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  • Will Obama Beat the Clock on Health Takeover?

    President Barack Obama’s push for government-run health care has proceeded in three separate phases… and we’re just entering the last.

    Phase One: Fantasy Football. The President’s push for health reform began in pure fantasy land. The Obama administration’s first budget was based on rosy economic assumptions that no independent, reputable economist believed at the time. Obama’s economic experts assumed the economy would only contract by 1.2% this year. As we pointed out at the time, the economy was already contracting at an annualized rate of over 5%. The Obama budget went on to assume GDP growth at a rate a full percentage higher than the Blue Chip consensus over the next four years. The Obama budget also claimed they could help pay for expanded government-run care by implementing the use of health information technology, care coordination, disease management, and “evidence based” medicine. As it has in the past, the Congressional Budget Office refused to entertain Obama’s fantasies and score these proposals as cost savings. That set up the next phase…

    Phase Two: Work the Refs. The left did not give up hope that the CBO would change the rules of the game in their favor. During a Senate Finance Committee hearing, chairman Max Baucus publicly lectured CBO director Doug Elmendorf, claiming Elmendorf had a moral duty to be “creative” and deliver budget estimates favorable enough to win broad support for Obama’s plan. To his credit, Elmendorf stood his ground and told Baucus the CBO would never “adjust our views to make people happy.” The CBO has since released a scoring of the Senate HELP committee bill. In direct contradiction of President Obama’s claims, Elmendorf told the Senate that the Affordable Health Choices Act “would add to the long-term burden of spending to the federal government.

    Phase Three: Beat the Clock. Now that President Obama’s economic forecasts have been exposed as “fantasy,” he is pressing for quick passage of health reform before he is forced to acknowledge reality and issue a new budget forecast next month.

    The Obama health care plan will dramatically reorganize almost a sixth of the American economy. Congress should not be rushed into decisions of this magnitude without a full debate. At the bare minimum, Congress should at least take the time to read whatever health care legislation they end up voting on. But under the current Congressional leadership, such suggestions are apparently a punchline.

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    8 Responses to Will Obama Beat the Clock on Health Takeover?

    1. Ann, Beaufort, SC says:

      That is why this Friday, July 17th, across the nation everyone MUST write, call, email or fax their elected officials and say NO to socialized to mandatory medicine.

      Make them submit the Republican plan and debate it before the people

      Go Congress.org to get the contact info.


    2. Steve,rhode island says:

      Time to read legislation… well thats a novel idea.

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    4. Gary Marchinke says:

      Big Government is our shepherd; the bigger it gets the more we lack!!!! this wisdom comes from The Congressional Spending Psalm

    5. Victor Gonzales, Ari says:

      It is as if they sit around a table asking how they can kill more jobs. How long will the American majority entertain the idea of being kicked while they are down? He is puching these ideas with LIES and not giving the American people enough time to figure out what he is doing. This is TYRANNY! If this passes without clear debate and transparency and time to let the people display their opinions based on the facts we should be talking revolution here.

      Our founding fathers wrote our constitution and declared our independence to make this a county run by the PEOPLE based on the LAW. Not only is our federal government acting well outside it's constitutional jurisdiction it is dictating what will be done DESPITE an informed opinion of the people. Our founding fathers would no doubt be calling for a revolution against such actions and if 2010 doesn't producee such a revolution through the ballots then we may have already lost the greatest country in the world.

      If these measures such as health reform and cap and trade or card check pass WE THE PEOPLE should demand a clear agenda of reversing these policies as a STANDARD for candidates of 2010. Otherwise it would be pointless as the damage will already be done.

    6. Tom Chubco Bear, Luc says:

      Oh my gosh, Democrats are ramming it home again. What's new. They don't dare slow down and let America catch up to the crap they are legislating. Maybe it is time for a revolution…..a ballot box revolution. No more democrats, no more spending.

      Simple solution. Congress is driving America into a total brick wall of debt. Congress sucks. Obama sucks.

    7. Gary, Norfolk, VA says:

      It is amazing to me to see how many elected officials are complicit in wrecking our economy. It is also clear to me that a majority of our elected “Representatives” DO NOT represent the American people at all, but rather represent the Lobbyists who make their voices heard, and who most likely fund the so-called Representative’s election/re-election efforts.

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