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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, on the recent ruling against Obamacare, and the unusual direct appeal of the case to the Supreme Court for final ruling. 

(He wants to jump right to the highest court, citing Supreme Court rule 11, allowing direct appeals in certain special situations.)

Original article here.

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To pay for the changes, the legislation includes more than $400 billion in higher taxes over a decade and cuts more than $500 billion from planned payments to hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and other providers that treat Medicare patients.

How healthcare and the Medicaid expansion will be paid for. Higher taxes and worse hospitals, enjoy!

(From this AP article by Erica Werner.)

4 years ago

March 22, 2010
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Article I, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution

"Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively.

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Letter from the Attorney General of Virginia to Nancy Pelosi

As reported in this TWP article, the state of Virginia (along with 36 other states) intends to file a suit against the federal government, after a state bill was passed making it illegal to require individuals to purchase health care insurance.

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March 17, 2010 
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Office of the Speaker H-232, U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C.

Dear Speaker Pelosi: I am writing to urge you not to proceed with the Senate Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act under a so-called “deem and pass” rule because such a course of action would raise grave constitutional questions.

Based upon media interviews and statements which I have seen, you are considering this approach because it might somehow shield members of Congress from taking a recorded vote on an overwhelmingly unpopular Senate bill. This is an improper purpose under the bicameralism requirements of Article I, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution, one of the purposes of which is to make our representatives fully accountable for their votes.

Furthermore, to be validly enacted, the Senate bill would have to be accepted by the House in a form that is word-for-word identical (Clinton v. City of New York, 524 U.S. 417 (1998)).

Should you employ the deem and pass tactic, you expose any act which may pass to yet another constitutional challenge. A bill of this magnitude should not be passed using this maneuver. As the President noted last week, the American people are entitled to an up or down vote.

Sincerely, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II Attorney General of Virginia

4 years ago

March 18, 2010
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link Obamacare: Is this for REAL? Seriously?

OBAMACARE** Page 425, line 4-12: The government mandates advance-care planning consultations. Those on Social Security will be required to attend an “end-of-life planning” seminar every five years. (Death counceling.)** Page 429, line 13-25: The government will specify which doctors can write an…

Does anyone know whether this is true? Don’t you love how we’re completely in the dark for the largest (and most expensive) piece of legislation in modern history?

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That’s what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are.

Barack Obama, January 31, 2008.

C-SPAN asked for just that in this article today.

4 years ago

January 5, 2010
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Well, the whole point of the public option originally was that if you’re going to mandate that people buy health insurance, then it is only a legitimate and moral thing to do if you actually provide them with a public-run program, so that the health insurance industry, which is notorious for gouging people and for engaging in all sorts of nefarious business practices, can’t use the mandate to essentially get 30 million new customers and then gouge them for profits while providing them with virtually no services. And the argument of Howard Dean and others is that this bill actually does more harm than good. The argument is not, well, since it’s not pure enough ideologically or it’s not perfect, it should be defeated; the argument is that it actually does more harm than good, because it reinforces the monopoly status of the private healthcare industry and, at the same time, forces huge numbers of Americans, many of whom will not be able to afford it, to buy products that are inadequate and that they do not want. It perpetuates the very system that supposedly was the impetus in the first place for healthcare reform to pass.

4 years ago

December 22, 2009
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I am truly disappointed we are commencing our historic debate on one of the most significant and pressing domestic issues of our time with a process that has forestalled our ability to arrive at broader agreement on some of the most crucial elements of health care reform. The bottom line is, the most consequential health care legislation in the history of our country and the reordering of $33 trillion in health care spending over the coming decade shouldn’t be determined by one vote-margin strategies – surely we can and must do better.
— Senator Olympia Snowe, November 2009
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And Obama can say that you’re getting a lot, but also saying that it “covers everyone,” as if there’s a big new benefit is a big stretch. Nothing will have changed on that count except changing the law to force people to buy private insurance if they don’t get it from their employer. I guess you can call that progressive, but that doesn’t make it so. In fact, mandating that all people pay money to a private interest isn’t even conservative, free market or otherwise. It’s some kind of weird corporatism that’s very hard to square with the common good philosophy that Democrats supposedly espouse. Nobody’s “getting covered” here. After all, people are already “free” to buy private insurance and one must assume they have reasons for not doing it already. Whether those reasons are good or bad won’t make a difference when they are suddenly forced to write big checks to Aetna or Blue Cross that they previously had decided they couldn’t or didn’t want to write. Indeed, it actually looks like the worst caricature of liberals: taking people’s money against their will, saying it’s for their own good. —- and doing it without even the cover that FDR wisely insisted upon with social security, by having it withdrawn from paychecks. People don’t miss the money as much when they never see it.
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4 years ago

December 16, 2009
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Pelosi’s Promise of 72 hours

9/24/09

The Weekly Standard magazine: 
Madam Speaker, do you support the measure to put the final House bill online for 72 hours before it’s voted on at the very end?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: 
Absolutely. Without question.

The Weekly Standard now reports that Nancy Pelosi will, in fact, NOT allow for 72 hours of public review of the House’s healthcare reform bill.

Article here.

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Reblog with what health reform will do.

robgonemild:

notthatkindagay:

robot-heart-politics:

notthatkindagay:

I heard Obama is personally going to go to every single hospital, doctor’s office, and nursing home in America, round up everyone over the age of 65, and then force them all into Gladiator-style contests where they are forced to fight to the death. Obama will sit on a huge throne wearing purple and gold robes and a crown of golden laurels and will issue the final judgment on whether people live or die by giving a thumbs up or thumbs down. And if he sees an old person who really pisses him off, then he reserves the right to ride out on his golden chariot and execute that mofo himself. All the while, the liberals will cheer from around the stadium and wave banners that say things like, “Kill the olds!’ and “Down with the age’d!” Afterwards, there might even be some acts of ritual cannibalism of the dead, which we all know liberals participate in.

Conservatives, of course, will be rounded up as well and forced to collect and dispose of the bodies. Later, they will be forced into indentured servitude in liberal households and forced to feed sex-addicted, homosexual, jobless, atheist, communist liberals grapes and clean their mansions, which of course the liberal government confiscated from all the formerly rich capitalists and conservatives. And when they turn 65, they’ll have to fight in the Gladiator games, too. Obama will still be around, obviously, since the liberals will by this time have declared him Supreme Dictator Emperor of America for All Time, Even Supplanting God and Christianity with His Muslim Terrorist Religion of DOOOOOM.

What? That’s not what you heard?

That’s what I had heard.

Cats and dogs living together! Mass Hysteria.

I heard that it will greatly prolong our country’s financial crisis, give the government control and power that it shouldn’t have, reduce the quality of care, lessen our choice in doctors and caregivers, encourage small businesses to stay small or close completely, and will put us further into our already corrupt politician’s pockets.

What? That’s not what you heard?

4 years ago

August 11, 2009
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