Texas doctors are opting out of Medicare at alarming rates, frustrated by reimbursement cuts they say make participation in government-funded care of seniors unaffordable.
Two years after a survey found nearly half of Texas doctors weren’t taking some new Medicare patients, new data shows 100 to 200 a year are now ending all involvement with the program. Before 2007, the number of doctors opting out averaged less than a handful a year.
“This new data shows the Medicare system is beginning to implode,” said Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the Texas Medical Association. “If Congress doesn’t fix Medicare soon, there’ll be more and more doctors dropping out and Congress’ promise to provide medical care to seniors will be broken.”
More than 300 doctors have dropped the program in the last two years, including 50 in the first three months of 2010, according to data compiled by the Houston Chronicle. Texas Medical Association officials, who conducted the 2008 survey, said the numbers far exceeded their assumptions.
The largest number of doctors opting out comes from primary care, a field already short of practitioners nationally and especially in Texas. Psychiatrists also make up a large share of the pie, causing one Texas leader to say, “God forbid that a senior has dementia.”
The opt-outs follow years of declining Medicare reimbursement that culminated in a looming 21 percent cut in 2010. Congress has voted three times to postpone the cut, which was originally to take effect Jan. 1. It is now set to take effect June 1.
Meanwhile, it is just starting to dawn on the progressive socialists in power that America IS PISSED and we are about to show them just how much.
President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies are using the levers of government to speed up and promote what they consider the most popular aspects of the new health care law before a highly skeptical public passes judgment in November.
Top administration officials, who meet regularly with outside special interest groups to coordinate the public relations effort, have so far focused on expediting and amplifying four key areas of the new law: expanding coverage to young adults, covering sick people with pre-existing conditions or high medical costs, providing tax breaks to small businesses and helping a select group of seniors pay for prescription drugs.
In one case, the administration moved so quickly to provide coverage to young adults under their parents’ health plan that it cut short the conventional period for the public to weigh in on the new rule.
In another, it used taxpayer money to alert small businesses that they will get a break on this year’s taxes.
Both are perfectly legal but also politically beneficial.
In every case, the administration’s objective is unmistakable: Make sure as many Americans as possible know as quickly as possible about the health care changes they will find most attractive.
There are two big reasons Democrats feel the need to step it up.
First, polls that show the public still isn’t backing the legislation. Most show mixed feelings at best and often hostile attitudes toward the law. The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll found that 44 percent think the health plan is a bad idea; 38 percent think it is a good idea.
Second, the heavy spending in anti-reform advertising: In the past month, anti-health-reform groups have poured $3.8 million into television advertising, nearly doubling the $2 million that has come from pro-reform forces, according to Evan Tracey, founder of TNS Media Intelligence.
The administration says there is no connection between its efforts and the looming 2010 congressional campaign. “Our mission as we work with the White House and other parts of the administration to implement this bill is to get Americans accurate, timely information about their health care and the benefits of the new Affordable Care Act so they are more empowered to get the best-quality care possible,” said Jenny Backus, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency responsible for implementing much of the law.
The very last thing this administration expected would be that Americans who have become utterly distrustful of both the republicans and democrats would take up megaphone and start marching peacefully in the streets. They never expected people who have never been active in politics to put their herd mentality aside and start leading.
IOWA CITY, IOWA — He had no plans to throw bricks, issue death threats, spit in faces or scream racial slurs. But Randy Millam, 52, intended to make a scene, so he woke up early Thursday morning to prepare for President Obama’s visit.
Millam sat at his kitchen table in Lowden, Iowa, with 14 Sharpie markers and a piece of foam board, working to condense a year of frustration into a 3-by-3-foot catchphrase. “Chains We Can Believe In,” he wrote, drawing the communist hammer and sickle on the poster’s top left corner. Then he grabbed an American flag, inserted batteries into a megaphone bought on the cheap for $25 and guzzled a 24-hour energy drink. Just as Obama took off in Air Force One for Iowa City, Millam loaded into his muddy Ford Fusion and drove 50 miles across the cornfields of eastern Iowa.
“The president just about declared war against the American people last weekend,” he said. And it is a war Millam intends to fight.
