Posts Tagged ‘Medicare’

What’s Next?

December 28, 2010

First and foremost has got to be the repeal of ‘Obamacare’. All over the nation there are stories of people’s insurance rates going through the roof, as insurance companies are forced to raise their premiums in the face of huge new regulatory demands in the health care legislation.

Worse still, one of the largest groups to which Obama sold his bill of goods was our seniors. After he insisted that seniors would get to keep their Medicare and their own doctors, Barry Hussein then immediately strips five billion dollars away from Medicare to offset the cost of forcing forty million people into a one-size-fits-all mandatory government health care system whether they like it or not… and most unequivocally don’t.

Then the other shoe fell and, just as predicted by conservatives all over the country, doctors began withdrawing from Medicare, telling their elderly patients that they could no longer treat them. This was never popular legislation to start with, other than with a few Marxist clones with a self-hatred complex and a need for someone to direct their lives for them.

When the nation saw the abyss into which the Obama administration and the Congressional Marxists were pushing the nation, the nation pushed back… and pushed. The end result was the Republican landslide we just experienced. There’s an immense task ahead for us, if we are to salvage the country and put it back on course.

The hard core elitist Republicans, you know them. They’re the ones who were not in the least responsible for the astounding success of the American Patriot movement, but who are constantly waiting in the wings to step in and resume business as usual. They are going to obstruct Patriots at every turn. Just as we’ve told the RINOs… your days are limited.
Republicans need to remember who it is they work for and why they are there to start with.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

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Dr Doom And The Cult Of Death.

November 27, 2010

Barack Hussein and the Marxist Clown College, including the functionally impaired minions lurking in the (former) White House, dreaming their dreams of Marxian Utopia. Spawned, nurtured and polished by radical socialist academics, who haven’t the first clue as to how the country they are presuming to dictate to really works.

To a man, or for you PC hangups, to a person, they know nothing past their feverish dreams of Utopian perfection, blithely ignoring the perspective history has taught us about every single attempt at collective socialism… or if it floats your boat, Keynesian economics.

Ancient Rome, a massive behemoth which, when the trappings of empire were stripped away, never could self-sustain. Its people addicted to government grain handouts, farmers taxed by the output of their production leaving little incentive to grow more food, extravagant spectaculars to keep the ordinary Roman’s mind off his poverty, a government rife with corruption and intrigue.

Does any of this sound familiar? It should. This scenario of ancient Rome could be Washington. It certainly has all the trappings of a decadent empire.

We’re watching the fruits of the almost universally despised Obamacare begin to ripen as it’s shaping up to be a disaster on every level… and there’s crap buried throughout this monstrous tome which could well break the bank by itself, let alone what we can see at this point.

One of the most glaring of the many outrageous lies perpetrated by Barack Hussein is that our seniors would be able to keep their Medicare and their own doctors. Guess what? Half a trillion dollars has been stripped away from Medicare and the Obama administration is trying to force 30 million people into a one-size-fits-all medical system, doomed to failure from its inception.

Those ‘death panels’ that the liberal media had such fun with Sarah Palin over? Guess what? They’re real… just ask Paul Krugman. He finally came out and said the death panels will be working overtime to rid us of those pesky seniors and oh, by the way, we need a VAT tax to help fund the government.

So we see that Obama is stripping medical coverage and benefits from seniors across this country. More frightening still are the hundreds of doctors whose practices can no longer afford to take Medicare patients because their payment schedules have been decimated by the DeMarxists’ depredations.

Dr Doom… and the cult of death. Only one of several for our good Doctor. Tell our Conservative Senators and Representatives that we don’t want Obama care fixed.
We want it repealed, to remain forever on the manure pile of history.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

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Stimulating Stuff!

October 8, 2010

Some years ago, there was a television ad for a well-known brand of Dutch beer that claimed it “reached parts other beers cannot reach”. It could be a good election slogan for the Democrats.

Historically, the party has appealed to the dead voter, with great numbers of the deceased temporarily slipping out of the sarcophagus to visit the polling place. One would think that they would have had enough of politics while in the mortal world. Perhaps they can see a kindred spirit in the Democrats, the difference being that they refuse to lie down despite being dead in the water.

