Health Care  (Page 26)

Harry Reid: “I Have Nothing to Announce, So Pay Attention”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 26, 2009 at 3:15pm 10/26/2009 at 3:15pm

Harry Reid just completed his press conference in which he committed to pushing a “public option” through the Senate. What form of public option? The Opt-Out form. What is the Opt-Out form? Let’s see what the legislative language says.

Does Reid have the votes to stop a filibuster? He would not say,...

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Avoiding The Real Health Care Questions

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 26, 2009 at 11:30am 10/26/2009 at 11:30am

The Democratic push on health care restructuring focuses on costs and control. But there are some questions the Democrats are avoiding:

Instead of solely considering costs, shouldn’t we ask if Americans are willing...
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Grayson Death Number is Fiction

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 7:30am 10/22/2009 at 7:30am

Alan Grayson, Democratic Congressman from Florida, is building his claim to fame on the accusation that 45,000 Americans die each year from lack of health insurance. Grayson even has started a website to count the dead. Grayson bases this number on a study released by Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge...

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Obama’s Fox News Diversion

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 7:05am 10/21/2009 at 7:05am

With each passing day, I am becoming more and more convinced that the Obama administration’s sustained and crude attacks on Fox News are a big diversion.

Sure, the attacks on Fox News are unprecedented in the post-Nixon era. Barack Milhous Obama may not be change we can believe in, but it is...

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Strong-Arming Your Doctor

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 2:21pm 10/20/2009 at 2:21pm

The process by which Democratic leaders are strong-arming various groups to coerce support for health care restructuring is a warning sign to all about the abuse of government power which will take place if the Democratic proposals pass.

The Democrats shook down the pharmaceutical industry to gain advertising dollars in support of...

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Baucus Bill Released When It Doesn’t Matter Anymore

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 19, 2009 at 7:51pm 10/19/2009 at 7:51pm

When everyone was talking about the Baucus Bill (the Senate Finance Committee proposal), there was no actual Baucus Bill (something I quietly pointed out). Now there is a real Baucus Bill, and it is a whopping 1502 pages. (h/t The Note)

The actual Bill was released at the very moment it was...

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They Don’t Link, They Don’t Call

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 9:00am 10/18/2009 at 9:00am

On Saturday morning, Barack Obama gave a rip-roarin‘ speech lashing out at the insurance industry.

Obama finally found his m...

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Clean Up Your Own Mess First, Mr. President

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 9:22am 10/17/2009 at 9:22am

Barack Obama is on another “it’s all Bush’s fault” tear again. This time, using the tired campaign theme of cleaning up Bush’s mess:

Another way of putting it is when, you know, I’m busy and Nancy busy with our mop cleaning up somebody else’s mess –- we don’t want somebody sitting back...

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Shocked To Find Lobbying In Obama Administration (Part 2)

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 16, 2009 at 9:27am 10/16/2009 at 9:27am

Politico has an article today on a secret arrangement struck last April among corporate lobbyists, the Obama administration, and Senator Max Baucus, exchanging favorable treatment for corporate interests for advertising dollars in support of Democratic health care reform:

At a meeting last April with corporate lobbyists, aides to President Barack Obama and...
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Job Killers for Health Care Reform

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 9:23am 10/11/2009 at 9:23am

There is one supreme Democratic idiocy in the health care debate which has not received enough attention. The entire focus of the Democratic proposals — whether HR3200, the Senate HELP Committee bill, the Baucus Concepts, or the Obama non-plan — is to increase the cost of private health insurance.

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Farce Repeats Itself As History

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 6:30am 10/10/2009 at 6:30am

Karl Marx famously wrote that “history always repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, and the second as farce.”

Barack Obama has reversed these historical forces. With Obama, farce repeats itself as history.

As a neophyte politician, Obama was elected to the Illinois State Senate when he managed to eliminate his opponents from...

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Lame Excuse for the Baucus Non-Bill

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 11:42am 10/8/2009 at 11:42am

Ezra Klein, in his post Don’t Read The Bill!, defends Max Baucus’ plan to have the Senate Finance Committee vote on the Chairman’s mark, which is a summary of provisions which eventually could be reduced to legislative language. Klein writes that people should not read health care bills...

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Baucus Rosy Numbers Will Fade

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 8:30am 10/8/2009 at 8:30am

The CBO is doing its best to score the Baucus Health Care Concepts (it’s not a Bill), but it really is an exercise in hypothesis and speculation, and not only because there is no actual legislation.

The main problem is that the Baucus Concepts make assumptions which the CBO recognizes are unlikely...

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Contact Olympia Snowe

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 12:01am 10/8/2009 at 12:01am

You can find an e-mail submission form for Maine Senator Olympia Snowe by clicking here.

Snowe is the key vote on the Senate Finance Committee because she is the only Republican on the Committee who might vote in favor of the non-Bill markup language. If Snowe votes in favor, it will give...

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THERE IS NO BAUCUS BILL

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 6:25pm 10/7/2009 at 6:25pm

The internet is alive with the sound of people analyzing the CBO’s “scoring” of the Max Baucus aka Senate Finance Committee Health Care Bill. Before everyone gets too deeply into their thoughts, please keep in mind the following (get ready, all CAPS, bold, indented signifies a really important concept):

THERE IS NO...

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IRS Mishandles Stimulus, Prepares for Health Care

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 1:50pm 10/7/2009 at 1:50pm

As pointed out here first, the Democratic health care restructuring plans put the IRS in the forefront of health care mandate enforcement (the Democratic HELP Committee version even gives the IRS the ability to set mandate tax rates — why is no one talking about this?).

So now, via the TaxProf Blog,...

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We Don’t Need No Stinking Doers

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 10:30am 10/7/2009 at 10:30am

A slow awakening of our reality is sinking in on many fronts. One of those realities is that we have moved ever more drastically from a nation led by doers to a nation led by non-doers.

Some formulate this as The Doers vs. The ‘Thinkers’ but I think that gives too much...

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