Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Kill Obamacare Before It Kills You!

by / Personal Liberty Digest

Kill Obamacare Before It Kills You!
“Give me liberty, or give me death!”  When Patrick Henry proclaimed that to the Virginia Convention, he could not have imagined that it would resonate so loudly 238 years later.

Last Friday, Republicans in the House of Representatives felt those words, believed in those words and acted on those words. They defunded Obamacare.

By a vote of 230-189, the House passed a budget measure that will cease all funding for Obamacare. The Republican majority had the courage to say that Obamacare — that socialized-bastard brand of medicine — must cease. It simply must, because it is killing the economy and soon it could be killing you.
The sad news is that the Democratic-led Senate will save President Barack Obama’s Frankenstein regardless of the evil it will create. It is the centerpiece of Obama’s legacy, and many Democrats in Congress hitched their wagon to him and to Obamacare four years ago.

Primum Non Nocere, ‘First, Do No Harm’

Yes, my friends, it is politics as usual for the Democrats who always feel for the poor but never feel poor. These Democrats visit exclusive health clinics, have the home cellphone numbers of their personal physicians and visit plastic surgeons as often as they see their dry cleaners.
Since I am on the subject of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, I must mention she was rampaging against House Republicans last week.

POLITICO reported:
Striking a tone of disgust, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi ridicules the GOP as obsessed with its loathing of President Obama and hell-bent on hurting him politically, regardless the cost. She assigns little to no blame to the president (even though Democrats privately say that’s laughable) and instead portrays him as saintly, above reproach and the victim of jealousy or something worse.
After 26 years in the House, she says, “I haven’t seen anything like it. I haven’t seen anything like it.”

“You know why it is,” she said. “You know why it is. He’s brilliant, … he thinks in a strategic way in how to get something done … and he’s completely eloquent. That’s a package that they don’t like.”

Don’t Be Messing With Obama

Not true, Ms. Pelosi. (Also, you might see your doctor soon, because you repeat yourself.) What the majority of Americans don’t like is the dreadful leadership displayed by your President. And they especially don’t like Obamacare, a program that is already doing great harm to an ill economy.

The President also offered his own eloquent comments after Friday’s defeat. They were hardly the prose of Winston Churchill or Abraham Lincoln. To a crowd at a Ford plant in Kansas City, the President said this about the House of Representatives: “They’re focused on politics; they’re focused on trying to mess with me.”

Could it instead be, Mr. President, that the opposition wants to “mess” with your program and not with you? Why must it always be about you, sir, your ego and your place in history? Can you not consider what is happening to America because of your horrific leadership? Or do you believe that anyone who asks that is just wants to mess with you, the way fans mess with NBA superstar LeBron James?

Because even this writer can see there is something to mess with. Investor’s Business Daily reported that at least 301 businesses have laid off thousands of employees and are slashing workers’ hours to avoid government fines and penalties because of the healthcare mandate. It has become just as critics said it would happen under the Affordable Care Act, which mandates employers provide health insurance. It is forcing thousands of businesses to slash jobs.

It is also true that Obama said that the Affordable Care Act would lower healthcare costs. Not so, said a report from Medicare’s Office of the Actuary. Their projection is that U.S. healthcare spending will jump by 6.1 percent next year. That is 2 percent more expensive than the increase predicted by the Obama Administration.

No wonder Americans are growing dead set against Obamacare. Just last week, a poll from USA Today and the Pew Research Center found that 53 percent of people disapprove of Obamacare and Obama’s entire approach to healthcare. Both polls are at record highs.

Living And Dying With Socialized Medicine

A lifetime of experience tells me that even fewer Americans are going to like Obamacare after it has been imposed on them. I can sum it up by explaining what happened to me last week and how I feared I might not be able to write you today.

Twice in my life, I’ve had severe chest pains. Both times, I was swimming.

