RRD: Governor Rick Scott, Republican of Florida ,was elected, in part,to oppose Obamacare. Now declaring that the “The election is over and President Obama won” he has announced that he wants to “negotiate” & adds : “I don’t think anyone involved in trying to improve health care should say `no, no, no,” said Scott “Let’s have a conversation.” Governor Rick Scott drops opposition to Obamacare http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/20089554/2012/11/13/governor-rick-scott-drops-opposition-to-obamacare RRD: You want a conversation Governor Scott? Fine,let’s have a conversation. We know Obama won re-election. Do you wish to win re-election? If you do,then you should understand that if you set up a Obamacare exchange you will face a uprising from your Republican voters. Fortunately you can rely on Democrats….Oh! Wait! The Democrats want to impeach you for “voter fraud” . Silly me. But I’m sure the votes that you get from from Independent voters ,& undecided voters will more than make up for that. Won’t they. Maybe you believe that the reason Romney lost was because the opposition to Obamacare has subsided;it hasn’t. It’s simply that Romney repelled a significant portion of the GOP’s base. And now,in what I can only assume is a politically motivated decision,you have decided to follow Romney’s path to political suicide. Good Luck with that Gov. Scott! Of course there is still time to re-re-consider your decision. I suggest you do so. Those reading this who agree with me should call & fax,e-mail & tweet Governor Scott here: Gov. Rick Scott : Phone: 850-488-7146 Fax: 850-488-4042 Twitter: https://twitter.com/FLGovScott E-mail: http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/ Executive Office of Governor Rick Scott 400 S Monroe St Tallahassee, FL 32399 The Lt. Governor may be reached by e-mail here: Email the Lt. Governor http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-lt-governor/ I would also urge opponents of Obamacare to contact Rep. Will Weatherford,as he too is looking wobbly. From the same article: …”Incoming Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, for example, said the state may be willing to set up an exchange if it gets some better answers from Washington about how they will work.”… Florida House of Representatives – Will W. Weatherford -Regular Session 2013 http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/representatives/details.aspx?MemberId=4399 Capitol Office 418 The Capitol 402 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399 -1300 Phone: 850-717 -5038 District Office 28963 State Road 54 Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 -3218 Phone: 813-558 -5115 Representative Will Weatherford on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Representative-Will-Weatherford/106954145993783?fref=ts
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Contact Gov.Rick Scott demand that he NOT set up a #Obamacare exchange as he pledged that he would not.
HT to Evan Madianos who encouraged others to reprint this:
“42 doctors supported printing and sending this postcard to over 20,000 undecided voters in PA. Please feel free to print and use this card in your offices and wherever doctors and patients gather. Doctors everywhere can carry out similar projects – but you have to act soon! Text from PA Concerned Physicians post card – can be copied into a letter to distribute in any physician’s offices.) Dear Voter, We are a group of unaffiliated Pennsylvania physicians who felt compelled to send you this health care warning. Most of us have avoided expressing political views to our patients in the past, but now feel we have no other option. Unfortunately, politicians have inserted themselves into our exam rooms, threatening your health and our ability to care for you. While our country unquestionably requires health care financing reform, the President’s health care law will hurt patients rather than help them. It is a bureaucratic nightmare that infringes on medical decision making and violates the patient -physician relationship: • President Obama’s law slashes $716 billion from Medicare, which will decrease seniors’ access physicians and health care services. • Nearly 20 million new patients will be dumped into substandard Medicaid programs which are already bankrupting states while federal mandates will increase the cost of everyone’s health insurance. •Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a new unaccountable, unelected board of 15 federal bureaucrats, will impose centralized Medicare budgeting restrictions that will result in de facto age-related rationing of services. • 30 million Americans will STILL be uninsured by 2019, and much more. So we are asking you to please vote for Mitt Romney for President and Tom Smith for U.S. Senate on November 6th. They are committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with patient -centered (not bureaucrat -centered) reforms that will lower costs, improve access, and preserve the sanctity of the patient -physician relationship. Your family’s health depends on your vote. Thank you! Concerned Physicians for Pennsylvania’s Health Here are the PA physicians who committed themselves to this effort to reach PA’s undecided voters – Domingo Alvear, M.D., Pediatric Surgery, Harrisburg