Now witness the power of a full operational Death Panel

Hey – remember how Obama and his cronies mocked the idea of death panels?  Well they set one up.  White house speak with fork tongue.

the President’s advisors were no doubt hoping that the “death panel” debate was… well… dead. But Obama himself inadvertently resurrected it when, in response to Republican budget proposals, he claimed that Medicare costs will be kept under control by the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Obamacare opponents have been screaming about this committee since it was first added to the “reform” bill. And, since that time, anyone with the temerity to call it by its proper name — death panel — has been vilified by the Democrats and the “news” media. Nonetheless, that’s precisely what IPAB will be. Its sole purpose is to cut funding for some health care services seniors now take for granted. And those cuts will kill people.

Some of the members seem to have let their god-like powers go to their heads already :

“Somebody has to say no to the terminal patient who refuses to acknowledge that he or she is terminal and demands hopeless if expensive treatment.… Somebody has to have the power to rule that Procedure A or Drug A is more cost-effective than Procedure B or Drug B.… Even Heaven has a gatekeeper.”

Read the rest here.

“Obamacare” – it’s funny cuz it’s true

AP : 45,000 People Quit AARP Over Medicare

At least 45,000 people have quit the AARP over its support for Medicare legislation last year, association president William Novelli said Friday.

The nation’s largest seniors’ organization provided a key boost to Republicans who led the effort to revamp the Medicare program for older and disabled Americans and provide insurance coverage for prescription drugs.

AARP’s endorsement unleashed a torrent of criticism from Democratic lawmakers and seniors across the nation accusing AARP of allowing its business relationship with insurers to drive its decision. Novelli has called the criticism baseless.

But AARP officials said many members do not understand the complex legislation and are unhappy with it.

“Somewhere between 45,000 and 49,000 members have resigned their membership essentially in anger over our support for the Medicare legislation,” Novelli said at a meeting with reporters at AARP headquarters.

Some of those who quit later rejoined, but AARP doesn’t know how many, Novelli said.

Despite the resignations, though, AARP’s membership rolls grew last year from 35.2 million to 35.7 million, he said.

The debate over the legislation, which narrowly passed the House and Senate on largely party-line votes, also disrupted AARP’s long-standing relationships with leading Democrats.

Novelli said he has yet to talk to Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Another vocal critic, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., has been invited to address the AARP board of directors next month. But a Kennedy spokesman said the senator probably would decline the invitation.

“Our message to them is, let’s go forward,” Novelli said. “It’s all going to happen, but it’s going to happen episodically.”

One area of agreement would seem to be allowing Americans to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. Many Democrats and AARP support it, but the Bush administration has said it has no plans to lift barriers to importation.

“It’s definitely not a panacea, but it can help to put some downward pressure on drug prices in the United States,” Novelli said.

AARP also said it probably will offer a Medicare-approved drug discount card, another feature of the legislation, in conjunction with UnitedHealth Group. An existing AARP drug card is used by 2 million members and yields discounts of around 20 percent, officials said.

The new government-approved cards will give $600 in annual subsidies to low-income seniors who have no drug coverage. The cards will be phased out in 2006, when the prescription drug benefit begins.

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Summary of Recent Events

Obama : “There is a healthcare crisis!  We have to do something!!! ANYTHING!!!!”

Congress : “Obama’s right – let’s do anything!

Regarding those alleged 59,000 nuns who support Obamacare

The American Papist corrects the latest propaganda ploy, quoting Sister Mary Ann Walsh :

A recent letter from Network, a social justice lobby of sisters, grossly overstated whom they represent in a letter to Congress that was also released to media.

Network’s letter, about health care reform, was signed by a few dozen people, and despite what Network said, they do not come anywhere near representing 59,000 American sisters.

The letter had 55 signatories, some individuals, some groups of three to five persons. One endorser signed twice.

There are 793 religious communities in the United States.

The math is clear. Network is far off the mark.

Obama Announces Final Obamacare Deathmarch

So…  basically, The People are meant to rise up and… print short PDF files of old talking points.  And, um, spread them around the, um, community and stuff.

C’mon … “Final March”?   Has the Stench of Doom on it, dunnit?  Maybe they could call it the “Healthcare Trail of Tears” or the “Bataan Health March”?

The Obama Bribe Machine Fired Up!

Wile E Obama’s Healhcare Plan

Here’s (one of the) Actual Pictures of the 9/12 DC Tea Party

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(Maybe the drones at Wonkette can go over it with a magifying glass and check pigments)

What heck here’s another medium that can be eyeballed…

I found the video in an article comparing the 9/12 Protest and the HuffPo/Reich “Grandparent’s Day” demonstration for the health plan.  Worth a read.