The first time I was at the Spokane Club doing high intensity training (H.I.T) with the master’s swim team. It amounted to wind sprints up and down the pool to make us faster. I retired my swim cap after one Friday afternoon in 1997 when my heart rate soared uncontrollably. My wife picked me up from the pool and took me to Rockwood Clinic. In minutes, I had a cardiologist hooking me up to an EKG machine and a nurse giving me an aspirin and testing my blood to see if I was having a heart attack. I got the results while I was there and was told nothing to worry about. I was suffering tachycardia, which is when the heart beats dangerously fast.

These past few months I’ve taken up swimming again. I work out with my daughter and her boyfriend at a Calgary public pool. After weeks of base training, I had forgotten about what happened all those years ago in Spokane or that I am now 16 years older and 40 pounds heavier then I was then.

I had three of us do H.I.T. training. We finished up by racing the last 50 meters. When we stopped, my daughter gave me a worried look and tried to take my pulse. She could not get it. After I changed, I went outside to the parking lot and began to vomit violently. I couldn’t catch my breath, so my wife rushed me to the emergency room at the Rockyview General Hospital. Even as I gasped for air, the triage nurse would not look at me. When my wife, who had once worked at that hospital, complained, she was told that the emergency room was “very busy.”

I didn’t want to die on some cot in a hallway. And that kind of thing happens too often in Canada. In Winnipeg, Manitoba, a man named Brian Sinclair died during his 34-hour wait to see a doctor at an emergency health clinic. The medical examiner said that he had been dead for a couple hours before the clinic staff even noticed him.

Because of such stories and my own personal experiences with socialized medicine I begged my wife to take me home. Once she measured my pulse at a reasonable 110 beats per minute, she did take me home. I continued to improve throughout the night. The next morning, we lined up for two hours at a nearby doctor’s clinic. I was one of the 60 or 70 patients the doctor would see that day. The good news is that the doctor said my heart seems to be “OK,” whatever that means. And he gave me an appointment to go see a cardiologist — in February.

I choose to live in Canada because of my career and my family. As for my health, I have become rather fatalistic. My hospital visit reminded me that it is my responsibility to take better care of myself and to not depend on Canada’s healthcare system.

Yet you, my friends, can be proactive. And it all starts by supporting those in Congress who oppose Obamacare. The future of the Nation, and perhaps your life, depends on defeating this abomination.

Yours in good times and bad.

Illusion of Prosperity: Deflating the American Dream; No Recovery in "Real" Income

Mike Shedlock / Townhall Finance Columnist

In The Morning After; Price Discovery is Zero; PUT on the Bond Market? Is Inflation Really Under 2%? I posted a chart with a caption of "wages" but the corresponding chart showed "income".

The post is now fixed, but newer data has come in, and Doug Short at Advisor Perspectives has updated charts that I would like to share.

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From Median Household Income Growth: Deflating the American Dream, by Doug Short.
What is the single best indicator of the American Dream? Many would point to household income growth. My study of the Census Bureau's data shows a 600.7% growth in median household incomes from 1967 through 2012. The ride has been bumpy, but it equates to a 4.5% annualized growth rate. Sounds impressive, but if you adjust for inflation using the Census Bureau's method, that nominal 614.2% total growth shrinks to 18.8%, a "real" annualized growth rate of 0.39%.

But if we dig a bit deeper into the method of inflation adjustment, the American Dream looks more like an illusion, as in "money illusion".

The data for the charts is from Sentier Research. Sentier uses the CPI as the deflator for computing their real household income data series.

The above chart goes back to 1968. It shows that income growth since 1968 is nearly all inflation. Closer scrutiny shows "real" income growth has been negative since the year 2000.

Incredible Shrinking Income

Please consider this chart from Real Median Household Incomes: Another Monthly Decline by Doug Short.

Real median incomes are down 7.3% since 2000. That means at least half of the population is worse off now than 13 years ago!

Think the CPI is a flawed measure? Doug Short has a comparison using different deflators, including the Alternate-CPI from John Williams' Shadowstats.

