Can Anyone List “ALL” the “Special Deals” that were cut?

We all know that Obama lied to us all when he promised in the election campaign, “These negotiations will be on C-Span, and so the public will be part of the conversation and we’ll see the choices that are being made.”

One of the biggest problems in the Obama Healthcare bill is that all the special deals that were cut behind closed doors.  In an earlier posting, I pointed out that in fact the very first special deal that was cut on this bill was by Obama himself soon after he was elected, and he did it with the DRUG companies!  https://theohiolaborlawyers.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/obama-in-bed-with-drug-companies/

The simple fact is that there are SO MANY special deals cut to get this monster passed, that it has overwhelmed us all.  In fact, I cannot find a single source that lists “ALL” the special deals that were cut.  What we know right now are just the “big ones.” However, some web sites are misleading and they list items such as the following to be all the special deals:

Cornhusker Kickback:  Perhaps the most well known in the Senate bill, the provision, included at the behest of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), ensures that Nebraska would be the only state to have the full amount of its increased Medicaid costs paid for by the federal government.

The Louisiana Purchase:  The Senate bill provides extra Medicaid funding for any state in which every county has been declared a disaster area.  Because of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana is the only state that would qualify for the money.  The $300 million provision for Louisiana was slipped in late in the process to persuade Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to support the health care takeover.

Gator Aid:  At the request of Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fl), the Senate bill includes a formula for protecting certain Medicare Advantage enrollees from billions in cuts.  The formula would only apply to five states, most notably to Florida in which 800,000 of the state’s one million Medicare Advantage users would be exempt from cuts.

New England Handouts:  In addition to the $100 million included in federal Medicaid payments for Nebraska, the bill provides two New England states with even more money Medicaid funding.  According to CBO, the Senate bill now contains about $600 million in extra Medicaid cash to Vermont, and about $500 million in additional money for Medicaid to Massachusetts, making these three states the only to receive such funding.  Despite claims that these cushy extras for a few states would be scaled back, reports indicate that the White House is still making deals so these states can keep the handouts.

The Dodd Clinic:  Section 10502(a) of the bill provides $100 million for construction at an unnamed “health care facility” affiliated with an academic health center at a public research university in a state with only one public academic medical and dental school.  Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) later sent a press release saying that he was securing the money for the University of Connecticut, and then Dodd bragged that, “These provisions will bring millions of dollars to the state so that Connecticut’s residents can receive quality, affordable health care.”

Montana Medicare Earmark:  A provision slipped into the Senate bill by Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT), Section 1881A(b)(2), specifically expands Medicare coverage for individuals who reside “in or around the geographic area subject to an emergency declaration made as of June 17, 2009.” The area the bill refers to is an asbestos contaminated area near Libby, Montana, for which Sen. Max Baucus has been trying to secure funding for years.

See, http://www.atr.org/full-list-backroom-health-deals-inbr-a4672

But even though this posting thought it was listing ALL the back room deals on this bill, in fact this is just the low hanging fruit. 

What I find most interesting is that not even the Republicans have posted on their web site ALL the special deals cut on this bill!

The way to defeat the Democrats in November is with the truth.  Just list all the special deals that this bill has in it and will fall under its own weight.

If there is anyone out there in blog world who knows of a list of ALL the special deals cut on this bill, please write me and let me know.

The “Fix” is in

The American public is about to get a lesson on how politics in this Country really works.

For those of you who think this vote is going to be close, you are right.

For those of you who think this vote is going to be unknown to the last vote, you are wrong.

The fix is in and this healthcare bill is going to pass.

Here is what happens, the leadership decides who gets a “pass” on the vote to manipulate the public.  Those who vote “no” would in fact vote “yes” except for the pass they get from the Democratic leadership.  Therefore, the fix is in, the votes are counted, it will be close, but they only need to pass it by one or two votes – everything else is fluff.

Those who are given a pass and allowed to vote “no” are in close districts where a “yes” vote could and probably would cost them their seat in Congress.

So the “fix” is in and the vote is going to pass the House.  How do I know this is true you might ask?  Simple.  The Speaker of the House decides when a vote comes to the floor.  She does not bring a bill up for a vote unless she has enough people who have pledged to her that if she needs them to switch votes from no to yes, they will do it to pass the bill.

Add to that the fact that Obama is now going around telling Democrats that his Presidency is at stake on this vote, and you have a lock on a pass.  Remember when Bill Clinton’s tax increase was going to lose by one vote and John Kerry changed his vote from a “no” to a “yes” just so the bill would pass?  Expect the same thing here.

