Barack Obama, our next President

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ... Full Story

Since: May 11

Gettysburg, PA

#988602 Sep 24, 2013
flack wrote:
Speaking on Christmas Eve in 2009, just after the Senate first passed his national health care legislation, President Obama declared, "Because it is paid for and curbs the waste and inefficiency in our health care system, this bill will help reduce our deficit by as much as $1.3 trillion in the coming decades, making it the largest deficit-reduction plan in over a decade."
It's true that the Congressional Budget Office predicted that, if fully enacted, the health care package would modestly reduce the deficit overall. CBO bean counters projected that a combination of tax hikes and cuts to the growth of Medicare spending would more than offset the law's new spending on expanded insurance coverage.
Blah Blah Blah
If the health care law's Medicare cuts do not get implemented, instead of reducing the deficit, the law would actually add $6.2 trillion to the nation's long-term deficits, according to a recent analysis by the Government Accountability Office.
Despite years of insisting that the skeptics were wrong, the Obama administration this week provided a major signal that history is likely to repeat itself. Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced they would delay cuts to the Medicare Advantage program scheduled to go into effect in 2014.
About one in four Medicare beneficiaries, or roughly 13 million people, participate in Medicare Advantage, which offers seniors the ability to choose among privately administered plans with additional benefits. Throughout the health care debate, Democrats argued that the federal government was paying far too much money to subsidize participating private insurers.
When Obama spoke of reducing "waste and inefficiency in our health care system," a big part of that initiative was reducing such overpayments. According to a CBO analysis from last year,$156 billion of the more than $700 billion in Medicare cuts under Obamacare were supposed to come through such changes to the Medicare Advantage payment scheme.
In February, when CMS proposed new rate cuts within the program, insurance industry lobbyists rushed into action. Soon, 160 members of Congress from both parties sent letters asking the administration to back off. Now, instead of reducing payments to health insurers who provide seniors insurance through Medicare Advantage by 2.3 percent in 2014, the federal government will increase payments by 3.3 percent.
America's Health Insurance Plans -- the nation's largest insurance lobbyist -- understandably hailed the reversal. So did Wall Street investors, who sent health insurance stocks soaring this week. But the news also bodes poorly for the financing of Obamacare.
All of Obamacare's proposed cuts and industry-specific tax hikes are going to draw similar lobbying efforts from other power players -- such as hospitals, doctors and pharmaceutical companies -- that stand to lose if certain provisions go fully into effect. Just last month, the Senate voted 79-to-20 on a nonbinding measure to repeal the law's tax on medical device-makers after ferocious lobbying from the industry.
Unfortunately for taxpayers, these special interests will not be lobbying to undo the trillions in new spending created by the law. The end result is that Obamacare is likely to be the budget buster its critics always feared.
"Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would be reversing some of the cuts to Medicare Advantage scheduled to be implemented in 2014 — specifically, instead of cutting per-person reimbursement rates by 2 percent next year as they’d proposed in February, CMS will increase them by about 3 percent. This doesn’t, however, have any effect on the health-care reform law’s long-term plans for the private program, which will slowly cut Medicare Advantage’s funding to the levels of traditional Medicare, pushing customers into the latter program. "

Note the part where this has no effect of the ACA panned savings.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#988603 Sep 24, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text> The loss of their chemical weapon program that hey had invested a lot of time & money.
Bullshit.

Russia will take custody of whatever weapons are admitted to, which can be returned or replaced at any time.
realdaveturd

Meriden, CT

#988604 Sep 24, 2013
I will not be telling anyone the truth here today.

Pretend you didn't see this, OK? Us liberals like to lie and censor news, but I'll let this one slip through because I just too my meds...

"One man's ObamaCare nightmare"

"Andy and Amy Mangione of Louisville, Ky. and their two boys are just the kind of people who should be helped by ObamaCare. But they recently got a nasty surprise in the mail.

"When I saw the letter when I came home from work," Andy said, describing the large red wording on the envelope from his insurance carrier, "(it said)'your action required, benefit changes, act now.' Of course I opened it immediately."

It had stunning news. Insurance for the Mangiones and their two boys,which they bought on the individual market, was going to almost triple in 2014 --- from $333 a month to $965.

The insurance carrier made it clear the increase was in order to be compliant with the new health care law.

"This isn't a Cadillac plan, this isn't even a silver plan," Mangione said, referring to higher levels of coverage under ObamaCare.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/24/on...

Since: May 11

Gettysburg, PA

#988605 Sep 24, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Taxes on medical devices, reduction in health savings accounts, etc.
But why does it matter who is affected by ObamaKKKare taxes, unless you are consumed by class envy?
So you need to pay extra for your penispump. Big deal.
Carol said the ACA was funded through taxes on the middle lass. Certainly you have more than medical devices & HSAs.
I'm shocked you didn't mention tanning bed taxes.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#988606 Sep 24, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
Maybe if UPS had to stop by every mail box in the US 6 days a week, it would not be as profitable.
Maybe the USPS should change their business model.

