Obama quietly pushing hard for government-option

Publicly the White House has been downplaying the importance of the public government-run insurance option arguing it is not the “entirety” of health care reform. However, new revelations now show President Obama is strongly pushing for inclusion of the government-option into any form of health care legislation passed by congress.

Report from the Chicago Tribune:

WASHINGTON – — Despite months of seeming ambivalence about creating a government health insurance plan, the Obama White House has launched an intensifying behind-the-scenes campaign to get divided Senate Democrats to take up some version of the idea in the weeks just ahead.

President Barack Obama has long advocated a so-called public option, while at the same time repeatedly expressing openness to other ways to offer consumers a potentially more affordable alternative to health plans sold by private insurers.

But now, senior administration officials are holding private meetings almost daily at the Capitol with senior Democratic staff to discuss ways to include a version of the public plan in the health care bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to bring to the Senate floor later this month, according to senior Democratic congressional aides.

Among those regularly in the meetings are Obama’s top health care adviser, Nancy-Ann DeParle, aides to Reid, and Senate finance and health committee staff, both of which developed health care bills.

At the same time, Obama has been reaching out personally to rank-and-file Senate Democrats, telephoning more than a dozen lawmakers in the last week to press the case for action.

Administration officials are also distributing talking points and employing other campaign-style devices to rally support for passing a bill this fall.

It appears to me, at least, that the White House is gearing up for a no-holds-barred battle to get a public option health care bill on the floor and get it passed this fall. The downplaying of government insurance has been a smokescreen the administration has been deploying to try and soften critics.

No issue has proved more divisive than the proposal to create a new national insurance plan operated by the federal government and offered to some consumers as an alternative to private insurance.

Though favored by liberals as the best protection for consumers from high premiums charged by commercial insurers, a government plan is still viewed warily by many conservative Democrats and nearly all Republicans.

Just recently, two proposals to create a national government plan were defeated in the Finance Committee when Republicans and conservative Democrats voted against them.

That right there is the part the media is purposely ignoring. Obamacare is not only being scoffed at by Republicans, it is members of President Obama’s own party who have derailed the efforts and helped kill parts of this legislation in committee. The conservative Democrats are not stupid enough to go along with the insanity of a new corrupt government bureaucracy being pushed by President Obama.

The only people pushing a government-run insurance plan are liberal Democrats along with the President. Luckily out-and-out liberals do not hold the majority in congress.

The American people must continue to fight President Obama’s government health care with as much force and revolve as we witnessed in July, August and September of this year.

  • Bill Hedges

    “It appears to me, at least, that the White House is gearing up for a no-holds-barred battle to get a public option health care bill on the floor and get it passed this fall. The downplaying of government insurance has been a smokescreen the administration has been deploying to try and soften critics.”

    I so totally agree with this. Liberal put mask on their agenda. We must have this insurance plan to save poor children.

    Well They just raised tax on cigs significantly to give health care for children. And for long time you could take sick children with no insurance to hospitals.

    There should not be a sick child in America considering the funding given for that purpose considering cig tax is not only funding for children health.

    Now with this plan, $ 500 Billion is being taken away from broke medicare.
    Doctors are going to be paid less. Of course nurses and others down the list will follow.

    With the option, people, with government planning, will go to the option. One way this occurs is taxing private health companies to pay for uninsured citizens in option plan. Obana knows private insurers will pass this on to policy owners but says it not a tax. Such bull from Obama. Raising private and making public cheaper. Who won’t pay less. Which is obama’s plan.

    Now remember not all health care plan kicks in till after next Presidential election. That’s another cover up. Obama wants his second term, so he hides the effect of his health plan. And now lies, lies, and lies. We are to ignore Canada and England health care.
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    “THE MOST SQUALID ‘REFORM’ DEAL YET”

    By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann

    10.2.2009

    “Why is Congress so eager to cut $160 billion-plus from Medicare Advantage? The program does things that President Obama and other liberals normally praise. Is the cut simply the price charged by AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons) for overlooking the rest of the $500 billion in Medicare cuts meant to finance “health-care reform”?”