Doug comments "The Alternate CPI is a rather bizarre outlier. What this deflator is telling us translates into something like this: The 1967 median household income of $7,143 chained in 2012 dollars would have had the purchasing power of $185,588."

By the way, a close look at the above chart shows that the Williams' deflator is 72% since 1989, not all the way back 1967!

Although it's easy to believe CPI is off somewhat, "bizarre" is a polite description of how far off Williams is in the other direction. And Williams' views of hyperinflation in the US and when it is likely, go far beyond bizarre to the point of absolute ridiculousness.

No Recovery in Real Economy

While Bernanke can talk of "recovery" things started deteriorating badly, not in 2008 but all the way back in 2000. The stock market is back to previous highs, but the real economy sure isn't.

Like an estimated 22 million other Americans, I am a self-employed small-business owner who buys health insurance for my family directly on the individual market. We have a high-deductible PPO plan that allows us to choose from a wide range of doctors. 

Or rather, we had such a plan.

Last week, our family received notice from Anthem BlueCross BlueShield of Colorado that we can no longer keep the plan we like because of "changes from health care reform (also called the Affordable Care Act or ACA)." The letter informed us that "(t)o meet the requirements of the new laws, your current plan can no longer be continued beyond your 2014 renewal date."

In short: Obama lied. My health plan died.

Remember? Our president looked America straight in the eye and promised: "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also lied when she pledged: "Keep your doctor, and your current plan, if you like them."

This isn't just partisan business. It's personal. Our cancellation letter states that Anthem is "not going to be selling new individual PPO plans." When we asked whether we could keep our children's doctors, an agent for Anthem told my husband and me she didn't know. The insurer has no details available yet on what exactly they'll be offering. We either will be herded into the Obamacare federal health insurance exchange regime (launching October 1), a severely limited HMO plan, or presented with costlier alternatives from another insurer. If they even exist.

My family is not alone. Across the country, insurers are sending out Obamacare-induced health plan death notices to untold tens of thousands of other customers in the individual market. Twitter users are posting their Obamacare cancellation notices and accompanying rate increases:

Linda Deright posted her letter from Regency of Washington state: "63 percent jump, old policy of 15 yrs. cancelled." Karen J. Dugan wrote: "Received same notice from Blue Shield CA for our small business. Driving into exchange and no info since online site is down." Chris Birk wrote: "Got notice from BCBS that my current health plan is not ACA compliant. New plan 2x as costly for worse coverage." Small-business owner Villi Wilson posted his letter from HMSA Blue Cross Blue Shield canceling his individual plan and added: "I thought Obama said if I like my health care plan I can keep my health care plan."

Few among Washington's protected political class are paying attention, because they enjoy their lucrative government benefits and are exempted from Obamacare's destructive consequences. But one of my state's congressional representatives, GOP Rep. Cory Gardner, also lost his individual market plan. Unlike most politicians on Capitol Hill, Gardner chose not to enroll in the federal health insurance program. He told me that he opted to participate in the private market "because I wanted to be in the same boat as my constituents. And now that boat is sinking!"

Gardner points to recent analysis showing individual market rate increases of 23 percent to 25 percent in Colorado. "After my current plan is discontinued," he wrote last week, "the closest comparable plan through our current provider will cost over 100 percent more, going from roughly $650 a month to $1,480 per month." He now carries his Obamacare cancellation notice with him as hardcore proof of the Democrats' ultimate deception.

Maryland announced that its post-Obamacare individual market rates could also rise by a whopping 25 percent. The National Association for the Self-Employed is recommending that its small-business owners and freelancers plan for at least a 15 percent increase nationwide. One of the reasons for those rate hikes, of course, is that Obamacare's mandated benefits provisions force insurers to carry coverage for items that individual market consumers had deliberately chosen to forgo.

