Monday, December 14, 2009

The LuLac Edition #1037, Dec. 14th, 2009



Distressful news tonight from Washington, the U.S. Senate Democrats, you know the ones with the 60 vote majority are going to drop the Medicare plan to insure people without insurance 55 and older. This is a disgrace. Liberals had sought the Medicare expansion as a last-minute substitute for a full-blown, government-run insurance program that moderates insisted be removed from the legislation. But it drew strong opposition from Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and quieter concerns from a dozen Democrats — all of whom hold votes essential for passage.
Reid did not say flatly that Democrats had decided to drop the proposal for uninsured Americans as young as 55 to purchase coverage under Medicare. But several senators, including Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., said the move is probably necessary to pass the bill. And with all Democratic senators invited to meet with Obama at the White House complex on Tuesday, that appeared a prime opportunity for him and them to declare their unity. The obstacle that loomed largest was the Medicare expansion proposal, a remnant of a months long debate over the role of government in the newly revised health care system. It emerged last week as part of a framework agreement between moderates and liberals struggling to define the role of government in the newly revised health care system. Additionally, the proposal calls for creation of nationwide plans run by private insurance companies under the supervision of the Office of Personnel Management, the agency that oversees the system through which federal employees and lawmakers obtain coverage.
The fact is that federal workers can choose whatever health plan they are on. And you know who administers that? The insurance companies. Blue Cross has a special corp of phone operators and claims people who do nothing but deal with federal employee health plans. Does that sound like government interference? Also the Senators are making a big deal out of the fact that insurance companies will be prevented from barring someone from a policy because of a pre-existing condition. These dumb ass Senators should know that on many group plans, there is a pre- existing condition waiver. If they are going to touting the preexisting clause as a victory, then they are calling it reform when in reality it is the status quo. Watch what these people do. I am not upset about the Republican opposition anymore, it was expected. What I am very angry about is the lack of courage these Democrats who won big are showing. They can't control their own members, they kiss the ass of a freak like Joe Lieberman (one of Al Gore's biggest mistakes) and disgrace the long Democratic Senate tradition of legislating laws for the good of the common man. It is hard to think about the common man when you are in the rarefied air of the Senate. Here's what will happen: the Senate majority will cave and water down this bill so much that it will actually enrich the insurance companies. (Good for them, unlike 1994 they didn't even lift a finger in opposition because they didn't have to with the spineless Dems in the Senate.) They'll call it health care reform but it will fail because it wasn't done right. This is almost like passing a civil rights bill in 1964 saying we won't discriminate against blacks Monday, Wednesday and Friday. And we'll create a Commission to oversee that discrimination, if it takes place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays will be monitored so it's not too bad. If the Senate lets go of this Medicare proposal it is signing its own death warrant. When I was growing up U.S. Senators, both Democrats and Republicans stood on principle. These guys do not. There's that old country and western song, "If you don't stands for something, you'll fall for anything". The Senate Democrats appear to be on the road to hell paved with their weak, tepid, lukewarm and wishy washy intentions. The only winners here are the GOP who said no and the current health industry. The losers will be the American middle class. Hope and Change? Mr. Obama you can't change America with an army of political cowards. If you are destined to be a one term President, take everyone of these bastards with you.


At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Your friend and political sparing partner said...

When are people going to learn. The dems want health care reform LESS than the republicans. It is their holy grail wedge issue, akin to abortion for the GOP.
This isn't going to pass and if it does it is not going to improve anything.

At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah right, get the Republicans out because they're no good and put in the Democrats, Now ... that was a change for the better, wasn't it????? None of em are any ****ing good, a sure sign this elitetist country is on it's downward spiral. History has a tendency to repeat itself. Doesn't seem to matter, city, county, federal governments are all the corrupt same no matter where, not just in our own little corner of the world! Personally I think the "Shut it down and start over" scenario is way, way too late on ALL levels of gov't. Sadly I think we're all pretty much screwed! Sadly also, I really can't think of any way any of it can be saved.

At 11:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pissed at the Cowardly Dems who in the end are no better than the GOP.
But really pissed at the Phillies for trading Cliff Lee. I'll be damned surprised if Halladay turns out to be better than Lee. What the hell do the Phils want from a guy?

At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama is a one termer for sure. The
spineless, worthless, leaderless Democrats have taken care of that.
With that bunch behind him the guy never had a chance!

At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave: I share your outrage. The Democrats don't deserve power because they don't know how to use it. What is really bad about this is the bill is being gutted. Your anology on civil rights was right on target. You don't treat a disease with half measures....except in politics. I hated Bush and Cheney. And I voted for the Democrats thinking they'd do some good. They aren't. At least with the last group in there you knew what you were getting. These guys give a bad name to all the pantywaists of the world.

At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Your Friend and Political Sparing Partner said...

obama's biggest problem? he has been running for re-election since Jan 21, instead of running the country.

At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is really a sham. Lieberman wants to hold his own party hostage. What is wrong with him? And this thing will be so gutted, if the GOP says no to it they'll look like fools. Yonk, a few years ago you wrote about the local GOP and how in order for the party to thrive they needed an old time boss and head knocker. I'm afraid we need that in the Congress. My feeling after this is that the Dems should drop the donkey and the GOP should drop the elephant as their mascots. There should be a bipartisan logo or mascot: a horse's ass!!!!

At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought I'd rather clean up after a donkey than an elephant, but now I'm not so sure.
1:24 makes a good suggestion. A horses ass could serve for both.
Speaking of horses asses, I dont think either party wants Lieberman.
This has been a disgusting episode
all around! No Profiles in Courage material here!

At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought I'd rather clean up after a donkey than an elephant, but now I'm not so sure.
1:24 makes a good suggestion. A horses ass could serve for both.
Speaking of horses asses, I dont think either party wants Lieberman.
This has been a disgusting episode
all around! No Profiles in Courage material here!

At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Lieberman wants to hold his own party hostage."

What party is that the independent party? Yonk's Friend hit the nail on the head. The dems really gave it to Old Joe last time out. The only reason he won was because conservative talk radio really pushed him.

At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just too distressing. The real problem here is that winning the majority did not come with instructions. My suggestion is for the "D" leadership to hire Republican consultants to learn how to lead and how to handle a majority.


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