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Posts Tagged ‘health care’

Gov. Palin to ‘Blue Dog’ and Reagan Democrats: Save America, go Independent.

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 7, 2014

 

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Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page this afternoon:

Sarah Palin
—————–

I Want to Hear From Anyone Who Still Supports This Guy; I Want to Try to Figure You Out

This was posted to Obama’s Facebook page:
http://chicksontheright.com/posts/item/26087-unbelievable

Hey guys: If the General Patton quote offends you, take it up with the General, not me; and then ask your parents why they raised such an overly sensitive intolerant little fellow.

I used to not feel this way, as I sought some redeeming value in everyone’s opinion, but today’s hijacking of the nefarious political party drives me to agree with the good General. Under its present leadership only the dishonest or frighteningly naive could claim allegiance to the Left wing of the party symbolized by the ass. If you consider yourself one of the good-old-day’s Blue Dog democrats or a “Reagan democrat” of old, know those days are long gone. Your party left you. Go Independent. I’d love to hear from any of you who conclude the democrat party has morphed into a fundamentally transformed, unrecognizable monster, thus you’ve strengthened your spine and walked out of their room. You’re better than the contributors to these days of bread and circuses. Save America, go Independent.

– Sarah Palin

____________________

Here is the article that she linked to:

Unbelievable. This Is What Obama Posted On Facebook, You Guys.

Written by 

There is a difference between a president having an opinion about something, and a president spreading lies.

I think you can probably guess what I think about Obama’s recent facebook posting.

This is just totally ridiculous, given that there is not an employer in the world who has the right to make a woman’s health decisions.

Nothing about the latest SCOTUS decision means employers make HEALTH DECISIONS FOR WOMEN.  And the fact that Obama himself, the leader of the free world, would post something like this on FB (or have one of his loser interns do it for him) is just plain irresponsible.  It’s a lie.  It’s an irresponsible, bold-faced lie.

You know who gets to make health decisions for women?  Women.  If women are not happy with the level of coverage their employer provides them, they get to decide whether or not they want to keep working for that employer.  If women are not happy that their employer has different religious beliefs than they do, they get to decide to work for someone else.

But you know what many women don’t get to do?  They don’t get to keep the doctors they were happy with before Obamacare.  They don’t get to keep the health plans they were happy with before Obamacare.  OBAMA is who took health decisions away from women.

Read more.

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Must Read on Obamacare, Death Panels, and Who’s Now In Agreement

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on July 29, 2013

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She warned us.  Sarah Palin warned us over, and over, and over.  The term “death panels”, which Palin brought to the forefront of the Obamacare discussion in 2009, was mocked and ridiculed.  In fact, the Breitbart  article below reminds us that it was Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” in 2009.

Okay, to be fair, the death panels are not exactly referred to as “death panels” in the Affordable Care Act but as “IPAB” (Independent Payment Advisory Board).  It should be noted that even the American Medical Association supports the repeal of IPAB.

It seems that yet again, Palin was right.

Following is a must-read article written by John Nolte over at Breitbart.  In it you just might be surprised at who is now saying essentially what Palin wrote about some four years ago.

 

In December of 2009, Politifact, a left-wing website that poses as an objective fact checker, awarded former Alaska governor Sarah Palin its “Lie of the Year.” Politifact claimed that Palin’s use of the term “death panel” to describe the rationing that will come with ObamaCare was the biggest whopper of ’09:

Of all the falsehoods and distortions in the political discourse this year, one stood out from the rest.

“Death panels.” …

[Palin’s] assertion — that the government would set up boards to determine whether seniors and the disabled were worthy of care — spread through newscasts, talk shows, blogs and town hall meetings. Opponents of health care legislation said it revealed the real goals of the Democratic proposals. Advocates for health reform said it showed the depths to which their opponents would sink. Still others scratched their heads and said, “Death panels?  Really?”

Yes, really.

And Democrat Howard Dean agrees. In a Monday Wall Street Journal op-ed, Dean writes:

One major problem [with ObamaCare] is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB is essentially a health-care rationing body. By setting doctor reimbursement rates for Medicare and determining which procedures and drugs will be covered and at what price, the IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them.