I’m sorry to report it, but the simple fact is that the Democrats care more about their party loyalty than what the American public wants.

Therefore, it is the responsibility of the American public in November to “Remember this Vote” and defeat every Democrat that runs for office because only with a sea change will people say the next time a Speaker of the House tries to pull this fix, that maybe if the American public does not want it, then it should not pass!

It’s the Economy Stupid!

I am sitting here reading about Obama coming to Ohio pushing healthcare and my thoughts turned to what do the people in Ohio really want? 

Of course, it then came to me, with 10% unemplyment (plus in some areas), those in Ohio want what those in South Carolina want and what those in California want and what pretty much EVERYBODY in this Country wants – a better economy!

Then it occured to me, why have we not seen more of the Bill Clinton response to George Bush when the focus of the election campaign moved away from the recession and slow recovery?  Is not everyone wanting a return to a better economy?

I constatnly read that when it comes to what Americans want, that Obama is “tone deaf.”  I think they are right.

So with over 10% unemployment in Ohio, and people wanting the economy to improve, Obama instead comes to the state wanting us to support a TRILLION dollar new spending program with NO MONEY to pay for it!

Maybe if “someone” who attends one of these photo ops on healthcare stood up and yelled, “It’s the economy stupid!” that maybe Obama would FINALLY get it!

It’s the economy stupid!

Obama in Bed with Drug Companies

Has anyone wondered WHY drug companies and the Unions are spending MILLIONS of dollars in ads for the Obama healthcare bill?  I am sure we know why Unions are doing this, but drug companies?  Why them?

In a great artice I just read it is all laid out.  I am reprinting it here because you need to read this.  I cannot imagine a more important article and it needs to be read by as many Americans as possible.

President has made a mess of health reform

WASHINGTON — A year ago President Obama strolled confidently into the garden of good and evil, bit deeply into the apple and created the mess he and congressional Democrats are in now concerning health insurance reform.

Only a few heady weeks into his presidency, Obama called his first White House health care summit. It was not with those who got him elected, folks from the neighborhoods, the universities, the clinics and officials from hard-pressed state and local health agencies.

Thinking he was still in Chicago, Obama blithely muscled such non-entities aside and settled in with silk-suited brass from the health insurance trade, the hospital conglomerates and the prescription drug business.

With trusted Chicago aides at his elbow, Obama made an amoral deal with the drug manufacturers that has poisoned everything that happened since. He had a debt to pay. The drug makers had donated tens of millions to his Senate and presidential campaigns.

Just after this summit, Obama secretly promised the Rx people that there would be no government jaw-boning with the industry to get lower prices for seniors and others. Obama also promised them there would be no drug importation from Canada and other reliable foreign countries.

This, after then-candidate Sen. Obama promised his administration would enter into talks for lower prices and would bring cheaper but identical products in from Canada. As a U. S. senator and presidential candidate, Obama voted for both.

I am indebted to reporters Tom Hamburger, who broke the story last year about this amazing turnabout, and Paul Blumenthal, who recently added important details. Obama’s 180-degree switch sent a signal to all legislators with close ties to special interests. Obama had campaigned on transparency and chasing lobbyists out of town. Now, it all moved behind closed doors, just as in the ferment over Hillary Clinton’s failed health care proposals 15 years before. The lessons then and now: Don’t trust the people.

On April 15, 2009, there was a secret meeting at the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee at which the drug industry outlined its advertising campaign for health insurance reform. Another part of the $80 billion deal was filling in some, but not all, of the doughnut hole in Medicare Part D.

Seeing that Obama didn’t believe his own campaign rhetoric about transparency, the Senate Finance Committee began its secret talks on what constituted health insurance reform. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is chairman. Charles E. Schumer, D-N. Y., is a prominent member. Baucus emerged on June 20 and called Obama’s unsavory deal with the drug industry “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” It certainly wasn’t for sick people with limited incomes.

Not long afterward, Senate Democrats got all wobbly about the public option that passed the House. This would be a government-supervised and subsidized insurance program. It would have been the best yardstick by which private health insurance costs could be measured and controlled. On Oct. 28, Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Independent, said he would block any bill that contained the public option. Many senators, awash in insurance industry money, shed crocodile tears at the demise of the public option.

Obscured in quarrels over details is the collapse of public trust.

Now, instead of cost control, we are arguing over a symbol: The idea that Democrats need to pass something, even though it won’t produce better health care.

