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You Know, GovernmentCare Is A Real Jobs Maker……For The Government

Posted by TheJOTUS on March 20, 2010

And you want to know who the real winner is in all this if the bill passes?  The I.R.S.  And to the tune of 16,500.  So even more people the government would have to hire to run their exchanges, manage the federal public option, and enforce individual mandates, among other ObamaCare initiatives:

Highlights of report, which is entitled “The Wrong Prescription: Democrats’ Health Overhaul Dangerously Expands IRS Authority,” include:

  • IRS agents verify if you have “acceptable” health care coverage;
  • IRS has the authority to fine you up to $2,250 or 2 percent of your income (whichever is greater) for failure to prove that you have purchased “minimum essential coverage;”
  • IRS can confiscate your tax refund;
  • IRS audits are likely to increase;
  • IRS will need up to $10 billion to administer the new health care program this decade;
  • IRS may need to hire as many as 16,500 additional auditors, agents and other employees to investigate and collect billions in new taxes from Americans; and
  • Nearly half of all these new individual mandate taxes will be paid by Americans earning less than 300 percent of poverty ($66,150 for a family of four.)

Remember when Obama said this:  “No family making less than 250k per year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

Words, just words.

16,500 IRS agents to get even more involved in our lives is a great idea for reform?  Why, what could possibly go wrong?  It’s a bureaucratic expansion, the kind of “jobs bill” that will further burden the American people.

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A Step Closer To GovernmentCare

Posted by TheJOTUS on March 19, 2010

Today was a pretty good day for the democrats and the Obamacare morons.  It appears quite a few “undecideds” are heading to the “yes” column.  It has shifted big time.  It looks like Bart Stupak and his bloc are selling out for a signature on a piece of paper that means absolutely nothing.  I sort of feel like the frog in the fable The Frog and The Scorpion.  I mean a democrat is always a democrat in the end.  No ethics or integrity.  But when you want something so bad, sometimes you just can’t see the forest through the trees.

This leads me to an excellent article in the Washington Compost by Robert Samuelson.  He’s not an economist, but he is a straight thinker and he does a good job describing Obama’s backyard of unicorns and skittle trees when it comes to healthcare and cost control:

One job of presidents is to educate Americans about crucial national problems. On health care, Barack Obama has failed. Almost everything you think you know about health care is probably wrong or, at least, half wrong. Great simplicities and distortions have been peddled in the name of achieving “universal health coverage.” The miseducation has worsened as the debate approaches its climax……

How often, for example, have you heard the emergency-room argument? The uninsured, it’s said, use emergency rooms for primary care. That’s expensive and ineffective. Once they’re insured, they’ll have regular doctors. Care will improve; costs will decline. Everyone wins. Great argument. Unfortunately, it’s untrue.

A study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that the insured accounted for 83 percent of emergency-room visits, reflecting their share of the population. After Massachusetts adopted universal insurance, emergency-room use remained higher than the national average, an Urban Institute study found. More than two-fifths of visits represented non-emergencies. Of those, a majority of adult respondents to a survey said it was “more convenient” to go to the emergency room or they couldn’t “get [a doctor’s] appointment as soon as needed.” If universal coverage makes appointments harder to get, emergency-room use may increase……

And then this nugget of potpourri:

Unless we change the fee-for-service system, costs will remain hard to control because providers are paid more for doing more. Obama might have attempted that by proposing health-care vouchers (limited amounts to be spent on insurance), which would force a restructuring of delivery systems to compete on quality and cost. Doctors, hospitals and drug companies would have to reorganize care. Obama refrained from that fight and instead cast insurance companies as the villains.

He’s telling people what they want to hear, not what they need to know. Whatever their sins, insurers are mainly intermediaries; they pass along the costs of the delivery system. In 2009, the largest 14 insurers had profits of roughly $9 billion; that approached 0.4 percent of total health spending of $2.472 trillion. This hardly explains high health costs. What people need to know is that Obama’s plan evades health care’s major problems and would worsen the budget outlook.

0.4% of the total healthcare spending people!  0.4%.  Less than one percent.  Why are we doing this people?  Why are we turning our entire healthcare system upside down when the gains will be zero and the costs will be enormous?  Because Obama says so?  Because Stretch Pelosi chooses to violate a fundamental aspect of the constitution?  To what end?  In the past week and a half or so Obama has been going around lying through his teeth saying that if we don’t pass this cancer, the government will be deeper in debt, millions will lose their coverage, yada yada yada, rising costs, blah blah blah and small businesses will drop coverage altogether.

