Posts Tagged ‘death panel’

ObamaCare Is A Death Panel For Jobs

February 11, 2011

Let’s call ObamaCare what it is: a death panel for jobs.

Oh, ObamaCare will become a death panel for senior citizens, too.  Don’t get me wrong.  First ObamaCare will take over the health care system.  Then it will poison the entire economy.  Tax collections will go down 1) because unemployed people don’t pay taxes; and 2) because unemployment people actually consume taxpayer dollars.  But ObamaCare will force America to spend trillions of extra dollars.  And then as a result of the ensuing desperate times ObamaCare will create, government bureaucrats will start having to make decisions as to who lives and who dies.

Here are the facts:

CBO Director Says Obamacare Would Reduce Employment by 800,000 Workers
2:37 PM, Feb 10, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON

Testifying today before the House Budget Committee, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Doug Elmendorf confirmed that Obamacare is expected to reduce the number of jobs in the labor market by an estimated 800,000. Here are excerpts from the exchange:

Chairman [Paul] Ryan: “[I]t’s been argued…that the new health care law will create jobs and increase labor force participation. But if I recall from your analysis, it was quite the opposite. Is that not the case?”

Director [Douglas] Elmendorf : “Yes.”…

[…]

Rep. [John] Campbell: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, we’ll — and Dr. Elmendorf — and we’ll continue this conversation right now. First on health care, before I get to — before I get to broader issues, you just mentioned that you believe — or that in your estimate, that the health care law would reduce the labor used in the economy by about 1/2 of 1 percent, given that, I believe you say, there’s 160 million full-time people working in ’20-’21.  That means that, in your estimation, the health care law would reduce employment by 800,000 in ’20-’21. Is that correct? 

Director Elmendorf: Yes. The way I would put it is that we do estimate, as you said, that…employment will be about 160 million by the end of the decade.  Half a percent of that is 800,000.

If history is any guide, the CBO is off by a factor of at least ten.  So it will probably be more like 8 million jobs than 800,000.  But it’s really much worse than that.  Our economy is vulnerable.  Bad news has a way of unleashing negative consequences that go far beyond and effect that something taken in total isolation would produce.

This 800,000 – or more probably 8 million – is just chicken feed.  It is part of a much larger Obama death panel for jobs that has already been underway for some time.  As Business Insider puts it:

“Analysis of weekly unemployment data and covered employees shows that 5,977,844 benefit paying jobs have been lost in the last year.”

Here’s the world of hurt Obama has put America in a picture:

That is a very steep slide into a very dark hole.  And it is entirely due to the toxic effects of Obama and the Democrat Party on our economy and on our way of life.

Our economy is going to be a victim of the Obama death panel.  Unless its blatant unconstitutionality doesn’t get this 2,600-page piece of treason overturned first.

“God damn America” is upon us.

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Waivers Granted To Unions And Big/Politically-Connected Companies; Death Panels For The Rest Of Us

November 15, 2010

Under Barack MaoBama, everyone is equal under the law.

Except for unions, big businesses and politically-connected companies that are a lot MORE equal under the law.

If you are a union, or a business that can afford a high-power attorney, or politically-connected, the fact that ObamaCare reeks to high heavens isn’t that important.  In fact, it’s even a GOOD thing for some companies: their competition will be driven out of business (and why should they care if their competitors’ employees lose their jobs?).

But if you’re NOT a union, or if you CAN’T hire a high-power law firm, or if you DON’T know Harry Reid or one of his ilk, you are just screwed.

That’s the message coming out of Washington.

As of Saturday, November 13, 111 unions and businesses had received waivers from ObamaCare.

That health care law that was supposed to be so great?  It’s such a pile of fecal matter that even the unions who pushed for it are begging to be waived from it.

Gateway Pundit has the facts:

This didn’t make any headlines…
The Obama Administration recently handed out 111 Obamacare waivers to special US companies… And, they’re hiding this from the American public. It takes 6 clicks to find out this information on the government’s health care website.

Unfortunately, if you’re a small business or you don’t have the right connections you can’t get a waiver for your company.
That’s the new reality under the Obama-Pelosi regime.