    “Medicare Advantage offers a range of benefits beyond basic Medicare. It combines many elements Obama and other liberals like — such as subsidized premiums for low-income elderly, “pooling” of insurees to provide bargaining power and managed care that emphasizes prevention, treatment of chronic conditions and coordination among doctors.”

    “As a result, it keeps the cost of care, and thus insurance premiums, much lower than do policies.”

    “Ten million seniors have voluntarily enrolled in Medicare Advantage and realized savings of about $1,000 a year in enhanced benefits over and above what Medicare itself provides. These extra benefits include reduced out-of-pocket costs and comprehensive drug coverage, as well as vision, dental and hearing benefits — plus programs promoting wellness (such as gym memberships) disease management and care coordination.”

    “It essentially implements all the economies and efficiencies that Obama preaches nonstop. Doctors speak to one another, duplication is avoided, care is managed, and there is an emphasis on prevention.”

    “Yet the Democratic health-care bills targets Medicare Advantage for drastic cuts — which would force up premiums and drive millions of seniors to drop it.”

    “Which brings us to AARP — which makes a hefty profit selling Medigap coverage, the chief alternative to Medicare Advantage.”

    “Medigap is a more traditional policy — it offers fewer benefits at higher premiums. It lacks such features as no-care coordination, chronic-care management and pay-for-performance incentives.”

    “And Medigap doesn’t do as much to control costs. Because Medicare Advantage negotiates payment levels and saves money via bulk purchasing, inpatient costs run 20 percent or more below Medigap charges. More patients are handled through outpatient care. X-rays and other radiation cost 10 percent to 20 percent less; devices like wheelchairs, walkers and oxygen bottles run a fifth less than under conventional policies.”

    “But AARP is probably the most potent lobby in Washington — and the White House has consistently tried to buy off the lobbyists on health-care reform. Its deals with the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbies have gotten some coverge — will we someday learn of a similar bargain with AARP?”

    “The deal would represent special-interest politics at its worst: a group betraying the constituency it’s supposed to serve for the sake of its own coffers.”

    “Health-care reform” would slash Medicare — and not just Medicare Advantage — to subsidize insurance for much younger people who can’t qualify for Medicaid and thus, by definition, aren’t poor. And the supposed protector of poor old people will stand by, content with its own cut of the action.”

    “Is this what liberal Democrats have come to?”

    http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/2009/10/02/the-most-squalid-reform-deal-yet/#more-646

    Remember we had a pilot school in Washington DC that educated children better and cost less. Yet obama discontinued it.

    Medicap is being destroyed.

    See the similarity here ???

    Instead of solving private health care simple problems, we are going to take 17 % of our economy and put in government hands.

    Full effect of health plan after Presidential election.

    I see a conspiracy.

    Acorn began from organization that wanted to bankrupt America by signing up people on social programs.

    Acorn did cause our Recession to a great degree.

    We know the history of many of the czars. Un-American and against Capitalism.

    A coup d’état ???

  • JD

    I don’t blame him if he was. the Republican’s won’t back up any bill no matter the if the public option so might as well go for the gusto.

  • Bill Hedges

    English leader told America not to go to pubic health care. Congress is contemplating. There is no working health plan that accomplishes what obama claims his will. He stalls full implementation till after next Presidential election. Leader of Russia warns us to not go socialist. Obama has been caught in so many lies. Bills passed into law without reading and misrepresentation of what’s in it.

    For those reasons and more polls show majority of people do not want obama’s plan.

    Public option is plan to get near all people in it and out of private. It has been discussed here how that is done so I won’t list them..

    I trust health care will not cover illegal’s as he says it will not allow payment for abortion. That taxes in any form will not go up for those earning less than $250,000, that we will have access to bills before signed. His government will be transparent. Near all czars are not bizarre thinking radicals.