For one thing because of Obamacare’s requirements, any business—-in particular small business—-in order to survive and compete, will dump their health care coverage, particularly for the low, unskilled worker on you and me.  Us.  The taxpayer.  How the hell does this save costs?  The one thing Obama doesn’t do is cut or contain costs.  And he knows it, yet he still lies about it.

Obama attempts to call out the opponents of this monstrocity by minimizing our “government takeover of healthcare” claim.  As if we are out in left field on this.  If the government dictates price controls, rationing, what policies you keep, what policies you don’t, what will be taxed and how much……if the government  can send you to prison for not having a set policy and refuse to pay the tax penalty on it, if that’s not government takeover or control, what is?  What.  Is??

The middle class will be paying the freight for this system, starting at incomes at the very bottom of that class.  The only middle-class taxpayers who will see any benefit at all are ironically those who get thrown out of their existing health-care plans by businesses hoping to dump costs.  Democrats will push millions of more Americans into coverage that pays inadequate compensation for the costs involved.  It will act like a timebomb on the health-care system, driving up the demand-supply ratio and either prices or rationing along with it.  It’s like the worst of all worlds.

You have a 3000 page document filled with the word shall.  You shall do this, you shall do that, you shall not do this, you shall not do that.  He’s setting up dozens of panels and committees loaded with phony experts and bureaucratic hacks telling you what drugs to take or what procedures you can have, or when you can have them.  Who.  What.  When. Where.  How is this not government control?  What else could it be?

Obama and his minions demonize Sarah Palin and others about references to death panels.  The president’s own medical advisor, Ezekial Emanual, has discussed this very issue.  They have talked about models where a point system is given depending on age, health, disabilities, etc, etc.  How is that not government control?  Every nation that has socialized government healthcare, has caps on what they spend per person.  In the UK it is roughly 40k per person.  If that isn’t a death panel, what are they?  A life panel?  Quality of life panels?

Nothing good comes from this bill except more taxes, more control and less competition.

Oh, and then you have this:

This is such an important bill that it has to be done now.  Right now.  Yet it does nothing for at least four years.  No improvement in health care coverage for four years after this piece of crap passes.  And what will happen for four years?

Taxes.  And lots of them.

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Scott Brown Wins In A Landslide, Ted Kennedy, Libtards Hardest Hit

Posted by TheJOTUS on January 20, 2010

Last August I had a post on the death of Ted Kennedy along with his efforts to subvert Massachusetts law.  When Kennedy died, the law required the state to hold a special election to fill the opening he left in the US Senate.  That law was put in place by the state legislature in 2004 when John Kerry ran for President, and it was a law Ted Kennedy whole heartedly backed.  Why might you ask?  Well, the governor at the time was Mitt Romney — and Kennedy didn’t want some Republican appointing an interim replacement that wasn’t a democrat.

So we move forward five years, when Kennedy was on his death bed.  The Kennedy family released a letter written by the Senator demanding that the law he championed in 2004 get repealed in 2009 in order to allow Governor Deval Patrick to appoint his successor.  Again, why might you ask?  You see Patrick is a democrat and a reliable little liberal who will stand in line and do what he is told.  And of course the state legislature responded by acceding to Kennedy’s dying wish.  Patrick appointed Paul Kirk to fill the seat temporarily, until the special election could be held.

I don’t know what is sweeter, the irony or the karma of being a douchebag.

These shenanigans were played so that Obama and the democrats could get their 60 votes needed to cram government healthcare down our throats.  And what did this get them?  A walking buzzsaw in Scott Brown, whose main message was to be the 41st vote against Obamacare in the senate.

Scott Brown absolutely waxed Marsha..err..Melissa..err..Martha whatever the hell her name is, Coakley, winning by 5 points in the bluest of blue states, and becoming the first Republican senator in Massachusetts in 38 years.  And he did it with a platform of lower taxes, reduced spending, less government, tax money for defense from terrorists, not for the defense of terrorists, and most importantly, he opposed Obamacare.