Dan Bledsoe, M.D., Emergency Medicine, York Richard Boal, M.D., Orthopaedics, Camp Hill Marsha Bornt, M.D., Gynecology, York Tim Campbell, M.D., Internal Medicine, Pittsburgh Arvind Cavale, M.D., Endocrinology, Feasterville George Chovanes, M.D., Neurosurgery, Paoli Bhaskar Deb, M.D., Anesthesiology, Reading Luciano DiMarco DO., General Surgery, Harrisburg Cheryl Doland, M.D., Anesthesiology, York Jonathan Dranov, M.D., Internal Medicine, State College Elena Farrell, D.O., Ophthalmology, Harrisburg Raymond A. Fritz, Jr., D.P.M., Podiatry, Allentown Cora Gemil, M.D., Gynecology, West Chester Ann Greiner, M.D., Anesthesiology, Camp Hill Lynn Jensen, M.D., Emergency Medicine, York Peter Kummant, M.D., General Surgery, Pittsburgh George Lapes, M.D., Psychiatry, York Jenny Lee, M.D., Family Practice, Palmyra Cliff Lynd, M.D., Vascular Surgery, York Evan Madianos, M.D., Radiology, Philadelphia James McManaway, M.D., Ophthalmology, Hershey Brian Michael, M.D., Endocrinology, Gettysburg Michael Moritz, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery, York Julie Nickles, D.O., Family Practice, York D. Scott Nord, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery, Wyomissing Nick Pandelidis, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery, York Steve Pandelidis, M.D., General Surgery, York Phyllis Parcella, M.D., Anesthesiology, Reading William Parrish, M.D., Orthopedic Surgery, Lancaster Sam Rashid, M.D., Family Practice, Palmyra Peter Rovito, M.D., General Surgery, Allentown John Salus, D.O., Anesthesiology, Camp Hill Benjamin Schlechter, M.D., Plastic Surgery, Wyomissing Alan Schorr, D.O., Endocrinology, Langhorne Mike Sicuranza, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery, York Jim Srour, M.D., Gastroenterology, York Christine Stanko, M.D., Dermatology, Bryn Mawr Elena Volfson, M.D., Psychiatry, Haverford Steve Wolf, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery, Harrisburg Wayne Wrigley, M.D., Radiology, Chester County Clinton Wrigley, M.D., Radiology, Newark, DE
”1) Obama “inherited” the worst set of economic conditions since World War II.
False. Based on unemployment, inflation and interest rates, the recession of 1981-82 was worse. Unemployment during the early ’80s reached 10.8 percent, inflation 13.5 percent, and prime interest rates reached 21.5 percent. During this so-called “Great Recession,” the numbers peaked at 10.2 unemployment, 5.6 percent inflation and 7.25 percent for the prime interest rate.
2) Obama’s economic policies “rescued the economy from falling off a cliff.”
False. Nearly 350 economists, including several Nobel laureates, publicly urged Obama to following the path President Reagan pursued — cutting taxes, slowing the growth of domestic spending and continuing deregulation.
Most business economists think Obama’s “stimulus” plan accomplished little, if anything, with some academic economists, like Stanford’s John Taylor, believing that stimulus actually made things worse: “I just don’t think there’s any evidence. When you look at the numbers, when you see what happened, when people reacted to the stimulus, it did very little good.”
TARP, begun under President George W. Bush, supposedly prevented financial institutions from collapsing. But Neil Barofsky, in his new book called “Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street,” argues that TARP completely failed in its mission: to increase liquidity to jumpstart lending.
The reason for intervention in the first place is that banks had become “too big too fail.” Not only did the banks park the money and make risk-free profits off the spread, but banks became bigger than ever after TARP”
The Associated Press: Romney says he likes parts of ‘Obamacare’ http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gfjyv-zQFjJ5VATL_48iTEiuxwMQ?docId=a0603e34d0cf440d9626fc6331c98162 “Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who promised early in his campaign to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, says he would keep several important parts of the overhaul. “Of course there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place,” he said in an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” ”One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage.” Romney also said he would allow young adults to keep their coverage under their parents’ health-insurance.”…. ….””I say we’re going to replace Obamacare. And I’m replacing it with my own plan,” Romney said. “And even in Massachusetts when I was governor, our plan there deals with pre-existing conditions and with young people.”… RRD:How,specifically,does he intend to do this? There are ways to do it that are inappropriate ,but that will not result in the destruction of private health insurance (e.g. “shared risk pools”) ,and then there is a flat ban on “discriminating” against those with pre-existing conditions,which will destroy private insurance. Does anyone have a full transcript? Perhaps it is time for us to stage a “intervention” for Mr.Romney? If you wish to see why so many people are either reluctant or unwilling to vote for this man and why they believe that they would merely be pawns in his game this is exactly why. And this is precisely the sort of behavior that sucked all the energy out of Mccain’s campaign.