Here is what Palin wrote four years ago:

The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course.

If what Dean fears comes true, specifically that “IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them,” it takes no leap of logic or faith to fear which expensive and/or experimental procedures will not be covered.

Of course that kind of thinking is most likely to hurt those seen as the least desirable by bureaucrats — those unable to “contribute”: the elderly, disabled, and sick. (Palin forgot one group: the unborn.)

IPAB is what Palin directly referred to in her “death panel” post. And for spelling out the truth about the obvious human consequence of a rationing problem both she and Howard Dean agree is very real, she was awarded Politifact’s “Lie of the Year.”

What is important to remember, though, is that Palin was falsely smeared with PolitiFact’s “award” in December of 2009. At the time, ObamaCare was still four months from being signed into law and still not a sure thing to make it that far. More

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Sarah Palin Said Kill Them (aka A lie told often enough becomes truth. – Lenin)

Posted by Karen Allen on March 25, 2010

No kidding. She did. Sarah Palin told everyone that was mad about the newly christened health care reform bill to shoot every last freaking Democrat that was responsible for it. Need proof?

Via @SarahPalinUSA on Twitter:
Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!” Pls see my Facebook page.     1:31 PM Mar 23rd   via OpenBeak


See?

Oh, and that OpenBeak thing, in case you don’t know, is a Blackberry app. I have it too. And like Gov. Palin, I sit around watching my kids play sports, whilst thumbing out directives to carry out my dirty deeds. Is there a hit list, you ask? Sure as shootin’! It’s right there below. Yeppers, I am that obvious. I want people dead. And I advertise it on Facebook and Twitter for the entire world to see.

 
Seriously, I cannot even believe I am having to address this. And yes, I have to. Showing up in my Yahoo alerts email today was this snippet from The Hook, emphasis mine.

Gas party? FBI investigates cut line at Perriello home
by Dave McNair
published 3:10pm Wednesday Mar 24, 2010

The day after former VP candidate Sarah Palin encouraged her Facebook friends to “print pink slips” for members of Congress who voted for President Obama’s “disasterous” healthcare package, including 5th District Representative Tom Perriello, Politico reports that the FBI is investigating a cut gas line at the Charlottesville home of Perriello’s brother—who is married and has two small children—which County spokesperson Lee Catlin is calling a “suspicious incident.”


Hmmm, I thought, I suppose they are trying to somehow make a connection…a very loose connection…sort of like the one the plumber made under my sink which led to a flooded kitchen floor last week. Ah well, I figured, what’s one dumb author?

Unfortunately, the unfounded connection didn’t end there. Later today I found out the Anchorage Daily News had published an article entitled “Palin’s firearms-themed rhetoric called dangerous”. Well, again, I thought, they’ve never been a cheerleader for her, even though she’s provided them more income in the last few years than they would have ever had alone, so what would one expect?

Most likely, you can tell where I’m headed with this story. The search engines easily bring up the insane and completely baseless logic that Gov. Palin is making a literal call to arms, effectively ordering the heads of Democrats be brought to her on a platter. In a desperate attempt to draw the attention away from the health care fiasco that even the president’s own party is just now discovering the entrails of, the media and their “bring down Palin at all costs” blogger buddies have launched a Can You Believe She Ordered Democrats Killed? campaign.

Let me remind you these are the same people that went bonkers when that nutjob started shooting up the Pentagon last month. “He was a right wing extremist and 9-11 truther!” they published everywhere. Not surprisingly, they shut up real quick when it came out the guy was a long time registered Democrat. Whoops.

The ADN had one thing right in their article title though…”firearms-themed.” Yes, her words and chart had a theme as such to them…she is after all an avid hunter and gun owner advocate. Be aware though that Gov. Palin isn’t the only politician or author to ever use such terms. Here’s a few, just from a quick Google search, emphasis mine. You could get the idea from them that the Dems are just targeting and bombing away! And if you search the key phrase “Democrats take aim”, you will get a looooong list.

Chron.com: Wary Democrats drawing provisional bead on Dean
By CRAGG HINES Sept. 23, 2006, 8:26PM
It’s beginning to dawn on Democrats that they may not win control of the House or Senate in the November elections, so a pre-emptive blame game has begun. 