In gratitude for this electoral service, the government has given them $18 million of stimulus money, with 72,000 deceased each receiving $250. A further $4.3 million went to 17,000 prison inmates.

Mistakes happen. As someone I know is likely to say, “That’s why a pencil has an eraser on the other end”. Two things are worrying about this issue, though. The first is the apparent lack of checks carried out before parting with large amounts of taxpayers’ money. A recent CBS ’60 Minutes’ featured an article on a Medicare scam which has cost the taxpayer $60 billion… non-existent pharmacies billing Medicare for prescription drugs.

We all know that a vast percentage of stimulus money has been going to the wrong places when, if it had to be implemented at all, it should have been used in the form of tax breaks to support new and existing businesses and industries which are the mainstay of the American economy.

The other point of concern is that the government does not seem to know who is alive and who is dead, who is free and who is incarcerated… or even who has genuine citizenship documents and who does not. If the news reports are correct, it took the Social Security Department at least three years to notice something a little ‘hinky’ in Nicky Diaz’s credentials.

The US should have the most sophisticated government computer systems in the world. It certainly has a huge, ever-growing percentage of its population working for government. These two factors combined should make serious errors more rare, rather than the regular occurrence they seem to be.

I hope the security agencies’ due diligence is a little more advanced. It’s bad enough having them mess with people’s tax money, even worse to risk the security of the country.

(Editor Dee is in for Skip today)

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America:”Screw You!”; Obama:”I Want It Now!”

March 4, 2010

You could tell just as soon as his props started filing out, most likely low-level White House staffers in the obligatory white lab coats left over from the rose garden hoopla a while ago. You could tell by the overbearing look of arrogance on his face. You could tell from the first sentence out of his mouth that there wouldn’t be a word of truth or forthrightness coming out of him.

Rush, Hannity and Levin said much the same thing, that there was not one bit of truth, fact or substance in anything he said. This guy is not really a convincing liar, you’d have to have seriously bought into the whole Obama persona thing to swallow it.

Flashback: A Staffer Hands Out The Props.

In his hubris he demanded an up or down vote on the bill within weeks, indicating use of the reconciliation process for passage without calling it that. Facing uniform opposition from the GOP and not a few Democrats, Obama, like Nancy Pelosi on ABC Sunday, called for loyal Democrats to fall on their swords while acknowledging that the legislation wasn’t very popular, by saying that he ‘didn’t know where it was going politically’. Master of understatement! America overwhelmingly despises this bill and everything to do with it.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the legislation was vastly unpopular because the American people knew what the bill stood for and didn’t want it. He further said it represented a half a trillion dollars in Medicare cuts and a half a trillion dollars in tax increases. He said that in the first ten years it would create two point five trillion dollars in unfunded debt through new spending. He also made the point that the opposition to the bill was not between the Republicans and the Democrats, it was between the Democrats and the American people. He followed by saying that the price would be paid in November because the Democrats would not have this issue behind them, they would have it in front of them.

The desperation of the Obama administration is palpable. What they and most everyone else has ignored is that with every likelihood of a Republican takeover of Congress in 2010, Obama just as likely to be a one term President, with the Democrats setting the precedent for major legislation through reconciliation, anything they do pass could be just as easily dismantled.

Let’s hope it doesn’t get that far. Mark Levin has called for all his listeners to saturate Congress with their calls, faxes and emails. Let me add my urging to that. Everyone who reads this please get active. It’s our country, it’s your and your children’s freedoms. It’s the future of the free world.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Obanostic… Bohica – Bend Over, Here It Comes Again!

February 12, 2010

To paraphrase Sarah Palin, “How’s that hopey changey thing workin’ out for ya?”
Mr ‘No family making less than 250,000.00 dollars will see a tax increase’.. ad nauseum. Now Mr Presidential Chameleon has come up with another mind-torturing shape change. Our wonderful leader has discovered that he is ‘AGNOSTIC’ to tax increases for the “middle class”, whatever his definition of that may be this week.

