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Thursday
Nov192009

NRCC - Residents Grill Shea-Porter on Health Care Bill 

“'In any competition between the government and the private sector, 'the government's going to win,' he said, voicing his concern that the bill would initially result in the creation of a government-run health care system similar to those in Canada and many European countries, where care is rationed, resulting in waiting lists for services that are sometimes several months long.  'What's the rationale for rationing?' he asked, adding that as a Medicare recipient, he was worried that if he found himself in need of hip surgery in the future, he might not be able to receive immediate care, and would end up in a wheel chair.'”

Residents Grill Shea-Porter on Health Care Bill

Brendan Berube

Winnisquam Echo

November 18, 2009

What had originally been planned as a discussion of local infrastructure issues quickly turned into a referendum on healthcare reform, as Alton residents took U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter to task for her support of the healthcare bill recently passed by the House during her Nov. 13 meeting with the board of selectmen.

Selectman Dave Hussey asked why the U.S. government seemed to be "trying to build a house from the top down" by offering financial bail-outs to banks and auto-makers, rather than focusing on improvements to the nation's infrastructure (particularly the national grid, which he felt was in "bad shape"), and on job creation.

Resident Barbara Howard said she felt that the American public had been lied to repeatedly since President Barack Obama took office, and therefore had "no reason to believe you or the government on health care."

Pointing out that regardless of how much the federal government pays toward the increase in Medicaid, "it's all coming from us [taxpayers]," Howard noted that the state of Hawaii had nearly bankrupted itself in an effort to provide a government-run health care program.

If those who supported the bill truly intend to purge the system of fraud and corruption, she said, then efforts should be made to shut down welfare and other public assistance programs that have fallen victim to rampant abuse, and to deport illegal aliens that receive government assistance.

As someone who was recently laid off, and who had to significantly alter her lifestyle in order to retain an insurance plan that she could only make affordable by increasing her deductible to $10,000, Howard said she took great exception to the idea of federal tax dollars being used to provide insurance for people who could easily afford it, but choose to spend their money on luxury items such as new vehicles and flat-screen televisions instead.

From her perspective, she said, the reform bill as written would de-value the elderly, veterans, and the disabled, and is unconstitutional and immoral.

After discussing the bill with a number of fellow residents, she said she hadn't heard any positive feedback whatsoever.

Accusing Shea-Porter of living "in a cocoon," and acting with reckless disregard for the ramifications of her vote because she is covered under the Congressional insurance plan and won't be affected by them, Howard said she felt that the people had not been given a voice.

"Enough is enough," she said. "We need to be heard ... we need true reform."

Suggesting that the bill would, in fact, create the kind of two-tiered system that Shea-Porter voiced her opposition to, Earl Leighton said his construction company, which currently uses Blue Cross/Blue Shield as an insurance provider, would have to pay an additional $6,000 a year in premiums under the provisions of the reform bill.

"I think you're going to be very happy," Shea-Porter replied, explaining that the cost increases associated with the bill would be paid for, in part, by rolling back tax breaks for individuals earning more than $500,000 a year and couples with combined incomes of more than $1 million a year.

Leighton, however, objected to the idea of penalizing one segment of the population to pay for a bill that is supposed to benefit the country as a whole.

"I don't want to punish the wealthy," he said. "I want to be there someday."

While he believed health care reform was badly needed, resident Joe McCormack said he had doubts about the current reform bill.

In any competition between the government and the private sector, "the government's going to win," he said, voicing his concern that the bill would initially result in the creation of a government-run health care system similar to those in Canada and many European countries, where care is rationed, resulting in waiting lists for services that are sometimes several months long.

"What's the rationale for rationing?" he asked, adding that as a Medicare recipient, he was worried that if he found himself in need of hip surgery in the future, he might not be able to receive immediate care, and would end up in a wheel chair.

McCormack also raised doubts about the government's ability to combat fraud, noting that the rate of fraud within the U.S. government is currently at 20 percent, as opposed to three percent among private insurance companies.

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Thursday
Nov192009

NRN - Another Obama Tax Cheat Surfaces 

From NetRightNation.com:

It appears that the Obama Administration has hit yet another tax road block with one of its top appointments. Lael Brainard, Obama's choice to become the Treasury Undersecretary of International Affairs, has a tax problem. In short, she conveniently forgets to pay them.

In 2005, 2006 and 2007 she filed late tax returns. The discrepancies resulted in over $13,000 dollars coming into question.

Ms. Brainard is the fifth Obama appointment to come under scrutiny over critical tax issues, following Timothy Geithner, Tom Daschle, Nancy Killefer and Kathleen Sebelius. Tax issues seem to have become part and parcel of the Obama appointment agenda.

Despite Ms. Brainard's track record as a tax cheat, Senator Max Baucus, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has recommended her approval, no questions asked. But, Republican Senators should not be so quick to overlook behavior that has landed average, work-a-day Americans in the IRS cauldron.

Members of the Minority should be placing holds on Ms. Brainaird in light of her dodging questions about her questionable tax history nine seperate times. She has proven to be unworthy of the trust needed to be in such an office -- and it's time the GOP makes certain this is one cheater who doesn't win.

Read the story at NetRightNation.com.

Thursday
Nov192009

Daily Grind: State Recessions, Big Government Obsessions 

State Recessions, Big Government Obsessions
It's time for wayward states to fire public employees.

Peddling Our Way to Tomorrowland
The new Obama "Velocipedes for Clunkers" program will be a great success.

