Anti-Abortion Groups Slam Administration Over Federal Funding For Abortions In Pennsylvania Health Plan

Anti-abortion groups are claiming that millions of federal dollars are about to go into a Pennsylvania health care plan that would cover abortion, contrary to lawmakers’ pledge to erect a virtual wall between such coverage and taxpayer funds. 

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department announced at the end of June that the federal government had approved $160 million to set up a high-risk insurance plan for thousands of Pennsylvania residents with pre-existing conditions. Though the announcement made no reference to abortion and the policy itself says “elective abortions” are not covered, the National Right to Life Committee claimed it would cover abortions in almost every circumstance. 

“What their plan actually does is say if it’s legal, it’s covered,” said NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson. “Abortion ends up being covered if it’s not explicitly excluded.” 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/14/anti-abortion-groups-slam-administration-federal-funding-pa-health-plan/

McAuley’s World Comments:

For a history of Roe vs. Wade and a detailed explanation of why elective abortions will be funded in Pennsylvania and the rest of the United States see:   Update: Roe vs. Wade – How Obama Care Will Effect Taxpayer Funding Of Abortions

Excerpts from that post:

Having decided in 1973 to establish a constitutional right to abortion to serve women’s “health,” the courts decided that legislative references to health services or “medically necessary” services (the term of art used in the Medicaid statute) encompass abortion.

In the abortion context, the Supreme Court has said that “health” must be defined very broadly to include “all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age – relevant to the wellbeing of the patient.” Doe v. Bolton, 410 U.S. 179, 192 (1973). In short, if a physician decides that a woman should be able to have an abortion for her “well being,” a government program requiring provision of health services must provide payment for such abortions.

 In the years before the Hyde amendment was first enacted by Congress in 1976, Medicaid was required to pay for about 300,000 abortions a year. No regulatory or administrative leeway was allowed on this point. The Medicaid statute said that grantees must provide “medically necessary” services provided by physicians, and the federal courts held that this category included elective abortions, even though the statute never says the word “abortion.” As one court has observed: “Because abortion fits within many of the mandatory care categories, including‘family planning,’ ‘outpatient services,’ ‘inpatient services,’ and ‘physicians’ services,’Medicaid covered medically necessary abortions between 1973 and 1976.” PlannedParenthood Affiliates of Michigan v. Engler, 73 F.3d 634, 636 (6th Cir. 1996).

Even after the Hyde amendment to the Labor/HHS appropriations act was enacted in 1976, barring funds appropriated in this act from being used for most abortions, a legal battle ensued for years. Not until 1980 did the U.S. Supreme Court rule that the statutory language of the Hyde amendment trumps the underlying statute’s presumptive mandate for abortion, and is constitutionally valid. Harris v. McRae, 448 U.S. 297 (1980).

The Senate bill’s new funds are not appropriated in the Labor/HHS appropriations act, so Hyde does not apply to them.

 A similar situation came to light in 1979, when members of Congress asked why the Indian Health Service (IHS) was continuing to provide abortions despite enactment of the Hyde amendment. The agency replied that it had no choice but to do so: The authorizing legislation for the IHS created a broad mandate for services to conserve the “health” of Indians, and the Interior appropriations bill funding these services contained no abortion limitation like the Hyde amendment to the Labor/HHS bill. Therefore “we would have no basis for refusing to pay for abortions” (Letter from Director of the Indian Health Service to Cong. Henry Hyde, July 30, 1979).

Not until 1988 did Congress finally revise the authorizing legislation for the IHS to require that program to conform to the annual Hyde amendment.

The problem here is exactly parallel. The new billions of dollars appropriated here for services at CHCs simply are not covered by the Hyde amendment

Congress, The Deficit, Your 401K, Obama Care,The Gulf, Immigration, Taxes, Foreclosures and Unemployment: “I’m Mad As Hell And I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore”

The movie is 1976’s  “Network”. The actor, Peter Finch, playing news anchor Howard Beal, won a posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor. 

Yes, life imitates art.

Peter Finch as Howard Beal - NETWORK - 1976

Its not 1976 anymore, it is 2010 and today our window is the internet ………..  America ushered in a “Revolution” in 1980  …..

see one of the architects of that revolution here: https://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/freedom-misery-tyranny-the-federal-deficit-professor-milton-friedman/

Obama Annouces “Patient Bill Of Rights” – Why It Means An End To Private Health Care

Obamacare Update: Why you will lose your “private healthcare”. How we will end up with a “single payor“ government managed healthcare system and when you can expect rationing to begin.

Posted on June 22, 2010 by mcauleysworld |
The President was on T.V. again today, repeating the same old tired Obamacare campaign commercial.

Here are facts that the President refuses to admit.

1). Obamacare does not target “healthcare”. Obamacare targets health care “insurance”. That is why Obama met with the heads of Insurance Companies and not with our Country’s doctors. Our Country’s doctors are being ignored.

Obamacare does not “reform” the practice of medicine.

Obamacare does not improve medical care or medical care delivery.

Obamacare does not decrease the costs of medical care, in fact Obama care does not even decrease the cost of medical insurance.

2). Health Insurance Companies do not have the authority to set the “rates” or prices that they charge. Insurance companies have no  authority to set the prices of their policies, let alone to set those prices  wherever they would like.

The process for setting “rates” or “pricing” healthcare insurance policies is one of the most heavily regulated areas of  American business.

President Obama has intentionally and dishonestly misled the American people with his statements concerning medical care, Obamacare and Healthcare Reform.

