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The Final Word On The ObamaTax Automobile Insurance Comparison

Under ObamaCare, the Individual Mandate forcing everyone to buy insurances or pay a penalty was upheld as a ‘tax’ by the Supreme Court.   We’ll call it the ObamaTax.  So, naturally, the progs are once again trotting out the comparison of the ObamaTax Individual Mandate to the State requirements that automobile owners / drivers purchase and keep Automobile Insurance.

How could it be any different?

Simple, Mr. Progressive.  I’ll ask one simple question.

Do you believe that every person in Washington DC, Chicago and New York that does not own a car should be required to purchase and keep Automobile Insurance?

No?!?

Well, that’s the difference.  The difference for the ObamaTax Individual Mandate is that it requires those people to buy health insurance… …sadly not to insure themselves, but to pay for the Healthcare Spending of other Americans.

So, stop your lame apples to oranges comparison to try to explain your Unconstitutional Law.  It ain’t workin’.

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Constitution, Health Care, Obama

 

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Blunt Supports…

…everything the Healthcare Mandate was going to pay for, but not the Healthcare Mandate?!?

Michelle Malkin called out Senator Blunt:

(h/t TPM) GOP Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, vice chair of the Senate GOP Conference, told a St. Louis radio station two weeks ago that he supports keeping at least three ObamaCare regulatory pillars:

  • Federally imposed coverage of “children” up to age 26 on their parents’ health insurance policies (the infamous, unfunded “slacker mandate”)
  • Federally mandated coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions (“guaranteed issue,” which turns the very concept of insurance on its head and leads to an adverse-selection death spiral)
  • Closure of the coverage gap in the massive Bush-backed Medicare drug entitlement (the “donut hole fix” that will obliterate the program’s cost-controls)

So, how are we going to pay for this Senator Blunt?  Sunshine and fairy farts?

Read more on Talking Points Memo.

If enacting the 3 main pillars of ObamaCare is the Republican’s main solution should the Supreme Court strike down the mandate, why are they even joining the fight?

Clearly, nothing has been learned from the 2006 / 2008 shellacking and the 2010 salvaging of the Republican Party compliments of the Tea Party Movement.  It’s still a party of milquetoast moderate solutions that will continue to bankrupt our country, create bigger government (albeit at a slower pace than Liberals), and destroy the fabric of what made America great… …the expectation that you go out and work for what you need and want.

NOBODY is talking about the real solution… …getting the Employer out of the Health Care business.  Yes, cross-state-line purchases, HSAs, and removal of 1st-dollar payments will help.  But, a huge portion of the problem is that the Employer is so involved in the Health Care business.

Under the current system, really only one person has to be satisfied with the Health Care Plan being offered to the company’s employees: the VP of Human Resources.  If he or she is happy (after getting laid, tickets to the finest suites of every professional sports venue, golf outings, boat outings, and gala dinners — trust me, I’ve seen it), then the Employer chooses their plan.  Maybe it’s the best of the three plans that the VP of HR had time to take a look at, but is it the best for 100% of the employees?  Of course not.

The government got the Employer into the Health Care business with wage and price controls during World War II and on occasion beyond.  They’ve got to get them out of the picture, so Health Care Companies work to keep their actual customer (the employee) happy — not Senior Management.

Then a market-based health-care exchange would make sense.  Ever heard of Kayak?  Priceline?  Oribtz?  Hotels.com?  Apparently, the free market can build a system where you can compare rates for travel cheaply and efficiently.  There’s no reason a free-market Health Insurance Exchange couldn’t do the same.

Then, the Employer can offer funding of a Health Care Plan… …and stay out of the CHOICE of a Health Care Plan.  The Employee is then responsible for choosing the best plan from a menu of options.  He or she can decide if they want to have the Appendectomy insured, or know that it costs $1500.00 (or whatever) and be prepared to pay for it.

If they choose not to have insurance, the Employer keeps the money… …and probably looks to hire someone more responsible.  But, the Employee now has the best option to find the most suitable Health Care solution for his or her personal situation.

That, my liberal Republican friend, Mr. Blunt, is a good starting point for Health Care reform.

 

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Supreme Disappointment

I received an e-mail from a Tea Partier urging me to write the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States asking them to find ObamaCare to be unconstitutional.  I had never thought of writing the Supreme Court Justices previously on any issue as it seems the Constitution is quite clear on the role of government in our lives.  Thus, it would be folly to expect a member of this panel to be swayed by my impassioned plea.

h/t supremecourt.gov

However, I made the trip to the Supreme Court’s web site.  What a disappointment that (likely 20 million dollar) web site is.  Sections don’t overlay their background properly, calendar gives novice error messages, and colors make certain text nearly unreadable.  It’s clear that this web site was created with Obama Stimulus money.

But, the biggest disappointment is the entries on the calendar – or lack thereof.  As I write, we are in the 153rd day of the year on June 1st, 2012 – 41.9% of the way through the year.  To date, the Supreme Court has heard oral arguments on – wait for it – 27 days.  27 days.

On the day I visited the Supreme Court in 2010 and happened to get inside to witness 5 minutes of the arguments, they were done by noon.  I don’t think they started at 6:00am, but let’s assume they started at 8:00.  We’ll pretend they hear arguments for 4 hours per argument day.  That means of the 153 days of 2012, they have used 2.9% of the available hours to hear arguments.  If we assume a hard working 10 hour day, then they’ve only heard arguments on 7% of the hours available (I seem to work every weekend).

I realize there is much to do with each argument held on each case reviewed.  The process of selecting cases for judicial attention is a gauntlet.  But, 27 days.