Unbelievable.
Via Cost of Freedom:

FOX News contributor Tracy Byrnes said it best:

“The bottom line here is that they gave out waivers is an admission of guilt. Basically they’re saying, “You’re right. We screwed up.” That’s the bottom line here. They did not create a law that benefits all of us.”

Here is the list of the 111 special companies that were granted Obamacare waivers.

Here are the 111 “special” unions and companies who are better than everybody else.  As the Gateway Pundit piece above points out, it takes 6 clicks to get to this information.  And since the government can easily make it 12 clicks – or just delete it altogether – it seems prudent to have a record:

Applicant Application
Received
Plan
Effective
Date
Number
of
Enrollees
Application
Completed by
Applicant
Waiver
Approved
1 Protocol Marketing Group 10/4/2010 1/1/2011 454 10/25/2010 11/1/2010
2 Sasnak 9/29/2010 1/1/2011 813 9/29/2010 11/1/2010
3 Star Tek 10/1/2010 1/1/2011 1,423 10/26/2010 11/1/2010
4 Adventist Care Centers 10/1/2010 1/1/2011 725 10/26/2010 10/29/2010
5 B.E.S.T of NY 10/7/2010 1/1/2011 1,200 10/27/2010 10/29/2010
6 Boskovich Farms, Inc 10/8/2010 1/1/2011 165 10/28/2010 10/29/2010
7 Gallegos Corp 9/29/2010 1/1/2011 86 10/28/2010 10/29/2010
8 Jeffords Steel and Engineering 10/4/2010 1/1/2011 112 10/28/2010 10/29/2010
9 O.K. Industries 10/4/2010 1/1/2011 1,238 10/28/2010 10/29/2010
10 Service Employees Benefit Fund 10/12/2010 11/1/2010 1,297 10/29/2010 10/29/2010
11 Sun Pacific Farming Coop 10/6/2010 12/1/2010 1,109 10/6/2010 10/29/2010
12 UFCW Allied Trade Health & Welfare Trust 10/5/2010 1-Dec 68 10/25/2010 10/29/2010
13 HCR Manor Care 10/5/2010 1/1/2011 2,666 10/26/2010 10/28/2010
14 IBEW No.915 9/28/2010 1/1/2011 930 10/15/2010 10/28/2010
15 Integra BMS for Culp, Inc. 10/4/2010 1/1/2011 34 10/25/2010 10/28/2010
16 New England Health Care 9/27/2010 1/1/2011 7,454 10/26/2010 10/28/2010
17 Aegis Insurance 10/6/2010 11/1/2010 67 10/25/2010 10/26/2010
18 Alliance One Tobacco 9/30/2010 1/1/2011 138 10/21/2010 10/26/2010
19 Asbestos Workers Local 53 Welfare Fund 9/29/2010 1/1/2011 2 10/21/2010 10/26/2010
20 Assurant Health (2nd Application) 9/29/2010 1/1/2011 19,024 10/21/2010 10/26/2010
21 Captain Elliot’s Party Boats 10/12/2010 11/1/2010 10 10/25/2010 10/26/2010
22 Carlson Restaurants 9/22/2010 1/1/2011 3,381 10/21/2010 10/26/2010
23 CH Guenther & Son 9/24/2010 1/1/2011 300 10/21/2010 10/26/2010
24 CKM Industries dba Miller Environmental 10/5/2010 11/1/2010 34 10/25/2010 10/26/2010
25 CWVEBA 10/14/2010 10/1/2010 4,500 10/18/2010 10/26/2010
26 Darden Restaurants 9/30/2010 1/1/2011 34,000 10/21/2010 10/26/2010
27 Duarte Nursery 9/23/2010 1/1/2011 283 10/19/2010 10/26/2010
