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  • Obamacare Is Not Reform. It's Just Medicaid on Steroids.

    The Washington Post reports:

    Congressional budget analysts have given House leaders cost estimates for two competing versions of their plan to overhaul the health-care system … The report from the Congressional Budget Office, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, puts the cost of one plan at $859 billion over the next decade and the other at $905 billion. … The cheaper version would rely heavily on a more dramatic expansion of Medicaid, the government health plan for the poor that is funded partly by the states — meaning already-strapped governors would have to pick up more of the cost of reform.

    As we detailed this morning, the Senate Finance Committee bill attained its sub $1 trillion CBO report by shoving 14 million Americans into Medicaid. Medicaid is a convenient method for hiding the true cost of Obamacare because state and local governments pick up part of the tab.

    Worse, Medicaid pays doctors and hospitals 20-25 percent less than does the private sector and as a result Medicaid patients often have trouble finding willing providers. In a 2008 sur­vey of the 51 Medicaid directors conducted for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, 17 reported some or significant problems with access to primary care, and 36 reported some or sig­nificant problems with access to specialty care. Americans are in for a rude awakening when they realize Obama’s health care reform means they have to participate in a welfare program.

    In June, President Obama told Senate Democrats, “As we move forward on health care reform, it is not sufficient for us simply to add more people to Medicare or Medicaid.”

    This is precisely what first the Senate, and now the House, is turning Obamacare into.

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    13 Responses to Obamacare Is Not Reform. It's Just Medicaid on Steroids.

    1. Joe Green, Phoenix, says:

      This whole health care reform debate is not about healthcare and giving everyone Health Insurance.

      It's all about government control of 1/7 of our GNP. Do you really think that these left-wing liberal socialist give a s–t about my and your health. NO! It's all about government control.

      We really don't need another bad government health plan. Look at the VA health care system. It should be the best health care system in the world. It isn't. Those men and women deserve it. My friends tell me that the VA health care system here is so poor that they refuse to go there unless they have to. Will a new Government health plan do any better? NO!

      The real losers in these so called health care reforms with be seniors. President Obama and his friends think that there are too many seniors, that they live to long and we spend to much on medical care for them.Obama wants to throw them out like an old sox. Look at the way England and Canada treat seniors. Not Good!

      With all these health care reforms will come third-rate health care, in the future, with some getting good care, other getting poor care and some no care except a few meds. Is this what America has come to? I hope not!

    2. Normca says:

      Right on, Joe. Who do they think Medicare cuts hurts ? The ones they are giving a whopping $250 to now. And we will not be surprised if some of those recipients then change their tune about Obama's Folley [because of $250]. He takes away; I don't know $5,000 and gives them $250 and some of the senior citizens [who Reich said should fade away ad die] will be enthused. Why would real physicians [not actors who forgot their white coats] want to stay in a profession that pays them less than a box boy ? The question for this article is when are senior citizens going to wake up and feel who it is with a sharp object on their back [and a coffin in their front] ?

    3. Ham Lake MN says:

      We have passed from a Republic to a Marxist government. Healthcare reform is just a smoke screen for this new danger.

      To expect that we can rid ourselves of this by the ballot box, is a joke.

      The only people who this "Reform" is good for is our home grown domestic enemies.

      What are we going to do about this?

    4. Jeanne Stotler, Wood says:

      No where have I seen mention of the free and low cost clinics. These have been around for ever,

      I know my gr-grandfather wrked in one back in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Then you have hospitals run by churches and special interest groups, like St. Judes and the Shriner's burn clinic. According to what is proposed these would be forced to close or be run by th Gov't.

    5. Jerry from Chicago says:

      Americans are in for a rude awakening, not just when they realize that Obama's health care reform means they have to participate in a welfare program, BUT RATHER WHEN THEY REALIZE THAT THEY WILL BE LIVING IN A WELFARE STATE.

      The latest edition of NewsMax speaks of Mr. Obama's next major effort, Immigration Reform, which will include blanket amnesty for all current illegal aliens. So much for his health care plan not covering illegals. After he gets his government run, national health care plan, there can be no doubt that he will provide all illegal aliens with blanket amnesty and allow them to bring in the rest of their extended families — all of whom will be covered under his government health plan.

      All of his protests to the contrary, about not covering illegal aliens under the health plan, he will accomplish this with blanket amnesty. He is deliberately deceiving the public.