A). All health care insurance premiums or charges are “pre-approved” by State or Federal regulators. Insurance Companies are required to submit rating plans (pricing plans) to these regulators on an annual (Once a year) or semi-annual basis. (Once every 6 months).

B). Let me repeat, the rating plans must be submitted to State or Federal regulators at least once year. The ratings plans “must be submitted” regardless of whether the healthcare company is requesting a “price” or “rate” increase.

C). Healthcare insurance companies are not allowed, legally, to operate at a financial loss. Let me repeat that statement, “Healthcare insurance companies are not allowed, legally, to operate at a financial loss.” This is true whether the healthcare insurance company is publically owned (public stock), privately owned or a “not for profit company”.

Healthcare insurance companies must, by law, maintain sufficient funds (called reserves) to pay the known and anticipated costs associated with its policyholders medical claims. A failure to maintain a “sufficient” amount of money (or, sufficient reserve levels) subjects the Company’s Executives to both civil and criminal prosecution.

EXAMPLE OF PRESIDENTIAL DISHONESY – Healthcare Reform:  You may recall that the President singled out the Anthem Healthcare Insurance Company for criticism at a critical time in the health care debate. Anthem is a young company as far as insurance companies go. Anthem began its journey as a “spin-off’ of American General Insurance in the 1980’s. In 2001 Anthem became a “publicly traded” “publicly owned” stock company. In 2004 Anthem merged with Blue Cross Blue Shield and later in 2004 Anthem merged again, this time with WellPoint Insurance Company. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is well known for its management of UAW related Health Insurance Programs, programs recently referred to as “Cadillac Health Plans”.

Just days after the President “negotiated” a “partial waiver, modification and delay” of “Obamacare” taxes to be levied on the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield “Cadillac Health Care Plans”, Anthem Insurance filed a rate increase request in California, a rate increase that “requested” up to a 40% price increase. President Obama was quick, surprisingly quick in fact, to criticize Anthem for the requested rate increase. When one considers how slowly the President responds to things, one might think he had advance notice of Anthems plans.

Anthem filed all of the necessary financial reports to support its request to increase “rates” or prices” and those documents were submitted to the regulators for review. President Obama rode this horse home during the Obamacare debates, regularly referring to Anthems requested rate increase. Today, President Obama noted two things relating to Anthem Insurance;  First,  that Anthem was prohibited from increasing rates on its own, that it was governed by regulators and that the regulators noted that Anthem had misstated their claim costs in the “rate increase” request and subsequently withdrew that request.

Let me recap: Days after getting a “partial waiver, modification and delay” of Obamacare taxes to be levied against “Cadillac Health care Plans”, Obama’s buddies at Anthem request a “rate increase” which cannot be supported by the required regulatory filings, Obama uses this “rate request” to demonize all insurance companies during the Obamacare debate and after Obamacare passes, it is noted, incidently, that the Regulators who oversee rate increases, caught Obama’s buddies at Anthem red handed and they withdrew the request. How stupid do they think we are!

When Federal and State regulators consider rate increases they specifically consider Executive and Non-executive salaries and expenses. The President implied today that “his actions” will result in Healthcare Insurance Companies will spend between 80% and 85% of their income on claim payments. The truth is that the Healthcare Insurance companies have traditionally paid 80% to 85% of their income on claims payments.

If a Company spends more than 85% of its revenue on claims payments, it will, coincidently, be entitled to a rate increase, because, the Company is not acting in a prudent manner to ensure the payment of future claims.  

HOW YOU WILL LOSE YOUR PRIVATE HEALTHCARE COVERAGE –  “A SINGLE PAYOR SYSTEM ON THE WAY”  

The Government will regulate “Private Healthcare Coverage” out of existence.

President Obama met today with Healthcare Insurance Company Executives, State and Federal Healthcare Regulators.

It is the goal of the Obama Administration to end private healthcare insurance in this country and replace it with the President’s stated “preferred healthcare system”, a single payor government run program.

Private Healthcare Insurance Companies will be regulated out of existence.

The Obama Administration will mandate that additional medical services, treatment, surgery and medications be provided by the Private Healthcare Industry.

Then the insurance regulators will decline the rate increases that the Companies must submit, according to Federal and State Law. Without the requested rate increases and with unchecked and escalating medical costs the private healthcare companies will be forced to close their doors.

The Obama Administration will have achieved its goal and only the Government will remain in the Healthcare Insurance arena.

WHEN WILL THE RATIONING BEGIN

Healthcare rationing will be directly tied to “total healthcare costs”.

Obamacare adds millions of additional bureaucrats to the healthcare system without adding a single doctor or nurse. Obamacare calls for the creation of 26oo new “regulatory bodies” without adding a single diagnostic testing machine. The costs of American Healthcare will skyrocket, without adding a single procedure or healthcare professional to provide medical care.

On May 11, 2010 the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) revised it early estimate of costs associated with Obamacare. The CBO now says that Obamacare will cost over $1 Trillion Dollars and that the $1 Trillion dollars includes a $500 Million Dollar reduction in payments to Medicare and Medicaid. If we, as a Country, are to maintain Medicare and Medicaid spending at today’s levels, Obama Care will cost, at a minimum,  $1.5 Trillion dollars. http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/114xx/doc11490/LewisLtr_HR3590.pdf

As the Government runs out of money to pay for the treatment of the American people, doctors and hospitals will be forced to provide less treatment, pharmacies will dispense fewer drugs and fewer diagnostic tests will be given.  

President Obama stood in the Capital Building and promised the American People:

“First, you can keep your healthcare, keep your doctor ……”

“That my healthcare proposals won’t add a dime to the deficit”

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/114xx/doc11490/LewisLtr_HR3590.pdf

Then the resident swore to the American People that he would not sign any bill that did …….

