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Debunking the Lies about the “Lies”

MoveOn.org just published the “Top 5 Healthcare Reform Lies”.  (It’s a sad day when fact checking happens by turning to the WHITE HOUSE WEBSITE!) I thought it best to expose the lies about their “lies” here.

Lie #1: Reform legislation includes a provision, supported by the AARP, to offer senior citizens access to a professional medical counselor who will provide them with information on preparing a living will and other issues facing older Americans.

Obama ought to read section 1233 of HR3200

“The biggest question mark comes from who wrote Section 1233 of the House health care overhaul bill. The original language was written by assisted suicide supporter Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) alongside a group that once was called the Hemlock Society – the nation’s biggest advocates of euthanasia and assisted suicide. The Hemlock Society helped draft Oregon’s assisted suicide law – legislation that has led some afflicted people in Oregon getting letters “consulting” them that, while the state run plan would not pay for their cancer treatments, the state would be happy to pay for assisted suicide if they choose that option.”

Undue Influence by Charles Lance (WAPO)

“Though not mandatory, as some on the right have claimed, the consultations envisioned in Section 1233 aren’t quite “purely voluntary,” as Rep. Sander M. Levin (D-Mich.) asserts. To me, “purely voluntary” means “not unless the patient requests one.” Section 1233, however, lets doctors initiate the chat and gives them an incentive — money — to do so. Indeed, that’s an incentive to insist….Section 1233 goes beyond facilitating doctor input to preferring it.”

Side note: AARP may support Obamacare, but 60,000 members have left AARP as of July 1st.

Lie #2: With reform, choices will increase, not decrease. If you’re happy with your coverage and doctors, you can keep them.

It’s Not an Option (Investor’s Business Daily)

“The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of “Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage,” the “Limitation On New Enrollment” section of the bill clearly states:

“Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day” of the year the legislation becomes law.”

So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised — with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won’t be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.”

RX for Disaster- 83 million stand to lose their coverage – NY Post

“Its perverse incentives, plus the onerous regulations Congress plans to impose on employer-provided insurance, would cause more than half of those with employer-provided insurance to lose it — 83.4 million Americans, according to The Lewin Group, a prominent, politically neutral health-care analysis firm.”

ObamaCare: Kiss Your Access Goodbye (#5)

“The answer is an effect known as “crowd-out.” Recent experience shows that public insurance expansions mainly crowd out private insurance coverage, rather than provide coverage to those otherwise uninsured.”

How Health Care “Reforms” WIll Mess With Your Coverage (NY DAILY)

“But if you file a tax return and fail to attach proof of your qualifying health plan, theIRS, in coordination with the expanded federal office on electronic medical records and a new state bureaucracy called a Gateway, will find you, notify you of your default and fine you (sec. 59).”

Lie #3: Health care reform will expand access to high-quality health insurance, and give individuals, families, and businesses more choices for coverage.

ObamaCare: Kiss Your Access Goodbye (#1…through 6)

“Independent, peer-reviewed studies document that patients seeking care from physicians with specialty training-cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, and neurologists-must wait far longer for those services under government-run health systems.”

“The documented superiority of the U.S. health care system for cancer outcomes is most dramatic when comparing U.S. sur¬vival rates to the most centralized systems, like the government-run universal National Health System of Britain or Canada’s wholly government-controlled universal health system.”

“In stark contrast to the United States, countries with government-controlled systems show severe deficiencies in medical technologies, both in their availability and in what is a truly scandalous usage of antiquated versions often operating at substandard levels of function.”

“. . . when government dictates prices on services, those services become unavailable. And because of inappropriate government dictates on medical care coverage, it is the patient who suffers most. Directly or indirectly, choice becomes limited, and health care becomes rationed.”

Lie #4: Health care reform plans will not reduce Medicare benefits.