Americans who had opted for affordable catastrophic coverage-style plans now have fewer and fewer choices. This includes a whole class of musicians, photographers, artists, writers, actors and other creative people who purchased health plans through the individual market or through small professional organizations. As St. Vincent College arts professor Ben Schachter reports in the Weekly Standard, groups like the College Art Association, Modern Language Association and the Entertainment Industry Group Insurance Trust are dropping their plans. Young, healthy members of these groups "are far more likely to see their rates go up -- or to face the individual mandate penalties."

Thanks to Obama, access is down. Premiums and health care spending are up. Research and development on lifesaving drugs and medical devices are down. Hours and benefits have been cut because of Obamacare costs and regulatory burdens by at least 300 American companies, according to Investor's Business Daily. And the Obamacare layoff bomb continues to claim victims.

Obamacare is destroying the private individual market for health insurance by design, not accident.

For hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of self-employed job creators, three fundamental Obamacare truths are becoming as clear as Obama's growing nose: 1) You can't keep it. 2) We're screwed. 3) The do-gooders don't care.

Hamas-linked CAIR has been running a global criminal money laundering operation out of Washington, DC

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer

It has been a bad week for the Islamic supremacist thugs of Hamas-linked CAIR: no sooner do they issue their wildly inaccurate "Islamophobia" report than Islamic jihadists commit major acts of jihad mass murder in Nigeria, Iraq, and Kenya, thereby giving the lie to the claim that people have negative views of Islam because of an alleged network of allegedly well-heeled alleged "Islamophobes," rather than because of the actions of violent and supremacist Muslims avowedly acting the name of Islam.

Then in the wake of the Kenya jihad murders, it came out that Hamas-linked CAIR was accused of interfering with the investigation into the Somali jihad group Al Shabaab's recruitment activities in the U.S. -- and American jihadis thus recruited are among the jihad murderers.

And now it turns out that they're laundering money, too. Hamas-linked CAIR top dogs Nihad Awad and Ibrahim Hooper can still enjoy those Obama Justice Department soirees, but perhaps sanity will prevail and they will not be enjoying such access much longer.

"Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) Legitimacy Undermined by its Criminal Money Laundering Scheme," from the American Freedom Law Center, September 24:
Washington, D.C. (September 24, 2013) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which bills itself as “the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization,” released a so-called report last week entitled, “Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States,” which purports to identify dozens of organizations “dedicated to promoting anti-Islam prejudice in America.” CAIR’s report garnered significant media attention, including a full-length article posted in The Washington Post. 
In the report, CAIR highlighted the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), a national, nonprofit Judeo-Christian law firm, and its Co-Founders and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise, as being part of the “inner core” of the “Islamophobia network.”
In response to CAIR’s allegations, Yerushalmi commented: “For some time now, ‘anti-hate’ groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and CAIR have been successful in promoting the notion that they are legitimate organizations that objectively highlight individuals and groups that promote ‘hate’ in America. In reality, these organizations use their compatriots in the mainstream media to advance their agendas through misinformation and duplicity. While the Southern Poverty Law Center is basically a self-serving fundraising machine masquerading as a civil rights organization, CAIR has a proven track record of dangerously waging what the Muslim Brotherhood calls ‘civilizational jihad’ to destroy the West from within. Indeed, CAIR is the largest Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas front group in America.”
After three years of litigation in federal court in Washington, D.C., AFLC has uncovered facts demonstrating that CAIR has been running a global criminal money laundering operation out of the nation’s capitol. The scheme was discovered in the course of legal discovery in two separate federal lawsuits arising out of allegations by five of CAIR’s former clients that CAIR defrauded them by failing to provide the legal services they had been promised.

Kudos to TED CRUZ

Kudos to TED CRUZ...21 hour non-filibuster filibuster for 
'We the People'...called by 'Prince Harry' at lets see if 
he can get those needed 42 votes to defund the 
ObamaCare monstrosity. 
Well done TED...job well done.

