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  • Morning Bell: Get to Work Repealing Obamacare

    During his post-election press conference Wednesday, President Barack Obama was asked: “As you’re well aware, obviously, a lot of Republicans ran against your health care law. Some have called for repealing the law. I’m wondering, sir, if you believe that health care reform that you worked so hard on is in danger at this point, and whether there’s a threat, as a result of this election.” The President replied:

    Well, I know that there’s some Republican candidates who won last night who feel very strongly about it. I’m sure that this will be an issue that comes up in discussions with the Republican leadership. As I said before, though, I think we’d be misreading the election if we thought that the American people want to see us for the next two years relitigate arguments that we had over the last two years.

    The President just doesn’t get it. According to the national exit poll just 16% of voters want to leave Obamacare as is. A full 48% of voters want to see it outright repealed and another 31% want to see it changed in some way. Americans do want to relitigate Obamacare. Yesterday, here at The Heritage Foundation, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to do just that:

    On health care, that means we can — and should — propose and vote on straight repeal, repeatedly. But we can’t expect the president to sign it. So we’ll also have to work, in the House, on denying funds for implementation, and, in the Senate, on votes against its most egregious provisions. At the same time, we’ll need to continue educating the public about the ill-effects of this bill on individuals young and old, families, and small businesses.

    News today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics only reinforces the case that Obamacare must be repealed if our economy is going to recover. The October jobs report shows that the nation’s unemployment rate remains unchanged at an unacceptably high 9.6%. Obamacare is a tremendous drag on job creation. Businesses suffer higher costs under Obamacare. They are struggling to meet disruptive employer mandates; accommodate new taxes on insurance, drugs, medical devices and investment; and comply with piles of Federal agency regulations and IRS paperwork. These costs will be either passed on to customers or to employees who will face lower wages or lost jobs. Congress must Get to Work immediately on this issue. Specifically, they should:

    • Repeal Obamacare: Congress must immediately pass a law repealing Obamacare.
    • Withhold Funding, Block Provisions and Regulations: Until Obamacare is repealed, Congress should withhold funding, block key provisions, and override regulations carrying out Obamacare.
    • Proceed Carefully Towards Market-Based Reform: After Congress repeals Obamacare, it should give thoughtful consideration to practical adjustments to permit the free market to furnish Americans with affordable, effective health care insurance choices.
    • Promote Personal Control: Congress should promote personal control of health coverage and costs through the free market, where individuals have the opportunity to make market decisions based on price and value. For example, Congress should redirect health care spending under the Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to help low-income families and individuals purchase private health insurance.
    • Enable Portability: Congress also should enact a law that facilitates Federal and State activities to increase the portability of private health insurance coverage.

    Yesterday, Sen. McConnell was realistic about what conservatives can really accomplish in just the next Congress:

    We may not be able to bring about straight repeal in the next two years, and we may not win every vote against targeted provisions, even though we should have bipartisan support for some. But we can compel administration officials to attempt to defend this indefensible health spending bill and other costly, government-driven measures, like the stimulus and financial reform. We also need groups like Heritage to continue studying the ill-effects of the health care bill, and to show how its implementation is hurting families, seniors, and small businesses, limiting choices and making us less competitive.

    The Heritage Foundation will do just that. And we will also help keep Congress honest on other issues as well. That is why The Heritage Foundation has created the Solutions for America: Get to Work checklist. Repealing Obamacare is just one of five tasks Congress must complete – as the BARE MINIMUM REQUIRED – to fulfill its electoral mandate. You can download and print all of the “Get to Work” fact sheets and checklist, here.

    Quick Hits:

    • In a letter to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed that Obamacare will increase drug prices.
    • In an e-mail to employees, AARP admitted health care premiums will increase by 8 percent to 13 percent next year because of Obamacare.
    • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may cost taxpayers as much as $685 billion Standard & Poor’s said Thursday.
    • Newly elected governors in at least 11 states are are planning to blunt key parts of Obamacare.
    • You can listen to Heritage experts James Carafano, Brian Riedl, Curtis Dubay, David Azerrad and Nina Owcharenko discuss Heritage’s new Checklist for the incoming Congress, here.
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    85 Responses to Morning Bell: Get to Work Repealing Obamacare

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      Yes to all of the above! Congress needs to be disciplined in only repealing. Congress has to resist "fixing" the legislation. The law need only be a single sentence that is very clear that the law – complete with all proper references – is here by repealed. It should fit on a single side of an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper.

      After this, any further legislation need to remove the pointless regulations and regulatory bodies that have been making healthcare more expensive than it needs to be. The goal should be that in the end, a family can go to a local town doctor and get a checkup without having to fill out droves of forms. A doctor should net need droves of accountants and office administrators to check a kids temperature or to mend that kids broken bone in her leg.

      The federal government out of control nature in having a hand in every part of our lives is the core root as to why health care costs so much. The end should be government free healthcare.

    2. Turner, Massachusett says:

      Obama gets it, he knows where his opponents stand; he does not care. He's not that stupid, he is arrogant.

    3. Mike Glass, Texas says:

      We should repeal Obama care entirely. Due to the discussion of this care plan the drug companies are increasing their costs and the thought of government run health care will cost more. The delay in the repeal only costs our senior citizens more money when they buy their prescriptions. They did not even get a increase at all in the last 2 years on Social Security. The increase in medical cost to them only means they have less to exist on. Many only receive $1000.00 per month. You don't live well on that little and any increase in medical means they eat less. Please help by repealing Obama care and require the manufactures of medication and services to lower the cost increases of the last 2 years to help the Senior Citizens.

    4. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      WHY does the HF, and GOP

      believe the



    5. Wesson, MS says:

      The exit polls cited, indeed, revealed 16 per cent of Americans want health care reform to stay as it is now and 31 per cent want to EXPAND it. That's 47 per cent against repeal vs. 48 per cent favoring such action. (Apparently five per cent are neutral.) Not numbers that should encourage reasonable politicians to push it as a priority! President Obama's push for extensive health care reform while seemingly putting the economy, jobs, and other issues on a back burner was an important factor in the implosion experienced by Democrats in the mid-term elections. Those who resurrect the agonizing, divisive fight over health care reform risk the same fate as Democrats two years from now. American voters want action on the economy and do not want their elected representatives to waste time on a fruitless attempt to remake history.