Escapist Mag: Missouri Democrats Target Republicans With New Political Game
Andy Chalk posted on 23 November 2007 2:43 pm

Salon.com: DNC targeting Republicans on budget
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 11:15 EDT
The Democratic National Committee, meanwhile, is launching a preemptive strike against them.

AFP: Buoyant US Democrats take aim at bank reform, Today

Even after those examples, some critics will point to the rumored threats that were hurled at House reps this past weekend as proof that we on the right are violent. I’ve seen no proof of those threats, but I will tell you that the violence that was done to the American people and our Constitution during this past week has been life threatening in more ways than one. People are mad to say the least. For Democrat lawmakers to feign ignorance and not understand that point is pure malarky.
 

But let ME be clear…to accuse Gov. Sarah Palin of purposely encouraging and inciting physical trauma toward those spineless Democrats responsible for the health care fiasco is extreme, slanderous, and without merit.


No more than the Democrats as a whole are at fault for the Pentagon shooter or the whackos that threw eggs and tomatoes in Gov. Palin’s direction during her book tour or the Black Panthers that in 2008 stood outside the PA polling place with a nightstick, than is Gov. Palin at fault for those that do illegal acts of cutting gas lines or throwing bricks.

Stop making things up, media and left wing bloggers. Pictured below are the real people you should be concerned about…worry about them. Stop them. Prevent them from hurting America.

Even possibly more dangerous are the illiterate ones. (h/t @gary4205)

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Sarah Palin: Pelosi “Health Plan” Should Be DOA

Posted by Karen Allen on November 12, 2009

Per Gov. Sarah Palin’s Facebook Page:

Today at 8:40am

We need to be vigilant in investigating the ramifications of the Pelosi Health Care Bill. Some provisions sound so outrageous as to be considered impossible to fathom, but they’re right there in the bill in black and white. For instance, page 297 of the bill explains the punishment for not purchasing government mandated health insurance. If you don’t buy what the government considers “acceptable health care coverage,” you’re going to be hit with a tax of at least 2.5% of your income. And if you don’t pay that new tax, you could be fined as much as $250,000 and sentenced to up to five years in prison.

But here’s the thing: they have to make the penalty for opting out very harsh in order to force us to buy coverage. The only way to keep this government run health care plan afloat is for everyone to buy into it – especially young and healthy people. That means that they will have to penalize citizens if we choose not to buy a plan that will cost a minimum of about $15,000 per family per year.

The bill that came out of the Senate last month – the Baucus Bill – does just the opposite. It calls for a much lighter penalty ($750 maximum) for people who don’t buy government approved health coverage, making it cheaper to pay the fine than to pay for the coverage. (And with a recession on, who can blame families for not wanting to pay $15,000 for a government mandated health care plan?)

But here’s the kicker: the bill also forces insurance companies to cover everyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions. Think about what that means. A lot of people – especially young and healthy people – will just pay the penalty instead of purchasing coverage because they’ll figure that it’ll always be there if they get sick, as government has promised. That’s what will happen, and when it does it will totally undermine the very concept of “insurance” – which is basically a group of people pooling their resources over time to cover themselves for a rainy day, paying while they’re healthy so that they’re covered when they’re sick. Those who are healthy now pay for those who are sick. If your insurance pool only contains sick people, it’s a bust. And that’s what this government plan will be. Without all of those young and healthy people paying into the pool and defraying the costs, the government will have to pony up more and more money, and who knows how long the whole crazy plan will last before it goes broke – and our country with it!

That’s where we are with this bureaucratic mess: either the government penalizes people so harshly that they could be hit with huge taxes and even possible jail time, or the government makes the penalty a slap on the wrist and undermines the plan from the get-go. Forcing individuals to buy health insurance seems unconstitutional, yet Congress wants to foist it on us anyway. Proponents of government controlled health care will say, “But we’re made to buy car insurance and home insurance, what’s the difference with health insurance?” It’s apples and oranges. Auto insurance is a state law requirement, and people can always choose not to drive. Banks might require you to have home owner’s insurance, but again, you choose to own a home, just as you choose to drive. You have no choice at all when it comes to this federal government health care insurance mandate.

