Showing posts with label ObamaCare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ObamaCare. Show all posts

Friday, October 4, 2013

Your Government Atwerk - Updated

Lovely, just lovely.

The games politicians play: Barack Obama is having a lot of fun using the government shutdown to squeeze the public in imaginative ways.

The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.

“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

It should be noted that this is the direct result of Harry Reid's obstructionism. This shutdown is owned wholly by the Democrats, not the Republicans. Anyone who tells you different doesn't know what they're talking about.

UPDATE! - Here's a list of the  unnecessary shutdowns - Link  to Breitbart.

UP-UPDATE!! - The Pentagon is withholding the Death Gratuity to families, falsely blames Tea Party.

Congress passed the bill paying the military, and Obama signed it. Yet the Pentagon is interpreting this to deny the families the benefit, and telling the families it is because of Congress. This is beyond obscene, a part of a continuing attack on the military to diminish and divide.

h/t Drudge Report

Friday, September 7, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New AFP ObamaCare Ad

Here's a new ad from the good folks at Americans For Prosperity that outlines what we've known for decades now, that those countries who have socialized medicine practice it poorly. We have had the best medical system in the world until the Progressives installed their wet dream of ObamaCare.

This is what we can look forward to unless we elect Mitt Romney and repeal ObamaCare.

I can't quite understand, with all the other examples of poor care and long waits of other countries, why the Progs felt it necessary to inflict that upon us. I mean, I can: they did it for the power it gives them. However, there's nothing in the Constitution that mentions any sort of right to healthcare.

If Romney wants to replace OCare with anything, it should be a free-market alternative that includes tort reform and allows interstate competition for insurance companies, along with a provision for high-risk pools. With the large number of Baby Boomers, this is necessary.

I don't need or want a bunch of unaccountable bureaucrats between me and my healthcare provider. They have no business in my business.

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Most Ridiculous Thing You'll Read This Afternoon

"Special" Ed Shultz had Johnathan Alter on his show last night to give us today's snippet of leftist insanity, "If we elect Romney, a lot of people will die."

"ObamaCare will save, literally, thousands of lives," Alter declared."
 Sorry, Johnny, no it won't.

I do wonder how these people are capable of remembering to breathe.

Take a look around at the other countries who have socialized health care, Johnny. What do you see? Long lines, delayed treatment, high costs that lead to rationing of services and a rush to come here in search of the best health care, a depressed economy.

Now explain to me why in hell we should want that here? ObamaCare, the socialist wet-dream for a century, was rammed down our throats  by a group of power-mad progressives who want to boss you around through whichever method they can find. These people want nothing less that total and absolute power over you in every facet of your life. They think you are their slave, to do with as they please. Your money, your family, and your life isn't yours, it's theirs.

ObamaCare is wildly unpopular, and has grown moreso in the the two years since it was passed. We want this law repealed as quickly as possible and replaced with a free market solution that increases business and diminishes the power of Washington.

You, Johnny, can relocate to whichever country suits your needs. If you want socialism, move somewhere else.

I like my freedom. You can't seem to understand what it is.

The Side-Effects of ObamaCare - Higher Prices for All

I just got my first dose of ObamaCare today. I always read the information that comes with new medicine.

"Use of this product could result in dramatically depressed economic symptoms such as chronically high unemployment, and a vastly reduced standard of living. You may experience doubt about the program as the quality of your health care is reduced to that of other countries who have socialized healthcare programs, such as Britain, Canada, and Cuba. Thoughts of how things used to be before ObamaCare will become common, a condition that has caused depression in some patients. Consult your lawyer before discontinuing this program, as premature withdrawal may result in heavy fines or even imprisonment for an indeterminate time."

The Wall Street Journal reports today, “Employers in the retail and restaurant industries are more likely than other companies to drop their health plans or cut workers’ hours when new health-law requirements take effect in 2014, according to new data from the consulting firm Mercer. A Wall Street Journal article last week said retail and restaurant franchisees were bracing for higher costs as part of the law, and several said they planned to change workers’ health benefits. The chief executive of the Papa John’s International pizza chain, John Schnatter, said this week that the law’s requirements for employers would add 11 cents to 14 cents to the cost of a pizza.”

Politico adds, “Nearly two-thirds of employers expect to see a cost hike in their health plans when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect in 2014, and a quarter say they will have to make changes to their coverage to avoid penalties, according to the survey by the Mercer consulting firm. Retail and hospitality industries, which typically employ larger numbers of part-time workers, are bracing for the biggest increase in costs — 46 percent said they’re expecting costs to increase by a minimum of 3 percent. The health care industry is close behind, with 40 percent expecting that increase in costs.”
"If you experience any of these symptoms, call your Congressman immediately and demand that this law be repealed. Repeated calls may be required until the symptoms disappear. Once terminated, many patients have shown a renewed vim and vigor for the legislative process that could last for years."

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

SooperMexican Calls the Justice Department Racism Hotline

Other than that, I got nuthin' today.

I need to make a beer run before tomorrow's SCOTUS decision on ObamaCare. Hopefully, the whole thing will be ruled unconstitutional. If it comes down that way, I may not be posting for a while, what with the hangover and all.

If it's upheld, I'll be drowning my (and the nation's) sorrows, so I might not be posting for a while, what with the hangover and all.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My God, it’s Full of Waivers

Remember this statement by former progressive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi?

Well, here we are a year or so later and we’re finding out what’s in it. As we conservatives suspected, it contains many things, all of them bad.

In the era immediately preceding the passage of the government takeover of one-sixth of our economy, we knew we had a problem; health care costs were rising at a rapid rate. This came as a surprise to absolutely no one.

If you’re a Baby Boomer, you know it. You’ve been reminded of it ever since you were small. You’ve been analyzed and demographed since before you were born, and subjected to every form and nuance of advertising known to man. Certain folk who are Paid to Know Things probably know more about you than you do.

We were young and hip before being young and hip was cool. We were rebellious and raucous. We wanted Free Love and freedom from The Man. Our heroes were transmogrified from real life people who did real heroic-type things in real life to celluloid anti-heroes with some dark angst simmering underneath, ala James Dean.

“Do what you feel” became our mantra. The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers proudly trucked their way across the pages of Rolling Stone Magazine, where the classified ads largely consisted of people who were trying to get one million other people to send them just one dollar. The Woodstock Nation was a unified block of free-spirited individuals who chose to separate themselves from the stodginess of their parents’ straight world and do their own thing by dressing, speaking, and acting alike.

We were oh so different from out parents except for one teeny, tiny little thing: we got old. And there were a lot of us that did that at the same time. Now, we’re starting to retire in record numbers, just as we did everything else in record numbers. And somehow, the government entitlements that were put in place before us, that we were told would always be there for us, like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, weren’t prepared for us. It’s almost like there were no Boomers elected to office anywhere.

How could anyone not have anticipated that health care costs would rise in proportion to the population of said Boomers? Did someone repeal the law of supply and demand and did I miss the memo?

This national event (the retirement of vast numbers of Baby Boomers) gave certain politicians of the far-left, control-freak variety a golden opportunity to implement one of their fondest desires – Universal Health Care. While that’s a noble sounding goal, that everyone should have access to quality health care for free, as soon as that idea becomes more than printed words on a page, it self-destructs like the tape at the beginning of Mission Impossible.

Ask someone from Britain or Canada how their government-sponsored and massively expensive health care system works and you’ll hear tales heretofore unheard of here in America. Long waits to see doctors, inefficient, sleepy-eyed, bureaucrats deciding who gets what treatment when and unnecessary deaths due to a myriad of conflagrations unique to a large and unmanageable government program, many times peopled by union members.

The fact that foreign dignitaries from these lands that boast of free health care for all come here to America for their treatment speaks volumes.

And the volumes say, “It’s a nice idea, but it doesn’t work.”

But that little fact of political and medical life didn’t dissuade the progressives in Congress from rubbing their little paws together with glee upon the immaculation of Barack Obama. They knew the time was at hand to move forward with their Grand Plan to control the American people through their health.

Ignoring such national trivialities as a housing market meltdown and the rapidly rising unemployment rate, they gathered behind closed doors without their Republican counterparts to discuss their plans. In the dead of night and against the will of a clear majority of the country, ObamaCare became law.

Over two thousand pages of legalistic mumbo-jumbo that no one bothered to read was passed over the protestations of a nation. One progressive legislator after another was questioned about the bill. Not one of them could give a clear-cut answer. Deals were cut with representatives in smoke-filled rooms (we’re left to guess as to the origin of that smoke, since little in the bill makes sense, Baby Boomers and all that).

Fast-forward to today and we get a better picture of what’s in it.

Waivers. Lots of them. Distributed to many groups who supported the bill and have since discovered how much it costs them.

Over 1300 waivers to date, with more on the way. And lots of them in Nancy Pelosi’s district.

If you don’t see anything wrong with the issuance of waivers (read exemptions) for a new law in America, then it’s time to introduce you to something you may have heard about: The Constitution.

This mysterious document speaks in an ancient language about obscure ideas. One of these arcane notions is that a law applies to everyone equally. Amazingly, this apparently outdated concept even has a name – The Equal Protection Clause.

Just think of a law that everyone must follow. I laugh in its general direction.

It’s not the Chicago Way.

The Chicago Way of Politics is to pick and choose winners and losers based on your loyalty to those in power. Support me and I’ll grant you a favor. All you need do is kiss my ring, or my ass, either one will do. Cross me and I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.

Thank you, Godfather, for only cutting off one of my fingers. I’ll never speak ill of you, your family, your pets or your taste in fashion again.

Far be it from me to expect all the lawyers in Washington who write these laws to be familiar with the country’s legal foundational document, much less any restrictions that could be placed on them. They can certainly do as they please.

Nancy Pelosi’s word’s return, “We have to pass the bill so that you can, uh, find out what’s in it.”

To which Dave Bowman in 2001 replies, “The thing's hollow, it goes on forever, and, oh my God, it's full of waivers!"