28 Employees Security Fund 9/29/2010 1/1/2011 22 9/29/2010 10/26/2010
29 Florida Trowel Trades 9/27/2010 1/1/2011 297 10/21/2010 10/26/2010
30 Ingles Markets 9/30/2010 1/1/2011 917 10/25/2010 10/26/2010
31 Meijer 10/1/2010 1/1/2011 4,873 10/1/2010 10/26/2010
32 O’Reilly Auto Parts 9/23/2010 1/1/2011 9,722 9/23/2010 10/26/2010
33 Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 123 Welfare Fund 9/30/2010 1/1/2011 534 10/21/2010 10/26/2010
34 Sun Belt 9/28/2010 10/1/2010 114 10/20/2010 10/26/2010
35 UFCW Local 227 10/12/2010 11/1/2010 1,125 10/12/2010 10/26/2010
36 Uncle Julio’s 9/30/2010 11/1/2010 115 10/25/2010 10/26/2010
37 United Group 9/24/2010 1/1/2011 177 10/19/2010 10/26/2010
38 US Imaging 10/11/2010 11/1/2010 148 10/25/2010 10/26/2010
39 Vino Farms 10/8/2010 11/1/2010 152 10/21/2010 10/26/2010
40 Advanta 9/20/2010 9/1/2011 52 9/20/2010 10/21/2010
41 Agricare 9/23/2010 11/1/2010 437 9/23/2010 10/21/2010
42 Alaska Seafood 9/23/2010 1/1/2010 262 10/15/2010 10/21/2010
43 American Fidelity 9/22/2010 10/23/2010 9,358 10/14/2010 10/21/2010
44 Convergys 9/20/2010 1/1/2011 1,400 9/20/2010 10/21/2010
45 Darensberries 9/28/2010 10/1/2010 1,450 9/28/2010 10/21/2010
46 Gowan Company 9/23/2010 1/1/2011 225 9/27/2010 10/21/2010
47 Greystar 9/23/2010 1/1/2011 1,747 10/13/2010 10/21/2010
48 Macayo Restaurants 9/22/2010 12/1/2010 46 10/18/2010 10/21/2010
49 Periodical Services 9/27/2010 1/1/2011 464 9/27/2010 10/21/2010
50 UniFirst 9/23/2010 9/1/2011 2,659 10/14/2010 10/21/2010
51 Universal Forest Products 9/23/2011 5/1/2010 1,738 10/19/2010 10/21/2010
52 UFCW Maximus Local 455 10/4/2010 1/1/2011 59 10/18/2010 10/18/2010
53 AHS 9/22/2010 1/1/2011 400 10/12/2010 10/14/2010
54 GuideStone Financial Resources 9/21/2010 1/1/2011 354 9/21/2010 10/14/2010
55 Local 25 SEIU 9/29/2010 10/1/2010 31,000 10/7/2010 10/14/2010
56 MAUSER Corp. 9/21/2010 1/1/2011 47 9/24/2010 10/14/2010
57 Preferred Care, Inc. 9/15/2010 1/1/2011 918 9/15/2010 10/14/2010
58 Ruby Tuesday 10/8/2010 1/1/2011 3,219 10/8/2010 10/14/2010
59 The Dixie Group, Inc. 8/27/2010 6/19/2010 269 10/12/2010 10/14/2010
60 UFCW Local 1262 9/20/2010 10/1/2010 5,390 9/20/2010 10/14/2010
61 Whelan Security Company 9/23/2010 1/1/2011 287 10/12/2010 10/14/2010
62 AMF Bowling Worldwide 9/14/2010 1/1/2011 295 10/7/2010 10/12/2010
63 Assisted Living Concepts 9/17/2010 1/1/2011 1,174 9/17/2010 10/12/2010
64 Case & Associates 9/17/2010 1/1/2011 87 9/17/2010 10/12/2010
65 GPM Investments 9/17/2010 1/1/2011 275 9/17/2010 10/12/2010
66 Grace Living Centers 9/14/2010 10/1/2010 534 9/14/2010 10/12/2010
67 Mountaire 9/17/2010 1/1/2011 2,074 9/17/2010 10/12/2010
68 Swift Spinning 9/16/2010 1/1/2011 240 9/16/2010 10/12/2010
69 Belmont Village 9/10/2010 1/1/2011 785 10/4/2010 10/8/2010
