Healthcare

Young people, beware! Your enormous ObamaCare tax is being imposed

The latest from insurance companies, that the Obama healthcare plan will eventually drive up current insurers’ policies to thousands of dollars, is an obvious truth. Young people will not buy medical insurance unless it becomes absolutely necessary or they are forced to do so.

The cost for health insurance premiums for young people will be close to the cost of premiums for the unhealthy older generation. Young people are beginning to face the realization that they are being forced to subsidize healthcare cost for this older generation. Many of our younger generation, frankly speaking, just don't have the financial portfolio to subsidize the older generation’s healthcare. They will choose to drop out of the system, pay whatever fine is incurred and will only seek healthcare insurance if a catastrophic situation arises.

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Insurance industry Brutus stabs Democratic Caesar Baucus in the back

After the Senate Finance Committee wrote a healthcare bill that would create windfall profits for insurers, the insurers plunged the knife into the back of the committee with a bogus report to frighten consumers on the eve of committee action. Windfall profits aren't enough for the Gilded Age lobbyists of greed. They want more! They want it all!

The president should step into the Rose Garden and denounce the tissue of lies put out by the industry and demand, and I mean demand, the inclusion of a public option in the healthcare bill.

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Dems' bird in hand

Wow — a bill that is actually deficit-neutral. Some indication that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will move to the center on a public option. Encouraging statements from Republicans, albeit far from Capitol Hill, about the need to pass healthcare reform. And new poll numbers showing a sharp drop in opposition to reform.

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The loyal opposition

Republicans don’t have any power in Washington. The Democrats have a sizable majority in the House. They have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. They control the executive branch. They have a news media that is largely compliant.

Republicans have nothing, with the possible exception of a slim majority on the Supreme Court (although the Supremes keep to the law, mostly, and stay out of politics).

So why do Democrats continue to blame Republicans for the fact that they can’t get their agenda through?

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Tax the sick: Obama’s new plan

By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

Faced with a need to scrounge for revenue to fund his plan for healthcare, President Barack Obama and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) have come up with a brilliant new idea: Tax the sick!

In a new amendment to the healthcare bill, they propose to limit the deductibility of medical expenses on income taxes.

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Jesus would support the public option

As the president appears to be pushing harder for the public option and Senate Democratic leaders appear to be joining him, here is one vitally important argument on their behalf: Isn't it fair to suggest that Jesus would support the public option?

Jesus spoke about the need to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, heal the ill, cure the sick and put the needs of the poor ahead of the hunger for money and wealth. Sure sounds more like the public option than premium-gouging and $10 million salaries for insurance-company CEOs. Right?

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The damage Olympia Snowe does to healthcare in America

Every voter and reporter in Maine should ask Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) why she opposes the public option while she states she may not support the current bill because it may not make insurance affordable for Americans. Of course it doesn't, because it doesn't include the public option, courtesy of Sen. Snowe.

Every voter in Maine should ask Sen. Snowe how many subsidies the taxpayers should finance to pay higher premiums that will be forced because of Sen. Snowe's opposition to the public option.

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Grayson beats Republicans at their own game

Good for Freshman Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida. He’s the only Democrat to fight back against Republican lies on healthcare — and give them a taste of their own medicine

They say “socialized medicine.” He says, “Don’t get sick!” They say “death panels.” He says, “Die quickly!”

Expressing shock, shock, shock at such straight talk, Republicans insist that Grayson’s just as guilty of inappropriate conduct as crazy Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.). Puh-leeze! There’s a big difference between calling the president “a liar” on the floor of the House — and simply telling the truth.

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Senior-baiting in healthcare debate

For years, conservatives correctly argued that merely increasing the funding of a program did not guarantee better outcomes. They also diligently argued that rising spending on entitlements was unsustainable in the long term. Now in an urgent message to “the elderly,” Dick Morris and Eileen McGann argue in this forum that Congress should maintain the wasteful spending in the Medicare Advantage program. Consider this piece of illogic:

It is equally obvious that you cannot cover 30 million new patients without more doctors and nurses. And the Medicare cuts in doctors' fees will, of course, cause a decrease in the number of medical professionals…Indeed, current law provides for a 21 percent cut in Medicare fees to doctors next year and a 6 percent cut the year after. The new $500 billion in cuts are on top of these reductions! What kind of medical care do we expect our elderly to receive when the doctor they visit is getting $35 or $40 for seeing them!
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Does Obama have a secret deal with insurance companies?

Progressives throughout the nation should rally in full force in favor of the public option, and progressives in Congress should say they will not support a bill without it. The public option still lives because it would save $50 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office, with a president and Congress that claim they want to save money. The public option still lives because it is the only check and balance against insurance-company abuses.

Sen. Max Baucus (Mont.), the Democratic chairman of the Finance Committee, which is the only committee of the five that are reporting a health bill whose measure does not include the public option, says he is for the public option while he votes against the public option. But let’s look back at the history. It was in June when Sen. Kent Conrad (N.D.), another Finance Committee Democrat who says he is for the public option while he votes against the public option, was approached by Sen. Baucus to find an alternative to the public option that both Baucus and Conrad claim they support.

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