Millam’s resolve Thursday was reinforced by the sense that he was taking part in a movement — a rising tide of anger, fear and vitriol in the wake of the health-care overhaul signed into law by Obama this week. Millam joined a chorus of discontent surrounding the president’s visit: a warm-up protest Wednesday night, a greeting party of protesters waiting at the airport and hundreds more with plans to chant outside the downtown arena while Obama spoke. In the hours before he left for Iowa City, Millam watched reports on Fox News Channel about vandalism at Democratic offices and visited a Web site of the conservative “tea party” movement, where he was inspired by a Thomas Jefferson quote about how bloodshed might be necessary to protect a country from tyranny.
“I’m not ready for outright violence yet. We have to be civil for as long as we can,” Millam said. But, he added, “we are watching the infrastructure of this country crumble under our feet. The government doesn’t want to hear us. We have to make them listen.”
With that as his goal, Millam arrived in Iowa City wearing an “Army Dad” T-shirt and a cap inscribed with the words of the Second Amendment. He parked his car and joined a crowd of about 300 protesters, who carried signs that addressed most of Millam’s frustrations. “America’s Disastrous Economy,” read one; that was the economy that had contributed to him losing a job on the assembly line at Kraft Foods a few years ago and had left him unemployed since. “Insane Overspending!” read another; that was the overspending that made him fear for the futures of his two teenage children: a high school honors student and a daughter who recently enlisted in the military. “Obama Lies!” was the reason he no longer trusted government, stockpiling firewood and bricks and starting his own vegetable garden. “ObamaCare,” was what he considered the final insult to the Constitution. Even though he has health insurance through his wife’s job, the politics of the past few weeks confirmed his fears about the direction of his country and gave him a “locked-and-loaded focus.”
He walked to the front of the protest crowd and lifted the megaphone to his mouth.
“Fellow patriots,” he bellowed. “We are standing outside the arena right now because the president controls the crowd, controls the message, controls the people of this country. That is not freedom! That is not democracy! That is not the America I grew up in!”
The demonstrators cheered and began to gather around Millam, and two police officers came to stand nearby. “If you’re going to deny me my constitutional rights, you can arrest me,” Millam told the officers. Then he leaned into the megaphone and started shouting again.
“I got news for you, Barack,” Millam said. “You can’t blame everything on Bush anymore. You either are the president, or you’re not. We’ve got 17 percent real unemployment. Home sales are at historic lows. . . . And now the most pro-choice president this nation has ever elected is forcing us to have health care. Every single person’s body in this whole country belongs to the government now.”
Millam swayed from side to side, waving the American flag and catching his breath. He was silent now, but the crowd continued to swell around him. Tommy Leforce, a 19-year-old student at Cornell College in Iowa, tapped Millam on the shoulder and asked for the megaphone. “My dad is unemployed right now,” Leforce shouted, “but this government is more focused on what their political party wants instead of what Americans need.”
Another person took the megaphone: “I want nothing to do with Washington, D.C.”
By now a group of about 200 Obama supporters had stopped to watch and listen, congregating across the street from the protesters. Seven police officers stood in the middle of the road, monitoring both sides. On one sidewalk: Obama T-shirts, health-care-reform advocates, and students from the University of Iowa, one of whom held a sign inviting Obama to join him at a local bar for Thursday night’s $1 you-call-it drink special. On the other sidewalk: college Republicans, middle-aged conservatives and retirees who waved homemade signs, bullhorns, doctored pictures of Obama and yellow tea party flags, which showed coiled snakes under the motto “Don’t Tread on Me.”
Millam looked across the street at the students and shook his head. “They don’t understand that our government doesn’t listen,” he said. He had spent the past week calling congressional offices and the White House to tell them about his feelings on health-care reform, waiting through hold times only to reach answering machines and busy signals. Maybe he could enlighten these Obama supporters. He stepped closer to the street and raised the megaphone.
“I voted for a Democrat once,” he said. “I was young once. Kumbaya and all that. Then I grew up. If you believe in freedom, you need to come to this side of the street.”
“If you don’t think it takes 2,700 pages to explain a health-care plan, come to this side of the street.”
