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The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. – Vladimir Lenin

Archive for March 24th, 2010

Ronald Reagan speaks out on Socialized Medicine

Posted by iusbvision on March 24, 2010

I dare you to listen…

Was Reagan prophetic? Check out the following link.

Congressman Dingell (D-MI): It will take some time for ObamaCare to “control the people”

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“A Time for Choosing” by Ronald Reagan

Posted by iusbvision on March 24, 2010

Once again the freedom loving people of America face a time for choosing.

This is considered to be the best political speech of all time. You will not regret tuning in.

To most of the students I go to class with, Reagan was before your time. You have no idea what you have missed and many of the professors at school would like to keep it that way. Be a rebel, dare to do something different. Watch this video.

“The more the planners fail, the more the planners plan.”

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John McCain: I am done with the Democrats, they have poisoned the well in what they have done and how they have done it.

Posted by iusbvision on March 24, 2010

This isn’t a big time party man saying this, this is John McCain who since 2000 couldn’t wait to compromise traditional conservatism to please the Dems and the elite media culture. This is the man Meet the Press always turned to when they needed a Republican to attack other Republicans for sticking to their principles, this is the man who is 10 times harder campaigning against Republicans in his primaries and was a paragon of etiquette in the campaign while the Obama Camp lied about his stances and put out that slew of smears and lies about Sarah Palin.

This is the man who once called the Washington Press Corps “My Constituency”.

Now he has had it and it has come to this:

Than again it may all be total BS because he is in a primary against JD Hayworth.

With that said, I have never seen John McCain talk so tough against the Democratic Leadership.

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Meet the Republican Candidate for U.S. House District 37 in California. UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on March 24, 2010

Star Parker

This lovely lady is Star Parker. She is the founder and president of CURE, the Coalition for Urban Renewal & Education, a 501c3 non-profit think tank that provides a national voice of reason on issues of race and poverty in the media, inner city neighborhoods, and public policy.

Star on Facebook LINK.

http://www.starparker2010.com/

Star gets it, she is wise, tough as hell, and brilliant. Donate to her campaign today.

UPDATE – Star Parker on Neil Cavuto:

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IBD: 20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms

Posted by iusbvision on March 24, 2010

20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms
By David Hogberg   
Sun., March 21, ’10    3:24 PM ET
With House Democrats poised to pass the Senate health care bill with some reconciliation changes later today, it is worthwhile to take a comprehensive look at the freedoms we will lose.

Of course, the overhaul is supposed to provide us with security. But it will result in skyrocketing insurance costs and physicians leaving the field in droves, making it harder to afford and find medical care. We may be about to live Benjamin Franklin’s adage, “People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.”

The sections described below are taken from HR 3590 as agreed to by the Senate and from the reconciliation bill as displayed by the Rules Committee.

1. You are young and don’t want health insurance? You are starting up a small business and need to minimize expenses, and one way to do that is to forego health insurance? Tough. You have to pay $750 annually for the “privilege.” (Section 1501)

2. You are young and healthy and want to pay for insurance that reflects that status? Tough. You’ll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor. That’s because insurance companies will no longer be able to underwrite on the basis of a person’s health status. (Section 2701).

3. You would like to pay less in premiums by buying insurance with lifetime or annual limits on coverage? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer such policies, even if that is what customers prefer. (Section 2711).

4. Think you’d like a policy that is cheaper because it doesn’t cover preventive care or requires cost-sharing for such care? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer policies that do not cover preventive services or offer them with cost-sharing, even if that’s what the customer wants. (Section 2712).

5. You are an employer and you would like to offer coverage that doesn’t allow your employees’ children to stay on the policy until age 26? Tough. (Section 2714).

6. You must buy a policy that covers ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services; chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care.

You’re a single guy without children? Tough, your policy must cover pediatric services. You’re a woman who can’t have children? Tough, your policy must cover maternity services. You’re a teetotaler? Tough, your policy must cover substance abuse treatment. (Add your own violation of personal freedom here.) (Section 1302).

