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Archive for September 10th, 2010

THUGOCRACY – OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THREATENS INSURANCE COMPANIES TO KEEP QUIET ABOUT RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS DUE TO LEGISLATION….OR ELSE

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2010

By the way this isn’t the first time – previous: OPPRESSION: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SAYS “SHUT UP” – THREATENS HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES FOR POLITICAL FREE SPEECH!

UPDATE –  Michael Barone: Gangster government stifles criticism of ObamaCare

 

This is an abuse of power and an impeachable offense. No citizen should tolerate government behaving this way.

Yahoo News/Associated Press:

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s top health official on Thursday warned the insurance industry that the administration won’t tolerate blaming premium hikes on the new health overhaul law.

“There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a letter to the insurance lobby.

“Simply stated, we will not stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits on the requirement that they provide consumers with basic protections,” Sebelius said. She warned that bad actors may be excluded from new health insurance markets that will open in 2014 under the law. They’d lose out on a big pool of customers, as many as 30 million people nationwide.

 

Obama’s own medicare team said that the legislation will raise costs and raise expenses to insurance companies. See the proof HERE and scroll down to Update IX.

UPDATE IX – Insurance Companies report that premiums will rise up to 9% as a direct result of the ObamaCare legislation

Wall Street Journal:

The health-care overhaul enacted last spring won’t significantly change national health spending over the next decade compared with projections before the law was passed, according to government figures released Thursday.

The report by federal number-crunchers casts fresh doubt on Democrats’ argument that the health-care law would curb the sharp increase in costs over the long term, the second setback this week for one of the party’s biggest legislative achievements.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that insurance companies have proposed rate increases ranging from 1% to 9% nationwide that they attribute specifically to new health-law coverage mandates.

Democrats signaled they would ratchet up pressure on the companies. “Insurers are using the consumer protections in health reform as a cover for their own greed,” said Rep. Pete Stark (D., Calif.), chairman of the House Ways and Means health subcommittee.

Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, the top Republican on that committee, said the rate increases underscore why lawmakers should repeal the legislation and replace it with changes that make care more affordable.

Regardless of the health law, national health spending has been rising in recent years and economists expect that to continue. In February, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services projected that overall national health spending would increase an average of 6.1% a year over the next decade.

Note the source of the graph – this is the Obama Administrations own Medicare and Medicaid team’s (and likely best case scenario) numbers.

First graph, overall health costs go up.

Second graph – aggregate out-of-pocket costs will go down (because the law allows those without insurance will be able to buy coverage and walk into a hospital and when the care is complete they will be able to drop the insurance. So why carry insurance all the time? This leads us to what happens in graph 3).

Third graph – insurance companies will have to pay more for your care because of the new taxes and to cover the expense of people gaming the system (see graph 2 explanation above) which will result in raised rates for all those playing fair.

4th graph – a phony number because the ObamaCare bill looked better on paper by pushing reimbursements to doctors down, but in reality this would result in many doctors not accepting Medicare. Everyone knows that Congress will have to pass what is called “the doc fix” which will then send this number much higher. Another reason why this number went down is because ObamaCare shifts more of the burden off the federal government and onto state Medicaid programs with new unfunded mandates….. which leads us to graph five.

5th Graph – One of the ways ObamaCare was made to look better on paper is that it shifted part of the health cost burden to the states with unfunded mandates forcing states to raise your taxes to cover it. The State of Indiana hired the consulting firm Milliman Inc. to provide the state with an estimate of what the new ObamaCare mandates on the state will be and how it may impact the Indiana budget. The result is not pretty. Milliman estimates that the new mandates will cost the Indiana $3.6 billion over ten years and will result in approximately 1 in 4 Hoosiers will in some way be subsidized by the program. Imagine what that will do to the state budget and to things such as education funding. But hey, why raise taxes when the feds can pass unfunded mandates on the states and force them to raise taxes to pay for it.

So much for the Democrats and Obama’s repeated promises that the bill would lower your costs and premiums. As we have stated since we read the bill it was designed to make private health care more expensive and as Nancy Pelosi stated so “they will cry out for a public option” (see the video at the link).

[Note – Be sure to see our previous health care news archive posts HERE and HERE.]

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Rush Limbaugh on Christine O’Donnell. Some in the GOP Establishment Still Don’t Get It.

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2010

When the GOP pushes for reform as will be their mandate in the upcoming 2010 and 2012 elections, some in the Republican Party are going to fight tooth and nail to maintain the status quo. Republicans need to have a plan in advance to deal with that problem. Governor Christie is living the Republican Brand and doing right by the people. Republicans had better learn to follow his example or face the electoral consequences.