“If you haven’t given up on our Constitution, on our founders, on the hope and dream of a free country, then come to this side of the street.”
Finally, one student walked across. He wore dark sunglasses and carried a poster-board sign, made moments earlier. It read: “These People are Idiots.” He stood with the protesters, his sign mocking them, while he listened to an iPod.
Millam rested the megaphone on his stomach. His voice was getting hoarse, and his legs ached. He’d been shouting for almost two hours now, and some protesters were beginning to leave. “Where is Obama?” he asked. Another demonstrator told him that the president had finished his speech, entering and exiting the arena through a different entrance, and Millam snorted in disgust.
“Why does the president of the United States have to sneak in the back door to avoid seeing the real people in this country?” he shouted into the megaphone. “That’s not right. That’s just not right.”
You may now return to your regularly scheduled pResidential propaganda…or you can ask yourself this question. Why does the pResident need to sell the biggest democratic socialist accomplishment of the last 60 years?
(I told you folks I was going to tear it up this year. I’m not going to be pulling punches; I just expect everybody to keep it clean in comments.)
John Podesta needs to STFU, stop lying, and understand who exactly that newly revitalized conservative movement is made up of. Hint: it’s not progressives, and it’s not hard-core right-wing conservatives.
Washington (CNN) – John Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress, can describe the state of Washington politics with a single word. And it’s not a nice one.
Asked in an interview with the Financial Times to comment on “the health of American political system,” Podesta responded: “Sucks.”
Podesta made the remark with a chuckle, but the man who chaired President Obama’s transition team expressed deep concern about the White House’s ability to pass big ticket items in the current political climate.
He blamed much of the gridlock on Republicans and a newly “strengthened” conservative movement.
Gridlock is coming from republicans when Obama’s team controls the WH and both houses of congress? As for that newly strengthened conservative movement; that’s just a majority of regular Americans waking up and letting the District of Criminals know exactly how upset we have been for years. DC is just starting to notice now.
“I think the president is trying to re-engage with Republicans, but quite frankly he is not dealing with the party of Lincoln, he is dealing with the party of Palin and the party of McConnell and the party of Boehner,” Podesta said in the interview, which was filmed and posted online Monday. “They have a political strategy, really, which is that fierce opposition, trying to say no to everything will endure to their political benefit, and so far it looks like that is working for them, so I don’t see them changing all that much.”
That re-engagement includes a newly rewritten bill (by the dems) being brought to the health care summit on February 25th? The White House is going to be posting that legislative draft online 72 hours before the “summit”. Give me a break, and stop spinning; you are making us dizzy.
But he also reserved a healthy dose of criticism for the Obama administration, which he said focused too much on the inside game of Congress during the health care debate, instead of communicating their broader goals to the electorate, particularly to independent voters.
What? A bazillion townhalls and speeches did not get the job done? Wake up John! Americans READ THE BILL! We know what’s in it.
“All the concentration was on working the inside legislative process and I think they paid a price for that, in my mind, the administration paid a price for that because I think the narrative was all about the deals and not what was in it, what the substance of what the legislation was and how it connected to the broader project” of improving people’s lives and strengthening the economy, Podesta said.
Podesta, who was also Bill Clinton’s final White House chief of staff, said he is optimistic that a health care bill can still be passed, along with new energy legislation.
“I’m not as despairing as all that to think that he still can’t move forward,” he said of the president. “He still has avenues open to him.”
What? Oh yeah, that’s right….those presidential executive orders that go around the congress and, more importantly, the Constitution. It appears John Podesta is a true progressive; the ends justify the means.
This will probably be more information that you folks want (again), but here it is because knowledge is power.
President and CEO of the Center for American Progress
Former Clinton Chief of Staff
Former antiwar activist of the New Left
Worked on the Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern presidential campaigns.
Met Bill Clinton in 1970 through the antiwar movement
John David Podesta was born to an Italian-American father and a Greek-American mother on January 15, 1949 in Chicago. Podesta rose from a solidly blue-collar background; his father worked in a factory for 50 years.
