Jeb Bush Pushes Republicans to Cave to Obama Executive Amnesty, Approve Loretta Lynch. Why waste your time and energy, Jeb, McConnell will cave on his own anyway.
What a week! First the Senate caves and approves the infamous Doc-Fix. Great, they won’t have to worry about the SGR every two years. But some little known provisions in the bill actually gut Medicare over time, and will effectively turn Medicare into Obamacare. I don’t know why these provisions are so “little known.” I actually read the bill and found out what was in it. Next, the Senate caved on the Iran deal treaty and gave Obama the power to do what he damn pleases. Now good ol’ Jeb does this:
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has joined Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to abandon his pre-election promise to fight President Obama’s executive amnesty by holding a vote to confirm U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.
“I think that presidents have the right to pick their team,” Bush said in New Hampshire at an event with about 95 voters and “a horde of media,” according to Time Magazine’s Zeke Miller.
“The longer it takes to confirm her, the longer Eric Holder stays as Attorney General,” Bush said, echoing a talking point that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has used to justify his planned vote for Lynch–even though a vote for her is a vote for Obama’s executive amnesty. Read more at breitbart.com.
by Bruce Bialosky – Feb 16, 2015
One thing I have often pointed out about the Affordable Care Act (ACA alias Obamacare) is that very few doctors participated in the conceptualization of the legislation. The final bill focuses on expanding Americans’ access to health insurance with a total disregard for increasing the supply of medical professionals or facilities for treatment. Some doctors are directing their efforts to educating their patients and the voting public of what they believe the bill is doing to harm patient care.
To better learn the effects upon doctors and thus their patients of this new law, I had a conference call with a group of them who have formed Our Patients First Pac. Dr. Joel Strom, a dentist from Los Angeles and the principal organizer of the group, arranged for the call with himself and five other doctors from across the country. Strom has been working and organizing in the political arena for over three decades and is the author of Learn to Lead: Finding Success as a Grassroots Political Leader.
The group was formed initially to help a fellow physician, Bill Cassidy, in his successful U.S. Senate election in Louisiana. They expanded their efforts to produce 10 radio spots and a video which were aired in Iowa and New Hampshire. They are now looking forward to further expanding their membership and fundraising toward educating the public about the shortcomings of the ACA.
In a conference call with a group of doctors, we went back to the period prior to the ACA’s passing and the fact that the American Medical Association (AMA) had endorsed the bill. None of the doctors are members of the AMA except for Nikan Khatabi, who practices family medicine in Laguna, CA. Khatabi stated “I am a member of the AMA because advocating for the health of my patients and rights for my colleagues doesn’t take a back seat. Either you’re at the dinner table or you’re on the menu – period.” [bold type: mine] All of the doctors were strongly against the actions of the AMA regarding Obamacare. They all questioned why if the AMA was at the table they did not abandon the bill when they found out what was in it before it was approved. Read more at townhall.com.
March 31st, 2015 • On The Kelly File, retiring Senator Harry Reid smugly all but admitted that he lied to the American people during the 2012 presidential election when he falsely accused Mitt Romney of not filing tax returns. Megyn Kelly and Dana Loesch discuss the Nevada senator’s brazen behavior. Finally Progressive “child pundit” Richard Fowler joins in and tries to make the case that it’s just fine to lie. After all, it was an election. My jaw would have dropped had I heard this a few years ago, but today, it’s typical. How sad … and demented.
Note: This article is from the blog of Dr. David McKalip, a board certified brain and spine surgeon who practices in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. McKalip is a Conservative/Libertarian who is a longtime friend of the tea party. He is an expert on Obamacare and has fought tirelessly over the years to educate the medical community, government officials and bureaucrats and the general public on the evils of government controlled medicine.
The Republicans displayed this Obamacare Rube Goldberg chart when fighting against it. House Republicans just voted to implement this chart for Medicare - Email the Senate and tell them “NO” Obamacare rationing and cookbook medicine in Medicare!
Last Week, House Republicans demonstrated their hypocrisy on Obamacare, bringing nearly every key item of Obamacare into the Medicare. Disguised as a “Doc fix” bill, to correct a pending 21% cut in Medicare Physician payments, the bill actually creates cookbook medicine and outright rationing for Medicare patients. A nearly identical bill has failed to pass twice in Congress since 2013, but was finally passed when Republicans gained control. Medicare patients will now be subject to doctors who are coerced into following government cookbook and rationing standards to earn a “bonus”. The patient will be pitted against their doctor who will have incentives tied to the profitability of insurance companies and budget needs of failing government programs. In short, it will be hard for Medicare patients to trust their doctors.
Hopefully the Senate will kill HR2 and go back to the drawing board. Citizens are encouraged to call or email their Senator to tell them “No Obamacare rationing and cookbook medicine in Medicare: Vote NO on HR2!”.
