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This is absolutely hilarious, but the scary part about it is that it’s probably not too far away from being reality, providing Obama has his way with socialized medicine, and digitizing medical records. Want to know how to order a pizza in 2012? Click the link and see. Turn up the volume, listen closely and watch the pointer! http://aclu.org/pizza/images/screen.swf
(submitted by Kathi)
Kathi received an email from Jay Inslee. In it he stated:
“I would like to clarify that this public option would in no way replace private plans currently enjoyed by consumers, but rather would be available to the large number of people in our nation without the benefit of health insurance. Any individual who is satisfied with their current plan would be allowed to remain with that provider.”
However, if you look at that part of the Bill (http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h3200ih.txt.pdf) you will find on page 16 in Section 102 that we can all keep our coverage, just as promised – with, of course, exceptions:
SEC. 102. PROTECTING THE CHOICE TO KEEP CURRENT COVERAGE.
(a) Grandfathered Health Insurance Coverage Defined- Subject to the succeeding provisions of this section, for purposes of establishing acceptable coverage under this division, the term ‘grandfathered health insurance coverage’ means individual health insurance coverage that is offered and in force and effect before the first day of Y1 if the following conditions are met:
(1) LIMITATION ON NEW ENROLLMENT-
(A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day of Y1.
(B) DEPENDENT COVERAGE PERMITTED- Subparagraph (A) shall not affect the subsequent enrollment of a dependent of an individual who is covered as of such first day.
(2) LIMITATION ON CHANGES IN TERMS OR CONDITIONS- Subject to paragraph (3) and except as required by law, the issuer does not change any of its terms or conditions, including benefits and cost-sharing, from those in effect as of the day before the first day of Y1.
(3) RESTRICTIONS ON PREMIUM INCREASES- The issuer cannot vary the percentage increase in the premium for a risk group of enrollees in specific grandfathered health insurance coverage without changing the premium for all enrollees in the same risk group at the same rate, as specified by the Commissioner.
Those who currently have private individual coverage won’t be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers. If anything about your private policy changes, you will be mandated to go for the public plan. What wasn’t known until now is that the bill itself will kill the market for private individual coverage by not letting any new policies be written after the public option becomes law.
Representative Inslee has either not read the bill, or he is disingenuous.
Wow! Check out the graph below. That says it all!
July 29, 2009 | By Nathaniel Ward from the Heritage Foundation
“All parts of government are growing,” especially the federal budget, argues Heritage Foundation economist Brian Reidl in a new Heritage report on runaway government spending (link in PDF).
Reidl explains that bailouts, the “stimulus” package, and expansions of entitlement programs have caused federal spending to increase at a pace not seen since World War II.
Here are some alarming statistics Riedl dug up:
- $4.004 trillion — federal government spending in 2009, a record.
- $1.845 trillion — federal spending beyond its means in 2009, the deficit.
- $33,932 — federal spending per household in 2009.
- $25,969 — federal spending per household in 2008.
- $12,072 — tax increases required per household to pay for runaway spending on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security by 2050. (Alternatively, we could reform the programs.)
- 46 cents — amount of every dollar Washington spends in 2009 that will be borrowed.
- 32 percent — increase in federal spending 2008-2009
- 13 percent — amount of the 2009 budget deficit relative to America’s economic output. This is double the previous record
President Obama has repeatedly excused the government’s spending spree as a necessary, but temporary, consequence of an inherited problem. The trouble is, as Riedl notes, that this spending is far from temporary: the President’s 2010 budget would “replace this temporary spending with new permanent programs.”
The President’s budget proposal would create annual deficits of just under $1 trillion over the next 10 years, which is double the pre-recession deficit. And this lofty figure doesn’t even include the President’s costly public health care plan, which Riedl says “just digs the nation’s financial hole deeper.”
Earlier this year, the President patted his administration on the back for saving a paltry $100 million. But there are real savings available: Riedl highlights the Congressional Budget Office’s “Budget Options” book, which identifies $140 billion in potential spending cuts.
Makes you wonder doesn’t it…can you imagine having a Christian demonstration against Islam in downtown Baghdad?
View the pictures below and decide how you really feel about the future of the Western World. These pictures are of Muslims marching through the STREETS OF LONDON during their ‘Religion of Peace Demonstration.’
Be sure to check out the video clip:
This clip renewed my admiration for our founding fathers, and pride in my country:
Ed Morrissey from hotair.com out does himself:
Submitted by Kathi
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