7. Do you want a plan with lots of cost-sharing and low premiums? Well, the best you can do is a “Bronze plan,” which has benefits that provide benefits that are actuarially equivalent to 60% of the full actuarial value of the benefits provided under the plan. Anything lower than that, tough. (Section 1302 (d) (1) (A))

8. You are an employer in the small-group insurance market and you’d like to offer policies with deductibles higher than $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for families? Tough. (Section 1302 (c) (2) (A).

9. If you are a large employer (defined as at least 50 employees) and you do not want to provide health insurance to your employee, then you will pay a $750 fine per employee (It could be $2,000 to $3,000 under the reconciliation changes). Think you know how to better spend that money? Tough. (Section 1513).

10. You are an employer who offers health flexible spending arrangements and your employees want to deduct more than $2,500 from their salaries for it? Sorry, can’t do that. (Section 9005 (i)).

11. If you are a physician and you don’t want the government looking over your shoulder? Tough. The Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to use your claims data to issue you reports that measure the resources you use, provide information on the quality of care you provide, and compare the resources you use to those used by other physicians. Of course, this will all be just for informational purposes. It’s not like the government will ever use it to intervene in your practice and patients’ care. Of course not. (Section 3003 (i))

12. If you are a physician and you want to own your own hospital, you must be an owner and have a “Medicare provider agreement” by Feb. 1, 2010. (Dec. 31, 2010 in the reconciliation changes.) If you didn’t have those by then, you are out of luck. (Section 6001 (i) (1) (A))

13. If you are a physician owner and you want to expand your hospital? Well, you can’t (Section 6001 (i) (1) (B). Unless, it is located in a county where, over the last five years, population growth has been 150% of what it has been in the state (Section 6601 (i) (3) ( E)). And then you cannot increase your capacity by more than 200% (Section 6001 (i) (3) (C)).

14. You are a health insurer and you want to raise premiums to meet costs? Well, if that increase is deemed “unreasonable” by the Secretary of Health and Human Services it will be subject to review and can be denied. (Section 1003) [combine this with 8 billion a year in new taxes on the insurance industry and the inability to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and tell me if you can stay in business. It is not that we oppose getting people with conditions some insurance, but there are smarter an cheaper ways of getting this done as we have explained before, doing it this way is designed to blow up the system so that people will cry out for a public option. – IUSB Vision Editor]

15. The government will extract a fee of $2.3 billion annually from the pharmaceutical industry. If you are a pharmaceutical company what you will pay depends on the ratio of the number of brand-name drugs you sell to the total number of brand-name drugs sold in the U.S. So, if you sell 10% of the brand-name drugs in the U.S., what you pay will be 10% multiplied by $2.3 billion, or $230,000,000. (Under reconciliation, it starts at $2.55 billion, jumps to $3 billion in 2012, then to $3.5 billion in 2017 and $4.2 billion in 2018, before settling at $2.8 billion in 2019 (Section 1404)). Think you, as a pharmaceutical executive, know how to better use that money, say for research and development? Tough. (Section 9008 (b)).

16. The government will extract a fee of $2 billion annually from medical device makers. If you are a medical device maker what you will pay depends on your share of medical device sales in the U.S. So, if you sell 10% of the medical devices in the U.S., what you pay will be 10% multiplied by $2 billion, or $200,000,000. Think you, as a medical device maker, know how to better use that money, say for R&D? Tough. (Section 9009 (b)).

The reconciliation package turns that into a 2.9% excise tax for medical device makers. Think you, as a medical device maker, know how to better use that money, say for research and development? Tough. (Section 1405).

17. The government will extract a fee of $6.7 billion annually from insurance companies. If you are an insurer, what you will pay depends on your share of net premiums plus 200% of your administrative costs. So, if your net premiums and administrative costs are equal to 10% of the total, you will pay 10% of $6.7 billion, or $670,000,000. In the reconciliation bill, the fee will start at $8 billion in 2014, $11.3 billion in 2015, $1.9 billion in 2017, and $14.3 billion in 2018 (Section 1406).Think you, as an insurance executive, know how to better spend that money? Tough.(Section 9010 (b) (1) (A and B).)

