As fog lifts, view’s not encouraging

October 1, 2010

During the roughly six months since the federal takeover of health care was passed, some of the “fog of confusion” so memorably described by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – whose talent for obfuscation gives new meaning to her hometown’s nickname, the “Fog City” – has indeed lifted, as she predicted.  Unfortunately, the picture that’s forming isn’t reassuring.  Let’s take a look at some specifics:

Has the heath care takeover lowered costs for families and for businesses?

No.  According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, “insurers have asked [state regulators] for premium increases of between 1% and 9% to pay for extra benefits required under the law, according to filings with state regulators. [Insurers] say Congress’s landmark refashioning of U.S. health coverage, which passed in March after a brutal fight, is causing them to pass on more costs to consumers than Democrats predicted.” – “Health Insurers Plan Hikes”, Wall Street Journal, September 8, 2010.

Will the health care takeover improve access to health care for children?

No.  According to the Los Angeles Times, many health insurance companies are dropping child-only policies, “because the new federal requirement could create huge and unexpected costs for covering children.” – “Big health insurers to stop selling new child-only policies”, Los Angeles Times, September 21, 2010.

Will the health care takeover lower health care costs?

No.  In fact, the new health care law will actually increase costs. The Obama Administration’s own Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a report that stated that the health care bill “will have negligible effects on total national health spending in the next 10 years.” In fact the report went on to say that health care spending will actually increase at a faster rate. – “Health Outlays Still Seen Rising”, Wall Street Journal, September 8, 2010.

(The new government report released by HHS says President Obama’s health care law will have negligible effects on total national health spending in the next 10 years, neither slowing nor fueling the explosive growth of medical costs.)

What seems clear as we learn ever more about the health care takeover is that the very premises for passing the law – to increase access and reduce costs – are not being honored as it begins to take effect.  And this is just the beginning.  America needs a plan that works, and on November 2, your vote for Nan Hayworth will be a step towards achieving that.  The choice, too, is clear.


Bad medicine

August 20, 2010

 
In December, 1799, President George Washington contracted a severe throat infection.  His doctors–distinguished experts all–treated him with calomel, to induce vomiting, and bloodletting.  When their patient’s condition deteriorated, they treated even more vigorously, giving more calomel and taking more blood in the hopes that this time they’d succeed.

George Washington died of dehydration, blood loss, and choking from the uncontrolled infection.  His very well-meaning physicians had actually hastened his death.

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Young Guns; new digs!

August 11, 2010

 

Nan Hayworth addresses supporters at the campaign's new HQ

Nan addresses the crowd

On the same day that the Hayworth campaign held an open house to celebrate the grand opening of our new Carmel headquarters, the NRCC announced that Nan and the campaign have been upgraded to full “Young Guns” status in their program of the same name, marking ours as one of the top-tier Republican challenger races in the entire country and among the most promising prospects nationwide to flip a Democrat-held House seat to the GOP!

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First, stop digging…

August 9, 2010

 
The American people are in the midst of learning a painful economic lesson:  federal spending doesn’t create jobs. The latest evidence came from the Department of Labor, which released its monthly jobs report last week.  The outlook is bleaker than experts in and out of government expected, and the government’s meddling isn’t helping.

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Repeal, Replace…Referendum?

August 4, 2010

 
The state of Missouri is famous as a political “bellwether” state, both in projecting presidential winners and in gauging public sentiment on divisive issues.  That trend may be continuing in the latest vote on a key aspect of the Democrats’ new health care law:  71.1% of the people of Missouri just approved a ballot proposition to bar the law’s “individual mandate” provision from taking effect in their state.

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A tax, except when it isn’t

July 20, 2010

 
Remember how President Obama swore up and down that a government mandate on individuals to buy health insurance they may or may not even want, under penalty of a hefty sum payable to the IRS, wasn’t a tax?  He was so stubborn on that talking point that even George Stephanopoulos, armed with Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, couldn’t budge him on what constituted a tax.

Amazing what a lawsuit brought by 20-plus states will do for one’s perspective.

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Many questions, no answers

July 11, 2010

 
Following his stop at a Poughkeepsie luncheon Friday, John Hall arrived at a forum in Cortlandt Manor. As in Poughkeepsie, the topic was the newly passed health care law and its coming effects on businesses.  Unlike Poughkeepsie, this forum was open to the public.  Unfortunately for the public, the venue was changed scant hours before the announced time.  (This isn’t the first time John Hall has used what seems to be last-minute stealth-scheduling to minimize the crowd at an event with a controversial topic.)  The audience was not much more than a dozen strong, though that didn’t make them any less lively, and they had come prepared with pointed questions.
 
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