Image: Heritage Foundation's DeMint: 'Obamacare Should Be Stopped'Heritage Foundation's DeMint: 'Obamacare Should Be Stopped'
By Todd Beamon and John Bachman

Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint tells Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview that "Obamacare should be stopped."

"The stakes are high enough here that this is worth every American standing up and fighting for," DeMint, the former South Carolina senator, tells Newsmax. "America should not have Obamacare. Our government should not be running the healthcare system here in our country — and we know they can't do it.

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"We know it's going to cost a lot more than they promised — and, unfortunately, it's going to lead to a lot of people losing their jobs."

DeMint, who left Congress at the end of last year, took over the influential conservative think tank in April. The foundation has long opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The Senate is debating this week whether to fund Obamacare as part of a continuing resolution to temporarily finance the federal government starting on Oct. 1 through mid-December. The House of Representatives voted 230-189 last week to defund the healthcare law in approving the resolution that would keep the government operating.

But Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that the upper chamber would back the resolution but not strip funds for Obamacare. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, has said that he would not sign any legislation that would not provide funding for the healthcare law.

On Tuesday afternoon, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas began filibustering the continuing resolution over the defunding of Obamacare. He began his turn on the Senate floor by saying that he would speak against the law until he was "no longer able to stand."

Cruz's effort has been helped by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, who has posed several questions to his Senate colleague that highlighted the disadvantages of Obamacare.

"It's good to have heroes, folks who are really standing up, like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee," DeMint tells Newsmax. "That makes me proud to be an American, and there are heroes all over the country right now."

He added that GOP senators could achieve similar status by not backing the healthcare law.

"There are enough senators who promised to do everything they could to stop Obamacare, so we're all watching to see if they actually follow through on their promises," DeMint says. "All it takes is 41 votes to stop Harry Reid from increasing spending and also adding the spending for Obamacare, which doesn't make any sense since the president has delayed large parts of the implementation.

"He's given waivers to Congress and some of the other groups that are his friends," he adds. "The more the American people know how much this is going to change their lives and hurt their healthcare, endanger our economy and our culture — we're just hoping that Americans are informed enough to inform their representatives."

Now playing at the UN...Theater of the Politically Absurd starring 'the anointed one'
By: Diane Sori

In a long meandering speech that deviated off topic many times, Barack HUSSEIN Obama spewed a cacophony of lies…lies cheered on by his own private rah-rah team…the U(seless) N(ations).

Focusing primarily on the Middle East, telling his willingly captive audience that “we (the US) will be engaged in the region for the long haul,” Obama bloviated among other things that he wants a political solution to end the civil war in Syria (like what he wants means anything to either al-Assad or to the rebels); that he wants better relations with Iran (which includes sitting down and talking over our differences with the enemy); and that he wants a two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (echoes of his past words come to mind…”the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines” and “the United States remains committed to the belief that the Palestinian people have a right to live with security and dignity in their own sovereign state.”)…and then adding into the mix of a festering Middle East powder keg …are you ready for this...Obama said and said it with a straight face, “The world is more stable than it was five years ago.”

Words that bear repeating…”The world is more stable than it was five years ago.”

Who does this man think he’s kidding…I mean really…even he can’t believe the world is more stable today. Don't the words Westgate Premier Mall mean anything to him…doesn't the overthrow of Muslim Brotherhood puppet President Mohamed Morsi mean anything to him…doesn't the killing of countless numbers of Christians mean anything to him…doesn't Iran on the verge of becoming a nuclear power threatening to wipe Israel off the map mean anything to him…doesn't nuclear nation North Korea being led by an ‘off his rocker’ man-child mean anything to him…and doesn't Benghazi and the MURDER of four Americans mean anything to him (we all know the answer to that one), and the list goes on and on.

Clueless…totally clueless…as none of this means anything to him.

“The United States of America is prepared to use all elements of our power, including military force, to secure these core interests in the region…” words Obama struggled to get out but words that really meant that he will make sure the US…against the wishes of ‘We the People’…will continue his self-initiated Arab Spring policy…a policy that has gone so horribly wrong.