The bill, HR 2, the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015”, passed the House with Bipartisan support with a wide margins. However, the bill stalled in the Senate were fiscal conservatives raised concerns about the bill and liberals were worried that the Children’s Health insurance program (CHIP) was only extended for two years rather than four. The main commonality of HR2 with Obamacare consists of the command and control structure becomes more formalized and structured into Medicare. This stands in stark contrast to the promise made by Congress when Medicare was originally passed in 1965. The law still stands and states (although is entirely ignored in new Congressional bill):
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Obamacare was signed into federal law on March 23rd, 2010. The edict was written in such a way so that most of its horrible provisions didn’t take effect right away, but rather gradually kicked in over time. This was done to allow the unknowing masses to get used to having Obamacare around and to prevent them from feeling the pain right away. Did someone say 2012 and 2014 elections?
Well, after five years, the time for the pain has come. So rejoice and celebrate higher deductibles, higher co-pays, higher premiums and and more taxes. And after you sober up, have another round and celebrate fewer doctors, fewer insurance plans to choose from, fewer working hours and in general, less access to care. But not to worry, just sit down and fine tune your NCAA basketball bracket sheets and everything will be fine. Click here to Show your pride!
Trevor Loudon, a New Zealand author, speaker and political activist, spoke at an event hosted by the Greater Orlando Tea Party on September 26th, 2014. In this short excerpt of his presentation, Mr. Loudon gives some poignant advice to a future 2016 Republican presidential hopeful (Ted Cruz).
Yesterday, it was revealed by The Washington Times that earlier in the week, lawyers for the Obama administration admitted they had lied during recent court proceedings on immigration and had already approved over one-hundred thousand cases of executive amnesty. This was in direct conflict with testimony given to Judge Andrew S. Hanen, who issued a stay in Obama’s executive actions that would allow five million illegal immigrants to stay in the country legally. In other words, the lawyers who were trying to appeal the judge’s stay lied to the judge during the initial arguments.
You can’t make this stuff up. Read more at: westernjournalism.com.
Thursday at the Federal Communications Commission meeting on open Internet rules and access to broadband Internet, Commissioner Ajit Pai made a statement before the FCC vote to take unprecedented control over the internet with a secret plan.
Transcript as follows:
“The Wall Street Journal reports that it was developed through ‘an unusual secretive effort inside the White House.’ Indeed, White House officials, according to the Journal, functioned as a parallel version of the FCC. Their work led to the president’s announcement in November of his plan for internet regulation, a plan which the report says blindsided the FCC and swept aside months of work by Chairman Wheeler toward a compromise. Now, of course, a few insiders were clued in about what was transpiring. Here’s what a leader for the government-funded group Fight for the Future had to say, ‘We’ve been hearing for weeks from our allies in D.C that the only thing that could stop FCC chairman Tom Wheeler from moving ahead with his sham proposal to gut net neutrality was if we could get the president to step in. So we did everything in our power to make that happen. We took the gloves off and played hard, and now we get to celebrate a sweet victory. Congratulations. what the press has called the parallel FCC at the White House opened its door to a plethora of special interest activists. Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Free Press, and Public Knowledge, just to name a few. Indeed, even before activists were blocking the chairman’s driveway late last year, some of them had met with executive branch officials.
“But what about the rest of the American people? They certainly couldn’t get White House meetings. They were shut out of the process altogether. They were being played for fools. And the situation didn’t improve once the White House announced President Obama’s plan, and ‘asked’ the FCC to implement it. The document in front of us today differs dramatically from the proposal that the FCC put out for comment last May, and it differs so dramatically that even zealous net neutrality advocates frantically rushed in, in recent days, to make last-minute filings, registering their concerns that the FCC might be going too far. Yet, the American people, to this day, have not been allowed to see President Obama’s plan. It has remained hidden. Continue reading and watch the VIDEO at breitbart.com.
It looks like those Americans-in-Waiting will have to wait a little longer.*
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen has denied the Justice Department’s request to stay his injunction against Obama’s executive action on immigration.
The Obama administration submitted a request Monday for Judge Hanen to lift his temporary ban on the executive amnesty program by Wednesday, hoping that Hanen would allow the program to go forward while the case worked its way through court. Read more at truthrevolt.org.
February 26, 2015 by Alan Berkelhammer
Filed under Constitution, Educational, Executive Branch, First Amendment, Hot Topics, Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, National Info, News Articles, Taxes, Tea Party
BY ALAN CARUBA
The America that has existed from the days of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, when its sovereignty was acknowledged by a treaty with England 1783, and its founding in 1788 with the ratification of the Constitution is no more. The America for which thousands fought and gave their lives is no more.
That America ends on February 26 when the Federal Communications Commission, under intense pressure from the Obama White House and with the votes of its Democratic Party commissioners asserts government control over the Internet with a 332-page set of regulations, dubbed “Net Neutrality.”
