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  • backyardconservative 1:35 PM on 08/01/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Another ObamaCare Ruling from on High at HHS 

    There’s a form of opt out for religious entities, but it’s not enough. Insurers must cover birth control with no copays:

    Generic versions of the pill are available for as little as $9 a month. Still, about half of all pregnancies are unplanned. Many are among women using some form of contraception, and forgetting to take the pill is a major reason.

    Not even having to pay for it will presumably enable even more forgetfulness. And more systemic abuse.

    This is not really healthcare either, it’s a lifestyle choice, though widely prevalent, but it’s not limited to what we most commonly think of as birth control:

    The requirement applies to all forms of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration. That includes the pill, intrauterine devices, the so-called morning-after pill, and newer forms of long-acting implantable hormonal contraceptives that are becoming widely used in the rest of the industrialized world.

    Coverage with no copays for the morning-after pill is likely to become the most controversial part of the change. The FDA classifies Plan B and Ella as birth control, but some religious conservatives see the morning-after drugs as abortion drugs. The rules HHS issued Monday do not require coverage of RU-486 and other drugs to chemically induce an abortion.

    And what this ruling does as well is increase costs–eventually leading to rationing health care to less politically correct people and real diseases.

    More. Catholic Vote: This Tryst Paid For By Taxpayers Like You

  • backyardconservative 11:39 AM on 01/05/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Bye Bye Speaker Pelosi, Hello the People’s House 

    Happy new House New Year.

    The imperial Pelosi era is over. No more boozing cross-country plane-loads at our expense. No more strutting and bashing We the People with her gavel. No more imbecilic arrogance of we have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.

    She’s still telling whoppers as she steps down.

    Welcome Speaker Boehner.

    Power Play has long observed he and his staff to be among the least cynical, most earnest of any on the Hill. It may seem contrived or cheesy to critics, but these folks actually believe in what their talking about.

    Whatever the barriers Pelosi broke, John Boehner will certainly be the first brother of 11, German-Catholic, tavern keeper’s son from blue-collar Cincinnati to wield the gavel. Those roots are reflected in the people he has gathered around him and in their priorities.

    Welcome, at long last. This is the people’s house.

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative

  • backyardconservative 10:43 AM on 10/01/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Big Mac’s Ladder Up Under Attack 

    What better illustration of the Obama administration’s clueless and malicious bludgeoning of the American people and the private sector–knocking the ladder to prosperity out from under young people’s feet.

    As Rush spoke about yesterday, Dems perennially diss these entry level jobs as mere hamburger flipping–but for many McDonald’s is their first job. Up until now the company has offered a mini-med health care plan tailored to their minimal needs–but ObamaCare will disallow that, based on arbitrary cost controls.

    The best antidote to poverty is a job.

    The best health care is based on individual choice.

    This administration understands neither.

    More. Rasmussen measures the pessimism. And even the PC press is getting antsy.

  • Jill 8:35 AM on 07/14/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Berwick: Rationing for thee, lifetime coverage for me 

    Airing the awful truths about healthcare rationing in an election season was more than the Obama administration could bear. So the president lamely, and dishonestly, accused the GOP of obstructionism and appointed Dr. Donald Berwick, the NHS’s #1 fan, during recess, thereby avoiding all that unpleasantness.

    Now it turns out there’s another reason or two why the Obami didn’t want Dr. Berwick to undergo scrutiny. Byron York reports that Obama admin did their end run shortly after Sen. Grassley began to grow curious about the finances of Berwick’s own Institute for Health Care Improvement:

    Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, has been asking questions about the Institute’s finances. Specifically, Grassley wanted to know more about the millions of dollars in grants and contributions to the organization: where did that money come from? Given the zillions of dollars that changed hands during the debate over Obamacare, it was a reasonable question.

    But it was a question the White House did not want to answer. Not long after Grassley inquired about the Institute’s donors, the White House decided to bypass Senate confirmation for Berwick. The president’s recess appointment means that Berwick will not have to answer Grassley’s, or anyone else’s, questions.

    And through his own Institute, Berwick has finagled a pretty fabulous perk, though perhaps it’s not the best kind of PR for a man who believes so strongly in redistributing your wealth in the name of social justice. His organization has bestowed upon him healthcare coverage for life:

    Now comes word that Berwick enjoys his nonprofit’s generosity in the form of health care coverage for life. That undoubtedly would also have been a topic of questioning had Berwick gone through the normal course of Senate confirmation. But the recess appointment avoided all that.

    As it turns out, Berwick himself does not have to deal with the anxieties created by limited access to care and the extent of coverage. In a special benefit conferred on him by the board of directors of the Institute for Health Care Improvement, a nonprofit health care charitable organization he created and which he served as chief executive officer, Berwick and his wife will have health coverage “from retirement until death.”

