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Archive for October 13th, 2009

Obama Advisor and former Labor Sec. Robert Reich: We are going to let the old die because its to expensive and we are going to make the drug companies poor so they cant innovate new drugs so you young people likely will not live much longer than your parents.

Posted by iusbvision on October 13, 2009

And the Democrats called Sarah Palin a liar ……

Listen for yourself:

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A- Team Movie Stills from producer/writer Stephen Cannell

Posted by iusbvision on October 13, 2009

I received an email from Stephen Cannell this morning with some stills of the new A-team Movie.  Cannell’s  hits include The Rockford Files, Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Hunter, Riptide, Hardcastle & McCormick, 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy, The Commish, Profit, and the hit syndicated shows, Renegade and Silk Stalkings.

Cannell has an incredible story of how he was neglected by the education system as a whole which I hope to get him to tell his story for my upcoming book.

Back to The A-Team.  It will be interesting to see if Liam Neeson call pull off Hannibal. The expectations are high. It will be interesting to see if Bradley Cooper can pull off a convincing ‘Face’. Faceman is more than just a smooth character. Dirk Benedict played Faceman with a great deal of nuance that will not be easy to live up to. There are some roles that an actor was born to play and no one else can quite live up to. Of course no where is that more obvious than in the character of H.M. Murdoch. Dwight Schultz, who played Murdoch in the original series, is widely recognized as one of the most gifted actors to ever grace the screen and most actors who are familiar with Schultz will tell you that.

The pressure on  Sharlto Copley to come close to living up to this role is enormous and that concerns me, both for the A-Team legacy and for Copley’s career. While no one expects Copley to be able to match Schultz’s performance the trick will be to at least to play the role well enough to get in the same zip code as Schultz.

Most IUSB students are too young to have experienced the genius of Dwight Schultz so I included a few samples.

The following is a music video from the series Touched by an Angel featuring Dwight Schultz.

Sharlto Copley has big shoes to fill and we wish him well.

Stephen Cannell:

Check out these behind-the-scenes pics of Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Quinton Jackson and Liam Neeson on the set of “The A-Team” movie.

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CBO: Obama is wrong, cuts in Medicare will result in benefit cuts. The corrupt AARP angle. UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on October 13, 2009

UPDATE – More details on corrupt AARP backroom deal and what it means HERE.

Yahoo/AP News:

WASHINGTON – Congress’ chief budget officer on Tuesday contradicted President Barack Obama’s oft-stated claim that seniors wouldn’t see their Medicare benefits cut under a health care overhaul.

The head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Elmendorf, told senators that seniors in Medicare’s managed care plans could see reduced benefits under a bill in the Finance Committee.

The bill would cut payments to the Medicare Advantage plans by more than $100 billion over 10 years.

Elmendorf said the changes “would reduce the extra benefits that would be made available to beneficiaries through Medicare Advantage plans.”

This is the key AARP angle. The number one seller of AARP medicare Advantage gap insurance is the AARP. AARP will have to raise rates to make up for the gap and more people will have to buy gap insurance due to the cut in benefits. AARP will make millions. Now you know why AARP is all for the latest health care proposals.

Hotair.com is reporting that the Senate Finance Committee Staff is saying the same thing:

SHAWN BISHOP, SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE PROFESSIONAL STAFF MEMBER: “The $113 billion dollars is a reduction in the extra benefits, the added, additional benefits that Medicare Advantage enrollees have available to them. And those benefits come in the form of vision, dental, reduced hospital deductible. It’s unstatutory, it’s unlawful for any Medicare Advantage plan to reduce the AB covered benefit that they provide. That’s by statute. They have to provide that. They are going to have a reduction in the added benefits that they have in Medicare Advantage. So there’s a reduction in benefits but its additional extra benefits that they have above what they’re entitled to by law on the fee for service side.” (Finance Committee, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 9/22/09)

Ed Morrissey comments:

 
 

Only an idiot would conclude that $500 billion in cuts to Medicare over 10 years would mean no reduction in benefits. We budgeted $413 billion for this year, which makes a $50 billion “savings” target about 12% of its budget.  Obama keeps talking about how efficient Medicare is compared to private health insurance, but how efficient can it be if he can slice 12% out of the budget without affecting benefits?  In comparison, private health insurers spend 96.7% of all income on care and administrative costs, with only a 3.3% average profit margin.

Elmendorf is speaking not just from hard data but also common sense.  Any attempt to get that level of “savings” from Medicare will necessarily cut the benefits going to its recipients. Trying to cast that as a myth is either an indication of mathematical incompetence, political dishonesty, or both.  It’s also worth noting that when previous administrations attempted to cut Medicare spending by much lower amounts, Democrats would scream from the rafters about Republicans trying to steal Medicare away from seniors.  In this case, the CBO confirms that Democrats have engaged in projection.

And what happens in the media when the CBO exposes the President as a mythmaker, not a mythbuster?  Well, it’s like the proverbial tree in the forest.  None of the major newspapers covered the story that ObamaCare means cuts in Medicare benefits.  Not one.

UPDATE (10/20/2009) – While googling about I see that Michelle Malkin has a post on the AARP rip off angle as well. I should have known that Malkin would be all over this story. As always Michelle, nice work.

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