There are other ways to reform health care without violating our Constitution and our personal liberties. Let’s get back to discussing market-driven, patient-centered, result-driven solutions, like, for example, allowing people to purchase insurance across state lines, tackling existing government waste and fraud, and reforming medical malpractice laws (tort reform) to stop unwarranted lawsuits that force doctors to order unnecessary procedures just to cover themselves.

Please let your Senators know that the Pelosi Bill should be dead on arrival. Once we go down this big government path, it will be virtually impossible to reverse course. Let’s fight for the reform that makes sense for Americans before it’s too late.

– Sarah Palin

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Healthcare Lotto, Anyone?

Posted by Karen Allen on November 9, 2009

I was amazed to read that the health care bill just passed in the House is deficit free. That’s right. No worries. It’s all paid for. Impressive, dontcha think?

I set out to find out how this miracle transpired. I mean, the statement released by President Obama shortly thereafter the successful vote was clear. (emphasis mine)

The Affordable Health Care for America Act is a piece of legislation that will provide stability and security for Americans who have insurance; quality affordable options for those who don’t; and bring down the cost of health care for families, businesses, and the government while strengthening the financial health of Medicare. And it is legislation that is fully paid for and will reduce our long-term federal deficit.

Get out! Fully paid for?!

So, how did that happen? Well, first off, you kind of have to change around the grammatical tense of it all…because it isn’t actually fully paid for yet. That’s just a really, really big fat assumption. But more about that later.

The Congressional Budget Office, a self-proclaimed non-partisan organization that delves into financial issues surrounding bills that float around “the hill”, wrote a letter to Representative John D. Dingell (D-Michigan, dean of House) to give him the lowdown on the cost of H.R. 3962. It’s posted online, and the White House administration is flaunting similar info found in the letter. Well, parts of it.

By the way, according to the NY Times, Rep. Dingell said yesterday,

“Today’s may be a tough vote, but it was in 1935 when we passed Social Security.”

Wow…now there’s an awesome long term success story to compare this with.

Anyway, here’s where some of the excitement comes in. The White House requests that you PAY NO ATTENTION to the last line. (sarc and emphasis mine)

According to CBO and JCT’s assessment, enacting H.R. 3962 would result in a net reduction in federal budget deficits of $109 billion over the 2010–2019 period. In the subsequent decade, the collective effect of its provisions would probably be slight reductions in federal budget deficits. Those estimates are all subject to substantial uncertainty.

Gee. It all seems so simple. What could lead to “substantial uncertainty”?

Now, I’m not a statistician, but chances are, somewhere among those 2000 Pelosian pages, there lies a bit of…I don’t know…Healthcare Lotto? Maybe we’ll win…maybe we won’t!

In that same letter, the CBO lays out where the expenses lie.

Grand total over the ten years of 2010-2019 is $1,058 billion:

$1,052 billion in subsidies provided through the exchanges (and related spending), increased net outlays for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and tax credits for small employers

$6 billion in other effects on revenues and outlays associated with the coverage provisions

Starting the plan and financing it those ten years will be through spending changes” (not specified), $167 billion in collections of penalties paid by individuals and employers (calculated punishments?), income tax surcharge on high-income individuals, plan premiums, and “other provisions” (not specified).

Keep in mind that the CBO also has pointed out that not every expense can be accounted for…there will be additional costs that other federal agencies will incur to handle the new program. The IRS and HHS will all need additional funds to function.

CBO has not completed a comprehensive estimate of the discretionary costs that would be associated with H.R. 3962, incorporating the manager’s amendment. Total costs would include those arising from the effects of H.R. 3962 on a variety of federal programs and agencies, as well as from a number of new and existing programs subject to future appropriations.

But really. We have nothing to worry about. It is “fully paid”. Whew. Oh, and don’t worry about the years after 2019…that’s when those “slight reductions”, albeit substantially uncertain reductions, in the federal deficit kick in, and also…

The legislation would require that the premiums for the public plan be set to fully fund expenditures for medical claims, administrative costs, and a contingency reserve.

Hmmm. It does sound like it could get pricey later on.

But your state will help out…

New requirements in the Medicaid program also would result in an increase in state spending.

