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Obama talks health care in radio address

By Scott Wilson
President Obama outlined elements of the health-care bill Saturday that are beginning to take effect, saying "this is what change looks like" six weeks after he signed the legislation.

Obama has mocked conservative critics and the media for asking why he has appeared to gain little in the polls after passing a piece of legislation that had eluded presidents for nearly a century. He has called for patience, given that the complicated new law will need several years to take full effect.

But on Saturday he used his weekly radio and Internet address to highlight some provisions that are already kicking in. The message is part of Obama's post-passage sales job that could prove important to his party's prospects in the November midterm elections.

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In the address, Obama said 4 million small-business owners and organizations recently received information outlining the potential tax breaks they could receive to help them pay for their employees' health insurance.

In just over a month, he said, senior citizens who now fall into what's known as the "doughnut hole" in prescription drug coverage will start receiving $250 rebates to help them afford medication.

Obama also spelled out a number of consumer protections designed to prevent insurance companies from dropping ill customers or increasing rates unfairly. He said Monday he would highlight the provision allowing young adults to stay on their parents' policies until they are 26 years old.

"We're seeing consumers get a break from unfair rate hikes, patients get the care they need when they need it and young adults get the security of knowing they can start off life with one less cost to worry about," Obama said. "At long last, this is what health-care reform is achieving."

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One thing seems certain; consumers are facing a sea of change and uncertainty. The scope of change that healthcare insurers will need to implement in response is unprecedented in the industry. For example, they will need to embrace a B2C model for the first time as consumers will have more choices. Over the next few months, insurers can expect a tidal wave of calls asking about the new healthcare law. These insurance carriers must prepare for a much higher volume of customer service interactions as existing customers, potential new customers, and the general public confused about their options jam every customer service channel demanding immediate answers. The risk of not being prepared is doing damage to the bottom line.

Posted by: ChristineKowalczyk | May 11, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that every time the federal government does something to help us, the general public, we usually get screwed? One would think that after years of this kind of treatment, the people would wake up. Obamacare is nothing more than a vessel to help Obama pander to illegals and other voting blocks. What it means to the majority of Americans is that WE WILL PAY THE BILL FOR THIS.

LET'S GET OUT AND VOTE. WE'LL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!

Posted by: barrysal | May 10, 2010 2:55 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that every time the federal government does something to help us, the general public, we usually get screwed? One would think that after years of this kind of treatment, the people would wake up. Obamacare is nothing more than a vessel to help Obama pander to illegals and other voting blocks. What it means to the majority of Americans is that WE WILL PAY THE BILL FOR THIS.

LET'S GET OUT AND VOTE. WE'LL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!

Posted by: barrysal | May 10, 2010 2:53 AM | Report abuse

Sol,what the Holy Hell does all these endless insane constant rantings about his
Obamacare have to do Comrade Leader from
Kenya doing the really much more important
things that a real US President would do at
a time the USA has two bloody Wars in both
Iraq and Afghanistan still going on and no
damn Obama and Sec of Defense Robert Gates
Exit Plan in sight,and an undeclared endless invasion of illegal aliens from
Mexico war goiong on,plus a failed economy
and no new jobs here Comrade Obama & WAPO?

Posted by: carleen09 | May 9, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

And THIS is what 'la raza' and the illegal alien invaders truly have in mind:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGqPo5ofk0s

Got your muskets primed?

Posted by: segeny | May 9, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Why is he on a continuous rant about a bill that already has been passed?

Elite politicians stole $2.5 trillion from social security and never paid it back...they also dipped their greedy hands in Medicare funds.

So, it is our senior citizens that will pay for this..with cuts in certain treatments, as Obama runs all over the country, pandering to illegals and telling them he wants amnesty...this is where our seniors health care will go!

Besides, the rise in health care costs are mainly the hospital costs.....this bill did nothing to address that!

Posted by: dareisay | May 9, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

And when you get hit with the taxes and the UNCONSTITUTIONAL forcing of health care down your throat you will change your mind i have read this BLOATED bill and whats REALLY in it , and i can tell you that in the next couple years your NOT going to like this entitlement .


