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  • Obama Knows Obamacare Increases Government Control, Right?

    At his impromptu press conference yesterday, President Barack Obama again defended his health care plan this time claiming:

    I don’t know if people noted, because during the health care debate everybody was saying the President is trying to take over — a government takeover of health care. I don’t know if anybody noticed that for the first time this year you saw more people getting health care from government than you did from the private sector — not because of anything we did, but because more and more people are losing their health care from their employers. It’s becoming unaffordable. That’s what we’re trying to prevent.

    First of all, we definitely noted the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) report the President references above. But more importantly, if we are to take the President at his word, and believe him when he says he wants to prevent a government takeover of health care, then he should know that his plan is the exact wrong direction to go.

    In a separate report on the Senate health bill issued earlier this year, the CMS projected that over half (18 million) of the 33 million Americans who would gain health insurance because of Obamacare, would do so by enrolling in Medicaid … which is a government run health care program. And another 2 million would enroll in Medicaid for supplemental coverage.

    The President also said yesterday:

    We’ve got to control costs, both for families and businesses, but also for our government. Everybody out there who talks about deficits has to acknowledge that the single biggest driver of our deficits is health care spending. We cannot deal with our deficits and debt long term unless we get a handle on that. So that has to be part of a package.

    But guess what? According to that same CMS report, Obamacare would increase, not decrease, U.S. health expenditures by $234 billion by 2019.

    President Obama said of his February 25th health care infomercial:

    Let’s establish some common facts. Let’s establish what the issues are, what the problems are, and let’s test out in front of the American people what ideas work and what ideas don’t. And if we can establish that factual accuracy about how different approaches would work, then I think we can make some progress.

    As the facts above clearly show, if reducing health care spending and stopping the government takeover of health care are your priorities, then Obamacare needs to be scrapped and Congress needs to start over.

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    34 Responses to Obama Knows Obamacare Increases Government Control, Right?

    1. Bobbie Jay says:

      Businesses wouldn't have been forced to give up health care provisions if you weren't forcing them to with your ungodly,corrupt mandates, bans and increased taxing on the private sector businesses!

      I thought your job was to fix the problem, not point fingers at it. Your the one causing it, calling it a crisis. then you steal from the hard working class to fund YOUR CORRUPTION! You're the one that can lower the costs all around…but you'd rather point fingers and create man-made crisis' to force government intervention with endless costs on the private sector, forcing the removal of freedom and independence from Americans, resulting in the collapse of the country. gosh, we don't deserve your intelligence…

    2. Todd, Albany OR says:

      If our president really wants to "test out in front of the American people what ideas work and what ideas don’t", then he should be a fan of leaving government involvement with our health care choices and financing at the state level.

      This way, the states (which have to balance their budgets by the way) would test out individually how to deal with health care and the American people could actually see which ideas really do work and which ideas don't in a side-by-side comparison. All the states will naturally be driven to adopt versions of the ideas that do work (or lose their populations, and therefore their representation at the federal level, to the other states).

      That's part of the beauty behind the design of our constitution and the founding fathers designed it to work that way on purpose.

      Instead, this president has been focused like a laser on driving the entire country once and for all into the abyss of Socialized medicine because he just knows better than all of us that its the right thing to do.

    3. RogerD Henderson. Nv says:

      obama and his gang are fools. Look at the terrorist trial, obamacare, the bail out's. The list just goes on and on. Everything they touch is crap.

      WE THE PEOPLE need to replace all our representatives with people who are not socialist, communist, maoist, marxist and who believe in OUR constitution. By doing this WE THE PEOPLE would make obama and his gang null and void, until he can be replaced in 2012.

      Just do the math socialist=communist=maoist=marxist=slavery.

    4. SB Owner Springfield says:

      Obama is as disingenuous as any leader in history. Candidate Obama rails against the Health Care Industry, then as President Obama, signs into law guaranteed profits for health care industries they lobbied for in SCHIP.

      The Obama proposed mandate for every American to purchase insurance, and the employer mandate are dreams come true for big insurance companies. Government mandating people have to buy my product. How does that lower costs? It doesn't, it redistributes the risk (taxpayers) while increasing the profits of the health insurance industry.

