James Pethokoukis

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Awful healthcare poll for the White House

September 18, 2009

Some polling results from a healthcare poll from global branding firm Siegel+Gale:

– 37 percent understand the president’s plan
– 17 percent believe the plan is deficit neutral
– 20 percent believe funding will come from a fine on the wealthy.
– 32 percent actually support the president’s plan
– 40 percent have no idea how is being paid for
– 34 percent think everyone other than Congress will be pushed into public plan

“Clearly the whole health care issue is fraught with complexity, political in-fighting, and emotion that is not helped by poor media coverage. So I’m not surprised that the American people have thrown up their hands – even sophisticated consumer advocates are not clear about the plan,” says Alan Siegel, Chairman and Founder of Siegel+Gale.

Time for another speech!

Comments

Wait until small businesses find out they will be required to report all corporate service contracts to the IRS, what this means is every time you get a service from someone like AT&T, comcast, etc., the IRS needs to know about it. Its hidden on page 208 of the Baucus health care plan… unreal.

http://www.bizzgov.com/corporatereportin g.php

 

James – certainly a hot looking guy; but, I definately dont agree with his opinion. Again his opinion lines up with the wall street guru; the rich getting richer and want the poor getting poorer- a bunch of wall street huslers.

 

The first statistic is asking about education, the others are asking about thoughts or beliefs. Were people given a questionare about the plan and 37% passed it, or did 37% just say “yeah, I understand that.”

 

The Senate Health Care Bill is out and while there is no ‘public option’… (except medicaid) the number that will cause many to wince is 13%… That’s the share of family income that the Baucus plan envisions middle-class American families having to pay in health insurance premiums before co-payments, deductibles and other cost sharing. Is it affordable for you?? Bill PDF HERE: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/im ages/nytint/docs/baucus-proposal-to-over haul-health-care/original.pdf

This is an obvious argument to keep politicians out of this process. PORK… can not UNIFY!

Tucked inside is a provision that could provide billions of dollars for walking paths, streetlights, jungle gyms, and even farmers’ markets. The add-ons – characterized as part of a broad effort to improve the nation’s health “infrastructure’’ – appear in both the House and Senate versions of the bill.

Critics argue the provision is an obvious effort to insert pork-barrel spending into a bill that has been widely portrayed to the public as dealing with expanding health coverage and cutting medical costs. Senator Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican, ridicules the local projects, asking: “How can Democrats justify the wasteful spending in this bill?’’ But advocates defend the proposed spending as a necessary way to promote healthier lives and, in the long run, cut medical costs. “These are not public works grants; they are community transformation grants,’’ said Anthony Coley, a spokesman for Kennedy, chairman of the Senate health committee whose healthcare bill includes the projects. THE REST HERE: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washin gton/articles/2009/07/09/in_health_bill_ billions_for_parks_paths/
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Obfuscation from “District of Corruption” = an art form!

 

What I understand and believe is the control big money / big business has on our lives. These conscienceless forces have had to be held in check in history and it’s required now if there’s to be any worthwhile reform. In days gone by there was a face to be associated with despotism. ( Carnegie, JD Rockefeller etc.) They forced the government to enact anti trust laws. Ahh those were the good old days! Now, thanks in large part to the legalized bribery known as lobbying and PACs what’s good for society takes a back seat to what’s good for capitalists. They are not, as other nations prove, interdependent to the extent that the prosperity of one by neccessity excludes the other. What other nations have in addition to social responsibility is better priorities.

Every election cycle, politicians prove that they know the difference between right and wrong with the rhetoric they spew decrying the glory of America and it’s people. Then, when elected they ignore their constituency and buddy up with their corporate owners.

As is the case with our interstate highway system, there are some things that only a government can accomplish. Healthcare is one of them. If priorities were re -arranged, there’d be funding for (dare I say it?) socialized medicine and effective national security. One of the shifts in behavior needed is to prevent profit via lobbying and return to accountability to the citizens. That’s the democracy I was taught in public school. I sure miss it even though it was on the decline when I was growing up.

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Pwn’t

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We need a public option to compete with these runaway greedy insurance companies. Why do we need middle men to profit on sick people. No other country in the world profits off their sick.

 

We need a public option, to compete with the runaway greedy insurance companies. Why do we need middle men to profit off our sick people. No other country in the world makes money off the sick

 

I guarantee readers that the only winners in this healthcare nonsense will be the insurance companies. Come on, folks, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans give a damn about you and me. All they want from us is a vote, and as long as we are stupid enough every election to keep putting them in office, nothing is ever going to change. Who finances their campaigns? The insurance companies, not you. They bought off Hilary Clinton, one of the used-to-be proponents of universal healthcare! The pharmaceutical companies have alot to gain from the status quo as well. They, too, wank off the politicians every chance they get. The situation is hopeless unless you start a violent revolution or elect someone from a third party, otherwise you are wasting your time writing or calling your so-called elected officials.

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The good news is that after Obama’s speech two weeks ago, there’s no way this stupid bill would pass anyway.

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Well, looks like we have a historic president in the making. It took Bush six years to become the most hated president in recent history. Obama looks like he will beat that record by at least half a term.

Bush lasted so long because he did what he stood for. Not everyone agreed, but at least he did something. Obama needs to learn that unless he starts bulldozing his policies through, people are going to start disliking him quickly. The time for talking was before the election. Now he needs to do stuff.

The racism card might help for a bit. Just the same, Obama better learn some new tricks soon.

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What kind of sick people profit from selling Antiques? They should be given away for free!

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Jeanne Bernstein A.K.A. runaway greed Antiques profitier.

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