    Nice coverage if you can get it — and no death panels!

    Is it just me, or is every last one of these people a consummate, over-the-top, hypocrite?

    Cross-posted at P&P.

    • Quite Rightly 8:41 AM on 07/14/2010 Permalink | Reply

      It’s not a good sign when Obama’s Medicare and Medicaid czar makes most Americans kind of sick to their stomachs.

    • fuzislippers 12:21 AM on 07/16/2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is the underlying premise of all leftist programs: they’re for THOSE people, not US.

  • Jill 8:15 AM on 05/28/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    A couple of things 

    From a reader:  “Dear Pundette, A wonderful, thought-provoking article for POTLUCK!”

    Should grandparents have a right to stop their grandchildren being aborted?

    Elizabeth and Brian loved my children unconditionally, and right from the start my children loved them back.

    Against all odds, love triumphs.

    Another item that I’d discuss if I had time this morning:

    Jeffrey H. Anderson: Obamacare Taking On Water

    As they followed one another off the political cliff in voting for the health-care overhaul, Democratic senators and representatives comforted themselves with their own self-created myth that, although ObamaCare was horribly unpopular as a bill, it would prove to be quite fetching as a law.

    Not on your life.

  • backyardconservative 12:49 PM on 05/27/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Something Snapped in American Politics 

    I’m watching the first presidential news conference since before the Tea Party townhall meetings last August recess and I can’t contain my disgust. His arrogance and ignorance is on display once again and I’ll probably mute it soon.

    Daniel Henninger‘s weekly column is called Wonder Land. There is precious little to celebrate in the country we know and love these days, but America is still there–and most of us are grimly resolved to keep it.  Today’s column:

    The mood one senses out in the country is not about tidying up politics. It is instead about reforming the way this nation thinks about its purpose.

    When the history of this Reform is written, the event that ignited it may be the Obama health-care plan. The year spent with that legislation caused something to snap in American politics.

    A companion piece on the Op-Ed page speaks of ObamaCare’s attack on small business and Americans’ basic constitutional rights.

    It’s no wonder we are upset. And engaged.

  • backyardconservative 10:42 AM on 05/19/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Fighting Kagan Crucial to Fighting ObamaCare 

    Tony Blankley makes the argument. The liberals have stacked the deck after politicizing the Supreme Court nomination process, heads I win tails you lose:

    But — and this is paramount — because liberal justices tend to seek to undermine the clear intent of the Constitution while conservative justices try to hold the line, the result is an inexorable march toward undermining the Constitution, with conservative appointments functioning as mere temporary holding actions.

    The Constitution itself is at stake–conservatives need to go on offense and fight for it.

    How does the right to privacy in Roe v. Wade square with ObamaCare?

    Our bodies ourselves? Anything to say, Ms. Kagan?

    More. Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe.

    • rubyslipperblog 11:59 AM on 05/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Dems seem to have cornered the market on the heads I win, tails you lose mindset these days. I can see why she should be opposed but I have a hard time seeing Obama nominating someone who is going to be even neutral on ObamaCare. I think she is going to be in over her head on the Court just as Obama is in over his head with the Presidency.

      • backyardconservative 1:07 PM on 05/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Well, I agree with you, I think she will be in over her head. She sure got twisted up in her presentation to them for the govt. on the Citizens United case–a liberal against free speech? (well, we know the truth)


        But she’ll still have a vote. I would like to tie this up for months. And I do think she needs to answer some tough questions. Because these are tough questions and her (presumed) positions are contradictory.

        • rubyslipperblog 6:51 PM on 05/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

          I see your point, tying this up for months could put it into midterms. Her own position on the Court has been one that demands tough questioning. Why should she escape without meeting that requirement? At a minimum, I wouldn’t be surprised if she withered under tough questioning. There is no huge surge of public support for her confirmation either.

    • fuzislippers 1:56 PM on 05/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      We really do need to start pushing back. We’ve just sort of shrugged and gone along with a lot of things to “keep the peace” or not to be accused of [fill in the blank], but it’s not helped us at all. At all.

    • Quite Rightly 4:23 PM on 05/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I agree. This should be a hard fight and the Dems should have to struggle every step of the way.

      I am tired of getting stuck with with obaminations because Congress wants a quick vote so they can go on vacation. It’s what the Senate did with Obamacare and what they are planning on doing with Kagan.

  • backyardconservative 12:37 PM on 05/04/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Does Nancy Know? Financial Reform Bill Targets Dentists 

    We find out ObamaCare requires 1099s, housing giant Fannie Mae is involved in carbon credits, now this?! The Hill:

    “Dentists are warning they may become unintended targets of legislation designed to overhaul Wall Street. Lawmakers and lobbyists have clashed for more than a year over whether a new consumer financial protection office would cover industries and companies that had nothing to do with the financial crisis of 2008. . . . Dentists could fall under the Senate financial bill because they often allow patients to pay in installments, [American Dental Association managing director of government affairs Michael] Graham said. According to a 2009 ADA survey, roughly half of dentists offer this type of billing for three or four months.”

