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  • Morning Bell: Obama Offers Flexibility to Implement Single Payer Faster

    Obamacare remains tremendously unpopular with the American people. According to the latest Kaiser Family Foundation poll, only 14 percent of Americans believe they have benefited from the law, compared to 17 percent who say the law has already harmed them. Only 28 percent of Americans believe Obamacare will help the nation’s economy, compared to 45 percent who believe it will make it worse. Overall, 48 percent of Americans oppose Obamacare while only 43 percent favor it. Some provisions, like the individual mandate, are particularly unpopular, with a full 67 percent of Americans favoring its repeal.

    President Barack Obama knows all of this, which is why he told the visiting National Governors Association at the White House yesterday that he supports changing the date that states can begin applying for waivers from some Obamacare mandates from 2017 up to 2014. Specifically, the President endorsed legislation by Senators Ron Wyden (D–OR) and Scott Brown (R–MA), claiming: “It will give you flexibility more quickly while still guaranteeing the American people reform.” President Obama is at least half right here. Wyden–Brown would give states some flexibility—but only the flexibility to implement a government take over of health care faster. Heritage Foundation Center for Policy Innovation Director Stuart Butler explained in the New England Journal of Medicine:

    One [problem] is that [Wyden-Brown] still locks the states into guaranteeing a generous and costly level of benefits. True, a state could propose alternative benefit requirements if they had the same actuarial value as those in the [health care bill]. But the requirements go well beyond basic coverage, and the HHS secretary is the one who defines “at least as comprehensive” benefits. …

    Another major problem with the bill is that since ultimate waiver authority rests with the HHS secretary, the waivers granted would probably reflect the administration’s preferences. Senator Wyden claims that his legislation would allow conservative states to opt out of much of the [bill] and implement consumer-driven coverage. But he admits that the secretary, not the state, has the final word over what is permitted.

    In essence Wyden–Brown is simply a vehicle for giving deep-blue progressive states the power to institute a single-payer government takeover of health care faster. Politico even confirmed this later in the day when it reported on a White House conference call with liberal allies:

    Health care advisers Nancy-Ann DeParle and Stephanie Cutter stressed on the off-record call that the rule change would allow states to implement single-payer health care plans—as Vermont seeks to—and true government-run plans, like Connecticut’s Sustinet.

    The source on the call summarizes the officials’ point—which is not one the Administration has sought to make publicly—as casting the new “flexibility” language as an opportunity to try more progressive, not less expansive, approaches on the state level.

    “They are trying to split the baby here: on one hand tell supporters this is good for their pet issues, versus a message for the general public that the [President] is responding to what he is hearing and that he is being sensible,” the source emails.

    That is exactly what is going on here. The President knows his signature accomplishment, Obamacare, is fundamentally unpopular with the American people. So he is trying to appear “flexible” on the issue, while in reality all he is doing is enabling his progressive allies to expand the reach of government even faster. Conservatives cannot let the President get away with this deception. This episode only proves once again that there is only one path to real health care reform, and it begins with the full repeal of Obamacare.

    Quick Hits:

    • In The Wall Street Journal, Charles Koch explains why Koch Industries is speaking out.
    • According to Senator Tom Coburn (R–OK), the Government Accountability Office will release a report today showing that overlapping and duplicative programs cost taxpayers between $100 billion and $200 billion a year.
    • Governor Scott Walker (R) gave absent Democratic lawmakers 24 hours to return to Wisconsin to debate his budget before he would start cutting $1 billion from local governments and responded to criticism from the White House.
    • According to USA Today, Wisconsin is one of 41 states where public employees earn higher average pay and benefits than private workers in the same state.
    • Thanks to the city’s low-flush toilet mandates, San Francisco stinks.
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    43 Responses to Morning Bell: Obama Offers Flexibility to Implement Single Payer Faster

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      This ploy is criminal! The feds are sending us into oblivion regardless of our desires.

    2. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      3-1 -11 FROM – Ken Jarvis – LVKen7@Gmail.com

      There are 2 ObamaCare's.

      One is the LAW, and it is working,

      and saving $$$.

      The Second is -

      Murdoch's GOP – Why this will never work – BS.

      ALL we have gotten for 2 years is BAD BAD BAD

      so, it is EASY to understand why so many see it that way.

      In the Old Day, before Murdoch took over the WSJ

      the message was


      And they would spin ALL news to GOOD News.

      Murdoch ONLY does BAD BAD BAD

      and it is NOT that way.

