Sunday, November 01, 2009

Lieberman Goes All-In

President-in-His-Own-Mind, Joe Lieberman, Sunday, Nov. 1, on the Tee-Vee: "The government going into the health insurance business -- I think it's such a mistake that I would use the power I have as a single senator to stop a final vote."

Steven Benen, before Lieberman went all-in: "Some of these center-right skeptics are excessively concerned about shielding insurance companies from competition; some are worried about public misperceptions; and some just aren't committed to reform. But as much as I'd love to believe a presentation of facts and reason will turn them around, it's likely to take a lot more than a compelling sales pitch."

In Lieberman's case, nothing will satisfy his permanently-bruised ego except the death of many children.


Anonymous said...

From an email being circulated-


It is now official you are ALL corrupt morons:

The U.S. Post Service was established in 1775 You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.
Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.
Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.
War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor" and they only want more.
Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.
Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.
The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.

You have FAILED in every "government service" you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars AND YOU WANT AMERICANS TO BELIEVE YOU CAN BE TRUSTED WITH A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM??

Save your for the children bull-see above for details

Anonymous said...

"Republicans are preparing to unveil their own health bill in the next few days. Minority Leader John Boehner (R., Ohio) said Monday that the plan wouldn't seek to prevent health-insurance companies from denying sick people insurance -- a key plank of the Democrats' legislation.

Instead, the bill would allow insurance firms to sell policies across state lines, permit small businesses to pool their risks to bring down costs, change medical-malpractice laws and give state governments more flexibility to pursue rule changes."

Take that! Where do I sign up?

Anonymous said...


This is true. It is on pages 77, 172, 218, and 434. You have to dig to see the

charges. We (retirees) would lose the Medicare for life benefit and would have

to pay. We would lose TRICARE as a total care package. We would not be allowed

to keep TRICARE so when Obama stands and says if you like what you have you can

keep it, he lies.

This is a "Heads Up" on a battle we are facing now and down the road

with the new Administration. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has already

drafted proposed legislation that would basically reduce our TRICARE for Life

benefits to a system whereby we pay deductibles and co-pays up to $6,301 the

first year for you and your spouse, with future years being indexed to increase

with inflation. What can we do? The article below, obtained from an Air

Force Association and written by BG Bob Clements, best describes what we can

do. Please read it and check the links for CBO language and do what Bob

says-Send this email to every Military Retiree you know and write and email

your Congressman often. For those of you that might have voted for

"Change", you should do it more than often!

TRICARE FOR LIFE'S FUTURE . . TRICARE For Life was instituted to correct

the broken promise that military retirees would receive free healthcare

coverage for life and it covers the Medicare co-pay. Now a heavy assault has

begun on Veterans'/Retirees' benefits to pay for other programs our President

promised during the campaign. And it is a high priority of his administration.

The one item of most interest to Retired Military is in Article 189. If

approved by Congress the first assault wave would hit in 11 and would hit hard.

It would initiate cost sharing to require retirees to pay the first $525 of

medical cost and 50% of the next $4,725 for a first year cost of $2,888 per

person. It would be indexed to increase with inflation. A reason given

for this action (for PR effect) is "overuse" by Retirees.

For those of you who are covered by TFL you will want to pay attention (Below)

to what BG Bob Clements has surfaced about the future of TFL. In any case, on

page 189 of the Congressional Budget Office report, see the note below on how

to get to that spot, there is a strong recommendation to eventually eliminate

the program as it is too expensive. Just another move to slight those of us who

dedicated much of our adult lives to the defense of our country.

Strongly recommend that you contact your elected officials and register your

strong opposition to the elimination of the TFL program. Heads-up from BG Bob

Clements, USAF Ret (P38 Bob)

The following has been added to the Congressional Budget Office Web Site

a. Budget, Options, Volume 1: Health Care