    Even Rube Goldberg would be spinning in his grave. Big government run amok.

    • rubyslipperblog 2:19 PM on 05/04/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Heh, my dentist voted for this guy and the hygienist argued with me about how wonderful he would be.

    • backyardconservative 2:32 PM on 05/04/2010 Permalink | Reply

      This stuff is getting to be Onion material. Though maybe not when you’re sitting in the dentist’s chair:)

      • rubyslipperblog 3:04 PM on 05/04/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I thought of that especially when the hygienist argued while doing my cleaning and I couldn’t respond. She didn’t want to hear my answers obviously.

  • Quite Rightly 11:45 AM on 04/30/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Don’t You Dare Ask For My ID, But You Are Welcome to My Body Parts 

    Of all the creepy, nightmare, sci-fi scenarios that liberal lunacy is assaulting us with, I think New York’s assumption that American citizens don’t even own our own bodies is the topper.

    Here in New York, we are so thoroughly considered the property of the state that when we die, our lawmakers plan on having the state move in and harvest our organs, no questions asked. Die in New York State, and your heart, lungs, eyes, and liver go to the highest bidder, the state, nobody’s saying.

    What could go wrong? Especially in the age of death panels, world demand for transplant organs and the enormous profits to be made by selling organs, not to mention the inevitable desire to get an organ while it’s nice and fresh, maybe from a body that’s still warm (not quite dead, perhaps). Who’s watching, anyway? After all, it can’t happen here (here, maybe).

    Oh, I’m telling you, my dear, that it can’t happen here.

    Don’t be nervous about going into a hospital for that risky surgery. If you are viewed as a prospective donor, you don’t need to worry about how hard a medical team will work to save you if they (or the government) perceive a greater benefit to harvesting the organs. Nah. They’ll return you with all your parts. You can always trust the state.

    But don’t you find it just a tad interesting that a group of New York’s lowly state assemblymen and assemblywomen are so confident of the state’s ownership of us that they have no problem blithely informing us that they (reluctantly) will approve of individuals owning their own body parts (for now), only if individuals petition the state, in writing, for ownership of their own body parts. That’s for those of us who are in a good situation to write, of course. In enlightened, ultra-charitable New York State, there are no poor, disabled, illiterate, or sick people (or even non-English speakers) who could be taken advantage of — or, let us say –who could “fall through the cracks.” No. Uh, uh. Not here. It can’t happen here.

    I mean, some politician wouldn’t dream of confiscating your organs for one of his family members. Nah. Well, maybe the guy who dreamed up New York’s latest “New York wants your heart” legislation because he had a hard time finding new kidneys for his daughter and didn’t want to wait for “an act of God” to provide her with organ donors.

    Under current New York State law, if I want to donate my organs and tissues to someone after I die, all I have to do is check a box on my drivers license renewal form (or license application), and my license will be mailed to me clearly emblazoned with the words “ORGAN DONOR.” All legal and set to go.

    But that’s not good enough. Or convenient enough.

    I keep saying it, and I’ll say it again:  The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

    Cross-posted at Bread upon the Waters.

    • Jill 12:25 PM on 04/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      This makes my blood boil. Note that our regulation czar, Cass Sunstein, has proposed donation-by-default in his book, Nudge.

      • backyardconservative 1:45 PM on 04/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Wow. How about that right to privacy the Supremes “discovered” in the Constitution for abortion–I guess less powerful people are expendable.

  • Quite Rightly 7:36 AM on 04/28/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Just Spent $600? Must Tell IRS. It’s a New “Health Care” Rule 

    The Cato Institute brings word of yet another “health care” nightmare mandate, this one for small businesses and their customers. Neatly tucked into the ObamaCare bill are “a few wording changes” to the tax code that mean that businesses will have to issue 1099s whenever they do more than $600 of business with another entity in a year.”

    For the $14 trillion U.S. economy, that’s a hell of a lot of 1099s. When a business buys a $1,000 used car, it will have to gather information on the seller and mail 1099s to the seller and the IRS. When a small shop owner pays her rent, she will have to send a 1099 to the landlord and IRS. Recipients of the vast flood of these forms will have to match them with existing accounting records.  [emphasis mine]


    Tax CPA Chris Hesse of LeMaster Daniels tells me:

    . . . Under current law, businesses send Forms 1099 for payments of rent, interest, dividends, and non-employee services when such payments are to entities other than corporations. Under the new law, businesses will be required to send a 1099 to other businesses for virtually all purchases. And for the first time, 1099s are to be sent to corporations. This is a huge new imposition on American business, costing the private economy much more than any additional tax that the IRS might collect as a result.