18. If an insurance company board or its stockholders think the CEO is worth more than $500,000 in deferred compensation? Tough.(Section 9014).

19. You will have to pay an additional 0.5% payroll tax on any dollar you make over $250,000 if you file a joint return and $200,000 if you file an individual return. What? You think you know how to spend the money you earned better than the government? Tough. (Section 9015).

That amount will rise to a 3.8% tax if reconciliation passes. It will also apply to investment income, estates, and trusts. You think you know how to spend the money you earned better than the government? Like you need to ask. (Section 1402).

20. If you go for cosmetic surgery, you will pay an additional 5% tax on the cost of the procedure. Think you know how to spend that money you earned better than the government? Tough. (Section 9017).

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At Least 14 States Suing to Stop ObamaCare. 49% of citizens want their state to sue.

Posted by iusbvision on March 24, 2010

There are several reasons the states are doing this, first of all each state has its own insurance commissioner that is responsive to citizens who have to battle their insurance company, this important check is in jeopardy with the new law.

Much of how the law will be interpreted is still unknown because the words “as the secretary shall determine” appears in the legislation so often. So the bureaucrats are going to have a great deal of leeway.

The legislation mandates that one must buy a good just as a condition of citizenship. This is unconstitutional on its face and even Barack Obama took Hillary to task in the campaign for trying to do this in HillaryCare back in 1993.

The legislation also seeks to save money at the federal level by forcing the states to expand Medicaid at the state level. Many states cannot afford this.

Rasmussen:

Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters favor their state suing the federal government to fight the requirement in the new national health care plan that every American must obtain health insurance.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of likely voters finds that 37% disagree and oppose their state suing to challenge that requirement. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.

A number of states, including Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, have already announced plans to sue the government over what they view as an unconstitutional requirement that every American buy or obtain health insurance.

Seventy-two percent (72%) of Republicans and 58% of voters not affiliated with either major party favor such lawsuits. Sixty-five percent (65%) of Democrats are opposed.

But 21% of Democrats favored such lawsuits.

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Not just Congress, but their staff exempted from ObamaCare too.

Posted by iusbvision on March 24, 2010

So, if it is so good, why exempt themselves?

National Journal (Hat Tip HotAir):

Top staffers buzzed yesterday on an off-the-record Capitol Hill list-serv, citing the part of the mammoth legislation that deals with members of Congress. The federal government can only make available to members and their official staffs health plans created by the bill or offered through an exchange.

But a member’s staff, in a subsection of the bill, is defined as “full-time and part-time employees employed by the official office of a Member of Congress, whether in Washington, DC or outside of Washington, DC.” CRS has interpreted that clause to mean the bill applies only to a personal office, not to committee staff or leadership staff.

CRS reports are confidential unless a member of Congress makes one public. The interpretation of the legislation was provided to Hotline OnCall by a GOP aide involved in the list-serv on condition of anonymity.

The loophole for leadership staffers could impact thousands of Hill employees. There are 16 active leadership offices in the House and 26 in the Senate, according to the government transparency website LegiStorm. Some are small, with just a few employees. Others are much larger; Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid 54 employees a total of $1.1M in the last quarter of ’09, while House Min. Leader John Boehner paid his 26 staffers a total of $721K in the same quarter.

Leaving out committee staffers means aides at the 24 standing House committees and the 20 Senate panels will each be exempted as well, if CRS’s interpretation of the measure stands.

Famed economist and scholar Dr John R. Lott comments HERE.

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Congressman Dingell (D-MI): It will take some time for ObamaCare to “control the people”

Posted by iusbvision on March 24, 2010

Look what I found on my youtube subscription list this morning

Via Ed Morrissey’s Channel:

From WJR’s Paul W. Smith show, a Freudian slip from Rep. John Dingell. Smith asked why we’re waiting for 2014 to cover people, and Dingell said this in his defense:

“Let me remind you this [Americans allegedly dying because of lack of universal health care] has been going on for years. We are bringing it to a halt. The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 [million] American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.”

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