You Didn’t Really Think It Was Going To Save Money, Did You?

CMS: House health bill will hike costs $289B

The House-approved healthcare overhaul would raise the costs of healthcare by $289 billion over the next 10 years, according to an analysis by the chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

(READ THE FULL REPORT HERE)

The CMS report is a blow to the White House and House Democrats who have vowed that healthcare reform would curb the growth of healthcare spending. CMS’s analysis is not an apples-to-apples comparison to the cost estimate conducted by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) because CMS did not review tax provisions, which help offset the price tag of the Democrats’ measure.

However, the CMS analysis clearly states that the House bill falls short in attaining a key goal of the Democrats’ effort to reform the nation’s healthcare system: “With the exception of the proposed reduction in Medicare… the provisions of H.R. 3962 would not have a significant impact on future healthcare cost growth rates.”

Republicans immediately seized on CMS’s conclusions.

The long-awaited report should serve as a “stark warning to every Republican, Democrat and Independent worried about the future of this nation,” Ways and Means Committee ranking member Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said in a statement on Saturday.

Though House Republicans pressed to have this analysis completed before the lower chamber voted on the Democrats’ sweeping healthcare reform bill last week, it was not ready until late Friday. Chief CMS Actuary Richard Foster, who prepared the report, recently told The Hill that he and his staff had only a few days to review the bill before it was voted on.

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) highlighted the report on Saturday in a written statement. “This report once again discredits Democrats’ assertions that their $1.3 trillion government takeover of health care will lower costs, and it confirms that this bill violates President Obama’s promise to ‘bend the cost curve.’ It’s now beyond dispute that their bill will raise costs, which is exactly what the American people don’t want.”

Republicans predicted that if the CMS numbers were available last Saturday when the House voted on the Democrats’ healthcare bill, the measure would not have passed.

“This report confirms what virtually every independent expert has been saying: Speaker Pelosi’s healthcare bill will increase costs, not decrease them. I hope my colleagues in the Senate heed CMS’ findings and refuse to rush ahead until any bill under consideration can be certified to actually reduce healthcare costs,” Camp said.

According to the 31-page report, the House-passed bill would increase costs, cut Medicare and expand Medicaid.

“In aggregate, we estimate that for calendar years 2010 through 2019 [national health expenditures] would increase by $289 billion,” the report notes.

See also:
Estimated Financial Effects of the “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009″ (H.R. 3962), as Passed by the House on November 7, 2009
CMS: House bill increases health care costs
Study suggests costs rise under health care bill
CMS Report On House Health Bill: Many More Insured Means More, Not Less, Spending
Report: Bill would reduce senior care
House health care bill costs more than previously believed
GOP leaps on study of rising health care costs
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

/then again, the Democrats really don’t care about how much it costs, all they care about is expanding and entrenching their political power

John Boehner Was Right, The Democrats Were Lying About Abortion

Remember Saturday’s all day spectacle where Pelosi finally sneaked through the House health care bill in the dead of night only by allowing the Stupak-Pitts Amendment to be voted on, which banned federal funding for abortions and gave Pelosi just enough votes to pass the overall health care bill on a squeaker 220-215 vote?

Well, guess what? That bit of Kabuki theater was only so much lip service on Pelosi’s part, now that they’ve rammed the Affordable Health Care for America Act through by conning the pro-life Democrats into voting for it, Pelosi and the rest of the pro-abortion crowd have every intention of stripping out the Stupak-Pitts language during the House-Senate conference committee. In other words, they lied to their fellow Democrats.

Waxman Says ‘No Guarantee’ Amendment Prohibiting Abortion Funding Will Be Retained in Final Version of Health Care Bill

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) says there is “no guarantee” that an amendment approved by the House on Saturday that prohibits federal funding of abortion in the health care bill will be retained in the final version of the bill. The bill must still go through a House-Senate conference committee and could be stripped out there.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said during floor debate on the bill Saturday that he doubts the amendment will survive the conference committee.

The amendment in question was sponsored by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.). It was approved by a vote of 240 to 194 shortly before the House voted 220 to 215 late Saturday to approve the full health care bill. Sixty-four Democrats voted for Stupak’s amendment. Both Waxman and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) voted against it.

The amendment would prohibit federal funds from paying for any part of any health insurance plan that covers abortion. Stupak told CNSNews.com in a video interview posted on Oct. 23 that he had organized a group of about 40 Democrats who would vote to kill the health-care bill if Speaker Pelosi did not allow a straight up-or-down vote on his amendment when the health bill came to the House floor.