    There appears to have been little discussion before this damaging mandate was slipped into the health bill and rammed through Congress, but a few business groups did raise concerns. Here’s what the Air Conditioner Contractors of America said:

    The House bill would extend the Form 1099 filing requirement to ALL vendors (including corporate) to which they pay more than $600 annually for services or property. Consider all the payments a small business makes in the course of business, paying for things such as computers, software, office supplies, and fuel to services, including janitorial services, coffee services, and package delivery services.

    In order to file all these 1099s, you’ll need to collect the necessary information from all your service providers. In order to comply with the law, you would have to get a Taxpayer Information Number or TIN from the business. If the vendor does not supply you with a TIN, you are obligated to withhold on your payments.

    The author of this Cato post, Chris Edwards, goes on to ask: “For what purpose? So the spendthrift Congress can shake a few extra bucks out of private industry?”

    I think not.

    Rules like this put so much booking pressure on Mom and Pop businesses that they’ll be making even less income. Congress may not believe it, but entrepreneurs do not go into business for love of paperwork, or even to give the IRS a chance to breathe down their necks quarterly–tempting as that might sound–but to perform the services to society that they are actually good at, have trained for, and like to do, like selling clothing, hardware, or toys; designing houses or technologies; styling hair; raising roses, tomatoes, or dairy cows; or repairing cars or furnaces. Mountains of government-required paperwork severely cut into the time small business people, with loads to do and limited–or no–staff, can spend doing what they went into business to do in the first place, and leaves precious little time left for planning ways to improve the business for growth–or even to hire that unemployed person that Congress wants us to think they care about.

    Taking Congress’s actions at face value, there are few other conclusions to draw than that Congress wants to put small businesses out of business.

    Too bad for Congress. Even they will miss small businesses when they’re gone.

    Hat tip: Cartago Delenda Est.

    More at Bread upon the Waters.

  • Jill 6:53 AM on 04/27/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    HHS and White House kept report under wraps until after passage 

    Truly, this is an outrage:

    The economic report released last week by Health and Human Services, which indicated that President Barack Obama’s health care “reform” law would actually increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on consumers, had been submitted to the office of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius more than a week before the Congressional votes on the bill, according to career HHS sources, who added that Sebelius’s staff refused to review the document before the vote was taken.

    “The reason we were given was that they did not want to influence the vote,” says an HHS source. “Which is actually the point of having a review like this, you would think.”

    The analysis, performed by Medicare’s Office of the Actuary, which in the past has been identified as a “nonpolitical” office, set off alarm bells when submitted. “We know a copy was sent to the White House via their legislative affairs staff,” says the HHS staffer, “and there were a number of meetings here almost right after the analysis was submitted to the secretary’s office. Everyone went into lockdown, and people here were too scared to go public with the report.”

    So they stashed it. Heads should roll for this.* One of the many sins of Obamacare is that it has granted enormous power over our healthcare to Kathleen Sebelius.

    *That’s a metaphor.

    Similar post at P&P

  • Mary Sue 8:30 PM on 04/15/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Justice Breyer Expects Many Cases From a Law of 2400 Pages 

    CNN buries the lede in this article titled, “2 justices discuss next nominee to high court.” Justice Breyer and Thomas do discuss qualities they hope to see in a potential nominee to the high court but the real news is buried at the bottom of the post quoting Justice Breyer in response to a question about the light caseload enjoyed by the Court:

    Breyer predicted to House lawmakers the recent, massive health care reform law passed by Congress will someday reach his court.

    “Now you, I gather, have passed a law with 2,400 pages,” he told panel members, referring to the health care bill. “If you had passed a law with 2,400 pages it probably has a lot of words. And I would predict as a test of the theory that three or four years today no one is every going to ask us again why we have so few cases.”

    Breyer had been asked why the Supreme Court’s caseload had been relatively light in recent years. The 71-year-old justice explained his colleagues usually only accepts cases where lower courts have disagreed over a particular issue, giving the Supreme Court a chance to offer the final word. A Democratic White House and Congress promoting and passing laws may now have a greater chance of being overturned in coming years by federal courts that have a majority of Republican appointees. Six of the nine current justices on the Supreme Court were named by GOP presidents.

    In that vein, Breyer offered a humorous “reality check” on court challenges, citing the example used by the renowned French writer Michel de Montaigne in 1584.

    “This king, he wrote, was so stupid he thought by writing a lot of laws he was going to reduce the number of lawyers because he’s explained everything,” said Breyer. “Doesn’t the king know every word in a bill is the subject for an argument in court in a decision?