      Thanks Patt =

      "A CEO, a teabagger and a union member are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies. The CEO reaches over and takes 11 cookies then looks at the teabagger and says, "Look out, the union guy wants a piece of your cookie".

    3. DoubleAce Dayton, OH says:

      Obama and the Democrats are nothing more than theives and crooks. Always planning ways to take from them that work, and give to them that don't. I for one am tired of giving. I am not going to participate in Obamacare regardless of what the friggin states do or don't do, and I am not going to pay the fine. If I go to jail then I get three squares, and a place to sleep. Free medical care, cable TV, a gym so I can work out, legal representation etc. If enough people do this we can overwhelm the prison system. As if it isn't already overwhelmed. What the hell am I working for.

    4. Bippy New Jersey says:

      Obama is looking th smooth over the fact that ObamaCare is Unconstitutional. Any movement to "modify" something already unconstitutional would be a monumental mistake by the Republicans. Obama's regime is beginning to crumble. To give him the mortar to shore it up would be a huge mistake. Instead, we should be insisting on his Impeachment.

    5. Bonnie, The Villages says:

      Scott Brown has become a major disappointment. I supported his campaign and regret that decision. Brown is a RHINO. Why isn't Brown standing with the Republicans and Repealing this monster? Oh yeah, Sen. Brown stop sending me letters to donate to your re-election campaign. I will be doing all I can to put you out of office

    6. Jeanne Stotler,Woodb says:

      I feel that I have fallen down the rabbit hole and ended up in USSR. This makes me very sad as I am a descendent from the Mayflower and Rev. War, this beng I know what hardships my ancestors made to create this beautiful country. One of my gr-grandfathers risked his home(Inn) family and life to shelter Gen Geo Washington's troops as they gathered in New Jersey on a certain Chrismas eve an we all know what happened then. Today we have people who are destroying our heritage, brain washing our children and trying to tell us what is good or bad for us, how to feed our kids, what kind of car to drive and while they are doing it saying they are providing jobs, yet keeping the oil rigs silent and curtailing other industry. This world ha gone crazy and we ned to straighten it out and again be proud of the "Red,White and Blue" God Help America

    7. P Knudsen, Phoenix says:

      We must all contact our state governors to alert them of this scam. They must not fall for this. What states offer in their healthcare must not be dictated by the government. This is a state's right issue. We cannot afford what Obama is proposing. The repeal of the healthcare madate must proceed.

    8. Bruce J. Kolinski says:

      These discriminatory and preferential waivers tell us all we need to know about this criminally negligent, unconstitutional piece of supposed legislation. When you're getting the shaft it really doesn't matter whether the flexible left hand or the flexible right hand does the shoving.

      Any House Member or Senator who voted for this central planning garbage are in violation of their oath of office to protect and defend our Constitution as is the pseudo-President who signed it into law.

      Instead of discussing how better to destroy U.S.health care we ought to be discussing appropriate penalties and actions for those who voted for it and signed it. It is not necessary to destroy the system in order to protect the defenseless.

      Obamacare is about nothing more than centralized government control and enormous, never ending debt service interest payments to the private families who own the Federal Reserve Bank(s). This is a scam and our corrupt legislators should be held accountable for it along with Ben Bernanke and friends.

    9. John Roane, Sarasota says:

      States and their respective Governors must demonstrate backbone and tell the Fed that it’s none of their business, it’s for states to determine what and how they do healthcare if at all. The Fed has over stepped its Constitutional authority for the last time. Governors if you can't lead your state and insure the citizens of your state get the freedom of their Constitutional Rights, resign and let someone who can govern. We have had enough of the Fed and Governors who can’t govern.

    10. LD says:

      That's one of the best journalistic arguments I've read regarding repealing this nightmare legislation. On the street, we're wondering how Healthcare reform is even possible as a legislative decision with Obama confirmed as not having US citizenship (Ambercrombe, Jan 24). He is actually a British citizen. Also, as an alternative to global health care reform policies, wouldn't it be a good idea if doctors were required to do 10% of their practice pro bono to renew their annual license to practice medicine? Lawyers do this, and it works.

    11. GotFreedom says:

      Looks like that ride Dennis Kucinich took on Air Force One just might pay off and he'll get his wish for a single payer program–hope not though!