Our nouveau deficit hawk is fresh from his most recent bi-partisan entrapment attempt, complaining that the Republicans didn’t want to come out and play. Obama was seeking political cover for his latest money pig-out, asking for EIGHTY BILLION dollars for ‘jobs’. If you’re a Democrat you know you’re in trouble when one of your own statist media organs (AP) looks at your ‘jobs’ bill and says it won’t create many jobs.

Knowing that the Democrats were only too happy to set them up as being the party of ‘NO’, the Republicans neatly sidestepped the ploy.
The ‘tax’ cut provisions of the bill were something that would only appeal to someone who had never worked in the private sector, run a company or had to make a payroll. Therein lies the rub for Obama’s administration. There simply is no one to tell them ‘heck no’, it just doesn’t work like that. Few, if any, people in the White House have ever held a private sector job and have little understanding of the economic engines that actually drive job growth.

Harry Reid Speaks To The Media After Scrapping The Bipartisan Jobs Bill

Other provisions in the bill are more transportation make-work union paybacks, and possibly the only part of the proposed legislation that may have validity, further extensions of unemployment benefits for those who have been unable to find work.
With a stagnant economy there are approximately six job seekers for every job out in the private sector. The only job growth has been in the public (government) sector which has a direct negative effect on private sector job growth.

Along with the tax increases, the administration is seeking cuts in spending for entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare… sure to be an extremely unpopular issue with the country’s seniors. A huge voting block that up to this point had been reliably Democrat.

Of course, a REALLY courageous leader and his party could find much of that money by removing many of the multi-layered and redundant agencies and bureaucracies which glut our government, and by reducing the truly insane regulatory burden being placed on American business.
Naturally, that would probably make too much sense. As would CUTTING TAXES. It’s easy, Obama.
You want to create jobs? LOTS of jobs? CUT TAXES.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Media And Democrats Have Hissy Fit! – Republicans Finally Show Leadership.

December 17, 2009

Andrea Mitchell was beside herself that the Republican leadership should actually insist on the Senate following its own rules, forcing the reading of EVERY word of the almost EIGHT HUNDRED page Sanders amendment. It’s certainly about time that the Republicans found some testicular fortitude!!

Senator Bernie Sanders, (I ?) VT, introduced Senate Amendment 2837, which would replace the bulk of the Senate bill’s language with provisions establishing a single-payer Medicare-for-all program, virtually identical to the DISASTROUSLY FAILED, BANKRUPT United Kingdom National Health Service.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

The Democrats and the lame stream media are sniveling all over themselves, calling the Republicans “obstructionist” and “mean” for insisting on the Senate following its own rules for once. Having every word read in public, AS THEY SHOULD BE, is the Democrats’ worst nightmare. You will recall that no one, but no one, has read either the amendment or the bill itself, as the whole process thus far has been behind closed doors, the public and especially the Republicans being shut out of the process. This is NOT democracy. It’s STALINIST POLITBURO CENTRAL PLANNING in action.

All this points out is that our so-called main stream press has completely abrogated its responsibility to the American people and has sold itself out to its DeMarxist masters. How does it feel to be the public relations arm of the Maoists, Andrea?
Note: Bernie Sanders is on the floor of the Senate trying to withdraw his amendment as I’m writing this.

Nothing can be more indicative of the effectiveness of what the Republicans are doing than the amount of complaining coming from the left and the left’s lapdog press.
All the while this is going on, the Anointed One is making loud public pronouncements about DISASTER and CATASTROPHE if his attempted SOCIALIST COUP doesn’t pass. Sounds very reminiscent of last January, when Barry Hussein was shouting from the rooftops that the sky was falling, in order to pass his 780+ billion dollar pork budget. It’s always a crisis with this guy, as he tries to panic the American people into following his pied piper.

We’ve been down this road before! The DeMarxists seem bound to rush to their own destruction, but can’t seem to see the handwriting on the wall. Such is the price of being blind ideologues. Point of fact, Nancy Pelosi actually sounds delusional, dangerously delusional.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2009

Lieberman, Snowe, Nelson, Webb – Let Them Hear It From You!

