Healthcare

The glove fits

So, according to various news reports, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) is going to “investigate” corporate America for reacting to the president’s new healthcare law by promising to take huge tax write-downs because of the expected negative impact of the law on their bottom lines.

This kind of reminds me of when O.J. Simpson decided to launch an “investigation” into who killed his wife.

Who killed the jobs, Mr. Waxman?

You did. And no matter how you try to shift the blame, you can’t escape that truth.

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The Constitution and healthcare

There is nothing in the Constitution that gives the government the right to tell people what goods and services they should purchase. Proponents of healthcare reform argue that the Commerce Clause conveys this right to the government. It states "[The Congress shall have power] to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States." 

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Repeal & replace vs. repeal of HC reform

With healthcare reform signed into law, A.B. Stoddard talks with the Pundits Blog's Chris Kofinis and John Feehery about how both parties will make the plan appealing or make repealing the bill their message.

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Revenge best served cold

Republicans can learn much from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).  

When a bipartisan majority in the House and the Senate passed the prescription drug benefit in 2003 (after a painful three-and-a-half-hour vote on the conference report), Pelosi, who was then minority leader, promised immediately to repeal the legislation.  

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What takeover?

This is what is so ignorant about the claim healthcare reform represents a government takeover of private enterprise and by extension the United States' way of life: It is actually the opposite.

What just passed was a victory for corporate America, in this case the insurance companies, and by extension the free market system. That is, if you mean free to continue their cheating, profiteering ways.

By rejecting any effective public option, we are still at the medical mercy of the greedy ones. They get to set almost all the rules and cleverly sidestep the few new ones a writhing Congress did pass. All they did was gloss over the reality that we're still at the mercy of bottom-line-feeding corporations.

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Fight the present, don’t re-fight the past

Put away those Confederate uniforms.

As it turns out, we don’t have to re-enact the Civil War. The healthcare law is so bad, we don’t have to stretch back to the 18th or 19th century (or the 20th century, for that matter) to come up with analogies to fight it.

We don’t have to channel our inner John C. Calhoun and come up with a nullification theory about this law.

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The Europeanization of America

Every statewide elected official , Republican and Democrat alike, woke up Monday morning with the stark realization that they now have to pay for the mess Congress has created. And I guarantee you every one of them began the thought process with similar words: “Unlike Washington, we have to balance our budgets … what are we going to do?”

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The spit decision

I have always believed when someone hits you or spits on you, you should turn the other cheek. That will fake out the assailant, and then you beat him to a pulp.

But that's me. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) believes otherwise. He didn't hit back. More power to him. But he also didn't have the crazed Tea Party guy who spat on him arrested and charged to the full extent of the law.

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Fire Dog Lake's take

I am not one to quote liberal bloggers like the folks at Fire Dog Lake. But when they are right, they are right.

They analyzed this health bill, and their conclusions are devastating.

In a nutshell, this is what they say:

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The real repeal deal

Forgive still another sports cliche, but oftentimes it's true that the "Best Defense is a Good Offense.” As an example, in a contract negotiation, sometimes the best way to get someone to stop making ridiculous lowball offers is to respond each time not by reducing your price but by raising it.

In the same way, then, maybe the way to confront those who are hell-bent on repealing healthcare reform through politics and destructive legal action is again not by resisting them but instead hammering them with aggressive tactics, raising the stakes.

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