Thursday, October 31, 2013

Senator Ron Johnson says "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, period!"

Remember when President Obama said "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan" but did not really mean it?   Senator Ron Johnson thinks President Obama should keep his word and has introduced legislation to ensure that Americans can in fact keep their plans.

The "If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act" gives the two million plus Americans who have already received cancellation notices from their health insurance companies and the millions more whose premiums are skyrocketing an out. It allows them to do what President Obama promised, keep their current health insurance. Senator Johnson's bill would allow people who change jobs to enroll in their new employer's current health insurance plan as well.

The bill is far from perfect. For instance, Senator Johnson's bill is silent as to whether an employer can modify an existing plan by changing a premium or a co-pay or some level of benefit coverage. Senator Johnson's bill does not defund Obamacare either so the vast expansion of single-payer government health insurance through Medicaid continues apace. Nonetheless, it is a significant step in the right direction and should be embraced.

In order to have any chance of becoming law, however, Senate Republicans need to be willing to do what Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Texas Senator John Cornyn swore they would not do at a fundraising retreat this past weekend, tie any rollback of Obamacare to forthcoming budget battles. Addressing the "elephant in the room," Senator McConnell suggested that the strategy of tying the Obamacare rollback fight to budget battles "could not and would not work” and was "not conservative policy." Unless Republicans are willing to tie bills such as this to budget resolutions, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can block them from ever receiving a vote.

Republicans need to embrace the political momentum we have now and seize this opportunity to begin to roll back Obamacare. Democrats and liberal pundits are beginning to abandon President Obama allowing him to sink in his own political quicksand in an effort to save their own political skin. It is time for Republicans to unite as a party, lend a hand to any Democrat with an outstretched arm, and begin the process of dismantling this "crowning achievement" that is destroying health care and our economy.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Obama would have you believe....

Obamacare is working by providing improved access to care at a lower cost even though MILLIONS are getting thrown off their health insurance plans and seeing their premiums skyrocket!

Obamacare is certain to provide better and cheaper health insurance coverage and if we cannot find better and cheaper health insurance coverage, there is something wrong with us!

It is insurance companies' fault for canceling non-complaint plans. We could have kept our non-complaint plans while also buying compliant plans or paying a fine for not complying with the law.

President Obama did not lie when he said repeatedly, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, period!"

The Obamacare website is secure even though HHS has not done a start to finish test to verify the security and they are constantly changing code which should trigger continuous such tests each and every time there is a code change. CNN reported the Obamacare website has been hacked!

The Obamacare website is working even though it is frequently unavailable.

Trust us as we destroy not only the health insurance market but the health care delivery market in the United States because it will all work out in the end, just like in United Kingdom!

At the moment, the fifteen year prostate cancer survival rate in the United States exceeds the five year prostate cancer survival rate in the United Kingdom. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Delay the Individual Mandate and Strike Another Blow to ObamaCare

Did you catch SNL this past weekend?  Even they can't ignore the fact that ObamaCare isn't working. 

Last week, I wrote about how the vultures are circling as the ObamaCare rollout has been a disaster. Today, there is real blood in the water and the sharks are ready to pounce.

During the shutdown debate, there was "concern" among some Republicans over a failure to see an "end game" to the effort to defund ObamaCare. Conservatives were told they needed to recognize they were playing with "live ammo." Conservatives should not "deceive" the American people into thinking Congress can defund ObamaCare without knowing where Republicans are going to find six Democrats to join their effort. Given the disasterous Obamacare rollout, Democrats are running for cover, especially those who represent conservative states and are up for re-election next year.

Democrat operatives are speaking about how the party is, well, let's use the polite word: screwed as Americans get sticker shock over the increased cost of coverage. A law that was sold as lowering the cost of coverage and decreasing the ranks of the uninsured has caused 1.5 million to lose coverage thus far including 500,000 in California and 300,000 in Florida.  This while estimates that fewer than 40,000 people have obtained coverage through state health insurance exchanges.

Sensing panic in its ranks, there are reports President Obama is considering extending the open enrollment period through the end of March. Congressional Republicans need to unite and insist that Congress pass a one year waiver to the individual mandate rather than an extension of the open enrollment period and codify it into law.

Why is this so important and why might President Obama try and preempt Congress from doing so?