And if he watched on TV, every time Obama opened his mouth Vladimir Putin must have had tears rolling down his face from laughing so hard.

And his NOT saying one word about the freedom the Iranian people so desperately want as he praised the new Iranian dictator Hassan Rouhani...oops I mean President Rouhani...Barack HUSSEIN Obama wants the US to sit down and grovel before this most vile of men. And aren’t we oh so lucky that Obama said he was encouraged by the willingness of this new Iranian leader to abandon any ambitions to produce nuclear weapons. This miserable excuse of a president can’t even see a trap…can’t even see taqiyya in action…can’t even see it when it comes up and hits him right upside his head…or can he but he just does NOT care.

And to make this even more of a scene from the 'theater of the politically absurd,’ Obama has instructed Secretary of State John ‘Swiftboat’ Kerry to be the one to ‘conduct negotiations’ with Iran on its nuclear program…'conduct negotiations’ with…meaning make a deal with an enemy that is the center point from which most of the world’s terrorist organizations spring from or are financed by.

Yeah, Obama let’s sit down and talk with those out to kill maybe NOT you but us (words written with a deep sigh of disgust).

And Obama did have plenty to say concerning Israel…the county he so loves to stab in the back. “We are also determined to resolve a conflict that goes back even further than our differences with Iran: the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis,” Obama said. “I have made clear that the United States will never compromise our commitment to Israel’s security, nor our support for its existence as a Jewish state”…and off and running with his lies he went.

Claiming he was still committed to resolving the what he called ‘final status issues’ that remain the stumbling blocks in creating a two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Obama forgets that first: there are NO Palestinians to be concerned about as the ‘so-called’ Palestinians are just a figment of Yasser Arafat’s imagination (they’re just regular run of the mill Arabs NO different than any other Arabs so let their Arab brethren take them in)…second: Jerusalem will NEVER be divided again and that is NOT open to discussions…third: Israel will NEVER return to the now indefensible ’67 borders…and fourth: the ‘so-called’ Palestinians might bloviate about wanting a homeland, but in reality that is NOT their goal for in getting a homeland they would give up their oh so treasured ‘victim status’…a status which garners them world wide sympathy, many dollars, and helps fuel the region’s anti-Semitic rhetoric…rhetoric Iran needs as an on-going constant for it's that very rhetoric that works towards their goal of wiping Israel off the map.

Bottom line…a ‘so-called’ Palestinian homeland will NOT ever happen.

And least he forget Syria…the conflict that is at the heart of Benghazi. Obama said that the United States would commit an additional $340 million in so-called humanitarian aid to the $1 billion that has been committed to Syria to date. $1 billion of our taxpayer dollars going to a country that we have had little to do with in many years…a country we are NOT at war with nor who is at war with us…and Obama just pledged to give them more of our taxpayer dollars while at the same time publicly accusing, with NO definitive proof, that it was Bashar al-Assad who gassed civilians.

Giving over $1 billion plus of our taxpayer dollars to arm al-Qaeda backed rebels and calling it ‘humanitarian aid’ is a good thing according to Obama’s bloviations…I’ve got a better thing…how about taking the next $1 billion plus of our taxpayer dollars that Obama suddenly ‘finds’ and is so willing to give to those who hate us…how about giving those dollars to our troops in the form of a pay raise…how about giving those coming home NOT whole proper medical care…after all they keep the homeland safe from those very people Obama is giving our taxpayer dollars to.

So while Obama’s address to the U(seless) N(ations) made Iran happy…made al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood happy…made the ‘so-called’ Palestinian’s happy…and will give Vladimir Putin a roaring belly laugh…remember that his lack of words...his silence... about the plight of Christians who are being slaughtered by the barbarians he supports and makes very happy…will prove once and for all where his true loyalties lie and they are NOT on the side of America…on the side of Israel…or on the side of the Christians of whom he claims to be one of.

And that is one of the saddest things of all.