of the White House Chief of Staff, Ezekiel Emanuel who allegedly endorsed the idea in a book he wrote about guaranteed healthcare.

A VAT tax would not replace the income tax or any of the other numerous taxes the feds levy on everything from gas to cell phones—such a tax would be in addition to existing taxes.

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Wednesday
Mar242010

Democrat health bill signed, sealed and delivering surprises, Part 2

Pt. 2 of 3

Aside from gouging the middle class, will the government’s plan divert dollars from and decrease quality of care for  immigrants and families on federal programs?

Spend a little time reading HR 4872 or HR 3590, the healthcare bills that constitute the blueprint for Democrats’ takeover of the healthcare sector (the bastardized offspring of HR 3200), and you’ll realize you really don’t have to be very smart to run for Congress. The bill raises serious questions about who actually wrote this legislation. Big Labor has publicly declared they worked on the bill; media has said Big Pharma did the same. We’ve already looked at claims by the president and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that don’t reflect what’s really in these bills. There are more surprises in these bills.

Within the legislation there is a provision for communities “with high percentages of children and adolescents who are uninsured, underinsured or eligible for medical assistance under Federal or State health benefits programs…” or where access to care is a problem. These communities can qualify for school based health clinic programs and those programs will be integrated into the school environment.

What’s wrong with that?

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Wednesday
Mar242010

Democrat health bill signed, sealed and delivering surprises, Part 1

Pt. 1 of 3

Do Democrats know what's in the bills they wrote?

On October 30, Rep. Paul Ryan presented a copy of the massive 1990-page health care bill Friday to a standing room only crowd at the Franklin Public Library. Ryan's speech on the House Floor in March was the speech of a statesman. The bill has since grown to more than 2,000 pages.Democrat drama has been high profile with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) enjoying adulation from the leftwingers and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Calif.) oddly silent about the ‘landmark legislation.’ It's a cliche, but we couldn't help thinking about Nero, the fiddle and the fire.

GOP drama has risen to the task, with standouts like Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) trying to tell Americans why the bill won’t bring promised reform. Ryan, by the way, made an eloquent speech about the bills conservatives see as fiscal disasters that will also erode personal freedom.

President Barack Obama may be paying attention to the GOP, though, because on Monday he phrased the bill as “health insurance reform” rather than “healthcare reform.”

What Dems aren’t talking about are specifics in HR 4872 and HR 3590, more than likely because most of them haven’t read the bills.

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Friday
Mar192010

Progressive blog agrees healthcare bill is bad legislation

Really, I didn't think I'd live long enough for a progressive blogger to agree with my opinion of Obamacare (alternatively known as HR 3200, HR 3590 and HR 4872).

But a column at Firedoglake had an opinion similar to my oft-repeated rants. Here's an excerpt from The Truth About the Healthcare Bill. Comparing that bill to an earlier bill, the writer points out that once the current legislation passes, people will pay 8 percent of their annual income to private insurance companies or face a penalty of up to 2 percent, "which the IRS would collect."

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Friday
Mar192010

Constituent tries to lobby congressman on healthcare, ends up with capitol police

You accept things like this might happen in China or maybe Iran. But in the United States, a constituent attempting to lobby his own representative in Congress doesn't normally end up in an encounter with Capitol Police.

At the Big Government website, a poster at the site's Capitol Confidential offered a first person account of his attempts to explain his feelings about Obamacare to Rep. John Garamendi (CA-10),  a Democrat who plans to vote for the latest bill his party has advanced.

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