Mr. President, would you know the truth if it walked up and kicked you in the ass ……

Have you considered that the Government’s estimates of the costs associated with Obamacare are no more accurate than the Obama Administration’s estimates of oil flowing into the Gulf?

Update: Waxman Cancels Obama Care Hearings – How Embarrassing – Waxman hadn’t read Obama Care after all

Obama Care passes and within hours of the law being signed by the President reports begin to surface from American businesses about the unintended costs. Billions in hidden costs that will mean jobs and kill the economy.

ATT reports that Obama Care will cost the company $1 Billion dollars in the 1st 13 weeks. http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/healthcare-law-to-cost-att-1-billion/389937/

The list grows rapidly, the bill will cost Catapillar $100 Million in the 1st quarter,   http://www.manufacturing.net/News-Caterpillar-Health-Care-Overhaul-To-Cost-100M-032510.aspx?menuid=264 , John Deere Company announces $150 Million 1st quarter costs, http://www.marketwatch.com/story/att-sees-1-billion-write-down-tied-to-health-law-2010-03-26, AK Steel, Valero Energy, Verizon and 3500 other Companies follow suit and announce hundreds of billions in  unintended costs associated with Obama Care. http://blogs.marketwatch.com/election/2010/03/26/is-health-law-already-hurting-business-maybe-maybe-not/ . Medtronic warns of a possible 1000 layoffs. Verizon warns retires it may have to cut retiree health care benefits.

Stop this! This must be stopped! Stop it now, shouts Representative Henry Waxman, Chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee. People can’t be allowed to report about the huge financial burdens this new Health Care plan is creating ….. they must be stopped now …. Stop it! Stop it! Stop it now, shouts the Chairman. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Waxman

Chairman Waxman thought and thought and thought and then he knew what he would do …. make these companies appear at a Congressional Hearing and answer his questions …… so he sent out letters …..

What was that reference to the SEC or Security and Exchange Commission? Waxman wrote, “ATT stated in its March 26, 2010 “filing” with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it intends to take a charge of approximately $1 billion in 2010.”

A filing? What does he mean by a filing?

A ”filing” is simply a “report”, in this instance a report mandated by Waxman and Congress itself.

In 2002 the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate overwhelming passed a law called the Sarbanes – Oxley Act, or SOXs as Congress calls it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarbanes%E2%80%93Oxley_Act

What do I mean by “overwhelming passed”, well the law passed in July 2002 by votes of 423 to 3 in the House of Representatives and passed in the Senate 99 – 0. What do they mean when they say “bi-partisan”? Sarbanes-Oxley was bi-partisan.

What does Sarbanes-Oxley mandate?

The bill was enacted as a reaction to a number of major corporate and accounting scandals including those affecting Enron, Tyco International, Adelphia, Peregrine Systems and WorldCom. These scandals, which cost investors billions of dollars when the share prices of affected companies collapsed, shook public confidence in the nation’s securities marketshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarbanes%E2%80%93Oxley_Act

Specifically, “Title III consists of eight sections and mandates that senior executives take individual responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of corporate financial reports. It defines the interaction of external auditors and corporate audit committees, and specifies the responsibility of corporate officers for the accuracy and validity of corporate financial reports. It enumerates specific limits on the behaviors of corporate officers and describes specific forfeitures of benefits and civil penalties for non-compliance. For example, Section 302 requires that the company’s “principal officers” (typically the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer) certify and approve the integrity of their company financial reports quarterly”.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarbanes%E2%80%93Oxley_Act

Quarterly reports? To be filed with the SEC? When is the end of the 1st quarter of 2010? Today, March 31, 2010? So the reports Waxman writes about were filed all of 6 days early? The reports, as Waxman writes, were filed on March 26, 2010. Shame, shame, shame – the Companies completed filings required by a law passed by Congress. 

Let me see if I get this.

Congressman Waxman votes on and passes Obama Care without reading what he is signing or understanding what the law does. Waxman doesn’t know about the billions in taxes in the “new” health care law? Then why did he vote to pass the law?

Waxman, who has been in Congress since 1975, particpated in passing Sarbanes-Oxley. Wanna bet he didn’t read that law either?

So, Waxman passed the law raising billions in new taxes and he also passed the law that requires American Companies to file reports with the SEC outlining their business expenses and expected profits and to report these things on a quarterly basis under penalty of criminal prosecution.

So a guy who passed the law that requires the reporting and the same guy who passed the law that created the taxes being reported on, calls a hearing …. to what ….. prevent the required reporting.

What a waste of time and money – no wonder we have a 20 trillion dollar national debt! (It isn’t quite $20 trillion yet – but by the time I fininish typing it well could be $20 trillion).

Does anyopne really think this guy is smart enough to solve the Country’s problems or is he one of the group that is creating the problems that is ruining the economy and costing us millions of jobs and home foreclosures.

Sarbanes – Oxley reporting is “apolitical” or without politics. Accountants complete the reports using Government designed and mandated report formats ….. The SEC reads the reports, the IRS reads the reports and investors read the reports – they are not secret reports they are “public reports”.

Can’t Waxman read and understand the reports he created – he helped pass the law and he doesn’t understand the reports it requires.

Congressional Hearings? What a waste of taxpayer money. Waxman will do anything but take responsibility … responsibility for the economy, for the Housing mess, for foreclosures. Having hearings over Sarbanes-Oxley “filings” makes as much sense as having taxpayers report for hearings when they file their taxes and report that they owe money and mail in their checks. The Sarbanes-Oxley reports – report that the Companies will owe more in “health care taxes”, taxes that will really be paid for by the retirees receiving the benefits.

