Reconciling Congress

Are you looking to save some money if “ObamaCare” becomes law?

Buyers, beware: President Barack Obama says his health care overhaul will lower premiums by double digits, but check the fine print.

Premiums are likely to keep going up even if the health care bill passes, experts say. If cost controls work as advertised, annual increases would level off with time. But don’t look for a rollback. Instead, the main reason premiums would be more affordable is that new government tax credits would help cover the cost for millions of people.

Listening to Obama pitch his plan, you might not realize that’s how it works.

Say what? Did the AP really question The Failed One®’s plan? Don’t they know he could smite them all with his teleprompter if he chose to do so?

Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi’s left-hand man, confirmed that the Democratic leaders of the U.S. House Of Representatives will knowingly violate the U.S. Constitution while bringing the reconciliation bill to the floor for a vote.

The procedural sleight of hand Hoyer was referring to has become know as the Slaughter Solution and would involve the House Rules Committee drafting a rule that would merely deem the Senate health bill passed if Congress approved a budget reconciliation measure.

 

 

Stay tuned… It’s time to reconcile Congress.

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Lost In The Void

Just a couple quick thoughts tonight, as I am up to my ears in a few things that some people call “real” life. I don’t understand why people separate their activities into “online” and “real” life.

I have been working with computers, BBS’s, and the Internet for so long that my “online” life and “real” life seem to be one in the same. I met my wife online, we found a place to live online, we both have businesses online, and our kids have their own laptops and blog, online.

If someone you know separates the two then you know something about them. Either they are hiding what they do online from their “real” life friends, or they are hiding their “real” life friends from their activities online. Some people may have justification (ie: abusive ex-spouses, jobs, etc) for doing so, but it’s all still real isn’t it? Just because they spent six hours in WoW doesn’t mean their butt wasn’t physically in that chair the whole time.

So, I was sitting here today and I read that the Obama administration is working to ban recreational fishing.

Led by NOAA’s Jane Lubchenco, the task force has shown no overt dislike of recreational angling, but its indifference to the economic, social and biological value of the sport has been deafening.

Additionally, Lubchenco and others in the administration have close ties to environmental groups who would like nothing better than to ban recreational angling. And evidence suggests that these organizations have been the engine behind the task force since before Obama issued a memo creating it last June.

While the article may (or may not) be stretching things a bit, Barack Obama has proven that anything is possible when you consider all of the other asinine ideas he’s come up with.

Is President Obama working to ban recreational fishing? Good luck with that Barry.

After reading that previous article, and wondering what I am going to do with all my tackle supplies if they do ban recreational fishing, I read that Senate Democrats are trying to add an overhaul of federal student loans into the health care reform package.

It seems they have a slight problem with scheduling and if they don’t act fast, they may just have to wait to do one or the other and you know they aren’t waiting on health care.

I don’t think they’ll add it into the bill. They’re having enough trouble getting the votes they need on health care, let alone opening that big ol’ can of worms.

If the Obama administration hadn’t been trying to ban recreational fishing those worms would have come in handy if we went fishing for the next moronic statement from Democratic leadership. Thanks to Nancy Pelosi, we don’t have too.

You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don’t know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention—it’s about diet, not diabetes. It’s going to be very, very exciting. But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.

Did you catch that? We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in the bill. Get real, Nancy!

Banning recreational fishing, adding budgetary items to a bill they want to reconcile, and blubbering about bills that can’t be read. It sounds like some strange twisted alternate reality to me.

Maybe there is some separation between “online” and “real” life. If so, then I must be lost in the void between them.

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Enough Already, It’s Time To Listen!

As you know, President Obama spoke to the American people on Wednesday. He spoke about health care. Again. During his speech he spoke about some changes in the current health care bill. You remember the current health care bill don’t you? Yeah, that’s right, it’s the one that 2/3 of the American people don’t want!

I think this was speech number 500 or something. Do I really need to see the President of the United States every day on my television? Do I need to hear his voice every day on the radio? If Barack Obama was as smart as he wants us all to think he is, he would shut up already, and he would do it now.

Let’s look at some of the things he had to say, shall we?

  1. He said, “The bottom line is: our proposal is paid for.”

    Don’t be so sure about that. The CBO (the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office) has said that it lacks sufficient details to evaluate the President’s plan. There’s no way for him to honestly claim that this “new” proposal is paid for.

  2. He said, “Now, it’s true that all of this will cost money – about $100 billion per year.”

    Over the course of 10 years, that $100 billion per year will add up to $1 trillion in costs. Costs he just claimed were “paid for”. If that cost is paid for, that means your taxes are going up and you haven’t even started paying for the new health care you’re going to be receiving yet!

  3. He said, “Finally, my proposal would bring down the cost of health care…”

    Wait. How can you bring down the cost of health care, when you’re paying $1 trillion for it before you even know what the actual costs are going be? Remember, he said it would cost $100 billion per year and the CBO hasn’t been able to verify anything about the proposal!

    Many non-partisan experts, within the CBO and the Obama Administration itself have said the Senate bill will raise premium costs for families on the individual market by an average $2,100 and raise national health spending overall. So which part of those facts show his proposal “brings down the cost of health care”?

  4. He said, “I don’t believe we should give government bureaucrats … more control over health care in America.”

    His “new” proposal creates more than 160 new boards, commissions and programs. Billions and billions (probably $100 billion) in wasteful government bureaucracy firmly planted between you and available health care.

It’s no secret that I disapprove of President Obama, but just once I would like to believe something, anything, that comes out of his mouth once he starts to make a statement. Heck, even when he starts with the words “Good Afternoon”, it usually isn’t. Have you seen the economy lately?

If his speech was meant to “rally the American people” he needs to fire his speech writers and spokespeople, immediately. All he has done is rehash all of the same aspects of a health care bill that the American people have already said they don’t want. During the presidential campaign, he made a comment about “lipstick on a pig”. If this isn’t the biggest pig to be painting lipstick on, I don’t know what is.

In addition to the cosmetic surgery he performed on the horrible health care bill, President Obama has made it clear he intends to have it pushed through Congress using reconciliation which requires a simple majority in both the House and the Senate.

By doing so, every member of the Senate and every member of the House up for re-election, who vote to pass the bill this way, will face intense scrutiny from the voters in November. My bet is less than 25 percent of them will keep their jobs. That is, if the bill ever makes it way back to the House floor at all. Steny Hoyer says they don’t even have a bill yet.

Democratic leaders are contending with a host of undecided lawmakers who want to see the fine print before making a decision. Hoyer said final language and a cost estimate should come back from the Congressional Budget Office by the end of next week.

“At this point in time we don’t have a bill,” Hoyer said. “It’s a little difficult to count votes if you don’t have a bill.”

Once again, our Congressional leaders are pimping a bill no one has seen yet. It hasn’t even been written, yet the President has spoken to the American people encouraging them to support whatever it is that they may write in the future.

The President wants Congress to act before he leaves on his trip to Asia on March 18th. Both Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer say it’s “doable”. I don’t think so, neither does Howard Dean.

Passing the healthcare proposals before Congress will “hang out to dry” every Democratic incumbent running for reelection this fall, Howard Dean said Thursday.

Dean, a physician by training who’s a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), said that Democrats in Congress — and President Barack Obama — would do themselves more harm than good by passing the current healthcare bill.

How long can the Democrats ignore the will of the American people even when their own party members begin speaking out against the bill? It won’t be much longer, I can guarantee you that.

It’s time to start over. Toss out the current bill, sit down at the table to discuss the real issues, and put together a real health care proposal that makes sense.

If the Democrats don’t see this is the best way to move forward on health care, it’s time to vote them all out of office.

It’s time to get leaders in those seats who know how to listen to the American people.

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Driving Into A Ditch

I am up to my ears in a project today, but I wanted to make sure I wrote about something tonight.

Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says that even before the Massachusetts race the Democrats were preparing for the process of using “reconciliation” to pass the health care bill.

After the health care reform bill version have been merged into the piece of legislation that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid think has the best chance of passage, Reid can use the reconciliation tactic to push the bill through the Senate.

Under reconciliation, only 51 votes are needed to pass the bill. Rather than clearing the hurdle of the possibility of a filibuster, Reid can force the hand to push the bill through the Senate.

Whether or not Harry Reid choses to take this approach will all depend on the vote tomorrow night in Massachusetts. But then again, anything Harry Reid does to move the health care bill forward at all is going to cost him and his fellow Democrats heavily at the polls in November.

While we’re talking about the Senate race in Massachusetts, Van Hollen went on to state,

“Why would you hand the keys to the car back to the same guys whose policies drove the economy into the ditch and then walked away from the scene of the accident?”

Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a Democrat invoke Chappaquiddik like this before. Times sure are changing, aren’t they?

Tomorrow is going to be an interesting day.