To the urgings of my fellow Tea Partier’s, I did not find a method of directly contacting the Justices.  There is an address for general mail, but I do not get the idea that my logical arguments on any case will be under the Justices’ consideration… …which is probably the way things should be.

Can you imagine a country where laws are upheld based on the number of letters received in the mailbox?  Or, angry crowds surrounding the court house threatening upheaval if a case is decided against their wishes.

But, alas, here is their general mailing address:

Supreme Court of the United States
1 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20543

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2012 in Obama, Supreme Court

 

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The 2012 Party Of ‘NO!’

It’s a pretty simple question, Justices.

Would the American People change the Constitution to explicitly allow the (limited) government of the people, by the people, and for the people to force them to buy a product under penalty of taxation OR law?

The answer, is a resounding, NO!

I’m definitely a member of that Party of ‘NO!’

 

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Five Obamacare Broken Promises

From the Missouri Political News Service:

The sad truth is that even with this irrefutable evidence that Obamacare is and will be a disaster, the Kool Aid drinkers will still believe this plan is good for them.

PROMISE #1: ‘If You Like Your Plan, You’ll Be Able To Keep It’

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “If you like your current plan, you will be able to keep it. Let me repeat that: if you like your plan, you’ll be able to keep it.” (President Obama, Remarks At The White House, Washington, D.C., 7/21/09)

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: “The law could leave more than half of employers without a grandfathered plan in 2013, the draft estimated. Its worst-case assumption is that 80% of small-employers will lose grandfathered rights by 2013. New plans would have to comply with all the bill’s requirements; grandfathered plans could avoid elements such as limits on cost sharing.” (“Draft Health Rules Set Hurdles,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/12/10)

PROMISE #2: ‘I Will Protect Medicare’

More Than $200 Billion In Cuts To Medicare Advantage

“Medicare Advantage Payments… -131.9 [Billion Dollars].” “TITLE III—Improving The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle C—Provisions Relating to Part C; Medicare Advantage Payments… 2010-2019… -131.9 [Billion Dollars].” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Pelosi, P.13, 3/18/10)

“Medicare Advantage Interactions… -70.4 [Billion Dollars].” “Interactions; Medicare Advantage Interactions… 2010-2019… -70.4 [Billion Dollars].” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Pelosi, P.18, 3/18/10)

CBO: Medicare cuts could “reduce access to care or diminish the quality of care.” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Harry Reid, P. 1, 17, 11/18/09)

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “So don’t pay attention to those scary stories about how your benefits will be cut … that will not happen on my watch. I will protect Medicare.” (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09)

PROMISE # 3 ‘This Law Will Lower Premiums’

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “Families will save on their premiums.” (President Obama, Remarks After Meeting With Senate Democrats, 12/15/09)

CBO: The Law Will Increase Premiums On Families By $2,100 Per Year

CBO: “Average premiums per policy in the nongroup market in 2016 would be roughly $5,800 for single policies and $15,200 for family policies under the proposal, compared with roughly $5,500 for single policies and $13,100 for family policies under current law. The weighted average of the differences in those amounts equals the change of 10 percent to 13 percent in the average premium per person…” (Emphasis In Original; CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Bayh, P. 6, 11/30/09)

WALL STREET JOURNAL: “The health-insurance premiums paid by employers rose sharply this year, with the average annual cost of family coverage passing the $15,000 mark for the first time, according to a major survey.” (“Employer Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)

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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Health Care, Obama

 

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Claire’s Conundrum

Today the Senate may vote on an Amendment proposed by Mitch McConnell which is a copy of the ObamaCare Repeal Act passed by the House on Monday January 21, 2011.

Senators are faced with voting to support the original bill they passed in 2009 or voting to repeal it.

Senators like Claire McCaskill sealed their fate in 2009 when she voted to pass ObamaCare in the face of immense pressure from her constiuency.

Now, it’s a real conundrum:

If she votes to repeal,  Missourians know she has no principles.  In 2009, in the face of heated debates and angry town halls, she proceeded to ignore the outcry from Missourians and vote to pass ObamaCare.  She released video of herself reading the bill to prove her support and condescended on her constituents at the town halls.

She voted based on her principle that it was the best thing for Missourians, and she knew best.   Right?!?!

In the meantime, Missouri passed Proposition C with a 71-29 margin and lawsuits are starting to mount that will find the bill unconstitutional (which she knew was the case in the first place).

Changing her vote know would show that the only principle she’s worried about is doing whatever it takes to get re-elected.

If she votes to suppress the repeal, she has her principles on this matter, but she is voting again for an obviously unconstitutional law and breaking her oath to defend the Constitution.

Either way, McCaskill is done in Missouri.  Voting continually to support the radical agenda of a President for whom Missouri voted against was one thing, but voting for a clearly unconstitutional measure is another.

H/T HillBuzz.wordpress.com

Senator, if you’re true to the typical politician that you seem to be, enjoy your next career as a lobbyist.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2011 in Constitution, Democrat, Obama

 

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Just A Reminder: Obamacare Taxes

With all the press last week over all the goodies in Obamacare; we certainly don’t want to forget the massive tax hikes that they will employ to keep the thing ‘deficit neutral’.

Here’s a nice review from the Spokesman-Review.

Based on the press we saw last week,  you’d think Obamacare was free — guess NOT!

Also, don’t forget also that the CBO re-scored the bill(s) and it is now seen to be adding $100 Billion per year to the deficit.

We certainly are finding out wha’t in it.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2010 in Health Care

 

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