Waxman has been in Congress for 35 years. The bottom fell out of our economy after he and fellow Californian, Nancy Pelosi, took over leadership positions in the Democratic Party

Waxman represents a District in California that includes Hollywood. Prior to coming to serve in Congress he was a State Assemblyman in California.

What Waxman helped do to bankrupt California, he is now trying to do to the whole United States.

Waxman’s theories didn’t work in Califonia, they won’t work in Washington.

The “change” mandated by Obama Care hurts the retirees, not the Companies invloved.

Obama lied – he said you “could keep the coverage you have” and then he taxed the Companies for giving you the coverage you earned.  

We were not suppose to learn about this …. Sarbanes-Oxley had the unintended effect of bringing these changes out into the open

UPDATE: 3500 Businesses report $250Billion in “hidden costs” – How many jobs will that mean?

April 15, 2010: Waxman Cancels Hearing To Grill Companies On Tax Hit From Overhaul

Arcane accounting rules don’t usually make for Congressional fireworks. But we were really looking forward to a scheduled clash next week between Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and a bunch of companies that said the new health law is going to cost them big time.

Alas, the hearing was cancelled. How come? When congressional staffers took a look at the companies’ books, they concluded their financial filings making provision for higher future taxes were legit.

AT&T, Verizon, Caterpillar, and Deere & Co. made waves when they informed investors and the Securities and Exchange Commission that they would take big hits because the health law eliminates a tax deduction on federal subsidies that help defray the cost of drug benefits for retirees.

Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar said it would take a $100 miilion charge in the first quarter of this year. AT&T said its charge would amount to $1 billion.

Waxman didn’t buy it, launched an investigation and sent letters to Caterpillar and the other firms demanding an explanation. Now, the accountants say the companies’ charges are by the book.

Waxman is such an embrassment – didn’t read the law before he voted on it and then acted like an ass by scheduling the hearings in the first place.

There are competent Liberals out their that the far left could elect to  public office – why does the far left keep electing clowns like this guy.

Government Waste & Waxman’s Obama Care Hearings

Obama Care passes and within hours of the law being signed by the President reports begin to surface from American businesses about the unintended costs. Billions in hidden costs that will mean jobs and kill the economy.

ATT reports that Obama Care will cost the company $1 Billion dollars in the 1st 13 weeks. http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/healthcare-law-to-cost-att-1-billion/389937/

The list grows rapidly, the bill will cost Catapillar $100 Million in the 1st quarter,   http://www.manufacturing.net/News-Caterpillar-Health-Care-Overhaul-To-Cost-100M-032510.aspx?menuid=264 , John Deere Company announces $150 Million 1st quarter costs, http://www.marketwatch.com/story/att-sees-1-billion-write-down-tied-to-health-law-2010-03-26, AK Steel, Valero Energy, Verizon and 3500 other Companies follow suit and announce hundreds of billions in  unintended costs associated with Obama Care. http://blogs.marketwatch.com/election/2010/03/26/is-health-law-already-hurting-business-maybe-maybe-not/ . Medtronic warns of a possible 1000 layoffs. Verizon warns retires it may have to cut retiree health care benefits.

Stop this! This must be stopped! Stop it now, shouts Representative Henry Waxman, Chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee. People can’t be allowed to report about the huge financial burdens this new Health Care plan is creating ….. they must be stopped now …. Stop it! Stop it! Stop it now, shouts the Chairman. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Waxman

Chairman Waxman thought and thought and thought and then he knew what he would do …. make these companies appear at a Congressional Hearing and answer his questions …… so he sent out letters …..

What was that reference to the SEC or Security and Exchange Commission? Waxman wrote, “ATT stated in its March 26, 2010 “filing” with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it intends to take a charge of approximately $1 billion in 2010.”

A filing? What does he mean by a filing?

A ”filing” is simply a “report”, in this instance a report mandated by Waxman and Congress itself.

In 2002 the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate overwhelming passed a law called the Sarbanes – Oxley Act, or SOXs as Congress calls it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarbanes%E2%80%93Oxley_Act

What do I mean by “overwhelming passed”, well the law passed in July 2002 by votes of 423 to 3 in the House of Representatives and passed in the Senate 99 – 0. What do they mean when they say “bi-partisan”? Sarbanes-Oxley was bi-partisan.

What does Sarbanes-Oxley mandate?

The bill was enacted as a reaction to a number of major corporate and accounting scandals including those affecting Enron, Tyco International, Adelphia, Peregrine Systems and WorldCom. These scandals, which cost investors billions of dollars when the share prices of affected companies collapsed, shook public confidence in the nation’s securities marketshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarbanes%E2%80%93Oxley_Act

Specifically, “Title III consists of eight sections and mandates that senior executives take individual responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of corporate financial reports. It defines the interaction of external auditors and corporate audit committees, and specifies the responsibility of corporate officers for the accuracy and validity of corporate financial reports. It enumerates specific limits on the behaviors of corporate officers and describes specific forfeitures of benefits and civil penalties for non-compliance. For example, Section 302 requires that the company’s “principal officers” (typically the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer) certify and approve the integrity of their company financial reports quarterly”.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarbanes%E2%80%93Oxley_Act

Quarterly reports? To be filed with the SEC? When is the end of the 1st quarter of 2010? Today, March 31, 2010? So the reports Waxman writes about were filed all of 6 days early? The reports, as Waxman writes, were filed on March 26, 2010. Shame, shame, shame – the Companies completed filings required by a law passed by Congress. 