      Despite Mr. Obama's "nice guy" appearance with a wife, two kids and a dog. Despite the his infectious smile and his love for playing basketball mugging for the cameras on talk shows, this is one very dangerous man. He is a dedicated socialist who thinks, and plans for, the government running everything. For a guy who was supposed to "transcend the racial devide" in this country, it's worse now than it's been in years. Anyone who criticizes Mr. Obama, or disagrees with his policies or philosophy, is continually branded a racist.

      From day one, what he does contrdicts what he said he would do. What happened to his "transparent" administration (e.g., posting proposed legislation on the internet for a period of five days before acting on it)? What happened to his promise of reviewing all proposed legislation and exercising line item veto authority on all 'earmarks' and pork barrel expenditures? The very first piece of legislation sent to him was the Stimulous Bill (1,100 pages of text, carrying 9,000 'earmarks'

      and a price tag of $885 billion). Was it put on the internet for five days for public review? NO. Did Mr. Obama review the Bill for 'earmarks' or excercize line item veto authority on any one of the 9,000 'earmarks? NO, NOT EVEN ONE AND TO TOP THAT, HE DIDN'T EVEN READ IT!!!

      Then, there was the promise of not bringing any lobbyists into his administration. Well, I guess he meant after the first three lobbyists he added to his staff. Another example of how he says one thing and does the opposite.

      He has proven himself to be untrustworthy and deceitful. This doesn't have anything to do with his race or color, a liar is a liar.

    6. Ken St Louis says:

      Well, I hope all you liberal idiots who voted for this lying S.O.B. get what you asked for! This man hates America. Look who he associated with, Bill Ayers, that nutty preacher, etc. He intends to place every productive citizen in the position of not being able to have a decent live style, while he takes their resources to upgrade all the lazy S O Bs that refuse to prepare themselves for the work force. He intends to gut our military, while he sucks up to every tyrant on the globe! This health care bill will bankrupt America, he doesn't care, Social security will be bankrupt in a few more years, and the stupid democrats think he's wonderful!

    7. Ken St Louis says:

      Too every one in all 50 states. Somebody write to your state legislators and ask them to introduce a bill to SECEDE from the union in your state. SEcession is the only way we can escape from the evils of socialism at this point in time!

      Remember, all federal property would become state property, including land, buildings, money, etc., but leave the debts with the federalies, Hopefully the current federal criminals and the oliogarchy will collapse!

    8. Ham Lake MN says:

      Great idea Ken from St. Lou. Certainly some drastic action like this is called for.

      If your freedom is not worth taking risks for, what is? If our Republic is not worth taking action for, what is? If your childern's future is not worth fighting for, WHAT IS?

    9. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      Call for a Continental Convention! This way The States, not Congress, appoint the people attending and can close the loopholes that the Feds are abusing; force the Feds to obey the Laws set forth in the Constitution as Boundaries for the containment of Powers of the Federal Government; create a new Amendment to dissolve the Federal Bank, just as Lincoln died for a short time, and Kennedy had planned to do befor he was assassinated.

      Call for each and every State to become Sovereign, and thereby answerable only to the Constitution and its Amendments and not to DC and its Politicians.

    10. Charlotte, MI says:

      I totally agree with Ken from St. Louis. Here in Michigan, we're doomed. As if the economy isn't bad enough here. I have been contacting my Senator's and Representatives weekly. But they are not listening. They just respond, "I understand your concern…but we feel American's have been paying too much for healthcare and American's deserve more afordable healthcare. Hello!! With this plan I won't be able to aford healthcare at all.

      That's why Michigan is in the shape it's in.. heavy democrat control.. they just don't get it.

    11. Corky says:

      Everyone in this Country should just QUIT their jobs!! Boy would obama and company have a fit!!! Anyway, The only way we can win against these SOCIALISTS is to MARCH on them. Write letters. Call them. And keep it up. Don't stop until after the next election where we can vote a bunch of these fools out of office. Then we can go after the "GREAT LIAR!" HE WILL NOT MAKE A SECOND TERM….

    12. Corky says:

      The reason for another stimulus is a few of the democrats are starting to lean right and they need to be "BOUGHT OFF."

    13. Linda Carlsbad, CA says:

      This has nothing to do with health. This is about taxing us more, so they can send foreign countries more money. The UN dictators!IMF Bank!Let's spread the wealth,(borrowed wealth).Let's have more foreigners come here and pay for them!

      This is about control over our lives. Taking one more freedom from us.

      Take more jobs from us. Who will want to be a docter now!

      Make us slaves to the government! What ever happened to the home of the FREE! We have to stop them from passing this. Chicago politics as usually! This is about power!

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