I am reminded of Gov. Sarah Palin refusing certain stimulus funds offered to Alaska because of the far reaching (into the pockets) consequences of those programs started with said funds. Looking to the future, she saw our children furrowing their brow and swinging the hammer, not to build a home for themselves, but to pay off the debt being loaded onto their shoulders today.

She knew better. Our elected leaders should know better.

Our first president knew better. In his Farewell Address to our nation on September 19, 1796, President George Washington wrote words of encouragement and admonition. And ever since 1896, the longest standing annual Senate tradition of reading it out loud occurs around his birthday. I wish the Senators would pay attention. Consider this timely advice.

“…avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertions in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear.”

Ungenerously. Plain selfishness, in other words. My husband explains often in his sermons that the opposite of love is not hate. It is selfishness. Every immoral and unethical act can be anted up to selfishness.

Another excerpt from Washington’s address gives every hint to me that what we are seeing among our elected leaders is selfishness.

It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism.

They do not care what “We the People” want. They are creating a ridiculous number of positions for unelected czars, thereby erasing checks and balances; buying out private markets; and bowing at the feet of intimidation…thinking all of that will boost their own significance and ensure their future careers.

But as Gov. Palin remarked just today, “Sunday’s coming.”

How ironic that on the site of the White House Office of Management and Budget, a quote from President Obama is highlighted today,

“A budget is more than simply numbers on a page. It is a measure of how well we are living up to our obligations to ourselves and one another.”

And yesterday? FromABCnews.com,

Obama reportedly told his fellow Democrats in that meeting that he knew they might face opposition from their constituents for this vote.

“It’s tempting to say, ‘I’m tired, it’s hard, I’m getting beat up back in the district, it’s just not worth it,'” Obama said, according to a source in the meeting. “If we do not get it done this year, we will not get it done anytime soon.”

Huh! Just doesn’t sound very obligatory, does it? Maybe that’s why the House bill title page says, “…and for other purposes.” Hmmm.

Lotto image credit. HR title image credit. Piggy bank image credit. Washington image credit.

(Cross-posted at The Palination)

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Video: “DNC Quit Making Things Up”

Posted by Ron Devito on November 2, 2009

Commentary:

Governor Palin posted this video on her Facebook wall today, November 2, 2009 at 3:10 PM EST.

References:

“AdoringPalin” (2009, November 2). “Quit Making Things Up DNC.” YouTube, AdoringPalin. Retrieved November 2, 2009 from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCHsP6iXr7U

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The Game Changer by Sarah Palin

Posted by Adrienne Ross on October 30, 2009

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Sarah Palin urges via Facebook:

Mark my words – tomorrow is the game changer! Tune in to hear common sense solutions that bury the false accusations that conscientious members of Congress have no solutions to meet America’s health care challenges.

If you’re like me, shaking your head wondering why all the miscommunication between Washington and the American people who have been saying, “Please hear what we’re saying about our desire for health care reform,” then tomorrow will be a refreshing time of clarity for all.

All Americans, and especially colleagues of House Republican Leader John Boehner: please listen to tomorrow’s weekly GOP national address. Rep. Boehner will highlight a common sense alternative to Speaker Pelosi’s 1,990-page government takeover of health care. I urge you to watch for it. For a preview, go to: http://HealthCare.GOP.gov

You’ll hear solutions. You’ll hear of real choices based on America’s proven free-market principles. You’ll know once and for all what the GOP and Independents have been saying all along about alternatives to another big government take over. After tomorrow, you’ll know that accusations against the GOP and Independents for not providing solutions are false. Those claims are bogus. There are alternatives. Tune in to Rep. Boehner’s address tomorrow to hear them.

I look forward to the game changer!

– Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin: Good Intentions Aren’t Enough with Health Care Reform

Posted by Ron Devito on October 18, 2009

Following is the complete transcript of Governor Palin’s Facebook October 17, 2009 statement on health care:

Now that the Senate Finance Committee has approved its health care bill, it’s a good time to step back and take a look at the long term consequences should its provisions be enacted into law (Palin, 2009, ¶1).