70 Caliber Services 9/13/2010 1/1/2011 606 9/13/2010 10/8/2010
71 Cracker Barrel 9/9/2010 1/1/2011 16,823 9/17/2010 10/8/2010
72 DISH Network 9/13/2010 3/1/2011 3,597 9/23/2010 10/8/2010
73 Groendyke Transport,  Inc 9/2/2010 1/1/2011 1,322 9/2/2010 10/8/2010
74 Pocono Medical Center 9/24/2010 1/1/2011 3,298 9/24/2010 10/8/2010
75 Regis Corporation 9/10/2010 3/1/2011 3,617 10/1/2010 10/8/2010
76 The Pictsweet Co. 9/13/2010 1/1/2010 694 9/13/2010 10/8/2010
77 Diversified Interiors 9/28/2010 10/1/2010 300 9/28/2010 10/1/2010
78 Local 802 Musicians Health Fund 9/29/2010 10/1/2010 1,801 9/29/2010 10/1/2010
79 Medical Card System 9/20/2010 10/1/2010 6,635 9/23/2010 10/1/2010
80 The Buccaneer 9/22/2010 10/1/2010 125 9/28/2010 10/1/2010
81 CIGNA 9/17/2010 9/26/2010 265,000 9/30/2010 9/30/2010
82 Greater Metropolitan Hotel 9/16/2010 10/1/2010 1,200 9/24/2010 9/30/2010
83 Local 17 Hospitality Benefit Fund 9/16/2010 10/1/2010 881 9/24/2010 9/30/2010
84 GS-ILA 9/15/2010 10/1/2010 298 9/15/2010 9/28/2010
85 Allied 9/13/2010 10/1/2010 127 9/13/2010 9/27/2010
86 Harden Healthcare 9/9/2010 1/1/2011 874 9/29/2010 9/27/2010
87 Health and Welfare Benefit System 9/16/2010 10/1/2010 41 9/16/2010 9/27/2010
88 Health Connector 9/20/2010 10/1/2010 3,544 9/24/2010 9/27/2010
89 I.U.P.A.T 9/16/2010 10/1/2010 875 9/23/2010 9/27/2010
90 Sanderson Plumbing Products, Inc. 9/22/2010 10/1/2010 326 9/22/2010 9/27/2010
91 Transport Workers 9/20/2010 10/1/2010 107 9/23/2010 9/27/2010
92 UFT Welfare Fund 9/16/2010 10/1/2010 351,000 9/27/2010 9/27/2010
93 Aegis 9/16/2010 10/1/2010 162 9/21/2010 9/24/2010
94 Aetna 9/16/2010 10/1/2010 209,423 9/16/2010 9/24/2010
95 Allflex 9/20/2010 10/1/2010 34 9/22/2010 9/24/2010
96 Baptist Retirement 9/10/2010 10/1/2010 127 9/17/2010 9/24/2010
97 BCS Insurance 9/13/2010 9/24/2010 115,000 9/22/2010 9/24/2010
98 Cryogenic 9/20/2010 10/1/2010 19 9/20/2010 9/24/2010
99 Fowler Packing Co. 9/8/2010 10/1/2010 39 9/17/2010 9/24/2010
100 Guy C. Lee Mfg. 9/15/2010 10/1/2010 312 9/15/2010 9/24/2010
101 HealthPort 9/17/2010 10/1/2010 608 9/17/2010 9/24/2010
102 Jack in the Box 9/17/2010 10/1/2010 1,130 9/21/2010 9/24/2010
103 Maritime Association 9/17/2010 10/1/2010 500 9/21/2010 9/24/2010
104 Maverick County 9/21/2010 10/1/2010 1 9/23/2010 9/24/2010
105 Metro Paving Fund 9/20/2010 10/1/2010 550 9/20/2010 9/24/2010
106 PMPS-ILA 9/19/2010 10/1/2010 15 9/23/2010 9/24/2010
107 PS-ILA 9/19/2010 10/1/2010 8 9/23/2010 9/24/2010
108 QK/DRD (Denny’s) 9/16/2010 10/1/2010 65 9/22/2010 9/24/2010
109 Reliance Standard 9/14/2010 10/1/2010 varies 9/14/2010 9/24/2010
110 Tri-Pak 9/20/2010 10/1/2010 26 9/20/2010 9/24/2010
111 UABT 9/17/2010 10/1/2010 17,347 9/17/2010 9/24/2010
total 1,175,411