The Wire: Scozzafavaing the Local Yokels
Today's edition covers the GOP base, false stimulus facts, and an update on NY-23

ALG in the News: Slumlord Millionaire
Americans for Limited Government's own cartoonist William Warren is featured in the St. Mary's Today's website in Southern Maryland.

 

Thursday
Nov192009

ALG Blasts 10 Republican Senators for Blocking Filibuster Against 7th Circuit Appeals Court Nominee Hamilton 

"Actions have consequences.  And one result of this action

will be to further separate the GOP from its own base—74

percent of whom already say their leadership in Congress

is out of touch."ALG President Bill Wilson.

November 18th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned 10 Republican Senators for voting to invoke cloture on Barack Obama's controversial nomination of Judge David Hamilton to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

"These 10 Republican Senators have cleared the way for the confirmation of David Hamilton, who has used his seat as District Court Judge to suppress religious freedom, protect child predators, and rule leniently against career criminals," said Wilson.

"These 10 Senators are out of step with the American people, who believe in the rule of law and do not want laws ignored by ACLU factotums who legislate from the bench," Wilson added.  "America is a society of laws, and David Hamilton, who represents the judicial oligarchy in America that rules by fiat, will help bring an end to the rule of law."

Yesterday, the Senate voted 70-29 to invoke cloture on Hamilton, making a confirmation vote all but certain.  Voting with Senate Democrats were Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, John Cornyn of Texas, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Richard Lugar of Indiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and John Thune of South Dakota.

A coalition letter from 24 conservative leaders that Wilson signed to the Senate urged all members to filibuster Hamilton.  The letter stated that "Judge Hamilton fails to meet the qualifications for the high office to which he has been nominated, and his record demonstrates that he would decide cases on the basis of his politics and personal agenda instead of the Constitution."

According to the letter, Judge Hamilton has ruled "that prayers to Jesus Christ offered at the beginning of legislative sessions violate the Constitution, but that prayers to Allah do not", chose to follow mandatory sentencing guidelines, overturned a sex offender registry law, and had "urged the President to grant clemency for a police officer who had pled guilty to producing child pornography".

The coalition letter said Hamilton's record working for the American Civil Liberties Union and as a fundraiser for ACORN "was not enough to qualify him for the lower court and nothing in his record on that court suggests he is qualified for a promotion." When originally nominated to the U.S. District Court by President Clinton, Hamilton was rated "not qualified" by the American Bar Association. 

In a recent speech to the Federalist Society, Senator Jeff Sessions, who led the filibuster effort against Hamilton in the Senate, quoted Hamilton as saying a judge's job is to "write footnotes to the Constitution" and has argued that judges "need to empathize" with the parties of cases.

"Every election cycle," Wilson said, "Republican candidates for Senate state their commitment to bringing judges to the federal bench who will help restore the role of constitutionally limited government in American jurisprudence.  Instead, Republican and conservative constituents have been betrayed by their own Senators."

"Why should anyone care if there is ever a Republican majority again if this is the type of vote Republican Senators cast?" Wilson asked, citing a recent Rasmussen Reports poll that stated, "74% of Republicans say their party's representatives in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters nationwide over the past several years."

"Actions have consequences," Wilson added, concluding, "And one result of this action will be to further separate the GOP from its own base—74 percent of whom already say their leadership in Congress is out of touch."

Thursday
Nov192009

NRLC: Reid rejects Stupak, inserts "completely unacceptable" language 

National Right to Life Committee Rejects Reid Abortion Funding Language as "Completely Unacceptable," Calls for Enactment of Stupak-Pitts Amendment

WASHINGTON (November 18, 2009) -- The following statement was issued by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in all 50 states, and may be attributed to NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.) has rejected the bipartisan Stupak-Pitts Amendment and has substituted completely unacceptable language that would result in coverage of abortion on demand in two big new federal government programs. 

Reid seeks to cover elective abortions in two big new federal health programs, but tries to conceal that unpopular reality with layers of contrived definitions and hollow bookkeeping requirements. 

Rep. Lois Capps (D-Ca.), who has a 100% pro-abortion voting record, said in a press release following release of the Reid language:  "It appears that their approach closely mirrors my language which was originally included in the House bill."  The Capps language referred to was opposed by NRLC and other pro-life organizations and was deleted by the House by a vote of 240-194 on November 7, as 64 Democrats (one fourth of all House Democrats), along with 176 Republicans, voted to replace it with the Stupak-Pitts Amendment.

The Stupak-Pitts Amendment would prevent federal subsidies for abortion by applying the principles of longstanding federal laws such as the Hyde Amendment to the new programs created by the health care legislation.  Those principles prohibit both direct funding of abortion procedures, and subsidies for plans that cover elective abortions, in existing federal programs such as Medicaid, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and the military.  Regrettably but predictably, Reid rejected the bipartisan Stupak-Pitts language.  Instead, Reid has sought to please the militant minority that demands funding of abortion through federal programs, even though substantial majorities of Americans believe that abortion should be excluded from government-funded and government-sponsored health programs.  

The Reid bill establishes a big new federal health insurance program, the public option (although now referred to in Reid's bill as the "community health insurance option").  The bill authorizes (on page 118) the federal Secretary of Health and Human Services to require coverage of any and all abortions throughout the public option program.  This would be federal government funding of abortion, no matter how hard they try to disguise it.

In addition, the bill creates new tax-supported subsidies to purchase private health plans that will cover abortion on demand.  

National Right to Life will continue to fight for the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, and to oppose the stubborn attempts of congressional Democratic leaders to establish new federal government programs that will fund coverage of elective abortions.

For extensive further documentation on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment and other aspects of the issue, visit the NRLC website at www.nrlc.org/ahc