When your fiscal house is a mess … who ya gonna blame … The Tea Party! Read more
The Senate will finally take up Obamacare repeal legislation today … but on the table is so much more than repeal. It is a “Three pronged attack”, says Lindsey Graham, to finally drive a stake through a very bad bill. Read more
Nothing is sacred when it comes to the mostly Democrat party use of human shields to defend all of their progressive programs, big government. Not Tucson, not Nazi Germany and the holocaust … nothing. The latest edition in this continuing narrative comes from South Carolina, where a progressive group is running a TV ad using a human shield to “save social security”. The problem with this though, as with most human shields, it does not apply to the problem at hand. Read more
Conservatives have had quite a bit on their plate during the first quarter of 2010. Just trying to deconstruct the the health care reform legislation was exhausting, let alone taking the time to fight passage. Now we’ve got cap-and-trade and immigration reform right around the corner.
So many choices, so little time. Lindsey Graham last night with Gretta is asked can the Democrats get the Health Bill through by reconciliation. Graham doesn’t answer that question other than to say … if they do, it’ll be doomsday for Democrats.
And question 2 … who’s the biggest chump?
This is a must watch. Lindsey Graham never holds back. At least not lately. On State of the Union on CNN this morning, Graham is asked to respond to the Democrat agreement hammered out with Nelson. Graham does more than that. Read more
The CBO has scored the Baucus Health Bill and it comes in at a tidy $829 billion dollars … plus reducing the deficit by $81 billion dollars … all over ten years. Setting aside the afront the bill makes to your personal freedom to choose … $81 billion is chump change.
But even if that’s good enough for you, consider … it becomes deficit neutral by adding billions in taxes. Among them, the so called “mommy” tax … a tax placed on medical equipment starting at $100 (which is better than what Baucus originally proposed that would tax all medical equipment including Tampons), a tax on expensive health care plans (listening unions) and taxes on people who choose not to buy insurance.
But the biggest hit comes to seniors. The biggest cost savings will come from $500 billion in cuts to Medicare … more than $100 billion coming from the elimination of Medicare Advantage. Gulp!
Last night on Neil Cavuto’s show, Lindsey Graham said if this goes through there will be riots in the streets.
Topping it all off, it still leaves millions uninsured:
The bill would leave 25 million Americans uninsured – fully 6% of the population, excluding illegal immigrants, according to the CBO. But it would result in coverage for 29 million who currently do not have insurance, the CBO said.
So … we spend $829 billion dollars to insure 29 million people? Hmmm. Money well spent, don’t you think? Karl Rove calls it slight of hand.
Voters likely won’t react well to the price tag of Mr. Baucus’s bill. Yesterday’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report pegs its cost at $829 billion over the next 10 years. The CBO report claims the bill won’t add to the budget deficit until 2015—but the bill only manages that feat by delaying benefits and imposing taxes and Medicare and Medicaid cuts up front.
The battle continues.
Go to the Statue of Liberty, make a speech, tell us how this ends … don’t wait. Read more
Republicans know they have a winner in this one. A $1.6 trillion dollar health care plan … no plan to pay for it, relying mostly on savings from efficiencies, which coming from a government that never ever demonstrates efficiency on anything is not a good argument, people like John McCain and Lindsey Graham are gaining traction as they try to slow down and hopefully derail this boondoggle. Hey, where was this John McCain during the campaign?
Then there’s Lindsey Graham who keeps coming up with reasons for me to like him challenges the President on his “I will be willing to look at all ideas” line. As Graham says, Mr President, I know bi-partisan. I’ve been bi-partisan. This ain’t bi-partisan.
We have detailed over and over again on why this government run health care program is bad for your health … as these two Senators explain … it’s bad for your wallet too.
Update: Leave it to Jim Geraghty to blow this one up. Not only does he point out that Williams was doing nothing mnore than parroting the Democrat talking point … their attempt at defining Republicans as “Rush Southerners” but uses numbers to back it up. Read more