Pelosi finally consented to this request and instructed the House Rules Committee to approve a vote on Stupak’s amendment in the wee hours of Saturday morning—the same day the bill came up for a vote.

During debate on the bill on the House floor Saturday afternoon, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R.-Ohio) said he believed the Democratic leadership had relented and allowed a vote on Stupak’s amendment only because they needed more votes to pass the bill itself. Boehner said he doubted the amendment would be included in the final version of the bill that emerges from a House-Senate conference committee.

“The only reason this amendment is allowed to be offered is in order to secure enough votes to try to move this bill through the floor today,” said Boehner. “And I have my doubts about whether this language if it passes has any chance of ever being in the final version of this bill.”

Senior Democrat is ‘confident’ that Stupak amendment will be stripped

A House Democratic leader said Monday she’s “confident” controversial language on abortion will be stripped from a final healthcare bill.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the Democrats’ chief deputy whip in the House, said that she and other pro-abortion rights lawmakers would work to strip the amendment included in the House health bill that bars federal funding from subsidizing abortions.

“I am confident that when it comes back from the conference committee that that language won’t be there,” Wasserman Schultz said during an appearance on MSNBC. “And I think we’re all going to be working very hard, particularly the pro-choice members, to make sure that’s the case.”

The amendment, offered by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), won the support of Republicans and dozens of centrist Democrats in the House, but revealed a deep divide in the Democratic caucus over abortion.

Sixty-four Democrats voted for Stupak’s amendment, without which the House healthcare bill would not have won final passage in a 220-215 vote.

See also:
Stupak-Pitts Pro-life amendment vote today on House floor
The Man Who Made Pelosi Cry ‘Uncle’
Abortion Rights Activists Say Stupak-Pitts Amendment Would Hurt Women’s Rights
“Do we live in a theocracy?”: Pro-Abortion Reaction to Stupak Amendment is Fierce
ACLJ Applauds Passage of Pro-Life Stupak/Pitts Amendment – Only Bright Spot in Flawed Health Care Bill in U.S. House
House Healthcare Bill’s Abortion Provisions Anger All Sides
Health care bill dead on arrival in the Senate?

So, assuming that this Democrat dream of unaffordable socialized medicine ever makes it through the Senate, which I have serious doubts about, it’ll be interesting to see if the Stupak-Pitts language does indeed get stripped out of the final conference committee version of the bill.

/and if it does get stripped out of the final bill, will the pro-life Democrats in the House stand up for their principles and vote against it?

Like A Thief In The Night

In the dead of night, after making promises she has no intention of keeping concerning abortion funding, Pelosi finally broke enough arms and legs. Barely.

House Democrats pass health-care bill

Hours after President Obama exhorted Democratic lawmakers to “answer the call of history,” the House hit an unprecedented milestone on the path to health-care reform, approving a trillion-dollar package late Saturday that seeks to overhaul private insurance practices and guarantee comprehensive and affordable coverage to almost every American.

After months of acrimonious partisanship, Democrats closed ranks on a 220-215 vote that included 39 defections, mostly from the party’s conservative ranks. But the bill attracted a surprise Republican convert: Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao of Louisiana, who represents the Democratic-leaning district of New Orleans and had been the target of a last-minute White House lobbying campaign. GOP House leaders had predicted their members would unanimously oppose the bill.

Democrats have sought for decades to provide universal health care, but not since the 1965 passage of Medicare and Medicaid has a chamber of Congress approved such a vast expansion of coverage. Action now shifts to the Senate, which could spend the rest of the year debating its version of the health-care overhaul. Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) hopes to bring a measure to the floor before Thanksgiving, but legislation may not reach Obama’s desk before the new year.

At the Capitol, Obama urged the few Democrats who were still wavering on Saturday afternoon to put aside their political fears and embrace the bill’s ambitious objectives. “Opportunities like this come around maybe once in a generation,” he said afterward. “This is our moment to live up to the trust that the American people have placed in us. Even when it’s hard. Especially when it’s hard. This is our moment to deliver.”

The House legislation would for the first time require every individual to obtain insurance, and would require all but the smallest employers to provide coverage to their workers. It would vastly expand Medicaid and create a new marketplace where people could obtain federal subsidies to buy insurance from private companies or from a new government-run insurance plan.

Though some people would receive no benefits — including about 6 million illegal immigrants, according to congressional estimates — the bill would virtually close the coverage gap for people who do not have access to health-care coverage through their jobs.

“For generations, the American people have called for affordable, quality health care for their families,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said before the vote. “Today, the call will be answered.”

The debate on the House floor extended for about 12 hours and settled into a civil, if predictable, pattern, after a heated start.

