Health Care

Obamacare Suffers another Blow

August 15th, 2011 11:11 pm  |  by  |  Published in Activism, congress, Constitution, DownsizeDC.org, Health Care, jobs, Liberty, Market Regulation, Obama, unemployment  |  Comments Off

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday the 12th that Obamacare’s “individual mandate” violates the Constitution. This mandate, which is the foundation of Obamacare, requires individuals to purchase health insurance.

The Supreme Court must now rule on this question, but we shouldn’t have to wait for that.I sent a letter to Congress telling them to repeal Obamacare now.

The hard-wired message says simply, “Please repeal Obamacare.”

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Repeal Obamacare’s Mandatory Spending

March 25th, 2011 11:33 pm  |  by  |  Published in congress, DownsizeDC.org, government spending, Health Care  |  Comments Off

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “By preventing people and companies from taking care of themselves, government feeds its own growth.” – Downsize DC co-founder Harry Browne (1933-2006)

Many of Obamacare’s opponents believe that if we can’t outright repeal it, perhaps it would be easier to defund its implementation.

But even that is harder than it sounds.

That’s because the Obamacare bill contained obscure provisions requiring $105 billion in MANDATORY spending over the next nine years.

This means Congress can’t merely defund this amount in a budget bill. It must specifically REPEAL these provisions.

If they aren’t repealed, the federal healthcare bureaucracy will continue to grow.

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As the 112th Congress begins, father Ron Paul and son Rand Paul make media rounds

January 6th, 2011 12:31 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, congress, Debt, Economics, Free Market, government spending, Health Care, Politics, Rand Paul, Ron Paul  |  1

The 112th Congress was sworn in yesterday. As expected John Boehner became the new Speaker of The House. Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Ron Paul made several media appearances together.

First, Ron and Rand appeared together on ABC Morning News with George Stephanopoulos:

Neil Cavuto talks to father and son in a more lighthearted discussion but ultimately they discuss raising the debt ceiling and economics. At one point Ron Paul laughs at the nibbling around the edges and says, “I want to repeal the whole government.” Good old Ron.

And finally both appear on John King USA on CNN:

Great Interview w/ Rand Paul and Mike Lee on Glenn Beck

January 3rd, 2011 11:46 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Economics, government spending, Health Care, national debt, Rand Paul, Taxes  |  Comments Off

Judge Napolitano filled in for Glenn Beck today and interviewed two constitutional conservatives, Rand Paul and Mike Lee. See the results below.

The Sinking Ship

October 6th, 2010 9:54 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Health Care, Humor, Immigration, jobs, Obama, Politics  |  Comments Off

As high profile White House personalities like chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and chief economic advisor Larry Summers hog the spotlight as they leave the Obama administration at midterm, there are also lesser known, yet just as important, figures departing. They have toiled tirelessly in their positions but now merit nary a glance from the press as they exit through the wide White House doors.

For example, there is Albert Springwater, who is the president’s teleprompter cleaner. “It’s a very important job,” he says. “Without a clean and readable screen, the President might go from talking about oil drilling to reciting the Gettysburg Address. In fact, I let one of my assistants go the other day when, because of careless wiping, the president mistook the word ‘France’ for ‘Venezuela’ and threatened to put a sea blockade on Paris.”

But what really lured him away from his prestigious White House job? “There was an opening at Best Buy that I just could not ignore. Aisle after aisle of TVs waiting to be dusted off and sprayed with glass cleaner. How could I pass up an opportunity like that?”

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Opportunity to repeal the 1099 Tsunami

September 16th, 2010 12:12 pm  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Big Government, congress, DownsizeDC.org, Health Care, Politics, Taxes  |  Comments Off

Quote of the Day: “The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.” — Will Durant

Instead of asking, “Would you like paper or plastic?” the checkout clerk may soon ask, “Do you need our form W-9?”

A W-9 is the IRS’s “Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification.” Because of the new healthcare law . . .

If you spend as little as $55 at the local Office Shack each month, you’ll exceed $600 for the year. That means you’ll need to file a 1099 with the IRS for Office Shack. You’ll also need to get a W-9 from Office Shack so that you can have their tax id number handy when the time comes to fill out the 1099.

It used to be that businesses only had to file 1099s for unincorporated, independent contractors (with some exceptions). But now a 1099 will be required every time a business spends more than $600 with any entity. Multiply this requirement across the entire economy and it amounts to a tsunami of hundreds of millions of additional tax form filings.

This is what happens when we let politicians pass un-read bills containing thousands of pages!

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Obama Supporters Knock On Doors For Jack Conway In Kentucky

August 30th, 2010 3:42 pm  |  by  |  Published in Election, Health Care, Politics, Rand Paul  |  2 Responses

President Obama’s hardcore supporters aren’t wasting any time trying to get the Obama administration another vote for their radical left-wing agenda. In Kentucky, they have started an intense door-to-door campaign urging voters to support “Obama-friendly” candidates like Jack Conway.

