Participants applaud in the East Room [in a scene reminiscent of the famed and bizarre "bar-room" scene in Star Wars] of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 23, 2010, where President Barack Obama, flanked by [kid as inappropriate prop] Macelas Owens of Seattle, left, and [this is the beginning of government control over citizens] Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., right, signs the health care bill. Behind the president, from left are, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Vice President [F-Bomb] Joe Biden, Vicki Kennedy, widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy, Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., Ryan Smith of Turlock, Calif., Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, House Speaker [3rd in line to the Presidency] Nancy Pelosi of Calif., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., House Majority Whip James Clyburn of S.C., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. Image Credit: McNamee
Obama and the talking points terrorism of the Democrat Party
Last Tuesday, immediately after President Barack Obama signed into law, the Senate version of Health Care Reform, members of the Democrat Party took to the microphones to tout how much the American public would like the benefits and substance of this 2,700 page bill of force and oppression written to have the federal government takeover of our i/6th of our economy and health care system.
These talking points are consistent in their structure and delivery and are designed to tamp down the extreme discontent felt by the citizens of this nation largely due to the fact that this legislation was not the direction or process by which most felt were the problems that needed to be addressed to better our healh care system. It will seem (and already has) like hundreds of Democrats and supporters of a socialist/Marxist agenda are taking to microphones and citing these talking points in a never-ending barrage in what feels like a terrorist attack - even if some of the points have proven themselves to be not true and/or factual.
This excerpted and edited from Politico -
Day after Democratic talking points
Carol Lee, Politico - March 22, 2010
Talking Points: Americans Will See Immediate Benefits As a Result of Health Reform
· The legislation passed last night is a victory for American families, for seniors, for workers and small businesses – for Americans who deserve the security of knowing that in this country, neither illness nor accident should endanger the American dream.
This bill will immediately begin to lower health care costs for American families and small businesses.
o In 2010, small businesses that choose to offer coverage will begin to receive tax credits of up to 35 percent of premiums to help make employee coverage more affordable.
o In 2010, adults who are uninsured because of pre-existing conditions will have access to affordable insurance through a temporary high-risk pool.
o This bill starts to close the Medicare Part D donut hole in 2010 by providing a $250 rebate to Medicare beneficiaries who hit the gap in prescription drug coverage. And beginning in 2011, the bill institutes a 50% discount on prescription drugs in the donut hole.
o Starting this year, new private plans will be required to provide free preventive care: no co-payments and no deductibles for preventive services. And beginning January 1, 2011, Medicare will do the same.
o In 2010, this bill will provide help for early retirees by creating a temporary re-insurance program to help offset the costs of expensive premiums for employers and retirees age 55-64.
Under health reform, Americans will see an immediate expansion of coverage.
o This year, children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health insurance coverage. The bill outlaws that practice for new health plans as well as grandfathered group plans. Moving forward, no insurance company can deny a child coverage based on his or her health.
o This year, new health care plans and select grandfathered plans will allow young people to remain on their parents’ insurance policy up until their 26th birthday.
o This year, insurance companies will be banned from dropping people from coverage when they get sick, and they will be banned from implementing lifetime caps on coverage. This year, restrictive annual limits on coverage will be banned for new plans and grandfathered group health plans. Under health reform, Americans will be ensured access to the care they need.
o The bill increases funding for community health centers so that nearly double the number of patients can be treated in their community health centers over the next 5 years. The funding begins in the next fiscal year.
o Beginning this year, this bill creates a new, independent appeals process that ensures consumers in new private plans have access to an effective process to appeal decisions made by their insurer.
o This year, discrimination based on salary will be outlawed. New group health plans will be prohibited from establishing any eligibility rules for health care coverage that discriminate in favor of higher-wage employees.
Some of these points are valid solutions to the problems that exist by, again, over 60% of the American public are not happy about being told what to do and how to do it as it relates to how one chooses to lead one's life. The biggest problem with some of the talking points is that some are NOT TRUE.
EXAMPLE: o This year, children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health insurance coverage. The bill outlaws that practice for new health plans as well as grandfathered group plans. Moving forward, no insurance company can deny a child coverage based on his or her health. THIS IS NOT IN THE BILL.
This excerpted and edited from Yahoo Finance -
Gap in health care law's protection for children
Obama administration scrambles to fix gap in health care law's protection for children
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer, On Wednesday March 24, 2010, 5:24 am EDT
Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children.
Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be shut out of coverage.
Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill Obama signed into law Tuesday.
Full protection for children would not come until 2014, said Kate Cyrul, a spokeswoman for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, another panel that authored the legislation. That's the same year when insurance companies could no longer deny coverage to any person on account of health problems.
Obama's public statements have conveyed the impression that the new protections for kids were more sweeping and straightforward.
"This is a patient's bill of rights on steroids," the president said Friday at George Mason University in Virginia. "Starting this year, thousands of uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions will be able to purchase health insurance, some for the very first time. Starting this year, insurance companies will be banned forever from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions."
Late Tuesday, the administration said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius would try to resolve the situation by issuing new regulations. The Obama administration interprets the law to mean that kids can't be denied coverage, as the president has said repeatedly.
This is just one example of how the Democrat Party does not understand how a business remains viable ... a business activity, as well as a Government, requires a profit in order to remain alive and viable. This bill (and those that are planned to be introduced and passed via one-party rule) will sink our economy and destroy our freedom.
Watch to see how long it will take for these talking point terrorist Democrats to stop referencing the "children with pre-existing conditions - no insurance company can deny a child coverage based on his or her health" canard in their point by point barrage - this can become the new game of the Governmentally oppressed during Carter's Second Term.