The bill prohibits insurance companies from refusing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and from charging sick people higher premiums. [1] It attempts to offset the costs this will impose on insurance companies by requiring everyone to purchase coverage, which in theory would expand the pool of paying policy holders (Palin, 2009, ¶2).

However, the maximum fine for those who refuse to purchase health insurance is $750. [2] Even factoring in government subsidies, the cost of purchasing a plan is much more than $750. The result: many people, especially the young and healthy, will simply not buy coverage, choosing to pay the fine instead. They’ll wait until they’re sick to buy health insurance, confident in the knowledge that insurance companies can’t deny them coverage. Such a scenario is a perfect storm for increasing the cost of health care and creating an unsustainable mandate program (Palin, 2009, ¶3).

Those driving this plan no doubt have good intentions, but good intentions aren’t enough. There were good intentions behind the drive to increase home ownership for lower-income Americans, but forcing financial institutions to give loans to people who couldn’t afford them had terrible unintended consequences. We all felt those consequences during the financial collapse last year. Unintended consequences always result from top-down big government plans like the current health care proposals, and we can’t afford to ignore that fact again (Palin, 2009, ¶4).

Supposedly the Senate Finance bill will be paid for by cutting Medicare by nearly half a trillion dollars and by taxing the so-called “Cadillac” health care plans enjoyed by many union members. The plan will also impose heavy taxes on insurers, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, and clinical labs. [3] The result of all of these taxes is clear. As Douglas Holtz-Eakin noted in the Wall Street Journal, these new taxes “will be passed on to consumers by either directly raising insurance premiums, or by fueling higher health-care costs that inevitably lead to higher premiums.” [4] Unfortunately, it will lead to lower wages too, as employees will have to sacrifice a greater percentage of their paychecks to cover these higher premiums. [5] In other words, if the Democrats succeed in overhauling health care, we’ll all bear the costs. The Senate Finance bill is effectively a middle class tax increase, and as Holtz-Eakin points out, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation those making less than $200,000 will be hit hardest. [6] (Palin, 2009, ¶5)

With our country’s debt and deficits growing at an alarming rate, many of us can’t help but wonder how we can afford a new trillion dollar entitlement program. The president has promised that he won’t sign a health care bill if it “adds even one dime to our deficit over the next decade.” [7] But his administration also promised that his nearly trillion dollar stimulus plan would keep the unemployment rate below 8%. [8] Last month, our employment rate was 9.8%, the highest it’s been in 26 years. [9] At first the current administration promised that the stimulus would save or create 3 to 4 million jobs. [10] Then they declared that it created 1 million jobs, but the stimulus reports released this week showed that a mere 30,083 jobs have been created, while nearly 3.4 million jobs have been lost since the stimulus was passed. [11] Should we believe the administration’s claims about health care when their promises have proven so unreliable about the stimulus (Palin, 2009, ¶6)?

In January 2008, presidential candidate Obama promised not to negotiate behind closed doors with health care lobbyists. In fact, he committed to “broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are. Because part of what we have to do is enlist the American people in this process. And overcoming the special interests and the lobbyists…” [12] However, last February, after serving only a few weeks in office, President Obama met privately at the White House with health care industry executives and lobbyists. [13] Yesterday, POLITICO reported that aides to President Obama and Democrat Senator Max Baucus met with corporate lobbyists in April to help “set in motion a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign, primarily financed by industry groups, that has played a key role in bolstering public support for health care reform.” [14] Needless to say, their negotiations were not broadcast on C-SPAN for the American people to see (Palin, 2009, ¶7).

Presidential candidate Obama also promised that he would not “sign any nonemergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House Web site for five days.” [15] PolitiFact reports that this promise has already been broken three times by the current administration. [16] We can only hope that it won’t be broken again with health care reform (Palin, 2009, ¶8).

All of this certainly gives the appearance of politics-as-usual in Washington with no change in sight (Palin, 2009, ¶9).

