… Real health-care reform is supposed to eliminate discrimination based on preexisting conditions. But the legislation allows insurance companies to charge older Americans up to three times as much as younger Americans, pricing them out of coverage. The bill was supposed to give Americans choices about what kind of system they wanted to enroll in. Instead, it fines Americans if they do not sign up with an insurance company, which may take up to 30 percent of your premium dollars and spend it on CEO salaries — in the range of $20 million a year — and on return on equity for the company’s shareholders. Few Americans will see any benefit until 2014, by which time premiums are likely to have doubled. In short, the winners in this bill are insurance companies; the American taxpayer is about to be fleeced with a bailout in a situation that dwarfs even what happened at AIG. … – Howard Dean
Someone needs to save Pres. Obama from himself, because he’s headed to a political point of no return.
But I sure recognize the tactics. It’s as if the elves in Obamaland have revved up his primary machine all over again. No holds barred. Making deals with devils, as long as they’re your devils. Telling tall tales with no resemblance to truth, as long as it gets the job done.
The only question is whether it was Rahm Emanuel or Pres. Obama who sent Mary Landrieu out to lie to Dean’s face (via satellite, that is) by making up out of whole cloth that Dr. Dean wants to “eliminate the insurance companies in America.” A talking point straight from wingnut land. Mind you, Chris Matthews helped Landrieu at every turn, protecting the establishment as he must.
However, Dean got in the last words: “You want to take away our choice.” Bingo, baby, there’s our ballgame.
Watching Democrats parade on cable, it’s like invasion of the Democratic principle snatchers. So, don’t trust a word coming out of their mouths right now. The Administration has scared good people into parroting talking points that you can see they don’t even believe. Except for Landrieu, who’s got to pay back boss Obama for all that cash she got for her vote.
Meanwhile, Pres. Obama was in rare form for ABC News, as he did a Bush impersonation I never thought I’d see from him, using every scare tactic he could think of to warn people of the dire, I say DIRE!, consequences if we don’t pass health care reform before Santa Claus comes to town. Honestly, where was Obama’s sense of urgency this summer when his mentor, Teddy Kennedy, was still alive; before Sarah Palin hijacked the entire debate that sent us all into the tailspin?
If the current health care bill isn’t passed “the federal government will go bankrupt,” warned Pres. Obama.
Bwah-ha-ha! …and also absolute rubbish.
“This will be the single most important piece of domestic legislation that’s passed since Social Security,” he continued.
Skipping over LBJ, going back to FDR. Obama floating his own press release in advance.
Single most important to the insurance companies that is, who stand to make buckets of cash on the backs of Americans forced to buy health insurance from private companies, without any competition that holds down costs.
“Potentially, they’re going to drop your coverage, because they just can’t afford an increase of 25 percent, 30 percent in terms of the costs of providing health care to employees each and every year,” Pres. Obama threatened.
Potentially drop your coverage. After sitting back all year long this is what we finally get from Barack Obama. Scare tactics that Dick Cheney would love.
So, instead of your employer having this cost, Americans will have it hoisted on them through government fiat, with the IRS instituting penalties if you don’t comply. But not to worry, it will not cost you quite as much as it would your employer, according to what’s leaking out so far. That is unless you are older or have a pre-existing condition. Oh sure, you’ll be covered; after all, what business could pass up such a bonanza? The sick are sitting ducks. It will simply cost you perhaps as much as 50% more. Until you reach your annual cap, which will then leave you on your own.
Hey, but that’s nothing compared to the Senate sell out on drug importation, as leading Democrats voted against Sen. Dorgan’s amendment, because if it had passed BigPharma would have taken the $18 billion dollar deal Obama gifted to them and gone home.
Who are these people running the Democratic party?
Like Sen. Feingold who sold women out not long ago, voting against preventative care for women in Sen. Stabenow’s amendment, like mammograms and pap smears.
With the Administration more intent on targeting DOCTOR Howard Dean over the conservative Dems who actually aren’t interested in any real reform, Joe Lieberman who is doing this for sport, as well as Republicans, with whom Obama still wants to make deals, even if they’re not bargaining honestly. …and we haven’t even covered Sen. Nelson on women’s civil rights and full reproductive health care.
But yet the likes of Robert Gibbs, who is clearly out of his league and field of expertise, is attacking Democratic Dr. Howard Dean.
It takes an independent socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders, to stand to say he just can’t swallow the Senate swill as currently written.
Harry Truman would have dropped kicked the lot of them.
This isn’t FDR’s Democratic party anymore.