Almost a year to the day Barack Obama was sworn in and as he completes his first year in office, Massachusetts voters let him know they reject this runaway congress and his hard left policies.  Brown was able to tap into the anger in Massachusetts in a way that appealed not only to independents but conservatives as well.  If you listened to that speech last night there was plenty of nods to the center, but there was also a lot for hard core conservatives to agree with.  It’s a powerful combination and one that, with the right candidates, can be duplicated in just about any state.

“I’m Scott Brown,

“I’m from Wrentham,

“I drive a truck, and I am nobody’s senator but yours”

Classic.  The message of last night’s election is impossible to spin.

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Democrats: Transparency? Never Heard Of It

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 21, 2009

While most of us slept last night, Harry Reid and the Senate democrats robbed us in the middle of the night.  At roughly midnight Central time, a vote was taken on the ReidCare Managers Amendment.  It passed 60-40 right down party lines.  They own it now. 

Yes America, under the democrats this is how laws get made now:  written in secret, voted 0n in the seedy dark shadows of the night.

Last night was the first of three procedural votes the democrats need to pass in order to destroy America’s healthcare system.

With the passage of the Managers Amendment, the democrats must wait 30 hours for the next vote (roughly until 7am Tuesday) , which will be an up-or-down vote on the Manager’s Amendment.  50 votes required.

There will then be a cloture vote on the Reid Substitute, requiring 60 votes.  Then democrats must wait 30 more hours for an up-or-down vote on the Reid Substitute.  Only 50 votes required.

Finally, there will be a cloture vote on the final bill, ReidCare.  60 votes required.  Then democrats must wait 30 more hours for the final up-or-down vote on ReidCare.  Again, only 50 votes required.

So if everything goes to plan it should take place Christmas Eve.  Neat.

Merry Fucking Christmas.  Oh I’m sorry, Happy fucking holidays.

With the 60 votes required for a cloture vote, no wonder Reid wanted to end debate on the bill.  He doesn’t want the public knowing what exactly is in the the billEspecially the under 200k middle class, where over 68 million will have to pay a whole lot more:

Here’s the quantitative summary for the Reid bill. All figures are for the year 2019, and in each case these are net results of premium changes, tax subsidies, and tax increases.

17.8 million individuals, families, and single parents with incomes under $200K will be net financial winners (11% of all tax returns under $200K):

[Of] that 17.8 million total, 13.2 million of them will benefit from the government subsidy for health insurance, net of any premium increases.

The other 4.6 million of them will also benefit, netting out their premium reduction with the higher taxes they will pay. These people in general will not get a health insurance subsidy.

68.4 million individuals, families, and single parents with incomes under $200K will be net financial losers (41% of all tax returns under $200K):

In general these people are not eligible for premium subsidies, so the effects of he Reid bill on them are direct premium effects and/or tax increases.

Within this group, here are some representative averages, taking into account premium changes, tax subsidies for premium purchase, and tax increases:

Within this population of 68.4 million net losers, an average individual working for a small business who gets health insurance through the small group market will be worse off, even if his income is below $10K per year:

Income of 0 – $10K: He pays $31 more (per year).

Income of $10K – $20K: He pays $99 more.

Income of $20K – $30K: He pays $202 more.

Income of $30K – $40K: He pays $325 more.

Income of $40K – $50K: He pays $377 more.

Income of $50K – $75K: He pays $576 more.

Income of $75K – $100K: He pays $681 more.

Income of $100K – $200K: He pays $726 more.

If this individual works for a large employer buying insurance in the large group market, the bill helps him if his income is <$20K, and hurts him if his income is >$20K:

Income of 0 – $10K: He pays $135 less.

Income of $10K – $20K: He pays $67 less.

Income of $20K – $30K: He pays $36 more.

Income of $30K – $40K: He pays $159 more.

Income of $40K – $50K: He pays $211 more.

Income of $50K – $75K: He pays $410 more.

Income of $75K – $100K: He pays $515 more.

Income of $100K – $200K: He pays $561 more.

For an average family among the 68.4 million losers getting insurance through the small group market (including most small business employees), they are on average better off if their family income is <$20K, and worse off if their income is >$20K. If they get insurance through a large employer, the breakpoint is $30K.

For an average single parent among the 68.4 million losers, he or she will be better off if income is <$20K, and worse off if income is >$20K, whether he or she gets insurance in the small group or large group markets.

Basically, the middle class will be carrying this directly on their shoulders.  And it starts with incomes at the very bottom of that class.

