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  • Health Care Fight Is The True March Madness

    March Madness

    The public doesn’t trust Washington politicians—and those politicians don’t trust each other. Those two truths could doom President Obama’s health care bill even if it weren’t an unaffordable behemoth.

    The final health debate merges multiple story lines into one, just as March Madness does for an assortment of college basketball teams. Some of these themes are:

    –The Ugliness of Today’s Washington. Trust in elected leaders is collapsing into a hole deeper than Alice ever fell into. It deepens with every disclosure of the process. “Deeming” a bill to pass; avoiding votes to avoid accountability; buying votes with taxpayers’ money, etc. “Louisiana Purchase” and “Cornhusker Kickback” are only visible symptoms of a wayward system that long ago went amok.

    –House vs. Senate Mistrust. Even if the House passed it this weekend, that bill must go back through the Senate. Knowing it could be blocked or changed in that chamber, House members are reluctant to take political risks with no reward. Thanks to the reconciliation process is being used, GOP Senators think they can win parliamentary rulings that automatically strike out multiple parts of the bill. The Senate Budget Chairman predicts the bill definitely would be changed in the Senate. That would mean a return trip to the House and a repeat of this soap opera—again diverting attention from more pressing issues like fixing the economy.

    –Making Health Care Cost More for Individuals. President Obama and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R, TN) publicly sparred over whether the bill would make individual coverage cost less or more than it does already. Eventually, Obama was forced to admit—live on C-SPAN last month—that many Americans indeed would pay 10% to 13% more. This week, an Associated Press fact check article found no truth in Obama’s oft-repeated claim that his proposal will make individuals’ health insurance more affordable.

    –Making Health Care Cost More for Government. The trillion-dollar cost of the bill (over ten years) makes people wonder how spending more would supposedly reduce the deficit. The simple answer is that it creates and raises taxes by more than a trillion dollars, such as new taxes on health insurance and medical devices. As The Heritage Foundation concludes, there are “Six Ways the Senate Health Care Bill Raises Health Care Costs, Kills Jobs, and Weakens the Economy.” The Congressional Budget Office admits its fiscal evaluation is “preliminary,” and others call the numbers “phony.”

    –Creating Doomsday. The chair of Blue Dog Democrats, Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D, SD), predicts the use of “deeming” via the Slaughter Rule, “would poison an already terribly partisan atmosphere and leave the Congress even less able to find bipartisan solutions to fiscal problems that are on the verge of becoming overwhelming.” Once more, we learn that no situation is so bad that government cannot make it worse.

    –Ignoring the Real Problems. As Rep. Jason Altmire (D, PA) told ABC News, “The long-term cost projections are simply unsustainable.” He correctly noted that cost containment is missing. Even if 15% of Americans lack insurance and want it given to them at taxpayer expense, the other 85% who have health insurance want lower premiums. Offering them a government subsidy doesn’t reduce the costs—that money has to be taken from taxpayers before a part would be given back as a subsidy. Yet that is what Obama calls “savings” for consumers. Sleight-of-hand is too kind a term for that process.

    –The “All About Me” Approach. Sadly, the White House is pitching the notion that aye votes are needed to save the Obama presidency rather than help the country. As Rep. Jose Serrano (D, NY) described after Obama met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, “He was subtle, but that was the underlying theme of the meeting — the importance of passing this for the health of the presidency.” If that means some Democrats in Congress are thrown under the bus and defeated at the polls, it’s an acceptable price to their leaders.

    So when Obama calls for Congress to show “courage” by voting on the bill it’s easy for him to say. It’s others who will pay the price—both members of his party and the beleaguered taxpayers of the United States of America.

    In basketball, March Madness will end on April 5th. But in politics, the madness promises to continue at least until November.

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    11 Responses to Health Care Fight Is The True March Madness

    1. Billie says:

      True courage is to vote in favor of the will of the people. Show courage and do the right thing.

