Friday, January 28, 2011

Creative Republicans; I Guess This is Michelle M'Belle's Administration; More Than 700 Waivers; CBO Distortions; Waivers to be Investigated; More on the Birth Certificate

[As proof that Republicans are getting creative, here is an interesting concept, which is already being called unconstitutional by Democrats.]

BOISE, Idaho – Republican lawmakers in nearly a dozen states are reaching into the dusty annals of American history to fight President Obama's health care overhaul.
They are introducing measures that hinge on "nullification," Thomas Jefferson's late 18th-century doctrine that purported to give states the ultimate say in constitutional matters.
GOP lawmakers introduced such a measure Wednesday in the Idaho House, and Alabama, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming are also talking about the idea.
CNS News reports: First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday said she was “thrilled” to announce a new program that asks U.S. businesses to allow employees to spend part of the work day volunteering with young people. The program will be run by the federal agency tasked with overseeing volunteerism in the United States.
“We want to do things big,” Obama said, but did not spell out details about the challenge.
My Administration has already begun this work with dramatic new investments in education, health care and clean energy – investments that will create new jobs and lay the foundation for lasting prosperity. But we cannot do this alone here in Washington.
Other members of the Obama administration participating in the Mentoring summit included Attorney General Eric Holder, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  [I am personally outraged that Michelle Obama said the words "MY administration"  And here I thought her husband is the President of the United States.  We should be mightily afraid of her "new investments" and the coming plans for "her" Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). As if businesses don't already have enough expenses, now our government wants them to pay people to work somewhere else while being paid by them?  Thanks sounds about right. I have heard Obama speak about how it is the federal government which should control charitable donations, perhaps taking from us our deductions for our charitable donations.  Do you doubt this?  See below.] 

Here, directly from the HHS website, believe it or not: Helping Americans Keep the Coverage They Have and Promoting Transparency [We are being taken for a ride, America!]

Helping Consumers Keep their Coverage
As of today, a total of 733 waivers have been granted for 2011.  Key facts about annual limits waivers:
  • There was an increase in the number of applications received at the end of 2010 because December 1 was the final day to apply for a waiver for a plan or policy year that begins on January 1 – as many plans do. Over 500 waivers were granted in December.  While the number of approved waivers increased by more than 200 percent, the total number of enrollees in plans receiving waivers has increased by only 48 percent since the previous posting.  HHS periodically posts the list of the plans that have been granted waivers to ensure the public is aware of the waiver process and stakeholders understand how they are affected.     [When will YOUR company get a waiver?  Perhaps after you send a big campaign donation to the Democrats?]
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  • A Youtube video shows: Representative John Campbell of California, in a House Budget Committee hearing on Thursday, questioned Medicare's Chief Actuary about the double counting of monies for Obamacare.  Saving you the 6 mins. to watch, here is what was said: 

    1) During the CBO accounting, the $100 per person tax for Medicare was counted upon to prop up Medicare and to also reduce the deficit - an impossibility.

    2) The consequences of the planned reduced payments to doctors serving Medicare patients was not accounted for: providers will exit the market, doctors will refuse to take medicare patients, & doctors will retire early.

    3) These occurences will cause some "not very pleasant consequences": patients won't be able to find a doctor and local hospitals will not treat Medicare patients.

    4) "We do not model those secondary scenarios" [in doing the CBO numbers which Democrats tout as saving billions of dollars for American tax payers.]


    US News Money writes: [Speaking of those awful insurance companies, did you know that]: overall, the profit margin for health insurance companies was a modest 3.4 percent over the past year, according to data provided by Morningstar. That ranks 87th out of 215 industries and slightly above the median of 2.2 percent. By this measure, the most profitable industry over the past year has been beverages, with a 25.9 percent profit margin. Right behind that were healthcare real-estate trusts (firms that are basically the landlords for hospitals and healthcare facilities) and application-software (think Windows). The worst performer was copper, with a profit margin of minus 56.6 percent.
    United Health Group points out: The industry has done an amazing job of negotiating price reductions with providers without sacrificing quality, access, and timely treatment.
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  • CNS News writes: The Obama administration’s waivers to temporarily exempt certain companies, unions, and charities from rules established by the new health care law are a “perfect example of special interests” having influence in the administration and will be looked into  by Congress, Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee told "You’re going to find out that by the president doing that with the secretary of HHS, he violated one of his main principles when he ran for office--and that was that special interests were not going to have an in in his administration.
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  • Yahoo News reports: Five Hawaii Democratic representatives want to pass a law making President Barack Obama's birth records public and charge $100 to see them. The bill, introduced this week, would change a privacy law barring the release of birth records to anyone unless they have a tangible interest.
    The measure hasn't been scheduled for a public hearing yet, and can't move forward until that happens.
    Its primary sponsor, Rep. Rida Cabanilla, says she wants to end the controversy surrounding Obama's birth by handing over official state records to those who will pay.  [By the way, there is plenty of information available on the internet concerning threats being made in 2008 to not discuss the birth issue, or lose your job.  It's bad for Obama when Democrats see how important it is to finally have the truth.  It is a problem with a simple solution, and Obama has spent nearly $1million to hide the truth from us.  Was he born in America, were his parents Americans, and just who was his father?  Did he go to college under a scholarship for foreign students, and when he went to Pakistan, what was the citizenship listed on his passport?]
    World New Daily writes: Arizona may have the most advanced plan, but 10 of the United States – controlling 107 Electoral College votes – are now considering some type of legislation that would plug the hole in federal election procedures that in 2008 allowed Barack Obama to be nominated, elected and inaugurated without providing proof of his qualifications under the U.S. Constitution. 
    According to officials with the National Conference of State Legislatures, 10 states already have some sort of eligibility-proof requirement plan.
    There is Arizona's HB2544, Connecticut's SB391, Georgia's HB37, Indiana's SB114, Maine's LD34, Missouri's HB283, Montana's HB205, Nebraska's LB654, Oklahoma's SB91, SB384 and SB540, and Texas; HB295 and HB529.
    Led by Texas with 34, the states control 107 Electoral College votes.

1 comment:

  1. I thank you for all the news and insight ! I am about to drown, with the flow of crap coming from Obama and his associates, how about you ?!
    The cost estimates(increase/savings?) is so full of fluff it is dangerously bad for any legislative action, except of course to repeal and start over.