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Dan Hannan: Our GDP is tanking and the EU isn’t working.

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2010

Europe has been a great example of how leviathan government can depress an economy. It is good to see that at least part of Europe has finally learned this lesson.

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Real Journalism at MSNBC? Is Dylan Ratigan MSNBC’s Only Hope?

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2010

I encourage IUSB Vision readers to watch this video. MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan gives our own Mike Pence a very substantive, hard hitting and pretty much fair interview where he makes some very substantive points. This is a good example of real journalism.

The only thing I disagree with Ratigan is that while he is right that the Boehner proposal to set non-entitlemeht and defense spending to 2008 levels and keep the current tax structure in place is a very modest proposal, eight weeks before an election a modest proposal is what can pass and at least it is something. I would love to see a smart Congress tackle the kind of reforms Ratigan is pointing out, but that is a massive long term proposal that is going to have to be delivered to the voters first. 

I don’t know much about Dylan Ratigan and maybe he has been a nutty bomb thrower in the past because lets face it, aside from Morning Joe this is what MSNBC has done for years. But it was good to see this example of pretty good journalism and I hope MSNBC can deliver more of the same.

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Dick Morris: GOP will take 10 seats in Senate for certain, perhaps 14.

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2010

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NJ Governor Christie: The people didn’t send me here to go to charm school, they sent me here to straighten this government out

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2010

“Decisions have to be made, they cannot be delayed.”

A-men.

This video is 20 minutes long. Trust me you want to watch the whole thing as it just gets better as it goes on.

Governor Christie Closes $11 Billion New Jersey Budget Shortfall in 182 Days!

Governor Christie is the new face of the Republican Brand. Candidates this man is setting the example the American people expect you to live up to.

See our Governor Christie coverage HERE.

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New Hampshire Democrat Keith Halloran Wishes Sarah Palin Dead on Facebook

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2010

I don’t know how I missed this story earlier. It is amazing how Sarah Palin, just by being as effective as she is and by being herself brings out the haters like no one else (ok well maybe Ann Coulter is in the running as well).

FNC:

A New Hampshire state representative has resigned his position and announced he will not run for re-election after writing that a dead Sarah Palin is “more dangerous than a live one.”

State Rep. Timothy Horrigan stepped down Thursday after posting a Facebook page in which he described the “myth” of the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate. 

His resignation comes after another New Hampshire Democratic candidate apologized the same day for his Facebook post in which he wished Sarah Palin and the father of her grandchild, Levi Johnston, had been on the plane that crashed Tuesday, killing former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

“Just wish Sarah and Levy [sic] were on board,” Keith Halloran originally wrote in reference to Palin and Johnston, her daughter Bristol’s ex-boyfriend.

 

Politico.com has more on Halloran’s nuttery:

A Wikipedian e-mails to note that Timothy Horrigan, who resigned today from the New Hampshire House of Representatives over a joke about Sarah Palin’s death, took an interest in another leading Republican on the online encyclopedia.

Horrigan is active on the site, my correspondent e-mails, and “most of his edits are quite innocuous.”

He has a special interest, however, in the complicated personal life of Newt Gingrich  and has repeatedly edited it.

The point he’s added: “Gingrich has showed his strong support for the institution of traditional marriage by marrying three times.”

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Michael Coren on burning the Koran

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2010

I am so glad that Micheal Coren said this because I was formning a post in my mind to make the same point.

I do not wish to see anyones books burned and I really don’t give a rip about this story because it is not that important, but will the left and the elite media PLEASE stop insulting my intelligence with such phony selective moral outrage.

Where was the elite media dn the left when the U.S. Government burned Bibles that were sent to American soldiers hmmm?

Mayor Bloomberg in New York wants them to build a Mosque near ground zero (talk about insensative as hell), but at the same time is preventing a Greek Orthodox Christian Church that was destroyed next to WTC from  rebuilding.

And of course, look at how many Islamic countries treat women and Christians and Jews and they are spending their “moral outrage” at a church pastor in Florida? Oh the hypocrisy and misplaced priorities is enough to make one ill and the not so subtle narrative from the far left elite: Christianity bad – Islam good.

In the end it is not about books, it is about people and real human suffering.

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The inescapable logic of a liberal gun banner….

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2010

Oh yes I can just see the “gun smugglers” giving up and lining up to sign up for a  gun registry…..

Holy cow…..

You people on the left, are you sure you wanna claim this guy?

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Leftists & The English Language

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2010

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GOP Takes Unprecedented 10-Point Lead on Generic Ballot – Major Democratic Donors Shift Donations to Republicans

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2010

Wipe out…

The Raw Story:

If the temperature in Washington is determined by the smell of money, then this summer is very hot indeed.