YOU HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO READ PEOPLE NOT JUST TAKE THERE WORD FOR IT !!!!

Posted by: yourmomscalling | May 9, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

[...] back door bludgeoning [...]

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sounds like his goons beat people up, physically. Is it true? I mean once you say something like this you have to back it up. If you can, if there are witnesses and people willing to offer testimony, particularly sitting members of congress, I can help.

Posted by: Miron1 | May 9, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free". –P.J. O’Rourke

Posted by: techresmgt | May 8, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

What is that fool grinning at?
The health care bill is what change looks like?
OMG!!! Obama says that the bribery, back door bludgeoning and threatening of Congressmen and Senators with losing their jobs if they don't obey Obama!!!

SO OBAMA THINKS THAT HIS JUNKYARD DOG BEHAVIOR TO GET HEALTH CARE THROUGH TO LAW IS THE WAY TO LEGISTATE OUR LAWS IN FUTURE?

OBAMA BETTER START LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB!!!

Posted by: prossers7 | May 8, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

jswarren...I work for a small business and it still cost me $150/month and a $3000 dollar deductible/out of pocket before any benefits kick in.
Now tell me what Obama did for us middle income workers?
The cost of insurance is rising and I'm not seeing any help to pay for it.
What's Obama's excuse now? Is he a liar?
Or maybe he just didn't tell us the whole truth.

Posted by: jhnjdy | May 8, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I still don't get why CONs hate the idea of giving HEROIC small business owners a 35% tax credit to buy health insurance.

Posted by: jswarren | May 8, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama's change is making a promise, then breaking it. Over and over, he has done this. Vote his cronies out in November 2010, and him, in 2012.

Posted by: DoTheRightThing | May 8, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama's change is making a promise, then breaking it. Over and over, he has done this. Vote his cronies out in November 2010, and him, in 2012.

Posted by: DoTheRightThing | May 8, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

There wouldn't be need for Nobamascare if the demo rats hadn't starting using our taxes to breed millions of demos on welfare. Now they want us to give free better health care than they already have. Through the obamascare thing, the VA Hospitals and Medicare will be eliminated. They want us to buy homes for them(the mortgage loan scam).There is nothing the demos want do to keep themselves in office with our money.We must take back control of fed gov.

Posted by: 1uncle | May 8, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse


charlesbakerharris wrote; " "My insurance company has cancelled their announced 30% hike in my premiums. This is the first time in 5+ years that they won't be raising my monthly payments which is now double what I paid 5 years ago. This is one American who will be voting for the candidate that will not reverse 'ObamaCare', whether it's a republican, democrat, green, tea-party candidate."

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yea, the reason they recalled the 30% increase, is that now they realize it's NOT ENOUGH. they recalled the printouts and are having them reprinted to reflect a 60% INCREASE.

LOL

BARACK O'BOZO SAYS, "the jokes on you! HONK! HONK!"


Posted by: DriveByPoster | May 8, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

before o'bama's health care, i was paying $19,413/month

and NOW? with o'bama's health care, i only pay $2.18/month!

that's a savings OVER $19,410 DOLLARS A MONTH!

WOW!!!!

and with the money i have saved, i have already purchased a ROLLS ROYCE, a JET STREAM luxury jet, a 60' YACHT, a HOLLYWOOD MANSION, and to top it all off.. I'M DATING PARIS HILTON because she thinks i stayed in a HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS!!!

WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!

THANKS O'BAMA!!!

:D


Posted by: DriveByPoster | May 8, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

o'bama says, "Healthcare: this is what change looks like."

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oh for chrissakes.

that's the STUPIDEST thing i have ever heard him say.

hey o'bama? did you write that?

LOL

keep it up! but remember old russian saying, "those who keep mouth closed, don't catch flies in it."