RRD: There are some individuals who believe that Obama is “a Peter Keating”,and that Ryan is “the real threat” . To those people I would say that this is what the “pragmatic”,”go along” Democrats,led by Obama,are saying about the Health Care Bill that cost them the House.
Dems embrace Obama health law – The Hill – covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com
….“For us Democrats, ObamaCare is a badge of honor,” “Because no matter who you are, what stage of life you’re in, this law is a good thing.” Michelle Obama at the convention: “When it comes to the health of our families, Barack refused to listen to all those folks who told him to leave health reform for another day, another president,” “He didn’t care whether it was the easy thing to do politically —that’s not how he was raised — he cared that it was the right thing to do.”…. Fmr.Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania said that Democratic candidates ….should challenge Republican opponents about what parts of the law they would repeal,citing provisions banning insurance companies from excluding children with pre-existing conditions and giving seniors rebates for prescription drugs not covered by Medicare. “We can kill them on it,” he said.” Neera Tanden, a former adviser to Sebelius who is now at the liberal Center for American Progress, said: . …“My advice to them will be to use Mitt Romney’s experience on healthcare as an attack on Mitt Romney but also a character point about what he was willing to do five years ago, six years ago. He was arguing for the individual mandate,” … . …“Do I think we could have done a better job of explaining what’s in the legislation? Yes, I think we could,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), a close ally of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “But I think people are experiencing it, and that, I think, is the best way to get the word out.” DeLauro said the healthcare law represented “the proudest vote” she had taken in her 22-year career. “I think this is an opportunity, one, to let people know what’s in this legislation, and two, to dispel the misinformation about the legislation,” . “We are proud of the Affordable Care Act.We are proud of what’s in it and the difference it’s making in people’s lives. And we are going to talk about it here.” “I think we Democrats have basically turned a corner on that,” said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), “We all knew that it was going to take some time for average Americans to understand what the Affordable Care Act was. But now they’re getting it. People are now saying, ‘Wow, this is good stuff.’ ” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) “We don’t need a reason to defend the Affordable Care Act,” ,“We have millions of reasons to defend the Affordable Care Act.” Harkin again: “Don’t run away from ObamaCare. Embrace it.” “If people have something of value, and you want to take it away from them? Look out,” …“That’s a losing proposition.” RRD: As someone said recently “This is the power of belief!” But you see Obama is just a Peter Keating,he isn’t a driven ideologue,no,no he bends with the wind. He’s not a Toohey, or a Ferris or even a Walter Breckenridge. Keep telling yourself that a Peter Keating could have gotten Obamacare passed. Keep telling yourselves that Obama is a Peter Keating,but that Ryan,on the other hand is E-V-I-L. Why? I could understand it if someone said that both are evil in different ways or to different degrees,but how can one conclude that Obama is some kind of benign weakling? Maybe because Ryan is Catholic & wants to enact a constitutional amendment to outlaw abortion, even though that will never be passed or ratified? Is that it? If not, then why,& how? How,exactly,is Ryan “ten times worse than Obama”,or “five times worse than Obama”? How? What specific harm will Ryan inflict,that makes him worse than Obama? The first time that I heard the claim that Obama was like ”Peter Keating” was during the 2008 election. It was made by Robert Tracinski,so far as I know he has long since abandoned it. But never mind:Keep telling yourself that Democrats are just taking “some ambling steps” towards socialism. Keep telling yourself that socialism is “a fad”,which “has had its day” (during which time the ”fad” just happens to have killed tens of millions of people and left whole countries in ruins). Keep telling yourself that it is espoused only by “anti-ideologists” & “that Leftists are no longer the passionate collectivists” that they once were. Keep telling yourself that long after the person who made such statements has (at least partially) modified his view. Remember Obama is Peter Keating! One day he may even get the memo.