      It's all a ruse, Obama claims to want to get costs down while insuring more Americans, helping the 'poor' or the 'children. What will result will be increased costs for taxpayers, increased profits for the insurance industry.

      The health care industry donated over $18 million to Obama, now they get their Chicago style payback. All from negotiations with lobbyists (Tauzin), and consultants (Daschle) candidate Obama said would no longer write the laws. Hypocrite.

    5. Virginia Cabot Wood says:

      You people just don't get it. Why don't you look at the statistics that (oh-uh Al Gore) released a LONG time ago to see just what we humans were doing to this little blue planet upon which we ALL live. You do Not seem to understand that we must learn to live together as best we can; Obama knows this, but you conservatives are making it very difficult …all over the world… to come together and COOPERATE!

    6. Paul Terry Stone, Su says:

      Talk about cherry picking, President Obama is a master at picking facts that can be used to support his point of view and ignoring facts that don't support his point of view.

    7. Daverino Ft. Worth says:

      This would be funny if it were happening to another country. A country that wasn't the leader of the free world.

      Have I mentioned to you lately that for the first time in my adult life I am no longer proud to be a citizen of this government?

      And yes–Michelle, change does take time, 2 years and 9 months to go!

    8. Drew Page, IL says:

      Here we go again, talking about Obama's health care plan. Again I ask, what health care plan? Has anyone heard him say that he favors, or accepts as his own, either the Senate or the House version of health care reform? I have not.

      In typical "political speak" Mr. Obama wants to provide medical care to millions of those who don't have it and he wants to cut the cost of health care at the same time. He talks of creating efficiencies, and therefore savings, in current government sponsored plans like Medicare and Medicaid. Well, what's stopping him from creating those efficiencies now? Why does he have to wait for national health care reform legislation? Could it be because the "efficiencies" he is talking about are in reality reductions in Medicare funding by $500 billion? could it be that those "efficiencies" would include paying doctors even less than they currently get from Medicare and Medicaid? Could those "efficiencies" include such things as giving the elderly who are chronically ill a "pain pill", as opposed to expensive end of life treatment, as suggested by Mr. Obama's health care consultant, Dr. Emanuel (Rahm's brother)? A lot of Americans believe the answers to these questions are 'yes'.

      I can respect anyone who empathizes with the plight of the poor. I can respect the efforts of those who feel such empathy to encourage charitable donations to help the poor. What I don't respect is someone in power telling me that he is going to legally confiscate what I have earned to pay for that which he feels the poor are entitled.

    9. Dave - Chelsea, MI says:

      Virginia Cabot Wood Newton MA –

      I recently heard an individual describe that the differences between Liberals and Conservatives can be rendered down to this simply statement: Conservatives look to their experiences of the past to learn and adjust their decisions going forward to gain improvements, while Liberals attempt to legislate the human behavior they envision in a perfect world………Hmmmm – Sounds to me like Liberals are destined to experience disappointment into perpetuity…..we are the world……Comrades!

    10. Linda Carlsbad says:

      Of course Obama knows his health reform increases government control. This and everything else he does, only grows the government, more control of the people, more money from the peoplel. Of course he knows this. He has taken over the car makers, the banks, the insurance companies. Now he wants our hospitas, docters, our pocket books!

      We don't want it. Everything the government is involved with is corrupt. When was the last thing they did to help the American people. All they want to do is take over more of our lives and tax us more! No to Obamacare!!!

    11. Greg Clements, Round says:

      Virginia,

      Here's a quarter…buy yourself a clue. Both Al Gore and Obama are complete frauds. You really need to do a little investigation into their backgrounds and where their money is (always follow the money!). Here's an "inconvenient truth" for you…Al Gore has millions of dollars invested in companies that stand to gain from "climate change" legislation. As for Obama, his money is power, which he is trying to accumulate to megalomaniac levels…Wake up!

