Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Evidence Mounts Against Tea Party Spitting, Slur Charges


A man was arrested for spitting on a congressman. No, he was let go.

Protesters shouted the "n-word" at black lawmakers. Witnesses say it never happened.

A gay congressman was called a slur. Yet he was accused of swearing at someone in the crowd before that.

These are the conflicting claims that have emerged from the series of tense encounters lawmakers say they endured with Tea Party protesters on Capitol Hill Saturday, in the final raucous hours before Congress approved the health care reform bill.

Claims that the protesters hurled anti-gay and racist epithets at them tore through the blogosphere in the run-up to the vote and were used to decry the protests, but Tea Party supporters are challenging those accounts, saying they didn't hear them, or at least that those responsible were not part of the Tea Party protest.

"Never did I hear any type of racial slur," said William Owens, a black Tea Party activist from Nevada who joined in the D.C. protests Saturday.

CBS Polls Show American Feelings

Do you approve or disapprove of the entire health care reform overhaul as presented by President Obama and congressional Democrats?

No Opinion
What do you think should happen next in the health care debate?

Democrats should pass the bill via reconciliation:
Both parties should "start over" as Republicans are calling for:
Are you more or less interested in seeing health care reform pass than you were a year ago?

More Interested:
Less Interested:
The Same
Have President Obama and congressional Democrats explained their ideas well to the American people?

Has President Obama done enough in the name of bipartisanship in his final health care bill?

Will be it be better or worse for the Democratic party in the 2010 midterm elections if they pass health care reform with their current strategy?

It Won't Matter:

NOTE: Polls conducted by CBS News.
Job ApprovalApproveDisapproveSpread
Direction of CountryRight DirectionWrong TrackSpread
RCP Average33.8%60.5%-26.7%

20 Ways Obamacare Will Take Away Or Freedoms

The sections described below are taken from HR 3590 as agreed to by the Senate and from the reconciliation bill as displayed by the Rules Committee.
1. You are young and don’t want health insurance? You are starting up a small business and need to minimize expenses, and one way to do that is to forego health insurance? Tough. You have to pay $750 annually for the “privilege.” (Section 1501)
2. You are young and healthy and want to pay for insurance that reflects that status? Tough. You’ll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor. That’s because insurance companies will no longer be able to underwrite on the basis of a person’s health status. (Section 2701).
3. You would like to pay less in premiums by buying insurance with lifetime or annual limits on coverage? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer such policies, even if that is what customers prefer. (Section 2711).
4. Think you’d like a policy that is cheaper because it doesn’t cover preventive care or requires cost-sharing for such care? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer policies that do not cover preventive services or offer them with cost-sharing, even if that’s what the customer wants. (Section 2712).
5. You are an employer and you would like to offer coverage that doesn’t allow your employees’ slacker children to stay on the policy until age 26? Tough. (Section 2714).
6. You must buy a policy that covers ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services; chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care.
You’re a single guy without children? Tough, your policy must cover pediatric services. You’re a woman who can’t have children? Tough, your policy must cover maternity services. You’re a teetotaler? Tough, your policy must cover substance abuse treatment. (Add your own violation of personal freedom here.) (Section 1302).
7. Do you want a plan with lots of cost-sharing and low premiums? Well, the best you can do is a “Bronze plan,” which has benefits that provide benefits that are actuarially equivalent to 60% of the full actuarial value of the benefits provided under the plan. Anything lower than that, tough. (Section 1302 (d) (1) (A))
8. You are an employer in the small-group insurance market and you’d like to offer policies with deductibles higher than $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for families? Tough. (Section 1302 (c) (2) (A).
9. If you are a large employer (defined as at least 50 employees) and you do not want to provide health insurance to your employee, then you will pay a $750 fine per employee (It could be $2,000 to $3,000 under the reconciliation changes). Think you know how to better spend that money? Tough. (Section 1513).
10. You are an employer who offers health flexible spending arrangements and your employees want to deduct more than $2,500 from their salaries for it? Sorry, can’t do that. (Section 9005 (i)).
11. If you are a physician and you don’t want the government looking over your shoulder? Tough. The Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to use your claims data to issue you reports that measure the resources you use, provide information on the quality of care you provide, and compare the resources you use to those used by other physicians. Of course, this will all be just for informational purposes. It’s not like the government will ever use it to intervene in your practice and patients’ care. Of course not. (Section 3003 (i))
12. If you are a physician and you want to own your own hospital, you must be an owner and have a “Medicare provider agreement” by Feb. 1, 2010. (Dec. 31, 2010 in the reconciliation changes.) If you didn’t have those by then, you are out of luck. (Section 6001 (i) (1) (A))
13. If you are a physician owner and you want to expand your hospital? Well, you can’t (Section 6001 (i) (1) (B). Unless, it is located in a country where, over the last five years, population growth has been 150% of what it has been in the state (Section 6601 (i) (3) ( E)). And then you cannot increase your capacity by more than 200% (Section 6001 (i) (3) (C)).
14. You are a health insurer and you want to raise premiums to meet costs? Well, if that increase is deemed “unreasonable” by the Secretary of Health and Human Services it will be subject to review and can be denied. (Section 1003)
15. The government will extract a fee of $2.3 billion annually from the pharmaceutical industry. If you are a pharmaceutical company what you will pay depends on the ratio of the number of brand-name drugs you sell to the total number of brand-name drugs sold in the U.S. So, if you sell 10% of the brand-name drugs in the U.S., what you pay will be 10% multiplied by $2.3 billion, or $230,000,000. (Under reconciliation, it starts at $2.55 billion, jumps to $3 billion in 2012, then to $3.5 billion in 2017 and $4.2 billion in 2018, before settling at $2.8 billion in 2019 (Section 1404)). Think you, as a pharmaceutical executive, know how to better use that money, say for research and development? Tough. (Section 9008 (b)).
16. The government will extract a fee of $2 billion annually from medical device makers. If you are a medical device maker what you will pay depends on your share of medical device sales in the U.S. So, if you sell 10% of the medical devices in the U.S., what you pay will be 10% multiplied by $2 billion, or $200,000,000. Think you, as a medical device maker, know how to better use that money, say for R&D? Tough. (Section 9009 (b)).
The reconciliation package turns that into a 2.9% excise tax for medical device makers. Think you, as a medical device maker, know how to better use that money, say for research and development? Tough. (Section 1405).
17. The government will extract a fee of $6.7 billion annually from insurance companies. If you are an insurer, what you will pay depends on your share of net premiums plus 200% of your administrative costs. So, if your net premiums and administrative costs are equal to 10% of the total, you will pay 10% of $6.7 billion, or $670,000,000. In the reconciliation bill, the fee will start at $8 billion in 2014, $11.3 billion in 2015, $1.9 billion in 2017, and $14.3 billion in 2018 (Section 1406).Think you, as an insurance executive, know how to better spend that money? Tough.(Section 9010 (b) (1) (A and B).)
18. If an insurance company board or its stockholders think the CEO is worth more than $500,000 in deferred compensation? Tough.(Section 9014).
19. You will have to pay an additional 0.5% payroll tax on any dollar you make over $250,000 if you file a joint return and $200,000 if you file an individual return. What? You think you know how to spend the money you earned better than the government? Tough. (Section 9015).
That amount will rise to a 3.8% tax if reconciliation passes. It will also apply to investment income, estates, and trusts. You think you know how to spend the money you earned better than the government? Like you need to ask. (Section 1402).
20. If you go for cosmetic surgery, you will pay an additional 5% tax on the cost of the procedure. Think you know how to spend that money you earned better than the government? Tough. (Section 9017).