President Obama knows that once Congress sets a precedent and delays the individual mandate, it will not hesitate from doing so in the future. Also, once Congress delays the individual mandate for one year, that too will be "the law of the land" and subject to debate from one year to the next. 

Fully repealing ObamaCare, or defunding it would have been the preferred option, but if we have consensus on both sides of the aisle to delay at least one more portion, the individual mandate, we should push for delay. Congress need only set the precedent by waiving the individual mandate to inflict serious damage to Obamacare.

For President Obama, it has never been never about increasing access to actual health care or reducing the cost of care. It has always been about control. Listen to Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, President Obama's principal health reform adviser, speak about ObamaCare on Fox News. Dr. Emanuel is not interested in suggestions by Democrats like West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin that people should not be required to purchase health insurance coverage that is inferior or more expensive than coverage they currently have. Dr. Emanuel and President Obama know what is best for people.

This is why Republicans need to unite and use this political momentum to give Americans one year of reprieve. Republicans should use any and every legislative opportunity to accomplish this goal. Now is the time to unite the party, shepherd as many vulnerable Senate Democrats as possible onto our side, join hands and do something that has been long overdo, drive a dagger straight into the heart of Obamacare!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Everything Conservatives Predicted About ObamaCare is Coming True

We should not apologize for trying to stop it!

In a recent op-ed, George Will compared the Tea Party movement to Barack Obama in their "[mutual] disdain for the practice of politics within the Framers’ institutional architecture." Despite providing the only functional opposition to an unconstitutional law that is so unpopular that no one in the entire state of New York has enrolled, Republican apparatchiks and establishment politicians are more interested in fighting conservatives and those who represent them than fighting Obamacare. Some have gone so far as to suggest it is a "fools errand and a deception" to continue to fight Obamacare. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has suggested there will be "no more shutdowns over Obamacare."

Yet, the vultures are circling as the Obamacare rollout has been a disaster! 

Liberal heavyweights such as Fox News contributor Alan Colmes, comedian Jon Stewart, and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer have all suggested publicly that President Obama allow Congress to pass a one year delay to the individual mandate. Liberal editors and writers see the implementation of their dream slipping through their fingers. They see a president with a paltry 37% job approval rating providing "selective transparency" of a program that is causing the mainstream media to ask the obvious question, "If the website is not fixed, will people still have to pay the fine?"

Therein lies the million dollar question. Only three of the thirteen people who stood behind President Obama in the Rose Garden on Monday have enrolled in Obamacare themselves. Insurance companies are terminating millions of policies including nearly 500,000 policies terminated by Florida Blue and Kaiser Permanente in California. Consumer Reports is advising its readers to avoid the Obamacare website. Respected business reporters are acknowledging the effect Obamacare is having in turning America into a nation of part-time employees. Even senior Obama Administration officials are unwilling to guarantee that the Obamacare website will be fixed by the end of the year. Given all that, it seems only logical to wonder why the Obama Administration has not sought to delay the individual mandate itself. After all, it has already unilaterally delayed the mandate that large corporations insure their employees by one year.

Yet, the current fiasco was foreseeable. The Obamacare website was launched despite failing key tests only days before the launch and despite receiving serious red flags from the very programmers who built the website itself. Despite claims by President Obama that Obamacare "is more than just a website," polls suggest a majority of Americans believe the problems are more fundamental than poor website design. To fix the problems created by the Canadian web design company, President Obama announced a "tech surge" by the internet giant Verizon.

Given all this, it is amazing that some Republican strategists suggest that "defunders" owe "conservatives" an apology. Do cancer survivors like Joseph Claps and his wife who own a deli and catering business in Stamford, CT owe an apology too?

The Claps, originally Obama supporters who supported the President's health care vision, were surprised to receive a letter from their insurance provider stating that their $21,000 annual insurance premium was set to rise. Given that the Claps wake up at 4:30 am six days per week to run their small business, they are not sure when they will find the time to add part-time jobs to cover the increase.

How about my friend: A fifty year-old non-smoker, who nonetheless developed lung cancer that has since spread to the rest of his body. He is being kept alive by experimental drugs administered at a world-renowned cancer research hospital, treatment that might not otherwise be available to him under Obamacare. My friend is healthy enough that he has been able to return to work. Given that his daughter started college recently, he would like to live long enough to see her graduate.