    If you believe the words of obama then you are nothing but a member of a growing minority.

    There is a better way to lower health cost and cover near all citizens. I heard on Fox a person said Republicans had no plan. Why do opponents lie ??? People are not that stupid anymore. Well he was told to go to Republican Party web site. Republicans have a better plan. But many Democrats in Congress are like the 3 monkeys.

    Evidence has been presented, there is no doubt he had always planned on going for the gusto. If Republicans differed they would not be heard if there was no need to listen.

    Our redemption is Democrats who believe as we do and/or their fear of voters. Whose views are loud and growing. In polls, emails, streets, and increasingly in more news media.

    JD wrote…

    “I don’t blame him if he was. the Republican’s won’t back up any bill no matter the if the public option so might as well go for the gusto.”

    Your right JD. Democrats seem elated if they can get just one vote in committee from a Republican like Snow.
    I take greater pride they now are united in holly war for us.

    Last President supporting similar legislation lost his parties majority in Congress. History does at times repeat itself… Remember Newt.

    Go for the Gusto, go for the political funeral.

  • Bill Hedges

    “GOOD NEWS FOR TERRORISTS: DEMOCRATIC REVISIONS TO THE PATRIOT ACT”

    By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann

    10.5.2009

    “Drug enforcement agents have long used roving wiretaps but anti-terror investigators will not be able to use them if Congress doesn’t extend the authority. Our anti-terror investigators will be back to the one phone-one warrant rule.”

    “Other liberal targets include the statute which allows terror investigators to apply for court orders to search business records in national security investigations. The Democrats want to limit this authority to instances in which investigators can prove that their target is an agent of a foreign power. Since terrorists are unlikely to register under FARA (Foreign Agent Registration Act), one wonders how investigators are supposed to be able to prove that they are foreign agents before they can investigate them! Even though investigators can only search the business records if they get the approval of the court, this safeguard does not impress the liberals. Ironically, the IRS can access these very same business records if they are connected with a tax investigation whether or not a foreign agent is involved. But terror investigators will have to face a more daunting hurdle.”

    “Another sunsetting provision under attack is the so-called “lone wolf authority” which allows investigators to launch a probe even if they cannot prove, before they start, that the target is connected to a terrorist group. Again, the liberals would put the horse before the cart and demand proof before an inquiry could begin.”

    “Other liberal targets include limiting the use of National Security Letters – in effect subpoenas – in terror investigations.”

    “On the other hand, the list of terror attacks that have been prevented by using these authorities is extensive. Most recently, these tools helped stop Najibullah Zazi from loading backpacks with lethal explosives and detonating them on New York City subways.”

    “Will Obama endorse these crippling amendments? Will Democrats like Senators Gillibrand and Schumer who come from endangered states like New York back them? ”

    http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/2009/10/05/good-news-for-terrorists-democratic-revisions-to-the-patriot-act/#more-647
    ………………..

    Another email from my Brother

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    From the L. A. Times

    1. 40% of all workers in L. A. County ( L. A. County has 10.2 million people)are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.

    2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.

    3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.

    4.. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal , whose births were paid for by taxpayers.

    5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally

    6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.

    7.. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.

    8. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.

    9. 21 radio stations in L. A. are Spanish speaking.

    10. In L. A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish.
    (There are 10.2 million people in L. A. County )

    (All 10 of the above are from the Los Angeles Times)

    Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United Sta tes ‘ annual population growth (and over 90% of California , Florida , and New York ) results from immigration. 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.

    We are a bunch of fools for letting this continue

    HOW CAN YOU HELP ?

    Send copies of this letter to at least two other people. 100 would be even better.

    This is only one State……………

    If this doesn’t open your eyes nothing will !
    And you wonder why Nancy Pelosi wants them to become voters!

    !

  • Bill Hedges

    “Harry Reid cuts Medicaid deal for Nevada
    State would get full funding for first five years of expanded program”

    By Lisa Mascaro (contact)

    Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 | 10:27 a.m.