ObamaCare Does Cur Your Medicare Benefits

“Over one in five Medicare patients are enrolled in the Medicare Advantage plans that President Obama wants to completely cut. The benefits that over 10.5 million seniors would probably lose as a result of President Obama’s $200 billion in Medicare Advantage cuts include:

– prescription drug coverage

– preventive-care services

– coor dinated care for chronic conditions

– routine physical examinations

– additional hospitalization

– skilled nursing facility stays

– routine eye and hearing examinations

– glasses and hearing aids

Congress has been down this road before. After con gressional cuts in Medicare Plus Choice in 1997, millions of seniors lost access to private health coverage.”

Lie #5: We need health care reform now in order to prevent bankruptcy

AP: Analysis: Some health care numbers don’t tally

“Obama claims his health effort will not dig the nation deeper into debt and over time will help reduce deficits. He has vowed to not sign any health bill that raises deficits. But even the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says that none of the health plans pending on Capitol Hill would control long-term spending, and that ones with the elements Obama wants would add around $1 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years.”

Facts vs. Obama (Factcheck.org)

– Obama promised once again that a health care overhaul “will be paid for.” But congressional budget experts say the bills they’ve seen so far would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade.

– Obama claimed his budget “reduced federal spending over the next 10 years by $2.2 trillion” compared with where it was headed before. Not true. Even figures from his own budget experts don’t support that. The Congressional Budget Office projects a $2.7 trillion increase, not a $2.2 trillion cut.”

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August 19, 2009 Posted by | Health Care, Politics | Leave a comment

Give it Up

“Obama’s promise is not just at odd’s with legislative proposals, it is also at odds with reality.”

This Washington Post article is referring to Obama’s promise that those who like their own health insurance can keep it. It does not take a genius to do just a LITTLE research and discover all the blatant inaccuracies. (I use “blatant” intentionally). Obama is not acting “stupidly”. He knows exactly what he’s doing. Like most of the nonsense he dilutes into brainwash, if he gives the people just enough doses, we’ll fall in line. That’s why I don’t watch his pre-planted town-hall meetings. His “facts” have been refuted time and time again and not only does not continue with the same jargon, but now he needs a new ad!

I have more posts on ObamaCare than any other topic. Just go through and read everything. There is enough on just this blog to dissuade any open-minded person from jumping on the ObamaCare bandwagon.

Ask yourself: Why would I be in favor of a health care plan advocated for by a man that is not a medical professional and who continues to offer inaccurate information, even after it has been refuted by independent parties?

August 18, 2009 Posted by | Health Care, Politics | , , , | 1 Comment

OBAMANODOMA

“The Obama administration filed court papers Monday claiming a federal marriage law discriminates against homosexuals, even as government lawyers continue to defend the law.” – 8/17/09

“On June 11, 2009, the Obama administration defended the law’s validity in a 54-page brief that said the law is consistent with equal protection and due process principles and does not violate the right to privacy. Officials in the Obama administration and the Justice Department said that they are required to defend the law in court as long as it is still on the books.”

Flippy…floppy.

August 17, 2009 Posted by | Politics, Religion | Leave a comment

I’m Syme

As a junior in high school, I played Syme in our school’s performance of 1984. Upon reading the script and beginning rehearsals, I didn’t get it. I mean, I got it, but it seemed so…science fiction. “Like this would ever happen, ” I thought.

Syme

(That’s me).

However, I think I have to agree with Victor Davis Hanson in his article, Our Road to Oceania, “some of this is beginning to sound a little too familiar…”

“Doublethink is common. Presidential sermons on fiscal responsibility tip us off that deficits will soar. Borrowing an additional trillion dollars to manage health care is sold as a cost-saving measure. Racial transcendence translates into more racial-identity politics, reflected both in rhetoric and in presidential appointments.

The government wants to determine how some executives should be paid. The administration assures millions of citizens it will now intrude into everything from buying homes and cars to how they go to the doctor.

If some Americans chose to purchase a roomy gas-guzzler rather than an uncomfortable but more efficient compact car, a kindly Big Brother will now “correct” that bad decision and buy the “clunker” back. If we bought a house for too much money, the government will assure us it was not our fault and redo the mortgage. If our doctor wants to conduct a procedure, a government health board will first determine whether it is cost-effective and in the collective interest.”