      Obama's "plan" has EXPOSED and HIDDEN consequences. KILL THE BILL! They're so dishonest, they'll sneak everything dangerous to the people as time goes by. Government control needs removal from our private health, now! There's corruption behind anything he might say, that's in favor of the people. The government is suppose to be for the people, equally. Keep the focus on protecting the public from epidemics and stay out of the privacy of the people's individual, private, personal, responsibilities to their health.

    2. Ric, Lawton OK says:

      Can ONE GOP or talk show host point out the OBVIOUS when Pelosi or some Democrats say “the Republicans are defending the HC companies!”

      The facts:

      - Democrats cut a deal with health insurance lobby back in May just like they did with pharma! The Democrats are the buddies of insurance!

      - The democrats are giving the insurance firms 2.5 trillion in tax subsidies and 6 trillion in higher premiums plus 30 million customers who have to pay or go to jail (which is completely Unconstitutional)! Can someone please tell me if you want to “curb abuses” how handing them 8 trillion in unearned money and 30 million new customers is “making evil insurance pay”?

      - The democrats are creating a monoploy market for 5 or 6 largest insurance firms (the other 1400 odd will be mereged or bankrupted)

      Now the Democrats get “theirs” for these goodies – they get to run HC THRU the insurance firms via regulation and control of their $$$…

      This is a CORRUPT bargin – govt HC imposed for a huge amount of $$$$!

      This is FACISIM pure and simple – private mangement/profit but govt/politcal control….

      We should defend free markets and the concept of insurance – we dont need to defend or remain silent on these absurb attacks!

    3. Mike Breunig, Tucker says:

      I just watched the 3/19 ABC morning "news", with George Stephanopoulos interviewing (badgering) Bart Stupak regarding possible ways that Stupak might change his "no" vote on the healthcare bill. ABC should remove the "news" label from the screen when they are lobbying for the White House legislative agenda. I don't recall any interviews of "yes" legislators regarding how they might consider a "no" vote. These network anchors have no shame about fake journalism.

    4. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      Mike, welcome to reality! Are you just now noticing the bias of every left-wing, news media outlet, with the exception of Fox? ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC,

      and almost every news paper and news magizine in this country has hidden and destorted who and what is the real Obama. More than any other faction, this media is the reason Obama is in office today. Obama's plans to "transform"

      this nation into his socialist utopia is wholey supported and protected by

      the medima.

    5. Drew Page, IL says:

      The Obama administration is trying to tell the American people that the costs of the Senate health care bill will be $960 billion and that it will cut the U.S. deficit.

      There may be some who will buy that nonsense on faith alone, but thinking people will know that this is untrue. You can't provide health care for millions of additional people and have the costs go down.

      Further, the Congressional; Budget Office only ESTIMATES costs on the basis of what it is given by the administration. You can't steal $500 billion dollars from Medicare funding and say that reduces the cost of the Senate bill. You can't compare ten years of taxes and funding of this bill to six years of benefits being paid and say"see, the funding and the costs balance".

      If the Senate bill is passed by the House, the unfortunate thing is that the damage will have been done; regardless of the political price those who voted for this travesty will pay, it won't begin to compare to the price Americans will have to pay.

    6. Tim AZ says:

      If Obama signs this bill you haven't seen March Madness.

    7. Corky, Howey in the says:

      Never in my 63 years of life have I been more ashamed of my Government than I am right now. They took an oath to uphold the Constitution and yet they are trashing it at this very moment. Pelosi has lost all control of her reasoning powers. obama is trying with everything he has to take over this country. YES, I said take over this Country. He want to "rule" us. He wants to run this country into the ground and he's doing it. With so many out of work and if he can get healthcare in his pocket he will CONTROL our very lives!!!! Dial one for ENGLISH is only the beginning..

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    10. Drew Page, IL says:

      Are we truely only 24 hours away from economic Aramageddon?

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