Why I will now vote for Romney in the 2012 election (after opposing him, previously) Obamacare must be repealed,a third party will take time to build
I have previously passionately argued against voting for Mitt Romney ,even if Obama won as a result (though I also doubted that Romney could win). I had considered voting for Gary Johnson, or for skipping the Presidential ballot and just voting for Republicans in the House and Senate.
I have changed my position and will now vote for Romney in 2012 .
My reasons are as follows:
1. The court betrayed us by upholding Obamacare. The only remaining option for repealing this obscenity is to get Romney into office and a Republican Senate into power .
”But Romney won’t repeal it?”
We were able to prevent any Republican defections on Obamacare in 2009 by means of applying massive political pressure,if we do so again,then there is a slim, but reasonable,chance that we will succeed in pressuring the GOP into repealing Obamacare.
This is not some open ended thing where it does not matter if it is repealed in 2012 or in 2016. Once the ”benefits” kick-in, in 2014 then it will become exponentially more difficult to repeal it.
But to do so will mean that we cannot accept the “lesser of two evils” as a standard,where we will vote for any Republican,even if he supports keeping parts of Obamacare.
Imagine what the result would have been in 2009, had we called the Republicans and told them “You must not pass Obamacare,do you hear! But we’ll vote for you anyway”.
We would have lost all leverage .
This is not “practical”,it does not “buy us time”. It accelerates the decline,since the Democrats will set the standard, and the Republicans will know that we will vote for them irregardless of what they do.
You think I’m mistaken?
You think that the Republicans are ”good fellows, who just need a philosophy?”
But they have a philosophy: it’s a combination of mee-toism/second handedness (”what will the pundits say”), pragmatism (” we have to violate free market principles to save the free market”), & altruism (”people are hurting”)
And as to the claim that Republicans won’t take the voters for granted, let us look at one of the “well meaning but confused folks” who just need to be given a shot of courage;Mike Murphy on Sarah Palin :
“Most pundits thought I was wrong. Look at the crowds she can draw, I was told.
She “excites the base.”Phooey. Every presidential election
year brings forth some new nugget of conventional
wisdom from the media elite that totally misses the real
picture. Last year, the big wrong idea was this notion
that base voters have somehow become the new swing
voters. We are now told the party base – those voters who will vote for a bag of cement if it has an R or D attached to it – must be carefully appealed to, romanced and appeased.Under that funhouse reasoning, Palin was an inspired pick.Unfortunately for McCain, the actual swing voters, the independents who do determine the winner of the election, didn’t buy into this fantasy at all.”
Or as Mccain snickered: “where will they go”.
No,if we are to actually slow down this monstrosity then we must draw certain red lines:
1. Repeal Obamacare,completely
2. Oppose Cap and Trade.
3. Defend the U.S.
4. Oppose censorship.
If a candidate does not actually do any of these things, then we must be prepared to vote him out of office.
We must also work to have a fallback plan should Republicans betray us. We must look into the Libertarian Party as a possible alternative,or perhaps create a new party to replace the GOP (a “teaparty party” perhaps?) .
“But third parties can’t succeed!”
However neither a third party nor the Libertarian Party can win in 2012.
It will take time to build up a alternative.
I therefore would offer this advice (HT to Stephen Bailey)
Unless you live in a solidly red or blue state, vote for Romney.
If you live in a solidly red or blue state vote for Romney,Johnson,skip the presidential part of the ballot etc ,use your own judgement.
The U.S. has a electoral college system,it DOES NOT matter who gets the most votes. The election is determined by who wins enough electoral votes. If you live in one of the deepest red states, your state will go for Romney whether you vote for Romney,Johnson,Obama, John Galt,or stand on your head or don’t vote in the Presidential election at all. The same holds true for solidly blue states. (But make sure that your state IS actually solidly red or blue,check Realclearpolitics )
If you live in anything less than a solidly red or blue state ,vote
for Romney. And even if you live in a solidly red state ,you should attack Obama online ,and speak with any of your friends in swing states,and present the reasons I’ve given here for why they should vote for Romney . Do not lie,just explain your reasoning .
I plan to address this at greater length in future posts.