In the 1960s John was introduced to the antiwar Left by his older brother Anthony. The two brothers worked on the Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern presidential campaigns in 1968 and 1972, respectively.
John Podesta first met Bill Clinton in 1970, when he and Clinton worked together on anti-war candidate Joseph Duffy’s unsuccessful Senate campaign in Connecticut. Podesta and Clinton subsequently worked for the McGovern campaign in 1972.
Podesta graduated from Knox College in Illinois in 1971 and Georgetown University Law Center in 1976. He landed a job with the federal government right out of law school, working as a litigator for the Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice from 1976 to 1977.
Podesta served on the staff of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) from 1981 to 1988. Leahy was an early advocate of circumventing the U.S. Constitution by gaining control over federal courts. Podesta assisted Leahy in pioneering the indiscriminate smearing and filibustering of any and all Republican judicial nominees — a practice previously unknown in Washington.
In 1988 Podesta teamed up with his brother Anthony to form the Washington lobbying firm Podesta Associates. One of their first clients was Michael Dukakis. John Podesta served as opposition research director — commonly dubbed a “dirt digger” — for Dukakis’ 1988 presidential campaign.
From January 1993 to 1995, Podesta worked as a White House staff secretary and Assistant to President Clinton.
He served as Counselor to Democratic Senate Leader Thomas Daschle from 1995 to 1996 and then returned to the White House, where he finished out the last years of the Clinton administration — first as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff (1997-98) and then as Chief of Staff (October 1998 to January 2001).
During his years in the Clinton White House, Podesta helped suppress numerous federal investigations into Clinton wrongdoing, and helped short-circuit the Clinton impeachment proceedings through backroom deals.
The Clintons recognized Podesta’s talent for scandal-suppression early. While still a mere staff secretary at the White House in 1993, Podesta found himself swamped with so many scandal clean-up assignments that he nicknamed himself, “Secretary of [Expletive].” “He’s good at it,” James Carville remarked to the Washington Post.
Podesta’s most lasting contribution to the leftist cause came through his promotion of a strategy that White House aides dubbed “Project Podesta.” This was a system that enabled the Clintons to push through unpopular policies that neither Congress nor the American people wanted. Its implementation marked a dramatic tilt in the balance of power, giving the executive branch an unprecedented ability to force its will on the legislative branch.
Project Podesta enabled the President to bypass Congress through the use of executive orders, presidential decision directives, White-House-sponsored lawsuits, vacancy appointments to high federal office, selective regulatory actions against targeted corporations, and a host of other extra-constitutional tactics.
In short, Podesta showed the Clintons that they could gain by force what they might fail to achieve through legislation. “Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kind of cool,” quipped White House aide Paul Begala to The New York Times on July 5, 1998, in response to questions about the Clintons’ growing disdain for the will of Congress.
When US News and World Report first revealed the existence of Project Podesta on November 1, 1999, two Congressional hearings convened to investigate the Clintons’ abuse of executive power. But the investigators issued no reports and took no action.
Regarding Podesta’s war of attrition against tobacco firms and gun manufacturers, even Clinton’s former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich warned fellow leftists in the January 17, 2000 issue of The American Prospect, “You might approve the outcomes in these two cases, but they establish a precedent for other cases you might find wildly unjust.… [T]hese lawsuits are blatant end-runs around the democratic process.”
Project Podesta reached its logical conclusion in Al Gore‘s effort to litigate his way into the White House in 2000. During the infamous 36-day, post-election stand-off, Podesta worked behind the scenes with Gore’s legal team even as the Clinton White House publicly declared its neutrality. Podesta bears personal responsibility for forcing the election into the U.S. Supreme Court.
Most of official Washington assumed that the election crisis would end on November 14, when Gore’s recount deadline expired and Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris would certify the winner. In order to reassure Americans that this would be the case, General Services Administration head David J. Barram held a press conference on November 8, 2000, at which he announced that he was ready to release the $5.8 million in presidential transition funds and to open the transition offices to whichever candidate was certified the winner on November 14. Barram repeated this promise several times via radio and television interviews.
However, on November 13 — the day before the recount deadline — John Podesta sent a memo to Barram ordering him to keep the transition offices locked and to withhold the presidential transition funds, thus giving Gore extra time to litigate.
