The Republicans score at the Summit

Posted in Obama with tags on February 25, 2010 by MTR

 Media Says “Republicans Brought Their ‘A Team,’” “Have Been Very Effective,” “The Folks In The White House Just Must Be Kicking Themselves Right Now”

CNN’s WOLF BLITZER: “It looks like the Republicans certainly showed up ready to play.” (CNN’s “Live,” 2/25/10)
 
CNN’s GLORIA BORGER: “The Republicans have been very effective today. They really did come to play. They were very smart.” (CNN’s “Live,” 2/25/10)
 
·        BORGER: “They took on the substance of a very complex issue. … But they really stuck to the substance of this issue and tried to get to the heart of it and I think did a very good job.” (CNN’s “Live,” 2/25/10)
 
·        BORGER: “They came in with a plan. They mapped it out.”  (CNN’s “Live,” 2/25/10)
 
CNN’s DAVID GERGEN: “The folks in the White House just must be kicking themselves right now. They thought that coming out of Baltimore when the President went in and was mesmerizing and commanding in front of the House Republicans that he could do that again here today. That would revive health care and would change the public opinion about their health care bill and they can go on to victory. Just the opposite has happened.” (CNN’s “Live,” 2/25/10)
 
·        GERGEN: “He doesn’t have a strong Democratic team behind him.” (CNN’s “Live,” 2/25/10)
 
THE HILL’S A.B. STODDARD: “I think we need to start out by acknowledging Republicans brought their ‘A Team.’ They had doctors knowledgeable about the system, they brought substance to the table, and they, I thought, expressed interest in the reform.  I thought in the lecture from Senator John McCain and on the issue of transparency, I thought today the Democrats were pretty much on their knees.” (Fox News’ “Live,” 2/25/10)
 
THE WEEKLY STANDARD’S STEVE HAYES: “I think to me the most important thing to come out of the morning so far is that Republicans have spent a great deal of time talking with great passion, and I think eagerness about their plans, detailing the plans that until this morning them democrats had been saying didn’t exist. Well, you now see, I think, in great detail that Republicans do have plans, that they care about the same issues and that they feel passionately about it.” (Fox News’ “Live,” 2/25/10)

It’s his party and Obama’s already bored

Posted in Obama with tags on February 25, 2010 by MTR

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.

Acme Insurance

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

During the Summit, Obama recounted when he was a young man in college that he had bought auto insurance on his old beat up car and that he got into an accident, being rear-ended by another driver. Obama stated that he called up “Acme Insurance” and told them about the accident and that “Acme Insurance laughed” at him. Obama implied that insurance wasn’t insurance….namely that insurance companies back then were scheisters.

But Obama neglected to mention a few issues and in doing so lead the public to believe that “Acme Insurance” was some evil and greedy corporation. First of all, Obama admitted that he had an old beat up car. The chances he carried comprehensive insurance on the car is highly unlikely. The policy he most likely had dealt with any injury or damage incurred on the OTHER CAR. Since his  junker essentially had no value, there was no coverage on his vehicle. Thus filing a claim on HIS CAR would be laughed at. And I’m quite sure “Acme Insurance” explained the coverage to him.

This is just another example of Barack Obama engaging of sins of omission in order to support a position. Simply put, once  more, he lied.

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.

What’s Heath Care?

Posted in Obama with tags on February 25, 2010 by MTR

I just found a job opening at the Obama administration: a web designer who can spell

Whitehouse.gov

Socialism: The New Four-Letter Word

Posted in Chicago Politics, Marxism, Obama with tags on February 24, 2010 by MTR

What’s the  one label that many on the left shy away from? No, it’s not Liberal, and it’s not Progressive. But call someone  a socialist and you might as well have grabbed a silver cross and shoved it in the face of Dracula. The Left spit and sputter and start screaming protesting against the word.

Gone are the days when liberals actually believed that Government didn’t have the right to listen in on phone calls. Gone are the days when liberals thought taking from one’s  401K was wrong. Gone are the days when liberals believed that free enterprise was not the greedy monster of capitalism but a job where one could retire at. Gone are the days when liberals believed that Wall Street was the thermometer of the economy instead of being the greedy ogre that sapped our economy.

Now what exists is the fine line between liberalism and socialism and sometimes it’s hard to tell which one is which. But when you see names flung around like Saul Alinksy, the stench of Marxism becomes even stronger. And when you see groups like the SEIU supporting Obama, it gets even worse.

Liberals scream that they are not socialists. If so, then please explain the difference?

“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened” – Norman Thomas, 1948