SEIU Pounds the Health Bill after White House Throws them Under the Bus
From the Huffington Post, with notes of betrayal: “I believe this is the moment when we must stand as one and say enough,” Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern wrote in a letter to his fellow members. While he stopped short of formally opposing the bill that is making its way through the Senate, he did express outrage over the concessions made to Sen. | Read More »
FireDogLake Napalms ObamaCare
It is clear after watching this video, there is more driving the left’s opposition to ObamaCare than just that the public option is out. For example, Hamsher said in this interview that Senator Lieberman was acting on behalf of the the White House for drug companies and insurers, after she attacked the bill for raising the costs of heath care. (FireDogLake agrees with Howard Dean: | Read More »
Reid Caves to Lieberman, And?
Let’s play a what if game, shall we? According to a numerous reports, Senator Reid has caved to Senator Lieberman’s demands — NO public option, NO trigger, NO Medicare buy-in. Senator Reid now needs 60 votes to pull the public option out of the bill. Will all the liberals, the Burris-Sanders-Franken-Brown-Feingold block of Senators, and perhaps others, vote to pull the public option out of | Read More »
Democrats contemplating just passing the Senate HCR bill?
(H/T Instapundit) While I see Mickey Kaus’ point in the abstract: People in the know in Washington appear to have already considered and dismissed the “ping pong” option–the possibility that if the Senate finally passes a compromise health care bill, Pelosi’s House might simply vote “yes” on the exact same bill, avoiding the need for a “conference” to reconcile the House and Senate versions and | Read More »
Underhanded! Democrats Extend TARP To 2010 – Election Slush Fund?
Underhanded to the core. DeMarxists, who are seeing a decrease in funding as the party left wing faithful begin to see the many promises made by the Obama administration go by the wayside as opposition from the right increases, are eying the TARP and TARP repayment funds as a war chest slush fund, some fear. The Obama administration’s approval of Timothy Geithner’s intention of extending | Read More »
Pennsylvanians on Health Care
Over the past several months I’ve been keeping track of the Health Care debate, primarily because as a political blogger it’s expected of me, but also because I’ve been generally disappointed in most of what I am seeing. Buzz words like “public option” and “single-payer” have been bandied about, but rarely with any real explanations for voters. And then I ended up with a generally | Read More »
Put more lipstick on that Public Option pig!
From the diaries, by Erick. Rick Scott is the head of Conservatives for Patients’ Rights and knows what he’s talking about. What are we up to now, six different names for the public option? Let us count the ways desperate Democrats have tried to re-brand, re-tool, re-name or re-invent what is, by all accounts, a plot that will ultimately force millions of Americans into the | Read More »
I don’t particularly like diet soda. It doesn’t bother my system any, but my taste buds like the heavier stuff with sugar in it. However, I will occasionally have some diet beverages in my house if guests come, and if I have some left over after they have left, I can get rid of it by mixing it half-and-half with the regular version of the | Read More »
Bill Nelson: Public Option Won’t Pass
A quick check of a paper I worked for awhile ago yielded this very, VERY interesting nugget… Bill Nelson predicts ‘public option’ will not pass the U.S. Senate A government-run public option is not likely to be included in the final health care reform bill, said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, at a meeting of business officials Tuesday. Nelson addressed the Chamber of Southwest Florida | Read More »
Lieberman Says No
The Wall Street Journal reports Joe Lieberman is digging in his heels. He will filibuster any health care legislation that contains a public option, even if the legislation allows states to opt-out.Lieberman has been a thorn in the side of the left ever since they decided to challenge him back in 2006. In that year, the left beat Lieberman in the Connecticut Democrat Primary. Lieberman | Read More »
Another way to think about Health Care “Reform”… Halloween!
I’ve got a few liberal and liberal leaning friends who just don’t seem to “get” why Conservatives are against the type of “reform” being provided in the recent bills. When I say that they seem to “trust the Government too much,” they always state that the believe that America won’t “stand” for abuse by politicians of the system… again they don’t understand why Conservatives seem | Read More »
After the Uninsured, Union Members Will be Among the First to Get Dumped on the Government’s Health Plan
As the old saying goes: Be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it. Unions have been pushing for decades to get government-run, single-payer health care while, in the meantime, negotiating “rich” health benefit plans for their members. While labor chieftains, like AFL-CIO’s top boss Richard Trumka have gone ‘all in’ for the public option, it will be the union members’ current | Read More »
The Pelosi Bill: Cost, Mandates and Taxes
MEMORANDUM EXCLUSIVE FOR REDSTATERS FROM: Michael Hammond RE: The Pelosi Bill -The real cost of the bill is at least $1.3 trillion (the CBO score, plus the “doc fix”) –- and probably much, much more. -The absolute minimum increase in the deficit would be $150 billion. You can probably add to this most of the $426 billion in supposed Medicare “cuts,” plus the substantial overruns | Read More »
What’s in a Name?
First it was the government option. Then it became the public option. Soon after they tried to label it the competitive option and that didn’t work. Now we have this. “Pelosi said that the public plan, which she prefers to call a “consumer option,” would compete with private insurers.” New York Times October 29, 2009 Well, isn’t that nice. If this doesn’t work to jamb | Read More »
Government Run Health Care Not What the Doctor Ordered for Small Business
As Congress moves closer towards solidifying a health care reform package, one thing is clear: the Democrats’ takeover of health care is bad for small businesses. H.R. 3962, the health care bill currently in the House has a price tag of almost one trillion dollars. As our national debt climbs to over $9 trillion, the only way to pay for this legislation is by | Read More »