LM readers know that this abomination of progressive legislation is not going to die a dignified death. We knew it was going to continue to move forward like a hollywood zombie because absorbing Americans’ healthcare is the centerpiece and brass ring for the progressive, marxist, communist, fascist, anti-American forces now ensconced in all three branches of government.
Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona on Sunday threw more cold water on the chances that his party would cooperate with a Feb. 25 healthcare reform summit at the White House, protesting that Democrats already seem poised to force a bill through Congress.
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Kyl echoed a claim that congressional Republicans have made for the past week, that President Barack Obama and House and Senate Democrats intend the summit as a public display and not a genuine dialogue. He quoted a recent Wall Street Journal article that asserted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has “set the stage” for using reconciliation to pass the bill. That controversial legislative tactic could allow the bill to pass the Senate with 51 votes instead of 60 as usually required to break a filibuster.
“What that means is they’ve devised the process by which they can jam the bill through that the president has supported in the past, without Republican ideas in it,” Kyl told CNN host Candy Crowley.
“Reconciliation is not the process for comprehensive bills like this. It’s for balancing the budget… I don’t know why we would be having a bipartisan summit down at the White House if they’ve already decided on this other process by which they’re going to jam the bill through.”
Instead, Kyl called for redrafting the legislation from scratch — another common GOP claim in recent weeks — and argued that it should start with limits on medical malpractice lawsuits.
“It’s not a matter of taking this or that out of the Senate-passed bill or the House-passed bill, it’s a matter of starting with basic principles and going one step at a time, solving particular problems,” Kyl said. “For example, everyone believes there’s this ‘jackpot justice’ system we have and we need medical malpractice reform.”
And a message from your Minority Leader, John Boehner:
Washington, Feb 13 – House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement regarding the health care summit being planned by congressional Democrats and the White House for February 25:
“A productive bipartisan discussion should begin with a clean sheet of paper. We now know that instead of starting the ‘bipartisan’ health care ‘summit’ on Feb. 25 with a clean sheet of paper, the president and his party intend to arrive with a new bill written behind closed doors exclusively by Democrats — a backroom deal that will transform one-sixth of our nation’s economy and affect every family and small business in America. They will then engage a largely handpicked audience in a televised ‘dialogue’ according to a script they have largely pre-determined. They will do this as a precursor to embarking on a legislative course that Democratic congressional aides acknowledge has also been pre-determined — a partisan course that relies on parliamentary tricks to circumvent the will of the American people and engineer a pre-determined outcome. It doesn’t sound much like bipartisanship to me.”
NOTE: House Republicans’ alternative solutions to make health care more affordable and accessible can be found at HealthCare.GOP.gov.
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?
It is never-ending with Queen Nancy and the progressive agenda to take over healthcare and thereby control every American’s choices. Jim Webb is stating that no more health care votes should be taken until Scott Brown is seated in the senate and even Barney Frank believes congress needs to start over.
Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, a strong supporter of the health care legislation, said Brown’s victory means Congress will have to “start over on health care.” He said he will vote against any bill rushed to the floor before Brown can be sworn in.
Is the message from the dem base stopping Nancy Pelosi from achieving the her parental progressive goal of taking over your lives because you are too stupid to know better? I guess not, if the quote in this article is anything to go by. (As always, emphasis mine)
And already Tuesday night, Democrats were being forced to come to terms with the prospect that their decades-long goal of health reform might once again fall short, despite getting closer to becoming law than ever before.
Pelosi insisted Democrats could still make it happen. “We will get the job done. I am confident of that. I have always been confident of that,” she told reporters as she left the Capitol at 11:30 p.m.
“Massachusetts has health care and so the rest of the country would like to have that too,” Pelosi said, referring to the state’s health care program. “So we don’t [think] a state that already has health care should determine whether the rest of the country should.”
At some point I know I will have to stop saying Are You Freakin’ Kidding Me?! but I know we haven’t gotten their yet because Obama is still in the White House, San Fran will still re-elect the Botox Queen, and Barney Frank’s political carcass isn’t in danger. We all know it is going to get a #10 can of whoopass worse before it gets better considering the number of issues these fools are tinkering with at the moment. The Progressives are so close to putting you and your descendants in chains they can taste it. They won’t be letting go anytime soon.
This harkens back to the astroturf video on Tax Day, 4.15.2009 when Nancy stated:
What we are doing is investing in the future. What they want is a continuation of the failed economic policies of President George Bush which got us into the situation we are in now. What we want now is a new direction. In fact, in the president’s new initiative, in the recovery and in the budget, 95% of the American people get a tax cut. This is a tax cut for the great middle class. This initiative (Tea Parties) is funded by the high-end. We call it astroturf. It’s not really a grassroots movement…to keep the focus on tax cuts for the rich, instead of for the great middle class.
High End Astroturfers in DC - 9.12.09
Fast forward to today and think about what she said; an astroturf movement to keep the focus on tax cuts for the rich. 2.1 Million Americans showed up in Washington, D.C. on 9.12.09 to protest this government’s socialist direction. Who exactly is getting those tax cuts? Average Americans or Andy Stern’s unions?