    WASHINGTON — “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid secured a deal today that would give Nevada full, 100 percent funding in the Senate health care bill for an initial expansion of Medicaid.”

    “The agreement reached with the committee chairman comes after Reid vowed last week to strike a better deal for Nevada before bringing any legislation to the floor.”

    http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/sep/22/reid-deal-would-give-nevada-full-funding-medicaid-/

    Harry Reid and all Democrats team will be working out the difference between House and Sentate bills.

    Since medicaid is un-funded increase, all States but Navada will have to raise taxes or cut State’s cost.

    Should help Sen. Reid’s lagging polls for his re-election ?
    ……….

    What a surpise that SNL made fun of obama…

  • Bill Hedges

    Rep. Shadegg says you can be fined up to $25,000 and jail time if you don’t have appoved health insrance.

    Is that legal ???

  • Bill Hedges

    With the far out believing czars, even Democrats want to talk to obama’s czars. Fearing another Jones incident I’m a betting. From Pedophile to Bill Ayers , what a background Czars have.

    Doesn’t look like obama wants to cooperate…Jones didn’t either. Where is he now ???

    Acorn thief by big shot is being looked at. More like $ 5 million stolen some say, not one.

    obama’s friends. Judge a man by their friends. Seems like Conservatives was saying that during campaign ?

    With cracks of Acorn dam cracking and leaking water, Dam may break leaking secrets of the rich and legislators. President ???

    As usual, Comment material is plentiful for Conservatives. For liberals a time out. If only they could prey…

    obama doesn’t insult our debt holder, China. obama first president in awhile not to meet Dalai Lama. When is human rights important to obama. Oh yes, when con·ve·nient. My definition of liberal.
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    “8 years in, Obama weighs Afghanistan options”

    By BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer Ben Feller, Associated Press Writer – 1 min ago

    “The White House said Obama won’t base his decisions on the mood on Capitol Hill or eroding public support for the war.

    “The president is going to make a decision — popular or unpopular — based on what he thinks is in the best interests of the country,” press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091007/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_us_afghanistan

    Statements attributed to obama here seems so out of character for him.

    More like a guy caught between a rock and a hard place.

    Pakistan looms on the horizons…

  • Bill Hedges

    omygod continues to buy Congress members votes for health care plan. Sen. Reid, now others. For relief of burden of added medicaid cost which are unfunded by the feds.

    There will surely be those not bought that will complain. Alone with citizen who one way or another must pay added expense.

    The false Vail that only rich will pay will be lifted, even though some of health care bill doesn’t kick in till after next Presidential election.
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    “Health bill would cost $829B, cover 94 percent”

    By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent David Espo, Ap Special Correspondent – 1 hr 28 mins ago
    WASHINGTON – “Health care legislation drafted by a key Senate committee would expand coverage to 94 percent of all eligible Americans at a 10-year cost of $829 billion, congressional budget experts said Wednesday, a preliminary estimate trumpeted by the White House and likely to power the measure past a major hurdle within days.”

    “The Congressional Budget Office added that the legislation would reduce federal deficits by $81 billion over a decade and probably lead to “continued reductions in federal” red ink in the years beyond.”

    “One noted that the estimate does not include the costs of proposed payment increases for doctors serving Medicare patients, roughly $200 billion through 2019. Additionally, a so-called fail-safe mechanism to hold spending in line could result in cuts as large as 15 percent in federal subsidies designed to help the poor afford insurance, CBO said.”

    “Beginning in 2013, the measure would require that millions of Americans purchase private insurance for the first time, and would set up a new marketplace where policies would be available. Failure to obey the requirement would result in penalties of up to $750 per family.”

