July 16, 2009

Biden: ‘We Have to Spend Money To Keep From Going Bankrupt’

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:03 pm


Joe Biden, today:

So here’s a simple test of the press’s integrity: Who will report this, and how prominently? Don’t tell me, in the midist of record deficits, plans for trillions more in taxes and spending, and cratering tax receipts, that it’s not news.

Early returns are not good. The Associated Press reported on Biden’s Alexandria, VA appearance where he made the statement. The quote is not in the story. Here are the first three paragraphs as of 3:34 p.m. (posted for fair use and discussion purposes):

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says there has never been a better time to overhaul the nation’s health care system because the industry now recognizes that helping the uninsured will ultimately bolster its bottom line.

Biden joined Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a health care forum in Alexandria, Va., on Thursday.

He told a group of nearly 200 people, mostly senior citizens, that he understands cynicism about drug companies’ promises to contribute billions of dollars in savings.

I don’t expect that the AP’s unbylined report will be updated. Prove me wrong, guys. I dare ya.

A related entry is at NewsBusters.org.

IBD: Individual Private Health Insurance Illegal Under House Bill

MedicalSymbolThis post proves the point, as if it even needs to be proven, that you have to go to the editorial pages of publications like the Wall Street Journal and Investors Business Daily to get yours news when leftists are in control of the government.

When the topic is statist health care, that’s doubly true.

IBDeditorials.com got to Page 16 of the House’s health care bill, did the investigative work the establishment media was either too lazy to do — or worse, other outlets did the work and didn’t think readers should know what IBD found.

Yesterday afternoon, IBD laid the following bombshell on its readers (HT to dscott; I also heard Rush mention this a short time ago; bolds after title are mine):

It’s Not An Option

Congress: It didn’t take long to run into an “uh-oh” moment when reading the House’s “health care for all Americans” bill. Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal.

When we first saw the paragraph Tuesday, just after the 1,018-page document was released, we thought we surely must be misreading it. So we sought help from the House Ways and Means Committee.

It turns out we were right: The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of “Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage,” the “Limitation On New Enrollment” section of the bill clearly states:

“Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day” of the year the legislation becomes law.

So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised — with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won’t be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.

From the beginning, opponents of the public option plan have warned that if the government gets into the business of offering subsidized health insurance coverage, the private insurance market will wither.

….. What wasn’t known until now is that the bill itself will kill the market for private individual coverage by not letting any new policies be written after the public option becomes law.

….. The public option won’t be an option for many, but rather a mandate for buying government care. A free people should be outraged at this advance of soft tyranny.

As I commented to dscott earlier today, “So Obama’s definition of a ‘level playing field’ is one where his private competitors can’t get any new customers.”

The fact that little old IBD (no offense, guys, but I know your resources are relatively thin) had to find and investigate all of this on its own should be a cause for shame in every major newsroom in America. More than likely, it is not.

Yes, the House bill writers really tried to obfuscate their handiwork. It’s very easy to breeze over “does not” without realizing that it really means “cannot.” But IBD caught it, and hundreds of other supposed “real journalists” did not.

Here is all of what the Associated Press had to say about health care legislation at 2:37 this afternoon (saved here at host):

The overall House bill, which would cover around 94 percent of non-elderly residents, would create a government-run plan to compete with private insurers, require individuals to get insurance and large companies to provide it and tax the wealthiest Americans.

….. The Senate health panel’s $615 billion measure would require individuals to get health insurance and employers to contribute to the cost. The bill calls for the government to provide financial assistance with premiums for individuals and families making up to four times the federal poverty level, or about $88,000 for a family of four, a broad cross-section of the middle class.

I guess the end of new individual private insurance wasn’t that important.

Somebody at the AP, AFP, Reuters, other wires, the New York Times, the Washington Post, all major newspapers, the alphabet news channels (including Fox in this case), and so many other self-important establishment media outlets needs to explain to the public they supposedly serve why they didn’t detect and investigate what IBD found.

They can’t. Consumers of meaningful news, be advised. If you’re not reading IBD’s and WSJ’s editorials, there’s a high chance you’re not truly informed. If you rely on the rest of the establishment media, there’s a high chance you’re misinformed.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.


UPDATE: The liars at a site that deserves no link in this post claim that a bill summary provided by the House says that “the Health Insurance Exchange “creates a transparent and functional marketplace for individuals and small employers to comparison shop among private and public insurers.”

It doesn’t mean a bleeping thing what the “summary” says. It’s what the LAW says. And the law says that you’ve got to go through a government-run “health insurance exchange” when you do things in your life that require you to change your health carrier (leave your job to start a business, etc.).

