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March 17, 2010

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sparky

I know of two local blogs that would believe every word you just wrote....

Myrtle Mopup

Is that next to the last foto Michelle Malkin's vagina???

joanie

Not that I'm fond of the bill, at least let's put it in perspective:

The Top Ten Immediate Benefits You'll Get When Health Care Reform Passes

As soon as health care passes, the American people will see immediate benefits. The legislation will:

Prohibit pre-existing condition exclusions for children in all new plans;

Provide immediate access to insurance for uninsured Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition through a temporary high-risk pool;


Prohibit dropping people from coverage when they get sick in all individual plans;

Lower seniors prescription drug prices by beginning to close the donut hole;

Offer tax credits to small businesses to purchase coverage;

Eliminate lifetime limits and restrictive annual limits on benefits in all plans;

Require plans to cover an enrollee's dependent children until age 26;

Require new plans to cover preventive services and immunizations without cost-sharing;

Ensure consumers have access to an effective internal and external appeals process to appeal new insurance plan decisions;

Require premium rebates to enrollees from insurers with high administrative expenditures and require public disclosure of the percent of premiums applied to overhead costs.
By enacting these provisions right away, and others over time, we will be able to lower costs for everyone and give all Americans and small businesses more control over their health care choices.


I love socialism.

Chief Wetblanket

Michell Malkin has no vagina.

KS

We already figured that, Ph(J)oanie- cursed be your soul....

sparky

I would think the tax credit ( up to 30%) for small businesses would be attractive to the right.

One of the CEOs from Wellpoint was questioned the other day in committee in DC. She was asked what she makes...over 1 million in salary, with 8 million in stock options. She was asked if she would accept a little less for a bonus this year. Her answer:

"no"

KS

Those dam greedy insurance companies - how outrageous ! An isolated case though. Overall, though, they average 2.2% profit - true story - not that much when compared to other industries... slightly below the median.

Another faux talking point. PT Barnum would be proud.

joanie

I guess it takes a special level of evil to take from the sick and give to the shareholder. Probably worth a bonus to be that evil.

Read Michael Moore

Mark C.

IT'S GONNA PASS!!!

chucks

It is a sad state of affairs that the people of the San Joaquin Valley have been suffering unemployment, up to 41% because of a little fishy, the Delta Smelt. For over a year, Obama has done nothing to help relieve the peoples suffering.
Isn't it funny that when Obama's healthcare program is on the ropes, The Interior Dept announces that it will increase the water supply to the valley and all of the sudden, the valleys two blue dog Democrats are switching their votes in support of Obamacare.
There is little that can disgust me more than to see our government withhold water to use as a weapon against the American people. I know, they are just farmers and wet backs. Hell, my ex-brother-in-law, his wife and five kids live there (yes, they are darkie's, but Americans none the less and hold a piece of my heart).

Duffman

It certainly looks like a done deal! Quite frankly, from what I've read of the bill I'm a bit torn on it. On the one hand I'm glad that a universal HC plan is about to be instituted but because of all that is seemingly contained in the bill, the potential impact could be somewhat scary. I must commend our POTUS, I didn't think he'd devote the attention to the health care issue that I believed Ms Clinton would - but he went way beyond (in terms of focus) what I now feel she would have done.
This can be a great start to a structured comprehensive plan that serves this nation in the manner deserved by it's citizens. After all shouldn't the greatest and strongest nation on the face of the earth have the most equitable treatment of the needs of it's citizens in basic necessities.
Indeed! Well done, Mr President...now, would you kindly see what you can do about replacing Ms Pelosi...she is a dolt and not a very good leader.
And Harry Reid...well, let's just say he apparently retired years ago and just hasn't yet told any one.

Obama is a black man

It may pass but if so you can start writing the obituary for the Democratic Party. We will witness a tsumani to 'throw the bums out' in Novemebr. The bill will then be repealed.

The government can't take possession of 15% of the American economy overnight. This is un-American and everyone know.

The experiment has failed. Freedon: 1/20/13

Coiler

Freedon? Is that like Moran?

KS

I am not as optimistic about this thing as Duff - I'll chalk that up to his Canadian roots.
I concur about his sentiments on Reid and Peelosi though. The butt-ugly tyrannical process used does detract from it in my view. This bill is the embodiment of (to use an Obama cliche) putting lipstick on a pig. I have always been disturbed about not knowing or anyone else having command of what is in this bill. The screaming message is be very wary of the unintended consequences. The Congress leadership and the president are ALL acting like petulant, spoiled brats and being unreasonable about passage of this bill. No humility to be seen here, just brazen hubris.