    12. Robert, North Richla says:

      Talk Radio hosts keep proclaiming that Scott Brown is a "Tea Party" conservative. Thank you for clarifying my fears about this disgusting RINO traitor. I am sure that Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell are very proud of their new RINO. We need to look at facts (like these) when making our decisions. Fact 1: the federal government has never grown faster than it did from 2000 – 2009. Fact 2: our military has been involved in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than Vietnam. Fact 3: I can name 5 programs that we could cut more than $ 61 billion from and we would not have to layoff one single teacher (or reduce their pay). These cuts would benefit the U.S. economy and not harm one single, law-abiding, hard-working American citizen.

    13. April, CA says:

      I believe Obamacare has already hurt me. Payment of mine and my daughters insurance coverage was stopped after eight years of coverage I think because the empoyer thought Obamacare would kick in and cover me. I don't mind too much I am trusting God on this one. God has provided a wonderful life in spite of my behavior before I knew Him, I will continue to pray for His intervention on this. Fight the Good Fight everybody.

    14. KC - New Mexico says:

      It seems strange that a “law” can be “waived”. Aside from having to go through all the high cost red-tape in HHS, there is not a need for a law when it can be waived. After all, the unions got this waived since they are in bed with the President. The states might as well get waivers, then no one will need to follow this stupid law and we can save money at the same time. Is there a waiver for paying income tax? Is this stupid?

    15. James Penfold, Greel says:

      Thank you for the Heritage updates. They are both realistic as to what we face but also give one hope we can change things.

      I heard yesterday on MSNBC that some heavy hitters in the GOP race for the nomination in 2012 are thinking of not running as Obama looks so strong. Most of us put little stock in little watched MSNBC but there was a hint of this with Laura Ingraham yesterday as well. Laura did not seem to buy the Obama juggernaut but wondered what others are hearing and thinking about Obama the Titan and GOP leaders taking a pass. JL Penfold

    16. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      Nice piece this morning on Fox News about an Ann Arbor and Canadian family with kids with identical problems. The child in Canada has been given the "death sentence" by the Canadian Healthcare System while the Ann Arbor family have their child at home being given medical care by the U of M Healthcare system. For those that deny government "death panels" this clearly demonstrates it exits in Canada – and soon to be in an office near you. This is real – not speculation.

    17. Ben, Virginia says:

      How long will it take a socialist leaning progressive in a conservative state to file a lawsuit demanding the same (free) health coverage that their dear friend in government-run health system state gets? The liberals can't get their socialism by way of upfront legislation, so they will lie their way to a socialist government for all of us.

    18. Norm Klevens says:

      Who should care what Obama says – he generally does the opposite. I can’t remember at which so called White House summit did the man who resides in that historical building implement what he said he would do. [Drill for oil in a state of the union address and the BP spill gave him an excuse to cut it off when his base erupted] It sounds like a date change is placating. Obama does not care what the citizens think. He just wants to win the next election. And he is losing the health insurance debate in the courts, as if it matters. The Not Present legislator ignores the courts. And the determining judge in the health insurance court case issued a rebuke yesterday. Why not Contempt of Court as his order is being ignored by the gang who really does think they are above the law. And it looks like many were fooled by Brown or is he looking to the next election. Weyden Brown and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell? Another white show accomplishes nothing. And the Republican governors know that anything good from this white house comes with strings that outweigh any benefit.

    19. LibertyAtStake, Alex says:

      Orwellian Newspeak definition of 'Flexibility': You now have the chance to do it my way sooner rather than later. Any takers? Yes, you over there, my fellow traveler.

      "Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"

    20. Frank, Florida says:

      All of this supposed Obama "flexibility" is all PR & smoke & mirrors. He wants to keep in place all the Unconstitutional Federal overreach & loss of freedoms we will suffer under ObamaCare, while keeping as much of this legal monstrosity as possible. The Big Government, tax & spend Progressives of both parties don't want ObamaCare to be repealed, but repealed it must be. If the states, like Massachusetts, want a government run health care system… fine. Let them tax their citizens to death & let the rest "vote with their feet" & move to another, saner state. Republicans should not give in to these tricks. Scott Brown sounds like another typical liberal RINO to me.

    21. Bernard Rosenberg says:

      I think , if you wish to avoid disaster, then fight this Health plan with vigor and not with politeness.

      Obama does not really care about the hardworking , non-union, workers, small business owners.

      He is an activist that will stop at nothing, in fact will pushh forward as fast ashe can to implement his agenda.If you really want to know who he is really, then you go back to the days of riots in NY. I dont know how old the reader is. I have seen them and heard. They will steal, loot vandalize in the name of wealth distribution.