While 1984 is intended to be extreme, I think there are certain elements that are very plausible and even slowly becoming present realities. For example, sending emails to the White House over “fishy” subject matter regarding ObamaCare is fishy. Perhaps they just want talking points for future rigged town hall meetings. While Obama’s emails sound congenial, “What health insurance reform means for you,” his senior adviser, David Axelrod, sends a little more serious subject lines, “This isn’t a game,” and “It’s time for a reality check.” If that’s not enough to raise eyebrows (the governmental assurance that they alone hold the keys of truth), perhaps the mainstream media’s (AP) new nickname for the president should make you leery, “The Fact-Checker-in-Chief.” Since when does one man know ALL the facts? He’s not an accountant, a doctor, or a scientist. Nor has he served in the military. He has never run a business.

Beware easy answers from a man with very little experience (if any) in the matters he is advocating. Beware his charisma and his smile if it is not backed with ACTUAL FACTS (be sure to always fact check Obama’s fact checks). Beware a man who has appointed 27 czars, neither elected by the people nor accountable to them (some with criminal records, most are completely unqualified).

Always remember…ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.

UPDATE:

“This is still my meeting.” – Marcia Fudge (D)

“As much as you might think the earth revolves around you, it doesn’t.” – Anthony Weiner (D)

August 13, 2009 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment

Strike a Pose

Top Poser: President Barack Obama

From FactCheck.org, Obama’s July 22nd press conference on health care was at the very least- misleading. Here’s a couple points:

– Obama promised once again that a health care overhaul “will be paid for.” But congressional budget experts say the bills they’ve seen so far would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade.

– Obama claimed his budget “reduced federal spending over the next 10 years by $2.2 trillion” compared with where it was headed before. Not true. Even figures from his own budget experts don’t support that. The Congressional Budget Office projects a $2.7 trillion increase, not a $2.2 trillion cut.

From the town-hall forum last night, Obama said, “We have the AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors.” FALSE.

That’s not even the worst of it. The worst aspect of this health care debate so far, for me, is that last night’s town hall meeting was COMPLETELY RIGGED. That’s right! Those in attendance were admitted because they had INVITATIONS. This crucial bit of information is apparently lost on the AP stating that Obama “Braced for a fight he never got…” (the article has been updated since last night). HE NEVER GOT A FIGHT BECAUSE THE 1,000 PEOPLE OPPOSING HIS PLAN WERE LOCKED OUTSIDE! The AP said Obama was merely “taking on the role of fact-checker-in-chief for his top domestic priority.” But while the “fact-checker-in-chief” was “giving the facts”, USA Today was fact-checking his facts.

“But weren’t there poeple in the meeting that opposed his plan?” No. While Obama acted like he was giving a fair shot to the opposition and to GENUINE questions, Michelle Malkin has already exposed the plants: “But, you know, um, like Obama said: “I don’t want people saying I just have a bunch of plants in here.” Oh, goodness. Of course not.” Obama is quite the actor, no?

Robert Samuelson’s article is one of my favorites thus far: “One of the bewildering ironies of the health care debate is that President Obama claims to be attacking the status quo when he’s actually embracing it. Ever since Congress created Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, health politics has followed a simple logic: Expand benefits and talk about controlling costs. That’s the status quo, and Obama faithfully adheres to it. While denouncing skyrocketing health spending, he would increase it by extending government health insurance to millions more Americans.”

From a previous post, let’s not forget what Obama’s “savings” actually look like. It’s no wonder his approval rating is below 50.

And for fun, let’s put a face to Obama’s near 50 million people that desperately need insurance:

August 12, 2009 Posted by | Health Care, Politics | 1 Comment

Hypocrisy as Usual

Business as usual? I should say so!

Call my office, Doc! I think Rep. Scott is just following Obama’s lead in “bringing people together?”

..as is MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell as he “listens”  to Peter Schiff (running for Senate seat in Connecticut).

And this just takes the cake: Playbook for Thwarting Town Hall Protesters – “maybe so-called journalists should point out this obvious hypocrisy to their readers, listeners, and viewers.” (Be sure to read my last post as well).