Republicans had blasted the 1,990-page bill as an ominous blueprint for a budget-busting government takeover of the private health-care system that would impose unprecedented mandates on individuals and employers, raise an array of taxes and slash projected spending on Medicare, the federal health program for the elderly. At a time of record budget deficits, Republicans argued that the country could ill-afford a new entitlement program that would cost an estimated $1.05 trillion over the next decade.

“Big government doesn’t mean better health care,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex.). “This is not the reform families need. This is all about taking a giant first step toward a single-payer national health-care system. Washington will ultimately decide what doctors you can see, what treatments you deserve . . . and, when you’re sick, will you be worth their cost?”

Throughout the debate, Republican after Republican warned that the legislation would rob Americans of their right to make choices about their health care, cost the nation jobs and unfairly financially burden future generations.

Pelosi needed to corral at least 218 of 258 Democrats to push the bill across the finish line. That task appeared to grow easier after party leaders broke a weeks-long impasse over abortion by agreeing to hold a vote on an amendment — offered by antiabortion Democrats — that would explicitly bar the public plan from` covering the procedure. The amendment, approved 240 to 194, with 64 Democrats in favor, also would prohibit people who received insurance subsidies from purchasing private plans that covered abortion.

The deal cleared the way for dozens of antiabortion Democrats to back the package. The most passionate advocates of abortion rights were not happy, but few were prepared to vote down legislation that promises to achieve so many long-held party goals.

See also:
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 887
President Obama’s statement on House passage of the health care reform bill
House narrowly passes landmark health care bill
Democrats claim big victory on health care
House passes health care reform bill; Vote garners only one Republican
House Passes Healthcare Reform
Abortion Was at Heart of Wrangling
What did Cao get?
In The House Corner . . . Weighing In At 1990 Pages . . . The Affordable Health Care For America Act

Bend over, you’re paying for it.

/fortunately for us taxpayers, the House vote was the easy part for Democrats, they still need to pass this bull[expletive deleted] through the Senate and a conference committee

She Doesn’t Have The Votes

2009-05-14

The Democrat feet are cold and getting colder. Maybe, it’s the Manager’s Amendment. The arm twisting now occurring is in danger of breaking bones.

Hoyer: Dems still shy of 218 votes

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer still expects the House to approve its sweeping health care bill Saturday, but conceded the vote could slip until Sunday or even early next week.

Hoyer acknowledged House leaders were still shy of the 218 votes needed, amid flare-ups among anti-abortion Democrats and immigration advocates. Hoyer also warned of Republican delaying tactics that he said could push off plans to vote Saturday evening.

See also:
Hoyer says healthcare debate could go long
Hoyer: ‘Delaying tactics’ could stall vote on health reform
Health care headache for House Democrats
House Starts Debate on Health Bill
House Republicans plan to vote unanimously against health-care measure
Hoyer: Health care vote could slip
In The House Corner . . . Weighing In At 1990 Pages . . . The Affordable Health Care For America Act
Want To Get Away?

The Rats are jumping ship. They fear losing reelection more than Pelosi.

/this is the first line in the health care sand, stay frosty

Who Owes Who An Apology?

As you’ve no doubt heard, Rep. Joe Wilson shouted, “you lie” during Obama’s health care speech to a joint session of Congress. He immediately apologized and Obama accepted the apology. End of story, right? No way, the Democrats were determined to cynically milk these two words for their political advantage. First, for the first time in House history, the Democrats wasted legislative time and taxpayer money admonishing Wilson, a totally futile gesture that carries no real punishment.

But wait, there’s more. The Democrats weren’t satisfied with just an admonishment, no, somewhere along the line 2 + 2 suddenly equaled 652 and “you lie” magically became a racist slur, an opportunity for the Democrats to exercise one of their favorite pastimes, playing the race card, and this time they disgustingly dealt it from the absolute bottom of the deck.

Keep in mind the two words Wilson actually said, “you lie”, and then check out this despicable gem from Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Georgia).

Joe Wilson shouts “you lie” at Obama during a speech and that inevitably leads to white folks in white KKK hoods riding through the countryside intimidating black people, that’s the logical conclusion, REALLY?

And, not to be outdone, Jimmy Carter, the most ant-Semitic U.S. President in modern history, trots out from under his rock to lay down the royal flush of race cards.