Nothing better symbolizes that special hell into which Obama’s dealings sent health care than a rule being shaped by Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, and chairwoman of the Rules Committee. She would have the House symbolically approve the Senate bill that would cost New York taxpayers $1 billion a year in added Medicaid costs. Part of the money subsidized payoffs to Vermont, Nebraska and Michigan to buy their senators’ votes last Dec. 24.

Democrats Ready to Jump Off Cliff on Healthcare

  It is widely reported that the Democrats in the House of Representatives are going to hold their noses and vote for the Senate bill in the “hope” that the Senate will agree to “fix it.”

The “wisdom” coming from the Whitehouse is that they already voted for the bill once and so if it fails, then Republicans are already going to hit them with that vote in November, so they might as well vote for the passage of the bill.  WOW!  I have never in my life seen such stupid reasoning before.

Let me get this right.  They should vote for a bill that almost 60% of the American public DOES NOT WANT and the reason is that this will be BETTER than NOT voting for the bill the American public DOES NOT WANT!!!!

If this logic were not so stupid to begin with, it would be funny. 

Do these Whitehouse pundits think the American Public is STUPID?  Do they really believe that when AFTER this bill is passed, and Medicare gets hit with a $500 BILLION dollar cut, and they see their insurance rates INCREASE between now and November, that the American public will not go to the polls in droves to vote these people OUT OF OFFICE?

These people are nuts and those Democrats who vote for this bill with this logic are sure to go the way of the Dodo bird.  Maybe this is good for the Country since under Darwin, if they are so politically stupid as to follow this logic, they should become extinct.

Whatever happened to jobs and the economy that all those in the Whitehouse promised the focus would be on after the Democrats lost to Scott Brown in February?  Like lemmings, the House Democrats are following Obama right off a cliff. 

All I can say is WOW!

Unions, Healthcare and Will Rogers

As most people know, the Senate Democrat’s version of the healthcare bill placed a 40% TAX on healthcare plans that the Senate Democrat’s considered to be too “rich.”  The idea behind this was that people in these healthcare “rich” plans would spend more money on medical care than those who are not in these plans.  Therefore, the Senate Democrats believed a 40% tax on these plans would deter their use and lower costs.

After the Senate Democrats passed their version of the bill, the Unions who supported healthcare reform threatened to withdraw their support unless this 40% tax was changed.  What most people do NOT know was that behind closed doors, AFL-CIO President Trumka met with Whitehouse officials and in another “back-room” deal to get healthcare passed, the Obama administration agreed that everyone who was in a rich plan would have to pay this 40% tax EXCEPT unionized workers and public employees who are also probably – you guessed it – unionized.

Today the Democrats are meeting behind closed doors trying to match all the back-room deals with the sponsors and see just how much they think the public can stomach.  The simple fact is that the healthcare bill that was promised by Obama to be open for all to see on C-Span was born in back-room deals and still today lives on back-room deals.

Instead of meeting behind closed doors, why do not the Democrats do what was promised, open their doors to C-Span and let us all watch to see what they do?  The reason is of course simple.  THEY DO NOT WANT US TO KNOW ABOUT ALL THE NEW DEALS THEY ARE MAKING.

If it were not for the fact that this TRILLION dollar new program will in fact drive the deficit even further into the deep red, this whole thing would be looked upon as a joke.  Just so we know what a TRILLION dollars looks like, here it is:  1,000,000,000,000.00

It is no wonder that Congress has the absolute worst ratings it has ever had.  These people have lost all since of what is right and wrong and all they care about is getting elected.  Therefore, it is the duty of every American that goes to the polls in November to vote AGAINST every person in Congress who votes for this healthcare plan to pass!

Maybe, once their Union exemption from the tax is stripped away, and it hopefully will be, it will be real interesting who the Union members actually vote for in November. 

Right now, Charlie Cook, who makes the famous “Cook Report” is predicting a Republican House majority in the November election because the Democrats just cannot seem to understand that the American public does NOT want this plan to pass.  It is said that President Obama is “tone deaf” and does not hear or want to hear about what Americans are concerned about.  All he wants to see and hear is what HE cares about. 

Even after Scott Brown won the election that broke the Democrat’s 60 vote filibuster proof majority in the Senate, and Obama promised he would turn away from healthcare and concentrate on what the American public DOES care about and that is the economy, here we are, back where we started a year ago dealing with healthcare – NOT THE ECONOMY.

It was Will Rogers who said it best, “The only time this Country is in danger, is when Congress is in session.”  Truer words were never spoken.