Health Care Reform: Why ‘Obamacare’ Is Not A Good Idea

Senator A: Greta, let me set the record straight. I have long opposed many aspects of the Healthcare Bill that is currently being debated in the Senate. I have said repeatedly that we must find a way to fix our healthcare mess without adding to the deficit and piling up debts for our children and grandchildren.

Hostess: Senator A, can you say that with all the back-room negotiations and special awards to some senators that the President has really been mindful of doing what America demands?

There is one wild card in the political process. It is Senator Olympia Snow of Maine. She has shown a tendency in the past to break with her party and vote as she sees fit. If she were to vote for health care reform, the plan could come back from the dead. Will she? It is impossible to know, but let’s just say there is going to be a long line at the door of her office and an absolute ton of pressure being placed on her.

The Immigration situation in this country today, is so far out of control, it may never be right again. They have not stopped them from coming. Homeland Security is a huge joke. The Border Patrol is even more of a joke. They aren’t making the billions of dollars given to them, work for any of the illegal problem.

THE PRESIDENT: This raises an important question, because it goes to the overall debate that’s taking place out there right now. When we talk about reform, you hear some opponents of reform saying that somehow we are trying to ration care, or restrict the doctors that you can see, or you name it. Well, that’s what’s going on right now. It’s just that the decisions are being made by the insurance companies.

The number of uninsured in america is 49.9 million people, according to the U.S. Census. Its easy enough to track – the united states Census Bureau annually reports statistics on the uninsured.

The stimulus plan is a huge failure. 9.5 percent unemployment with job loses of 467,000 in the month of June. So, officially we are out of 4.4 million jobs. How is the “create and or save jobs” working for you now sales man-in-chief?

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The 60 vote cloture rule is a good check on extremism. It can’t be used for budget reconciliation because you need a budget. But Obamacare is not budget reconciliation. Even though you have the stronger team and the lead, you can’t change rules in mid-game and keep the fans. Let’s hope the Dems realize that or if they don’t, we may not need to worry about 60 Dem votes for too long.

Former FBI agent Brad Garrett is well known in law enforcement circles. A hostage negotiator for 17 years, he’s the one who got confessions from the first World Trade Center bomber, the D-C sniper, the cia shooter and on and on. He’s worked so many big murder case in the last 15 years that it earned him the nickname as Dr. Death. His experience tells him what?

Or, they can take a second path. What is other Republican option? Get out of the way. Stop fighting reform that will benefit all Americans and that most want to see happen. Let a real, usable public option be passed. Or better yet, an extension of Medicare that allows anyone who wants to the chance to buy into it. Either way, legislation could move ahead.

So enough with the doom and gloom, is there a solution? The simple answer is the solutions are numerous and most involve sacrifice. Solutions like earning more on your investment assets, forgoing emergency room visits except in real emergencies, better diet, more exercise, higher taxes, substantially lower benefits, and so on, and so on.

But the problem actually is not that — you know, the extraordinary steps that we’ve taken over these last one or two years. The real problem is much longer. Even if we had had no fiscal crisis whatsoever, we have a structural deficit. We’re spending more money than we are taking in. We’ve been doing it for the last eight years. When we passed the prescription drug benefit for Medicare, by a Republican Congress, they didn’t pay for it. They didn’t want to raise taxes, but they wanted to get the benefit. That just was red ink. That just went into our structural deficit.

People like me die every day because we don’t want to burden our families with financial destitution. People like me die every day because we live in a country that cares more about its politics than its people. If we could step back from the politics and recognize that the health of a nation is determined by the people who live in our country, we might care more about the people who are dying at the hands of greedy pharmaceutical and insurance companies. We might back the reformers of health care. Sick citizens do not make for healthy countries.

We’ve elected our first African American president who has been in office about a year now. The polls are already judging him and dropping by his accomplishments of that first year. As usual we expect everything to be fixed by now but it took awhile for our country to become this way. He was slow on his judgment of sending more to war but pushing so quickly to get this health care reform through. The health care reform – personally I could wait on. They are pushing too fast. I feel this needs more time for thought and work.

This has also been largely ignored by the so called “main stream media”, which is corporate owned. Also ignored is the fact that the number of poor closely mirrors the number of uninsured in america.