Here is a summary of a telling exchange between an unemployed woman (Ingrid Martin) and the President in Ohio on Monday, as reported by the Boston Herald;

(Martin) “He asked me what I would do, and I said the problem is that he’s doing insurance reform, but the problem is really the cost of medical care itself. I said we should fix things that are driving costs up, like defensive medicine and the need for tort reform,” she said. “He told me the bill handled all that, and I said ‘Well, I don’t believe it.’ ”

Ingrid Martin, of Brunswick, Ohio, called out the president of the United States. And at his own pep rally, to boot. “Oh my gosh, I’m calling the president a liar,” she said afterward."

But Democrats aren’t even talking policy anymore. They’re all about the politics. They’ve got to pass a bill - any bill - to save this inept poseur of a president from himself.

That’s the worst part of Ingrid Martin’s encounter with Obama. It showed the facts don’t matter. The trillion-dollar debt doesn’t matter.

And none of those Democrats in Congress understands the consequences of this bill as well as one unemployed woman in Ohio."

Obviously Health Care reform is needed, but comprehensive is always sloppy largely because of the mammoth size of this bureaucracy. The political timing may have been acceptable to one side but the fiscal timing is horrendous ! This rubs a majority of the electorate the wrong way. The process goes against the constitutional priniciples of this country and unfortunately for the Democrats, that is the take-away by much of the electorate. The absence of bipartisanship as displayed will eventually sink America if this persists like it has since 1/20/09 - not a threat, just a promise !

Fremont

Such iconoclastic mockery, Bla'M! Only you can find the hilarious in the hideous! ROFLMFAO!

Tigsnort

You mean the San Joaquin Valley will get more water AND 30 million uninsured Americans will be covered?

Will the horror ever stop??

KS

I love socialism.

Posted by: joanie | March 17, 2010 at 09:17 PM

You seem to also love communism, the ideology of the morally bankrupt..

Jason Andersen

My beer addled brain conflated that second to the last pic, which was already bothering me, with Malkin's crazy eye, and I spontaneously laughed so hard that saliva hit the screen. Then I thought of the actual comment, and now I wanna get sick. :-)

Jason Andersen

I would trust a Fabian socialist over a robber baron capitalist; however, I don't see why it has to be an either/or. I think the best government would cherry pick from both systems.

chucks

So, if Oblahblacare does not pass, should the water remain turned off Tiggersnot?
What other kind of blackmail would you support to achieve a political objective?
How about in three years, and we have a Republican POTUS, should he withhold medical funding to the citizens of King County until Patty Murray agrees to vote for a Constitutional ammendment to ban abortion?
Your take is pretty short sighted.
When we take back the government (and we will ebentually, it goes in cycles)and now have control of the funding for your medical care, can we just fund procedures by the size of your contribution to the RNC?

joanie

No, healthcare should be withheld from you. You hate it anyway. And one less stoopid person on the planet would help.

And I always thought you were all about money. You don't like the idea of saving money?

The Democratic health care bill would cost $940 billion over 10 years and cut the federal deficit over the next two decades — figures that should help ease the worries of fiscal hawks who have been reluctant about supporting the sweeping measure.

The bill would reduce the deficit by $138 billion in the first 10 years and by $1.2 trillion over the second 10 years, Democrats said. It will expand coverage to 95 percent of Americans, according to Congressional Budget Office figures.

I think you need surgery to remove your brain from your ass. Maybe this bill will help pay for it.

Obama is a black man

Ph(J)oanie....please provide me one and only one government program that at the 'end of the day' saved taxpayers money???? Please please please!

joanie

I don't have to. I'm not the CBO. They are the number crunchers. Unless, of course, you like klueless are an accounting expert specializing in the American economy rather than the blowhard I believe you to be.

But, off the top of my head, Glass-Steagall. It was set in place to regulate Wall Street and kept the taxpayer from having to bail out banks for a long, long time. Until, Republicans (the corrupt party) deregulated them and destroyed our economy, put us into huge debt, and ruined the lives of many people. Thank you Phil and Wendy Gramm.

Now, why don't you tell me what programs you think are wasting taxpayer money? I'd be curious to know what you think is a waste.

KS


"I don't have to. I'm not the CBO. They are the number crunchers. Unless, of course, you like klueless are an accounting expert specializing in the American economy rather than the blowhard I believe you to be."

You can't. So, keep whining and lieing like the aged trollup that you are. If you tried to, you would be fact-checked instantly, because you are known purveyor of half-truths. Case closed.