    6. Jack E Lohman says:

      Repeal it? Absolutely YES.

      Replace it with a single-payer Medicare-for-all system that 65% of the public supports. But the supporters of your "market-based solution," the for-profit insurance industry, does NOT support such a fix. Because it take the "profit" out of health care and spends it instead on … health care!!! And we'd save $400 billion in administration costs at the same time. The 45 million more covered will take more doctors and nurses and technicians, i.e., more jobs. For more details see http://moneyedpoliticians.net/2010/02/19/medicare

    7. Donna Hyder says:

      The time is "now" for all to pray. We must support our elected in these new positions, and cry out to the Lord for their protection. We must pray for these

      to be strong and speak with authority, for this is our time to take back what

      has been stolen.


      Thank you for the support and committt

    8. Trip Summersell, Bir says:

      Congress must spend more time and energy selling market based reforms than fighting Obamacare. The public understands that Obamacare is a disaster. Now we need alternatives. We must find a way to get the message out that: a) Conservatives/Republicans/Tea Partiers really do want health care system reforms and b) have viable alternatives that will be effective.

      The Democrats and the press will stand in the way, of course, but that's no excuse. We must use the internet and all available technologies and forums to educate the public. And, we should get the very best minds in public relations, education and marketing involved. Two years will pass very quickly.

    9. Ed Schroeder, Pensac says:

      Thank goodness this train might be stopped but i don't understand why the insurance and medical industries gets to watch from the sidelines while the politicians debate on the hill? Why aren't they in the arena of ideas to bring down the costs and increase services? Why aren't they demonstrating some believable concern about our health and healthcare affordability? They should be in the media identifying the problems and pushing the fix instead of buddying with Obama for years and hiding behind the tea party today. Their silence is deafening.

    10. Lew Richards Palm Ba says:

      YES, REPEAL Obamacare is the VERY FIRST item our new Congress must do!! Nothing is more dangerous to our natio than the socialistic Obamacare force fed law that our socialist president forced upon us!

      PLEASE BEGAN work now not just to change a bad bill but to destroy in total!

    11. Gene Adamusik, Wilmi says:

      I agree we need to repeal Healthcare as it presently exists. This should be a smontaneous two step process. Repeal and replace. The replacement document should be short, such as a Bill Of Rights Or the Constitution of Health Care.

    12. Lloyd Scallan (New O says:

      Again, HF is being somewhat naive to believe Obama still "don't get it". He knows full well what he is attempting to complete. Obama knows the people know, Expect even more of an effort to advance his agenda within the next few months. He is aware, as well as his handlers, that this is their last chance to "transform" this nation.

    13. KC - New Mexico says:

      Damage done by Obamacare is expensive and now it is hurting the bottom line. Today, an article specified that even the AARP employees will now have an 8 to 13% increase in premiums next year. Remember they were the firm that supported Obamacare.

      I have felt the increase as well. I pay for a family plan with my employer – a very large aerospace company. This year, the premium went up about 10% with deductibles changing from $150 per person to $500 per person. For next year, my premiums for the exact same policy will increase $74 per pay period or 48%. Thank God that my family’s health is good. I work hard for what I have, pay a lot in taxes, and now will pay much more for healthcare so that others who can’t afford healthcare will have some. I am ready to stop working and let someone else – the government, pay for me – I am entitled!

    14. Jerry Park, Fremont says:

      I would like to see much more emphasis placed on tort reform and why it was not included in the ObamaCare legislation. The main purpose of this legislation was to reduced the costs of health care. In my opinion, the lawyers need to be removed from the process except under very extreme conditions. No ambulance chasers should profit from frivolous law suits. There is so much waste of time, energy, and money with all the medical tests and procedures that doctors and hospitals are forced to conduct.to protect themselves from medical malpractice law suits..

    15. Pat Nelson, CA says:

      Thanks again for making everything so clear and concise. Just please do a re-read of your last paragraph, as there are a couple of incorrect words!

    16. PAULETTE MERRITT, 18 says:

      This actully questions rather then a comment.

      1. I show the Bush Tax cuts were $700,000,000,000,000. for the middle to low class and 3,000,000,000. for the persons or businesses makeing over $250,000. Is this accurate? Please advise.

      2. What percentage do persons or businesses pay in taxes who are making over $250,000. and what percentage do those pay in taxes making under $250,000. pay? I heard it was 3% for those making under $250,000. and 97% for those making over $250,000. Is this true?

      3. I saw a graph on Fox news that showed the deficit from the year 2000 through the year 2009 and how the Iraq war affected the deficit. Can you tell me where I might find that graph?

      4. Also, I would like a graph showing when and how long recessions has lasted in the country from 1978 to present. Do you know where I can find that.

      These are important facts everyone should know and I would like to present these graphs to my Sunday School and at work.

    17. Mark Coffman, San Pe says:

      Right on!!!! Keep those republicans on task with this issue! We must REPEAL! There is no other acceptable alternative!!!!

    18. JERRY DONLAY, HAYS K says:


    19. Steve Meyers, Oregon says:

      Please proof read your posts. I agree 100% with everything you stand for, but when these blog posts are full of typos, it only gives our opponents fuel to feed their perception of conservatives being stupid and ignorant. We must be clean and articulate in all of our communications to prevent our opponents from creating false impressions about conservatives.

      Keep up your awesome work!

    20. Chuck, Powell Ohio says:

      McConnell is throwing up a smoke screen, a false facade. While he is strongly courting Heritage in a pathetic attempt to gain Conservative props, he works behind the scenes with the NRCC to save RINOs in Alaska.

