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Compromise: the one way street

Posted in Health Care, Obama with tags on February 27, 2010 by MTR

Barack Obama needs to grab a dictionary and look up the word “Compromise.”

Webster defines “compromise” as:
1 a : settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions b : something intermediate between or blending qualities of two different things

Obama is exasperated with the Republicans because they won’t compromise with him on the health care bill. But it’s not compromise he’s seeking; Obama wants the Republicans to roll over and play dead in order to pass his legislation.

The Summit of the other day was nothing but a dog and pony show. Obama went there to let people know that he was still president. He went there to ridicule Republicans. But the Republicans went to the Blair House meeting actually to work, to bring forth ideas and every one of them were trashed.

There was no attempt on Obama’s part to “compromise,” to seriously discuss any major issue on the health care bill. And Obama’s final statement proved that. He essentially said that if the Republicans weren’t willing to play ball with him, that he would ram the bill through congress using the reconciliation process.

What a surprise……

Considering that Obama had already put up his 11 page proposal on the White House website, it was more than evident that anything the Republicans would have recommended were not about to be placed into consideration. And Obama even walked away from the Summit without even accepting any of the Republican ideas.

So either Obama doesn’t know the definition of “compromise” or the Summit wasn’t really about sharing ideas in order to actually create real health reform

The squabble between Obama and Alexander

Posted in Health Care on February 25, 2010 by MTR

During the Summit meeting, voices got a bit terse when coming to the subject of insurance premiums. Obama said that the health reform bill would reduce insurance premiums for most people. Senator Lamar Alexander disagreed citing the CBO. Obama basically told Lamar he didn’t know what he was talking about.

Well, let’s look at the CBO report

“Each of those components of the legislation has the potential to affect the premiums that are charged for insurance, directly or indirectly; some would increase premiums, and others would decrease them.” Pg 3

Many individuals and families would experience changes in premiums that differed from the changes in average premiums in their insurance market.2 As explained below, some provisions of the legislation would tend to decrease or increase the premiums paid by all insurance enrollees, while other provisions would tend to increase the premiums paid by healthier enrollees relative to those paid by less healthy enrollees or would tend to increase the premiums paid by younger enrollees relative to those paid by older enrollees. As a result, some individuals and families within each market would see changes in premiums that would be larger or smaller than, or be in the opposite direction of, the estimated average  Pg 4

CBO and JCT estimate that the average premium per person covered (including dependents) for new nongroup policies would be about 10 percent to 13 percent higher in 2016 than the average premium for nongroup coverage in that same year under current law. pg 5

Average premiums would be 27 percent to 30 percent higher because a greater amount of coverage would be obtained. In particular, the average insurance policy in this market would cover a substantially larger share of enrollees’ costs for health care (on average) and a slightly wider range of benefits.  Pg 7

CBO and JCT have estimated that, in 2016, the average premium nationwide for those “reference plans” would be about $5,200 for single coverage and about $14,100 for family coverage. Pg 8

Reference: CBO Report

There are 29 pages to the CBO report and I think it’s more than clear that insurance premiums will not decrease but increase under Obama’s health care plan.

Conclusion: Senator Alexander Lamar was correct and President Barack Obama was wrong, again.

The back door of the Summit

Posted in Barack Obama, Congress, Health Care with tags , on February 25, 2010 by MTR

As I write, the Summit debate is in the background and yes, it’s boring already. And I’m sure the participants are bored as well.

The purpose of the Summit? Supposedly to change the atmosphere of the debate. But change in what direction? Obviously the change desired by the Democrats is that the Republicans would crawl over to their side whining mea culpas all the way to the confessional. And the Republicans? That the Democrats would back off the government control of the American health care system that their bill embraces.

But at 4 pm what epiphany shall be reached? None.

Even before 10 am, the Democrats had already decided that Monday would be the “Big Push” day to begin to ramroding the Senate bill through Congress. The Democrats will take Obama’s 11 page bill and start disecting it with hopes that the “smaller” bill can be shoved through without having to worry about the Republicans filibustering it.

But the long and short of this is that Obama, nor the Democrats, expect anything more than political posturing from this meeting. No one honestly expects this to end up in a lovefest. It’s just a moment where Democrats can show that they actually sat down with Republicans and tried to hash out a bill. But the result will be a few compromises on both sides but none being enough to bring about the change of votes on the final count.