    Video available here for those who are interested. I find Breyer’s unprompted comments to be extraordinary and the reference to Michel de Montaigne was the piece de resistance. Any thoughts?

    • Jill 5:56 AM on 04/16/2010 Permalink | Reply

      That’s very interesting. Is he hinting that the bill is unconstitutional on multiple grounds?

      Passing the Senate bill, a messy rough draft, was a brutish power grab to get a foot in the door, no matter how crudely. These clods in Congress can’t pretend they were trying to write good law. They really disgust me.

      • rubyslipperblog 10:19 AM on 04/16/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know whether he suggests the law might be unconstitutional on multiple grounds or that he expects lower courts to disagree on interpretations perhaps. I would expect some combination but you are exactly right there can be no pretense that anything of this magnitude is going to prove to be good law. They barely knew what they wrote themselves. Look at all the problems that have come to light in this short time since it has passed.

  • Jill 7:46 AM on 04/10/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Without black swan, Dems’ goose is cooked 

    Charlie Cook predicts that November 2, 2010, will be a very bad day for Democrats:

    As we head toward November’s mid-term elections, the outlook remains dire for Democrats. For the trajectory of this campaign season to change in their favor, two things need to happen — unemployment must drop significantly, and the public’s attitude toward the new health care reform law must become much more positive. Neither seems likely, though.

    Increasingly, it appears that for Democrats to turn things around, Republicans would have to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, or a “black swan” — an extraordinarily unexpected event that causes a tremendous change — would have to swim to the rescue of the president’s party.

    He goes through the various ways the GOP could blow it, but concludes:

    So the Republican Party has its difficulties, but the national political environment remains good for the GOP. If anything holds down GOP gains, it’s more likely to be Republican voters’ in some races opting for weak nominees or a huge game-changing event that takes everyone by surprise rather than Democrats’ figuring out how to turn their own situation around.

    h/t: Jennifer Rubin

    Obamacare isn’t something that improves upon closer acquaintance:  States have no idea how to implement Obamacare or what it will cost. Well, at least the states are in good fiscal shape. Oops. Not so much. Maybe this wasn’t the best time to drop a 16-ton entitlement on them.

    And the entire Obama agenda is terminally unpopular: It’s the agenda, stupid.

  • Jill 7:57 PM on 04/08/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Obama was right about that precipice 

    And he’s learning the hard way what the word actually means:

    A CBS News poll shows that ObamaCare’s popularity has fallen off dramatically since the day of its passage.  It appears that Americans aren’t as inclined to reward politicians for defying them as the Democrats had hoped.  The CBS News poll shows that ObamaCare is now 10 percentage points less popular than it was on the day of its passage.  On March 22, Americans opposed ObamaCare by 11 points (48 to 37 percent).  Now they oppose it by 21 points (53 to 32 percent).

    And from FOXNews via Allahpundit:

    [Obama’s] favorable rating’s exactly one point higher than … the IRS’s. And the IRS’s rating is several points higher than both the Democrats’ and the Republicans’ ratings.

    But of course he’s above caring about those silly poll thingies.

    Cross-posted in the Green Room.

  • pjMom 1:09 PM on 04/07/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Headline of the day 

    Via Mark Hemingway at Beltway Confidential:
    McClatchy: If people people think Obamcare means free health care, don’t blame Obama

    Rush was right (no surprise).  Folks are lining up and calling around asking for their free Obamacare. 

    McLean said the call center had been inundated by uninsured consumers who were hoping that the overhaul would translate into instant, affordable coverage. That widespread misconception may have originated in part from distorted rhetoric about the legislation bubbling up from the hyper-partisan debate about it in Washington and some media outlets, such as when opponents denounced it as socialism.  

    Emphasis not my own.  Hemingway adds:

    • rubyslipperblog 2:31 PM on 04/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Incredible, blame the critics not the ones who took every sob story they could get their hands on and held them up as reason to create a new entitlement. Never once did they mention Naomi Cantfield would have to hold on to her house and fight cancer for another couple years so they could make the whole thing look like it saved money.

      • backyardconservative 2:55 PM on 04/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Bachmann-Palin rally streaming live now, via Huffpo:) They must really be worried on the left.


        Americans won’t stand for this demagogic takeover of our country. We’re not confused.

    • Jill 3:20 PM on 04/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The critics (that would be us) screamed about the costs and the negatives until we were hoarse.

    • fuzislippers 11:10 PM on 04/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Unreal. Again. What the heck is wrong with people? I honestly don’t know what happened to logic and common sense.

      • Sherry 6:04 PM on 04/15/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Not taught in schools. Not practiced in life. Going extinct.

