Monthly Archives July 2009

BLUE DOGS COST OBAMACARE 57 VOTES

I don’t know how seriously to take this, but 57 House ”progressives” claim they won’t vote for a bill that includes the alleged concessions made to the Blue Dogs: This agreement will result in the public, both as insurance purchasers and as taxpayers, paying ever higher rates to insurance companies … We simply cannot vote for [...]

GALLUP: FEW BELIEVE OBAMACARE WILL DECREASE COSTS

One of the justifications for what the President hilariously calls “reform” is his claim that it will get health care inflation under control. A new Gallup poll suggests the public isn’t buying it: It appears to be a commonly held belief that healthcare reform will increase costs for the country as a whole and for [...]

BLUE DOGS BROUGHT TO HEEL

I’ve been wondering how much substance there was to the Blue Dog opposition to Obamacare. Now I know … zero. It was obviously an song and dance for the folks back home: The compromise would cut the cost of the $1 trillion-plus package by $100 billion, according to one member of the fiscally conservative Blue [...]

FREEDOMS YOU’LL FORFEIT UNDER FAUX REFORM

Shawn Tully has read the fine print of the various health care “reform” bills circulating through Congress. It isn’t pretty. Here are the basic freedoms these plans will take away from you: Freedom to choose what’s in your plan. Freedom to be rewarded for healthy living. Freedom to choose high-deductible coverage. Freedom to keep your existing plan. Freedom [...]

WISH I HAD SAID THAT

The Orwellian effusions of the White House, Congress, and the establishment media often include references to ”bipartisan health care reform.” Senator Mitch McConnell, however, has a firmer grasp of reality: The only thing bipartisan about the measure so far is the opposition to it. Succinct and indisputable for those still grounded the the world of objective facts. But, as [...]

WILL OBAMACARE REDUCE HEALTH COSTS?

If you answered yes to this question, you belong to a shrinking minority. According to the latest Rasmussen poll, fewer than a quarter of your fellow Americans buy this fairy tale: Just 23% believe passage of the reform legislation will lead to lower health care costs. Most voters (53%) say it will lead to higher costs, while 18% [...]

VALERIE JARRETT: NYT TAKES A POWDER

The NYT has done an utterly nauseating puff piece on Valerie Jarrett, and somehow neglected to mention some of the less savory features of her tenure on the board of the University of Chicago Medical Center. As Michelle Malkin points out, Ms. Jarrett was on the medical center’s board of directors when it approved the notorious patient-dumping scheme called [...]

PETER ORSZAG SELLS HIS SOUL

Peter Orszag was, before he made his Faustian bargain and joined the Obama Adminsitration, the Director of the CBO. In those days, he could count. Now, however, he has traded in his calculator for a political bludgeon. And who is Mr. Orszag whacking over the head with his brand new bludgeon? His hapless successor at the Congressional Budget Office,  Doug Elmendorf. [...]

HOW MUCH IS A YEAR OF YOUR LIFE WORTH?

My latest piece for the American Spectator explains how our masters in Washington plan to put a price on your head: If you are under the impression that it is impossible to calculate the value of a human life, you are obviously not a progressive policy expert or health care bureaucrat. This calculation, so elusive [...]

MICHELLE OBAMA’S PATIENT DUMPING PLAN

Hannity ran a segment on the First Lady’s patient-dumping scheme last night, for which they interviewed me. Here’s the full segment: If you aren’t nervous about having these people “reform” our health care system, you aren’t paying attention.