Obama and the Democrats are addressing their concerns to the wrong people. The only thing that is holding up the Democratic health plan are the Democrats themselves. The Republicans are already united in not voting for the bills before them.  It’s the Democrats who still can’t get their own totally on board. And as of this writing, there are about 10-12 Democrat House members who won’t be voting for the Senate bill, nor on Obama’s version.

So this Summit is an exercise of futility and all the work to pass the Democratic plan is going on at the back door of the Summit.

Let the people decide!

Posted in Health Care with tags on February 23, 2010 by MTR

We are about to have the biggest government intrusion thrust upon us and we, the people, have been left out of the process.

I know we have a “representative” government, but there is no evidence that we are actually being represented by our congressmen and senators. As much as we call their offices, send letters, zip off emails to them, all we are getting are the standard, “Thank you for contacting my office……..” and then the rant on how national health care will be so gooooooooooooooood for us. And then what we wrote is totally ignored.

Since this is the biggest legislation ever thrust on Americans as well as the most government intrusion to ever to be forced upon us, I believe that we as individuals should be asked if we want this in our lives. There should be a public referendum.

But the referendum also needs to be honest and not “loaded” to elicit a specific response. It has to be honest in stating that this health care legislation would cause increases in taxes, would have punitive actions if refused as well as NOT being able to keep your insurance or physicians. Then ask if the public wants national health care.

But do you think the government, which includes Congress and the President, feel secure in letting the voting public decide their fate? Of course not. They know very well that the public would vote against the health care bill as written (as well as Obama’s new bill).

And it’s because of that we should DEMAND A REFERENDUM!

Who’s Obama Fighting?

Posted in Barack Obama, Congress, democrat, Health Care, Legislation with tags on February 3, 2010 by MTR

Barack Obama has repeatedly laid the blame of his failures at the feet of the Republicans. He said health care hasn’t passed because of Republicans. He said he’s had problems with other economic bills because of the Republicans thwarting his efforts.

How can he say this? The Democrats are in power. The Senate has 60 votes! They have the majority. They could easily pass ANY piece of legislation at 60 – 4o votes.

But the problem IS NOT THE REPUBLICANS. The problem is WITHIN his own party. Obama can’t get DEMOCRATS on board. That’s why you’ve seen the “Louisiana Purchase” where Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana was bribed with $300 million  in order to vote for the Health care plan. Then there was the “Cornhusker Kickback” where Senator Ben Nelson was bribed with a bit over $100 million. And there are a few more bribes along the way.

You don’t see Obama trying to bribe Republicans. Why should he? He has enough problems within his own Party. So he’s pointing his finger and laying the blame in the wrong direction. But if he points out those Blue Dog Democrats, he shows the political world that his own Party is crumbling under is own feet.

This Will Be the Day Obamacare Dies

Posted in Barack Obama, Health Care with tags on January 21, 2010 by MTR

Is the Price Right?

Posted in Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Congress, Economy, Health Care, Iran, Legislation, Obama, White House with tags , , , , on January 14, 2010 by MTR

There’s this game show called “The Price is Right!” where contestants have to choose among three doors; DOOR NUMBER ONE, DOOR NUMBER TWO, and DOOR NUMBER THREE.

Unbeknownst to the voters in 2008 we chose DOOR NUMBER ONE. With the promises of “change we can believe in,” we half way expected no more than the status quo. The economy was beginning to falter, though unemployment remained even; we were at war in two countries and the housing market was bottoming out. We had hopes that Barack Obama would have at least used capitalism to the positive end and just handled things the way recessions in the past had been handled.

Instead, when DOOR NUMBER ONE was opened, we found an empty satchel, except for a few coins in the bottom. Our economy took a nose dive. The construction industry crashed, the housing industry crashed and we went from being 5.4% unemployment to 10% unemployment. The cure (Stimulus) was worse than the disease. And Obama’s answer was to prop up an auto industry that deserved to be in a graveyard. Obama also bailed out Wall Street in the tune of $33 billion dollars. In turn he rose our deficit up beyond we’d ever seen (and then congress raised the debt ceiling).

Then there’s DOOR NUMBER TWO. We thought this one could no way be any worse than what we had experienced with Door Number One, right? WE had a healthcare system which in itself was considered the best system in the world. People from all over the world were coming here to get services they couldn’t get in their own countries with socialized medicine. Sure we needed to handle such things as tort reform, expansion of insurance coverage across state lines as well the concern over pre-existing conditions. But Barack Obama, in his infinite wisdom, has decided to throw out the baby with the bath water and replaced it with hogs in mud. The whole healthcare system just stinks.

But now we’re looking at DOOR NUMBER THREE. Pssst! I hear it’s about Immigration…….