Sunday, July 26, 2009

Thank Goodness the CBO Works on Saturday

Hat Tip Legal Insurrection. "The Congressional Budget Office once again has poked a massive hole in the Democratic health care "reform" bubble, in a report issued today.

One of the key elements of the Democratic proposals is to hand over the power to make cost cuts to an unelected, unimpeachable council similar to MedPAC. By empowering such an insular entity to make decisions over which health care procedures and medicines are cost-effective, we will have surrendered enormous freedom over personal health care. If a procedure or medication is not approved by this entity, it will not be economically viable for the provider to bring it to market, so it will not be available even if you were willing to pay out of pocket.

Putting aside our freedom, the CBO has come out with an analysis (appearing in full below) which shows that handing over health care decisions to an entity such as MedPAC will not save any substantial sums over the next decade, even as the cost of health care "reform" escalates. As related at The Politico:

For the second time this month, congressional budget analysts have dealt a blow to the Democrat's health reform efforts, this time by saying a plan touted by the White House as crucial to paying for the bill would actually save almost no money over 10 years.

A key House chairman and moderate House Democrats on Tuesday agreed to a White House-backed proposal that would give an outside panel the power to make cuts to government-financed health care programs. White House budget director Peter Orszag declared the plan "probably the most important piece that can be added" to the House's health care reform legislation.

But on Saturday, the Congressional Budget Office said the proposal to give an independent panel the power to keep Medicare spending in check would only save
about $2 billion over 10 years- a drop in the bucket compared to the bill's $1 trillion price tag.

What a pathetic joke the Democratic legislative effort has become. Loss of freedom and no meaningful cost savings. The opposite of "you get what you pay for."

As Rahm Emanuel and Henry Waxman push to have a vote next week, it is clear that neither the Congress nor the White House has any clue as to the consequences of what they are proposing (if they even have read it). All the more reason we need to see the bill, debate it, and let our representatives know how we feel before they vote.

So give double thanks this weekend. First, for the CBO not giving in to political pressure. And second, for the fact that the CBO works on Saturdays."

22 comments:

Just a conservative girl said...

On page 389 of the bill, the word "retarded" actually appears.
I am a special needs mom. This needs to be spread far and wide. This is hurtful to my son. He is too young to understand at this point, but I certainly do.

lady di said...

We must stay vigilant when these legislators are home for their month off from Washington. Let them know this bill is not acceptable.....

Opus #6 said...

JACG, one of my boys has special needs as well. I have blogged about my IEP adventures. Who WRITES these things! I can see that being the subject of crass jokes, but to be written into LAW? These people are trying to ruin our country.

Opus #6 said...

Lady Di, they want us to take a break, too. But I don't think so....

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Ma Lady, The cost is so secondary to me. These arrogant bunch of bastards in Washington want to slowly steal every freedom I have by pretending they know what's best for me.

The right to pick one's own doctor, procedure done, how to pay for it or what insurance to buy is so basic. It's like those pin-heads in Washington telling me what kind of car I can buy (oops, we let that one slip by us huh).

One question ... Why is it considered OK for the Dems. to lie (and the press to accept it) to achieve their goals ?

Opus #6 said...

Woody, the press is, for the most part, an arm of the statist machine. They take talking points from the socialist politicians and report them as hard news. Why is it OK? Because they like living by these rules. The ends justify the means. Perverting the free press is of no consequence if they can push for their socialist/communist utopia, and crush the last free nation on Earth. It's all in a day's work.

That is why the internet is so important right now. There are still small voices they can't control.

From the Rotti's desk said...

I'm thinking of copying the sgp hc flyer and passing it around senior homes. They need to understand whats going on and hopefully some of them can still make calls to their rep.

LL said...

You said that the administration doesn't know what they're doing.

Who wrote the bill?

I'm convinced they know precisely what they're doing.

Teresa said...

Obama admitted that he hasn't read the Bill and doesn't know what's in the Bill. What a moron!! Who promotes something without knowing the details of the item their promoting? I guess these bunch of leach sucking the freedom from us Socialists do. That is horrible how they used the word retarded in the Bill. I thought these politicians were for the disadvantaged in life. Obviously NOT. As being blind in one eye, I am starting to be more of an active advocate for the handicapped. I guess this is hipocrisy at its worst. Yes, I do believe that during this August recess we must be vigilant in revealing the truth about the disaster Obamacare will be for America if passed.

JoeTheMom said...

Look no further than the Veterans Administration for a crystal clear example of why the gov't should stay out of the healthcare business.

Opus #6 said...

Rotti, great idea. Our elderly will suffer the most under this plan.

Opus #6 said...

LL, they claim not to have read the bill. I guess ignorance and stupidity goes over better with voters than Socialist/Communist-Schemer-In-Chief.

Opus #6 said...

Teresa, conservatives give to charity way more than liberals. I believe that conservatism is the more compassionate philosophy. Isn't it better to empower people in their lives than to make everybody a ward of the State?

Opus #6 said...

Joe, the VA is a great example of why govt should stay our of health care.

Teresa said...

Opie, I agree. I always thought that Dems were misleading the public in giving appearance that they care about the handicapped and less fortunate. Conservatism promotes freedom, giving support, and a helping hand so that people can achieve their dreams. This lets people have a sense of responsibility and a good work ethic instead of relying on handouts their entire life.

Euripides said...

With the CBO statement, one of the major props holding up the healthcare bill has been knocked over. Hopefully the bill will die in flames, much like Hillarycare did so many years ago. Pessimistic me doesn't think so, however.

Opus #6 said...

Teresa, I always thought we had a lot in common. :-)

Opus #6 said...

Euripides, I, too, feel pessimistic. These guys got cap and tax through the house through bribes. Who is to say what the purchase price of our reps would be for the sell-out of 20% of the American economy, health care. There is some strange stuff at work here. I suspect we don't know the half of it. The details of the behind-the-scenes strongarm tactics.

On the other hand, I hope good sense will win the day.

Amusing Bunni said...

Hi Opie!
I was so happy to read about this, as well. Finally a person in Gov't who tells the truth and does not bow to the dear leader.

I am very prayful that this will get defeated, but considering all the crooks on both sides of this debate....it could possibly pass.

And I agree w/LL...Obummer knows EXACTLY what is and isn't in there...he is setting America up for the biggest fall into socialism in it's history, while trying to stay "distant" and not get his "hands dirty". Like I put in my blog, even though I was making "digs" about his talking points, it is basically murder for seniors and NO CHOICE at all, on anything for American Citizens. I hope people realise this and it goes up in smoke like Hilliary's.

Nickie Goomba said...

LL... Who wrote this bill? Everybody and nobody. If or when this thing is passed, there will be no prints on it. Deniably for all Dems. It'll probably still be Bush/Cheney's fault.

Opus #6 said...

Bunni, I hope this goes up in smoke. Obummer talked openly of Fundamentally Changing this great country, and Spreading the Wealth before the election. As a people, we have only ourselves to blame.

Opus #6 said...

Nickie, denying culpability is ubiquitous with Obama's bunch.