How ObamaCare will shaft the middle-class

March 18, 2010

Quote of the day, from Scott Gottlieb:

The hardest hit won’t be those earning more than $250,000 a year–the group that he [Obama] says needs to “pay their fair share.” Rather, it’s families whose combined annual income is around $100,000 who could be crushed under this plan.

These folks will be too “rich” to qualify for ObamaCare’s subsidies, but probably too poor to easily afford the pricey insurance that the president’s plan forces them to buy.

Many of these $100K families will be obliged to buy a policy costing an average of $14,700 for the mid-level, “silver” health plan, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s estimates. After income taxes, they’ll be spending almost a quarter of their net income for health insurance.

Be sure to read the rest, and then call your congresscritter’s office.

(via Obi’s Sister, Potluck,  and NRO, in that order.)


Democrats approve shredding of Constitution

March 18, 2010

I wonder if they played the music from the shower-scene in Psycho while they did it?

Dems defeat GOP effort to force separate vote on Senate health bill

In a 222-203 vote, Democrats beat back a GOP resolution offered by Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Parker Griffith (Ala.) that would have forced lawmakers to vote on the Senate healthcare bill separately from the series of fixes they hope to make to that legislation.

All Republican lawmakers who voted opposed the measure, which had the effect of ending the GOP’s effort to force a vote. They were joined by 28 Democrats, who broke with party members on the vote.

222 Democrats supported the measure, though, meaning enough to proceed. Three members of both parties did not vote.

Republicans had hoped for the separate vote to get Democratic lawmakers on record on the Senate bill, which includes some provisions on abortion, excise taxes, and other issues that House lawmakers find distasteful.

As this stand, Democrats plan a vote on a rule on Sunday that would make changes to the Senate-passed bill while deeming the original legislation to have passed the House.

Republicans have decried the measure as extra-parliamentary and possibly unconstitutional. Democrats have defended the process as well within the scope of regular congressional action, and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that President Barack Obama would sign a bill passed through such a process.

For background on this utter travesty, see my earlier posts on the Slaughter Rule. Michelle Malkin has the list of Democrats who still have some constitutional scruples, while Hot Air has the list of on-the-fence Democrats who voted to enable Pelosi and Slaughter’s tyrannical end-run.

Remember their names in November. Not one of these jerks should ever be elected to anything, again.

LINKS: More at Obi’s Sister.


Opening the gates to our enemies?

March 18, 2010

The US Coast Guard is not only our primary resources for seaborne search and rescue, they’re also a key to the defense of our ports from terrorist attack.

So why is the Obama Administration planning to gut the Coast Guard?

Liberals are forever going on about “first responders.” Well, the Coast Guard should certainly be considered first among the first responders. Yet, the Coast Guard has come on hard times. The Post recently reported that of 12 major cutters assigned to Haitian relief earlier this year, ten of them broke down. Three were forced to limp back into port.

The Obama administration plans to cut 1,100 active duty personnel from the Coast Guard, the smallest of our military services. Funds for port security—our first line of defense—will be cut by $100 million.

Even Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) calls the cuts in the Coast Guard’s budget “penny-wise and pound foolish.”

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) is the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee. Because of the administration’s cuts to the Coast Guard budget, their cutters will not be able to keep pace with the Navy in important combined missions. The average age of a Navy warship is 14 years, while that of a Coast Guard vessel is 41 years. New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans will now be less secure, Rogers charged.

The incoming Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Robert Papp, has said he would have to consider cutting homeland security training and operations. This is tantamount to announcing to the terrorists “the coast is clear.”

The Administration is willing to sink trillions into a health care “reform” that a majority of the nation does not want, yet a crucial component of our defense against Islamic jihadists, who have already shown themselves quite willing to kill thousands, is left begging. The single most important duty of the federal government is short-changed, so our leaders can pursue Hope and Change. Even that old fool Robert Byrd sees the folly in this.

And the Obama administration could well get a lot of Americans killed because of it.


Only the beginning…

March 18, 2010

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio admits on Rachel Maddow’s show what only a fool cannot see: that passage of ObamaCare is only the first step toward single-payer, nationalized health care, in which we will all be wards of the State:

MADDOW:  Should we not expect the public option anytime soon?

BROWN:  No.  Just—Rachel, you know history.  I‘ve seen your show enough to know that you understand sort of how progressive—the progressive movements worked.  When we passed, what, Social Security was passed in the ‘30s.  It wasn‘t all that great at the time.  When Medicare was passed, it was good, but not great.

… That‘s what happens here.  This—you can bet that a lot of us are going to introduce a public option bill.

As soon the president signs this, we‘ll start working towards it. It may take a year.  It may take five years. There are a lot of things we‘re going to do to continue to improve this system.

We obviously don‘t give up on it.  We don‘t get everything we want.  But we work—we look how this bill works, we look how this new law works, and we continue to try to improve it.

This bill is the wedge to open the door to European-style socialization and the transformation of Americans from free citizens to infantilized dependents. It is a Trojan Horse, and we must not let it through the gates.

RELATED: A new study shows that, rather than creating jobs as Nancy Pelosi claims, will cost the American economy as much as 700,000 jobs.  Meanwhile, a survey of family physicians claims that perhaps up to 46% will feel compelled to leave medicine should ObamaCare pass.

So, they’re going to forcibly guarantee insurance to more people while driving doctors out of the profession, thus increasing the workload for those who remain… And we’re supposed to believe this will result in a better medical system??

Care to buy a bridge?