    12. Ruby Spann White Blu says:

      Virginia, I am sure tou are a very nice person, you just don't know what is going on. Obama and All HIS PEOPLE, PELOSI and REID are ALL eleitist. They are NOT offering the health care" they have".They consider you and I below them. We are like servants. What they don't understand is you and I pay their salary, and should listen to the people. As the FACTS have come out the health care bill it will cost the tax payer billions. Business owners will drop insurance on employes(which is what Obama wants), pay a fine ,then the employee will buy the GOVERNMENT plan costing MORE money. IF YOU THINK you are going to get better health care you are going to be Very disapointed. I have friends in Canada, France, Switzerland, Africa and England, I have traveled to ALL of these countries. YOU do NOT want this health care. You would be Shocked AT THE TIMEyou have to wait for some care. The government makes Alot of decisions about when and where and how old you need to be to receive care. THEIR DEATH RATE is HIGHER than OURS. And they also have private hospitals where ones that can afford it go. Our government has Not been successful with Medicare(turns down more care than ALLother ins. co.'s) Medicaid, Social Security,Federal Income Tax and etc. . Why would anyone want government health care? We have very few people in this country that Needs help. Those are the ones we need to find answers for. 85% of people are satisfied with their healthcare, need to make it more affordable by being able to buy out of state. ANYONE IN THIS COUNTRY CAN GET FREE CARE, JUST GO TO ANY EMERGENCY ROOM. We are VERY BLESSED in this country We need to send every Congress member and Senate member that puts RARTY before voter, democrate or republician, HOME in the elections to come.We need to Insist on Term LIMITS to insure WE are listened to. That way we have control NOT SELF SERVING POLITICANS. WAKE UP AMERICANS,get ALL the Facts. Don't listen to just the LIBERAL ELEITS CBS ABC NBC. Find out where they get money grants and etc.. FOLLOW the MONEY!!! Especially with enviroment groups !!! YOU will find the Truth.

    13. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      Linda Carlsbad hit the nail on the head! Obama know exactly what he's doing.

      He stated that fact a week before he was elected when he proudly proclaimed

      he will "transformation" of this country.

      It is disheartening to read some of the responses on this blog that many people

      still cannot reconize Obama is a Marxist and Socialist that is determined to

      drag this nation into a European style socialist state. Aided by his ilk, he will

      do or say ANYTHING he must to accomplish his dream.

    14. Carol, AZ says:

      Govenment control?

      We, in America can not paid our bills.

      The dollar continues to decline.

      Obama care IS, a Government controlled health care program with a health care Czar appointed from D.C for the insurance, of "control on all levels"under this proposal.

      The control for ; HOW, WHOM, AND What Care, will be administered on ALL levels, will be regulated from D..C. under this terrible idea.

      The Dems are finally learning the truth, the Rep, independants and the silent majority.

      Sadly ,what has never been explained is WHY the word REFORM which we have heard so often, has never been introduced into the proposal

      Our current health care system is one of the best in the world.

      We all know that various changes within the current system should be, and must be, implemented.

      Where are the meeting with the, "all enpowered Drug CO's and Medical insurance carriers" who's proft margins, are somewhere around 400% each month.

      Do we all believe that they will magically , behind close dooor sessions, offer a more user friendly option(s) at the end of the day?

      We are all going down the same road of, " Blind Man Buff and "Don't Ask , Don't Tell."

      Accept at the end of this road benefits will cut to Medicare. .

      Rationed care has already been spokened about by the Physican's lobby.

      NO one ever speaks about the untold costs of doing business for the thousands of non-citizens that can walk into any public health facility for free, under the 1986 law, passed by Pres Reagan, which we have been paying for for decades.

      Reform is is needed NOT a massive PLan to Pass on, all cost of doing business to Americans.

      We are already 2.5 trillion dollars in debt with "wild pork" spending .

      Please demand REFORM within our current system , NOT a GOv't run health care program.

    15. sofiagonzelez, Texas says:

      EVEN A CAVEMAN KNOWS OBAMACARE INCREASES GOVERNMENT CONTROL!

    16. Lynn Bryant DeSpain says:

      Obama knows that He is always right and that all those who disagree are wrong. That is what Obama knows.

      Obama knows nothing about our Constituional for of Republic Government.

    17. Jill, California says:

      Evil is as evil does.