Do physicians owe them an apology as well?  A recent study conducted for the American Medical Association, an organization that lobbied for the passage of Obamacare, found deep dissatisfaction among doctors with the electronic medical records the federal government requires them to keep. These physicians find many of the questions invasive and unnecessary, the systems flawed and the time required to maintain them detracting from patient contact and care. More studies show that many doctors will not guarantee acceptance of Obamacare. 

While it is not surprising to find the most rabid ideologues unswayed by the plethora of evidence that Obamacare is not working, it is upsetting that those who claim to support its repeal undermine the efforts of those who are trying to repeal it. We will not apologize for doing all we can to stop this train wreck which is harming millions of Americans.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Republicans Need to Stop Playing the Blame Game

During a speech at CPAC in February, 2012, Americans for Tax Reform Founder and President Grover Norquist told an audience of glum conservative activists concerned about the prospect of a Mitt Romney candidacy not to worry about a President Romney because he would “do as he is told.” Norquist went on to elaborate his belief that

We are not auditioning for fearless leader, we just need a President to sign this stuff [spending  cuts]. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership movement for the next twenty years will be coming out of the House and the Senate so focus on electing the most conservative Republican who can win each House and Senate seat and then pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to be President of the United States.

Norquist’s condescending remarks highlight the disgust grassroots conservative activists have for Washington, D.C. insiders who view politics as a game filled with winners and losers where policies do not have consequences in parts of the country not serviced by The Washington Post and The New York Times. Notice that Obamacare was omitted from Norquist’s remarks.

While Senator Ted Cruz has suggested the strategy that the House of Representatives is currently following, namely to fund non-partisan national priorities like helping kids dying of cancer, Norquist dismisses such efforts as abandoning House Republicans so they can go play in traffic! There are no "winners" under Obamacare, only losers!

The losers are all around us! Americans whose health insurance premiums have doubled, Americans whose jobs are being converted from full-time to part-time work, Americans who have lost their jobs all together and left the workforce! Obamacare is not a game!

Pretenders like Grover Norquist and Kimberly Strassel need to get off their high horses, join the fight and stop trying to undermine our efforts. Ted Cruz's strategy is working! Harry Reid has blinked on funding the military and providing death benefits to the families of fallen service members.

Some polls suggest that Republicans may be in jeopardy of retaining their majority in the House of Representatives if they do not capitulate to President Obama and Congressional Democrats. If true, that may be due in part to the fact that they have not effectively explained what they are fighting for. During their twenty-one hour filibuster, Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and others read letter after letter from constituents who have lost their jobs, had their hours reduced, lost their health insurance or had their premiums doubled. During a recent episode of the Mark Levin radio show, caller after caller relayed similar stories. Yet, we do not hear similar efforts to convey such stories from the House of Representatives.

During a recent conference call with bloggers, Republican House Conference Chairperson Cathy McMorris Rogers pushed back suggesting that similar letters had been read on the House floor and committee hearings were being held. Unfortunately, while milions of people listen to talk radio, not nearly as many watch C-SPAN during the afternoon.

House Republicans need to fly their constituents into Washington, D.C. and hold daily press conferences telling the stories of constituents who have lost their jobs, lost their businesses, had their hours reduced, lost their health insurance or had their premiums skyrocket. We should not be hard to find. There are millions of us and we have taken to social medial This is exactly what President Obama is doing!

Currently, Republicans are mired in news coverage surrounding the government shutdown and stories about veterans who are being prohibited from visiting memorials to the wars in which they sacrificed. While disgraceful behavior, it pales in comparison to the inevitable crisis that would unfold if a future President and Congress were to withhold actual health CARE, not merely, insurance, for failure to capitulate to this demand or that.

Republicans need to stop worrying about who the mainstream media will “blame” for the government shutdown and start listening to why voters are so upset, nervous and outraged as Obamacare begins to fundamentally transform our nation. Liberal cheerleaders like former White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs, Fox News contributor Alan Colmes, comedian Jon Stewart and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer all appreciate that the Obamacare rollout is a farce and its mandates should be delayed. Yet, the GOP leadership is planning to surrender despite President Obama's paltry 37% job approval rate.