December 16, 2009

Senator John McCain stated last week that he had no idea what was in the back-room deal sent to the Congressional Budget Office for evaluation by Harry Reid. Dick Durbin, the number two Democrat in the Senate, told Senator McCain he didn’t either. That ‘deal’ fell by the wayside, as Senator Joe Lieberman flatly stated he would join the Republicans in opposing any bill that would add 55-60 year old Americans to the Medicare rolls, thereby destroying a program already on life support.

In what has to be one of the most glaring exhibitions of legislative desperation in living memory, Dingy Harry promised to ‘drop’ the public option in order to turn Lieberman on the issue. This has been the signatory feature of the bill, which he stated only last weekend HAD to be in the legislation, and which the extreme left has insisted upon.

This, folks, is just like those old used-car commercials we used to see on Saturday nights on TV. With each ad getting more and more spectacular, all the while the consumer ends up with the same old clunker. Only THAT clunker didn’t threaten to break the bank and cost TWO POINT FOUR TRILLION, to as much in some estimates as SEVEN TRILLION DOLLARS.

So while Dingy Harry plays his version of let’s make a deal, and Barry Hussein is saying the world is on the precipice if we don’t get passage on a bill that NO ONE HAS READ, there’s a vast amount of arm twisting going on.
It’s like this. This is for all the bananas…there are four Senators who are pivotal on this bill that Dingy Harry has to have. Thousands of patriots have gathered in the Capitol mall to rally, and once again go into the capitol office buildings and confront our Senators with the FACTS. Over 60% of Americans are dead set against this health care legislation…America doesn’t want mandatory heath care – period! America doesn’t want government in control of their lives, their health care or any thing else.

Four Senators you need to concentrate on. Joe Lieberman, (I) Conn. His constituents need to let him know that they will vote him out of office if he votes yes on this bill. Ditto Ben Nelson, (D) Neb., Jim Webb (D) VA., and of course Olympia Snowe, (R) Maine. Your letters, telegrams, emails, phone calls and for those of you in range of the beltway visits to the Senate offices, all carry weight. Don’t kid yourselves that although they pretend to be bullet proof these people aren’t feeling the EXTREME displeasure of the American people. Come next November, there will be a SEA CHANGE in American politics of historic proportions. KEEP IT UP!! LET THEM KNOW HOW YOU FEEL!!

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2009

Rip Off! Democrat Plan Raises Costs And Premiums, Slashes Medicare.

December 12, 2009

That may be why Dingy Harry Reid wanted to be out of town this weekend. A little tongue in cheek there. Harry is out of town down in Louisiana with Mary Landrieu, being greeted by a few thousand TEA PARTY PATRIOTS.

He and Mary are trying to extract a thousand dollars apiece from remaining loyalists at a fund raiser. Notice, Harry is NOT soliciting funds in his own state, where by the most conservative estimates he is running fully 10 points behind his challengers. In addition, voters in his home state are lining up unanimously against the OBAMA-PELOSI-REID socialist takeover, and almost certainly will invite Mr Reid to exit his office next year. Though there has been some speculation that Dingy Harry will pull a quick one and attempt to have himself replaced by his son, who is by all accounts Harry Jr. to a tee.

A US agency that oversees Medicare spending has issued a series of reports that indicate that, as opposed to the Democrat claims of savings and lower costs, the opposite has proven to be the case, according to the study’s conclusions. Republican Mitch McConnell stated that “the report confirms what we’ve long known. The Democrat plan would increase costs, raise premiums and slash Medicare”. McConnell said, “That’s not reform. This analysis speaks for itself. This bill is a sham”.

The report written by Richard Foster, the chief actuary at the centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the increase in health care spending reflected the impact of millions of newly covered people seeking medical care.
The report stated that Medicare has significantly lower reimbursement rates than private insurers. Doctors, clinics and hospitals who rely heavily on Medicare patients for business, “could find it difficult to remain profitable and, absent of legislative intervention, might end their participation in the program”.