Bush won the Florida recount, as expected. But the transition offices remained locked. Podesta’s unprecedented act stunned official Washington and plunged America into a constitutional crisis.
Four years later, when Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry announced his plan to mobilize a legal team of more than 6,000 attorneys for the 2004 election, it was evident that Project Podesta had changed U.S. politics forever.
Podesta was appointed President and CEO of the Center for American Progress (CAP) at its founding on July 7, 2003. He was hand-picked for the job by CAP founders George Soros and Morton H. Halperin, according to a March 1, 2004 report in The Nation by Robert Dreyfuss. Inside sources have described CAP as “the official Hillary Clinton think tank” — a media spin machine and policy generator designed to serve as a springboard for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential ambitions.
Podesta was a featured speaker at the March 2008 “Take Back America” conference of Campaign for America’s Future, where he declared that global warming was a “severe national security problem” that President Bush had failed to address in any meaningful way.
Gender: Male Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Government Party Affiliation: Democratic
Nationality: United States Executive summary: Ex-Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff
Joined the staff of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) in 1979, his expertise are listed as “privacy, technology and information-gathering”. With his brother Tony he founded Podesta Associates in 1988, then joined Bill Clinton‘s staff, eventually rising to Deputy Chief of Staff. He served as one of Clinton’s point-men on the encryption issue. After the end of that administration he founded the Center for American Progress in Washington.
Brother: Anthony “Tony” Podesta (manager of John Kerry‘s Pennsylvania organization)
Think tank run by Hillary Clinton and former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta
Helped launch Media Matters For America in 2004
The Center for American Progress (CAP) describes itself as “a nonpartisan research and educational institute” aimed at “developing a long-term vision of a progressive America” and “providing a forum to generate new progressive ideas and policy proposals.”
Robert Dreyfuss reports in the March 1, 2004 edition of The Nation: “The idea for the Center began with discussions in 2002 between [Morton] Halperin and George Soros, the billionaire investor. … Halperin, who heads the office of Soros’ Open Society Institute, brought [former Clinton chief of staff John] Podesta into the discussion, and beginning in late 2002 Halperin and Podesta circulated a series of papers to funders.”
Soros and Halperin recruited Harold Ickes — chief fundraiser and former deputy chief of staff for the Clinton White House — to help organize the Center. It was launched on July 7, 2003 as the American Majority Institute. The name was changed to Center for American Progress (CAP) on September 1, 2003. The official purpose of the Center was to provide the left with something it supposedly lacked — a think tank of its own.
Regarding the new think tank proposed by Soros and Halperin, Hillary Clinton told Matt Bai of The New York Times Magazine on October 12, 2003, “We need some new intellectual capital. There has to be some thought given as to how we build the 21st-century policies that reflect the Democrat Party‘s values.” She later told The Nation’s Robert Dreyfuss, “We’ve had the challenge of filling a void on our side of the ledger for a long time, while the other side created an infrastructure that has come to dominate political discourse. The Center is a welcome effort to fill that void.”
Persistent press leaks confirm that Hillary Clinton, and not Podesta, is ultimately in charge of CAP. “It’s the official Hillary Clinton think tank,” an inside source confided to Christian Bourge of United Press International. Robert Dreyfuss notes in The Nation, “In looking at Podesta’s center, there’s no escaping the imprint of the Clintons. It’s not completely wrong to see it as a shadow government, a kind of Clinton White-House-in-exile — or a White House staff in readiness for President Hillary Clinton.” Dreyfuss notes the abundance of Clintonites on the Center’s staff, among them Clinton’s national security speechwriter Robert Boorstin; Democratic Leadership Council staffer and former head of Clinton’s National Economic Council Gene Sperling; former senior advisor to Clinton’s Office of Management and Budget Matt Miller; and others.
In addition to the aforementioned individuals, CAP’s key personnel also includes Director of Media Strategy Debbie Berger, daughter of Clinton national security chief Sandy Berger; Sarah Rosen Wartell, who serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and General Counsel; Mark David Agrast, Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy; and Robert O. Boorstin, Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy.