  • backyardconservative 10:53 AM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    ObamaCare Townhall Reaction Back Home 

    It begins. Some legislators are ducking them of course, but here are a few so far. The Hill:

    Freshman Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Mich.), whose reelection race is considered a toss-up, held two healthcare town hall events in his district earlier this week. One of the dozen seniors in a crowd of 60 who grilled Schauer at a forum in Lansing compared the bill to buying a Gulfstream jet aircraft “and charging it to my grandchildren,” according to the Detroit Free Press.

    An apt analogy.

    Others have really embarrassed themselves into political oblivion. Keep your camera handy and your spirits up.

    P.S. Michael Barone looks at where the stimulus money went, by congressional districts–not to the job-creating private sector. You can guess where it did go. Charged to our grandchildren.

    More. Via Memeorandum, ObamaCare opposition may be increasing. And the Washington Post is bored by the President’s pitch.

    • rubyslipperblog 12:58 PM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

      My Congressman will not hold one because he is the only one in the Philadelphia area to have death threats. It’s just not safe for him to face the vicious tea party folks in my area. Of course there are no police reports to back up these threats. The Congressman also appears far too dainty to make comment on these threats himself as well.

      It appears he is being protected from his wild-eyed constituents so that he can take John Murtha’s spot on the Appropriations Committee. This had been promised to Chris Carney who seems to have been passed over for Murphy for the spot. There is quite a bit of tension brewing between Murphy and Carney and growing anger upstate against Paul Kanjorski who cast the vote for Murphy over his neighboring Congressman Carney. Looks like Carney has taken a scenic tour of the underside of the bus carriage for his fatal vote for health care. Democrats are such a caring bunch aren’t they?

    • backyardconservative 3:10 PM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting. They have the majority but are afraid to meet their constituents and are fighting among themselves.

      • rubyslipperblog 3:34 PM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

        This is quite the growing feud and it looks as the Dems are picking and choosing winners and losers among those who cast the suicidal vote. Murphy is probably less vulnerable than Carney but that is pretty relative in this environment anyway. I wonder if Carney would have cast that vote had he known he would have been thrown under the bus this way. Perhaps the spot on Appropriations was the carrot promised for his vote. That wouldn’t surprise me in the least. I was born and raised upstate and can testify bringing home the bacon goes a long way up there. Kathy Dahlkemper only got one vote so clearly she was shown the underside of the bus as well.

    • Jill 6:30 PM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Obama is such a tedious “orator.” Can’t believe the Post acknowledged it.

    • sallyewit 6:44 PM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like it’s time for another Tea Party!


    • backyardconservative 8:15 PM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Lots on Tax Day around the country.

  • Quite Rightly 8:57 AM on 03/31/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    It’s Only Healthcare: We had memos . . . but nobody looked at them. 

    Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak are hauling “Republican CEOs” of Caterpillar, Verizon, and Deere into Congressional hearings to explain their “claims” that ObamaCare is going to “adversely affect” the corporations’ ability to provide employees with health insurance.

    It looks like Waxman and Stupak got caught with their pants down. According to an article in The American Spectator:

    We had memos on these issues, but none of our people, we think, looked at them,” says  a staffer. “When they saw the stories last week about the charges some of the companies were taking, they were genuinely surprised and assumed that the companies were just doing this to embarrass them.  They really believed this bill would immediately lower costs. They just didn’t understand what they were voting on.

    The President wasn’t doing any better:

    Most of these people [in the Administration] have never had a real job in their lives. They don’t understand a thing about business, and that includes the President,” says a senior lobbyist for one of the companies that announced the charge. “My CEO sat with the President over lunch with two other CEOs, and each of them tried to explain to the President what this bill would do to our companies and the economy in general. First the President didn’t understand what they were talking about. Then he basically told my boss he was lying. Frankly my boss was embarrassed for him; he clearly had not been briefed and didn’t know what was in the bill.

    More at Bread upon the Waters.

    • rubyslipperblog 12:08 PM on 03/31/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Holy moly that is truly pathetic. Every time I think this administration can’t surprise me with their ineptness I am proven wrong. How embarrassing that this president would stick his fingers in his ears and refuse to hear what effect his health care bill would have on business. It’s more than embarrassing, it’s disgraceful.

  • Mary Sue 1:32 AM on 03/30/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , health care reform,   

    Shocking News Item: Sebelius Threatens Insurers 

    Kathleen Sebelius penned a threatening note to Karen Ignagni, lobbyist for AHIP (health insurance) warning insurers they dare not try to take advantage of the Democrats’ failure to include the exclusion for pre-existing conditions in their prized piece of legislation.  Why should the disapprobation of the insurers stop now, after they willingly cooperated with Democrats for more than a year?  Chief Cheerleader for all things health care at The Washington Post gives the alternate title: Sebelius to Insurers: Make my day.  These are the children in charge of the country.