Americans want health care reform because we want affordable health care. We don’t need subsidies or a public option. We don’t need a nationalized health care industry. We need to reduce health care costs. But the Senate Finance plan will dramatically increase those costs, all the while ignoring common sense cost-saving measures like tort reform. Though a Congressional Budget Office report confirmed that reforming medical malpractice and liability laws could save as much as $54 billion over the next ten years, tort reform is nowhere to be found in the Senate Finance bill. [17] (Palin, 2009, ¶10)

Here’s a novel idea. Instead of working contrary to the free market, let’s embrace the free market. Instead of going to war with certain private sector companies, let’s embrace real private-sector competition and allow consumers to purchase plans across state lines. Instead of taxing the so-called “Cadillac” plans that people get through their employers, let’s give individuals who purchase their own health care the same tax benefits we currently give employer-provided health care recipients. Instead of crippling Medicare, let’s reform it by providing recipients with vouchers so that they can purchase their own coverage (Palin, 2009, ¶11).

Now is the time to make your voices heard before it’s too late. If we don’t fight for the market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven reform plan that we deserve, we’ll be left with the disastrous unintended consequences of the plans currently being cooked up in Washington (Palin, 2009, ¶12).

– Sarah Palin

[1] See http://tinyurl.com/yjs3mgf
[2] See http://tinyurl.com/yfuw3k3
[3] See http://tinyurl.com/yfxq8ca
[4] See http://tinyurl.com/ykefsk6
[5] See http://tinyurl.com/ygf42fj
[6] See http://tinyurl.com/ykefsk6
[7] See http://tinyurl.com/lkvgsp
[8] See http://tinyurl.com/nx4nh6
[9] See ibid.
[10] See http://tinyurl.com/yhhr56v
[11] See ibid.
[12] See http://tinyurl.com/yhzhkvg and http://tinyurl.com/lhyr9o
[13] See http://tinyurl.com/yksd6h3
[14] See http://tinyurl.com/yl9gg27
[15] See http://tinyurl.com/yknpxd6
[16] See http://tinyurl.com/d2k5hb
[17] See http://tinyurl.com/yf8qmfh

Commentary:

Governor Palin astutely described the Law of Unintended Consequences as it applies to health care. “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions” may be hackneyed, but it is apropos in this instance. She delineates precisely how in paragraphs three and four, in discussing all the negative consequences of “Obama-care,” in particular and top-down, big-government, micro-managed programs in general.

In paragraph 11, Governor Palin advances two free market solutions intended to work in concert with one another: permit consumers to buy health insurance across state lines, and provide tax vouchers for those who buy their own health insurance. Though not mentioned in this posting, Governor Palin has in the prior postings advocated for medical malpractice liability reforms.

Ronald Reagan would be very proud of his successor if he were alive today….

References:

Palin, S. L. H. (2009, October 17). “Good intentions aren’t enough with health care reform.” Facebook, Sarah Palin. Retrieved October 18, 2009 from: http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin?v=app_2347471856#/note.php?note_id=155230603434

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The White House Tries to Dance with Sarah Palin

Posted by Karen Allen on September 9, 2009

Gov. Sarah Palin Yeah, so, you’ll have to read those tweets below in reverse order if you want the complete context. I’m not turning them around for you. Don’t whine. I’ve got four kids. I can take it.

OK, just to fill you in with a little background…that Twitter user below, @WestWingReport, is with the press at the White House..or in the press…or pressing…I don’t know. How about embedded?

Anyway, WWR tweets updates on what the president is doing and gives White House tidbits now and then…unbiased for the most part that I can tell so far. But I’m keeping my eye on him…or her…just to make sure. Today WWR has been tweeting a few statements by a “Senior Administration Official” on the upcoming healthcare speech tonight by President Obama.

It’s all been predictable to an extent, since we know that the president will try to push the public option…in a hurry. But what I found interesting is that tweet #5; the “official” throws a little, “Hey! The GOP and Palin agree! We have healthcare problems!”, as if that point makes taking whatever President Obama throws in the ring completely acceptable. What??

I don’t need to rehash what Gov. Palin has already outlined concerning what needs to be done to get healthcare on the right track; just read the latest Facebook postings. But I do want to point out that she doesn’t “…need a title to make a difference, to help people,” to quote her.

And since the White House is now just getting that fact, they are doing a little song and dance to combat it. So heads up! Be vigilant to the new attack the White House is attempting to snooker the masses with…that Sarah Palin is on their side.