Remember when someone said:  “No family making less than 250k per year will see any form of tax increase.  Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

Words, just words.

And folks, this is just scratching the surface.  Here’s a comprehensive rundown on additional taxes and penalties (taxes) imposed in the Reid-Obama version of the health bill:

Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans (Page 1979/Sec. 9001/$149.1 bil/Jan 2011): Starting in 2013, new 40 percent excise tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans ($8500 single/$23,000 family). Higher threshold ($9850 single/$26,000 family) for early retirees and high-risk professions. CPI +1 percentage point indexed. Longshoremen have been exempted (page 362 of the manager’s amendment)

From 2013-2015, the 17 highest-cost states are 120% of this level.

Employer Reporting of Insurance on W-2 (Page 1996/Sec. 9002/Min$/Jan 2011): Preamble to taxing health benefits on individual tax returns.

Medicine Cabinet Tax (Page 1997/Sec. 9003/$5 bil/Jan 2011): No longer allowable to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin)

HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike (Page 1998/Sec. 9004/$1.3 bil/Jan 2011): Increases additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent.

Plenty more a the link.  Plus, Michelle Malkin has an excellent piece on the democratic bribe machine.

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Ben Nelson: You’re Just Gonna Put The Tip In, Right Harry?

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 19, 2009

Ben Nelson: Just the tip, ok Harry?
Harry Reid: Ok, Benny.  You tell me when it is too far.
Harry Reid: Sweetie?
Harry Reid: It’s all the way in, do you want me to stop?
Ben Nelson: ………

Ben Nelson succombed to his inner whore and has given Harry Reid the votes he needs for cloture on the senate heath bill.  Every man has his price.  And Harry Reid found Ben Nelson’s with some heavy petting, his love of the shaft and a few million dollars in federal funds.  This reminds me of the old joke often attributed to Winston Churchill:

Churchill: Madam, would you sleep with me for five million dollars?
Socialite: My goodness, Mr. Churchill… Well, I suppose… we would have to discuss terms, of course…
Churchill: Would you sleep with me for five dollars?
Socialite: Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!
Churchill: Madam, we’ve already established that. Now we are haggling about the price.

This is what American democracy has come to, bribing voters with tax money in order to get them to pay more in taxes and give up freedom.  And really, we can’t be too shocked by this.  He is a democrat after all.

Oh, and what about that abortion stance he was so magnanimous about?  Meh, abortion schmortion.

So with that, Ben Nelson has allowed Harry Reid to brutally ass rape this country with an economy–nay, soul–crushing healthcare bill.  Leaving us Americans huddled in a fetal position sticky, broke and confused.

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Healthcare Debate Between Two Unlikely People

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 4, 2009

Quite possibly one of the more surreal videos you will ever see.  The way they are sitting in those “S” shaped chairs is just freaking weird.

Shatner: “How……do you……know???
Rush: Dammit Jim, I’m the number one rated political talk show host, not a doctor!!!

Heh.

But seriously.  How do we know, Bill?  Are you kidding?

Obamacare is a clear example of how there are winners and losers here.  If you’ve got insurance, you’re a loser.  Congratulations, you will now basically have a complete stranger’s health care added to your premiums as if he’s a member of your family, because you can afford it.

If you don’t have insurance, you may be a winner… sort of.   On the one hand you come out ahead — free money!  Woo hoo! — but on the other, the health care overall is driven to a lower quality.  So Mr. and Mrs. I-Ain’t-American get the same shitty care as I do because it waters down the product.

This is and always will be about one thing.  A direct transfer of wealth, and the services that wealth buys, from the middle class to the lower class.   And that is plenty of reason for the uninsured and poor to support this plan.

Like I said before Bill, with the millions you have made over the years, why don’t you buy some of the uninsured a quality plan that pays their medical bills for a year?  Maybe even convincing a few of your friends to do the same:

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Government Run Cable

Posted by TheJOTUS on November 29, 2009

Now apply this to government run healthcare.

“I thought you were supposed to be a competitive option.  You guys are going to go broke”
“No, we just print more money”

Classic:

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Stretch McBotox PelosiCare Passes

Posted by TheJOTUS on November 8, 2009

It squeaked by with 220 Ayes to 215 Nays… 218 being the bare minimum needed for passage.

The bill stalled out until Pelosi was forced to allow a vote on the Stupak Amendment, which stripped funding for abortions from the bill (possibly); that amendment prevailed by 240-194 — much stronger support than for PelosiCare itself.