Writing in the Feb 22nd Wall Street Journal, columnist L. Gordon Crovitz summed up what will occur saying “Obamanet promises to fix an Internet that isn’t broken…The permissionless Internet which allows anyone to introduce a website, app, or device without government review, ends this week.”
“The big politicization came when President Obama in November demanded that the supposedly independent FCC apply agency’s most extreme regulation to the Internet.” Of course Obama wants the Internet regulated and of course the Democratic Party will support this move to control who gets to put up a website or blog and, more importantly, who gets to say anything critical of the President.
The Democratic Party has been in everything but name the Communist Party in the United States for several decades. Obama was raised and mentored to be a Marxist. What we are witnessing is nothing less than tyranny replacing democracy.
Crovitz warned that “This week Mr. Obama’s bureaucrats will give him the regulated Internet he demands. Unless Congress or the courts block Obamanet, it will be the end of the Internet as we know it.”
Earlier this week, as reported by Giuseppe Macri in The Daily Caller the FCC’s two Republican commissioners, Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly, asked Chairman Tom Wheeler “to delay the vote and release his proposal to the public. ‘We respectfully request that FCC leadership immediately release the 332-page Internet regulation plan publicly and allow the American people a reasonable period of not less than 30 days to carefully study it.’”
There is some evil at work here because, as the Republican commissioners point out, “the plan in front of us right now is so drastically different than the proposal the FCC adopted and put out for public comment last May.”
Shades of ObamaCare! Even the Democrats who voted that monstrosity into law had not read it. Now neither Congress, nor the rest of America is being permitted to see regulations that will determine what can and cannot be posted to the Internet, the greatest instrument of free speech ever invented since the printing press.
Commissioner Pai says that the FCC is “adopting a solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist using legal authority we don’t have.” He estimates that the regulations will add up to $11 billion in new taxes on Internet access.
In a commentary, “Neutralize Obama’s Hijacking of the Internet”, Judi McLeod, the editor of CanadaFreePress.com, said “Forget NSA, the FBI, the CIA, and all warnings sent by Edward Snowden. They’ve got nothing on how Net Neutrality will silence you.”
“Someday in the near future when you type in the words “Islamic terrorists” in an Internet post, you will be knocked off the Net and find it all but impossible to climb back on again.”
Do I think the Congress will exercise its oversight responsibilities and stop this tyrannical power grab? No. Do I think our court system will do anything other than bow to precedent set by earlier FCC regulations? Yes.
As a nation founded on and devoted to freedom of speech, I think February 26, 2015 will go down in the history books as the day when that freedom came to an end in America [bold type, mine].
Thanks to a National Security Agency we no longer have any privacy regarding anything we say using telephones, the Internet or any other form of communication.
If the Democrat-controlled FCC has its way, the Internet will slow your access and could eliminate access [sic] countless sites that provide news and express opinions the federal government finds offensive. That’s what tyrannies do.
© Alan Caruba, 2015
February 23, 2015 by Alan Berkelhammer
Filed under Constitution, Educational, Executive Branch, First Amendment, Hot Topics, Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, National Info, News Articles, Tea Party
This is IMPORTANT. Net Neutrality will kill the internet and our Free Speech as we know it – How is Obamacare working out for YOU?
February 26 is Internet Doom’s Day.
Written by: Seton Motley
That is the day President Barack Obama’s campaign-coin-bundling Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler will jam through President Obama’s Title-II-Reclassification-Net-Neutrality power grab.
(At this point, I wish Chairman Wheeler had instead been appointed an ambassador – like oh-so-many other Obama contributors.)
Meanwhile, President Obama wants to ramp up government-provided broadband. To fill the void his Internet regulatory body slam will create in the private sector.
And here is where a free market problem begets a free speech one.
As we know, government control leads to rationing – in this case bandwidth. As we know from the Internal Revenue Service scandal – it is Less Government advocates that will get the short end of the government stick.
Democrat donors will never have to wait in line for ObamaCare medical attention. Or Web downloads.
All of which and more is laid out in this Public Service Announcement (PSA).
Please contact your Senators and Congressmen – and demand they do everything they can to rein in this rogue Commission:
“Obama’s plan for the Internet – Net Neutrality, Title II Reclassification – is Socialism for the Internet. It guarantees everyone equal amounts of nothing.
“What this is – is an assault on the industry to effect an ideological outcome.
“Where have we seen this before? ObamaCare.
“Likewise, with the Internet – with Title II Reclassification and Net Neutrality – this is an assault on the Internet industry to effect that same ideological outcome.
“This is why Barack Obama is trying to fund through federal money the local governments’ foolhardy notion of getting into the broadband business.