Let me see if I get this.

Congressman Waxman votes on and passes Obama Care without reading what he is signing or understanding what the law does. Waxman doesn’t know about the billions in taxes in the “new” health care law? Then why did he vote to pass the law?

Waxman, who has been in Congress since 1975, particpated in passing Sarbanes-Oxley. Wanna bet he didn’t read that law either?

So, Waxman passed the law raising billions in new taxes and he also passed the law that requires American Companies to file reports with the SEC outlining their business expenses and expected profits and to report these things on a quarterly basis under penalty of criminal prosecution.

So a guy who passed the law that requires the reporting and the same guy who passed the law that created the taxes being reported on, calls a hearing …. to what ….. prevent the required reporting.

What a waste of time and money – no wonder we have a 20 trillion dollar national debt! (It isn’t quite $20 trillion yet – but by the time I fininish typing it well could be $20 trillion).

Does anyopne really think this guy is smart enough to solve the Country’s problems or is he one of the group that is creating the problems that is ruining the economy and costing us millions of jobs and home foreclosures.

Sarbanes – Oxley reporting is “apolitical” or without politics. Accountants complete the reports using Government designed and mandated report formats ….. The SEC reads the reports, the IRS reads the reports and investors read the reports – they are not secret reports they are “public reports”.

Can’t Waxman read and understand the reports he created – he helped pass the law and he doesn’t understand the reports it requires.

Congressional Hearings? What a waste of taxpayer money. Waxman will do anything but take responsibility … responsibility for the economy, for the Housing mess, for foreclosures. Having hearings over Sarbanes-Oxley “filings” makes as much sense as having taxpayers report for hearings when they file their taxes and report that they owe money and mail in their checks. The Sarbanes-Oxley reports – report that the Companies will owe more in “health care taxes”, taxes that will really be paid for by the retirees receiving the benefits.

Waxman has been in Congress for 35 years. The bottom fell out of our economy after he and fellow Californian, Nancy Pelosi, took over leadership positions in the Democratic Party

Waxman represents a District in California that includes Hollywood. Prior to coming to serve in Congress he was a State Assemblyman in California.

What Waxman helped do to bankrupt California, he is now trying to do to the whole United States.

Waxman’s theories didn’t work in Califonia, they won’t work in Washington.

The “change” mandated by Obama Care hurts the retirees, not the Companies invloved.

Obama lied – he said you “could keep the coverage you have” and then he taxed the Companies for giving you the coverage you earned.  

We were not suppose to learn about this …. Sarbanes-Oxley had the unintended effect of bringing these changes out into the open

UPDATE: 3500 Companies report $250 billion in hidden costs – how many jobs will this cost us!

April 15, 2010: Waxman Cancels Hearing To Grill Companies On Tax Hit From Overhaul

Arcane accounting rules don’t usually make for Congressional fireworks. But we were really looking forward to a scheduled clash next week between Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and a bunch of companies that said the new health law is going to cost them big time.

Alas, the hearing was cancelled. How come? When congressional staffers took a look at the companies’ books, they concluded their financial filings making provision for higher future taxes were legit.

AT&T, Verizon, Caterpillar, and Deere & Co. made waves when they informed investors and the Securities and Exchange Commission that they would take big hits because the health law eliminates a tax deduction on federal subsidies that help defray the cost of drug benefits for retirees.

Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar said it would take a $100 miilion charge in the first quarter of this year. AT&T said its charge would amount to $1 billion.

Waxman didn’t buy it, launched an investigation and sent letters to Caterpillar and the other firms demanding an explanation. Now, the accountants say the companies’ charges are by the book.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/04/waxman_cancels_hearing_to_gril.html?ft=1&f=1006

Waxman is such an embrassment – didn’t read the law before he voted on it and then acted like an ass by scheduling the hearings in the first place.

There are competent Liberals out there that the far left could elect to  public office – why does the far left keep electing clowns like this guy.

Obama Care and Taxpayer Funded Abortions – The Truth Not The Spin – The History Of Roe vs. Wade

America is changing. America is calling on the Politicians to be truthful …. not to lie to the public. Tell us what you think and why we should do what you want us to do ….. don’t lie to us and hide your true intent. If you think your path is the right one – tell us, be truthful and give us your facts and let us, the American people make up our minds. You work for us – you were elected to represent our interests not your own.

Stop lying to us about your true intentions … saying one thing and doing another …… we are much smarter than you give us credit for.

This article is not really about abortion. It is about Polticians who lie to the public. Whether you favor abortion rights and call yourself Pro-Choice or oppose abortion and call yourself Pro-Life – one thing is certain …. and overwhelming … and I mean overwhelming. The number of people who oppose using Federal Funds – taxpayer money – to pay for abortions is unbelievable. What do I mean by overwhelming or unbelievable – 9 out of 10 adults in this Country agree …. Taxpayer Funds should not be used to pay for elective abortions. (87% of those surveyed – a survey sample of 22,000 people – an unprecended sample size).

This is the truth – and the truth is not being presented to argue for or against abortion but as a condemnation of lying Politicians who intentionally mislead the people and lie about their true intentions.

Personally, I may disagree with Henry Waxman, Democrat, California – but I respect him for this – he is Pro Choice and says so … he believes in single payer health care and says so – day in and day out and he believed this bill should provide full Federal or Taxpayer funding for abortion and said so. Waxman won – but not because those who supported Obama Care spoke out honestly as he did. Democracy is about open debate and truth in political discussions ……. I disagree with Waxman and I am Pro-Life, but I respect his right to present his case and I respect his honesty. I don’t believe he would have won this round had the truth been told by all.

