Archive for December 17th, 2009

Bachmann: Obamacare ‘Largest Middle-Class Tax Increase in History’

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Folks, the bottom line is, that with the massive spending Obama and his ilk have pushed through in his first year, everyone is going to have to be taxed very heavily in order to pay for it. The “rich” could be taxed for every penny they have and it would only cover the tiniest fraction of the bill. It’s going to take every single person, paying massive taxes to undo what Obama and the Democrats have done. What a mess!!

A conservative rising star on Capitol Hill says President Barack Obama and the Democrats are about to drop “the largest middle-class tax increase in American history” onto the backs of taxpayers in the form of unfunded mandates saddling small businesses with massive debts.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., tells Newsmax TV’s Ashley Martella the Democrats care more about exercising their “one-party rule” in Washington than in heeding the Declaration of Independence’s insistence that government rules “with the consent of the governed.”

Recent polling shows only 34 percent of Americans support the healthcare reform legislation making its way through the halls of Congress and 61 percent oppose it, but the Democratic leadership has remained undeterred in the face of popular opposition.

The Democrats have deep divisions among their varying constituencies over issues such as abortion and the public option, but they have a general desire to give the president what he wants. And Bachmann says she believes the bill cannot pass without provisions banning abortion coverage, which are present in the House bill and absent in the Senate legislation.

“The president wants the bill, he needs the bill, and he has made all sorts of promises, so that he’ll have one before Christmas,” Bachmann told Newsmax. “And I think the pressure will be unbearable on the Democrats in the Senate ─ perhaps on a few Republicans.”

Bachmann says approval for the current incarnation of healthcare reform continues to drop as Americans familiarize themselves with its content. The legislation imposes what she calls an “unconstitutional mandate” that would require those without health insurance to buy it even if they don’t want it. Businesses and individuals that do not buy health insurance would face heavy fines or even face imprisonment.

“This will likely become the largest middle-class tax increase in American history,” Bachmann said. “And it will be the next step to socialized medicine.”

She says the legislation will dramatically increase health insurance costs in her state.

“Some estimates have said that if an individual who lives in Minnesota … went out today to purchase a private health insurance plan with about a $1,000 deductible, that would cost a family about $12,000 a year,” Bachmann said. “However, Speaker Pelosi has very heavy expensive mandates in her healthcare bill.

“So take that $12,000 policy in Minnesota and multiply that by a factor of 1.73 ─ Speaker Pelosi’s mandate ─ that could cost an individual up to $20,000.”

The Democrats’ healthcare legislation, she says, compounds this increase by limiting subsidies to those families or individuals with incomes under $59,000. Consequently, those making above the limit end up having to purchase an expensive healthcare policy in the private market using after-tax income.”

“This is a very expensive burden that we’re putting on the American people,” she said. “In effect, this mandate is a tax, a new health tax on the American people. “It puts a lot of uncertainty into Americans’ lives, and people will need to make a decision.

“Do they want to buy healthcare, which they will be forced to do, or do they make their car payment, or do they put their child through college, or do they pay their mortgage?”

Should the legislation become law, Americans would have to pay “heavy” taxes to support the program for four years before they would see any healthcare benefits.

Bachmann says time still remains for people to contact their senator to voice their opposition to the legislation, but the window for doing so could end before Christmas if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gets his way.

A future Republican-controlled Congress would have a difficult time rolling back the legislation if it becomes law unless they enjoy majorities comparable to those currently enjoyed by the Democrats. Bachmann sees that as highly improbable.

And a potential lawsuit challenging mandatory health insurance could take as long as five years before reaching the Supreme Court.

“This is a really bad bill done very quickly ─ done behind closed doors ─ with virtually zero Republican input,” she said. “The president made a big deal about saying he was going to have all of the healthcare debate out in the open with C-SPAN cameras running.

“That hasn’t happened for 10 seconds, and the American people are really steamed about it.”

Bachmann also expressed her displeasure with the financial services bill sponsored by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, which recently passed the House in spite of unified Republican opposition and no votes from 27 Democrats.

She says the legislation, should it become law, would institutionalize last year’s overwhelmingly unpopular TARP bailouts and give Obama the ability to authorize new bailouts without congressional approval.

“It will likely cost in excess of 1 million job losses in the United States, and … you have the takeover of one more industry ─ in this case the financial services industry,” Bachmann said. “Some experts have estimated this would give government control or ownership of 10-15 percent of the economy … on top of the 30 percent of the economy the government has taken ownership or control of.”

This past year, she says, will be remembered as “the year of the government takeover of private industry.”

“Barney Frank and financial-service meltdown has been synonymous,” Bachmann said. “If you [want to] look at the architect of ruin of our financial meltdown, you have to look at the banking chairman, Chris Dodd of Conn., and Barney Frank, our chairman from the state of Mass.’

Bachmann says Frank has consistently been “an apologist” for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the now government-owned secondary mortgage lenders that have been at the “epicenter” of the financial services crisis.

“The federal government has said, ‘Take all the risks you want; make all the bad loans you want,’” Bachmann said. “That’s Freddie and Fannie, and now the federal government has taken the worst of the financial meltdown, and they’ve institutionalized it.”

However, she takes heart from the defeat of House legislation that would have allowed a judge to unilaterally rewrite the terms of mortgage loans. Bachmann says it would have been “insanity” to allow that to happen at a time of serious financial instability.

She also told Martella Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez’ bill aimed at legalizing the millions of illegal immigrants in the United States further shows the Democrats don’t want to listen to the American people. The same legislation was overwhelmingly opposed by the public the last time it came up for a vote in 2007.

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Scientists Crack Genetic Codes of Two Cancers in Giant Step Forward

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

As a recovering cancer patient, I’m very happy to hear this. I hope they will continue to make significant inroads into the prevention and treatment of this deadly disease.

The complete genetic codes of two human cancers have been mapped for the first time. The move could herald a medical revolution in which every tumor can be targeted with personalized therapy.

The exhaustive genetic maps, which catalogue every DNA mutation found in two patients’ tumors, will transform treatment of the disease. It has been described as the most significant milestone in cancer research in more than a decade.

Scientists predict that by about 2020 all cancer patients could have their tumors analyzed to find the genetic defects that drive them. This information would then be used to select the treatments most likely to work.

Insights from the genomes will also lead to the development of powerful drugs to target DNA errors that cause cancer and highlight ways in which the disease can be prevented. Cancers would be diagnosed and treated according to their genetic profiles rather than their position in the body.

“The pace at which genomics is moving is probably the most exciting thing that’s gone on in cancer research in more than a decade,” said Professor Sir John Bell, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences. “These cancer genome projects are a major landmark, as significant as the sequencing of the human genome itself.”

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‘DOMA-Destroying Legislation’ Afoot in Senate

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Obama and his liberal ilk truly hate the traditional family and are doing everything they can to destroy it.

The Senate Homeland Security Committee voted 8-1 yesterday to approve a bill that would provide the same family benefits to homosexual federal civilian employees that are provided to married heterosexual employees.

The measure, S. 1102, is sponsored by Senators Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut) and Susan Collins (R-Maine). A similar bill passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in November.

Peter Labarbera, executive director of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, says the Lieberman-Collins bill severely undermines the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

“This appears to be a violation of the spirit and the law of DOMA. DOMA was intended to encourage marriage, the recognition of marriage by the federal government, and this is the repudiation of that,” Labarbera contends. “This is giving marital benefits to both homosexuals and heterosexual ‘shack-up’ couples. It’s very bad public policy for the federal government to de-incentivize people getting married…and that’s exactly what this legislation would do.”

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