Will Blue Dogs contain health care tab?

Nine months into the new fiscal year and five months into the presidency of Barack Obama, the  federal deficit has hit $1 trillion for the first time in history.  Take note, children, and stop goofing off in school, demanding feel-good, esteem-raising “A’s” for “C-minus” work.  You’ve a heavy debt burden to finance over the course of your working lives, with a far heavier debt burden yet to come.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives add to that burden with a proposal expected today for national health care legislation.  While politicians play games with cost and with financing schemes that are alleged to include $155 billion in future savings from payments to hospitals, the truth is that whatever they come up with will exceed another trillion dollars over a decade.   President Obama says those costs won’t be borne by the middle class.  The Nancy Pelosi Democrats propose to get financing from “the rich.”   Fat chance. “The rich” can avoid taxes, in part by moving cash to government-favored enterprises.  It’s the wage-earner and the owners of mom-and-pop businesses that get socked.

Democrats have full ownership of national government, so they’re prefectly free to be as irresponsible as they choose.  This is a key test, however, for a group of about 40 Democrats like U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall of Macon and to a lesser extent U.S. Rep. John Barrow of Savannah.  Marshall represents a Middle Georgia district that’s competitive.  If he gets too deep into Pelosi politics, he’s gone.  About three dozen or more of his colleagues are in the same boat.

Ordinarily, because Democrats own Congress, leadership and the so-called “Blue Dog Democrats” play a game.  When Pelosi needs them, they’re there.  When she has votes to spare, they walk, voting with the opposition.  A trillion-dollar entitlement built on funny-money and pretend-savings has to be too much for the Blue Dogs to stomach.

Right now, they’re all that stands between the ambitions of this generation of liberal politicians and the quality-of-life stealing debt burden being shifted to our children and grand-children.  So, young esteem-seekers, when school officials offer to erase incorrect answers on CRCT tests of subject competence and replace them with right answers, beg them not to.  You actually need to know the classroom stuff to get a good job (in government or health care, the ones that will be available) to help finance the enormous debt burden coming your way.

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Dr. Pandey

July 19th, 2009
8:09 pm

Agree with the time past on discussion with the healthcare. The reason we are struggling is that everyone wants to put a patch and not solve the problem really.

And may be they can not. Imagine the money in the healthcare that is flowing is creating job. You cut cost and these jobs that should not have been there in the first place would go away. Who wants more unemployment?

Yes, it sounds short term but that is reality.

For that reason, healthcare reform has to be phased in. And the reform can not happen till as a nation we decide what we want to be. What is that ideal healthcare system we want to design?

Only then we can have a meaningful dialoge.

THe cost cutting aspect is simple and also we do not need any more money to solve the problem. We already have more money than we need. In my experience, if you improve the performance of healthcare industry including administrative waste, there is money to take care of all and still have some change left.

We wrote few ideas on our blog on healthcare reform on our blog that may be a more reasonable…..



July 23rd, 2009
4:36 pm

We did it, Reid just announced we have until fall to STOP OBAMA, but fall is not that far away folks.STOP SOCIALIZED MEDICINE.
Tort reform, salaried staff, increased sanctions and oversight on fraud, team oriented care, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.
Information is out there saying that the actual people who really are uninsured (excluding non-citizens and those who can afford it but chose not to get it) is really around 17-20 million, which is different to the 45-50 million people that Obummer and admin claim.
The American people and a more bi-partisan group of elected officials can will come up with way to “reform” our current system.

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