I don’t think he will win the next round …… You can lie about what Obama care will deliver before the fact but you won’t be able to lie about what it actually delivers. The proof is always in the pudding.

OBAMA CARE AND TAXPAYER FUNDED ABORTIONS

Confusion has arisen over the question of federal abortion funding in the Senate health care reform bill (H.R. 3590). In particular: As currently written, does the legislation require large scale funding of abortion at federally regulated Community Health Centers (CHCs)?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Understanding why requires some knowledge of current federal law and past judicial history on abortion.

Everyone agrees on these basic facts (if you don’t agree –read the sections for yourself – that is why they are listed): Sec. 10503 of the bill authorizes a new “CHC Fund” to expand funding for the CHC program (which was established by Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act). More unusually, the Senate bill also directly appropriates its own new funds for these services, instead of leaving that task to the annual Labor/HHS appropriations bill that traditionally funds programs at the Department of Health and Human Services.

 For fiscal years 2011 to 2015, the bill appropriates $7 billion for services (to be increased to $11 billion).

 Why does this create a massive problem of federal abortion funding?

Fact #1: A long and consistent series of federal court rulings since Roe v. Wade requires that broad statutory mandates for the provision of health services must be construed to include mandated provision for abortions, unless the statute specifies otherwise.

Having decided in 1973 to establish a constitutional right to abortion to serve women’s “health,” the courts decided that legislative references to health services or “medically necessary” services (the term of art used in the Medicaid statute) encompass abortion. In the abortion context, the Supreme Court has said that “health” must be defined very broadly to include “all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age – relevant to the wellbeing of the patient.” Doe v. Bolton, 410 U.S. 179, 192 (1973). In short, if a physician decides that a woman should be able to have an abortion for her “well being,” a government program requiring provision of health services must provide such abortions.

 In the years before the Hyde amendment was first enacted by Congress in 1976, Medicaid was required to pay for about 300,000 abortions a year. No regulatory or administrative leeway was allowed on this point. The Medicaid statute said that grantees must provide “medically necessary” services provided by physicians, and the federal courts held that this category included elective abortions, even though the statute never says the word “abortion.” As one court has observed: “Because abortion fits within many of the mandatory care categories, including‘family planning,’ ‘outpatient services,’ ‘inpatient services,’ and ‘physicians’ services,’Medicaid covered medically necessary abortions between 1973 and 1976.” Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan v. Engler, 73 F.3d 634, 636 (6th Cir. 1996).

Even after the Hyde amendment to the Labor/HHS appropriations act was enacted in 1976, barring funds appropriated in this act from being used for most abortions, a legal battle ensued for years. Not until 1980 did the U.S. Supreme Court rule that the statutory language of the Hyde amendment trumps the underlying statute’s presumptive mandate for abortion, and is constitutionally valid. Harris v. McRae, 448 U.S. 297 (1980).

Some had even argued that the abortion mandate remained in place after the Hyde amendment was enacted – that while the amendment withheld federal funds from certain abortions, the underlying statute still required them to be provided, using state matching funds if necessary. The Supreme Court rejected this argument. 448 U.S. at 309-10. However, the federal courts still insist that the mandate remains in place for any abortion for which funding is not barred by a provision like the Hyde amendment. When the Hyde amendment ceased to prohibit use of federal Medicaid funds for abortions in cases of rape and incest in 1993, federal courts throughout the country ruled that states participating in the program were now required by the underlying Medicaid statute to provide and help pay for rape/incest abortions – even if that meant overriding state constitutions that allow state funding of abortion only in cases of danger to the life of the mother. See Engler, 73 F.3d at 638, and cases cited therein.

Fact #2: In line with this legal precedent, the Community Health Centers program would be required to provide abortions now if not for the Hyde amendment.

The statute establishing the CHC program has the same kind of broad mandate for providing health services that Medicaid does. In some ways it presents an even more clear-cut case.

The statute defines a “health center” in the program as an entity that provides, at a minimum, “required primary health services” to certain low-income populations. 42 USC § 254b (a)(1)(A). “Required primary health services” are defined to include “health services related to family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, or gynecology that are furnished by physicians” (and by other medical professionals where appropriate), as well as “voluntary family planning services.” 42 USC §254b (b)(1)(A). Thus, to be considered as eligible centers at all, centers in the program must provide the same broad categories of services that triggered the abortion mandate in Medicaid, and some that are even more specific (e.g., gynecology services). This statutory mandate will trump any lesser authority, such as the preferences of the centers themselves or of an HHS Secretary or other executive-branch official. These officials must obey the laws passed by Congress as interpreted by the federal courts.

 Fact #3: The new funding appropriated for community health centers by the Senate health care bill is not covered by the Hyde amendment.

This should be clear from the wording of the Hyde amendment itself: “None of the funds appropriated in this Act” may be used for most abortions (referring to the annual Labor/HHS appropriations act).

The Senate bill’s new funds are not appropriated in the Labor/HHS appropriations act, so Hyde does not apply to them.

 A similar situation came to light in 1979, when members of Congress asked why the Indian Health Service (IHS) was continuing to provide abortions despite enactment of the Hyde amendment. The agency replied that it had no choice but to do so: The authorizing legislation for the IHS created a broad mandate for services to conserve the “health” of Indians, and the Interior appropriations bill funding these services contained no abortion limitation like the Hyde amendment to the Labor/HHS bill. Therefore “we would have no basis for refusing to pay for abortions” (Letter from Director of the Indian Health Service to Cong. Henry Hyde, July 30, 1979).