      Unfortunately, Heritage seems to be taking the bait and allowing McConnell to use them at this critical point in American politics. If Heritage wants a Senatorial sponsor, they should be going straight to Jim DeMint, or even Marco Rubio.

      McConnell is Gerald Ford in John McCain's clothing.

    21. Drew Page, IL says:

      Odd, isn't it, that on the subject of health care reform Democrats now want to know what the Republicans are "for". When Republicans tried to make their voices heard on the subject of health care reform, before it was signed into law, Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid wanted NO INPUT AT ALL FROM REPUBLICANS.

      The debate on health care reform that was to include doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, representatives of the pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and bipartisan members of Congress — which was to be televised on C-SPAN, per Mr. Obama's repeated promises — never took place. And it wasn't because the Republicans prevented it. The only debate that did take place on the subject was among the Democrats only, behind closed doors. The bill passed only after enough arm twisting was done in the House and enough bribery was paid in the Senate.

      So when it comes to health care reform, I don't want to hear the Democrats or Mr. Obama saying "What are the Republicans for?" You had many chances to find out what the Republicans were for when it came to health care reform, but none of you were interested in listening. Instead, you slapped together 3,000 pages of legislation, with no input from Republicans, that no one bothered to read and immediately signed it into law without a single Republican vote, over the objections of 60% to 70% of the American public.

      NOW DEMOCRATS DEMAND TO KNOW WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE FOR. Let me tell those interested Democrats what this Republican is for:

      1. Continuing the Bush tax cuts for all income earners, as of 1/1/11, for at least five yeats.

      2. Reducing the tax on businesses and corporations from 39% to 25%.

      3. Cutting ridiculous government spending like the President taking an entourage of 3,000 people on a junket to India, Indonesia, etc. at a cost to the taxpayers of $200,000,000 a day. $2 billion for a 10 day junket. How many homeless people could have been sheltered for that $2 billion? How many sick children without insurance could have been treated?

      3. Cutting federal government employees, except for the military, by 20%.

      4. Freezing the pay of all federal employees, except the military, effective 7/1/11, for three years.

      5. Deploying the National Guard to reduce illegal immigration and drug smuggling across the U.S./Mexican border.

      6. Continued deportation of all illegal aliens and any of their children, even those born in the U.S., under the age of 18 until such children reach the age of 18.

      7. Privatizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and including them under the recent financial reform legislation.

      8. No further bailouts or buyouts of any private sector businesses by the federal government.

      9. No military incursions into any other country without the express majority vote of both Houses of Congress.

      10. A Constitutional amendment requiring the federal government to annually submit and live within a balanced budget.

      11. A cost-benefit analysis of each federal department, starting with the Department of Education.

      12. Term limits for each elected office. A maximum of two terms, per lifetime in the Senate and a maximum of four terms, per lifetime, in the House. Elected office should not be a career and pensions for Congressional office holders should be eliminated for all those elected to those positions on and after 1/1/12.

      These are a few of the things I am for. Put these propositions to the Democrats and let's see who the "Party of No" is.

    22. Dennis Georgia says:

      As a result of the obamacare bill my insurance premium has increased a lot. We as tax payers can not afford what this is going to cost, we are in debt now to our eyes and sinking. Yet obama is not willing to give on this thing. Business is scared to do anything due to the cost of healthcare and regulations that come with it. If this country is going to survive spending has to be cut, we can not continue to give billions to other countries, billions to those that think the "guvment" owes them something. The dems and obama are living in a dream world and are suffering from a bad case of what I call "HUBS".

      The republicans have to buckle down and stop this crap before all is lost.

    23. James Davis - Victor says:

      Obama is sick person who needs counseling. He actually thinks the common Americans are ignorant and fails to realize that good common sense is what he needs. He has never really worked for a living and fails to see what normal people do for a living. One of these days he will wakeup and see how wrong he is in his judgement.

      I just hope that we have come back to our senses and will not allow this to happen again. We have to protect our children and grandchildren from losing the real American way to live and enjoy life to its fullest!

    24. john smylie, San Mar says:

      Perhaps the new congress could add tort reform to the current health care bill. I am a defense attorney. The threat of lawsuits creates over- diagnosis and additional expensive medications. California has a limited pain and suffering award with full compensation for medical expenses.

    25. Brian says:

      The republicans must use the same power used to enact Obamacare to repeal it.

      Where outright repeal is the goal, it maybe necessary to make significant cuts and reductions to it such that the remainder can be discarded without a fuss.

      There should be a reading of the bill, since one was not done prior to its passage, such that those provisions which clearly having nothing to do with "health care" are summarily disposed of.

    26. Kevin Nelson says:


      Nice piece. Let me ask you this: Has anyone thought of potentially forming what I'll call "Obamacare Truth Squads," basically citizens (and doctors, nurses and medical people, if they're interested) who would become knowledgeable about Obamacare and then speak at civic groups such as Rotary and senior groups and so forth about the dangers of the bill? To educate and warm people (and the media) in order to continue to build the opposition to it?

    27. Brian says:

      It took the power of speaker of the house to ram this through.

      John Boehner needs to use the same power to remove this legislative catastrophe.

    28. H Samuel Smith Bette says:

      Nothing has been said about returning the control and administration of health care to the States. They already have some of the infrastructure needed to administrate whatever the new provisions of Obama care are that might be retained.

      Congress should immediately do away with the 18 or 20 positions established by Obama care and turn over the care of health for the citizens of each State to the States. Of course adequate funding must be provided to the states so that they can properly administer to the health care insurance needs of the citizens.

      We don't need nor do we want the Federal bureaucracy telling doctors and other health providers what is needed for proper health care.

      H Samuel Smith

    29. Tom Pritchard, Sun C says:

      Re: Obama doesn't get it………

      Don't kid yourself, he gets it BUT Obama Care is a main part of his Socialist Change Agenda. He knows that it could bankrupt us but again, it's part of his agenda. He doesn't care about conservative public (enemies) opinion. His opinion is the only one that matters.