:D

Posted by: DriveByPoster | May 8, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Tax Rates - and the Obama Increase - $50,000/year Taxable Income

2000 Tax Tables
2003 Tax Tables
2004 Tax Tables
2010 Tax Tables - (Bush Tax Cuts have Expired)
Increase with Obama Tax Increase*

Taxable Income
$50,000
$50,000
$50,000
$50,000
$50,000

Tax: Single
$10,581
$9,304
$9,231
$10,581
$1,350

Tax: Married - Filing Joint
$8,293
$6,796
$6,781
$8,293
$1,512

Tax: Married - Filing Separate
$11,143
$9,304
$9,231
$11,143
$1,912

Tax: Head of Household
$9,424
$8,189
$8,094
$9,424
$1,330


Tax Rates - and the Obama Increase - $75,000/year Taxable Income

2000 Tax Tables
2003 Tax Tables
2004 Tax Tables
2010 Tax Tables - (Bush Tax Cuts have Expired)
Increase with Obama Tax Increase*

Taxable Income
$75,000
$75,000
$75,000
$75,000
$75,000

Tax: Single
$17,923
$15,739
$15,620
$17,923
$2,303

Tax: Married - Filing Joint
$15,293
$12,364
$12,219
$15,293
$3,074

Tax: Married - Filing Separate
$18,803
$16,083
$15,972
$18,803
$2,831

Tax: Head of Household
$16,424
$14,439
$14,344
$16,424
$2,080

Tax Rates - and the Obama Increase - $100,000/year Taxable Income

2000 Tax Tables
2003 Tax Tables
2004 Tax Tables
2010 Tax Tables - (Bush Tax Cuts have Expired)
Increase with Obama Tax Increase*

Taxable Income
$100,000
$100,000
$100,000
$100,000
$100,000

Tax: Single
$25,673
$22,739
$22,620
$25,673
$3,053

Tax: Married - Filing Joint
$22,293
$18,614
$18,469
$22,293
$3,824

Tax: Married - Filing Separate
$27,515
$23,715
$23,504
$27,515
$4,011

Tax: Head of Household
$23,699
$20,741
$20,594
$23,699
$3,015


* When "President" Obama allows President Bush's tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 to expire, this will amount to a de facto tax increase -

Posted by: atthun | May 8, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

How many times did Bush say "tax cuts create jobs"?? ha!

ObamaCare is a GREAT advancement for our country - and even Republicans will be allowed to access the benefits.

Posted by: angie12106

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If Obamacare is so good how come Congressional Democrats always opposed having Congress use the same insurance??

There are going to be so many "unintended consequences" of this bill we have yet to truly understand the impacts. One thing is for sure, coverage levels will go down, out of pocket costs will go up, in the end increasing overall healthcare costs for a typical family!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | May 8, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"My insurance company has cancelled their announced 30% hike in my premiums. This is the first time in 5+ years that they won't be raising my monthly payments which is now double what I paid 5 years ago. This is one American who will be voting for the candidate that will not reverse 'ObamaCare', whether it's a republican, democrat, green, tea-party candidate."

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Haha, you think your premiums went up *before* the health care bill? Just wait. You're in for some bad news.

Posted by: charlesbakerharris | May 8, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Change?

He raised taxes and expanded a welfare program.

Change?

Posted by: dnara | May 8, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

With this "health care" bill, the Liberals will get their dreams of socialized medicine. The big companies are going to realize that it will be cheaper to pay the fine than to cover the employees and thus everyone will be at the mercy of the government for health care. As usual, the government will overspend and will bankrupt health care just as they have medicaid and social security. To some this is not a good thing, but to the majority of Americans who don't care, it will be just another free entitlement. This is all in the long term plan of the libs to gain control of the people. When are people going to wake up and realize that government dependency can't last forever.

Posted by: Jsuf | May 8, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Most media still do not appear to realize what happened, that made this bill law.

It declared health reform dead or virtually dead, after the fluke election of Scott Brown over an inept opponent in MA. It thinks the far right has a big organization stick, but has yet to acknowledge the one of Progressives - about as sophisticated now (...see, 2008), with far more people actually onboard it.

Pure and simple, because it is in their economic interests to be onboard - and make the socioeconomic progress America should have completed decades ago.

The health bill came all the way back from "comatose", because Progressives made it clear to sitting Dems that they'd face an angry exodus of the base in November, if they caved in once again to insurance profiteers and do-nothing Republicans.

Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | May 8, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Look at all the knuckle walkers anticipating collapse in November .. when they aren't praying for a terrorist attack or economic calamity to make Obama look bad. I guess it's a hopeful sign that they don't expect Republicans to get anywhere on ideas and policies.

Still, they're a lousy sick and twisted bunch to wish for American disaster, but what else should anyone expect from the swinish, stupid, nasty Republican base?

Die off, would you?


Noacoler: Since when are Republicans praying for a terrorist attack? I believe after the last Times Square attempt I heard you left wingers saying it was Tea Party activist. Who's praying for a terror attack now?

Posted by: Jsuf | May 8, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

My insurance company has cancelled their announced 30% hike in my premiums. This is the first time in 5+ years that they won't be raising my monthly payments which is now double what I paid 5 years ago. This is one American who will be voting for the candidate that will not reverse 'ObamaCare', whether it's a republican, democrat, green, tea-party candidate.

Posted by: TraderX | May 8, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse
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Wait until you need medical services. Your Doctor's "not" going to work for free. Isurance Companies cannot remain in business, unless we pay their costs, plus profits. Would you work for free??
I hope O'bama knows Cardiology, and perhaps cancer care.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | May 8, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Also, the Medicare Advantage program may face a sharp decline in enrollment soon. “The new provisions will generally reduce [Medicare Advantage] rebates to plans and thereby result in less generous benefit packages,” the report says.

“We estimate that in 2017, when the MA provisions will be fully phased in, enrollment in MA plans will be lower by about 50 percent (from its projected level of 14.8 million under the prior law to 7.4 million under the new law).”

Rep. Rogers believed that the Medicare problems mentioned in the report are just the “tip of the iceberg.”

He believed that the bill’s provisions have negatively affected doctors in such a manner as to discourage them, however unpurposefully, from taking new patients and even continuing in medicine.

At a recent event, he said that out of three doctors present, one was planning to move her patients to a concierge medical service and not take any new Medicare patients, another was getting out of the medical business altogether, and the third was going to sell his practice to the hospital in order to get reimbursed at a higher rate.

“These doctors haven’t taken a vow of poverty to work for the federal government,” Rogers said. “And I wouldn’t expect them to.”

“New Medicare patients are going to find it impossible to find a doctor in about 10 years. They have done more harm in one bill to the healthcare of our seniors then you could have ever possibly imagined,” Rogers concluded.

When asked what the most effective action would be to counter the bill, Rogers simply replied that the whole thing needs to go. “I think the premise of this bill was so wrong that you have to repeal and replace.”

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=36760

Posted by: Bubbette1 | May 8, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R.-Tex.) said the report stated the obvious. “The findings from this report should surprise no one. For over a year I have said that the Democrats more-government-and-higher-taxes approach was the wrong way to achieve meaningful health reform, and would fail.”

The report says that some measures of the bill could control healthcare costs in the future. However, it says that “during 2010-2019 … these effects would be outweighed by the increased costs associated with the expansions of health insurance coverage.”

“I think the more you go through [the bill], the more we’re going to find that the numbers are worse,” Rogers said. “I’m not sure anyone in the administration read the bill. As a matter of fact, I would argue most members of Congress did not read the bill.… I’m probably close to 90% of the way through it. It is a difficult bill to read.”

The bill’s impact on Medicare also raises some potential red flags, according to the report.

For instance, around 15% of Part A Medicare providers will become unprofitable within 10 years because of “productivity adjustments,” the report says, because of cuts to Medicare.

“Over time, a sustained reduction in payment updates, based on productivity expectations that are difficult to attain, would cause Medicare payment rates to grow more slowly than, and in a way that was unrelated to, the providers’ costs of furnishing services to beneficiaries. Thus, providers for whom Medicare constitutes a substantive portion of their business could find it difficult to remain profitable and, absent legislative intervention, might end their participation in the program.”

Posted by: Bubbette1 | May 8, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The report contradicts President Obama’s promise that healthcare costs would not increase under the bill. The report said that “additional federal revenues would further offset the coverage costs; however, the Office of the Actuary does not have the expertise necessary to estimate all such impacts.”

An aide to Rep. Rogers said the report was being reviewed internally at HHS and was moving up in the department’s ranks, but was not ready for release by the time the vote came around.