So time after time we rediscover Democrat doublespeak and duplicity. All around the country Patriot voices are raised against the takeover of our freedoms. MILLIONS OF PINK SLIPS are going out to members of Congress and as we speak, EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND petitions are being handed to members of the Senate. Do you think they might be getting the word? They had better. There is a political bloodletting shaping up in this country as has never been seen before. Keep up the good work! Keep up the pressure!

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2009

Underhanded! Democrats Extend TARP To 2010 – Election Slush Fund?

December 10, 2009

Underhanded to the core. DeMarxists, who are seeing a decrease in funding as the party left wing faithful begin to see the many promises made by the Obama administration go by the wayside as opposition from the right increases, are eying the TARP and TARP repayment funds as a war chest slush fund, some fear.

The Obama administration’s approval of Timothy Geithner’s intention of extending TARP until Oct 2010, claiming that withdrawal of the funding could endanger the economy, has some Conservatives suspicious. The fund’s intent is in its name: the Troubled Asset Relief Program. It was intended to relieve banks and lending institutions of bundled asset and bad paper loans by law. The 700 BILLION DOLLAR program was slated to end this December 31. The plan LOST 41 BILLION DOLLARS this year. It was never intended for use as a small business loan fund or anything other than its legally stated purpose.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats desperate to find anything in the health care debacle that they can call progress or a victory of sorts, have come up with another alternative to the ‘public option’ that they think may survive the scourging of the left wing of their party. It entails the creation of privately administered new government – run exchanges.

The hard left of the DeMarxists don’t care for this at all, so in an effort to offer a sop to them the DeMarxists would expand Medicare to millions of Americans over 55, thus potentially adding millions more people to a system already on the brink of bankruptcy, with a long term deficit of 38 to as much as 89 TRILLION DOLLARS. Plus, the deal STILL leaves open the ‘TRIGGER’ of a public option if plans for a new Office of Personnel Management doesn’t jell.

Sounds like a circular firing squad with the American people as the main feature.
KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!! It’s working. Don’t listen to the media, don’t listen to anyone but yourself.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2009

SEIU’s Andy Stern – Obama Care May Fail.

December 5, 2009

What does Andy know? Stalled progress on the health care bill in the Senate could doom Democrats in 2010 and prove to be President Barack Obama’s “Waterloo”, Andy Stern, National President of SEIU, the nation’s largest service union and one of the Obama administration’s key supporters, predicted on Friday.

Since Stern is one the White House’s most frequent visitors it begs the question, could Andy be aware of vibes coming from the administration? There are some serious issues in the Senate that SEIU types are particularly sensitive to. Issues such as the public option, which promises to be one of the watershed items that breaks DeMarxist unanimity. The so-called public option has polarized the Senate. It is a ‘must have’ for the hard left of the DeMarxists, but stiffly resisted by the GOP and ‘moderate’ Democrats and strongly opposed by the public in general.

The $460 billion rip-off of seniors’ Medicare funding is not going to gain the Democrats any support there either. This could become a huge issue come election time because the seniors, unlike the Obamabot youth, do vote and they vote in large numbers. AARP has probably just resigned itself to a footnote in American seniors history for the really self-serving sell-out to the administration, for dubiously positive short-range gains and a friendly ‘ear’ in the Obama White House.

Democratic Senators Ben Nelson and Bob Casey are among the strong pro-life members who will not vote for a bill without strong anti-abortion language in it. Add Senator Lieberman to that column as well. Passage is by no means a done deal and many Democrats are beginning to become really nervous given the lack of leadership from the White House. The painfully inept foreign policy, the flat-lined economy where it’s called a ‘triumph of job growth’, when there are only a hundred thousand or so new jobless claims and tens of thousands who have given up looking for work altogether.

The Patriot grass roots organizing continues and there are some large meetings scheduled around the nation soon. The Tea Baggers continue to hold increasing numbers of local meetings around the country also. Given the steadily declining poll numbers in all categories the DeMarxists are doing some serious over-the-shoulder scrutiny.

It won’t be the ravening hordes of the Huns, the Goths or the Visigoths that they’ll be fearing. It will be the American citizen with the Constitution in one hand and a ballot in the other.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2009