      I've always wondered why no news vehicle has ever mentioned the possibility that Obama's true agenda is to destroy or cripple the USA because that's the route he's been on since he got elected. Keeping the Republicans out of the loop almost guaranteed passage of his unconstitutional bills. He'll never, willingly, admit to making a mistake or surrender (sign legislation) killing Obama Care.

    30. Michael Hoyes, Yorkt says:

      The definition of ego…he thinks his message didn't get through…he doesn't understand, or doesn't want to understand that apparently OUR message isn't getting through…we have heard his message, and don't want what he is selling…he should be listening to our message, which is, WE DO NOT WANT YOUR MESSAGE!

    31. Vic...in the west says:

      It is going to be VERY important for the new leaders to show they are going to work FOR the people instead of padding their own nest. If they do not do that..i don't care who is in office or what they say the agenda should be.

      If we can begin with 2 term limitations on any government office INCLUDING Supreme Court Justices….and a LIMITED compensation program for those who have served (No full retirement benefits packages)…THEN people will begin to believe them when they say they feel "called to serve".

    32. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      There are now well over a million "hits" on Dr. David Janda's You-Tube talk on the inevitable health care rationing if ObamaCare stands. If you haven't already viewed the commentary I strongly suggest you do it. Sadly, Dr. Robert Steele didn't defeat Representative Dingell but did manage to get 43 percent of the vote in a very "blue" district. If all the voters in the district had viewed the commentary the election outcome may have been very different.

    33. toledofan says:

      Well, if both McConnel and Boehner listen to Heritage, then, that's a good thing and we should at least start moving in the right direction. The real sad part of this landscape is that the mainstream media will probably waste more time trying to stiffle the Republicans efforts and create some smoke and mirrors to derail the things that really need to be done. The other reality is that there are still some Rino's that may think a compromise is the best solution, I say to those guys, no compromise, repeal the healthcare bill, stop the runaway spending, and follow the wishes of the American people. Don't let the Democrats suck you into their quicksand.

    34. Randy Dutton says:

      Immediately unfreeze oil drilling permits. Send a signal we will allow business to develop jobs.

      Force the EPA to withdraw its job killing regulations including the E15 authorization, the dirt is pollution declaration, the CO2 is pollution declaration, and the jurisdiction of every hole and rivlette where water collects declaration.

      Decertify public employee unions. The current situation causes a conflict of interest.

      Change government pension rules to directed input, not directed benefit. Taxpayers should not be on the hook for anybody's pension for anymore than the initial contribution.

      End agricultural subsidies.

      End the co-signing of loans by federal agencies for businesses that can't succeed without subsidies. Such is the case with biofuel, PV, and wind turbine projects.

      Change most government funding to biennial budgets, from annual budgets. This will cut overall costs, and provide for better contract awards.

      Keep funding bills specific to the goal, and eliminated unrelated spending attachments.

      Change most government funding to biennial budgets, from annual budgets. This will cut overall costs, and provide for better contract awards.

      Keep funding bills specific to the goal, and eliminated unrelated spending attachments.

      Most military equipment that has some significant idle time, should have a commensurate protection plan. That is, protect the vehicles, equipment, and materials held in storage with appropriate anti-corrosion means. The payback is significant, often 50:1.

      End the wind turbine subsidy that is causing a dramatic increase in the demand for the decreasing supply of rare earth elements (REE). China has a 97% monopoly of REEs and is ceasing the export of much of it to force manufacturing to China. Wind turbines require up to 4000 pounds of REEs, and REEs are critical for most modern equipment production. So to protect US manufacturing we must reduce REE demand to allow existing supply to be used for more critical applications such as computers, smart glass, lasers, aircraft, military weapons, etc.

    35. George Dubendris, Ru says:

      Obama really isn't interested in bringing a better life to Americans. He is more interested in lowering our standard of living to achieve "economic parity"with the rest of the world.

      Ah yes,"Dreams of my father.

    36. and2therepublic, ill says:

      I agree with Senator McConnell that repeal should be continually pressed even though repeal seems unlikely. We must begin now to put conservatives in the majority in the Senate; to hold or gain majority in the lower house; and place a conservative in the WH. This majority of conservatives, like the recent liberal majority, is the only way to reverse progressive policy.

    37. Ed Foster, Brevard, says:

      You do not encourage respect for The Heritage Foundation by stating that unemployment remains at 9.6% while totally ignoring the fact that 150,000 jobs were created last month … 2 1/2 times the projection.

      I am in favor of repealing Obamacare because it discourages job creation and is unconstitutional. However, I do not support selective filtering of data to achieve that end.

    38. Kathryn Turluck, Gre says:

      Repeal the obamahealth care bill it's wrong for the people and wrong for America!

      We have the greatest health care in the world, I don't want government telling me OR making me pay for their agenda!

    39. Pat McCann, Mo. says:

      there is so much that needs to be repealed. it is not about health care, it is about control of the people. from the rationing boards, to the civilian army ,to the takeover of the student loans, its all about controlling the American public. why can't anyone see that. why else would they have the National Coordination for Health Information Technology. or pass the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparitive Effectiveness Research passed in the stimulas bill. what other things are they going to hide deep in the next bill. go google these, if you think i am making them up. they are going to ration health care, and hope we all die, obama wants to be declared dictator, or king, or any thing that will put him in control that we can not get him out. it may just be the Christian conservativies today, but will eventually include all people down the road.

    40. Jim Hazle says:

      Don't forget tort reform. Unnecessary legal and malpractice insurance costs are a huge drain on the health care system.

    41. Andrew, VA says:

      I'm glad you want to repeal ObamaCare. But what about Medicare Part D?

      That, too, costs Americans a lot of money, limits choices etc. Looking through your archives, I can see Heritage fought tooth and nail against that when it was on Capitol Hill. Why not repeal that as well?

    42. George, MI says:

      We don't need to create new laws to help out with making health care affordable, we need to get rid of laws that make health unaffordable.