Just scrolling down the list, twenty of of these “waivers” have gone to unions.  You know, the socialist “workers of the world unite!” organizations that pushed so hard for the ObamaCare death panels that they’ve decided only others should stand before.

Everything Obama and the Democrat Party told you about ObamaCare – EVERYTHING!!! – was a lie.

Obama assured us that the ObamaCare mandates that would force Americans to purchase insurance (or be punished) was not a tax.  That was a lie.

Obama told us that if we liked our doctor we could keep that doctor.  That was a lie.  Even Obama admitted that his promise turned out to be a load of crap.

Obama promised us if we liked our current plan we could keep it.  That was a lie.  Many plans have simply been canceled altogether as a direct result of ObamaCare.  And people who loved their plans found themselves dumped.  And then, on top of that, it turns out that more than half of all company plans won’t pass Obama’s muster – meaning that even more people will find themselves dumped from their plans.

Obama promised that his health care system would “bend the cost curve down.”  That was a lie.  The fact is that Price Waterhouse determined that private insurance premiums would skyrocket 111% over ten years under ObamaCare.  And that the costs for individuals and for families would very nearly double.

Even those organizations that pushed for ObamaCare are now seeing their costs to cover employees go up as a direct result of it:

Citing health overhaul, AARP hikes employee costs
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press – Thu Nov 4, 4:34 pm ET

WASHINGTON – AARP’s endorsement helped secure passage of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Now the seniors’ lobby is telling its employees their insurance costs will rise partly as a result of the law.

In an e-mail to employees, AARP says health care premiums will increase by 8 percent to 13 percent next year because of rapidly rising medical costs.

And AARP adds that it’s changing copayments and deductibles to avoid a 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans that takes effect in 2018 under the law. Aerospace giant Boeing also has cited the tax in asking its workers to pay more. Shifting costs to employees lowers the value of a health care plan and acts like an escape hatch from the tax.

Obama promised that his health care plan would be good for businesses.  That was a lie.  Company after company has announced that it would be taking millions and even billion-plus dollar writedowns due to the additional costs that would be imposed on them by ObamaCare.

And when these lying liars tell us we’re crazy if we think ObamaCare will have a death panel, well, that’s a lie.

In the words of über-liberal icon Paul Krugman:

Krugman made his comments on ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” during a roundtable discussion about the economy and the recent findings of the U.S. Debt Reduction Commission.

Here’s the key excerpt:

Some years down the pike, we’re going to get the real solution, which is going to be a combination of death panels and sales taxes. It’s going to be that we’re actually going to take Medicare under control, and we’re going to have to get some additional revenue, probably from a VAT. But it’s not going to happen now.”

And fellow über-lib Robert Reich was even more explicit about this more death and more taxes health care plan of Obama’s:

Let me tell you a few things on health care. Look, we have the only health care system in the world that is designed to avoid sick people. And that’s true and what I’m going to do is that I am going try to reorganize it to be more amenable to treating sick people but that means you,  particularly you young people, particularly you young healthy people…you’re going to have to pay more.“Thank you.  And by the way, we’re going to have to, if you’re very old, we’re not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months. It’s too expensive…so we’re going to let you die.”

Unless, of course, you’re a privileged, politically-connected liberal, in which case you can get a waiver from this “we’re going to let you die” verdict that everyone else will receive.

With that on the table, we could still say that there isn’t a death panel in ObamaCare.  Because it turns out that there are 160 death panels:

First Chart

The Democrats who rule this country now are the most evil politicians in American history.  And this generation of Americans who voted for them in 2008 is the stupidest generation (or you can call it “the Dodo bird generation”).

You’d better get smart quick.  Because these people will – now in their very own words – “let you die” with a “a combination of death panels and sales taxes.”

‘You Can Measure America’s Bottom Line By Looking At Caterpillar’s’ – And Obama Just Torpedoed It

March 26, 2010

Just over a year ago on February 12, Barack Obama spoke to Caterpillar employees at the plant in East Peoria, Illinois, and said the following:

“So what’s happening at this company tells us a larger story about what’s happening with our nation’s economy — because, in many ways, you can measure America’s bottom line by looking at Caterpillar’s bottom line.”

In that address, Obama provided us with a barometer, a measure, a way to know whether legislation is good or bad in microcosm.

And judging by Obama’s VERY OWN STANDARD, his health care legislation is absolutely terrible:

John Deere, Caterpillar, Verizon Announce Rise in Health-Care Costs After Obamacare Passage
BY Mary Katharine Ham
March 25, 2010 10:02 AM

If Verizon weren’t in the mix, I’d be tempted to say this was a rural dudes with heavy machinery tax.