So, in the space of a week, because Democrats can’t control themselves when it comes to playing the race card in furtherance of their political goals, we’ve gone from Joe Wilson shouting “you lie” at Obama, apologizing and having his apology accepted, all the way to most white people in America are racists and don’t like Obama just because he’s black. Anyone who criticizes Obama is motivated by racism because, you know, it’s absurd to think that someone might actually disagree with Obama’s policies! Yes, there is racism in this country and it exists in all directions, not only white on black. Blowing Joe Wilson’s two word outburst this far out of proportion is absolutely ridiculous, enough is enough already! Even Obama himself thinks this latest Democrat race card game has gone well beyond far enough.

Obama team keeps distance from Carter’s charges of racism

On Wednesday, the White House distanced itself from Carter’s remarks. “The president does not believe that the criticism comes based on the color of his skin,” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said during a briefing for reporters.

Michael Steele hit the nail on the head.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who is African American, said in a prepared statement: “Characterizing Americans’ disapproval of President Obama’s policies as being based on race is an outrage and a troubling sign about the lengths Democrats will go to disparage all who disagree with them.”

See also:
Rep. Joe Wilson admonished by House for ‘You Lie!’ cry during President Obama speech
House votes to admonish Rep. Wilson for outburst
Joe Wilson is ‘admonished,’ and everyone reaches for a dictionary
Joe Wilson Admonished, Accused of Racism on Same Day
Dem rep: Wilson outburst ‘instigated more racist sentiment’
‘Racist’ a term that must be applied cautiously
Hank Johnson should apologize — or, at least, retract
Video: Jimmy Carter calls opposition to Obama ‘racist’
Carter Says Congressman’s Comments Fuled By Racism
Carter’s Racism Charge Sparks War of Words
Jimmy Carter racism charge triggers next US race debate
Obama, Wilson, Carter and Racism in America
Obama and WH Team Turn Deaf Ear to Carter’s Racism Allegations, Deny ‘National Conversation’ on Race ‘Going on Right Now’
White House Deflects Charges of Racism Leveled at Opponents
Jimmy Carter racism charge: Obama doesn’t agree says Gibbs
Obama: Not racism
Steele blasts Carter for comment
Steele: Carter’s race-baiting ‘colors, if you will, this debate’
It’s not racism, it’s being an American
Republicans say Carter playing ‘race card’

Remember what started all this, Joe Wilson blurting out “you lie” in response to Obama’s assertion that the “health care reform” bill wouldn’t cover illegal immigrants. Although Wilson’s outburst was extremely rude and inappropriate, considering the setting, he was correct, Obama wasn’t telling the truth. H.R. 3200 says that illegal immigrants aren’t covered, but there’s no enforcement mechanism to keep them from receiving the insurance and all the enforcement mechanism amendments the Republicans proposed were voted down by the Democrats. Theoretically, illegal immigrants can’t legally receive government health insurance under H.R. 3200, but if there’s no way to enforce it by verifying citizenship, what’s to stop them? It’s like don’t ask don’t tell, wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more, guarding the hen house blindfolded.

Nothing in health care bill will prevent illegal aliens from seeking coverage

Section 246, convincingly titled “NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS”, within H.R. 3200 says: “Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States.” Couldn’t be clearer right? Wrong!

The Annenberg Public Policy Center dances around to say Obama was correct in his speech when he insisted illegal aliens wouldn’t receive coverage. Factcheck.org even refers to the argument: “conservative critics object to a lack of specific enforcement measures in the bill” and then says “Republicans have a point here.” Still, factcheck.org ultimately affirms “the president is correct.”

However, it turns out that Joe Wilson was right when he blurted out “you lie!” to the president. Republicans certainly have a point – there is no provisioning within the bill that asks would-be members of the public option if they are citizens of the United States. There can be all sorts of sections stating that illegal aliens won’t be covered but if there’s no enforcement the text is no more than words on a page.

The issue was particularly sensitive to Wilson because in July an amendment was proposed that would have required applicants for subsidized insurance to proof their citizenship. The Democrat majority voted down the amendment and voted instead to appoint a federal official to make up rules that will prevent illegal immigrants from joining the “public option.”

That’s the extent of enforcement – a vague promise to appoint a government bureaucrat charged with keeping undocumented citizens from enrolling in government-run health care and the text of section 246.

The Congressional Research Service, a division of the Library of Congress charged with thinking proposed policy through before it is enacted, said in mid-July, before the recess and the August town hall outbursts that:

“Under H.R. 3200, a ‘Health Insurance Exchange’ would begin operation in 2013 and would offer private plans alongside a public option…H.R. 3200 does not contain any restrictions on noncitizens – whether legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently – participating in the Exchange.

The loophole is glaring – so much so that Senate committees are now hard at work trying to “correct” the problem – or perhaps their motivation is to save face for the president. Either way, no details have been provided on just how this will be accomplished.

Oh, and after Wilson’s outburst, look what happened, the Democrats suddenly scrambled to include enforcement provisions in the Senate Finance Committee bill that was released today.

Senate committee tackles illegal-immigrant healthcare concerns

Key members of the Senate Finance Committee moved Friday to quell the latest furor over President Obama’s healthcare overhaul, discussing added identification and enforcement requirements intended to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving federal benefits.

Committee members ended their closed-door deliberations without reaching agreement on a response, but they are scheduled to work into the weekend.

The concern is whether the proposals being worked out by congressional Democrats with Obama’s support would make benefits available directly or indirectly to people who are in the United States illegally.

The controversy centers primarily on plans to provide government funds to help low-income workers get affordable insurance coverage.

Though drafters of the evolving healthcare bills have been considering the issue for months, it was catapulted into the national spotlight Wednesday night during Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress.

When the president said that his blueprint would not aid illegal immigrants, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted, “You lie!” Wilson has since apologized for his breach of congressional courtesy, but the episode touched off a vociferous debate over the issue.

Democrats note that both the House and Senate versions of the bill already contain language that specifically bars illegal immigrants from receiving federal help to purchase healthcare coverage.

Republicans counter that a written ban means little without tough enforcement provisions, which they say Democrats have refused to include. At their meeting Friday, members of the Senate Finance Committee discussed adding enforcement safeguards to their bill, which will be presented as soon as Tuesday.

See also:
You lie!”: 100% correct statement, 100% wrong time.
Senate Revisits Illegal Immigrant Health Care Question
Sorting out the health care issue of immigrants
Health care reform and Senator Joe Wilson’s contribution
The White House Tacks Right On Illegal Immigrants In Health Care Reform

As it turns out, Joe Wilson yelling “you lie” had absolutely nothing to do with racism and had everything to do with calling Obama out on his false assertion that the proposed health care legislation would exclude illegal aliens from coverage. Granted it was the wrong way to go about it but, guess what, after Wilson’s outburst, the issue got enormous attention and the Democrats were forced to include identification and enforcement mechanisms to insure illegal aliens wouldn’t be able to obtain coverage, a major victory for taxpayers along the road to one of the biggest government boondoggles of all time, otherwise known as the Democrat plan for health reform.

/so, who owes who an apology?

Be The First On Your Block To Gaze Into The Crystal Ball Of Health Care’s Future

House Committee Approves Health-Care Package

The House Energy and Commerce Committee Friday night approved a sweeping package of health-care measures, clearing a critical hurdle that sets the stage for a five-week battle for both Democrats and Republicans to define the legislation in voters’ minds before the full House votes next month.

The final pieces of an intense two-week negotiation came together Friday morning, when rank-and-file liberals on the committee struck a deal with conservative Democrats that could lead to larger subsidies for lower-income workers to pay for health insurance. The committee then approved its portion of the House’s health-care bill on a 31 to 28 vote, with five Democrats joining all 23 Republicans opposing the measure.

The committee’s vote on the bill was the last thing keeping the House from adjourning for its August recess.

While lawmakers return home to their districts, Democratic leaders in the House plan to spend the next month weaving together what three committees — Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and Labor — have passed on health care, preparing the 1,000-page bill for a post-Labor Day vote.

See also:
House panel OKs sweeping health care bill
House Committee Approves Healthcare Bill
Key House committee passes health care bill
Final House Panel Approves Health Reform Bill
Obama hails action on healthcare bill
For Pelosi, Recess Means Selling Health Plan

So, what’s all this fuss about which your very life may hang in the balance? Well, here’s the latest published version, weighing in at 1017 pages. Hey, look at the bright side, just like Congress you have the entire month of August to read it. If you pace yourself at 50 pages per day, you’ll have plenty of time to scare yourself silly before Congress gets back and makes your nightmare a reality.

H.R.3200 America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009

Oh wait, you wanted to see the final version of the bill, the one they’ll actually vote on, the one that’s already been marked up by three separate House committees? Well, um, the haven’t quite gotten around to publishing that version for us to read, let alone finished putting it together. Hell, the American public, not to mention the entire U.S. House of Representatives, will be lucky if they get five hours to read the final version of the bill before a final passage vote out of the House is taken. So, I suggest you get busy with this version, it’s the only version you’ll probably get to read, no pressure, it’s not like your life may depend on it.

Just remember, Obama says, “It is not government’s takeover of health care. It’s not a single-payer system like Canada. It’s just not. “

Really? I think he means, not yet.

If you, can’t get it in the front door, sneak it around back.

/hell of a way to run a country, eh?

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