Not until 1988 did Congress finally revise the authorizing legislation for the IHS to require that program to conform to the annual Hyde amendment.

The problem here is exactly parallel. The new billions of dollars appropriated here for services at CHCs simply are not covered by the Hyde amendment or other similar provisions, which only govern the use of funds appropriated by the legislation that they amend.

It follows that these funds are also not restricted by any regulations implementing the Hyde amendment. On this point some have cited thirty-year-old regulations stating that elective abortions are not funded in programs receiving “Federal financial assistance” at the Department of Health and Human Services (42 CFR §§ 50.301 through 50.306). But for their statutory basis the regulations cite only the appropriations bills valid at that time and the previous year, which contained the Hyde amendment (Public Laws 95-205 and 96-86). These laws expired three decades ago; but even a citation to the Hyde amendment in thecurrent Labor/HHS appropriations bill would not help. Hyde governs only funds appropriated in the Act that it amends; and a regulation implementing Hyde can only have that same limited scope. If such a regulation were found to be relevant to the new funds provided by the Senate health care bill, the regulation would almost certainly be challenged as contrary to the statutory mandate to provide abortions in the CHC authorizing legislation (see Fact #1 above). A regulation cannot trump a statute passed by Congress.

Fact #4: The Senate health care bill itself contains no relevant provision to prevent the direct use of federal funds for elective abortions.

The House-passed bill did include language to ensure that “no funds authorized or appropriated by this Act (or an amendment made by this Act)” may be used to pay formost abortions. And the Nelson/Hatch/Casey amendment offered in the Senate had exactly this same language. But the Senate chose not to take up the House-passed bill, and it chose to table the Nelson amendment, 54 to 45. (The Nelson Amendment is also referred to as the Senate version of the “House’s Stupak Amendment” – neither amendment was included in the Law signed by President Obama).

 The abortion funding language in the Senate bill relates solely to the use of tax credits and other federal funds to help pay for abortion coverage in qualified health plans. Section 1303 of the bill does reference the abortions ineligible for funding under the Hyde amendment in any given year, and those which are eligible. But this reference to eligible and ineligible abortions is used only to say the following:

If a qualified health plan provides coverage of services described in paragraph (1)(B)(i) [i.e., abortions ineligible for federal funds under the Hyde amendment that year], the issuer of the plan shall not use any amount attributable to any of the following for purposes of paying for such services…” (Sec. 1303 (b)(2)).

This language is followed by specific references solely to the tax credits and cost-sharing reductions used to subsidize qualified health plans.

The new legislation contains no general ban on using the funds it appropriates for elective abortions and as the funds appropriated under the new law are not subject to the Hyde Amendment the reference to the Hyde Amendment is circuitous and meaningless.

One other section of the Senate bill, establishing a program of school-based clinics for minors, does exclude abortions from the scope of services at those clinics (Sec. 4101 (b)). But all other sections of the bill that appropriate funds, including Section 10503 on CHCs, remain unrestricted in their use of these funds for elective abortions.

Conclusion: In line with longstanding federal jurisprudence, the authorizing legislation for Community Health Centers creates a presumptive mandate for funding abortions without limitation. Currently such funding is prevented only by the fact that funds under the Labor/HHS appropriations act are governed by the Hyde amendment. By appropriating new funds not covered by Hyde, and by failing to include any relevant abortion limitation of its own, the Senate health care bill as presently worded would disburse billions of dollars in federal funding that no one could prevent from being used for elective abortions.

The Constitution empowers a President to take one of two actions when he receives a “Bill” passed by both houses of Congress – sign the “Bill” into law or veto it. The Constitution does not empower the President with a right to “rewrite” or “reinterpret” the statute …… a President’s Executive order cannot overturn prior Supreme Court rulings …. The Court was clear in its decisions, “Hyde” language must be placed within any  statute hoping to limit taxpayer funding of abortions ……… you might think a Constitutional Law Professor would know this – well, quite frankly, he knew this all too well. Planned Parenthood and NARAL will both argue this very point to a Federal Court in less than 6 months ……….. and the Federal Court’s will set aside the President’s sham Executive Order.

Obama’s Health Care Address To Congress – The 10 Points He Will Try To Sell To The American People

Obama will pend 30 minutes speaking to Congress tonight, trying to repackage and sell his stale health care reform plans that have failed to sway the American People.

What will Obama say tonight – Here are the 10 main themes he will relay to Congress and try to sell to the American people .

1).  The Public Option won’t impact the availability of Private Insurance. The President refuses to acknowledge this is simply not so. The Public Option will eventually take over the whole marketplace, which is, after all, exactly what Candidate Obama claimed he wanted in the 1st place. Obama wants “everybody in – nobody out” of Government run health care. He has already said so …..

2). The “Public Option” or Government run health care doesn’t lead to health care rationing. Obama will tell us that claims to the contrary are falsehoods. Despite the fact that every “Single Payor” system in the world rations health care – President Obama will continue to deny that fact. As we now know, contrary to the Presidents previous claim, AARP states it has not endorsed this plan. 

3). That the current proposals don’t call for death panels – despite the fact that the plan, while not calling the panels “death panels” provides for panels to “set the criteria ” for ” health care rationing” and that the proposal does not guarantee that “age” or “disabling condition” won’t be used as the basis of denying care to individuals. While the President is correct, the proposal does not say “and death panels will deny care” the act does say that panels will be established and that those panels will set the criteria for who gets care and when. This is happening in the “Government run” health care plan in Oregon. Watch the interview of the “Chairman” of Oregon’s Death Panel. The legislation may not call them “death pamels” – but that is what the panels hand out – death. Yes, this woman sucumbed to her cancer and no, the State didn’t reverse its position but instead it continued to deny her care.