Monday, February 21, 2011

Quid Pro Quo or How Good Government Went Bad

The current stalemate in Wisconsin offers us a good lesson in how not to operate a government. Public sector union pensions are in the process of causing a genuine meltdown of the state’s budget, draining monies from needed infrastructure into pension plans that the rest of the working populace can only dream about. This budget crisis has been brewing for decades, with unions seeking ever-increasing benefits that seemed almost reasonable during good economic times. However, the tenuous nature of our economy, which has been teetering on the edge of fiscal responsibility for years, has awakened the good citizens of Wisconsin and America to the fact that we can no longer continue to give the unions each and every little thing their hearts desire. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker puts it plainly when he says, “We’re broke.”

One only needs to listen to Richard Trumka and his outrageous Socialist rhetoric to know that this has been planned.

While teachers call in “sick” and unscrupulous doctors write fake notes so the teachers can get paid to protest, the parents who have to take days off to tend to their children or pay daycare are not amused. The rest of the country is starting to see the unions, rightfully, as the spoiled children that they are. As the details of the unions’ demands emerge, we’re seeing that the public sector unions have an awfully sweet deal, with above average pay and benefits that the average American doesn’t have.

While the rest of us are tightening our belts, the unions are screaming that their rights are being taken away from them, that Governor Walker is Hitler, or a dictator like Egypt’s Mubarak, or any number of other false, immature accusations.

Cartoon by Phil Hands of the Wisconsin State Journal.

Wisconsin’s Democratic senators are no better, fleeing the state rather that performing their sworn duty to uphold the state’s constitution and effectively manage the budget.

Sports fans, this is exactly what happens when we choose the wrong people for elective office.

Mr. Boy, you ask, how do we know when we’ve done that? What are the signs of corruption in politics?

I thought you’d never ask.

It’s simple. It’s also Standard Operating Procedure in Third World Countries. One hand washes the other, scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours, or its most eloquent title, Quid Pro Quo. It’s called by several names, but the principle is the same.

And it’s not how our government is supposed to work.

In a perfect world, a political donor would contribute to a candidate on principle, and expect nothing in return except good, honorable and honest government in accordance with the Constitution. Everyone would benefit indirectly from this, as the economic tide would rise for all the ships.

But this has been twisted into corruption where today a donor expects (quite wrongly) a direct benefit from a campaign donation. Nowhere is this perversion of the Constitution more evident than in the waivers the Obama administration has given to cronies to avoid the onerous restrictions of ObamaCare, over 700 so far.

One could argue (quite rightly) that this action is unconstitutional. What’s the point of passing a law that only applies to Americans of a certain political affiliation? This action clearly runs counter to the Equal Protection Clause in the Fourteenth Amendment. You don’t need to be a constitutional scholar or a Supreme Court Justice to understand the simple principle that everyone is equal in the eyes of the law.

I’m frankly surprised that the Supreme Court hasn’t already weighed in on this aspect of the administration’s selective enforcement of the law. While I haven’t studied the details of the various states’ lawsuits seeking relief from ObamaCare, this should be the first item on the agenda. What use is the High Court if it will not to step in and warn this administration that it’s violating the Constitution?

It’s just this simple, either we adhere to the nations’ legal foundation, or we don’t. It’s written in plain enough language that people (except certain writers for the New York Times) can understand it.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Good News and Bad News

First, the good news. As you may have heard, a Florida federal judge has voided ObamaCare for now. On Monday, Judge Roger Vinson, US District Court for the Northern District of Florida. (Insert cheers for a Reagan appointee here). It seems in their haste to pass an unpopular, unnecessary bill against the will of the people, progressives in congress last year removed a tiny bit of language known as “severability.” In finding one part of the bill unconstitutional, because of the absent severability clause, the entire law was deemed void. Ken Klukowski over at has the skinny on why this is important.

This law is terrible, but you knew that already. Which is why Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of the progs like it so much. The concept itself is flawed. It doesn’t solve anything other than their insane quest for ever-increasing power over our daily lives, which is never enough. When they could’ve merely refined our existing system, the best one in the world, they sought instead to dismantle it in favor of a massive new arm of government to oversee the most intimate aspect of our life: our health.

And, in an effort point out all the wonderfulness of unconstitionality of the individual mandate, South Dakota has introduced legislation to require everyone in that state to own a firearm (h/t Jawa Report). Hey, if the feds can require you to buy something, why not a gun? Or a Bible?

We can’t allow this camel anywhere close to the tent, much less allow it to stick its nose underneath it. Camel poo, and all that.

And now for the bad news. There will be no cheerleaders in this years’ Super Bowl for the first time. In a rare convergence of the stars, we somehow have two of the only six NFL teams who don’t have cheerleaders in the game. Now, if someone wants to open a federal investigation into this most egregious oversight, I’m all for it. Is it too much to ask for emergency replacement cheerleaders?

You won’t be seeing this,

or this,

or this,

on the sidelines on Sunday. I’m crushed, as I’m sure you are. Oh well, there's always the commercials.