Since: May 11

Gettysburg, PA

#988607 Sep 24, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Dumbass Dave thinks it was a good idea to send over 300 firefighters to their deaths in a suicide mission.
Galt calls the bravery of the 9-11 responders stupidity.

When Galt house catches fire, maybe some stupid firefighters will just let him burn.

“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#988608 Sep 24, 2013
CAIR chief in the USA aka WTF, jokes about Mall Massacre via twitter:
http://weaselzippers.us/2013/09/22/wz-breakin...

ah because the Israeli's went into the help the people being massacred by CAIR's people...uh huh. O'bama loves CAIR. They are O'bama people.

“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#988609 Sep 24, 2013
Blah blah blah--O'bama sounds stupid at the UN> so what else is new. Must be too early for him after his drunken stupor last night.

Since: May 11

Gettysburg, PA

#988610 Sep 24, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
The death of bin Laden (if indeed he is dead) has made no difference in Al Qaeda activity and effectiveness, as evidenced by Libya and Syria.
So,you are saying Bush was wrong to invade Afghanistan.

Bin Laden's death hurt their leadership & fund raising efforts.
Buroc Millhouse Obama

Newington, CT

#988611 Sep 24, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
"Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would be reversing some of the cuts to Medicare Advantage scheduled to be implemented in 2014 — specifically, instead of cutting per-person reimbursement rates by 2 percent next year as they’d proposed in February, CMS will increase them by about 3 percent. This doesn’t, however, have any effect on the health-care reform law’s long-term plans for the private program, which will slowly cut Medicare Advantage’s funding to the levels of traditional Medicare, pushing customers into the latter program. "
Note the part where this has no effect of the ACA panned savings.
You love to post propaganda without any sources, but in the real work Dumb Dave, people are seeing Health Care costs skyrocket, their jobs being eliminated or hours reduced so they will be forced into the Health Care Abyss. Others like with UPS are seeing their spouses dropped from coverage.

Not a pretty picture. Yet, as usual, you are oblivious to the reality of what is occurring. You sit at your table all day, not impacted and detached from reality.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#988612 Sep 24, 2013
The president is on TV lying his butt of. How can he stand up there and spout that bullshit with a straight face?

“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#988613 Sep 24, 2013
O'bama says the world is more stable now--he must still be drunk--as the Middle east burns.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#988615 Sep 24, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Franchises, make for a nice family business, a friend looked in to buying one a while back.
There's no way to replace the entire USPS without changing/eliminating some important laws and regulations. I don't think congress will get on board with doing that anytime soon.
The primary reason being that the necessary changes would require massive layoffs of personnel.

The USPS is obsolete as a result of modern technology.

The average American saves at least $100 per year in postage by paying bills online, and this loss of revenue is devastating to the USPS. Companies that no longer mail bills to customers save a similar amount.

So, tell us how the USPS can survive when there is no possibility of generating additional revenue.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#988616 Sep 24, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
When you pick your judges, amazing things can happen.
The only reason DeLay was convicted to begin with was because the trial judge screwed up. Read the appeal decision.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#988617 Sep 24, 2013
Fenris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>
Except for their huge fiscal losses, I'd actually say that the Postal Service is one of the more successful examples of government (along with the REA). Privatizing it would probably be a boon at this point though.....
Please explain any benefit/need of the USPS to the average person.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#988618 Sep 24, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
"Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would be reversing some of the cuts to Medicare Advantage scheduled to be implemented in 2014 — specifically, instead of cutting per-person reimbursement rates by 2 percent next year as they’d proposed in February, CMS will increase them by about 3 percent. This doesn’t, however, have any effect on the health-care reform law’s long-term plans for the private program, which will slowly cut Medicare Advantage’s funding to the levels of traditional Medicare, pushing customers into the latter program. "
Note the part where this has no effect of the ACA panned savings.
Only you would believe that instead of cutting costs by $2.20 and going to add $3.30, a swing of $5.50, won't change the planned savings.
LCNLin

United States

#988619 Sep 24, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
So,you are saying Bush was wrong to invade Afghanistan.
Bin Laden's death hurt their leadership & fund raising efforts.
Checkmate !
LCNLin

United States

#988620 Sep 24, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
Galt calls the bravery of the 9-11 responders stupidity.
When Galt house catches fire, maybe some stupid firefighters will just let him burn.
Checkmate again !
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#988621 Sep 24, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> You do know the post office just asked Congress for an emergency rate increase? When the cost gets high enough that private enterprise can do it cheaper it will happen. Getting rid of home delivery for non express mail would be a start. Group boxes, as Galt suggested, should be done first.
The more that USPS raises their rates, the more business they will lose.

Group boxes allow one driver in a truck to do the work of several carriers on foot.

Delivery could be reduced to three days per week and nobody would know the difference, because nothing urgent is ever sent by mail.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#988622 Sep 24, 2013
The Liberal Butcher of women and children from Philly said he was doing the work of the Liberal Lord he was ending Poverty aaaaaaahhhhh just like Obamacare will with death panels, new liberal bible flying of shelves it starts out it says Jesus and the disciples liked to sing YMCA as hims

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