4). That the Government Run Health Care Program won’t increase our taxes or the National debt – that it pays for itself ……. that reports from the Congressional Budget Office that the plan will cost Trillions is false ……

5).  That the proposal doesn’t shift payments from Medicare and Medicaid – despite the fact that it does exactly that. $500 Billion will be cut from the Medicaid program or nearly $5,000 for every senior in the Country. ($500 Billion divided by 100 Million Seniors is $5,000 per Senior – how can that amount not be noticed).

6). That the proposed “Government Run Health Care” doesn’t pay for the treatment of  illegals – when it does exactly that …… “Are the American Taxpayers expected to be the HMO to the World?”

7). That “Obamacare” doesn’t allow for the use of Federal Tax Funds to pay for abortions …. even though factcheck.org says this,

“The truth is that bills now before Congress don’t require federal money to be used for supporting abortion coverage. So the president is right to that limited extent. But it’s equally true that House and Senate legislation would allow a new “public insurance plan” to cover abortions, despite language added to the House bill that technically forbids using public funds to pay for them. Obama has said in the past that “reproductive services” would be covered by his public plan, so it’s likely that any new federal insurance plan would cover abortion unless Congress expressly prohibits that. Low- and moderate-income persons who would choose the “public plan” would qualify for federal subsidies to purchase it. Private plans that cover abortion also could be purchased with the help of federal subsidies.”  The President may or may not recycle his “false witness” allegation tonight. http://www.factcheck.org/2009/08/abortion-which-side-is-fabricating/

8). That only special interest groups and Insurance companies are behind opposition to his Health Care Reform ……

9). That Republicans have no alternative – that is right – despite the fact that the Republicans have had 800 amendments rejected by the Democrats – the President will continue to claim that the Republicans have offered no alternatives – 800 rejected amendments including 8 that would have specifically prohibited using Federal Tax Dollars to fund abortions.

Do you believe the White House hasn’t seen this Commercial?

10). The President will also spend time demonizing Republicans, Insurance Companies, Conservatives, The Right Wind and Doctors, demonize anyone who has a different vision.  THE PRESIDENT WILL SAY SOMETHING STRIKINGLY CLOSE TO THIS – “THERE IS NO  TIME FOR ADDITIONAL DELAY- EITHER THE REPUBLICANS MUST JOIN US NOW OR WE WILL ACT WITHOUT THEM”. Ignoring the fact that the American People have spoken out against his plan while knowing full well it is his, Obama’s, party that is blocking meaningful reform. Listen closely, the President is telling the American people that “he knows what is best”.

The Question that will be answered over the next weeks? Will moderate Democrats allow the President to force his extreme changes on the American People without their consent?   

Same old movie, same old rerun – just a new time slot! 

This has been the Obama storyline to date and Obama will be sticking to it tonight.   

Three things you won’t hear tonight:

1). We will embrace the Republican’s suggestion and address tort reform, an idea embraced by the the American People and America’s Doctors.

2). That America’s doctors will be invited to participate in this process and that Obama will pledge to stop demonizing our Doctors as a bunch of greedy individuals who have no interest in our wellfare and are only in medicine to make money by doing unnecesssary surgery and tests. (http://www.takebackmedicine.com/petition , http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Sermo-Announces-10000-US-bw-3617439464.html?x=0&.v=1 ).

 

More than a bit of exaggeration here,  Medicare pays a surgeon between $740 and $1,140 for a leg amputation. Is the point  “preventaive care” or the fact that Obama doesn’t bother to check his numbers before he makes his claims?  

3). That we will open up competition between the existing 1300 insurance companies and let them compete in every state, that we will cut the administrative costs caused by current government reporting, that we will get the Government out of its current position where it stands between patient and doctor, that what is needed is less Government not more Government.   

Lastly, you will never hear the President explain why his top medical advisor,  Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of  Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is a champion of the movement to deny care to chronically or critically ill patients and let them die, as a legitimate way to reduce medical costs in this Country. The Group in this video is discussing how to organize the so called “death panels” that Obama claims don’t exist.  

The Hastings Center, mentioned  in the Video, to which Ezekiel Emanuel belongs is, according to its Web Site,  “The Hastings Center, founded in 1969, as an independent, non-profit bioethics research institute based in the United States. It is dedicated to the examination of essential questions in health care, biotechnology, and the environment.” “The center’s projects, carried out by interdisciplinary research teams, range from “stem cell politics“, to “globalization” and its impact on health status, to “science in the age of big pharma”. Primary research areas include genetics and biotechnology, health care and health policy, ethics, science, the environment, and international science ethics. The center strives to frame and explore issues that inform professional practice, public conversation, and social policy.

“Hastings Center Guidelines on the Termination of Life-Sustaining Treatment and the Care of the Dying” can be read here. http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Research/Detail.aspx?id=1202

 Hasting Center activities on “Designing Life” can be read here: http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Research/Detail.aspx?id=3276

The Hasting Center On Going to Meet Death: The Art of Dying in the First Part of the Twenty-First Century, can be accessed here: http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Publications/HCR/Detail.aspx?id=3728 – another tome on the benefits of assisted suicide.

The Hastings Center on “Enhancing Humans, Controlling Evolution” can be read here: http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Publications/HCR/Detail.aspx?id=3730

The hidden agenda of the President’s Health Care Reform? Read what his advisors write!

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