“Basically, the CMS folks had the report internally reviewing it, but they did not release it publicly until now. The congressman’s point is that the administration had this information before the vote,” Rogers’ press secretary told HUMAN EVENTS.

When asked if the report’s numbers could be off and might actually predict a much darker picture of the future, Rogers said, “Absolutely.”

“If you look back, they’ve always been wrong halfway,” he said of the federal government’s projections for the future of healthcare. “The costs have always been at least double what they predict. And the ramifications on the negative side are always half of what they predict.”

Posted by: Bubbette1 | May 8, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

All you have to do is Google, "Obamacare costs" and you can start reading about this travesty. You won't read about it on liberal rags like the WP or NYT.

"Obamacare Costs Hidden From Congress
by Matt Hadro

04/30/2010

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had information that Obamacare would raise health expenditures and drive hospitals into the red prior to the final House healthcare vote, but didn’t share it with members of Congress because the pending report was being internally reviewed.

“They were so eager to try to sell [the bill] to somebody, that they suppressed what were valid reports from experts in their own administration,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R.-Mich.) told HUMAN EVENTS in an interview.

“Every single thing that I and others have been saying since last year that they said were lies and scare tactics, this report confirms,” said Rep. Rogers. “Cost is going up, quality is likely to go down, and seniors are going to get negatively impacted by the negative Medicare cuts.”

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a part of the HHS, on April 22 released the report, “Estimated Financial Effects of the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,’ as Amended.”

“Total national health expenditures in the U.S. during 2010-2019 would increase by about 0.9%,” the report concluded. In addition, the increase in demand for health services could result in increased prices and cost-shifting.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | May 8, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting to note that as part of its loan conditions, The EU demanded that Greece curtail its spending on the government-run healthcare system.
Look for the same here when China demands we cut spending or risk defaulting on our massive debt.

Posted by: mtpeaks | May 8, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Wait for the TAX increases that is in this bill OH and not to mention the UNCONSTITUTIONAL FORCING HEALTH CARE ON YOU !!

AND HE TALKS ABOUT FAIR

A TRUE JOKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: yourmomscalling | May 8, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

" Sheesh. He really does think we're dumber than a bucket of hair.

Posted by: LHS2 | May 8, 2010 12:06 PM"

Well LHS2, in your case it looks as if he's right.

Posted by: lowercaselarry | May 8, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Now when the morons ask "how is hopey changey thing workin' out for ya?", we can say "Just great, and by the way a million times better than the dopey mangy thing of yours, thank you".

Posted by: kblgca | May 8, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse
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I'll pretend to be your "moron" and remind you that you're going to need medical care, and you're going to get "O'bamacare." The two are not mutually similar. When you develop brain, heart, liver, or other crucial medical conditions, you're going to be controlled by the O'bamacare Health Panel. They're going to determine if your life is worth saving. There's no way that an additional Internal Revenue Agents, can improve, or enhance Medical care. You're screwed.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | May 8, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Memo to the liberal sheep. It's not your responsibility to pay my bills. Stop butting into other people's lives in the name of "helping".

Posted by: carlbatey | May 8, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Now when the morons ask "how is hopey changey thing workin' out for ya?", we can say "Just great, and by the way a million times better than the dopey mangy thing of yours, thank you".

Posted by: kblgca | May 8, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Sheesh. He really does think we're dumber than a bucket of hair.

Posted by: LHS2 | May 8, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

So sorry. But at least you'll be able to access some ObamaCare benefits next year with your new plan - such as no annual or lifetime limits on benefits.
With Republicans health care plan - you wouldn't see any relief!

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Oh, please. All those benefits you're raving about will be treated as income and subject to taxation. Don't believe me? Go to Section 9002 of this obama-nation. Those cheesy benefits are all reported on the W-2, starting at the end of this year. And what's the W-2 used for, boys and girls? Right! Tax collection! I knew you could! This is what change looks like? Yeah, because the REAL campaign slogan of this guy was, "Change you can be leavin'".