It's Time To Look Forward To Victory:Click on the red X to watch videos

Also, hundreds of you have been asking if you can still get on one of the chartered buses heading to Searchlight.  The answer is yes.  Simply send an email with your name, city and state ASAP to: 

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If you can't join us for the "Showdown in Searchlight" event you can still support this effort by making a contribution.  We're organizing 42 rallies on this upcoming "Tea Party Express" tour including launching campaigns against the worst offenders in Congress.
We'll even be campaigning in Bart Stupak's district (the sellout Democrat vote) as the Tea Party Express rolls through Michigan!
To contribute to our efforts - JUST CLICK HERE

Fellow patriots, the momentum for the "Showdown in Searchlight" is growing every day.  This historic event has become, through accident-in-timing, the tea party movement's first big moment after the healthcare vote and all eyes are on our events to judge whether this movement has been defeated or reinvigorated.

And we promise you, we're doing all we can to show that this tea party movement won't back down one bit following Congress's shameful vote on government-run health care.

We're here to provide some good news on that front.  Check out the video clips below from the NBC and ABC affiliates in Las Vegas about the upcoming Tea Party Express "Showdown in Searchlight" rally that takes place this Saturday, March 27th in Harry Reid's hometown of Searchlight, NV.

After you watch the clip, tell us you don't want to join this massive outpouring of tea party activism to take our country back!  OK, now please, watch and feel the building excitement:


And here's the report from the ABC affiliate:

We are hoping that each of you will do whatever you can to join us on March 27th in Searchlight.  This event will be truly historic, and it comes as a perfect rebuttal to target one of the principal architects of the government-run health care scheme:  Harry Reid.  
Complete details on the event and how to get there: http://www.teapartyexpress.org/tour-shedule-3/searchlight-nv

Game On, Progressives

The game is on,progressives. You have woken the sleeping giant and they are pissed. Now we will make it a point to go after the Blue Dog Democrats that are upset with what this liberal Congress and President have been doing. It is obvious that the Blue Dog Democrats are not welcome within their own party. The Blue Dog Democrats that have voted for the progressives eyes are opening to the fact that they didn't vote for these types of Socialist agendas. The Blue Dogs are watching the new Democratic party transform our country into a government owned and dictated social expiroment. As Democrats are starting to call themselves Independents in mass we "teabaggers" will be calling them over to our side. We will be listening to those disinfranchised Democrats and then we will give them a voice. If the Blue Dogs want to save their party then they better vote out the Progressives that are in there right now. The Blue Dogs need to put a leash on the Democratic party and bring them back to the center or risk destroying the party if they do nothing. Our economy can't keep spending the way the Democrats are pushing.

Tom DeLay: You Saw the Constitution Burned By Democrats Tonight

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Sunday that Americans saw the Constitution burned by Democrats as the current Party in power rammed through healthcare reform legislation the citizens clearly said they didn't want.

Here Are Some Polls From The Detroit News: Very Telling


Anti-reform ballot push

Would you sign a petition to challenge the federal health care mandate and declare that Michigan can opt out?
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Happy with health care bill?

How do you feel about the vote on the health care bill? Vote, then share your comments.
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This is the results to a survey on the Detroit News. The left wing tried to email this survey to everyone they knew and still 75% of the people do not like this health care bill. This is one of the most Democratic areas in the nation and 3/4 of this obamacare sucks. But there is a fringe that are happy with this health care reform bill. We might have lost this battle but we will win the war.