    Sebelius absurdly threatens to do what Democrats seem to specialize in these days, issue an executive fiat to paper over their ineptitude at governing.  If that doesn’t work they can always drag a few holdouts before Congress for a bit of public humiliation.  Ezra Klein counts the many ways insurers lose because Democrats can’t keep track of what they included and/or promised in their mountainous legislation:

    The losers here are actually the insurers. As far as I can tell, their reading of the law is legitimate. And they have a lot to lose from a fight with the administration. It’s not obvious that Sebelius actually can change this with a stroke of her pen, but there are plenty of other things she can do with a stroke of her pen that will make the insurance industry’s life very, very difficult. And since this policy actually isn’t a very big deal — fairly few kids are uninsured because their preexisting conditions are keeping them off their parents’ plan — I’d guess that the administration and the insurers reach some sort of accord on this.

    I am still baffled why Democrats think none of this will backfire on them when a HHS Secretary is given this much power under a Republican administration.  Sebelius can’t force the insurers help cover over Democrats’ failure to write coherent legislation, though she isn’t above trying.  Surely, *asking* for the insurers to cooperate in light of the Democrats own blunder is too much to hope for.  The only alternative this administration finds acceptable is to run roughshod over whoever or whatever is in their way.  What will they ever do about themselves?
    Cross posted at Ruby Slippers

    • Carol 7:47 AM on 03/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sebelius is threatening insurers and Waxman is threatening companies like AT&T, Caterpillar, etc. Nice group of people we have “working for us” in Washington.

    • Quite Rightly 10:01 AM on 03/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Propaganda being what it is, Progressives will never accept the old wisdom that they are entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts. I find it interesting that the disdain Progressives show for those who do not share their “facts” cuts across social and economic strata. Administration and Congressional Progress-o-crats treat industry leaders just as rottenly as the sneering Progressives in my neighborhood treat local Conservatives.

  • Jill 1:52 PM on 03/28/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , health care reform,   

    Thank goodness we have the Obamas to tell us what and how much to eat 

    How did we survive without their benevolent tutelage?

    Another way Obamacare will make business a big loser:

    More than 200,000 fast food and other chain restaurants will have to include calorie counts on menus, menu boards and even drive-throughs. . . .

    The idea is to make sure that customers process the calorie information as they are ordering. Many restaurants currently post nutritional information in a hallway, on a hamburger wrapper or on their Web site. The new law will make calories immediately available for most items.

    This is a typical Obama admin nudge. As babies, we can’t be expected to take responsibility for seeking the information we need or to use common sense in our food choices. And it dovetails perfectly with Michelle O’s anti-obesity campaign, which will shovel taxpayers’ money into, among other things, eliminating “food deserts” (you live in a food desert if your grocery store is more than one mile from your house) and forcing manufacturers to adopt dumbed-down nutritional labeling so that “deciphering calorie counts per serving would not require higher math.” (I did not make that up.)

    The first lady recently held a nag-session with the Grocery Manufacturers Association and made the following claim:

    “Today, snacking between meals has become more the norm rather than the exception.  And while kids 30 years ago ate just one snack a day, we’re now trending toward three –- so our kids are taking in an additional 200 calories a day just from snacks alone,” Mrs. Obama said.

    Really? I’d like to see some data on that, along with evidence that smaller meals and frequent snacks are bad for growing children. But that’s beside the point. Parents exist to oversee the care and feeding of their kids. It’s not proper for the federal government to micromanage that.

    Mrs. Obama is correct that things have changed in thirty years. Many more children now come home from school to empty houses. This may have something to do with kids’ eating habits. But that factor is too politically incorrect for Mrs. Obama to consider. And anyway, it’s a moot point, because the stay-at-home mother is extinct:

    “This isn’t about trying to turn the clock back to when we were kids or preparing five-course meals from scratch every night. No one has time for that,” the first lady said in her remarks.

    Got that, homemakers? You’re dinosaurs.

    Back to the restaurant reg’s. Ed Morrissey is the voice of reason on this:

    But let’s be serious.  No one who’s seriously concerned about caloric intake is going to order the gigantic Jalapeno Smokehouse Burger w/ Jalapeno Ranch dinner [2130 calories!].  Most people have the common sense to know that big burgers and whopping mounds of fries will total a huge number of calories, no matter where one buys or makes dinner.  Responsible adults can navigate a menu on their own to choose the healthier options, if they want to do so, without forcing restauranteurs to conduct the kind of lab analyses necessary to give accurate calorie counts for menus.

    Sure, this is small compared with the havoc Obamacare will wreak on the quality, availability, and price of health care,  but it’s typically anti-business, and wholly unnecessary. More from Ed:

    Davanni’s, a local pizzeria-sandwich restaurant with 22 locations around the Twin Cities, will now have to comply with this mandate.  A caller to my Saturday show (who wished to remain anonymous) told my radio partner Mitch Berg during a commercial break that it will cost Davanni’s approximately $200,000 to comply with the new mandate — just to start.  Every menu change will require Davanni’s to have the new or modified items re-analyzed, which means that Davanni’s will probably resist adding new options for their customers.