One of CAP’s primary missions is to carry out “rapid response” to what it calls conservative “attacks” in the media. To this end, CAP maintains more than a dozen spokespeople ready to appear on short notice on national talk shows to debate or respond to conservative commentators. Among CAP’s expert commentators are its own President, John Podesta; Eric Alterman, who claims expertise on the subject of media; and CAP Senior Vice President Morton Halperin, who offers to speak on national security.
On May 3, 2004, CAP helped to launch David Brock‘s Media Matters for America – which claims to serve as a “watchdog” organization monitoring “rightwing” media for ethics and accuracy. According to The New York Times, Brock conferred with Hillary Clinton, Senator Tom Daschle, and former Vice President Al Gore about Media Matters before embarking on the project. “Mr. Brock’s project was developed with help from the newly formed Center for American Progress,” notes the Times, and John Podesta “introduced [Brock] to potential donors.”
CAP posts daily “Talking Points” to guide the likeminded in their disputes with conservatives. The organization has also established an American Progress Action Fund as a “sister advocacy organization” that “transforms progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing and advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders throughout the country and the world.”
The March 2004 Foundation Watch newsletter of the Capital Research Center reports that CAP raised $13 million in 2003. Part of that money came from George Soros, who had pledged $3 million, to be paid in $1 million increments over three years. Part came from Herbert and Marion Sandler, co-CEOs of the Oakland, California savings and loan holding company Golden West Financial Corporation (S&L).
An April 2009 CAP report stated that the United States had a moral obligation to spend massive amounts of money to help poorer nations deal with the effects of the “global warming” that allegedly was being caused by industrialized nations like the U.S.
In May 2009 CAP alleged that Americans’ “insatiable demand for electronics products such as cell phones and laptops” was at least partially responsible for fomenting the deadly war raging in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Said CAP:
“The violence in Congo is being fueled by a multi-million dollar trade in minerals — the 3 T’s (tin, tantalum, and tungsten) — that make our cell phones and other electronics function…. Congo’s mineral wealth should be a source of prosperity and stability for the Congolese people, not a source of exploitation and violence. As the primary end-users of the 3 T’s, electronics companies bear a responsibility for cleaning up their supply chains. Our cell phones should not be fueling violent conflict…. As consumers of cell phones and other electronics, we can change the equation for Congo. Demand that the biggest end-users of the 3 T’s – consumer electronics companies – COME CLEAN 4 CONGO and pledge to make their products conflict-free.”
The first ever national Tea Party convention occurred this past weekend with keynote speaker, Sarah Palin giving a succinct speech, found in it’s entirety, here.
MEANWHILE, the pResident energizer bunny-in-charge continues his totalitarian march to control every aspect of your life even though most Americans have let the District of Criminals know exactly how they feel about Obamacare and financial reform.
At least one message has gotten through his thick head; the injury to the supermajority in the senate with Scott Brown’s election.Given Obama’s inflated sense of self, I am sure he does not realize the tsunami that is about to hit the progressives in Congress.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told fellow Democrats on Saturday this is no time to “lick our wounds and try to hang on” and vowed instead to press ahead with financial regulatory and healthcare reforms.
With his legislative agenda in limbo, Obama sought to rally Democratic activists still reeling from the loss of a pivotal Senate seat last month and now scrambling to head off a Republican challenge in the November congressional elections.
Obama came out swinging at a meeting of the Democratic National Committee, accusing Republicans of caring more about “scoring political points” than solving the country’s pressing problems like high unemployment.
How is it, exactly, that the republicans have stopped Obama’s agenda when the Democrats control the White House, the Senate, and the House?
But Obama presented no new ideas on how the Democrats could overcome obstacles that have stalled his domestic priorities.
This would be because Obama does not come up with ideas himself. It is well known that most of the bills he introduced as a senator were written by other officials. Heck, he didn’t even write his own book.
Hammering one of his biggest challenges, Obama said “America can’t afford to wait” for a financial regulatory overhaul to plug gaps widely seen as the root of the 2008 markets crisis that tipped the economy into deep recession.