The rich are not happy.

Major political action committees and employees of the nation’s largest business empires have dramatically shifted their money to the right. A detailed analysis of 2010 campaign cycle contributions by the Houston Chronicle shows that Republicans are catching up with Senate Democrats in campaign fundraising. Donations to the Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)-led Senate Democratic Campaign Committee (DSCC) have dropped 25 percent this year alone.

“Employees of 126 businesses that had donated money to Senate Democrats in the 2008 campaign have switched all or most of their 2010 contributions to the Republicans, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission reports by the Houston Chronicle,” Stewart Powell and Yang Wang report.

 

Gallup Poll:

GOP Takes Unprecedented 10-Point Lead on Generic Ballot. Republicans also maintain wide gap in enthusiasm about voting.

by Frank Newport

PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans lead by 51% to 41% among registered voters in Gallup weekly tracking of 2010 congressional voting preferences. The 10-percentage-point lead is the GOP’s largest so far this year and is its largest in Gallup’s history of tracking the midterm generic ballot for Congress.

These results are based on aggregated data from registered voters surveyed Aug. 23-29 as part of Gallup Daily tracking. This marks the fifth week in a row in which Republicans have held an advantage over Democrats — one that has ranged between 3 and 10 points.

The Republican leads of 6, 7, and 10 points this month are all higher than any previous midterm Republican advantage in Gallup’s history of tracking the generic ballot, which dates to 1942. Prior to this year, the highest such gap was five points, measured in June 2002 and July 1994. Elections in both of these years resulted in significant Republican gains in House seats.

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North Carolina Sheriffs want lists of patients using painkillers

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2010

Does the Sheriffs Association have any idea what 4th Amendment reasonable expectation of privacy means? (…on a side note the way public schools teach civics and the Constitution they probably don’t)

In order to do this, and trust me if it happens it most certainly will go to court, we will see two opposing rulings form the courts go face to face. The supreme court (foolishly) ruled that you has no reasonable expectation of privacy in third party communications (emails, credit cards, phone records, GPS tracking on your cell phone etc), but will they be so outrageous to say that you have no reasonable expectation of privacy when it comes to your medical status and medical records because you used a third party such as a drug store?

Well appearently we just learned what the North Carolina Sheriffs Association thinks of that argument.

A note to our friends in North Carolina. When he/she runs for election get them to promise on the record not to support this outrageous request.

NC News Observer:

Sheriffs in North Carolina want access to state computer records identifying anyone with prescriptions for powerful painkillers and other controlled substances.

The state sheriff’s association pushed the idea Tuesday, saying the move would help them make drug arrests and curb a growing problem of prescription drug abuse. But patient advocates say opening up people’s medicine cabinets to law enforcement would deal a devastating blow to privacy rights.

Allowing sheriffs’ offices and other law enforcement officials to use the state’s computerized list would vastly widen the circle of people with access to information on prescriptions written for millions of people. As it stands now, doctors and pharmacists are the main users.

Nearly 30 percent of state residents received at least one prescription for a controlled substance, anything from Ambien to OxyContin, in the first six months of this year, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. Nearly 2.5 million people filled prescriptions in that time for more than 375 million doses. The database has about 53.5 million prescriptions in it.

Sheriffs made their pitch Tuesday to a legislative health care committee looking for ways to confront prescription drug abuse. Local sheriffs said that more people in their counties die of accidental overdoses than from homicides.

For years, sheriffs have been trying to convince legislators that the state’s prescription records should be open to them.

“We can better go after those who are abusing the system,” said Lee County Sheriff Tracy L. Carter.

Others say opening up patients’ medicine cabinets to law enforcement is a terrible idea.

“I am very concerned about the potential privacy issues for people with pain,” said Candy Pitcher of Cary, who volunteers for the nonprofit American Pain Foundation. “I don’t feel that I should have to sign away my privacy rights just because I take an opioid under doctor’s care.” Pitcher is receiving treatment for a broken back.

The ACLU opposed a bill in 2007 that would have opened the list to law enforcement officials, said ACLU lobbyist Sarah Preston. The organization would likely object to the new proposal.

“What really did concern us is the privacy aspect,” she said. Opening the record to more users could deter someone from getting necessary medicine because of the fear that others would find out, she said, “particularly in small towns where everybody knows everybody.”

The state started collecting the information in 2007 to help doctors identify patients who go from doctor to doctor looking for prescription drugs they may not need, and to keep pharmacists from supplying patients with too many pills. But only about 20 percent of the state’s doctors have registered to use the information, and only 10 percent of the pharmacies are registered.

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