The very existence and anticipated intervention of a government-run “Heath Insurance Exchange” ends the ability of a private individual or family to buy an individual/family policy directly, with no intervention, from a private insurer. The most effective health insurance exchange ever concocted, known as the free choice free market, won’t exist.

Thus, IBD is right; individual private insurance will be illegal under the House bill.

Support Dave Yost…

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 10:12 am

I guess this email from the Greene County Republican Party confirms Matt’s post over at WMD …








Paid for by the Greene County Republican Party | James Schmidt Treasurer | 63 1/2 E Main St | Xenia | OH | 45385

Sigh…who in Hades is running the Banana Republic in Columbus?  Oh, I forgot…another flipping DeWine.  Also, I’m tired of “the establishment” frat boys opining how “Mike DeWine used to be a ‘tough little prosecutor.’”  Excuse me if I don’t consider them competent discerners of anything “tough.”

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  I personally resent DeWine spending his millions to shove himself back down everyone’s throat when that money could help edify much stronger but lesser-known candidates (are you listening Jon Husted)

I strongly second the motion to support Dave Yost, whose intellectual horsepower is much more up to par with the strongest candidates on the 2010 ticket (Mary Taylor, Josh Mandel & John Kasich).

Legislative Update … (Kept At/Near Top On Thursday)

As I was making my daily “call to DC,” I had to stop and think about all that is on the table.  I came up with the following script (list), although I’m sure I’ve missed a couple…

“Hi, please advise Senator Cantsayno to vote…

  1. No on anything resembling Crap & Trade
  2. No on anything resembling socialized healthcare
  3. No on the RIDICULOUS hate crimes legislation
  4. No on any type of 2nd Amendment restrictions
  5. HECK NO on the radical racist judge and
  6. HECK NO on card check.

Because like every other tried & failed liberal idea, all of these policies will ensure the very opposite of what they ostensibly want to achieve.

Thank you for your time and while I won’t be surprised if the Senator votes the wrong way on all of these, I in turn know that he won’t be suprised when we replace him next election.  Have a great day.”

Contact your senators here and call the DC offices for maximum effectiveness when votes are coming up.

“Enlightened men will not always be at the helm.”  ~James Madison, Federalist No. 10

OK, They’ve Got My Attention…

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Rose @ 8:30 am

If for no other reasons than Drudge linked to the post and Keith Olbermann is trying to run interference.

From yesterday’s WorldNetDaily:

Bombshell: Orders revoked for soldier challenging prez
Major victory for Army warrior questioning Obama’s birthplace

Posted: July 14, 2009
9:53 pm Eastern
By Chelsea Schilling

A U.S. Army Reserve major from Florida scheduled to report for deployment to Afghanistan within days has had his military orders revoked after arguing he should not be required to serve under a president who has not proven his eligibility for office.

His attorney, Orly Taitz, confirmed to WND the military has rescinded his impending deployment orders.

…A hearing on the questions raised by Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook, an engineer who told WND he wants to serve his country in Afghanistan, was scheduled for July 16 at 9:30 a.m.

…”As an officer in the armed forces of the United States, it is [my] duty to gain clarification on any order we may believe illegal. With that said, if President Obama is found not to be a ‘natural-born citizen,’ he is not eligible to be commander-in-chief,” he told WND only hours after the case was filed.

“[Then] any order coming out of the presidency or his chain of command is illegal. Should I deploy, I would essentially be following an illegal [order]. If I happened to be captured by the enemy in a foreign land, I would not be privy to the Geneva Convention protections,” he said.

The order for the hearing in the federal court for the Middle District of Georgia from U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land said the hearing on the request for a temporary restraining order would be held Thursday.

…[Cook] said the vast array of information about Obama that is not available to the public confirms to him “something is amiss.”

“That and the fact the individual who is occupying the White House has not been entirely truthful with anybody,” he said. “Every time anyone has made an inquiry, it has been either cast aside, it has been maligned, it has been laughed at or just dismissed summarily without further investigation.

“You know what. It would be so simple to solve. Just produce the long-form document, certificate of live birth,” he said.

…He told WND he would be prepared for a backlash against him as a military officer, since members of the military swear to uphold and follow their orders. However, he noted that following an illegal order would be just as bad as failing to follow a legal order.

Update: Guess the DoD has “compelled the termination” of the plaintiff. How predictably rich.  It’s a $7 document Barry, given the billions being funneled to Acorn via your porkulous boondoggle, can’t one of their thugs buy or make a counterfeit?  Zheesh.