Now, a desperate Pelosi want democrats to believe that the Tea Party Movement is some type of fringe, freak, low-number group funded by the big guys, instead of those same democrats believing what they see, read, and hear.
Republican claims about increased momentum for this year’s midterm elections are just “hype and hyperbole,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed Friday.
In a fundraising e-mail to Democratic supporters, Pelosi said that the Democratic agenda is moving the country forward and the Democrats toward victory this fall.
“Republicans are in full-blown ‘spin mode’ attacking the president and claiming he has lost support,” she wrote. “But that is just hype and hyperbole. You and I know better — together we are moving America forward.”Pelosi’s claims come as Republicans and Democrats have begun the beginning of this election year sparring over which party is in worse condition. The e-mail was circulated by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
Any senator or congressman that has a track record of financing big government, and limiting liberty is going to be getting the boot in November. Be warned.
For those that haven’t checked it out yet, there is a gallery of photos that I am still adding images to from the DC March on 9.12.09. Take a moment and enjoy watching American Patriots do their thing.
Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) announced tonight that he will be retiring at the end of his term, citing the difficult political environment that he would have faced to win an eighth term in the House.
“2010 will be a robust election year during which great forces collide to set the direction for our country for another two years,” Snyder said in a statement.
“I have concluded that these election-year forces are no match for the persuasive and powerful attraction of our three one-year old boys under the leadership of their three-year old brother, and I have decided not to run for re-election.”
Yep, the Tea Party Movement is just a fringe group with no power, and according to Nancy:
“Republicans are in full-blown ‘spin mode’ attacking the president and claiming he has lost support,” she wrote. “But that is just hype and hyperbole. You and I know better — together we are moving America forward.”
More on Nancy’s continued delusion that it’s astroturf in a later post.
Laura Ingraham on Fox & Friends this morning speaking about Nancy Pelosi’s statement three years ago about ‘draining the swamp’, and tax-cheat Charlie Rangel. Is there any better evidence that Nancy Pelosi is a bald-faced liar?
With Congress on the verge of imposing a new tax on high-cost health insurance plans, skeptics continue to raise questions about who would be hit hardest and whether health-care spending would be limited as much as proponents say.
The Senate health-care legislation includes a 40 percent excise tax on insurance plans worth more than $23,000 per year for a family of four. When the legislation would go into effect in 2014, only a small fraction of all plans would be taxed, but more would be captured over time: roughly a quarter by 2019, collecting about $150 billion over 10 years. (emphasis mine)
The House legislation instead relies on an income tax surcharge on families earning more than $1 million. But centrist Senate Democrats are opposed to the surcharge, and the excise tax has been endorsed by the White House and many health-care economists, who tout its cost-containment potential.
Remember, this isn’t taxing people’s income; it’s a tax on your healthcare premium. If you work for a small company with higher premiums, you may fall into this category. Also, it isn’t indexed for inflation, so more and more people are going to fall into this category.
“It’s a very blunt instrument,” said former labor secretary Robert Reich. “It makes far more sense on policy and political grounds to tax the top 1 percent rather than sweep in so many people that are paying more for health care, not because they are getting more health care but because they’re older or working for small businesses.”
Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) notes that Obama pledged not to raise taxes on anyone earning under $250,000 and that he attacked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on the campaign trail in 2008 over his plan to do away with the tax-free treatment of employer-provided benefits. Pro-Republican groups are already turning the tables by running ads accusing Democrats of wanting to tax benefits.
We know the healthcare rape and pillage is about to begin, but it is still hard to keep the kibbies down especially after all the wheeling and dealing that was done behind closed doors at the White House minus C-Span.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday congressional Democrats were close to agreement on merging their healthcare bills but still faced challenges in blending the two approaches.
For the second consecutive day, Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders met with President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss ways to reconcile the House’s healthcare overhaul with a version passed by the Senate.
“We’ve had a very intense couple of days,” Pelosi told reporters after the White House meeting. “I think we are very close to reconciliation, respectful of the challenges.”
Obama wants more taxes; anyone surprised? Can you say indexed for inflation? Of course not!
Obama urged the House Democratic leaders to include a tax on high-priced health insurance policies that is in the Senate bill, The New York Times reported. Obama has previously said he favors such a tax on so-called Cadillac plans.
Let’s ram it through:
SPEED THE PROCESS
To speed the process along, Congress plans to dispense with the traditional House-Senate conference committee — which could face procedural challenges from Senate Republicans — and let House and Senate leaders negotiate the merger.
“We’re in a can-do mood,” Representative Xavier Becerra, a member of the House leadership, told reporters after a morning meeting in Pelosi’s office to plot negotiating strategy before House Democratic leaders talk to members by phone on Thursday.
And the un-Constitutional part?
Both bills would require most Americans to have insurance, give subsidies to help some pay for coverage and create exchanges where the uninsured could compare and shop for plans.
That folks is called a mandate that is not anywhere inside the Constitution. This bill will continue to help the health insurance companies.
Healthcare stocks have gained ground as the healthcare debate has dragged on since summer and investors have seen changes they believe are more favorable to companies.
The S&P Health Care Sector index has gained 32 percent since late February 2009 when Obama released initial healthcare proposals in his budget. But by comparison, the broader S&P 500 is up 51 percent during the same period.