Obama reads same speech as always?

Granted I only skimmed it, but I didn’t notice anything new, just the same old bromides.  The one bright spot is he at least mentions the high cost that malpractice suits are imposing on the health care system.  He only did so in passing and will not even ask for anything in the actual legislation; Obama basically said he’s have one of his flunkies look into doing something somewhere as a minor pilot program.

Obama couldn’t even bring himself to say the words “tort reform”.  Sad.

Again, same old same old. Even the major silliness has been seen before.  It is this :

  1. Obama decried  “scare tactics”, but
  2. Ends with claims that, without passing a bill …  “Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result.”

Leaving aside the lack of truth in these assertions, you don’t exactly need the most sensitive Irony Detector to see how these two things relate.

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One last oddity from Chris Knight…

Knight made an off-hand comment in his Obama Nazi Eagle blog :

Make that two hitches: The claim that Nazism embraced healthcare is obscene.

It’s not at all clear why that would be “obscene”, especially given that it is true.  The Nazis did despicable things, even using parts of their healthcare systems to do them.  However, Nazi Germany stove to promote the health of those that they deemed worthy.  A good source on this is the book, The Nazi War on Cancer.

Wile E Obama – Suuuuuper Genius.

Found this by way of HotAir.  Professional Obama suck-up, Charles Blow says :

Conservatives speak in bumper stickers. Obama speaks in thesis statements. In fact, he sometimes seems constitutionally incapable of concision.

He also seems to display a disdain for irrational excitability and confronts it with either princely dispassion, mocking disbelief or stirring oratory that speaks more to posterity than to the people in front of him.

The problem seems to be that the general public is too stupid to comprehend the elaborate Acme DeathtrapSoaring Rhetoric that Obama, amazing awesome guy that he is, has been generating.  Thus, we are never ensnared in his works of awesome genius.

Let’s roll that clip.

“Come here and take this $20”

Commenters on youtube and various blogs are suggesting things like : “Come and take this $20 should be a rallying cry.”

Sure, it’s funny ’till somebody loses a finger.

Better wear safety gloves when trying this at home.

Just sayin’.

“Don’t taze maim me, Bro!”

OK…. so  now Obama’s astroturf legions are edging towards cannibalism?

A senior citizen in Thousand Oaks  just got his little finger bitten off at the knuckle by a “Health reform supporter”.

Even if an argument got heated, even if a punch was thrown … what kind of animal bites off appendages?

Anyhoo…. I thought that the official MoveOn.org spokesdroid’s take on this was creepy :

Ilyse Hogue, director of political advocacy and communications for MoveOn.org, called the incident “a regrettable act of violence” in a statement released Thursday morning.

C’mon… “regrettable”?  This wasn’t some slip of the tongue,  the crime here is mayhem. Talk about praising with faint damns…

Why We Don’t Need Socialized Medicine

Professor at Cornell Law School – Heathcare bill “incomprehensible”

Well, more accurately, major portions of the bill are “incomprehensible”.

Since doesn;t have time to read the whole damn thing, he’s going to analyze a page at random for the next seven days :

I will look at my Sitemeter page count for seven straight days, and whatever the last three digits are on the page count, I will turn to that page in the House Bill. I will use whichever section of the House Bill appears at the top of the page, even if the section starts on prior pages.    … I will try to explain what the section and provisions on the page mean.

Check out his first attempt, page 780 in the House Bill3200 … Sec. 1721:

VERDICT: Close to incomprehensible. I think this means that there will be an increase in reimbursements to states for payments to primary care physicians under Medicaid. I could be wrong. There are so many cross-references, that it would take hours to figure out the full implications and all the conditions to which such payments are made, much less the source of revenue for the payments.

What this section does show is the density of the House Bill. Understanding just this single provision is a daunting task. Call it the banality of bureaucracy. Someone, be it a lobbyist or staffer or both, spent an enormous amount of time writing this dense text to accomplish something which is not explained in a form almost anyone could understand or comprehend.

That’s just the conclusion, look at his blog to judge the fairness of it.

How Government Healthcare works

Detroit News editorializes about Union Payoffs in Healcare plan

From the Detroit News :

One reason the public so distrusts the health care plan being considered by Congress is that so many troublesome details keep bubbling out of the massive legislation.

The latest example is the $10 billion taxpayers will be asked to shell out to prop up the United Auto Workers’ retiree health insurance program.

That provision is tucked deep into the bill passed by the House.

In effect, it would ask every taxpayer, regardless of whether they’ll have health insurance coverage themselves after they retire — and most won’t — to chip in to maintain the UAW’s coverage, which even after the union’s givebacks is still better than what the average American worker receives.