Yeah…their bad side.

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1. West Wing Report The senior administration official says although the President will “go into detail” tonight, much of it “won’t be a surprise” #healthcare20 minutes ago from web

2. West Wing Report The official emphasizes “The President believes the public option is the way to go.” It is a “means to an end, not the end itself.” #hcr24 minutes ago from web

3. West Wing Report The official emphasizes: “The President believes the public option is the best way to bring competition” to #healthcare25 minutes ago from web

4. West Wing Report The official says the President tonight “Will bring clarity” to the issue of providing #healthcare “security & stability” to Americans.26 minutes ago from web

5. West Wing Report The senior official points out that “Even the GOP, even Palin, admits there is a #healthcare crisis in the U.S.”27 minutes ago from web

6. West Wing Report The official: August wasn’t as bad for the White House as people think re: #healthcare. July/August-that’s when there was slippage28 minutes ago from web

7. West Wing Report Roosevelt Rm. brief: A Senior Administration Official says the President’s #healthcare address will discuss “not the forest but the trees”29 minutes ago from web

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Palin steps on Obama’s health care message to Congress

Posted by Ron Devito on September 9, 2009

by Clifton Bazar

On the eve of Obama’s much needed address to Congress to reshape the health care debate, Sarah Palin delivers a surprise punch with a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed entitled Obama and the Bureaucratization of Health Care.

Palin makes the case for empowering the individual rather than the government when it comes to health care reform:

Instead of poll-driven “solutions,” let’s talk about real health-care reform: market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven. As the Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon and others have argued, such policies include giving all individuals the same tax benefits received by those who get coverage through their employers; providing Medicare recipients with vouchers that allow them to purchase their own coverage; reforming tort laws to potentially save billions each year in wasteful spending; and changing costly state regulations to allow people to buy insurance across state lines. Rather than another top-down government plan, let’s give Americans control over their own health care.

Palin goes about making many of the common sense arguments that many at the town halls have asked and Obama and the Democrats have failed to answer:

Common sense tells us that the government’s attempts to solve large problems more often create new ones. Common sense also tells us that a top-down, one-size-fits-all plan will not improve the workings of a nationwide health-care system that accounts for one-sixth of our economy. And common sense tells us to be skeptical when President Obama promises that the Democrats’ proposals “will provide more stability and security to every American.”

With all due respect, Americans are used to this kind of sweeping promise from Washington. And we know from long experience that it’s a promise Washington can’t keep.

Palin again hits Obama and the Democrats with her highly effective term “death panels”. A term that robs the Democrats of their faux sense of compassion and exposes their reform for what it is, a ghoulish financial scheme to curtail health care costs at the expense of our most vulnerable citizens:

Now look at one way Mr. Obama wants to eliminate inefficiency and waste: He’s asked Congress to create an Independent Medicare Advisory Council—an unelected, largely unaccountable group of experts charged with containing Medicare costs. In an interview with the New York Times in April, the president suggested that such a group, working outside of “normal political channels,” should guide decisions regarding that “huge driver of cost . . . the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives . . . .”

Given such statements, is it any wonder that many of the sick and elderly are concerned that the Democrats’ proposals will ultimately lead to rationing of their health care by—dare I say it—death panels? Establishment voices dismissed that phrase, but it rang true for many Americans. Working through “normal political channels,” they made themselves heard, and as a result Congress will likely reject a wrong-headed proposal to authorize end-of-life counseling in this cost-cutting context. But the fact remains that the Democrats’ proposals would still empower unelected bureaucrats to make decisions affecting life or death health-care matters. Such government overreaching is what we’ve come to expect from this administration.

If there is one single lesson that Obama and the Democrats should have learned by now is that it is in their best interest to ignore Palin. But like moths to a flame, they cannot help themselves. They will descend upon her Op Ed with snark and insult, all the while inadvertently amplifying her message.

Look for Obama to address Palin’s points (especially “death panels”) in his speech to Congress. Why, because Sarah Palin gets inside Obama’s head big time. Ever since her first appearance one year ago, Obama has been unable to ignore Palin and tomorrow night will be no different.

Via: Memorandum

Via: The Wall Street Journal

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