      " If the whies have TV then I should have, If they have money then I should have, etc"

      Obama is a a rioter, a looter, but wearing a suite, white shirt and tie.

      Unfortunately, those in Congress, whose agenda is to stay in power will appease and do anything to appease such activists. They have sold this country's ideals, honesty and work ethic and beauty just to stay in power, just as they sold this country to the unions. They have behaved like prostitutes. They will end up getting AIDS, for that is how they stayed in power, giving "aids"

    22. Pat from Texas says:

      It appears that Obama believes that the Governors are slightly stupid and that he can pull the wool over their eyes and work a bit of his hocus-pocus on them. God forbid that they buy into this nonsense that he is trying to sell. More smoke and mirrors and good old fashioned snake oil.

    23. toledofan says:

      It's nothing more than slight of hand, smoke and mirrors and the illusion that Obama is trying to move to the center except that, I think, the majority of people can see through the disguise. The government needs to get out of the health care business and let the market decide the best way to handle the problem. Already we've seen huge increases in costs and nothing has changed except the preception that something will change. If the bill can't be implemented as stated then it should be repealed and remade. S. Brown has really turned into a big disappointment, why would anyone want their name attached to something like this, does he think he's a hero. He just needs to change his brand to Democrat and be done with it.

    24. Jack Baker, Arozpna says:

      This is perhaps the best paper I have seen with an outline of what congress should do after repeal of Obama Care.

    25. Lloyd Scallan (New O says:

      Since Obama first introduced the concept of ObamaCare, many of us have been

      screaming to anyone that would listen that Obama's is delibertly deceving the American people. In Obama own words caught on video, he and many of his Dem lackeys, said unapologeticlly their final goal was as "single payer system". How many time must it be proven that Obama does not tell the truth. He is an incredible liar. He was elected because of lies and deception by leftist, in particualr the national media, that delibertly hid the true fact about Obama's past and continue to lie to protect him today. Every word out of Obama's mouth must be measured and studied because nothing, NOTHING Obama says can be taken at face value. Every word is delibertly used to continue the "deception".

    26. Gerardine Reed 102 K says:

      Why is this even a topic of discussion with the governors when the bill has been declared void and unconstitutional by Judge Vinson? Obama has found he is able to ignore the courts in this and other cases; he is sidestepping Congress by having his agency heads "legislate" unchecked. He has made the Legislative and Judicial branches irrelevant. Where are the checks and balances?

    27. Jim-MN says:

      Either this site is just a forum for fools like Jarvis to constantly rant from loonyville or just a place for conservatives and Tea Party members to vent, but do nothing else.

      If those of you who are now fed up with what is clearly in front of us, just want to "talk" and bitch about it on here, then we are truly lost and the revolution is about to commence.

      If we don't find a way to organized, take a stand and physicall fight this administration every day from now forward, there is know way to stop it.

      Fake polls by the Unions and supported and propogated on the MSM airwaves must be countered.

      We are again falling asleep thinking the last election "won" it for us.

      The Progressives never stop coming.

    28. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      “A CEO, a teabagger and a union member are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies. The CEO reaches over and takes 11 cookies then looks at the teabagger and says, “Look out, the union guy wants a piece of your cookie”.

      Ken – who paid for the cookies? Who provided the job for the union worker? The Tea Party People will pay for there own cookies assuming they have any money left over from being "Taxed Enough Already."

    29. For the Record says:

      Why is this even a topic anymore. I thought the States that sued had favorable judgments making Obamacare unconstitutional? Aren't Obama and his cronies in violation of the law by continuing their agenda? Let's arrest them and incarcerate them NOW! Then take them before an honest Judge (if we can locate one).

    30. Pamela /Lincoln, ne says:

      I so sick of all the B.S. that goes on in DC WHAT A JOKE to all of us out here in the REAL WORLD. You people in DC should all be gone and we the people should take over and try, at least, to do it right. WHAT A JOKE ALL OF YOU HYPOCRITES ARE!!!!!!

      You are not there for the people but only to get what you can in your own pockets so the rest of us can go to H—. SAD Liberalism is the death of this country as we once knew it. AS long as you have lots and lots of money—like the politicians—you don't have to worry about a thing because—nothing bad will happen to any and all of these politicians. Just the rest of us idiots that put them all their to play give me this, give me that with OUR LIVES.