    “Federal subsidies would be available to millions of lower-income individuals and families to help defray the cost of coverage that would otherwise be out of their reach. The alternative to government-sold health care, a proposal for nonprofit co-ops that would compete with private companies, was judged largely ineffective by budget officials. Such arrangements “seem unlikely to establish a significant medical presence in many areas of the country,” they wrote.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091008/ap_on_go_co/us_health_care_overhaul

    As the believers of this health plan rejoice and jump up and down, I shall remind them that Social Security and other programs are deep in debt. Though once forecast it would not be. Congressional budget experts is a superior group of honest people, however they have no control over changes Congress makes for votes.

    There is little doubt to me, if passed, that our program will in up like England and Canada, Oregon, and Hawaii. Rationing and high cost will come.
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    “SNOWE AND LINCOLN WILL DETERMINE EVERYTHING”
    By Dick Morris 10.7.2009

    “Watch how Maine Republican Olympia Snowe and Arkansas Democrat Blanche Lincoln vote in the Senate Finance Committee on the Baucus version of the Obama healthcare plan. As Snowe and Lincoln go, so will the Congress.”

    http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/2009/10/07/snowe-and-lincoln-will-determine-everything/#more-648

  • Bill Hedges

    “TAX THE SICK: OBAMA’S NEW PLAN”

    By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

    October 8, 2009

    “Faced with a need to scrounge for revenue to fund his plan for health care, President Barack Obama and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus have come up with a brilliant new idea: Tax the sick! In a new amendment to the health care bill, they propose to limit the deductibility of medical expenses on income taxes. “

    “Eight million Americans are sick enough and poor enough that they have to pay more than 7.5% of their income in medical expenses. And it is these folks that the liberals Obama and Baucus plan to tax! Six million of them earn less than $75,000 a year!

    “ For a family earning $75,000 a year and facing out-of-pocket medical bills of $7, 500, this proposal would cost them about $600 a year in extra taxes.”

    “And let’s remember who it is that they are taxing. This proposal affects people whose incomes are so limited and whose medical costs are so high that they exceed 7.5% of their pre-tax income.”

    “This tax, and their desire to cut Medicare and Medicaid by $500 billion, makes Obama and Baucus unlike any Democrats I have ever known. Democrats, at least when I worked for Clinton, defended the elderly and the sick rather than cut the former and tax the latter.”

    http://www.vote.com/mmp_printerfriendly.php?id=1667

    I enjoy reading Dick Morris. Liberals so hate him. Dick knows Bill Clinton. Dick is knowledgeable and makes sense.

    I should quote top gun Rush more, but that’s over-kill.

    I thought when Bill Clinton recently backed obama’s health bill, that Bill was disingenuous. Dick gives my case. Bill Clinton has been caught with off-the-cuff remarks, we have idea what he really thinks of obama.

    This health is going to hurt people that Democrats have, in past, took under their wing.

    As implied on this site, that $250,000 magic number is a JOKE…As this health reform is, is.

  • Bill Hedges

    Cpc included illegals in health plan. By law, a public option must be open to all

    Wilson absolutely right. Liar obama deceives as ususal..

  • Bill Hedges

    Heard CPC report may not have included public option

  • Bill Hedges

    PAY MIDDLE CLASS, PAY…

    “Mrs. Pelosi’s VAT”
    “The Speaker floats a middle-class tax hike.“

    “Candor about taxes is rare in Washington, so when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admits that Democrats may have to impose a huge new tax on the middle class to fund their spending ambitions, believe her. ”

    “Mrs. Pelosi is the second prominent Democrat to call for a VAT in recent weeks. John Podesta, an adviser to President Obama and president of the very liberal Center for American Progress, called in September for a “small and more progressive” VAT. Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Podesta argue a new tax is necessary to address the nation’s exploding financial liabilities, as if those liabilities exploded on their own. Of course, VATs always start “small” and get bigger. The bills for the Democratic spending blowout are coming due even sooner than advertised, and the middle class will pay, whatever Mr. Obama’s Campaign promises. ”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703298004574457512007010416.html

    Nancy being brave mentioning VAT. Historically, those that mention it, don’t get re-elected…

    We Conservatives have been saying middle class will pay more taxes…