Category Archives: Medicare

GOP Forces New House Vote on Health Care Bill, March 25, 2010, Republican challenges, Senate parliamentarian, Reconciliation rules

GOP Forces New House Vote on Health Care Bill, March 25, 2010

From Fox News, March 25, 2010.

“GOP Forces New House Vote on Health Care Bill”

“The follow-up health care bill being considered by the Senate will have to return to the House for final congressional approval, after the Senate parliamentarian determined that two Republican challenges will succeed in stripping out language in the package.

Altering the bill in any way means it has to return to the House side, which first approved the package of changes Sunday, since both chambers must pass identical versions.

Democrats don’t appear worried. Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said the House could easily approve the expected changes. The Senate is expected to complete work on the bill Thursday afternoon, and the House could take it up again the same day — or push it off until Friday.

The package of changes, which is being considered under “reconciliation” rules allowing the Senate to approve it with just 51 votes, is the final piece of the legislative puzzle to the health care reform package signed into law Tuesday. Health care reform is officially enacted, but House Democrats wanted the package of fixes to change the way it’s financed and address other concerns.

The glitches have to do with Pell grants for low-income students.

A senior Senate Republican leadership aide told Fox News that Democrats had tried to improve the cost of the bill while simultaneously piling on Pell grants “without mandating the spending.” The aide said Democrats claimed the grants would increase, but were relying on a “future Congress” to find the funding.

“They can’t do that,” the aide said. “This was one of 100 gimmicks used to keep the score down.”

Republicans have been hunting for such violations in hopes of bringing down the legislation. Democrats had also been consulting with the parliamentarian, Alan Frumin, and hoped they had written a measure that would not be vulnerable to such problems.

The two provisions are expected to be formally removed from the bill on Thursday. Both chambers are hoping to begin a spring recess by this weekend.

The president, who signed the landmark legislation into law on Tuesday, was flying to Iowa later in the day for the first of many appearances he will make around the country before the fall congressional elections to sell his health care revamp.

Obama was appearing in Iowa City, where as a presidential candidate in 2007 he touted his ideas for health coverage for all. His trip comes with polls showing people are divided over the new health law, and Democratic lawmakers from competitive districts hoping he can convince more voters by November that it was the right move.

Besides reshaping parts of the landmark health overhaul, the legislation transforms the federal student loan program — in which private banks distribute the money — into one in which the government issues the loans directly. That produces some federal savings, which the bill uses in part to increase Pell grants to needy students.

The latest development came as the Senate completed nine hours of uninterrupted voting on 29 GOP amendments to the legislation. Majority Democrats defeated every amendment.”

Read more:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/25/senate-return-health-house/

Fire Pelosi, Buh bye congress, November 2010 elections, Kick the jackasses out, Harry Reid, Bart Stupak

Fire Pelosi, Buh bye congress, November 2010 elections

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”…Abraham Lincoln

Buh

Bye

Congress

 

Obama and the Democrat controlled congress have won a skirmish or battle. They will  not win the war. Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are liars and hypocrites. We now know that Bart Stupak and many other Democrats in Congress are also liars and hypocrites as well as being un American. They have made it easy to identify who to vote out in November.

 

Nancy Pelosi may not be voted out anytime soon, but her power as Speaker of the House is coming to an end.

 

It’s The People’s House, Not Pelosi’s House

“Republicans in Congress have listened to your concerns in the debate over health care.  They’ve fought hard to make the voices of the people who opposed this bill heard in the halls of Washington, D.C.  In fact, by any objective account, they won the debate.   Unfortunately, the only side of the debate that matters to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is her own.
After all her wrong-headed policies and failed promises, we know she isn’t listening to the people’s voice and isn’t doing the People’s business.  It’s her business, her agenda that she fights for – and a radically flawed agenda it is.
Over the last year, Pelosi promised to preside over the most open and transparent government, yet even her own Democrats admit they simply “aren’t transparent;”she promised to create jobs, yet America has lost 3.3 million since the passage of her maligned stimulus bill; she promised to legislate with a spirit of bipartisanship, yet Democrats say “they have been explicitly told not to work with Republicans.”  Now, despite overwhelming opposition from the American people, she’s forced her health care bill through the House Chamber, after calling opponents of government-run health care “un-American.”
This is exactly why, in the few hours since Madam Speaker passed her government-run health care bill, Americans have donated more than $600,000 (far exceeding our original goal of $402010) to fire Speaker Pelosi and help Republicans regain the majority in 2010 to reverse the damage she has done.”

Read more:
http://www.gop.com/index.php/chairman_steele/comments/ita1

Obama Pelosi Reid removal from office, Phase 4, Let the lawsuits begin, Let the state challenges begin, Remove the asses in November 2010, Let not your heart be troubled

Obama Pelosi Reid removal from office, Phase 4, Let the lawsuits begin

“Let not your heart be troubled”…John 14:1

Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have referred to this tax and control bill as historic. Indeed it is. It marks the most corrupt congress and white house administration in US history. It also will define the Obama administration and this Democrat controlled congress.
In phase 1, informed Americans tried to prevent an illegal takeover of the US government by the Obama camp.
In phase 2, more and more Americans learned the truth about Obama. This includes Democrats, Independents and even a few in the MSM, perhaps now even including Jack Cafferty.
We are in the midst of phase 3, the corrupt attempts to pass this tax and control Health Care Bill against the will of the governed. At best, this will allegedly begin covering some Americans in approx. 4 years after taxing us to death and ruining the economy even more.
Phase 4 begins tomorrow after the probable chicanery passes tonight. Do not worry. This will become a rallying cry. Like the shot heard round the world in the American Revolution. This will consist of numerous court and state challenges as well as futher preparation to vote the asses out in November. Remember, these fools have helped us in a way. They have placed a large red target on their backs.
Phase 5 will of course be the removal of these arrogant, corrupt politicians. That will include the removal of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi being removed as Speaker of the House and either impeachment proceedings against Obama or minimally his political demise by 2012.

Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act

 

Source: American Legislative Exchange Council

Michele Bachmann on Health Care Bill, March 20, 2010, Tea Party Rally, Washington, DC, Fox News, Sean Hannity interview, Bachmann fights health care bill and explains truth, IRS big brother

Michele Bachmann on Health Care Bill, March 20, 2010, Tea Party Rally, Washington, DC

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of MN was in Washington DC on Saturday, March 20, 2010 to speak out about the Health Care Bill and assure millions of Americans that if Obama and the Democrats pass this tax and control bill, she will fight to repeal it. She also assured Obama and the Democrats that they will lose control of Congress in November.

March 20, 2010, Tea party rally Washington DC, Tea party last stand

Michele Bachmann was interviewed by Sean Hannity on Fox several days ago. She has studied the bill and speaks about over 16,000 new employees being hired by the IRS to enforce provisions of the Health Care Bill. This is one of the clearest manifestations of Obama and his thugs ratcheting up the level of government control and becoming the big brother of “1984.”

Michele Bachmann on IRS role, Health Care Bill, Sean Hannity, 16,000 plus new jobs at IRS, Bachmann speaks in Washington, DC

Michele Bachmann on IRS role, Health Care Bill, Sean Hannity

Michele Bachmann on Sean Hannity last night, March 18, 2010

Press Release

WASHINGTONMarch 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — An unprecedented coalition of grassroots and “tea party” groups is launching the final push before a possible vote by the House. Coming together under the auspices of the American Grassroots Coalition, various events held by different groups will be coordinated, including a noon rally at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, a candlelight vigil and “virtual vigil” leading up to the vote.

“All of the groups have a mutual goal — to band together to communicate the frustration of the people and demand the termination of this health bill legislation,” said Jennifer Hulsey, Co-Founder of American Grassroots Coalition.

The past two weeks has seen the “Take The Town Halls To Washington” initiative get nearly 1,000 people to DC to meet with approximately 30 Congressman. The event culminated in the rally at Taft Park near the Capitol, which was sponsored by Tea Party Express. Over 1,500 people assembled to rally against the health care bill and then meet with their representatives.

While the Capitol Police diverted the stage and sound for the park rally, grass roots activists innovated and used a park bench and bull horn to get their message to the attendees!

The following actions are planned for the next 72 hours:

  • Calling campaigns to the House by constituents to vote no on the bill
  • “Talk to Washington” health care town halls in MississippiPennsylvania and other states
  • Code Red rally in Washington, DC at 12 noon on Saturday at Upper Senate Park
  • Nationwide “Virtual Vigil” on BlogTalk radio sponsored by DoctorsandPatients.org
  • Candlelight vigil around the Capitol on Saturday night


Featured speakers at the Washington, D.C. Rally on Saturday will include:

  • Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (MN)
  • Congressman Tom Price (GA)
  • Congressman Joe Wilson (SC)
  • Congressman Phil Gingrey (GA)
  • State Senator Judson Hill (GA)
  • Actor & Activist Jon Voight
  • Dr. Milton WolfBarack Obama‘s second cousin who opposes Obamacare
  • Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring
  • Jim Martin, 60 Plus
  • Phil Kerpen, Americans for Prosperity
  • Tim Phillips, Americans for Prosperity
  • Andrew Langer, Institute for Liberty
  • Kathryn Serkes, Doctor Patient Medical Association
  • Mark Skoda, Memphis Tea Party
  • Amy Kremer, Tea Party Express
  • Jennifer Hulsey, American Grassroots Coalition
  • FreedomWorks Representative
  • Ben Cunningham, Founder of the Tennessee Tax Revolt
  • Darla Dawald, Grassfire / Resistnet


BACKGROUND

Grassroots activists everywhere have worked to inform themselves, notify their representatives of their objections and take action in the form of rallies, meetings and calls into those representatives. Individual groups have worked to stop the health care legislation while coordinating with each other to amplify their message and their efforts.

Amy Kremer, of Tea Party Express, commented, “We had a great rally this week in DC and people have overwhelmed us with their desire to do it again on Saturday. With so many people concerned about this legislation and the ability to come toWashington on a weekend, we are working within this coalition to expand the Code Red rally participation.”

The coalition of Tea Party and grassroots organizations and leadership is committed to changing the dynamics of this legislative process. “The Democratic led Congress is using procedural and legislative rules to ignore the overwhelming opposition to this,” said Mark Skoda of Memphis Tea Party. “The will of the American people is being subverted by these actions and the grass roots activists who make up this coalition are focusing their energy to kill the bill.”

The coalition includes:

  • 60 Plus
  • Alexandria Tea Party
  • American Grassroots Coalition
  • Americans for Prosperity
  • Americans for Tax Reform
  • Cincinnati Tea Party
  • Cincinnati 9/12 Project
  • Concerned Women for America
  • Constitutional Sovereignty Alliance
  • Constitutional Tea Party
  • Doctor Patient Medical Association
  • Family Research Council
  • FreedomWorks
  • Grassfire/Resistnet
  • Heartland Institute
  • Institute for Liberty
  • Let Freedom Ring
  • Memphis Tea Party
  • Mom for America
  • National Center for Public Policy Research
  • National Taxpayer’s Union
  • Nationwide Tea Party Coalition
  • New Jersey Tea Party Coalition
  • Northern Virginia 912
  • Richmond Patriots
  • Take the Town Halls to Washington
  • Tea Party Express
  • Tea Party Patriots Live Radio Show
  • Washington DC Tea Party
  • We the People of Pennsylvania


For further information or to register and participate or assist others to come to Washington, DC, please check the above websites where details will be posted and updated regularly throughout the next 48 hours andhttp://www.americangrassrootscoalition.org/.

GRASSROOTS CONTACTS:  

 
American Grassroots Coalition  
Jennifer Hulsey  
hulsey1873@gmail.com  
770.546.0286  

 

 
Tea Party Express  
Amy Kremer  
amykremer@gmail.com  
678.495.8271  

 

Senator Tom Coburn, Physician members of the house, News Conference, Ultimatum, Rush Limbaugh, Messages to house colleagues, If you voted no and you vote yes, and you lose your election, no federal positions, state appropriations

Senator Tom Coburn, Physician members of the house, News Conference, Ultimatum

I heard this on Rush Limbaugh a few minutes ago.

Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma issued the following statements  at a news conference today of physician members of the House and Senate regarding Obamacare:

“I want to send a couple of messages to my colleagues in the House.
If you voted no and you vote yes, and you lose your election, and you think any nomination to a federal position isn’t going to be held in the Senate, I’ve got news for you. It’s going to be held.
Number two is, if you get a deal, a parochial deal for you or your district, I’ve already instructed my staff and the staff of seven other senators that we will look at every appropriations bill, at every level, at every instance, and we will outline it by district, and we will associate that with the buying of your vote. So, if you think you can cut a deal now, and it not come out until after the election, I want to tell you that isn’t going to happen. And be prepared to defend selling your vote in the House.”

Thanks to commenter Prairie for the video info.

Obamacare, Health care bill, Truth from doctors and experts, Dr Milton Wolf, Paul Ryan, Parker Griffith, Sally C. Pipes, Dr. Todd Rubin, Congressman Mike Rogers, John Stossel, Health care videos

Obamacare, Health care bill, Truth from doctors and experts

Here are some of my favorite videos and testimony and experts on Obamacare, the Health Care Bill being forced on us.

All you need to know about health care reform
* Note two of the videos are no longer available here.
What is the current attempt by Obama and liberal Democrats at health care reform all about?

  • Appeasing their far left core support.
  • More control over the American people to get votes.
  • Payback to trial lawyers and other big supporters (refer to contribution table above).
  • Achieving the goals of far left, socialist, communists who are controlling the party with the goal of redistribution of wealth..

Read more:

http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/health-care-reform-facts-truth-2010-elections-obama-lies-government-run-health-care-wealth-redistribution-all-you-need-to-know-about-health-care-reform/

The Difference Between Canada and the U.S. Health Care Systems

Sally C. Pipes understands Canadian health care. As the former Assistant Director of the free-market Fraser Institute, she lived under Canada’s national health care system.

Today Pipes is president of the Pacific Research Institute and author of the new book, The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care. She spoke at the Cato Institute July 15, 2009.

Parker Griffith Republican representative leaves Democrat Party over Health Care Bill

“A radiation oncologist, Griffith cited the Democrats’ health care plans as a reason for his switch. He was one of 39 Democrats to vote against the bill in the House last month.

“I want to make it perfectly clear that this bill is bad for our doctors,” he said at the press conference, according to the AP. “It’s bad for our patients. It’s bad for the young men and women who are considering going into the health care field.”

Read more:

http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2009/12/22/parker-griffith-announcement-switches-parties-griffith-republican-griffith-leaves-democrat-party-health-care-bill-bad-for-doctors/

Paul Ryan Health Care Bill truth, Rep Ryan exposes Health Care Bill lies

President’s Cousin Condemns Obamacare

Milton R Wolf, MD, Obama Health Care Bill, Primum nil nocere, First do no harm, Obama cousin, Sean Hannity show, March 16, 2010

Milton R Wolf, MD,  Obama Health Care Bill, Primum nil nocere, First do no harm

Dr Milton R Wolf, a cousin of Barack Obama, was on the Sean Hannity Show on Fox, March 16, 2010. I was very impressed with Dr. Wolf. He stayed consistent with his earlier statements that he was against Obamacare and that the Health Care Bill will hurt our health care system and likely prevent some people from getting care.

Reported here March 12, 2010.

“Dr Milton R Wolf, Obama cousin, Obama Health Care Bill”

“Primum nil nocere.”First, do no harm. This guiding principle is a bedrock of medical care. Sadly, those politicians who would rewrite our health care laws do not live in the same universe as do the doctors and health care professionals who must practice it.
“Imagine if, like physicians, politicians were personally held to the incredibly high level of scrutiny that includes civil and financial liability for any unintended consequence of their decisions. Imagine if they were forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars each year on malpractice insurance and still faced the threat of multimillion-dollar lawsuits with every single decision they made. If so, a government takeover of health care would be the furthest thing from their minds.
Obamacare proponents would have us believe that we will add 30 million patients to the system without adding providers, we will see no decline in the quality of care for the millions of Americans currently happy with the system, and -if you act now!- we will save money in the process. But why stop there? Why not promise it will no longer rain on weekends and every day will be a great hair day?
America has the finest health care delivery system in the world. Let’s not forget that and put it at risk in the name of reform. Desperate souls across the globe flock to our shores and cross our borders every day to seek our care. Why? Our system provides cures while the government-run systems from which they flee do not. Compare Europe’s common cancer mortality rates to America’s: breast cancer – 52 percent higher in Germany and 88 percent higher in the United Kingdom; prostate cancer – a staggering 604 percent higher in the United Kingdom and 457 percent higher in Norway; colon cancer – 40 percent higher in the United Kingdom.
Look closer at the United Kingdom. Britain’s higher cancer mortality rate results in 25,000 more cancer deaths per year compared to a similar population size in the United States. But because the U.S. population is roughly five times larger than the United Kingdom’s, that would translate into 125,000 unnecessary American cancer deaths every year. This is more than all the mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, cousins and children in Topeka, Kan. And keep in mind, these numbers are for cancer alone. America also has better survival rates for other major killers, such as heart attacks and strokes. Whatever we do, let us not surrender the great gains we have made. First, do no harm. Lives are at stake.””

Read more:

http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/dr-milton-r-wolf-obama-cousin-obama-health-care-bill-primum-nil-nocere-first-do-no-harm-fixing-price-at-any-cost-wolf-blasts-obamacare-america-has-the-finest-health-care-delivery-system-in-the/

Dr Milton R Wolf, Obama cousin, Obama Health Care Bill, Primum nil nocere, First do no harm, Fixing price at any cost, Wolf blasts ObamaCare, America has the finest health care delivery system in the world

Dr Milton R Wolf, Obama cousin, Obama Health Care Bill

From The Washington Times, March 11, 2010.

“From The Washington Times, March 11, 2010.”

“By Dr. Milton R. Wolf
“Primum nil nocere.”First, do no harm. This guiding principle is a bedrock of medical care. Sadly, those politicians who would rewrite our health care laws do not live in the same universe as do the doctors and health care professionals who must practice it.
Imagine if, like physicians, politicians were personally held to the incredibly high level of scrutiny that includes civil and financial liability for any unintended consequence of their decisions. Imagine if they were forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars each year on malpractice insurance and still faced the threat of multimillion-dollar lawsuits with every single decision they made. If so, a government takeover of health care would be the furthest thing from their minds.
Obamacare proponents would have us believe that we will add 30 million patients to the system without adding providers, we will see no decline in the quality of care for the millions of Americans currently happy with the system, and -if you act now!- we will save money in the process. But why stop there? Why not promise it will no longer rain on weekends and every day will be a great hair day?
America has the finest health care delivery system in the world. Let’s not forget that and put it at risk in the name of reform. Desperate souls across the globe flock to our shores and cross our borders every day to seek our care. Why? Our system provides cures while the government-run systems from which they flee do not. Compare Europe’s common cancer mortality rates to America’s: breast cancer – 52 percent higher in Germany and 88 percent higher in the United Kingdom; prostate cancer – a staggering 604 percent higher in the United Kingdom and 457 percent higher in Norway; colon cancer – 40 percent higher in the United Kingdom.
Look closer at the United Kingdom. Britain’s higher cancer mortality rate results in 25,000 more cancer deaths per year compared to a similar population size in the United States. But because the U.S. population is roughly five times larger than the United Kingdom’s, that would translate into 125,000 unnecessary American cancer deaths every year. This is more than all the mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, cousins and children in Topeka, Kan. And keep in mind, these numbers are for cancer alone. America also has better survival rates for other major killers, such as heart attacks and strokes. Whatever we do, let us not surrender the great gains we have made. First, do no harm. Lives are at stake.”

“Obamacare: Fixing price at any cost

The justification for Obamacare has been to control costs, but the problem is there is little in Obamacare that will do that. Instead, there are provisions that will ration care and artificially set price. This is a confusion of costs and price.