    43. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      I'm going to begin this with a plea to Congress. Repeal Obamacare now. I'm not saying "pretty please with sugar on top." I'm not five. I'm 51. Yet, there are those in

      Congress, and yes, the White House, who treat us like we're five-years-old. If we're

      a nation of five-year-olds, then Obama's acting like he's either in the Terrible Twos,

      or a behaving like a rebellious teenager. Personally, I'd prefer a five-year-old to a two-year-old. I'd also prefer a 70-year-old president like Ronald Reagan, to a 49-year-old-going-on-15-year-old president like Barack Obama. If Ronald Reagan was running for President against Barack Obama today, I think Reagan would have won. Why? Reagan had better ideas. Tax cuts instead of "spreading the wealth around," "peace through strength," instead of appeasement through weakness. Reagan wouldn't have have had a $787 billion dollar stimulus, Reagan wouldn't have rammed through a costly health care law. Reagan would have had a

      law that called for tort reform. Also, Reagan, unlike Obama, wouldn't have cancelled NASA's Constellation Program. So how would Ronald Reagan, who never had a Republican Congress in his lifetime, and his time in office, probably would have appreciated the tea party. Would Reagan have nationalized GM and Chrysler? No, he wouldn't. Would Reagan have cut government spending? If he had a Republican Congress, yes, he would. Depending on what he had to cut.

      Would Reagan have used a teleprompter for even the most mundane things?

      Reagan, the consumate actor, are you kidding me? NO! No, he wouldn't have.

      To quote Lady Ga Ga, "OBAMA, ARE YOU LISTENING?"

    44. David Johnson says:

      Your healthcare bill sucks and you know it,Shame on you,You where the first black man to be president and because of all the crap you pulled you will be the last black man to be,what a slap in the face to all blacks

    45. Ann Geniusz says:

      We have the best health care system in the world by far. It may not be perfect but it sure beats anything they may have in any other country by a long shot. At least now we don't have to wait for months for an appointment and possibly years for a procedure that may save our lives. And God forbid anyone is over the age of 65 or 70, in that case you may not get treated at all! And since when does the government have the right to force us to purchase anything! We have gotten so far of course, I just pray we can get back on track to being the best and most powerful nation on earth! My mantra will always be "ONE NATION UNDER GOD" Ann Geniusz

    46. Bridget, Dana Point says:

      "News today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics only reinforces the case that Obamacare must be repealed if our economy is going to recovery."

      Should be "recover."

    47. Leo, Salisbury, Mary says:

      On Nov.2nd I voted for a Republican for Congress after being satisfied with the performance of a "Blue Dog" Democrate for the last two years. I did this simply to help knock Speaker Pelosi out of the leadership position and to give Republicans the majority. This was not so much a vote for Republicans as it against was Democrats! If they, Republicans, fail to understand this then they will feel the hammer in two years.

      The challenge for Tea Party advocates is to begin now vetting candidates for the 2012 elections. This must be done now in order to be ready to give us credibel alternatives for those members of Congress whom do not live up to our expectations. There can be no more persons with a witche in their backgrounds and they must be able to articulate their beliefs clearly.

      All poloticians need to understand that we got the message and have sent our reply.

    48. Mike, Chicago says:

      Repeal and impeach now.

    49. Rod Withee. Utah says:

      you morons in Washington DC, you can't even do your own job right, what in the world make you think that you know anything about health care. Why don't you leave it to the people that know more about health care then you do. The Doctors, Nurses and everyone eles in the health care business, For crying out loud let the doctors get together and come up with a plan, not you morons.

    50. Mary Mercer, Hudson, says:

      Repeal Health Care bill and start over. This is not a bill I want any part of. Too many blind spots and hidden things in it that have nothing to do with health care and the health care parts are not acceptable without some adjustments. Reject it as it is! Thank You Mary Mercer

    51. DJ Tennessee says:

      Obama care is a disgrace to ANYone who voted for it —- when in fact THEY NEVER READ IT !!!! How absurd is that, and we actually elected these folks – How absurd it THAT…. Are we all nuts ?????

      We deserve the doom and gloom ahead ! Is it any wonder this whole country is depressed ? CHANGE – well here it is folks!

    52. PippN, Severna Park says:

      The most prudent immediate action is simply refuse to fund or defund the most expensive parts of O'Bamacare, e.g. the formation of a new government agency. But this doesn't solve the problem. Tort claims and regulation are the real culprits.

      Skyrocketing health care costs are driven, in large part, by excessive testing and preventative measures forced upon the medical profession by a health insurance industry cringing in fear of tort claims. Overreaching government regulations, at both state and federal levels, is behind exobitant administrative costs and they have doctors fearing they could lose the license every time they write a prescription for pain medication . The entire medical community is operating under a governmental jack boot with salivating tort lawyers standing ready to gobble up the scraps.

      In short, we must minimize government intrusion into health care and tell the Tort Lawyers Association to eat a bug. Doctors have to be able to operate under a sort of qualified immunity from suit. As it stands, doctors have 10 people looking over their shoulder as the try to work. And guess what? It's not working. The risk of making a mistake has increased. And, the expense can only be mildly described as counterproductive.




    54. Jeanne Stotler, Wood says:

      Ken Jarvis, I was widowed at 44, I had four children in school and had quit Nursing school to get married. I went back to school, and worked nights, I continued to work until at 61 I broke a vertabrae lifting a patient, then I collected Soc. sec. as a widow. I have paid for health Ins out of my pocket, I still do as I have a supplement policy and I don't complain. No one owes it to me< I owe it to myself and family. When my husband was main breadwinner we had Ins. through his compNY, it was deducted twice a month from his check, after he died I carried Ins. and paid for it out of my check. There are too many people who think that they are owed, I was taught that you take care of yourself and your family. I do know as a nurse that there are some who are poor, Medicaid provides for them, there is also ins. for uninsureds children, is it easy to take care of your family, a resounding NO, but you can it's called having priorities, a place to live, food, healthcare, then you can worry about the big TV, new car etc. as I said it's PRIORITIES.