Although, every cloud has a silver lining I guess.  The bright spot of this bill was that out of 177 Republicans voting (I think that’s all of them), the total number who voted for McBotoxCare was… one: Rep. Joseph Cao.  By contrast, 39 Democrats voted against the bill, with 219 in favor, of course.

This basically means the RINO defecors did not give the democrats the victory.  It still would have passed without the vote from Cao.  Or rather, sacred Cao.

Amusingly, one Democrat who voted for the bill was newly elected NY Rep. Bill Owens (Tuesday election)… despite the fact that the bill contains numerous provisions that Owens swore during his election campaign he would never support. It took Owens a little over eleven hours to toss those promises into the garbage bin of liberalism.  

Hey New York, exactly how does Bill Owens ass taste?

So what does this mean?  Well for now, we grieve I guess.  I leave you with Chocolate Bunny Death Kill.

It’s a metaphor……

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No Healthcare? No Freedom

Posted by TheJOTUS on November 6, 2009

Well, it looks like Stretch Pelosi’s scheduling of the PelosiCare/ObamaCare vote this weekend has taken a bit of a hit.  At least for a few days anyway.  She apparently doesn’t have the votes needed to carry it through.  So she gets a little more time to send Dominic and Guido out to rough up a few more people votes.

The delay might have to do with the fact it is a 2000 page bill and nobody has actually read it.  Including Mcbotox Pelosi.  Or the 2 trillion plus price tag.  Or maybe the 10% unemployment.  But I am guessing mostly it is because it’s just a shitty bill.

But then we get this little nugget of potpourri:

Today, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the Pelosi health care bill (H.R. 3962, as amended) could land people in jail. The JCT letter makes clear that Americans who do not maintain “acceptable health insurance coverage” and who choose not to pay the bill’s new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

I don’t see a problem with that……do you?  How about a few excerpts:

“H.R. 3962 provides that an individual (or a husband and wife in the case of a joint return) who does not, at any time during the taxable year, maintain acceptable health insurance coverage for himself or herself and each of his or her qualifying children is subject to an additional tax.” [page 1]

“If the government determines that the taxpayer’s unpaid tax liability results from willful behavior, the following penalties could apply…” [page 2]

Hmmmmm.  How about a few more:

“Criminal penalties

Prosecution is authorized under the Code for a variety of offenses. Depending on the level of the noncompliance, the following penalties could apply to an individual:

• Section 7203 – misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.
• Section 7201 – felony willful evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years.” [page 3]

Interesting.  I seem to remember someone saying something about no taxes…or whatever:

Everyone in America…everyone…will pay lower taxes

I can make a firm pledge.  Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.  Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capitol gains tax, not any of your taxes

You.  Lie.

You know, several years into the future, I expect historians to write a fairly dismal account of the Obama era, with specific emphasis on the seemingly bottomless incompetence and remarkable tone deafness of a congressional leadership that couldn’t read a newspaper let alone the mood of the electorate.

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Celebrity Hacks Have A Message On ObamaCare

Posted by TheJOTUS on October 2, 2009

Celebrities who make millions upon millions create an almost unwatchable piece essentially accusing insurance executives of being overpaid.  Now that is rich.  Pun intended.

Some of the celebrities you might know: Ferrell (of course), and that guy from Scrubs.  No, not that guy.  The black one.  And Thelma from Scooby Doo.  So yeah, like tons of credibility.

In the video, you will learn 80% of America is all for a public option, which is news to most people.  I doubt you make it through the entire thing, but kudos if you do:

The majority of real doctors are against ObamaCare, but 100% of TV doctors with a free afternoon to be in a web video are for it! 

Ferrell made 20 million for Bewitched and God knows how much for Semi Pro.  Nobody who pocketed that kind of cash for that crap should be commenting on overpaid execs.  With that kind of money Mr. Ferrell, you could easily take a measly few hundred thousand and buy some of the uninsured a quality plan that pays their medical bills for a year.  Perhaps even convincing a few of your friends to do the same.

If you want to truly help people pay for services, lead by example and change things.  But you won’t, cause that is the type of guy you are.

UPDATE:

Ferrell and fellow douchenozzle’s get pwned.  Awesomely awesome:

Even BETTER.  Super awesomely awesome:

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