Archive for August 11th, 2009

He Has Crossed Over from Death to Life

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Empty Grave

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

John 5:24 (New International Version)

Forget the Budget – Raise the Debt Ceiling

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Chris Edwards, director of tax policy at the Cato Institute, says the federal debt, which was about $8 trillion in 2005, will jump to about $19 trillion by 2015 under the Obama administration’s plan.

“Federal government debt is doubling over just five or six years — a remarkable increase — and with the [proposed] trillion-dollar healthcare plan, the situation will become much worse,” he notes.

Republicans would be wise politically to use Geithner’s request to show that the healthcare plan currently being considered in Congress is unaffordable, Edwards adds. “All debt pushes costs onto the young generation of next American taxpayers, and this can be highlighted every time we see a request for increasing the debt,” he points out.

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“Five Freedoms You’d Lose in Health Care Reform” By Shawn Tull

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

NEW YORK (Fortune) — In promoting his health-care agenda, President Obama has repeatedly reassured Americans that they can keep their existing health plans — and that the benefits and access they prize will be enhanced through reform.

A close reading of the two main bills, one backed by Democrats in the House and the other issued by Sen. Edward Kennedy’s Health committee, contradict the President’s assurances. To be sure, it isn’t easy to comb through their 2,000 pages of tortured legal language. But page by page, the bills reveal a web of restrictions, fines, and mandates that would radically change your health-care coverage.

If you prize choosing your own cardiologist or urologist under your company’s Preferred Provider Organization plan (PPO), if your employer rewards your non-smoking, healthy lifestyle with reduced premiums, if you love the bargain Health Savings Account (HSA) that insures you just for the essentials, or if you simply take comfort in the freedom to spend your own money for a policy that covers the newest drugs and diagnostic tests — you may be shocked to learn that you could lose all of those good things under the rules proposed in the two bills that herald a health-care revolution.

In short, the Obama platform would mandate extremely full, expensive, and highly subsidized coverage — including a lot of benefits people would never pay for with their own money — but deliver it through a highly restrictive, HMO-style plan that will determine what care and tests you can and can’t have. It’s a revolution, all right, but in the wrong direction.

Let’s explore the five freedoms that Americans would lose under Obamacare:

1. Freedom to choose what’s in your plan
2. Freedom to be rewarded for healthy living, or pay your real costs
3. Freedom to choose high-deductible coverage
4. Freedom to keep your existing plan
5. Freedom to choose your doctors

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“Why Obama’s Miscalculated Deceptions Will Backfire” by Kevin McCullough

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

President Barack Obama, his staff and administration, are all in danger of making the worst political mistake of their lives. They seem unable or unwilling to recognize the damage it will cause. And this reality may be America’s brightest reason for genuine hope and change.

Since the beginning of the August recess the actual “rulers” in this nation have been given their chance to speak. In high school gyms, in church basements, and in community college auditoriums the first real chance for accountability has been measured against the most tone-deaf administration of my lifetime. Retirees, stay-at-home moms, young professionals, and even a working bloke or two have shown up at the town-hall meetings to first hear from their representatives, and then to respond to the ideas put forth.

The report card for the administration in these town halls is reflecting the concurrent plummet in Barack Obama’s approval rating on his signature issue–the universal federalized take-over of the health care given to patients in America. Now only 36% of Americans trust the President on the issue, 53% do not.

Every one on the President’s team was taken by surprise at the response, primarily because of the biggest mistake an elected official can make. They believed their own press.

When an administration has had as free a hand in getting what should be a hostile press corps to instead become an echo chamber for its own policies, the risk that is run is to be caught believing what that press corps writes, reports, and editorializes upon. Because instead of being the loyal questioners they should in probing the depths of policies, intentions, and use of the federal agenda, the press becomes more or less a public relations extension of the executive branch and thusly unable to reflect the genuine accuracy of reaction to such policies.

The administration fell into believing what has been written, and honestly thinks their messianic fulfillment of bringing humanist utopia to the planet is a mandate.

Yet in town hall after town hall they are not able to control the branding or messaging of what “We The People” actually believe.

The administration, the elected members of Congress and most importantly the President evidently need reminding of who they work for. They need help remembering what their obligations represent. And they need to be mindful that if they do not do what the board of directors believe to be best, we can toss them on their can like yesterday’s kitchen scraps and start over again.

I personally have been encouraged by the genuine efforts of citizens just like you and me attending town halls in August. I’m even more grateful, deeply so, that Americans have not become comrades of malaise, but rather still have core convictions that can be offended, and are in fact now angry.

This White House says, “Let me be clear” but follows those words with vague elusive non-committal language, because they cannot tell us the truth.

They say in prime time press conferences that the “public option” won’t change current insurance coverage. But they tell the goons, thugs, and buffoons of SEIU and ACORN that the public option will lead the way to a “single-payer” system.

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Obama Braces for Health Care Town Hall in N.H.

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

The title made me chuckle this morning. “Braces”. As if the Emperor has anything to worry about. His staff and AstroTurf supporters will made sure the town hall is packed with paid supporters. He has nothing to worry about.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is altering his message on his overhaul of the U.S. health care system, readying a fresh pitch designed for those who already have insurance.

The White House is retooling its message amid polling that shows Americans — especially those who already have coverage — skeptical of the Democratic proposals to expand coverage to millions. Instead, Obama will use a potentially boisterous town hall-style meeting in New Hampshire to highlight how his proposals would affect workers whose employers provide their health insurance. The United States, unlike other developed nations, lacks universal health care; most working Americans get health insurance through their employers.

The shift comes as critics of the president’s plan have grabbed headlines by disrupting town hall meetings and the White House expects Tuesday’s event to have a hiccup.

Concerns over Obama’s proposal are heating up meetings, chat rooms and radio shows, driving his poll numbers down and threatening the future of his top domestic priority. While Congress is in recess for the month of August, lawmakers are hearing from constituents worried about divisive issues such as the government’s role in health care and the costs of an overhaul.

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