    55. Trina Mann, Virginia says:

      I'm not quite sure "re-litigate" is the correct term — how about if it gets properly litigated for the first time — maybe that would alleviate some — or ultimately ALL — of the problems with this rammed-down-our-throats non-legislated cancer.

    56. John H Addison MD says:

      The single reason that health care reform has been on the agenda of the Nixon, Carter, Clinton, and now Obama administration is the rising cost of health care.

      The biggest reason for the rise in health care cost is the increase in utilization of services. The biggest reason for the rise in services is the disconnect between the provider of services (doctors) and the consumer (patients) because of the middle man insurance. Employer provided health insurance (started by World War II price controls to entice workers) and government provided and funded insurance (medicare and medicaid) pay for the services but the costs are not paid by the recipient of the service.

      SO: Unless the new republican congress (or the conservative bloggers even) have the strength to advocate complete reform of the Employer based insurance program and the Medicare program (all very popular among patients who love free stuff) we will never get the problem off our back.

      SO: repealing health care reform sounds good but the crisis will not go away without fundamental reform: or without making patients pay for a lot more of their healthcare.

      JHAddison MD FACP

    57. Adam F. Dorin, M.D., says:

      Obamacare needs to be de-funded, then repealed in '13 when a new president is in the White House (and the Senate is under Republican control); MEANWHILE, we need to dismiss the AMA as anything but a corrupted, ineffective, and unfaithful remnant of physician trust and representation. See http://www.AmericasMedicalSociety.com for the latest entry on the AMA, courtesy of Matthew Sheffield and NewsBusters: "…Michael Maves, the president of the nation’s largest doctor group announced his resignation today. He was one of the Obama White House’s top allies in the recent health care battle. During the Clinton administration’s prior attempt to expand the federal government’s role in health care, the AMA’s opposition was often cited as a key point against the legislation.

      During Maves’ tenure, that position was reversed. Given the vast and significant public (and physician) discontent with Obamacare, this raises questions about what the AMA will be advocating now that victorious Republicans have signalled their desire to repeal or significantly change many aspects of what’s become popularly known as Obamacare."

    58. R. Saenz - NYC says:

      The Republicans are being given a "new lease on their party's life." We the people have spoken. We have expressed our concerns. The GOP must heed our demands. If the GOP responds to the will of the people and satisfies our concerns they'll be in power for many years to come. It's that simple.

    59. Terry ...in the east says:

      It does no good to say to repeal Obama Care. Obama will just veto all the legislation that is put forth trying to do that. If it is not funded, then it cannot be enacted. The actual repeal cannot take place until he is not in office anymore. Health care has issues that need to be fixed and the Republicans need to focus on those issues to show that they actually had a plan and were not listened to when the health care debacle was going on.

    60. Jack E Lohman says:

      What am I doing wrong? Have I been banned because you disagree with my comments? Tell me what I am doing wrong!

      I posted yesterday:

      Repeal it? Absolutely YES. Replace it with a single-payer Medicare-for-all system that 65% of the public supports. But the supporters of your "market-based solution," the for-profit insurance industry, does NOT support. Because it take the "profit" out of health care and spends it instead on … health care!!! 45 million more covered will take more doctors and nurses and technicians, i.e., more jobs. For more details see http://moneyedpoliticians.net/2010/02/19/medicare

    61. esrnetwz, WA says:

      There are too many economic and health bombs hidden in Obomacare. This congress needs to starve the beast now and repeal it completely when the tea party gets control of the Senate in '12!!!

    62. esrnetwz, WA says:

      The most pressing need right now is to get the folks who think obamacare is a good thing to discuss the issues sans emotion. If we can do this they will soon realize that they are shooting themselves in the foot by supporting his agenda.

    63. Wayne Butler, Tennes says:

      Mandate Obama produce a long form (signed) birth certificate. I doubt very seriously that he can do that. This would VOID all legislation signed by him in the last two years.

    64. debra dallas texas says:

      obamacare i think should be over thrown some people can not afford health in. and i heard that if you did not have it the irs would fine you and that might lrad to jail time and then the presoners get free heath care and the illigal people will get free healhcare i just bet hat if americans go to other countries we will not get free any thing and other countries have rules for traverlers 90 stay thwn go home or some where else

    65. Diane, Bensalem, PA says:

      Obamacare has to be repealed and redone. My Husband just got his new premium from Humana. He is 74 years old. His premium is going up from $43.00 to $191.00. He even called Humana to find out what was going on with a 4005 increase. They said blame it on Obama Care, because they now have to insure 30,000 more people. Senior Citizens can;t afford this. They are on social security and this will be the 2nd year without a raise in that. I am still working and for now my employer has paid my healthcare but I m afraid what will happen this year. IF Keystone raises there rates I will probably have to pay into it and I can't afford that . There are some goods things that we need to keep, Pre-existing conditions is one of them. We have to get rid of MAKING POPLE GET INSURANCE. I am an Personal LInes Insurance agent. Yes, PA does require car ins but if people can;t afford it they try to avoid it.

    66. Craig Carlsted, Gran says:

      Dear Mr. President,

      The healthcare initiative is a good idea for those who have no alternative. I don't have confidence that the government should or has the ability to manage my healthcare properly. Those of us who have earned heathcare benefits through our employers should not have to pay more to get less!

    67. Joyce, Columbus Ohio says:

      In Columbus and you get sick of injured enough to go to the ER without health insurance they take you anyway. With Obamacare I doubt if they ever see you.

    68. Gerry W. says:

      To Ben C., Ann Arbor, MI: Thank you for the info about Dr. David Janda's You-Tube talk. I will definitely go there to listen. Meanwhile, there is also a talk by Ronald Reagan about socialized medicine that you may be interested in hearing: Go here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRdLpem-AAs

    69. Jill, California says:

      To anyone who promotes tort reform, beware the dangers of protecting the doctors without protecting their patients.

