things that make you go hmmmm...
Illegal Immigration watchdog-in-Congress Tom Tancredo has an op-ed piece out today about the hubbub over Joe Wilson, and he makes an important point about all of the loopholes that were (and still are) in the various health care bills, specifically when it comes to illegal aliens.
Conservatives tried to bring these facts to the forefront of the healthcare debate, but the media and the Democrats simply ignored them or repeated their lie that illegal aliens would not receive government funded healthcare.
But Joe Wilson forced them to face the facts. On Friday night, Obama announced that he wanted to use the SAVE program and bar illegals from the Health Insurance Exchange.
This does not mean Obama was telling the truth when Joe called him a liar. On the contrary, it is an admission that before Joe called out Obama illegals were eligible. ...
In other words, if Obama wasn't "lying", then why the hurry to make that change in the bill?
The latest on Obamacare...
..and for my next trick
For years, the "number" of people in America who don't have health insurance has been a moving target. "Moving" in the sense that liberals keep jacking up the number in order to condition the public to believe that there's a "crisis" and the we simply must do something, ANYTHING, now...regardless of what liberties we give away in the process.
Well, either Obama accidentally ingested some low grade truth serum or perhaps his teleprompter sabotaged him, but during his big health care speech to Congress he stated that there are thirty million uninsured in America...as opposed to the more recent favorite number, forty-six million.
And oops moment?
Who knows? But what we do know is as recently as several weeks ago, the number was forty-six million. Today it's thirty million. And Obamacare's not even law yet!
Just imagine how many more Americans we can get insured if we don't pass this bill.
Actually, some are suggesting that it's a conscious attempt by Obama to take the issue of insuring illegal immigrants off the table...as in, if the number's smaller, people are less likely to think he's including them in any future coverage.
Which explains why they've been so prickly about responding to the "Obamacare covers illegal aliens" charge...which probably also means they've got some polling that tells them that's killing the bill with moderate and conservative Democrats. read more »
it just keeps getting "better"
As if Americans didn't have enough reasons already to oppose, or at least be suspicious of, this hits just keep on coming. The latest is a deeper look taken at the pending Democrat plans by Mark Mix over at the Wall Street Journal.
It turns out that the thousand plus pages have been hiding early Christmas presents to the Democrat's buddies in the unions, ranging from bailouts of their own health care plans to the forced unionization of American health care workers.
From the article:
The Senate version opens the door to implement forced unionization schemes pursued by former Govs. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois in 2005 and Gray Davis of California in 1999. Both men repaid tremendous political debts to Andy Stern and his Service Employees International Union (SEIU) by reclassifying state-reimbursed in-home health-care (and child-care) contractors as state employees—and forcing them to pay union dues.
Following this playbook, the Senate bill creates a "personal care attendants workforce advisory panel" that will likely impose union affiliation to qualify for a newly created "community living assistance services and support (class)" reimbursement plan.
The current House version of ObamaCare (H.R. 3200) goes much further. Section 225(A) grants Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius tremendous discretionary authority to regulate health-care workers "under the public health insurance option." Monopoly bargaining and compulsory union dues may quickly become a required standard resulting in potentially hundreds of thousands of doctors and nurses across the country being forced into unions.
Obama on Health Care
President Obama spoke to the Congress and the country about health care in a speech Wednesday night. The full text of the speech is available here. I have not witnessed previously any previous forty-eight minutes as crammed packed with lies, falsehoods, and prevarications. If this speech were made under oath it would be almost in its entirety perjurious.
Here are just some examples.
Obama begins by talking about health insurance and those that do not have it. He mentions that "these are middle-class Americans." Yet the ranks of the uninsured is not primarily middle class Americans. One third are not Americans at all. One third are not middle class but those poor enough to be eligible for Medicaid and the children's health insurance plan who do not enroll.
He continues: "Some can’t get insurance on the job. Others are self-employed, and can’t afford it, since buying insurance on your own costs you three times as much as the coverage you get from your employer." What are we to make of this statement. Buying individual insurance does not cost three times as much as the cost of employer provided insurance. The key to the half-truth here is the you as 'costs you three times as much'. This really is a lie. The employer may not directly charge you for the health insurance the employer is paying for, but you are paying for it in lower wages. The insurance itself does not cost three times as much, in fact if you could buy a policy that provided you the coverage you wanted and allowed you to accept the risks you wanted you could pay substantially less than the employer does. read more »