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | May 8, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Noacoler Wrote>>> "Still, they're a lousy sick and twisted bunch to wish for American disaster, but what else should anyone expect from the swinish, stupid, nasty Republican base?"
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Wasn't that the exact same thing Democrats wished for when Bush was in? Failure and disaster of his policies on terrorism, the war in Iraq, the economy, etc? Now you want about half (45%) of Americans to "Die off".
That's what I don't get about you wingnuts - left AND right. How can you hate an individual (the President) so much you hope the country fails? I can see disagreeing about policies, but you take it to extremes and think that the rest of us are with you because it's "sooo obvious"
Come November, you're both going to be wondering why all the Indepedents voted against the left AND right wing candidates. Take a deep breath and give civility a chance.

Posted by: geocon62 | May 8, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

More dishonest bullsheit from this incompetent slug.
Take a look at the businesses that are planning to dumpt employee provided health care because it will be so expensive.

More borrow and spend B.S. is on the way from Odumbo and his corrupt party of turdheads.

Posted by: LarryG62 | May 8, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

My insurance company has cancelled their announced 30% hike in my premiums. This is the first time in 5+ years that they won't be raising my monthly payments which is now double what I paid 5 years ago. This is one American who will be voting for the candidate that will not reverse 'ObamaCare', whether it's a republican, democrat, green, tea-party candidate.

Posted by: TraderX | May 8, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Look at all the knuckle walkers anticipating collapse in November .. when they aren't praying for a terrorist attack or economic calamity to make Obama look bad. I guess it's a hopeful sign that they don't expect Republicans to get anywhere on ideas and policies.

Still, they're a lousy sick and twisted bunch to wish for American disaster, but what else should anyone expect from the swinish, stupid, nasty Republican base?

Die off, would you?

Posted by: Noacoler | May 8, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Forced insurance purchases should be tossed out by SCOTUS, 5-4 as insurance is a State matter, not federal and always has been. Interstate Commerce Clause doesn't go that far.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | May 8, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure if you are one of the 30+ million that did not receive health care prior to ACA it has added security to your life. My premiums were increasing at the rate of $25/month (out of pocket) over the past several years with higher and higher deductibles and more restrictions in coverage. Many health care plans were poised for major rate hikes prior to the passage ACA. The ACA has already had immediate benefits in short circuiting much higher rate hikes. Tightening fee regulations for health insurance companies was absolutely essential to control costs.

My college kids are now immediately eligible to receive coverage on my health care plan until age 26, which provides security for my family. Colleges used to provide health care through tuition, but many no longer do b/c of cuts to state higher ed budgets. Keeping my kids healthy is a priority for me.

Keeping ALL Americans healthy is a priority that saves lives and costs. It is not welfare. ALL American citizens should be guaranteed basic health care. To balance our fed budget we should be making radical cuts in subsidies to big oil, agriculture and other special interests, impose modest decreases in defense spending (by pulling out of Afghanistan as a start), raise the retirement age for receiving full social security benefits (along with reducing benefits), and reduce the federal work force as states are doing.

We need to establish better priorities at the federal level and cut the things that are not priorities. Health care is a priority.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | May 8, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

1. ACTUAL BIRTH DOCUMENTATION
2. KINDERGARTEN RECORDS
3. PUNAHOU SCHOOL RECORDS
4. OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE RECORDS
5. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY RECORDS
6. COLUMBIA THESIS
7. HARVARD LAW SCHOOL RECORDS
8. HARVARD LAW REVIEW ARTICLES
9. SCOLARLY ARTICLES FROM UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
10. PASSPORT
11. MEDICAL RECORDS
12. FILES OF YEARS AS ILLINOIS STATE SENATOR
13. ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIAITON RECORDS
14. BAPTISM RECORDS
15. ADOPTION RECORDS.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | May 8, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

1. ACTUAL BIRTH DOCUMENTATION
2. KINDERGARTEN RECORDS
3. PUNAHOU SCHOOL RECORDS
4. OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE RECORDS
5. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY RECORDS
6. COLUMBIA THESIS
7. HARVARD LAW SCHOOL RECORDS
8. HARVARD LAW REVIEW ARTICLES
9. SCOLARLY ARTICLES FROM UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
10. PASSPORT
11. MEDICAL RECORDS
12. FILES OF YEARS AS ILLINOIS STATE SENATOR
13. ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIAITON RECORDS
14. PAPTISM RECORDS
15. ADOPTION RECORDS.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | May 8, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Americannn wrote>>>Yeah Obummercare. My health insurance rates just went up over $100.00 a month this month.