      I sued a doctor for medical malpractice after he performed the wrong surgical procedure and did permanent damage to my knee. He had never discussed the different options with me beforehand (i.e., failed to get informed consent). He didn't perform the procedure specified on all of the preoperative paperwork, including my signed consent form. This was not a case of him having the option to choose an appropriate procedure once he saw the extent of the injury. Nor was it a case where I knew the potential problems beforehand. He clearly was negligent, and he deserved to be sued.

      Sadly, I couldn't get him for all the damage he did. Even before the fateful surgery, he lost my Workers' Comp insurance for me by failing to be clear, accurate, and specific in his letter to the claims adjuster. The doctor's grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure were so bad that he made it look like my industrial injury was nonindustrial. I lost hundreds of hours fighting to restore my coverage. But I couldn't sue him for my lost income as a result that negligent act.

      Tort reform is necessary in cases of frivolous lawsuits. But when it comes to negligent and incompetent doctors, we need to treat the problem, not the symptoms. We need to rid our country of the negligence and incompetence that makes medical malpractice lawsuits necessary.

    70. Robert A. Ulrich, Pr says:

      You are dreaming if you think you are going to repeal Obamacare in one act. The President will veto this action, the Senate will support the veto, and the house will stand alone. While it will take more time, I would suggest the appropriate action is to go through the Obamacare statute and extract all the so called "ear marks" that have nothing to do with healthcare. The first in my book would be to eliminate the two police forces Obama wants to create that are to equal the size of our standing army. Next would be the 16,000 IRS agents needed to enforce income related items not strictly improving the quality of healthcare. And this list will go on and on. If each of these non-health issues is brought to the floor, the public, even the dedicated Obamacrats are going to have to acknowledge that 2000 pages was not necessary to address health issues. Repealing the earmarks will expose the hyporcrisy of the current administration and the Pelosi-Reid combine. It is the best way to make sure that the election in 2012 reflects what happened on November 2nd, and not a repeat of 2008.

    71. Mary of New York Cit says:

      Kevin, you are exactly right in your idea of organizing Truth Squads to speak to groups all over the country about ObamaCare. The public needs to understand the catastrophic effects ObamaCare will have on medicine in this country. Older americans will be largely deprived of medical care. There needs to be a massive education effort. When people understand what's ahead, they will be eager to support efforts in Congress to repeal and replace ObamaCare in 2012. Let's get started organizing Truth Squads!

    72. Buck Croson--fly ove says:

      As I recall, an impeachment threat in the Clinton administration completely changed a number of liberal programs, welfare in particular…we surely have enough for an impeachment!!!

    73. Nancy Magee West Che says:

      Get rid of Obamacare for sure and GET RID OF PELOSI. She was one of the threesome that jamed that bill down our throat and she is going to do everything in her power to preserve it.


      Thank you

      Nancy Magee


    74. Karl, NE PA says:

      Considering all the above comments, and the balance of power, one thing is very clear. Pressing forward with an immediate confrontation regarding total repeal of Obamacare is not the way to go. I agree with Mr. Smylie; go for tort reform – one bill – no riders; succinct. Get it through. Pick another piece that all can agree is needed, and take the same approach. The President has already said he'll agree to a change regarding the 1099 requirement for small business. Get it through! Once all of the low-hanging fruit have been picked, get more aggressive.

    75. Michael says:

      Obama decided when he was elected that he could get anything through the Legislature – Never let a Crises go by withoout taking advantage! He took on Healthcare as the center piece of the progressive agenda. The Republicans should not fall into the Democrats TRAP of focusing too much on Repeal of Healthcare. Between now and 2013, they will be able to get rid of most or all of it; but, they can't be distracted from why they were elected! They were sent to Washington to CUT SPENDING! Stop the Stimulus spending, cut the Budget and eliminate Earmarks. The first place to look is not SS, Medicare/Aid; they need to cut Government first!!! Next, we have to push them toward Term Limits. If 8 years is good enough for the President, then it shoudl be good enough for any elected official.

    76. transparnecy says:

      REPEAL this "One-Stop-Shop" of GOP hyprocrisy. Cheney/Gregg's Deficit Reduction Act 2005 passed in RECONCILIATION, illegally with two different documents in the House and Senate, taxes the middle class elderly the total amount of their life savings if they need a nursing home. Most of these nursing homes are non-profit to boot, as it is in my parent's case.

      In my parent's case this was a $600+ a day “tax” for 1.5 years before MassHealth (yes, Massachusetts) would consider their application. So my parents paid out their total life savings @ $600 a day to subsidize all the others in the nonprofit nursing home who are already on Medicaid.

      This is the Cheney/Gregg's method of reduction of the deficit…off the back of W.W.II Disabled Vets (my parents) who remain alive long enough to need a nursing home. If they passed away before they needed the nursing home their life savings would have been inherited tax free (less than 2M).

      Now that their life savings has gone to the nonprofit and Medicaid has kicked in, my parents still have to pay the nonprofit their retirement income of $69,348 a year, as it should be!!!!!! …but only after Medicaid demands they continue to pay their Medicare and Federal Blue Cross insurance premiums of $5,505 a year. They have prescription coverage under their Medigap policy, but they still were forced to Medicare D.

      Why wasn’t their retirement income of $69,348 (minus the premiums of $5,505 still required of them going to Medicare and Federal Blue Cross) enough for the nonprofit nursing home from the date of their admissions? Ask Cheney/Gregg.

      Gregg says now… “We can all agree that no American should lose their life savings or their home because of illness or injury and that the rising cost of health care severely burdens individuals, families and businesses,” Gregg wrote in his letter to Obama this week. “Report after report also confirms that health care costs are a systemic risk to the long-term fiscal health of our nation.”

      He apparently forgot about his Deficit Reduction Act 2005 he passed in reconciliation which does exactly this to the elderly needing nursing homes who have saved more than $2,000 in their lifetime and not hidden it.

      Cheney/Gregg's DRA 2005 is the perfect example of how the GOP reduces the deficit off the backs of W.W.II Vets with a tax of $300+/day…the perfect storm of GOP, health care debate let them eat cake and GOP hypocrisy.

      Medicare does not cover nursing homes. My parent’s life savings does.