“He wants to ramp that up to fill the void he is creating with Net Neutrality and Title II Reclassification
“And when this government presence grows as the private presence shrinks – this very quickly becomes a free market problem that begets a free speech problem.
“When government is the sole Internet Service Provider (ISP), bandwidth rationing becomes a problem just like health care rationing becomes a problem.
“And then when they’re rationing and deciding who gets bandwidth and who doesn’t. As we’ve seen from the IRS, the Left-wing websites won’t have a problem getting bandwidth – it’s going to be the Right-wing websites who will have a problem getting bandwidth.
“The people who are going to be waiting in line – whether it’s for health care, whether it’s for bandwidth – are the people who are opposed to Big Government, the people who are opposed to government takeovers of private sectors.
“So a free market assault begets a free speech problem.
“All of which is consolidated and compiled into the February 26 Internet power grab takeover that’s going to happen at the Federal Communications Commission.”
Editor’s Note: This first appeared in Red State.
February 17, 2015 by Alan Berkelhammer
Filed under Constitution, Educational, Executive Branch, First Amendment, Healthcare, Hot Topics, Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, National Info, News Articles
From my friend, Dr. David McKalip:
By David McKalip, M.D.
Your Doctor is being punished by the Federal government for protecting your personal health information. Your doctor is also being punished by the Federal Government if they fail to follow the government cookbook medicine protocol. This week, I was among many doctors that received a notice that my payments would be cut by Medicare since I was not using an electronic medical record to report my patients’ private medical data to the Federal government. I was also not attempting to comply with cookbook protocols that, for instance, deny antibiotics to my patients who need it after certain surgeries. This so-called “incentive” program claims to improve quality of care but is really about punishing your doctor until they comply with the government’s goals. The goals of Obamacare in this case is to force your doctors to ration your care and to lower the quality to a uniform level of “one-size-fits-all” medicine that ignores the needs of individual patients. This doctor won’t lower his standards to that of the government. Ever.
Doctors are being told that they will be paid 1.5% less unless they report how often they provided certain types of medical care to the Medicare program and various insurance programs. That penalty will increase to 5% by 2019. The program, called the “Physician Quality Reporting System” (PQRS) began as a “bonus program” in about 2008 and transformed to a penalty program under Obamacare. In addition, doctors that don’t enter your data in an electronic medical record and send prescriptions to your pharmacy electronically over the internet will face up to a 5% penalty after 2018 as well. By 2019, all the penalties for not following bureaucratic interference in the practice of medicine will go up to a 13% cut in Medicare payments to doctors. Doctors in solo and small practices have been the most unlikely to report the data for several reasons. First, it is very expensive to buy, implement and maintain the computer systems to report the data. Secondly, the data will be used against them to add other penalties on top of the 13% hit in 2019 if doctors don’t reach the government thresholds defined by bureaucrats. Finally, many – especially those still in small private practices – are merely conscientiously objecting to telling anyone outside the patient-physician relationship about their patients or tolerating interference in the practice of medicine by regulators, insurance companies and politicians. You can count this neurosurgeon among that group of doctors. Read more at sunbeamtimes.com.
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Erick Erickson a Conservative pundit and editor of the blog RedState, guest hosted the Rush Limbaugh show on Tuesday. He covered many topics and in a segment during the third hour, he spoke about the landmark Supreme Court decision, known as Citizens United. This ruling opened up anonymous funding of political campaigns. This ruling has outraged the Progressives who are fighting tooth and nail for its repeal.
In this audio clip, Erickson explains, in a manner that even some Democrats might understand, how Citizens United really helps “the little guy.”
Published on Jan 28, 2015 by Senator Jeff Sessions
Senator Sessions, Chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, questioned Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch at today’s Judiciary hearing to consider her nomination. Sessions asked Lynch about the President’s decision to bypass Congress to order a sweeping amnesty, and how this action undermined the rights of disadvantaged American workers.
In addition to suspending enforcement for nearly all of the 12 million individuals unlawfully present in the United States, President Obama issued an executive decree on November 20th, 2014, extending work permits, Social Security, Medicare, tax credits, and government identification to 5 million illegal immigrants and illegal visa violators. This would allow illegal immigrants to take any job in America, regardless of chronic high unemployment for Americans—including a 10.4 percent unemployment rate for African-American workers. Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, explained—contra AG Holder’s “breathtaking” contention that amnesty was a civil right—that unlawful amnesty for illegal immigrants violated the rights of U.S. citizens to the full protection of their laws, including those laws passed by Congress to protect their jobs and wages from illegal competition. The President’s executive edict (an edict he said previously only an Emperor would deign to issue) voids Americans’ legal protections in law, supplanting them with a new executive policy that Congress and voters have rejected, a policy which forces unemployed Americans to compete against a large and growing illegal workforce.
Live tweeted during the State of the Union Speech: