Obama May Need Sense of Crisis to Revive Health-Care Overhaul
By Julianna Goldman and Nicholas Johnston
Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama returns to Washington next week in search of one thing that can revive his health-care overhaul: a sense of crisis.
Facing polls showing a drop in his approval, diminished support from independents, factions within his Democratic Party and a united Republican opposition, Obama must recapture the sense of urgency that led to passage of the economic rescue package in February, analysts said.
“At the moment, except for the people without insurance, we’re not in a health-care crisis,” said Stephen Wayne, a professor of government at Georgetown University in Washington. “You do need a crisis to generate movement in Congress and to help build a consensus.”
"No man’s life, liberty or property is safe while the Legislature is in session."
Congress comes back from the August Recess next week. If you watch Fox News you know that there is an uprising in the country about the bailouts of politically favored private companies and banks (Goldman Sachs), the nationalization of the auto industry, the failed $787 billion stimulus package written by the leftist Apollo Alliance, The $1 trillion budget deficit, the Cap and Trade energy tax, the influence of 32 “Czars” appointed by Obama and, of course, the Democrats attempt to take over all health care in the United States.
Even to those who wanted to “give him a chance” it must be clear that the President is determined to impose the “fundamental change” he promised and that he defines as wealth redistribution by every means possible from tax policy to energy policy and health care. There is no feature of American life that he does not wish to re-make, including through creation of a “civilian security force equally strong and as well funded as the military” (to defend us from what?) and the education of America’s school children in ways to “…help President Obama.”
It is increasing clear from the polls that this is not what Obama voters thought they were voting for. All Americans want bi-partisanship but they got thuggery. All Americans want an end to “spin” and instead they got the “public option.” All Americans want an end to corruption and double dealing but instead they see Charlie Rangel contributing to the campaigns of the very same Democrat Congressmen who sit in judgment of his tax cheating on the House Ethics Committee while he remains Chairman of the House Way and Means Committee. Obama voters wanted a center-right President like themselves who would reform government, not a committed leftist devoted to “fundamental change” of the American system.
The President has scheduled a nationally televised speech to a joint session of Congress and speculation is that he will offer his own health care bill. A key point of disagreement among Democrats is the “public option” which in ordinary language means the elimination of private health insurance. Harry Reid says a bill cannot pass the Democrat controlled Senate with the public option and Nancy Pelosi says the Democrat controlled House won’t pass a bill without the public option. Both say that even though they have super majorities in the House and Senate that this impasse is the Republican’s fault. Go figger.
It’s Not Over
Next week the push for socialized medicine in America will be renewed. A non-existent “crisis” will be cited and again we will hear that “doing nothing is not an option”. Well, we can do something. We can kill the “public option” and we can reject the con job that is coming. The words “trigger”, “co-op” and others yet to be invented are the poison pills that Democrats will use pass a health care bill that ushers in government health care by stealth, if Americans let them. We cannot let them.
There is an alternative
The House Republican Study Group has drafted HR3400, the “Empowering Patients First Act.”
Some of the bill’s provisions are:
:(Thanks to Sandy Cope for a summary on another thread)
Tort Reform. Allow patients to purchase no-fault medical accident insurance. Patients would be reimbursed for actual losses incurred when complications occur.
Cost Transparency Patients should know how much it costs before they consent to any procedure.
Give patients the same tax breaks that business gets. Tax deductible premiums and health care spending with no minimum.
Bankruptcy Protection. Allow patients to avoid bankruptcy if they pay a minimum amount monthly on their medical bills.
SCHIP Require individuals who are eligible for SCHIP and employer-sponsored coverage to use the employer-sponsored coverage instead of the taxpayer funded SCHIP program.
Small Business Health Plans. Permit the expansion of health care access and reduced costs through the creation of small business health plans and through modernization of the health insurance marketplace. This would be extremely powerful as small business could then “pool” to larger, more powerful negotiating position.
Allow Americans to purchase individual health insurance across state lines. This would immediately increase competition and bring prices down. There are 1,300 health insurance companies in the United States. Why limit choice to a handful state by state?
Allow for an above-the-line federal income tax deduction for individuals who do not receive health insurance through their employers.
Don’t wait to clean up Medicare. Democrats will cut $550 Billion from Medicare to help fund socialized medicine in the United States. They say this saving will come from eliminating waste, fraud and abuse. If that’s true then why not realize that savings now?
It’s Just Beginning
On August 28th the Tea Party Express left Sacramento, California and will arrive in Washington, D.C. on September 12th. In August blue-haired ladies and guys wearing VFW caps together with single mothers, college students and the average Jill and Joe talked back to their representatives. Democrats called them “domestic terrorists”, “brown shirts”, “Nazis” and “un-American.” This is not “Astroturf” this is grass roots. These are not Acorn rent-a-mob members. These are the Americans who really built America and pay the freight. These people don’t want to “fundamentally change America” they want their government back from lawyers, professional politicians, labor unions, lobbyists, politically favored corporations and leftist activist groups.
In the coming weeks as Congress considers whether to adopt a socialized medical care scheme, make yourself heard by your Congressman and Senators.