Get Real…

Take a necessary idea that Obama ran on to get elected, make it real, affordable, and get it done now.

Idealism that the populist voted him into office with is essential. CSPAN, open debate, and true bipartisan support. Sunshine and fresh air in every step of the process.

For fresh air to exist leaders of House and Senate are out. Their backroom antics nullify their believability for honest reform. The President’s insistence to gain votes at any cost should exclude him as well.

Committee members working on reform should be beyond reproach. No Harry, Nancy, Barney, Chris, etc. Not a participant in the previous 2,000 page debauchery. Those against it is a good list of candidates for this new committee to develop a bill from. Should I throw Scott Brown’s name as committee member?

Perhaps a few hundred page bill that reduces the cost of health care, insurance premiums, addresses pre-existing conditions in a responsible manner (places limits when qualified) and strives for a near 100% insured America. Also including financial aid to the poor.

Wasn’t this the thought of when Obama was elected ???

What we need the committee to do is start from the beginning.

1. Cut the waste & fraud. It’s there. How much savings in Medicare can be found? Thievery exists from all sources in the health industry.

2. Tort reform. With this test and repeated test done to safe guard doctors, hospitals, and drug companies. Their exposure to law suits can be reduced. Nothing though that endangers the patient. Reducing cost of malpractice insurance is a peg in the wheel in cost reductions for all. I would have a hot line and web site for ideas to reduce cost and report fraud. Got this idea from Obama (give credit when due).

My 2 points are not all encompassing. Not even trying to be. Couldn’t if I did try.

My link proves less big government is the honest answer that works best:

CBO confirms GOP plan will lower health care premiums and lower the deficit without tax hikes on families and small businesses.
“Nonpartisan Congressional Scorekeeper: GOP Plan Lowers Premiums By Up to 10 Percent”

Washington, Nov 4, 2009 -”House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed in a letter tonight that the Republican health care
plan will lower health care premiums by up to 10 percent and reduce the deficit by $68 billion over 10 years without imposing tax increases on families and small businesses.”

“When it comes to reforming health care, controlling skyrocketing costs is the American peoples’ top priority. Now CBO has confirmed that the Republican plan will lower health care costs for American families, and that’s good news for everyone struggling in today’s economy. The choice now could not be clearer: Speaker Pelosi’s plan raises costs. Our plan lowers them.

“Not only does the GOP plan lower health care costs, but it alsoincreases access to quality care – including for those with pre-existing conditions – at a price our country can afford. The cost of the Speaker’s bill, now at $1.3 trillion and counting, is a debt that will be paid for by our kids and our grandkids. The American
people deserve a better solution, and Republicans’ smart, fiscally-responsible plans give them exactly what they want.”

“NOTE: In a letter delivered tonight, CBO estimated that the GOP health care plan would reduce average private health insurance premiums per enrollee in the United States relative to what they would
be under current law. Specifically:”

•” For the small group market (generally businesses with 2 to 50 employees), the GOP plan would reduce premiums in 2016 for example by up to 10 percent.”
• “For the individual market, the GOP plan would reduce premiums in 2016 by up to eight percent.”
• “For the large group market, the GOP plan would reduce premiums in 2016 by up to three percent.”

You can compare Obama’s plan to the GOP plan here and see the advantages of smaller government with tangible results.

  • Bill Hedges

    Some possible disturbing news coming to light as they discuss keeping the Fed chairman.

    Harry Reid wants a doubling of efforts to help the economy especially the housing situation.

    This could be a repeat performance that caused our economic collapse. With a twist.

    The stated discussion may be tip of iceberg, Rush to improve economic conditions after 2 Governor election and devastating MA Senate seat loss, leads me to believe Obama wants quick fix not solid financial responsibility. Saving homes for families who have fallen on hard times, irresponsible, and unqualified home owners is risky money business.

    What happens (again) if interest rates rise. We have record lows now. God forbid if economy does improve and money tightens, inflation, China stops buying our debt, or if America loses it’s triple A rating.

  • Bill Hedges

    Special exception for terrorist and public safety

    No “Miranda warning if”

    “The FBI interview with the suspected bomber lasted about 50 minutes. Before they began questioning Abdulmutallab, the FBI agents decided not to give him his Miranda warnings informing him of his right to remain silent.”

    “While the Miranda warning, based on a 1966 Supreme Court ruling, is a bedrock principle of the U.S. justice system and a staple of television cop shows, there is a major exception which could apply in Abdulmutallab’s case.”