Farm equipment maker Deere & Co (DE.N) expects after-tax expenses to rise by $150 million this year as a result of the healthcare reform law President Barack Obama signed this week.

Most of the higher expense will come in Deere’s second quarter, the company said on Thursday. The expense was not included in the company’s earlier 2010 forecast, which called for net income of about $1.3 billion.

Earlier this week, Caterpillar announced it would take a $100 million hit:

The charge is expected to be a one-time cost, but Caterpillar has argued that higher taxes and other potential cost increases related to insurance coverage mandates in the legislation will hinder the company’s recovery this year after a 75% plunge in income during 2009.

“From our point of view, a tax increase like this cannot come at a worse time,” said Jim Dugan, a Caterpillar spokesman.

Although the tax doesn’t take effect until 2011, the company said it is required to recognize the impact in the period in which the law was signed. Industry analysts estimated the charge at about 13 cents a share.

That ought to do wonders for the construction sector.

The National Review got its hands on an e-mail from Verizon to employees:

…due to the varying effective dates included in the legislation, we expect that Verizon’s costs will increase in the short-term. These cost increases are primarily driven by two provisions.

The first is a provision that affects the Medicare Part D subsidy for prescription drug coverage. Because Verizon offers retiree prescription drug coverage today, the government provides a 28 percent subsidy to help offset the financial burden of offering that coverage. The subsidy was intended to help employers continue to offer prescription drug coverage for retirees so that these retirees would not have to use the Government Medicare Part D program. However, changes affecting the Part D subsidy will make it less valuable to employers, like Verizon, and as a result, may have significant implications for both retirees and employers.

Let’s take a closer look at Caterpillar and what they say about ObamaCare, since Obama himself said what affected Caterpillar would affect the country as a whole:

Dow Jones Newswires | Caterpillar Inc. said the health-care overhaul legislation being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives would increase the company’s health-care costs by more than $100 million in the first year alone.

In a letter Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio, Caterpillar urged lawmakers to vote against the plan “because of the substantial cost burdens it would place on our shareholders, employees and retirees.” Caterpillar, the world’s largest construction machinery manufacturer by sales, said it’s particularly opposed to provisions in the bill that would expand Medicare taxes and mandate insurance coverage. The legislation would require nearly all companies to provide health insurance for their employees or face large fines.

The Peoria-based company said these provisions would increase its insurance costs by at least 20 percent, or more than $100 million, just in the first year of the health-care overhaul program.

We can ill-afford cost increases that place us at a disadvantage versus our global competitors,” said the letter signed by Gregory Folley, vice president and chief human resources officer of Caterpillar. “We are disappointed that efforts at reform have not addressed the cost concerns we’ve raised throughout the year.”

Business executives have long complained that the options offered for covering 32 million uninsured Americans would result in higher insurance costs for those employers that already provide coverage. Opponents have stepped up their attacks in recent days as the House moves closer toward a vote on the Senate version of the health-care legislation.

A letter Thursday to President Barack Obama and members of Congress signed by more than 130 economists predicted the legislation would discourage companies from hiring more workers and would cause reduced hours and wages for those already employed.

Caterpillar noted that the company supports efforts to increase the quality and the value of health care for patients as well as lower costs for employer-sponsored insurance coverage.

“Unfortunately, neither the current legislation in the House and Senate, nor the president’s proposal, meets these goals,” the letter said.

It’s bad.  It’s really, really bad.  ObamaCare won’t create jobs.  It will kill them.

Obama said it himself: “You can measure America’s bottom line by looking at Caterpillar’s bottom line.”  And thanks to ObamaCare, Caterpillar’s bottom line pretty much stinks on ice.  Along with many other companies such as John Deere and Verizon.

That’s why we have an impending reality of hundreds of thousands of jobs lost due to ObamaDeath:

In a study prepared for the Americans for Tax Reform Foundation, the Beacon Hill Institute found that the current proposal before Congress to reform the nation’s health care system will destroy up to 700,000 jobs over a ten-year period.  The study uses a more realistic baseline from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to refute the claim made by the Center for American Progress that PPACA will create up to 400,000 jobs per year over the coming decade.