Which gaps? The ones the Democrats created so that banks were forced to give sub-prime mortgages or face penalties?
“If we’ve learned anything from the devastating recession, we know that wise regulation actually can enhance the market and make it more stable and make our economy work better,” Obama said. “We can’t return to the dereliction of duty that helped deliver this recession.”
Dereliction of duty? Would that include Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Maxine Waters, and Gregory Meeks, all democrats?
Obama acknowledged that a healthcare overhaul, which once seemed on the verge of passing, will now be subject to a “long and difficult debate.” But he pledged: “I am not going to walk away from health insurance reform.”
His effort to expand health coverage hit a stalemate after Democrats lost their 60-seat “supermajority” in the Senate. They are now trying to decide on a new course.
“The easiest thing to do right would be say this is too hard. Let’s just regroup and lick our wounds and try to hang on,” Obama said. “There are some, perhaps the majority in this town, who say perhaps it’s time to walk away.”
But he insisted to cheers, “I’m not going to walk away on any challenge. We’re moving forward.”
Ah, the expected reaction from a progressive totalitarian who was within the blink of an eye of control of every single American through healthcare.
We must continue to hammer our non-representatives to make sure nothing more is allowed to pass for the next 270 days until we can flip this congress and neuter Obama’s ambitions of domination.
I know we have numerous issues to keep an eye on including the new $3.8 Trillion budget coming out, but ‘zombie’ healthcare is NOT DEAD yet, and we must keep one eye on congressional dems and RINOs. The fascist healthcare reform bill being put forward must not be allowed to pass.
You did not think she was going to give up, did you? She’s a progressive socialist, and control of every single American’s life through healthcare is the brass ring. Do not be fooled by the “series of smaller sidebar healthcare provisions” language.
I am searching for the video for this quote. FoxNews had it this morning.
You go through the gate. If the gate’s closed, you go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole-vault in. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in. But we’re going to get health care reform passed for the American people.
House Democrats are readying a series of smaller “sidebar” healthcare provisions to introduce by mid-February even as they push for using reconciliation rules to move a broader healthcare package, according to leadership aides.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday described a two-track healthcare strategy, in which House Democrats will look to move a number of smaller measures that can gain widespread support as they try to pressure the Senate into adopting, through reconciliation, a package of House-made changes to the Senate healthcare bill.
“Some things we can do on the side which may not fit into a bigger plan. That doesn’t mean that’s a substitute for doing comprehensive [healthcare reform]. It means we will move on many fronts, on any front we can.”
Using budget reconciliation rules to pass parts of the healthcare package would require only 51 votes in the Senate. But those rules can only be used to move provisions affecting the federal budget.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday floated the idea of a two-track plan for health care reform — with Congress pursuing easier-to-pass incremental changes now and comprehensive reform later.
“We believe that it’s possible to have comprehensive health care reform as we go forward, but at the same time, it can be on another track where some things can just be passed outside of that legislation, and we’ll be doing both,” Pelosi said in an interview with POLITICO. (emphasis mine)
Though the Democrats’ loss of Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat has complicated efforts to get the 60 votes they need for a sweeping health care bill, Pelosi insisted that comprehensive reform is still on the agenda.
“We have to get it done,” the speaker said. “What the process is doesn’t matter. The outcome is what is important, and what it means to working families in America.”
Asked whether piecemeal changes could come before comprehensive reform, Pelosi said: “Some may. It just depends on how long it takes for the comprehensive to go. But it doesn’t mean that the comprehensive isn’t moving. It is essential. If everyone loved their health insurance in the country — and you know they don’t — we would still have to do this for financial reasons.”
Pelosi reiterated that ramming the existing Senate bill through the House is not an option.
“There is no support in my caucus in the present form, at this time, for the Senate bill,” she said. “I don’t see that as an option. But I do think that we’re in range to make some improvements in it that will make it more affordable for the middle class, which is essential. Hold the insurance companies more accountable. Those two things are essential to us.”
Pelosi spoke with POLITICO as part of POLITICO’s “Inside Obama’s Washington” video series. The full interview will be available Thursday morning at www.politico.com.
Anybody know the House Rules off the top of their head on how we impeach Nancy?