Posts Tagged ‘Backroom Deals’

The Obama-holic Smear Campaign

March 30, 2010

 The far-left Obama-holic’s continue to blame the Republicans for all the anger Americans currently feel.   With that being said, we all know that the hate is coming from the intolerant rants from the left-wing moonbats at MSNBC. 

The rhetoric coming from the left-wing media outlets are not fooling anybody.  The left-wing smear campaign is more transparent than the Obama regime!

It’s all too obvious who is spreading the hatred in this country!  Don’t be fooled by the Obama-holic smear campaign!

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Tyranny vs Liberty

March 26, 2010

“So who are the losers? Who are the losers? Well, the first loser I think is the United States Senate. Because, as I said before, this reconciliation requiring only 51 votes is a radical departure from anything we’ve done in the past, and I do not accept the statement that it’s been done in the past. Not when it affects one-sixth of the gross national product and is a direct result of the vote of the state of Massachusetts that gave this side 41 votes. If you still had 60 votes, we wouldn’t be doing this on reconciliation, we would be doing it in the regular way we address legislation. Legislation through the House, legislation through the Senate, a conference committee, and then, obviously, a final vote. But they can’t afford a final vote because there’s 41 votes now, not 60. So the Senate is a major casualty of this process.”

John McCain – 3/25/10

“From the beginning, the core of this bill being put together in a hidden room, behind a hidden room, behind a hidden door on the Speaker’s side — on the Majority Leader’s office suite, brought to this floor on a Saturday afternoon. The tree was filled up, and we were told we had to vote on it on Christmas Eve. No amendments were allowed. Then it was taken over to the House, and the Speaker worked out the deals in the back rooms of her offices, behind hidden doors without any public input, as it was represented it would be. What happened? It passed the House without any amendments being allowed. Now for the first time we have a chance to make amendments and the position on the other side of the aisle is no amendments allowed, even if they’re good amendments. So I guess obviously they consider their promises to be an inconvenience. Obviously they presume the Republican Party is an inconvenience, the democratic process is an inconvenience. And it also appears, considering the opposition to this out in America, that the American people are an inconvenience and that amendments which make sense aren’t going to be allowed to be passed because they don’t want to send it back to the House of Representatives.”

Judd Gregg – 3/25/10

 

FOUR POLLS SHOW 40% OR FEWER AMERICANS APPROVE OF THE HEALTH BILL

QUINNIPIAC POLL APPROVAL OF HEALTH CARE BILL:
Mostly Approve: 40%
Mostly Disapprove: 49%
(Quinnipiac University Poll, 3/22-23/10)

BLOOMBERG POLL APPROVAL OF HEALTH CARE BILL:

Favor: 38%
Oppose: 50%
  (“Bloomberg National Poll,” 3/19-22/10, P.1)

CBS NEWS POLL APPROVAL OF HEALTH CARE BILL:
Approve:  37%
Disapprove: 48%
(“CBS News Poll,” 3/18-21/10, P. 4)

CNN OPINION RESEARCH POLL APPROVAL OF HEALTH CARE BILL:
Favor: 39%
Oppose: 59%
(“CNN Opinion Research Poll,” 3/19-21/10, P.2)

Despite strong opposition from the American people, Democrats pushed forward with partisan health care legislation filled with tax hikes, Medicare cuts, and premium increases. 

The American people have been ignored by their government and criticized by the left-wing media outlets.  The American people have been called terrorist by the very people WE put in office. 

The anger in America is due to bad policies imposed by a failed government.  The attacks on the American people will be remembered this November.

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

Senate Dems Vote To Keep Sweetheart Deals

March 25, 2010

McCain Amendment: Remove Sweetheart Deals
 
Senator McCain has offered an amendment (#3570 – link) to strike the “sweetheart deals” included in the health care law and the reconciliation bill.

Summary:

  • The amendment repeals the following “sweetheart deals” included in the health care law and the reconciliation bill:
    1. Increase in Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments just for Tennessee (Section 1203, page 71 of H.R. 4872);
    2. Increase in Medicaid DSH payments just for Hawaii (Section 10201, page 2132 of H.R. 3590);
    3. The “Louisiana Purchase” to increase Medicaid funding just for Louisiana (Section 2006, page 428 of H.R. 3590);
    4. Increased Medicare reimbursement just for frontier states (Section 10324, page 2237 of H.R. 3590);
    5. Medicare coverage just for Libby, Montana residents exposed to environmental hazards (Section 10323, page 2222 of H.R. 3590);
    6. A $100 million hospital funding provision intended to benefit Connecticut (Section 10502, page 2354 of H.R. 3590); and
    7. Extension of Section 508 hospital reimbursement provisions just to Michigan and Connecticut (Section 10905, pages 2205-06 of H.R. 3590)
Arguments in Favor:
  • Citizens in other states should not be asked to see their taxpayer dollars funding special “backroom deals” for certain locales.
  • The public outrage over the “Cornhusker Kickback” included in H.R. 3590 may lead many to believe it is long past time for Congress to strip out ALL of the “backroom deals” included in the Senate bill – rather than using the reconciliation measure to add more of them.
  • Given President Obama’s campaign promises of transparency – including his famous pledge to televise negotiations on C-SPAN – the American people deserve action consistent with Democrats’ rhetoric.
  • If Democrats support this government takeover of health care, they should be willing to support the legislation on its own merits – without the need to add on extraneous “backroom deals” in order to win votes.

RESULTS:  54 Democrats Voted To Keep The Special Deals In Health Reconciliation Bill.