Rep. John Dingell, known as “the dean of the House” given the fact that his tenure in the House of Representatives extends to 1955, when he inherited the seat from his father, gave us the REAL reason for ObamaCare:

“The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 [million] American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people

It certainly wasn’t to build a strong economy or create jobs.  Businesses are going to be too busy ducking and covering and paying taxes and complying with costly new regulations to worry about expanding.  And every new hire will be a fiscal millstone around the necks of employers who will have to pay increasingly high taxes on every employee to satisfy ObamaCare.

The 159 new federal agencies that will be created, and the 16,500 IRS agents who will be poking into your lives to ensure compliance with those 159 agencies, don’t come cheap.

It’s becoming apparent that the “death panels” are for businesses every bit as much as they will ultimately be for senior citizens who will die due to medical neglect when their health care resources get rationed.

When SchoolHouse Rock’s ‘I’m Just A Bill’ Met Obama, Pelosi, And Reid

March 16, 2010

Do you remember those “Schoolhouse Rock” educational cartoons?  You know, like the one about the Superhero “Verb” in action?

How about this one on how a bill becomes a law?  It’s worth watching so one can understand how bills used to be passed when our Constitution mattered back in the day.

But, of course, that was before Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi came onto the scene and decided that the constitutional process really didn’t need to apply when they decided to take over one-sixth of the economy.

Now we have this:

Hope and Change is something of a bitch in Obamaland.  It’s degenerated into “I sure hope they don’t change the Constitution so much we lose our country.”

It’s rather fittingly ironic that ObamaCare is going to be shoved down our throats with Constitution-schmonstitution shenanigans named “The SLAUGHTER Solution” and “the Self EXECUTING Rule.

God has a sense of humor as He leaves His own clues about what a demonic abomination this takeover of our health care system will become.

Death panels?  Of COURSE there are no death panels in this SLAUGHTER-style EXECUTION of our health care system.  Why would anybody think anything so silly?

For the record, the entire ObamaCare boondoggle has been one gigantic death panel from the get-go, both in its dehumanizing death-by-bureaucracy substance –

– and by the incredibly despicable political procedure (think the $300 million Louisiana Purchase, the $1.2 billion Cornhusker Kickback, the $5 billion Gator-Aid, the $100 million Hospital Handout, and the $300 million Libby Asbestos Deal, just for starters) used to impose an incredibly unpopular bill onto the American people.

Obama’s VA ‘Death Book’ And Your Future Health Care

October 10, 2009

No death panels?

Recently we learned that Barack Obama has re-instituted the “Death Books” that President Bush banned from being used by the Veterans Administration.

On page 21 of the VA book, “Your Life, Your Choices,” you get to answer questions pertaining to the issue: “What makes my life worth living?” And guilt-inducing scenarios to consider such as,“I can no longer contribute to my family’s well being,” and “I am a severe financial burden on my family” to “guide” one to come to the conclusion, life is “not worth living.”

On Sunday’s “Fox News Sunday with Chri Wallace,” Jim Towey – who broke the story to the public in a Wall Street Journal article entitled, “The Death Book for Veterans” – made this statement:

“The 2007 edition said go to Compassion Choices. That’s the Hemlock Society. The 1997 version referred you to an organization that was the American Euthanasia Society. I think the bias of the document’s clear. Why would Americans be given such a poor document, a poor planning tool, on a subject so important?”

What is frankly just as frightening as the Veterans Administration trying to steer veterans toward a renamed version of the Hemlock Society is the fact that they’ve clearly altered the page with gibberish in a clearly last-second attempt to cover-up what they were doing.

Here’s a printscreen of the relevant PDF page (52) that I downloaded on Monday, August 25:

VA-Death-Book_52

I’m no investigative reporter, but when I tried to learn what http://www.choices.org was under the heading, “Advance directives,” I went to the site – and discovered that it was geared toward providing children with education resources so they wouldn’t drop out of school.  It had nothing whatsoever to do with end-of-life decisions.  And when I called 1-800-989-9155, I discovered that it was Loesche America – an engineering and construction firm.

In other words, it was a hastily orchestrated scam perpetuated by government employees to hide the truth from the American people.  That should scare you.

Why did the VA scrub their website? I would argue that they did so because someone had a guilty conscience. Democrats KNOW this stuff is evil; and they KNOW that the American people would reject them if they knew the truth about what Democrats are trying to do.