    “Investigators are allowed to question a suspect without providing a Miranda warning if they are trying to end a threat to public safety.”

    “In a future trial in a federal court, prosecutors would likely justify Abdulmutallab’s questioning without a Miranda warning by arguing that the FBI agents needed to know quickly if there were other planes with other bombs headed for the United States. The 9/11 attacks and other past plots have shown al-Qaida’s penchant for synchronized attacks in multiple locations.”

    http://www.abc2news.com/news/national/story/Feds-detail-Christmas-Day-attack/dyjm5AMLLkaqZO3BbsV6XQ.cspx

  • Bill Hedges

    ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’

    Obama

    January 25, 2010

    “Berry: Obama said “big difference” between ’10 and ’94 is “me”

    “Rep. Marion Berry’s parting shot, published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette [no link, subscription only] offers a warning to moderate Democrats and border state moderates — warning of a midterm bloodbath comparable to the 54-seat D-to-R swing in 1994.”

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0110/Berry_Obama_said_big_difference_between_10_and_94_is_me.html?showall

    For those that thunk obama has learned anything from MA, think again…

  • Bill Hedges

    Famous ‘Acorn buster’ film maker seeks 2nd 15 minutes of fame, but breaks the law and is caught…

    “4 Arrests in Phone Tampering at Landrieu Office”

    “Four people were arrested on Monday for allegedly posing as telephone technicians to enter the New Orleans offices of Senator Mary Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana, and then tampering with her phone system.”

    “According to The New Orleans Times-Picayune, one of the men arrested was James O’Keefe, a filmmaker who produced videos purporting to document questionable practices at some field offices of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as Acorn. In the videos, Mr. O’Keefe and an associate, Hannah Giles, posing as a pimp and a prostitute, secretly filmed themselves seeking and receiving financial advice for a brothel from Acorn workers.”

    “Mr. O’Keefe was, at the time, already inside, according to the complaint, “holding a cellular phone so as to record” Mr. Basel and Mr. Flanagan. Mr. Dai was, along with the other three men, involved in the planning of the event.Senator Landrieu, one of the last Democratic holdouts in the Senate to vote for the health care bill, first negotiated an increase in Medicaid funds before she voted in favor of the legislation.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/us/politics/27landrieu.html

    Attempting to uncover corruption admirable. Illegal methods dumb…

  • Bill Hedges

    Referring to obama since Scott Brown election:

    “being close to clinical denial”.

    Charles Krauthammer_ He is qualified to say that, by the way…
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    Will Speaker Nancy jump up 57 times for obama tonight ?

    Nancy said obama’s health care was dead. Now. Maybe not.
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    Will there be yelling at obama tonight ? From liberals ? Democrats ? Laughs from Republicans.
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    I understand ‘party favor bones’ will be thrown out by obama tonight. Asking Congress to appeal the “Don’t ask, don‘t tell” ruling. Inviting Republicans into the negotiations instead of excluding them.

    No doubt the Flem Flam Man’s knees have been cut off. His hustle slowed. No rush for health care passage now. Jobs, jobs, jobs is present cry.

    Jobs cry as distraction does not deter his opposition from both isles and all groups. This happens when unheard of freeze reaches the Devil’s home. All fronts are attacking this wounded President. Smelling blood.

    Republicans wants to not fund terrorist trials in New York.
    No doubt Republican health care plan will be pushed.

    Many, many more.

    “I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.”

    Obama

    Joe Biden is the dumb one.
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    There will be no apologies for America tonight. But praise. He’s rubbing up to America tonight. Don’t remember the past, tonight. Live in lala-obama-land.

  • Bill Hedges

    Obama said if anyone had a better health care plan, let him know. Well obama, they have. Read it in my article guy. Ask a Republican Congress member. Congress voted it down.
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    Tell obama he does not have ‘line item veto.’
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    Freeze__ This inflated budget on 17% of budget. JOKE…They can get around freeze by adding to military budget.
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    #1 visitor to White House is Union leader. No lobbyist, really obama.
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    obama doesn’t acknowledge Republicans being left out in cold and no transparency.
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    Obama said no Income taxes on those making under certain amout were increased. What about other taxes and fees ??? Those charges going to be charged to banks will be paid for by the customers. As all taxes and charges paid by business are.
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    Climate change ? leader ???
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    For Iran street marchers ??? Really.
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    Obama talking about off shore oil drilling sounds good. We will see. Let’s not forget about Alaska. Keep oil pipe line flowing.
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    This may be hard to believe, but I liked Govenor of VA speech.