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    19. Dennis Social Circle says:

      He is so full of himself that he believes all he says. The whole thing is wrong, the system needs some adjustments, but does not need to be "guvernment" controll. The government can not controll itself, every program that has been started has not been run in an orderly fashion. All the dems and obama want is to spend this country out of existance. We as working people can not afford what has already been spent. WE MUST VOTE IN 2010, LET OUR VOICE BE HEARD AT THE POLLS AND PUT THESE PEOPLE IN THE STREET.THEN WE MUST REMIND THE NEXT ONES THEY WORK FOR US!!!!

    20. Sam, WI says:

      Am I the only one who thinks that Obama is following a bit too closely to the saying, "do as I say, not as I do"? Then again, that seems to be the case with much of Congress.

    21. Barbara Frances Delo says:

      The article quotes President Obama as saying, "We've got to control costs, both for our families and our businesses, but also for our government." And the democrats plan to do this is through establishing the benign sounding 'best practice models' and through targeted yearly cost reductions.

      The afore-mentioned 'best practice models' however, is not so benign. It means that healthcare decision making will be away from the hands of doctors. It means that a government established board who never actually meets or talks to the patient will determine what care should be recieved, whether that care should be delivered by a healthcare aide, nurse, nurse practitioner, or doctor, and how much money will be alloted to provide that care for you – with the goal of decreasing that amount annually – to yield 'cost savings.'

      There ARE better ways!

      BTW, it is interesting that a group of nurses I was with last summer were asked "Would you rather go to a doctor or nurse practitioner if you were sick?" All of the nurses present said 'a doctor.'

    22. Barbara Frances Delo says:

      The article quotes President Obama as saying, "We've got to control costs, both for our families and our businesses, but also for our government." And the democrats plan to do this is through establishing the benign sounding 'best practice models' and through targeted yearly cost reductions.

      The afore-mentioned 'best practice models' however, are not so benign. It means that healthcare decision making will be moved away from the hands of doctors. It means that a government established board who never actually meets or talks to the patient will determine what care should be recieved, whether that care should be delivered by a healthcare aide, nurse, nurse practitioner, or doctor, and how much money will be alloted to provide that care for you – with the goal of decreasing that amount annually – to yield 'cost savings.'

      There ARE better ways!

      BTW, it is interesting that a group of nurses I was with last summer were asked "Would you rather go to a doctor or nurse practitioner if you were sick?" All of the nurses present said 'a doctor.'

    23. David, Las Vegas says:

      This legislation is NOT "Health Care Reform"; it IS "Health Insurance Regulation" that will give the Administration the control over insurance companies that the Administration now has over the financial industry, and the auto industry. This whole sham, conducted in back rooms, using strong-arm tactics, and thinly veiled bribery of other legislators (Nelson, Landrieu, Dodd, etc) from both parties. I happen to live in Nevada and anxiously await my opportunity to turn "Dirty Harry" Reid out of office. I just hope public opinion can hold off the legislation that will at last give the Bleeding Left what they have always wanted: "Cradle to Grave" federal control of our own bodies.

    24. Norma from Nebraska says:

      Almost nothing of the Obama agenda is about improving life in our country. It is about POWER and CONTROL. . . . and the total destruction of the middle class. The Progressives of this country just can't stand it if they can't dictate every single aspect of our lives . . . all in the name of humanitarian relief!!!! Our choice is whether we will sit back and take it; OR stand up and say no more. The critical point of decision may be just around the corner.

      I have a great idea – let's give every single want-to-be-dictator a one-way ticket to Iran to see how like they like living in a country where NO ONE is allowed freedom of speech, the govt is run by a nut-job who believes that he is "omnipotent" . . . . that sounds familiar!

    25. Norma from Nebraska says:

      Our President said: "We’ve got to control costs, both for families and businesses, but also for our government. Everybody out there who talks about deficits has to acknowledge that the single biggest driver of our deficits is health care spending. We cannot deal with our deficits and debt long term unless we get a handle on that. So that has to be part of a package." But guess what? According to that same CMS report, Obamacare would INCREASE, not decrease, U.S. health expenditures by $234 billion by 2019, an average of $26 billion a year. Just exactly WHAT is our govt doing that will cut the costs of health care?