White House to states: Time to get on board with healthcare reform – The Hill’s Healthwatch
RRD:But ,”It’s constitutional bitches”,well then so was Citizens United,why then did Obama object to that ruling?After all wasn’t that also “constitutional bitches”?
Any Republican who in any way shape or form collaborates with this gang in D.C. goes down at the ballot box.
And so long as we’re fantasizing I’d like your resignation Mr.President.
RRD:And yes they run articles against it.
Repealing Healthcare Is a Losing Hand William Tucker
…”But now that Obama has won, people are saying, “Wow, he gotten done this thing that Presidents since Truman have been trying to do. He must be pretty competent. And it sounds like I might be getting something out of it as well.”….
RRD:Why are these lies being published in the American Spectator?Don’t they have the Washington Post for this garbage?
Actually no,William the media have been shilling for Obama since BEFORE OBAMACARE WAS PASSED.And no,(as you know William),”people” aren’t saying that Obama has got something done,liberals are saying that,Independents oppose this.
As to the argument that the “undecided” voters,(some of whom never decide even at the ballot box),who have allegedly decided to support Obamacare
will decide this election,if Romney believes this,let him say so.After all the base will support him whether he repeals it or not.So he can reach out to these voters Tucker invented & let them go door to door for him.
….”So the attitude, to paraphrase Nancy Pelosi, will be, “Let’s not repeal this thing before we find out what’s in it. Let’s wait and see what happens”….
RRD:Actually no again,though perhaps Tucker thinks that if he can
BS us enough we’ll forget that.
….”It is all those people who had never heard of the Tea Party who are going to decide the election.”…
RRD:People have not heard of the Teaparty?Then why do media outlets conduct polls to see what people think of the Teaparty?This is absurd.
…. ”whether it is putting a 25-year-old child on the parents’ health insurance or expanding Medicaid up into the middle class or whatever — people are not going to vote for a candidate who is promising to take it away.”…..
RRD:And yet they are.
”That’s why Mitt Romney’s initial response — “I will repeal Obamacare” — is a loser, pure and simple.”
RRD:Actually abandoning his pledge would destroy his candidacy,& possibly destroy the GOP along with him,& lead to the creation of a third party.
”It won’t be long before CNN and USA Today are running articles asking, “What is Obamacare going to do for YOU?” ”
RRD:In keeping with his theme of evading reality in the hope that we will forget it exists,we are supposed to pretend that the media has not been doing this since BEFORE OBAMACARE WAS PASSED to no avail.
…”Republicans can win this election by talking about how Obama has ruined the economy and vowing to put the nation back to work. They won’t be able to win by promising to repeal Obamacare.”….
RRD:Ah yes,the Obamacare apologists’ false alternative.
Either the GOP runs on the economy or on repealing Obamacare.
It must run on both or die politically.
Unbelievable! NRCC Fundraises Off of Decision, Agrees It Wasn’t the Court’s Role to Defend the US Constitution – The Rush Limbaugh Show
“Now, if in predicting what the court was going to do, we could have been permitted or allowed to conjure up any possibility like the law doesn’t matter? Well, maybe somebody would have predicted this. So I’ve got this fundraising letter here from the NRCC (the National Republican Congressional Committee): “Friend, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote yesterday, ‘It’s not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.’ He’s right. You may disagree with his decision to uphold Obamacare, but his point still stands. It’s up to us to get rid of Obamacare by defeating Obama and the House Democrats. So what are you going to do?”
And they ask for three bucks.”
RRD:It would be unwise for the RNC to send someone to my home with this sneering message:”Now you’ve no choice to vote for Romney”.
You see it tends to fuel these conspiracy theories that the GOP made a deal with Roberts to herd us like lemmings after Romney.That and the silly notion that the GOP is playing us for suckers.
For Opponents of Health Care Law, No Easy Road to Repeal – NYTimes.com
….“You can’t get everywhere with reconciliation,” said Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, referring to the Congressional process that Democrats used, which allows certain budget measures to pass with 51 votes instead of the 60 that would be required to block a filibuster vote on a full repeal. “You will need to use other procedures,” he said. He added later: “We may get a majority. But we will need to work with the other side.”.
RRD:This is a lie.
It was passed through Reconciliation & it can be repealed through Reconciliation.
The only way it could not is if the Democrats changed the rules and Repblicans refused to change them back.
That or Republicans want to keep some “goodies” in the bill.