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Chicago Politics in Washington.

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by bigdogtx, Nov 8, 2009.

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  1. bigdogtx

    bigdogtx Well-Known Member

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    Another result from the election of 2008,,,,

    OBAMACARE ENDORSEMENTS: WHAT THE BRIBE WAS

    By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

    Published on TheHill.com on November 6, 2009

    As the suicidal Democratic congressmen proceed to rubber-stamp the Obama healthcare reform despite the drubbing their party took in the '09 elections, the president trotted out the endorsements of the AMA and the AARP to stimulate support. But these -- and the other endorsements -- his package has received are all bought and paid for.

    Here are the deals:

    * The American Medical Association (AMA) was facing a 21 percent cut in physicians' reimbursements under the current law. Obama promised to kill the cut if they backed his bill. The cuts are the fruit of a law requiring annual 5-6 percent reductions in doctor reimbursements for treating Medicare patients. Bravely, each year Congress has rolled the cuts over, suspending them but not repealing them. So each year, the accumulated cuts threaten doctors. By now, they have risen to 21 percent. With this blackmail leverage, Obama compelled the AMA to support his bill...or else!

    * The AARP got a financial windfall in return for its support of the healthcare bill. Over the past decade, the AARP has morphed from an advocacy group to an insurance company (through its subsidiary company). It is one of the main suppliers of Medi-gap insurance, a high-cost, privately purchased coverage that picks up where Medicare leaves off. But President Bush-43 passed the Medicare Advantage program, which offered a subsidized, lower-cost alternative to Medi-gap. Under Medicare Advantage, the elderly get all the extra coverage they need plus coordinated, well-managed care, usually by the same physician. So more than 10 million seniors went with Medicare Advantage, cutting into AARP Medi-gap revenues.

    Presto! Obama solved their problem. He eliminates subsidies for Medicare Advantage. The elderly will have to pay more for coverage under Medigap, but the AARP -- which supposedly represents them -- will make more money. (If this galls you, join the American Seniors Association, the alternative group; contact sbarton@americanseniors.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)

    * The drug industry backed ObamaCare and, in return, got a 10-year limit of $80 billion on cuts in prescription drug costs. (A drop in the bucket of their almost $3 trillion projected cost over the next decade.) They also got administration assurances that it will continue to bar lower-cost Canadian drugs from coming into the U.S. All it had to do was put its formidable advertising budget at the disposal of the administration.

    * Insurance companies got access to 40 million potential new customers. But when the Senate Finance Committee lowered the fine that would be imposed on those who don't buy insurance from $3,500 to $1,500, the insurance companies jumped ship and now oppose the bill, albeit for the worst of motives.

    The only industry that refused to knuckle under was the medical device makers. They stood for principle and wouldn't go along with Obama's blackmail. So the Senate Finance Committee retaliated by imposing a tax on medical devices such as automated wheelchairs, pacemakers, arterial stents, prosthetic limbs, artificial knees and hips and other necessary accoutrements of healthcare.

    So these endorsements are not freely given, but bought and paid for by an administration that is intent on passing its program at any cost.
     
  2. Paladin

    Paladin Well-Known Member

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    Today, one of Rasmussen's polls states "58% Say Next President Likely To Be Republican".

    "Fifty-eight percent (58%) of likely voters say it is at least somewhat likely the next president of the United States will be a Republican, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

    The number has been trending in this direction since Democrat Barack Obama took office in January and is up 14 points since then.

    Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters see it as Very Likely that the next president will be a Republican."


    Meanwhile, socialist hussein is intent on doing as much harm to this country in 4 years as he possibly can. The gutless, spineless liberal congress will deserve what they will get in 2010.


    By the way, Rasmussen polling data had Christie up 3% over Corzine four days before the last election. Christie won by 4%, turning the sitting dumocrap governor of N.J.,,, OUT TO PASTURE.


    In Virginia, Rasmussen had McDonell up 13% and increasing, over the dumocrap candidate 6 days before the last election. McDonell won by 17%.


    If Rasmussen polls it, you can count on their results, at that given point in time.
     
  3. bigdogtx

    bigdogtx Well-Known Member

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    shhhh,,,,you wouldn't want to ruin our local libby's day,,,,;)
     
  4. crusha

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    The insurance companies are lining up to become government contractors. They're tired of seeing their enrollments go down as good-paying jobs leave the country...so they think this government plan will be the answer. They think it will guarantee them level enrollment numbers as America continues to decline.


    Public option or no public option, this bill is signed, sealed, and delivered. The only reason Congress is dragging it out so long, is to collect the maximum amount of lobbying dollars with which to protect themselves from the Angry Hordes next November.
     
  5. bigdogtx

    bigdogtx Well-Known Member

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    buzz gun,,,,which ones are the ones lining up?
     
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