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In an excellent piece on Media Matters, entitled “No Excuses; Why the TV nets must carry Obama’s press conference this week,” Eric Boehlert explains in no uncertain terms why it’s vital for the American people to hear from their president (on airwaves which belong to the public), and he destroys the networks’ major complaint (not just Fox), that Obama holds too many press conferences and is cutting into their valuable advertising revenue. Among other points, Boehlert reminds the networks that Obama’s press conference might actually provide them with a viewing boost, since ratings this summer have been the lowest in the history of broadcast television (Boehlert’s column is too long for me to recap here but I strongly encourage you to read the whole piece).

It is interesting therefore that left-wing bloggers and such (I cover the spectrum on Facebook) are now openly talking about going without Republican support, even without some Democratic support, as the openly talk of using reconciliation to avoid the oft-misunderstood 60 vote requirement. See Goose or gander? The 60 votes. But basically, the 60 votes are a Senate rule for cutting off debate, nothing more, nothing less. If they want it bad enough, they can pass it with 50 plus Biden.

First, I want everybody to understand the source of our deficit, because if you don’t understand that, then my argument won’t make sense. When I walked into the White House, I had gift-wrapped, waiting for me at the door a .3 trillion deficit — .3 trillion. Now, I say that — (applause) — I just want to — I just want to — I just want to — I say that — this was not — and this is not, by the way, entirely the previous administration’s fault. The financial crisis was so bad that revenues plummeted and all this money was spent in making sure that the banking system did not completely collapse. So all the actions that have been taken — the bank bailout, the auto bailout, all that stuff — that did spike the deficit.

health care reform is not a Republican problem. It is not a Democrat problem. It is not a conservative problem or a liberal problem. Health care reform is a moral issue. People are dying because they cannot afford to stay alive.

A country that allows its citizens to die because they cannot afford health insurance, a country that places politics and profit above the importance of people is a country whose character has been marred by moral corruption. I could have been your mother, your sister, your daughter, or your friend. Would you have cared then? Would you have paid for my medical treatments? And if you had, would I have allowed you to lose everything you owned just so I could live?

Recently, the cable companies did a survey. The cable outlets are scared; they’re trying to hold onto people because it’s becoming more common to watch tv on the internet through things like Hulu, or (if the cable company’s lucky), on TiVo. Cable costs money; Hulu is free, so viewers –younger viewers– are cutting the cord to TV –either regular, cable or satellite.

I took care of myself too. But despite maintaining a healthy lifestyle, one day, after my children had grown, I discovered a lump in my breast. Every day it grew noticeably larger. I couldn’t have known, but i suspected, that i was dealing with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

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Hostess: Thank you, Senator A. Senator B, your party is accused as being the Party of No. Is there anything that Senator A’s party can do to the current Bill to make it a bi-partisan effort?

health care reform is not a Republican problem. It is not a Democrat problem. It is not a conservative problem or a liberal problem. Health care reform is a moral issue. People are dying because they cannot afford to stay alive.

The fact of the matter is, we had juvenile delinquency, political assassinations and violent crime long before talk radio, cable news, video games or any of this.

As a political advisor, and writer, I find myself scouring the Internet on a regular basis for articles and information that I deal with current political issues. From time to time, I will find one that will cause me to slap my head with frustration. Usually, these articles tend to have a title like, “President Bush is a Lizard Man in Disguise.” In this case, this article, which is meant to guide immigrants to this country, gives a horribly misleading picture of what has happened.

Former FBI agent Brad Garrett is well known in law enforcement circles. A hostage negotiator for 17 years, he’s the one who got confessions from the first World Trade Center bomber, the D-C sniper, the cia shooter and on and on. He’s worked so many big murder case in the last 15 years that it earned him the nickname as Dr. Death. His experience tells him what?

As with most Americans, we will probably not see a change until 2014 when the law goes into effect. Since we pay more than 9.5 percent of our current income for insurance premiums, we will be eligible for tax credits to pay for premiums, or help with deductibles and co-payments. These tax credits will keep the cost of our insurance premiums below ,750, based on family size and income. Additionally, our out-of-pocket deductibles and co-payments could be capped at 30 percent of cost.

So why are the insurance companies so dead set against it? Because they know that it will be far less expensive, far better plan. Basically it comes down to this: They don’t want the competition!

The federal government sat around with its thumb up its ass as the world’s greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression happened all around it. The response of the federal government once they did decide to act was to give trillions of dollars of tax money to the very people whose insane speculative investments had caused the collapse. You want more of that-in your health care?