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Individual Health Insurance Mandate Lawsuit

In health care on March 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna (R)

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna (via email):

The great federalism question of our time is whether or not it is constitutional for the federal government to force Americans to purchase a private product, in this case private health insurance. I filed suit on your behalf to challenge this unprecedented Read the rest of this entry »

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The Only Fair Fight is the One You Win

In health care, House, Republican, Violent Rhetoric on February 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

The only fair fight is the one you win.

Violent rhetoric. *Inclusion of this image should in no way be construed as endorsing the act of blowing opponents up with a tank.

So states rule #11 in the ubiquitous “20 rules for a firefight” endlessly circulated in emails and posted on (non-hippie) blogs. The effort to end Obama Care is, if you’ll pardon the violent rhetoric, undoubtedly a firefight. Unfortunately, the House Rules Committee is choosing to operate under a misguided notion of fairness. Maybe they didn’t get the email. Read the rest of this entry »

HHS Secretary Dictates Private Business Practice

In health care on September 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Kathleen Sebelius makes an offer insurance companies can't refuse.

Imagine that you own a small business; a local diner, for instance. You sell a plate of bacon and eggs, toast and coffee for five bucks. Business is pretty good. Now imagine that your mayor and your city council have determined that breakfast must include hash-browns and orange juice as well. Obviously your cost is going to go up so you have new menu’s printed to reflect the new breakfast price of $5.75. Then this letter arrives from your city health department:

There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation regarding the increased cost of breakfast and unjustified price increases.* City businesses found raising prices will have vehicle access restricted when the City Works Department re-routes the streets.

In this case, the “diner” is health insurance companies, “hash-browns and orange juice” are the Obama-care rules eliminating co-pays for preventative care and allowing children to stay on their parent’s insurance until age 26. The “City Health Department” is Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the “re-routing of streets” refers to Sebelius’ threat to exclude companies that don’t fall in line from access to government Health Insurance Exchanges.

In other words, insurance companies who do not eat the cost of increased services will be run out of business. Your government has “zero tolerance” for dissent.

*Other than referencing “cost of breakfast” and using “price” instead of “rate”, this is word-for-word from the HHS letter.

Dem Health Legislation Torpedoes Low Cost Student Health Plans

In health care on August 24, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Told ya so.

Without a number of changes, it may be impossible to continue to offer student health plans, says a letter that the American Council on Education sent Aug. 12 to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius…

This is what happens when you pass intrusive legislation without reading it. Let the wild rumpus of unintended consequences start!

Democrat Senator Admits Obamacare ‘Folly’

In Democrat, health care on March 30, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Marching in lock-step with the party has it's consequences

Before even buyer’s remorse can set in with the minority of Americans who supported the health care reform legislation, a Democrat Senator has “vote remorse”.

Gaggle via Hot Air:

A Democratic senator I can’t name, who reluctantly voted for the health-care bill out of loyalty to his party and his admiration for Barack Obama, privately complained to me that the measure was political folly, in part because of the way it goes into effect: some taxes first, most benefits later, and rate hikes by insurance companies in between…

…On the day the president signed into law the “fix-it” addendum to the massive health-care measure, two new polls show just how fearful and skeptical Americans are about the entire enterprise.  If the numbers stay where they are—and it’s not clear why they will change much between now and November—then the Democrats really are in danger of colossal losses at the polls.

Tea Party Rally Draws Thousands In Support of Washington State AG

In health care, Tea Party on March 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Tea Party crowd gathers in Olympia in support of Attorney General Rob McKenna (photo: South Sound Tea Party)

Washington State Tea Parties, on two day’s notice, drew thousands to the capital building in Olympia on Saturday to show support for Washington State Attorney General, Rob McKenna. According to South Sound Tea Party, Washington State Patrol personnel on scene estimate attendance at two to three thousand. Speakers at the rally included Washington State Senators Mike Carrell and Val Stevens, state Representative Tom Campbell, Washington 3rd District candidate David Castillo as well as McKenna himself.

McKenna, a Republican, has joined a group of fourteen state attorney’s general filing suit over unconstitutional insurance mandates in the Obama health care law. Washington State’s Democrat governor, Christine Gregoire, and Democrat state legislators have expressed vehement opposition to McKenna’s decision and have vowed to fight the move by restricting McKenna’s budget. In an interview with Seattle’s King 5 News, Gregoire states that “He did not call and consult me, I don’t know who he represents. He does not represent me.”

Blogger It’s Only Words has a take on Gregoire’s “I don’t know who he represents” statement:

The staggering arrogance of that statement leaves me (nearly) speechless and I assure you, I am rarely at a loss for words. I am wondering why Gregoire feels that the job of the Attorney General is specifically to represent her personal interests?

Gregoire, having been elected to three terms as Washington State’s attorney general before running for governor in 2004, should have no confusion as to who the attorney general represents. It was during her less than illustrious tenure as AG that the people of Washington State lost over $40 million dollars in two separate lawsuits due to missed deadlines, botched jury instructions and mismanagement of her department.

This Just In: Paul Krugman is Still an Ass

In health care, Tea Party on March 26, 2010 at 10:12 am

New York Times– Paul Krugman:

I admit it: I had fun watching right-wingers go wild as health reform finally became law. But a few days later, it doesn’t seem quite as entertaining — and not just because of the wave of vandalism and threats aimed at Democratic lawmakers. For if you care about America’s future, you can’t be happy as extremists take full control of one of our two great political parties.

In a sense, Paul Krugman is right. One cannot be happy as extremists take full control of one of our two great (here I agree only if by “great” he means “large”) political parties. Where I disagree is on Krugman’s characterization of opponents to health care “reform” as extremists.

To correct Mr. Krugman’s misperception, this is an extremist:

William Ayers, unrepentant domestic terrorist.

This also is an extremist:

Rev. Jeremiah "God damn America" Wright

This is someone who associates with extremists:

"We're going to fundamentally change America"

This is an extremist who celebrates our move toward socialized medicine:

Fidel Castro, despot

We’ve been saying for years that it’s dangerous to see one of our two major parties aligning itself with extreme elements. The fact that Paul Krugman has not only just come to that conclusion and then points to the American public rather than the extreme elements in the Democrat party as an example is not surprising. Because, you know… he’s an ass.

GOP Identifies Flaws In Reconciliation Bill

In health care, Senate on March 25, 2010 at 8:12 am

From NYT:

With the Senate working through an all-night session on a package of changes to the Democrats’ sweeping health care legislation, Republicans early Thursday morning identified parliamentary problems with at least two provisions that will require the measure to be sent back to the House for yet another vote, once the Senate adopts it.

After spending the night shooting down Republican amendments to the bill (see here and here), the Democrat controlled Senate had hoped to have the reconciliation process complete and ready for the President’s signature by this morning. With revisions to the legislation now necessary, the changes will have to be sent back to the House for another vote.

Ed Morrissey on the strategy:

…the only effect will be to lengthen the debate on health care.  Obviously, that’s exactly what the Republicans want.  With 62% of voters wanting the GOP to keep fighting against ObamaCare, their leadership has no reason to let up.

In the end, the delay won’t be particularly significant. The House has no reason to challenge minor fixes and the primary legislation was already signed into law on Tuesday.

Dems Vote to Provide Viagra to Rapists

In health care, Senate on March 24, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Picture is, um... unrelated.

Senate Democrats today voted down an amendment to the health care bill aimed to prohibit the use of Federal funds to purchase Viagra and other ED drugs to rapists, pedophiles and other sex offenders. The amendment, defeated 57-42, was submitted by Senator Coburn (R-OK).

Via Politico:

Democrats have defeated every amendment offered by Republicans so far, arguing that any change will kill the bill.

I think that was the point… In any case, the defeat of this amendment will make the political ads more entertaining this fall.

Leftist Spin: “Scott Brown Backfired”

In Congress, Elections, health care on March 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Scott Brown (R-MA)

The passage of Obama’s health bill in spite of the election of Scott Brown sends a message, but not the one Democrats want you to think.

In a special election last January, Massachusetts voters sent Scott Brown, a Republican, to fill the seat formerly occupied by the late Ted Kennedy’s wide posterior. Brown’s election, fueled by grass-roots support from the Tea Parties, thwarted the Democrat’s filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Republicans knew that he was not the second coming of Ronald Reagan but he was, by God, a Republican butt in that seat.

Now, Democrats and the leftist media are taking up a new Rumpelstiltskin gloat in the wake of the passage of health insurance reform legislation. The left contends that conservatives are “having second thoughts” about Brown and that the right is disappointed in his election. One can see how the veracity of such a characterization might be… questionable, considering the source.

None the less, the Boston Herald has this:

“If he were a milk carton, he would be expired,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman John Walsh

In fact, Democrats now say Brown’s election as the so-called “41st vote” to block Obama’s health-care overhaul inspired them to seek procedural means to bypass GOP efforts to derail the bill.

“Scott Brown’s election actually delivered health-care reform, because we didn’t need the 60 votes to make it happen. He delivered a significant victory in that,” Walsh said.

Ron Chusid, a repeat offending idiot at Liberal Values (a contradiction in terms if I ever heard one), asserts that “Besides falsely seeing his win as a victory for the far right, winning in Massachusetts led many Republicans to let down their guard, making it easier for the Democrats to pass health care reform.”

Despite the twisted logic that would lay blame at Scott Brown’s feet, the fact remains that his election caused Democrats to formulate a new plan to thwart the will of the American people. By taking away the cloture option, Brown caused Democrats to tip their hand, sending the message that there is no low to which they are unwilling to stoop in order to run rampant over the nation. As a result, “Deem and Pass”, reconciliation and the Stupak sell-out, not to mention Obamacare itself, are going to turn around and bite Democrats in the ass come November.

Cross posted at Conservative Firestorm