      There are those of us who foolishly believe that when the President uses the word "WE", that means citizens AND govt alike. However, as he has already demonstrated what he really means is "YOU". And as a token effort on the govt's part, in order to reinforce who really is in charge of this country, the govt will freeze spending on those expenditures that will effect you the most and make you wish you had just kept your mouth shut and paid more taxes instead of spouting off using your pesky "freedom of speech" business.

      This is not just common at the federal level – our State and local governments do it as well. If cuts have to be made, the first ones that come down the pike are ones that "punish" you for being so selfish as not to be willing to pay more and more taxes. And truly actions do speak louder than words – with the stroke of a pen they can make your life miserable by cutting those basic services we use on a daily basis. Meanwhile, we are still funding studys like the sex life of worms, the effect of acid on the skin of a rat, the effects of doing surgery in outer space when we have just CUT the space program.

      So those of you out there who think more government is better, you need to remember that you have to be careful what you wish for . . . you might just get it! SOMEBODY always has to pay for it, and it sure won't be the Tooth Fairy!!!!

    26. Drew Page, IL says:

      Viva, Las Vegas, David — You and your fellow Nevadians can do this country a great service by voting Harry Reid of out office.

      Actually, Mr. Reid has performed a service for the country. He has shown us how they do things in the Senate. "How much of the taxpayer's money do you want to vote my way?" Do the terms "Second Louisiana Purchase" and Cornhusker Kickback" sound familiar? This personifies everything that is wrong with government in Washington.

      We, the working American citizens of this country, deserve much better than what we have received from people like Reid and Pelosi.

      .

    27. Prudence says:

      Get real — the only thing these bills do that can be counted on is to take over as much of healthcare and any other of the freedoms we used to have as possible. Why? ? Because this WH can't be counted on to be truthful and responsible at any level; so lets stop this silly chatter about what the WH is claiming. Infact, now middle class tax hikes are "OK" — Why are we not surprised. Soooooo why don't we stop acting like the truth is expected from the WH, and start movement in the areas the electorate is interested and forget waiting for "blah blah" to become reality.

    28. Smith, Idaho says:

      These forces are out of anyones control. We started America to escape tyranny, now we are coming full circle; because those who we would run from followed us here and stayed. People who only care about power and greed. The human race is doomed to self destruct. We as a human race could accomplish so much in science, health, space etc. if we would join world wide both in information, research, and funding. This world would be an amazing place, but greed and power will stop all progress until the end of time. People who can truly make a change think of themselves first, then the greater good or not at all. Peoples actions are for the now and not for the future. Government is just a handfull of people carefully balancing the planets pie split into pieces, trying to hold onto their power/control of the rock/country they have managed to steal from humanity, fooling us all into thinking we are all together in this life. We are wage slaves to the machine called society that perpetuates the means for governments to strong arm their postion on this planet and at the end of the day all they care about is their comfy position in life and how special they feel being on top. Well I got news for you, 2,000 years from now, know one will care about you in history, and 10,000 years from now all your efforts will mean NOTHING! Hopefully something will force humanity into a balance, like a virus that takes out 99 percent of the world so we can start over. No more mad dash for this country/land and that country/land. We need to get along, or we will all die out.

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    32. Janet Ensminger says:

      How do you get through to a deaf, blind,and brain dead person? Obama is the most distructive person I know of. I just wish someone could find out something on him so he could be impeached because who knows what kind of distruction he could do to this country in 3 more years.

      We just can't have this government taking over our lives in every way and little by little that is what is happening. Someone please help before it's to late!!

      I am a senior citizen and I have never been so afraid of what is in store for my grandchildren and great grandchildren because right now they seem to be completely oblivious to what is going to happen to them.

      We must get these evil people out of Washington!!!

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    34. pissed off american says:

      of course it does dipshit thats what he wants! id rather pay thousands of dollars on my own healthcare than get it at cheap prices from the government. now the government knows everything about you. your privacy is gone, you dont have a choice of doctors, surgeries will take years not weeks to receive, and doctors will make more mistakes since they will be overworked hows that sound? obama only deserves a kick in the nuts (if he has any) and bullet between his eyes! thanks idiots for voting this terrorist in!

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