    31. John Ottley, Alphare says:

      Forget about early or late implementation. The whole thing needs to be trashed. Ask England or Canada.

    32. Heide, Honolulu says:

      You hit the nail on the head!! We were Kaiser members for 20 yrs, but changed over to another Health care provider because the service was getting really bad, very difficult to get referrals to specialists or PT, etc. There are some great doctors, but have been much more rushed and lately trying to just "patch'em & throw'em out. The meds they will cover has decreased in availability and increased in price. And this is Kaiser just getting ready to implement it, not fully enforced.

      OBAMA HEALTHCARE WILL BE A NATION-WIDE NIGHTMARE!!! We have to find better solutions to the real needs out there, but this is NOT IT!!

    33. Bobbie says:

      There is nothing that can be done that will take away the fact of Obama's intent regarding this unlawful, unconstitutional bill. Needless paperwork, time, money and effort go into countless waivers and the President's efforts to disguise it even more. Is anyone keeping an eye on where the stolen money by government, is going now regarding this unaffordable health care act?

    34. Renny Maryland says:

      I agree with Bippy, it's unconstitutional at this point, why are we wasting our time. We are supposed to be concreating on CUTTING!!!!!

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    36. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      I don't live in Massachusetts. However, I wouldn't give up on Scott Brown just yet. He

      was elected to repeal Obamacare. With two courts saying that it's unconstitutional, it's

      a moot point. It's up to the Supreme Court now. It's the Supreme Court that's the final

      arbiter. If the Supremes do find Obamacare unconstitutional, then there's no need to

      repeal it. Congress has the duty to replace Obamacare with something that actually


    37. Mike, Chicago says:

      Anything that increases medicaid is bad for the economy and discriminatory to the ones who don't receive it.

    38. Terra Arizona says:

      Part of the problem (I just called several places attempting to get insurance on my child two weeks ago) is the insurance companies FLAT Out say that the insurance is expensive and it is "obama's fault" or "health care reform" and other interesting phrases. Don't believe me? Call around and try to get health insurance for ONE CHILD.

      If this is what the people trying to sell you insurance tells you, what you gonna think? Trust me that they are still fighting for public support (i.e. wanting us all to not like it). I am still surprised that there are people out there fighting for us to NOT get health care.

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    40. Brad Kelley, Severna says:

      Remember, it was the Democrats who defeated the 1995 HEART ACT, which mandated universal healthcare and relied on such things as insurance pools instead of creating a massive new government agency, fines, swamping business in regulations and driving states to near bankruptcy. Had Democrats been concerned about healthcare, we all would have had insurance by 2005. They're not.

      Latter day Democrats are about power and control, nothing else. Had they truly made an effort at a bi-partisan health care bill this time around, things could be completely different. But, as I said, this is about power and control. Having government regulate and control every nuance of American life is what they want. Their answer is, has and always will be more government and more spending, except. Now they've run out of other peoples' money to spend and voters put a stop to it. It's why they lost and will continue to lose until they wise up.

    41. Garland Smith, Half says:

      Heard recently in an interview on KSFO radio in San Francisco, that starting in 2014 a federal tax will be imposed on all sales of real estate, residential and commercial, to help finance national health care. That was the first I heard of anything like this and wonder if anyone else has heard about this provision.

    42. mike hutchings says:

      i notice that the judge in florida finally had enough of the WAVERING on the legality of the travesty offered by the political establishment….one word to the wise if they still exist in the two headed snake that is thrashing about over head and trying to swallow one tail… EGYPT… waivers to exempt individuals from the law….is this not contrary to the PERSONHOOD the stooges on the left object to so much for corporations….or is it a fact that some are more equal than others is now official….you don't deal with the devil on his terms….you stand fast and let the avarice and moral weakness of his latest pose be seen for what it is and then forcefully marshall against it useing the existing law that has servered so well for these short centuries…the founders knew the darkness possible in the human heart and the petty schemes spawned from it and laid out in simple terms the way to a future richer and freer than any come before…. we are all here to pick a side and serve one or the other…having been raised in a blue collar union family i know something of the rote ideology and thin reasoning employed to justify servitude exploiting the labor and energy of workers…and everybody works….and if you hold a job is what not you save above what you spend profit?….who is it you would tax of their time and energy to bring this new paradise forward….look now into the chambers of government and see the pigs walk on their hind legs and pull on the robes statesman ship to cover their atrocities and the utter contempt of humanity that socialism is…

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