 

SWEETHEAT DEALS

 

ROCKY TOP VOTE SWAP

 
Full Medicaid Disproportionate Share Payment (DSH) For Tennessee.

“EXTENSION OF DSH ALLOTMENT.—Section 1923(f)(6)(A) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r-4(f)(6)(A)) is amended by adding at the end the following: ‘‘(v) ALLOTMENT FOR 2D, 3RD, AND 4TH QUARTERS OF FISCAL YEAR 2012 AND FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013.—Notwithstanding the table set forth in paragraph (2): ‘‘(I) 2D, 3RD, AND 4TH QUARTERS OF FISCAL YEAR 2012.—In the case of a State that has a DSH allotment of $0 for the 2d, 3rd, and 4th quarters of fiscal year 2012, the DSH allotment shall be $47,200,000 for such quarters. ‘‘(II) FISCAL YEAR 2013.—In the case of a State that has a DSH allotment of $0 for fiscal year 2013, the DSH allotment shall be $53,100,000 for such fiscal year.’’”

(“Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To H.R. 4872,” 3/18/2010, P. 67)

LOUISIANA PURCHASE


“Obama’s New Health Care Proposal Keeps Louisiana Medicaid Provision.”
(“Obama’s New Health Care Proposal Keeps Louisiana Medicaid Provision,” New Orleans Times-Picayune, 2/22/10)

“Obama’s Plan Is Silent On Two Other High-Profile Legislative Deals In The Senate Bill. The First Provision Sends $300 Million In Additional Medicaid Funding To Louisiana And Was Widely Viewed As A Sweetener To Win Moderate Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Vote Last Fall.” (“Deals Remain In Obama’s Plan,” Politico, 2/22/10)

“…There Are Controversial Special Provisions Of The Senate Health Reform Bill That President Obama Leaves Untouched. First Up, The ‘Louisiana Purchase.’ … [Sen. Mary] Landrieu Said In A Speech On The Senate Floor Feb. 4th That Critics Should ‘Shut Their Mouth.’” (“White House Cuts Special Help For Nebraska, But Other Deals Remain In Reform Bill,” ABC News, 2/22/10)

•    “And Reid Already Has Established A Dangerous Precedent, By Dangling $300 Million In Medicaid Funding For Louisiana To Win Landrieu’s Support For Bringing The Bill To The Senate Floor. Months Earlier, Reid Had Carved Out His Own Medicaid Exemption For Nevada. One addition he made to the Senate bill, an increase in the Medicare payroll tax for high earners, has raised concerns with Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (Maine). Snowe, the only Republican who has been at least somewhat supportive of Democratic reform efforts, cited its potential to harm small businesses.” (“Reid’s Recipe For Getting Health-Care Deal Done,” The Washington Post, 12/4/09)

 

U-CON (COUNTRYWIDE DODDS “HOSPITAL HANDOUT”)

“There Is Also Not Specific Mention In The President’s List Of Fix-It, Of A Special Proposal Aimed At A Connecticut Research Hospital, But Open To Other Hospitals… So Those Provisions Apparently Still Remain.” (“White House Cuts Special Help For Nebraska, But Other Deals Remain In Reform Bill,” ABC News, 2/22/10)

•    $100,000,000 For “Health Care Facility” “At A Public Research University In The United States That Contains A State’s Sole Public Academic Medical And Dental School.” “(a) APPROPRIATION.—There are authorized to be appropriated, and there are appropriated to the Department of Health and Human Services, $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2010, to remain available for obligation until September 30, 2011, to be used for debt service on, or direct construction or renovation of, a health care facility that provides research, inpatient tertiary care, or outpatient clinical services. Such facility shall be affiliated with an academic health center at a public research university in the United States that contains a State’s sole public academic medical and dental school.” (Manager’s Amendment To H.R. 3590, Pg. 328)

 

MONTANA

“The Secretary Shall Establish A Pilot Program In Accordance With This Subsection To Provide Innovative Approaches To Furnishing Comprehensive, Coordinated, And Cost-Effective Care Under This Title To Individuals Described In Paragraph … [An Individual] Is An Environmental Exposure Affected Individual Described In Subsection (E)(2) Who Resides In Or Around The Geographic Area Subject To An Emergency Declaration Made As Of June 17, 2009.” ‘‘(A) PRIMARY PILOT PROGRAM.—The Secretary shall establish a pilot program in accordance with this subsection to provide innovative approaches to furnishing comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective care under this title to individuals described in paragraph (2)(A). … ‘‘(2) INDIVIDUAL DESCRIBED.—For purposes of paragraph (1), an individual described in this paragraph is an individual who enrolls in part B, submits to the Secretary an application to participate in the applicable pilot program under this subsection, and— ‘‘(A) is an environmental exposure affected individual described in subsection (e)(2) who resides in or around the geographic area subject to an emergency declaration made as of June 17, 2009.” (Manager’s Amendment To H.R. 3590, Pg. 195-196)

•    “On June 17, 2009, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Issued A Public Health Emergency (PHE) Finding At The Libby Asbestos Superfund Site In Northwest Montana. Over The Past Several Years, Hundreds Of Cases Of Asbestos-Related Disease Have Been Documented In The Communities Of Libby And Nearby Troy.” (EPA Website, Accessed 12/19/09)

“Another Provision The President Has Asked Reid To Consider Removing Was Promoted By Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) On Behalf Of Residents Of Libby, Mont.” (“Obama Presses Reid To Cut Special Deals From Health Bill,” Politico, 3/11/10)