    I saw a lot of sucking up, misrepresentation, and lies. Also attempt to unite.

    He failed to admit what he campaigned on was changed when pen meet paper. At which time he should have vetoed all that pork as just one example, as he promised.
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    Gov. of Va McDonnell gave super rebuttal.

    Scott Brown was quoted as saying tax cuts needed for jobs. He is a John F. Kennedy economic believer as I am.

  • Bill Hedges

    Before speech, I said:

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    “Will there be yelling at obama tonight ? From liberals ? Democrats ? Laughs from Republicans.”
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    I was wrong. Was Supreme Court Judge… Read his lips

  • Bill Hedges

    White House has blinked their eyes and looking for new location for terrorist trial.

    Will some place in America take the pay off to have trial in their city ? Or will Gitmo hold the trial even though military has dropped their charges.

    In past at least some terrorist defendants were pleading guilty to military trial..

    Some say Gitmo will not close.

    In State of Union was terrorist even mentioned ?
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    Speaker Nancy was for health care plan then said it was dead. It has risen again. It’s a miracle !!!
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    Obama wants ideas on health plan. On news today Republicans ideas have in past been sent to him.

    Reminds me when obama would go line by line explaining to anyone health care plan. A Doctor who is a Congressman wanted to take him up on offer. No response from obama.

    No response happened in past for health. Won’t happen now either.

    Rhetoric obama.
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    Debt ceiling passed Senate today. What’s the rush ?? Oh yes.. Scott Brown.

    Not passing could have required reform. Oppotunity missed. Rush to pass.

  • Bill Hedges

    Obama was consolatory towards Republicans today, announcing his intention to work together after State of the Union. Of course this is a repeated promise. obama has proven he keeps his word ? Ah, will show.

    Well choice of words sounded plausible on television. As true as CSPAN showing health care plan progression.

    How much was show. How much heart felt?

  • Bill Hedges

    “Palin tells ‘tea party’: It’s revolution time”

    By LIZ SIDOTI, AP National Political Writer Liz Sidoti, Ap National Political Writer – 1 hr 16 mins ago

    “NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sarah Palin declared “America is ready for another revolution” and repeatedly assailed President Barack Obama on Saturday before adoring “tea party” activists. They make up a seemingly natural constituency should she run for president.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100207/ap_on_el_ge/us_palin_s_people

    This is why all the hate and frustrations coming out from obama and liberals over Sarah and the tea parties. Unadulterated fear.

    Bush & McCain are good people but not truly conservatives. Sarah represents what conservatives of both parties and independents can rally behind.

    It is too early to say she will run. Obviously she is gaining experiences she will need if she does. As contributor to Fox, she will be helped or hindered. I think a wise decisive gamble.

    The Newt style Republican party fits well with tea party politics. Democrat party does not.

    Still Sarah may not be choice. There are many possibilities. Including Newt and Governor of LA. Who know, Scott Brown. Obama was a unknown after all.

    There is a good chance that obama won’t be candidate next time. Especially if he stubbornly continues his agenda as liberals want and he appears is his path. Certain if economy stays stagnet. Though I care little except it hurts America.

    It would help my cause to face him. He is damaged goods.

  • Bill Hedges

    “Doug Wilder: Obama needs a staff shakeup”

    By L. DOUGLAS WILDER | 2/9/10

    “I am an admirer of Tim Kaine, whom I backed in his current position as one of my successors as Virginia governor and even recommended for the vice presidency. But a spate of recent losses in races that Democrats should have won underscores what has been obvious to me for a long time: The chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee is the wrong job for him. “

    “The changes must go much deeper. Obama’s West Wing is filled with people who are in their jobs because of their Chicago connections or because they signed on with Obama early during his presidential campaign.”

    “Don’t take my word for any of this. Look at the clear message the American people have been sending at the polls these past few months.”

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/32741.html#ixzz0f7lN2bb0

    I’m always hearing how a Liberals want to help us Conservatives. Telling us not to pick Sarah as our next Presidential choice.

    You know I really know they mean it_ RIGHT. I think they are disingenuous.

    I have been a Democrat must of my life so I say this in earnest. This article makes sense. The author has solid experience. Advise sound.