A little weekend work shows more flaws

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    - in health care legislation and this one is scary.-
    "One of the key elements of the Democratic proposals is to hand over the power to make cost cuts to an unelected, unimpeachable council - "
    That sounds like a dictatorship being created.

    Here's the link to the CBO letter -

    CBO 07-25-IMAC

    Here's a law professor's analysis.

    Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: Thank God The CBO Works On Saturdays
    Saturday, July 25, 2009
    Thank God The CBO Works On Saturdays
    The Congressional Budget Office once again has poked a massive hole in the Democratic health care "reform" bubble, in a report issued today.

    One of the key elements of the Democratic proposals is to hand over the power to make cost cuts to an unelected, unimpeachable council similar to MedPAC. By empowering such an insular entity to make decisions over which health care procedures and medicines are cost-effective, we will have surrendered enormous freedom over personal health care. If a procedure or medication is not approved by this entity, it will not be economically viable for the provider to bring it to market, so it will not be available even if you were willing to pay out of pocket.

    Putting aside our freedom, the CBO has come out with an analysis (appearing in full below) which shows that handing over health care decisions to an entity such as MedPAC will not save any substantial sums over the next decade, even as the cost of health care "reform" escalates. As related at The Politico:

    For the second time this month, congressional budget analysts have dealt a blow to the Democrat's health reform efforts, this time by saying a plan touted by the White House as crucial to paying for the bill would actually save almost no money over 10 years.
    A key House chairman and moderate House Democrats on Tuesday agreed to a White House-backed proposal that would give an outside panel the power to make cuts to government-financed health care programs. White House budget director Peter Orszag declared the plan "probably the most important piece that can be added" to the House's health care reform legislation.
    But on Saturday, the Congressional Budget Office said the proposal to give an independent panel the power to keep Medicare spending in check would only save about $2 billion over 10 years- a drop in the bucket compared to the bill's $1 trillion price tag.
    What a pathetic joke the Democratic legislative effort has become. Loss of freedom and no meaningful cost savings. The opposite of "you get what you pay for."

    As Rahm Emanuel and Henry Waxman push to have a vote next week, it is clear that neither the Congress nor the White House has any clue as to the consequences of what they are proposing (if they even have read it). All the more reason we need to see the bill, debate it, and let our representatives know how we feel before they vote.

    So give double thanks this weekend. First, for the CBO not giving in to political pressure. And second, for the fact that the CBO works on Saturdays.




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    Good catch.

    Thanks for passing it along.
     
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    As I predicted..... Crickets.
     
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    While drastic changes are needed in our healthcare system, I would agree, this bill needs to be debated. There is still ample time to figure this out in a workable form. The problem is that Dems and Republicans are not willing to work on anything that might be positive. The Dems want to ram something through as fast as possible just to say they got something done, and the Republicans don't want to change anything, so they fight everything rather than working on a better solution.
     
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    I just finished reading that. I wonder what the Obama Administration is going to do to the people at the CBO? I'm sure it won't be pretty.
     
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    That's not the problem. The Dems don't need a single GOP vote or any GOP support at all. They need only to come up with something that is palatable to all of their own membership.
    No, the Dems want to ram it through so no one can see what it really is, what all is really in it, and the Republicans have absolutely zero power to stop it or even to hinder it.

    How fast we forget 2003-2005, when the GOP tried health care and medicare reform, when THEY needed opposition support, they not only didn't get any, but also the Dem opposition had no plan in counter. It went something like this:

    Healthcare and Medicare reform was the topic on March 17 2005.

    "Why should we put a plan out? Our plan is to stop him.(Bush) He must be stopped." -- Nancy Pelosi

    And they DID stop Medicare and health care reform.

    But that was okay. Right?
     
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    Rahmbo will send them some dead fish. ;)
     

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