BTW, Which president signed Glass-Steagall into law ? You know and I know it. (The one before Bush 43).


KS

Hey, you had an opening -
correction...
BTW, Which president signed the repeal of Glass-Steagall into law ? You know and I know it. (The one before Bush 43).

KS

The Senate version of the Health Care Bill that the House is supposed to vote on tomorrow - is one big Cluster-F^^K ! This is one blog/website that discusses what is in the bill, which few if any of you really know about. Both the left and right have praised it - see the reader comments .


http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/2010/03/so-many-lies-so-little-time.html

Jason Andersen

Clinton did a lot stupid stuff to appease the Republican congress, such as Defense of Marriage Act. I might be dense, but why do marriages between a man and a woman need robust, federal defense against gay families having basic rights? It just makes no sense.

sparky

Did the rest of you see the disgraceful crowd that harassed the man with Parkinson's at a rally? They were screaming at him to get a job and a couple of Darwin winners tossed dollar bills at him.

What an ugly face we show to the rest of the world. It makes me ashamed.

sparky

Scott Murphy, the man who replaced Ted Kennedy, the man who signaled the fatal tail spin into the depths of hell for the Democratic party....announced he is voting Yes tomorrow for the health care bill.

sparky

oh my bad...i got my republican heros mixed up..still....he is voting FOR the bill. That's what matters.

KDS

I only believe these reports when I see accompanying video and audio. Some of these reporters are shameless and will do anything to degrade the tea party or any conservative movement. That has already been shown by the use of the term "teabagger".

Mark Knoller, you should be called out for using teabaggers in your news report today - unprofessional and lack of ethics.

Puget Sound

Did the rest of you see the disgraceful crowd that harassed the man with Parkinson's at a rally? They were screaming at him to get a job and a couple of Darwin winners tossed dollar bills at him.

What an ugly face we show to the rest of the world. It makes me ashamed.

Posted by: sparky | March 20, 2010 at 05:36 PM

Agreed. Inexcusable conduct.
Of course, after a few years of posting on this blog the selective outrage is amazing. Back when it was all the rage (you'll recall your using the anti war protest to score political points off of Bush) and a subject of much commentary none of us recall you being similarly upset when Code Pink types were standing outside of Walter Reed Hospital yelling at our wounded soldiers getting treatment if it 'was worth it to lose a limb.'
Somehow when it is a Dem in charge you are on board with War. Pot meet kettle.

Puget Sound

Clinton did a lot stupid stuff to appease the Republican congress, such as Defense of Marriage Act. I might be dense, but why do marriages between a man and a woman need robust, federal defense against gay families having basic rights? It just makes no sense.

Posted by: Jason Andersen | March 20, 2010 at 01:38 PM

Jason, I agree with you. The amazing thing about that act is that it passed in the Senate 85-14 others who voted for it include Paul Wellstone, Patrick Leahy, and Carl Levin. All good liberal Dems...
So when a bill passes 85-14 in the Senate and 342-67 in the House it has a lot of bipartisan support.
But I agree with your premise.

Puget Sound

oh Sparkles
I love it when you get your dander up in full 'Selective Outrage' pose.
Interesting that when the Code Pink types were standing outside Walter Reed Hospital asking wounded Veterans/Soldiers about 'was it worth a limb?' you had nothing to say about it other than they had the right to protest.

KS

If Rep. Clyburn, Barney Frank and any other Democrats in Congress want to whine about behavior of Tea party protesters to newsmen, someone has to produce the audio and video clips of it OR I will call bullshit on the Congressman and the news reporters who report this.

I will continue to believe are only out to get sympathy and play on the emotions of the voters about voting for this unpopular bill and will do what it takes because they are ruthless and the newsmen are aiding and abetting them, if they don't secure proof first.

I will continue to believe that until I see tangible proof to the contrary.

sparky

Yes, KS, if you dont see it with your own eyes it never happened.
You keep holding that thought.

joanie

I will continue to believe...

I bet you believe in the tooth fairy, too. :)

KS

Yes, KS, if you dont see it with your own eyes it never happened.
You keep holding that thought.

Posted by: sparky | March 21, 2010 at 01:13 PM

I will continue to believe...

I bet you believe in the tooth fairy, too. :)

Posted by: joanie | March 21, 2010 at 01:35 PM

Yep, that's right. You can ridicule what I wrote because that's all you are capable of and are unable to dispute it. Now, if it were Fox News, you'd be saying that you don't trust them, because they don't say what you want to hear - hypocrites !
(BTW- what I wrote applies to Fox News like everyone else)

Coiler

Shepard Smith is on our side, the fix is in

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