Louisville WHAS 11′s political reporter Joe Arnold has the scoop:

Supporters of the policies of President Barack Obama knocked on doors in Louisville and Lexington over the weekend, as part of the “Moving America Forward” canvass to “support Democratic allies for President Obama.”

Presumably, that includes candidates for federal office, Jack Conway and John Yarmuth.

According to a release from Organizing for America-Kentucky (OFA-KY), volunteers are reaching out “to 2008 first time voters, sporadic voters, and newly registered voters to talk to them about the importance of electing Democratic allies for President Obama who will keep the country moving in the right direction.”

As President Obama has made clear in recent weeks, this election represents a choice between Democrats who have worked tirelessly to move the country forward or a return to the failed Republican policies that set the country in the wrong direction. Since taking office, President Obama and Congressional Democrats have passed historic reforms to the health insurance industry and Wall Street, and pulled the American economy back from the brink of depression.

Jack Conway was named by Senator Robert Menendez, leader of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, as “the next Obama.”

Voters should question why Jack Conway used his support for ObamaCare in the primary to defeat the conservative Democratic candidate Daniel Mongiardo – Jack also pandered to the left on the Bush tax cuts against Mongiardo, only to pander back after the primary (the media did not report it) – but, now, Conway does not campaign on his support for the extreme Obama lead takeover of the health care industry.

Last week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee launched this ad in Kentucky pointing out Jack Conway’s support for the Obama lead legislation.

But the similarities don’t stop with ObamaCare, several of Jack Conway’s limited issues listed on his campaign website resemble Barack Obama campaign pledges; especially, Jack Conway’s “jobs plan.”

Is Jack Conway the next Obama? Or was Barack Obama’s platform a one-hit wonder?

Jack Conway faces Dr. Rand Paul in Kentucky for the senate seat being vacated by retiring United States Senator Jim Bunning.

A healthcare bureaucrat makes tyrannical statements

August 29th, 2010 4:51 pm  |  by  |  Published in congress, Constitution, DownsizeDC.org, Health Care, Liberty, Obama, Politics  |  Comments Off

Quote of the Day: “If the government can provide affordable, quality medical coverage for all Americans, let them prove it by providing it to our veterans.” – Unknown

In this message . . .

* How I lost my doctor
* Terrifying statements from the new head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
* Plus, a special offer from NullifyNow.com

The Democrats promised us lots of things about their healthcare bill (just like the Republicans promised us lots of things about Iraq). For instance . . .

* If you have insurance you like, it won’t change
* If you have a doctor you like, you’ll be able to continue seeing him or her

Well, how are those promises working out for you?

Personally, my insurance hasn’t changed, YET, but my doctor has.

My “liberal Democratic” doctor probably cheers most of the Social-Fascist policies proposed by his favored political party, except that the healthcare bill happened to gore his personal ox. The result is that he has stopped . . .

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Happy Birthday Social Security?

August 20th, 2010 9:44 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Debt, Economics, government spending, Health Care, national debt, Obama, Social Security  |  Comments Off

by Neeraj Chaudhary, Investment Consultant in the Los Angeles branch of Euro Pacific Capital

In his weekly radio address this past Saturday, President Obama happily commemorated the 75th anniversary of Social Security. From my perspective, the milestone is nothing to celebrate. For although the president spoke earnestly about the “obligation to keep the promise” of Social Security, in reality, the program will wreck the government’s finances within 10 years.

The numbers are simply astounding. Social Security is the largest social program in the world, making up over 40% of all federal spending. Over 58 million Americans – 1 in 5 citizens – receive a monthly check from Social Security. Although these numbers are already daunting, demographic realities will soon cause the program to expand much more rapidly.

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), entitlement programs and net interest costs may be expected to consume fully 93% of federal revenue by 2020. Think about that: in less than 10 years, the Social Security program (which includes Medicare and Medicaid) will have gotten so big that only 7 cents of every dollar of federal revenue may be left for everything else.

What exactly does “everything else” include? Try the entire military, FBI, freeways, disaster relief, NASA, housing agencies, and the postal service – to name a few. If new revenue is not found, and if current Social Security obligations are not changed, the remainder of federal programs would have to be cut by 88% by 2020. Simply put, the “third rail” of American politics is about to electrocute us all.

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Congress Is Still Clueless

July 13th, 2010 12:26 pm  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Bailouts, Banking, Big Government, congress, Constitution, DownsizeDC.org, Health Care, War  |  Comments Off

You may notice the trend. As the letter below indicates, more and more aspiring politicians talk about limiting government to the confines of the Constitution. But the incumbents in Congress continue to ignore the Constitution when they write and pass their bills.

One way to cure them of their cluelessness is to pressure them to pass the Enumerated Powers Act. This short, simple bill will require that all bills cite their authority under the Constitution. This requirement will be a step in the right direction of rolling back the federal government to its Constitutional limits.

We’re asking you to . . .

1. Find out if your Representative or Senator has sponsored the Enumerated Powers Act
2. Send a letter to Congress telling them to pass it

You may borrow from or copy this sample letter (include a thank you to any of your reps who are already sponsors of this legislation) . . .

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