As one example, consider the implications of Obamacare’s financial penalty aimed at your doctor if he seeks the expert care he has determined you need. If your doctor is in the top 10 percent of primary care physicians who refer patients to specialists most frequently – no matter how valid the reasons – he will face a 5 percent penalty on all their Medicare reimbursements for the entire year. This scheme is specifically designed to deny you the chance to see a specialist. Each year, the insidious nature of that arbitrary 10 percent rule will make things even worse as 100 percent of doctors try to stay off that list. Many doctors will try to avoid the sickest patients, and others will simply refuse to accept Medicare. Already, 42 percent of doctors have chosen that route, and it will get worse. Your mother’s shiny government-issued Medicare health card is meaningless without doctors who will accept it.

Obamacare will further diminish access to health care by lowering reimbursements for medical care without regard to the costs of that care.”

Read more:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/11/obama-family-health-care-fracas/

Thanks to commenter Linda from NY

Obama, Philadelphia Health Care Speech, Three Democrat congressmen missing, Murphy, Carney, Holden, Americans against ObamaCare

Obama, Philadelphia Health Care Speech, Three Democrat congressmen missing

From Americans For Prosperity

How can you tell when a president is in trouble on a big issue? 

When politicians of his own party avoid appearing with him when he’s in their home area.

Take yesterday. President Obama appeared in the Philadelphia suburbs to once again campaign for his health care takeover.  He delivered the usual falsehoods – for example, Fox News reported that the president claimed $868 billion in savings that is simply a made-up number. He promised that his plan will not cost small businesses more, when everyone knows costs will skyrocket on small businesses.

And three Democrat congressmen from the Philly area – Murphy, Carney and Holden – did not appear with the president from their own party. 

These three Democrats did not stand beside President Obama on their home turf, despite the fact that Obama carried Pennsylvania and their region in the 2008 election. 

They know what we know: The American people have turned against this corrupt Washington health care takeover. The polls clearly show it, with every reputable poll showing strong majorities against the legislation. These congressmen have their ears to the ground in their districts, and they hear the powerful grassroots anger. It’s anger against the president’s arrogance in continuing to push a health care takeover while ignoring job losses and a still-faltering economy, despite the fact that the American people have clearly said, “Keep Your Hands Off My Health Care.”

We’re just days away from a crucial vote in the House of Representatives. Despite all the big talk from Speaker Pelosi and the liberals, they STILL DO NOT HAVE THE VOTES to pass their health care takeover.

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, at 8 p.m. ET we’re holding a national tele-town hall meeting with the 3rd ranking Republican in the House and a leading free-market champion – Congressman Mike Pence. I hope you’ll join us. Call (888) 356-3090 Ext.14326#.

We’ll brief you on key undecided House members, detail the likely timeline to be used by Speaker Pelosi, and Congressman Pence will walk through conservative alternatives along with his exchanges in recent weeks with President Obama. 

But, there’s more we must do.

On March 16, we’re holding the “Honk Against the Health Care Takeover” event. Here’s what we’re asking you to do. At 12 Noon your time on March 16, drive to your member of Congress’s district office and join a car caravan there, circling your representative’s office while honking against the health care takeover.

Just CLICK HERE for more information and to let us know you’re on board. You’ll be able to print off your very own “Honk Against the Health Care Takeover” sign for your car when you register. Sign up tomorrow, March 10, to receive a free bumper sticker in the mail before March 16.

In addition, you can sign up to be a car caravan leader. You can pick a parking lot near your Congressman’s office and let folks know you will be there to lead them over to the district office. It will be fun to meet fellow grassroots activists and to go over in a caravan to send your message.

Here’s the bottom line. The president is in the midst of his final all-out push for his health care takeover. Yes, his campaign is dishonest and over-the-top. But, to their credit they are refusing to quit this fight. So, we’ve got to beat them in these final days before the House vote.

They’ve put everything on the line for their ideology, as flawed as it is. 

The question for us is:  will we do the same for our values, our freedoms and our nation?

Knowing what I know about Americans like us, I believe the answer will be a resounding YES. “