So sorry. But at least you'll be able to access some ObamaCare benefits next year with your new plan - such as no annual or lifetime limits on benefits.
With Republicans health care plan - you wouldn't see any relief!

Posted by: angie12106 | May 8, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Obama has read it yet.

This is a sugarcoated Crapsicle. Just wait until the thin layer of sugar disappears.
What happens to the premiums of the insurance that Americans pay when the insurance companies are turned into welfare centers on steroids. They cover much much more than Medicare and Medicaid that are both broken and broke. And what happens to state budgets when they get the new forced Medicaid budget. Many states are already living in the red. And wait until the IRS comes around to make sure you have the right kind of insurance.

Socialism and Obama Suck Big Time. Look at Greece, the new America.

Posted by: jblast2000 | May 8, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

ObamaCare benefits effective in 2010....

http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=2214

Posted by: angie12106 | May 8, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Yeah Obummercare. My health insurance rates just went up over $100.00 a month this month. Thanks for the help bud. I guess I,m doing my part as a good American by paying my fair share to insure the protesters and professional voters. Come on November.

Posted by: Americannnnn | May 8, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Yeah Obummercare. My healthinsurance rates just went up over $100.00 a month this month. Thanks for the help bud. I guess I,m doing my part as a good American by paying my fair share to insure the protesters and professional voters. Come on November.

Posted by: Americannnnn | May 8, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

JCM-51 wrote>>>Here's a tip on how to tell when Obama is lying...you will see his lips move

How many times did Bush say "tax cuts create jobs"?? ha!

ObamaCare is a GREAT advancement for our country - and even Republicans will be allowed to access the benefits.

Posted by: angie12106 | May 8, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Hah! Fiction, pure fiction, from the great spin master himself.

Posted by: DL13 | May 8, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse


Here's a tip on how to tell when Obama is lying...you will see his lips move(except on radio, where the tip-off is hearing his voice).

Posted by: JCM-51 | May 8, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Same old baloney but let him keep talking until he is blue in the face-It keeps health care out front where it will destroy his majority. Washington has know idea just how bad there situation is but they will in November !

Posted by: mct1 | May 8, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

"...Obama's post-passage sales job that could prove important to his party's prospects in the November midterm elections..."
- - - - - - - - - -
...or not...

(loved the alliteration, however)

Keep whistling past the graveyard, dim-democrats.

Posted by: sosueme1 | May 8, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

In the address, Obama said 4 million small-business owners and organizations recently received information outlining the potential tax breaks they could receive to help them pay for their employees' health insurance.
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Obama is playing to the wrong audience. The Chamber of Commerce is where the action is - where the small businesses are voicing concern about the pittance the government is offering to offset the mandated health insurance.

Obama fails to mention that employee only coverage can be negotiated to an affordable rate by businesses; it's the family plan that is devastating the bottom line.

As more and more small businesses give serious consideration to offering insurance to employees only (as mandated by this debacle called health insurance reform), spouses and children must go out to the exchanges to buy individual coverage, or apply for state Medicaid comparable insurance if they are unemployed.

This health insurance reform debacle is a comedy of errors that Democrats did not think through, for which Americans will pay dearly – until it is drastically modified. This flawed law will end up costing Americans MORE for policies that provide LESS coverage.

Democrats can strut on the laurels now. The only saving grace for Americans is most of these egoists will be replaced during the November elections and return to jobs where they can do little damage.

Posted by: asmith1 | May 8, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Under new Bill, Health insurance is a must, but now you can easily find health insurance for your family under $40 http://ow.ly/1AqF1

Posted by: keenmark8 | May 8, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Under new Bill, Health insurance is a must, but now you can easily find health insurance for your family under $40 http://ow.ly/1AqF1

Posted by: keenmark8 | May 8, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

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