And what is that truth?  Let me just use the phrase that Sarah Palin was so demonized for using: “death panel.”

Obama Lowballs His Budget By $2 TRILLION, And You Trust Him On Health Care?

August 25, 2009

Hats off to the Gateway Pundit for punditry.  Following the Obama remark about people getting wee-weed up, GP pointed out that “It looks like Dear Leader was a wee bit off” with his budget.  To the tune of $2 trillion.  Which, clearly, really is something to get wee-weed up about.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration will raise its 10-year budget deficit projection to approximately $9 trillion from $7.108 trillion in a report next week, a senior administration official told Reuters on Friday.

The higher deficit figure, based on updated economic data, brings the White House budget office into line with outside estimates and gives further fuel to President Barack Obama’s opponents, who say his spending plans are too expensive in light of budget shortfalls.

The White House took heat for sticking with its $7.108 trillion forecast earlier this year after the Congressional Budget Office forecast that deficits between 2010 and 2019 would total $9.1 trillion.

“The new forecasts are based on new data that reflect how severe the economic downturn was in the late fall of last year and the winter of this year,” said the administration official, who is familiar with the budget mid-session review that is slated to be released next week.

Well, at least they didn’t say, “Because of George Bush…” or “Due to the evilness of the Republicans’…”  So maybe they’re growing in maturity to match their skyrocketing deficits over at the White House.

Barack Obama is going to quadruple George Bush’s highest deficit ever – and that is if his other incredibly rosy projections (which continue chugging merrily along like a magic-powered choo-choo train) pan out.  Obama has demagogued and demonized Bush at every turn, but he can’t blame the boogeyman for his deficits.

It is simply a fact: Obama’s first-year deficit, the largest in history, is over four times bigger than George Bush’s last deficit of 2008, which HAD been the largest in history until Obama blew that record away as though it had never existed.  An American Thinker article demonstrates the massive cognitive dissonance of Democrats; they want to demonize Bush for his government spending even as they defend Obama’s FAR more massive government spending.  The Washington Examiner’s Byron York headline says it all: “Obama’s trillions dwarf Bush’s ‘dangerous spending.'”

Barack Obama underestimated his own spending deficit by $2 trillion; nearly 29% off in just six months.  That aint exactly good budgeting.  Rather, it is unprecedented BAD budgeting.  Obama had all kinds of bogus assumptions, fuzzy math, and rosy scenarios.  And the new $9-plus trillion figure doesn’t take into account all the other stuff that Obama is intending to do, such as spend well over a trillion more on his government health care takeover.

It’s frankly even worse than your very worst fears: Barack Obama’s 2009 deficit exceeds all 8 years of Bush red ink.

Let me put it this way: I have believed that Barack Obama would be the downfall of this country from the day I heard his reverend for 23 years shout, “No, no, no! Not God bless America — God damn America!!!” while Barack Obama’s fellow congregants leaped to their feet and cheered wildly.  I thought he would be a complete and unmitigated disaster – and I never dreamed he would do this much damage this quickly.

Speaking of terrible budget nightmares, Obama’s somehow transforming his “half” of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Plan into $23.7 Trillion isn’t exactly great budgeting either.  Did somebody say we were supposed to stop spending after we got to $350 billion?  Oops.

Giving Obama’s liberals control of health care will be rather like giving Stalin’s Red Army control of Berlin; it just aint going to end well.

The CBO also has revised its figures from just five months ago upward by $2.7 trillion, pointing out that its earlier number didn’t include legislation since passed by the Democrat-controlled Congress.  The math is a mess; we literally cannot keep up with the frenzied pace of our own spending.

So when Democrats and liberals talk about the projected costs of health care, just realize that neither they, or the CBO – which at least usually TRIES to be accurate in its projections – have any credibility whatsoever.

Bob Franken hits it right on the money: The $9 trillion is the central figure in the health care debate.  You can watch the debt clock spiral up moment by terrifying moment for hours.

In another issue, Democrats have been mocking the word “death panel,” but…

… The whole damn SYSTEM is one great big giant death panel.  As well as being a gigantically expensive one.

If Democrats get control of health care, they will explode it with massive bureaucracy, they will have no choice but to ration health care, and people will die.