Look For the Union Label... on the Health Care Bill

As if Americans didn't have enough reasons already to oppose - or at least be suspicious of - the efforts of the far-left on the issue of healthcare, the hits just keep on coming.

The latest comes from an analysis of the pending Democrat plans by Mark Mix of the Wall Street Journal.

It turns out, the one thousand-plus pages have been hiding early Christmas presents to the Democrat's buddies in the unions, ranging from bailouts of their own health care plans to the forced unionization of American health care workers.

From the article:

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Blanche Lincoln announces she'll oppose the "public option"

You can always tell when a politician has an election coming up that they're a little worried about.  They start to talk like this:

Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., announced Wednesday that she would not support a bill that included a public option because she believed it would be too expensive.

Lincoln told the Elder Law Task Force at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences that a public option would create another entitlement program.

"And we can't afford that right now as a nation," she said.

I guess the only surprise is that it took her this long (and a month of being back home) to come to that conclussion.  And I'm sure that the fact that she's up for re-election next year in a state the didn't go blue even with Obama at the top of the ticket has nothing to do with it.

But we'll take what we can get.

Don't get too secure though, keep speaking out.  Especially if you live in Arkansas.

Click here to contact your members of Congress on the health care issue.


Obama using the CIA to re-shuffle the political deck

It's time for some honesty in the current debate over the CIA's interrogation methods of terrorists. The argument isn't really over whether we were too harsh, given that even Obama has said we would continue turning terrorists over to other governments, knowing full well that those guys play rougher than we do.

It's all about politics.

Soon after his inauguration as President, Obama stated that he didn't want to re-open an investigation into CIA interrogations of terrorists because he knew that it would become a tremendous, political distraction - which is exactly why he's changed his mind.

Normally, the last thing a guy with Obama's messianic ambition would want is for all of Washington to become sidetracked with such a divisive issue, much less one that exposes the political weaknesses of his own party.

Once and For All, Obamacare Does Fund Abortions

President Barack Obama knows that if his universal health care bill - with the government option - actually does pass Congress against the wishes of a large majority of the American people, including a vast majority of senior citizens, abortion will indeed be funded with American tax dollars.

As "The Washington Times" editorial on Monday said: "President Obama isn't being straight when he says current health care proposals don't provide government funding for abortion. They do. If Democratic plans are passed, your taxes will pay for abortions." The Associated Press on August 5th had a headline "Gov't insurance would allow coverage for abortion." And the "Times" said in response: "There's no wiggle room in that headline."

Time magazine confirms Obamacare would pay for abortions

Yet another otherwise "non-partisan" and/or liberal outlet has confirmed what those of us on the right have been saying all along, that the so-called health care "reform" plan pushed by Obama and liberal members of Congress would indeed result in taxpayer funding of abortions.

In this case, it's Time magazine, who now joins the Associated Press and FactCheck.org in confirming what Obama has derisively referred to as a "fabrication".

Time reports that "The health-care reform proposed by House Democrats, if enacted, would in fact mark a significant change in the Federal Government's role in the financing of abortions." It goes on to report how the so-called "public option" would be set up and concludes that, "...in effect, anyone who wanted to sign up for the public option, a federally funded and administered program, would find themselves paying for abortion coverage."

They go on to point out that private insurance companies that receive any taxpayer subsidies to cover low-income Americans could potentially use those funds to cover abortions.

Add this to the fact that the House committees dealing with the legislation repeatedly voted down amendments that would have specifically prohibited abortion funding via government healthcare and you have a pretty good idea of what many of its supporters want to accomplish.

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Even FactCheck.org says Obamacare would fund abortions

Despite Obama's claims that health care "reform" opponents were spreading "fabrications" and "bearing false witness" about his plan, even the non-partisan FactCheck.org has weighed in and admitted that currently proposed plans would indeed result in the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions.

The truth is that bills now before Congress don't require federal money to be used for supporting abortion coverage. So the president is right to that limited extent. But it's equally true that House and Senate legislation would allow a new "public" insurance plan to cover abortions, despite language added to the House bill that technically forbids using public funds to pay for them. Obama has said in the past that "reproductive services" would be covered by his public plan, so it's likely that any new federal insurance plan would cover abortion unless Congress expressly prohibits that. Low- and moderate-income persons who would choose the "public plan" would qualify for federal subsidies to purchase it. Private plans that cover abortion also could be purchased with the help of federal subsidies. Therefore, we judge that the president goes too far when he calls the statements that government would be funding abortions "fabrications."

Now we'll just sit back and wait for the White House to say FactCheck is "fabricating".


I'm From the Government, and I'm Here to Help

Despite all the ruckus concerning town-halls lately, most of which is the ruckus made by liberals upset that conservatives are attending and expressing their opposition to Obamacare, we have been treated to some important, if accidental, moments of honesty and clarity.

For example, while conducting a recent town-hall meeting, Missouri Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill attempted to calm constituents upset over the proposed “reform” by asking “Don’t you trust me?”  The resounding “no"s reverberated throughout the room, along with many boos, which provides us with our moment of honesty.

AARP losing a flood of members

It would seem that not only is Obamacare not healthy for Democrat political fortunes, but it doesn't seem to be too healthy for the AARP either.

CBS News has learned that up to 60,000 people have cancelled
their AARP memberships since July 1, angered over the group’s position
on health care

Elaine Guardiani has been with AARP for 14 years, and said, "I’m extremely disappointed in AARP."

Retired nurse Dale Anderson has 12 years with AARP and said, "I don’t wanna be connected with AARP."

Many are switching to the American Seniors Association, a group that
calls itself the conservative alternative as CBS News Investigative
Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports.

Last week alone, they added more than 5,000 new members. Our camera was there Friday when the mail came.

Letters were filled with cut-up AARP cards.

"I think that probably the seniors are most upset with cuts in Medicare," said ASA President Stuart Barton.

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Conservatives should be wary of Obama's "trial balloon"

Despite the trial balloon floated by Obama and Sebelius over the past few days, leading people to think that they’re really not that set on the "public" option (ie. government run healthcare) that has many people so upset, conservatives could do well not to lay down their arms, so to speak.

So what's going on?  It could mean several things.  It could be an attempt to allay the fears of some conservatives (or just folks in the middle) while town-halls are still going on...perhaps give Democrats some breathing room and reduce the incoming fire.  Maybe an attempt to gin up the liberal side of the debate by scaring them into seeing their dream of government run healthcare not coming to fruition...causing them to get more energized to counter conservatives.  Most likely all of the above.

But what we can rest fairly assuredly that it does NOT mean is that Obama and Company have given up on their objective of government run healthcare and eventually a single-payer system.

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Saying "no" increases Republican mojo with voters

Slowly but surely, it seems that the Republicans are getting a little bit of their mojo back.

How?  Simply by saying "no".  Because, when it comes to Obama's agenda, it seems that saying "no" is enough for Republicans to gain more support of the American people.

Some recent polling from Rasmussen tells the tale.

By a long-shot, the economy is the number one issue on people's minds, and they don't think Obama and the Democrat's are doing such a good job dealing with it.

Overwhelmingly, they think the government is spending (and borrowing) way too much money, and the national deficit and debt are looming larger in voter's minds.  Seventy-one percent agree that Obama's policies have driven up the deficit.

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