August 10, 2009 Posted by | Health Care, Politics | Leave a comment

Take Back the Radio

The FCC has a new “Chief Diversity Officer”- Mark Lloyd. His job is to “balance” the political voices on the airwaves. So much for freedom of speech.

Read the article, HERE.

Dick Morris has been talking about something insidious like this transpiring for the past year. “There are two members of the FCC from each party- required by state- and a fifth appointed by the president.” And, of course, Obama appointed a third Democrat making them the majority.

This is all nonsense. Mostly because conservative talk radio is HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL and in HIGH DEMAND. It reminds me of the attacks against conservative lit dominating the Best-Seller lists, like Michelle Malkin’s Culture of Corruption (first week out), Dick Morris’ Catastrophe (6 weeks), and Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny (19 weeks) . Not to mention Bill O’Reilly’s A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity (40 weeks!). People like Bill Maher sink fast with their criticisms. (Bill, it doesn’t matter how long Obama has been in office. We know where he’s been, what he’s doing, and where he’s going which is why Obama’s poll numbers are PLUMMETING and why town hall meetings are bombarded with angry citizens- Republican and Democrat alike).

In the face of extreme conservative opposition on the airwaves, Obamacare supporters are now taking to the streets to rival the Obamacare opposition. Except…there is ONE BIG DIFFERENCE. Can you tell what it is? (HINT: look at the signs AND who can read what).

August 9, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

The Stink is Right Under Your Nose

After a series of heated town-hall meetings with upset and irate citizens (and rightfully so), the White House and “Democrats have likened the scenes to “mob rule” and accused the protesters and critics of being backed or put up to the behavior by large conservative organizations.”

It seems because the public is not swallowing the stank of Obama’s health care proposal, Obama is now asking his supporters to inform him of anything “fishy”.  What’s fishy about the Health Care debate is Obama’s plan. END-O-STORY. It stinks that it hasn’t been read by those in favor of it. It stinks that Congress is allowing themselves an out from having to use it. It stinks that Obama considers anyone who opposes it a “naysayer.” It stinks, it smells, it’s rotten. How many stories have been released exposing the lies within Obama’s claims? Tons!

In response to the claims of Repulican moles and town hall meetings becoming overwhelmed by an uninformed angry mob, Michelle Malkin is keeping it real.

Apparently, democracy is what he says it is. Everyone else is just uninformed and/or unable to see the light.

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Health Care, Politics | Leave a comment

Why We’re Peeved

Here are a couple of summaries that really…summarize…why conservatives and former Obamamaniacs are unnerved by the current Administration. A couple of weeks ago it was just a couple of polls that revealed the public’s disapproval of Obama’s job performance. But now, EVERY SINGLE POLL has him in the red. At least, I have not found one that shows otherwise.

Highlights:

“You (Obama) haven’t lost support because people hate you, they’ve just been listening to you.” – Neil Cavuto (VIDEO)

“Our support for a massive government program does not increase when you tell us we’re not allowed to ask questions about it.”- HOT AIR.COM

During Obama’s campaign, he encouraged his followers to “get in the faces” of everyone else. Now, when honest, concerned, and opinionated citizens doubt or question Obama’s policies, he calls us “nay-sayers”. Maybe he’s just stressed because his charisma is finally running out and masses of people are no longer under his HOPE and CHANGE spell. He’s no reformer, just a deceiver.

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment

Blaming Bush is Boring

The “inherited” cause of our economic turmoil nonsense is wearing thin on everyone (Obama, get some new material. And this time, Pinocchio, try to keep it honest).

Here is a comparison of of Bush and Obama deficits by the Wasington Post (from 3/21/09) and expounded upon by the Heritage Foundation.

“Overall, President Obama’s budget would add twice as much debt as President Bush over the same number of years.” (This estimate is a low ball since Obama’s health plan is now well over $1,000,000,000,000).

The “worst economic situation since the Great Depression” turned into “it is worse than we thought” which will turn into something else. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS, Mr. President.

August 4, 2009 Posted by | Economy | Leave a comment