During a conference call with grassroots organizations, Congresswoman Diane Black (R-TN) was unwilling to confirm that the House of Representatives would insist on coupling defunding Obamacare or a delay in the implementation of the individual mandate to any extension of the debt limit or increased government spending. The grassroots is not focused on personalities and "auditioning" a "fearless leader." We support anyone and everyone who fights with us! Unless we begin to uproot Obamacare root, tree and branch, there may be nothing left to fight for.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Why Would Harry Reid Want to Help Kids with Cancer?

There is a concerted effort to impugn the credibility of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and House Conservatives fighting to defund Obamacare. They are called extremists, anarchists, and hostage takers, all from a guy who ‘palled around’ with terrorist Bill Ayers and worshiped at the altar of Rev. Jeremiah Wright. We are told Senators Cruz and Lee are holding a “gun to the head” of the American people, ironic considering the lecture on civil discourse delivered by President Obama at the University of Arizona only a few years earlier. We are told President Obama will not negotiate with such men though his calendar is full negotiating with a ‘man’ who gassed over one thousand civilians and another whose country is threatening the world with its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Here we are, a “moral melodrama” as columnist George Will called it on full display. What is really going on? As they said during their twenty-one hour filibuster last week, the principle aim of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee is to make Washington listen to the American people and bring President Obama and Congressional Democrats to the negotiating table.

While the media is focused on the panda webcam at the National Zoo that President Obama has chosen to turn off in order to save 3 cents per day, millions, not thousands, of Americans are losing their jobs, their health insurance or both! Yes, that is correct. A law that was designed ostensibly to provide health insurance coverage to those who are currently without, is doubling premiums, causing companies to drop spousal and family coverage, causing insurance companies to leave the market altogether, and causing companies across the country to convert full-time employees to part-time employees or drop them entirely. People are confused by and scared about Obamacare as demonstrated by this man-on-the street video produced by comedian Jimmy Kimmel. While liberals hail it as an example of demagoguery surrounding the implementation of Obamacare, the reality is that the video demonstrates that NO ONE but the lobbyists who wrote Obamacare understands its nearly 3,000 pages and the Department of Health and Human Services' 10,000 pages of regulations. How could they?

President Obama claims to feel “exasperated” that Republicans have not capitulated to his demands. Republicans have responded in kind by funding what are presumably non-partisan national priorities: the United States military, the Veterans Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the National Parks Service, and the National Guard.

Yet, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asks “what right do they [Republicans] have to pick and choose what parts of government are going to be funded?” Has Harry Reid never read the United States Constitution? Harry Reid claims that Republicans are “obsessed with this Obamacare thing” as if Obamacare does not affect the federal budget in any manner. Harry Reid should listen to Senator Mike Lee more often. He could learn a great deal about the guiding document he has sworn to uphold.

While defending his priorities, President Obama has been known to suggest “if you can save just one life…” A CNN reporter turned the question on its head and asked Harry Reid “if you can help one child with cancer, why wouldn’t you do it,” it being funding the National Institutes of Health. Harry Reid responded by calling the reporter an idiot!

While liberal mouthpieces like NBC’s David Gregory suggest that people are not “marching in the streets” demanding an end to Obamacare, over 100,000 attended a tele-townhall demanding an end to Obamacare and over 2,000,000 have signed a national petition demanding that Obamacare be defunded. Ironically, the 1,000,000 signature threshold was passed on Labor Day and the 2,000,000 signature threshold was passed on the first day people were able to sign up for coverage under the Obamacare exchanges.

Despite all the economic malaise in the United States, despite stories of “glitches” causing the Obamacare website to be unavailable, despite small businesses being unable to register for coverage, despite the Obamacare premium calculator being unable to calculate an individual’s premium correctly, despite evidence that computer hackers have compromised Obamacare computer systems, despite President Obama unilaterally and unconstitutionally rewriting or revising major provisions of Obamacare more than nineteen times since its implementation, Congressional Democrats are determined to impose Obamacare's mandates on the American people, all while maintaining their personal exemptions.

What the House of Representatives has proposed is very simple. President Obama, let’s hold you to your word. You said, “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period! If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, period!” Let everyone who would like to, keep their health care plans for one year while letting those who want to “enjoy” the benefits of Obamacare, “enjoy” them for one year. If people really like Obamacare, the benefits will be obvious. If they do not….