    Read on for the fallout from that burden, which is not trivial, particularly when it’s your job or business that’s affected.

    Again, Obamacare will intrude into our personal lives, depress jobs and growth, and discourage creativity and innovation, as it will in the medical field.

    Related: A bunch of Tuscan kale in every pot

    Cross-posted at P&P.

    • fuzislippers 12:25 AM on 03/29/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Another ridiculous intrusion from the king and queen of ridiculous intrusions. These people are beyond belief. Is there nothing they don’t want to micromanage and impose on us and businesses?

  • cmcri 2:20 PM on 03/27/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , health care reform   

    Big Brother’s Heavy Hand 

    What happens when the economic realities of ObamaCare collide with the government’s false projections of lower health insurance costs?  Big Brother’s heavy hand is used yet again to intimidate Corporate America.

    Companies including AT&T, John Deere, Caterpillar, and AK Steel filed a restatement of earnings this week in compliance with SEC accounting rules.  Those filings reflect the higher cost of health care-related liabilities and corporate taxes – ranging from $20 million to $1 billion dollars – due to the enactment of health care reform.

    Incensed that Corporate America isn’t propagating the party line, House Democrats are calling the CEO’s of these corporations before a congressional committee to get their thinking straight.

    From today’s Wall Street Journal:

    This wholesale destruction of wealth and capital came with more than ample warning. Turning over every couch cushion to make their new entitlement look affordable under Beltway accounting rules, Democrats decided to raise taxes on companies that do the public service of offering prescription drug benefits to their retirees instead of dumping them into Medicare. We and others warned this would lead to AT&T-like results, but like so many other ObamaCare objections, Democrats waved them off as self-serving or “political.”

    Perhaps that explains why the Administration is now so touchy…Henry Waxman and House Democrats announced yesterday that they will haul these companies in for an April 21 hearing because their judgment “appears to conflict with independent analyses, which show that the new law will expand coverage and bring down costs.”

    In other words, shoot the messenger. Black-letter financial accounting rules require that corporations immediately restate their earnings to reflect the present value of their long-term health liabilities, including a higher tax burden. Should these companies have played chicken with the Securities and Exchange Commission to avoid this politically inconvenient reality? Democrats don’t like what their bill is doing in the real world, so they now want to intimidate CEOs into keeping quiet.

    Unlike all the closed door hearings surrounding the passage of ObamaCare, what do you want to bet that these hearings will be broadcast for everyone to watch?

    • Quite Rightly 2:40 PM on 03/27/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Oh what a tangled web. The Feds need to broadcast that the SEC will be looking the other way (wink, wink) when it comes time to declare ObamaCare expenses. The ship of state is going down by the bow.

      • One Ticked Chick 4:09 PM on 03/27/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Good point. I wonder if the SEC has already received orders to re-write the accounting rules as they pertain to ObamaCare? Hmm…..

    • fuzislippers 3:38 PM on 03/27/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yep. This sets the stage for the see? the government HAS to take over health care completely argument. Good times.

      • One Ticked Chick 4:06 PM on 03/27/2010 Permalink | Reply

        And who will be left out in the cold when the government takeover commences? The retirees who will no longer receive those counted-upon, health-related, retirement benefits from their former employers. Once they go into the government pool, their medical care will be subject to government review and approval.

        • fuzislippers 4:14 PM on 03/27/2010 Permalink | Reply

          Yep. They’ll actually be forced into MediCare. Keep in mind their goal: at some point, MediCare, Medicaid, Veteran’s care, etc. will all be merged into one single-payer nightmare. Well, that’s the plan. We’re going to stop it. ;)

    • Jill 5:25 PM on 03/27/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Waxman is a thug


      Andy McCarthy, excerpted: “If we are now under a system where disclosure gets you a public whipping and other threats by the Powers That Be while nondisclosure promises the ruinous expenses of defending against criminal investigations and civil enforcement, this is no longer anything but a thugocracy.”

      • One Ticked Chick 5:50 PM on 03/27/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I call it congressional piñata. Bring ’em in and give ’em a good whacking. Waxman, I’m afraid, is one of far too many thugs in Congress and the White House.

    • nicedeb 5:56 PM on 03/27/2010 Permalink | Reply

      We saw shades of this when during the 08 election when team Obama threatened lawsuits and siccing the DOJ in radio and t.v stations when they aired ads they didn’t like. And remember the “MO truth Squad”? We knew this was coming.

      Yes, it’s thugocracy –or something even worse.

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