      Watch Sen. Gregg "not" answer the hard questions about what he did here.

      The Cheney/Gregg Deficit Reduction Act 2005, passed in reconciliation, is the largest case of Elder Middle-class W.W.II Disabled Vet Financial Abuse in History!!

      Wake up all you elders who are on Medicare or Medicare Advantage and LOVE them. Cheney/Gregg are counting on you and your families to remain hapless while they take your life savings from you if you ever need long-term care.

      The gentleman in the next room to my parents purchased long-term-care insurance to protect his assets. It turns out that this policy will not pay for his long-term care now (he was duped by the countless loopholes). So his and my parents’ life savings are paying for all the others in that nonprofit nursing home who hid their assets and/or are already on Medicaid.

      Pay close attention to how the GOP will not address what they did to the elderly with the Deficit Reduction Act 2005 that passed in reconciliation. They counted on the elderly to be and remain ignorant until they are admitted into nonprofit nursing homes…

    77. George Hartzman says:

      If "Obamacare" was dependent on the cuts to be "deficit reducing,"

      could negating the cuts betray the electorate?

      "The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

      has released the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule,

      which includes a 23 percent cut to Medicare physician fees…

      …Congress delayed a scheduled pay cut of around 20 percent in June.

      Rachel Fields

      Beckers Hosptial Review, November 04, 2010



      Did the delay of the June pay cut alter the "affordability"

      of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),

      and if so, who voted for both the initial legislation

      and reverse the cuts making the law "affordable"?



      "…The report from Medicare's Office of the Actuary

      …acknowledged that some of the cost-control measures in the [PPACA] bill

      Medicare cuts, a tax on high-cost insurance

      …could help reduce the rate of cost increases beyond 2020.

      …the longer-term viability of the Medicare . . . reductions is doubtful."

      wrote Richard Foster, Medicare's chief actuary"

      Associated Press



      Have the American people been lied to,

      if the government passed a law that said X,

      and those who voted for it did Y,

      that made the "affordability" non-viable?



      "…Neither the [the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)] bill

      …nor the accompanying reconciliation…

      …addresses the flawed formula that dictates physician payments under Medicare

      …a bill passed by the House in November would scrap the SGR altogether,

      replacing it with a formula designed to ensure that doctors’ Medicare payments

      reflect the true cost of delivering care.

      Pricetag: $210 billion.

      …it was that cost that caused Democrats,

      who’d vowed both to keep their reform package below $1 trillion and to offset the entire tab

      to strip the doc fix from the larger reform bills."

      The issue has left Democrats in a pickle:

      …with voters already weary of deficit spending,

      nor can they borrow another $210 billion to fund a permanent fix."

      Mike Lillis

      Washington Independent



      If Medicare Cuts

      are what makes the recently passed Healthcare Legislation "deficit reducing"

      abd the 23% cut is not enacted in December,

      how could those who voted for the legislation be considered

      not guilty of misleeding the electorate?



      From an email from some supporting the elimination of the cut:

      "Is the new healthcare law accounting dependent on the 23% payment reduction?

      If the can is kicked down the road,

      does the math in the healthcare legislation become not operable?"

      George Hartzman

      The answer:

      "That is how the administration officials explained it to us…

      …Their numbers are based on the law as it stands,

      and it currently stands that the cuts will occur.

      I think you know the answer to your last question."

      Lee Beadling

      Managing Editor, Orthopedics Today

    78. Dianne Williams, Nes says:

      After the vote for repeal of the entire law, a bill should be introduced and passed in the house to remove the Congressional, Presidential and all other exemptions. Harry Reid and his cronies should be forced to vote on the stand alone issue of ' If it's good enough for the general electorate, why is it not good enough for him/them?' This will give the electorate valuable information for the 2014 elections.

    79. George Colgrove, VA says:

      I am not sure why my comment is still being reviewed for over three days now.







    81. Anastasia Cleveland, says:

      Obamacare needs to be repealed but sadly the damage is done. My health insurance has already gone up a total of $100 per month at a job that has already stripped me of my incentive leaving me with a $600 a month hole in my income. My choices are to have heat or health insurance for an ongoing condition that can cause permenant blindness if untreated. I see Obama parading those that would benefit from his faulty plan, but I don't see anyone bringing up the fact that his policies are drowning those of us who are trying to survive and make the right choices in an economy that already treats us like indentured servents. I am single, I have no children, I made sure to have a job that offered health insurance and I am punished now everyday for making the "right" choices

    82. Daniel, Minneapolis says:

      Now that Obama is claiming that he wants to genuinely work together with the newly elected conservative politicians, presumably to formulate fiscally responsible, positive health care reform WITHIN the limits of Constitutional authority, Obama should start demonstrating his earnestness to do so by initiating the repeal of the BLATANTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACT of obamacare himself!

      Do we have enough votes in Congress to impeach Obama now? The criminal charge could be gross negligence as a result of the insanely enormous federal deficit alone! The legal experts can define the exact criminal charges. Just get Obama the hell out of the White House because he clearly has no business being there!

    83. Cathy, New Freedom, says:

      Kevin, we have an orthopedic surgeon in our area who will speak to organizations regarding Obamacare. He spoke to our Campaign for Liberty group, and he has a complete slide show detailing what will happen to Medicare under Obama's plan. He has all the facts and figures, and it is not pretty.

      If these cuts to doctors and hospitals are allowed to stand, seniors will be unable to find anyone to treat them. You can believe that they will organize and maybe chase Obama, Pelosi and Reid down the street such as they did in Chicago many years ago when Dan Rostenkowski was chair of the House Ways & Means Committee.

    84. david chira , the Vi says:

      The solution to health care is to mandate that all doctors, vets, dentists, volunteer one day of every 90 at a elementary school in their district, to care for the poor.And, by all means kill Obamacare in the congress and senate! Otherwise, hospitals will have to close their doors throughout the U.S.A.

      david chira phone


    85. Mr and Mrs Leo Kelle says:

      Repeal Obama Healthcare.

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