The helping hand is a recognition by Congress that the union’s volunteer employee benefit association, or VEBA, can’t possibly stay solvent if it is asked to cover all of the union workers taking early buyouts from the Detroit automakers.

So the union’s supporters added language to the House’s gargantuan health care bill that requires the federal government to pick up most of the cost of catastrophic claims for union retirees age 55 to 64.

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Bear in mind that the unions are also exempt from participating in Obamacare.

Less than 1/4th of Voters thing Democrats should go it alone on Healthcare

If Democrats agree on a health care reform bill that is opposed by all Republicans in Congress, 24% of voters nationwide say the Democrats should pass that bill.

But a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% believe the Democrats should change the bill to win support from “a reasonable number of Republicans.” Nineteen percent (19%) are not sure what congressional Democrats should do.

Republican voters overwhelmingly think the bill should be changed, and so do 62% of those not affiliated with either major political party.

However, Democrats are more conflicted. Forty-one percent (41%) of those in the president’s party believe their legislators should pass the bill without any GOP votes, while 34% disagree and think the legislation should be changed to attract Republican support.

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Obama lying about abortion

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Take a look at FactCheck.org.

Steven Crowder, on Drugs

One… Single Payer System!

“ObamaCare’s Contradictions” – WSJ

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[Obama] likes to start off explaining our catastrophe of a health system. “What is truly scary—what is truly risky—is if we do nothing,” he said in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We can’t “keep the system the way it is right now,” he continued, while his critics are “people who want to keep things the way they are.”

However, his supporters also want to keep things the way they are. “I keep on saying this but somehow folks aren’t listening,” Mr. Obama proclaimed in Grand Junction, Colorado. “If you like your health-care plan, you keep your health-care plan. Nobody is going to force you to leave your health-care plan. If you like your doctor, you keep seeing your doctor. I don’t want government bureaucrats meddling in your health care.”

Mr. Obama couldn’t be more opposed to “some government takeover,” as he put it in Belgrade, Montana. In New Hampshire, he added that people were wrong to worry “that somehow some government bureaucrat out there will be saying, well, you can’t have this test or you can’t have this procedure because some bean-counter decides that this is not a good way to use our health-care dollars.”

So no bureaucrats, no bean-counters. Mr. Obama merely wants to create “a panel of experts, health experts, doctors, who can provide guidelines to doctors and patients about what procedures work best in what situations, and find ways to reduce, for example, the number of tests that people take” (New Hampshire, again). Oh, and your health-care plan? You can keep it, as long your insurance company or employer can meet all the new regulations Mr. Obama favors. His choice of verbs, in Montana, provides a clue about what that will mean: “will be prohibited,” “will no longer be able,” “we’ll require” . . .

Maybe you’re starting to fret about all those bureaucrats and bean-counters again. You shouldn’t, according to Mr. Obama. “The only thing I would point is, is that Medicare is a government program that works really well for our seniors,” he noted in Colorado. After all, as he said in New Hampshire, “If we’re able to get something right like Medicare, then there should be a little more confidence that maybe the government can have a role—not the dominant role, but a role—in making sure the people are treated fairly when it comes to insurance.”

The government didn’t get Medicare right, though: Just ask the President. The entitlement is “going broke” (Colorado) and “unsustainable” and “running out of money” (New Hampshire). And it’s “in deep trouble if we don’t do something, because as you said, money doesn’t grow on trees” (Montana).

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Good News Everyone!

Obamacare Futurama

MSNBC edits out black man’s face to justify “racism” charge!

Check this out on News Busters (with video and transcript) :

On Tuesday, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer fretted over health care reform protesters legally carrying guns: “A man at a pro-health care reform rally…wore a semiautomatic assault rifle on his shoulder and a pistol on his hip….there are questions about whether this has racial overtones….white people showing up with guns.” Brewer failed to mention the man she described was black.

Following Brewer’s report, which occurred on the Morning Meeting program, host Dylan Ratigan and MSNBC pop culture analyst Toure discussed the supposed racism involved in the protests. Toure argued: “…there is tremendous anger in this country about government, the way government seems to be taking over the country, anger about a black person being president….we see these hate groups rising up and this is definitely part of that.” Ratigan agreed: “…then they get the variable of a black president on top of all these other things and that’s the move – the cherry on top, if you will, to the accumulated frustration for folks.”

Not only did Brewer, Ratigan, and Toure fail to point out the fact that the gun-toting protester that sparked the discussion was black, but the video footage shown of that protester was so edited, that it was impossible to see that he was black. The man appeared at a health care rally outside of President Obama’s speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Phoenix, Arizona.

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