Saturday, August 22, 2009

Health Care: the explosives buried in HR3200

The explosives: Health Care Reform Bill Part I was in the Stimulus Bill. Part II states that medical treatment will be dispensed by the fifteen member Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research ("Federal Council"), already appointed by the Organizer-in-Chief. The Council was funded $1.1 BILLION from The Stimulus Bill. Can someone check which of the anti-human postmodernists are on it! Let me guess: one or all of the following: Messrs Cass "The Nudge" Sunstein, E. Emanuel, John Holdren ...

Update: Ezekiel Emanuel herewith confirmed ("Zeke has been and apparently still is chair of the Clinical Center Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, where he is still listed as an employee. I have confirmed that Zeke is still employed there. He has been with the Obama administration as health policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget since February, and is a member of the Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research" - by Tom Blumer)

Faultline USA: "Must-Read Evaluation of ObamaCare"

If your doctor saves your life in defiance of ObamaCare guidelines, he could be severely fined and go to prison.

Cross-posted from American Daughter.

The following article is the most qualified and articulate evaluation of ObamaCare extant on the web, having been written by an MD who is an expert on health care cost containment. It has been circulated by viral email and republished in many places. To ensure giving our readers an uncorrupted original, I requested a copy from the author. He very kindly responded within an hour of receiving my request this afternoon. His following statement is of life-and-death importance to every US citizen. Read this, and share it as widely as possible. (...) >>>

Aug 22, 2009

Yep, the AARP, the pharmaceuticals and many others are "on board"! The question is, who are the coalition, PhRMA and HEN? These are - it seems - made up of the large drug manufacturers and include the AARP. How come the Dems are accusing the Reps of 'stoking opposition' on behalf of 'special interests'?  Well, word has it that insurance companies are not part of the deal. This is fun, isn't it? 

Bloomberg: "Obama Campaign Ad Firms Signed On to Push Health-Care Overhaul", by Timothy J. Burger

Two firms that received $343.3 million to handle advertising for Barack Obama’s White House run last year have profited from his top priority as president by taking on his push for health-care overhaul.

One is AKPD Message and Media, the Chicago-based firm headed by David Axelrod until he left last Dec. 31 to serve as a senior adviser to the president. Axelrod was Obama’s top campaign strategist and is now helping sell the health-care plan. The other firm is Washington-based GMMB Campaign Group, where partner Jim Margolis was also an Obama strategist.

This year, AKPD and GMMB received $12 million in advertising business from Healthy Economy Now, a coalition that includes the Washington-based Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, known as PhRMA, that is seeking to build support for a health-care overhaul, said the coalition’s spokesman, Jeremy Van Ess.

Hiring Obama’s campaign advisers makes sense, said Julius Hobson, a senior policy adviser in the Washington office of the St. Louis-based law firm, Bryan Cave LLP.

“If you’re in support of the president, then you use the people he used,” said Hobson, 61, who teaches a graduate course in lobbying at George Washington University in Washington.

HEN’s other members, according to its Web site, are the AARP, the biggest advocacy organization for retirees; the Advanced Medical Technology Association; the Business Roundtable; Families USA; the Service Employees International Union, all based in Washington, and the American Medical Association based in Chicago. PhRMA represents 28 drugmakers, including New York-based Pfizer Inc. and London-based GlaxoSmithKline Plc.

Larry Grisolano, a partner at AKPD, said his firm and GMMB are splitting the fees on the $12 million campaign (...) >>>

Gordon Liddy podcast: "The Problems with Medicare"

Aug. 15, 2009

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