(SenatorRonJohnson) — On March 7, 2012, Senator Johnson questioned Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius regarding estimates of the cost of Obamacare.
Absolutely maddening! Watch as Obama’s HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius lies STRAIGHT through her teeth.
Sebelius could not say with confidence how many employers would drop coverage, or how many would have been forced to drop coverage if not for the thousands of waivers the administration has issued.
“The bottom line here is, the cost of this healthcare law is so uncertain, don’t you think we ought to put the brakes on it?” Johnson asked. “You know, Nancy Pelosi said, ‘We have to pass this law to figure out what’s in it.’ What I don’t want to see is that we have to implement it to figure out how it’s going to bust a hole in our already horribly broken budget.”
SEBELIUS: The original estimate, yes. I think that’s–
JOHNSON: Right. So, the original estimate for deficit reduction–
SEBELIUS: I’m assuming–
JOHNSON: The original estimate for deficit reduction in the first 10 years was $143 billion, correct?
JOHNSON: So now we, we’ve reduced that $143 billion by $86 billion – by not getting revenue from the CLASS Act – and now $111 billion because we’ve increased the mandatory costs of the exchanges, correct?
SEBELIUS: I’m assuming the numbers are correct. I’m sorry I don’t have them.
JOHNSON: So, when you add those together, that’s $197 billion added to the first 10-year cost estimate of Obamacare, so now we are instead of saving $143 billion, we are adding $54 billion to our deficit, correct?
SEBELIUS: Sir I –
JOHNSON: We’ll submit that to the record. But, that’s basically true. So instead of saving $143 billion, by this administration’s own figures and budget, we’re now adding $54 billion to our deficit in the first 10 years. To me, that would be the first broken promise. It is true that the President said that by enacting this healthcare law, every family would save $2500 per year, in their family insurance plan – correct?
SEBELIUS: He said that once the exchanges are up and running, and you have an affordable marketplace, the insurance estimates were that the rates would go down by about $2500, yes– that has not occurred yet.
JOHNSON: The Kaiser Family Foundation has already released a study saying that average costs of family healthcare plans is up $2200, correct?
SEBELIUS: Again, there is no new marketplace yet for insurance policies.
JOHNSON: But the costs are already up. We’re already different by $4700; it’s going to be hard to get us down to $2500 cost savings. I would consider that broken promise number two.
It’s also true, that President Obama very famously said, ‘if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor.’ Period. ‘If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan.’ Period. No one will take it away, no matter what. Now, we’ve granted quite a few waivers – about 1,200 to 1,700 waivers – on about 4 million Americans, correct?
SEBELIUS: I’ve no idea what waivers you’re talking about or–
JOHNSON: Well, those are waivers–
SEBELIUS: On doctors and health plans, is that…I–
JOHNSON: Just waivers from having to implement portions of the healthcare law that probably would have allowed those – or forced those workers – off their employer-sponsored care.
SEBELIUS: Again, I’d be happy to answer these questions, but I have no idea what waivers you’re talking about–
JOHNSON: The waivers that HHS has granted to employers not–
SEBELIUS: Which do what?
JOHNSON: Not having implemented sections of the healthcare law.
SEBELIUS: There have been waivers granted to employers, yes.
JOHNSON: And had those waivers not been granted, chances are, those employees probably would have lost their employer-sponsored care, correct?
SEBELIUS: I have no idea. I mean, I’m happy to answer those one at a time and look at the waivers and see what–
JOHNSON: Unfortunately, I’m pretty short on time.
Surprise, surprise! The majority of the waivers were handed out to labor unions.
Image source: Maggie’s Notebook “ObamaCare Waivers: Stop the Bleed of Companies Dumping Employee Insurance“
President Ronald Reagan understood. God rest his soul, he was a ‘traditional American’. Obama and his anti-American progressive cabal are not –by a long shot. One simply can not loathe America and all that she stands for and be a ‘traditional American’. Traditional Americans who value liberty, are the backbone of this great country. Always have been. Progressives headed by wannabe despot Obama, want to literally rip our freedoms from us and cut America off at the knees.
Is it any wonder that in these polling results released yesterday by Gallup, Ronald Reagan came out on top? Note the net rating percentage points of Reagan versus Obama. Quite the wide margin wouldn’t you say? In fact, take careful note of Obama’s numbers across the board. Far from stellar.
Come November 2012, vote the bastard –OUT. I don’t care who eventually wins the GOP nomination –get OUT and VOTE. Your vote will be AGAINST Obama, not for the candidate of your choice. That is the –POINT. Sure, they each have their negatives. BUT the alternative, a second term for O (a FRIGHTENING thought), should be more than enough to motivate you.
Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do to save your country.
Vote as if the American way of life depends on it –because it DOES.
Update: Bonus Reagan video.
Reagan responds to Obama and his supporters
Rep. Allen West (R-FL) Palm Beach County Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner, January 28, 2012.
“Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get it the hell out of the United States of America”
The man is breaking my heart…
Bonus video: West’s full speech.
Reid’s former spokes mouth, keepin’ it classy! In response to West, former Reid spokesman Jim Manley responded via Twitter: “Me to allen west. You first asshole.”
Let’s have a look at what the brain dead tools at Huffington Post have to say.
HuffPo Super User malnyst67: “Who peed on his Aunt Jemima pancakes?”
HuffPo Super User Dennydorite: “What do you expect from a hand maiden for the overclass? ”
HuffPo user snakeman: “West, Cain, Stelle, it’s called “Stockholm Syndrome” you can’t help yourselves.”
HuffPo user rlm1301: A very delusional man,he is suffering from the same psychosis as Herman Cain,AlphoÂnso Jackson,RoÂn Christie,WÂard Connerly,AÂlan Keyes,ThomÂas Sowell,MicÂhael Steele,ClaÂrence Thomas,and Tim Scott,all showing symptoms of thought disorder,uÂnder the delusion that the Republican EstablishmÂent and Tea Partiers ,genuinely likes them.
The mind reels. –
HufPo user Brian Gilmer: “They are well beyond the question of taxation. The TEA people are advocating anarchy.”
The level of projection is astounding. –
HuffPo user bdcelina777: “Sounds like a UN speech from an anti/US belligerenÂt country. ”
HuffPo Super User TexianLife: Most baggers/coÂns don’t even sound like they are American..Â…West is no different. “
Violent rhetoric! –
HuffPo user Larry Self: “where is a pack of lions when ya need em???”
HuffPo user jardinierre: “Allen West has also forgotten that because of Liberals..Â.he has the soap box to stand on and make assinine statementsÂ.”
HufPo user joehay2: “Well, first liberals made sure that West got the right to vote and speak and now he is using those rights as he sees fit. He will be a lobbyist after the November elections.
HuffPo userÂ patmos68: ” If it hadn’t been for those liberals, he would still be sitting in the back of the bus.”
HuffPo Super UserÂ harmlesstree: “West if it were not for liberals/lÂeftists you would not even be able to vote. And if it were not for liberals/lÂeftists altering the Zeitgeist with regard to racism ( making it publicly unacceptabÂle) the crowd that was cheering you would be hurling racial epithets at you!”
HuffPo user nia122: “Wonder if he realizes that cons worked hard at denying him the right vote and speak.”
Waaaay beyond the realm of reality. –
HuffPo user eroy22312: “What EXACTLY qualifies you to speak for black men or the “welfare state” for that matter?
West received a government military check almost his whole life. Then he went to work for a defense contractor with government contracts. Now he is on the government payroll again as a Florida representaÂtive. When did West “wake up” to the revelationÂs of the welfare state that has been subsidizinÂg his entire life?“
Like I said –brain dead.
UPDATE!! In related news.
Allen West being redistricted out of existence in effort led by Romney Florida spokesman
First stripped of power in what was an historic win for the GOP and then record defectors of historic proportions. I’d feel sorry for Nancy if she weren’t such a crusty old anti-American prog hag. But she is what she is and will never change.
(The Fix) How divided are Democrats’ right now?With 19 Democrats withholding support from Nancy Pelosi for House speaker on Wednesday, it represented the largest defection from a party’s speaker nominee in nearly a century.
The resistance in the Democratic Party to back now-former Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) in the ceremonial first vote of the 112th Congress registered higher than at any point since 1913, according to data from the Congressional Research Service.
That year, which happens to be the last year for which records are available, featured 23 votes for Republicans other than that party’s speaker nominee. Of the 19 Democrats who didn’t support Pelosi on Wednesday, 18 voted for other Democrats and one voted “present.”
In no other election in between do the numbers approach those two races (with an asterisk next to 1923, when 22 votes were cast for other Republicans on the first of nine ballots; by the ninth and final ballot, though, there were only two defectors).
Back in the 1920s, though, defections were much more common. Since 1945, only seven such protest votes have been lodged — total.
Of the 18 Democrats voting for other candidates yesterday, 11 voted for Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), two voted for Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and five voted for other Democrats. The seven candidates receiving votes is more than any other race on record.
The data overall is spotty, with no good numbers on which members voted for whom for House speaker. But a comparison of theÂ House speaker vote totals (pdf) and a look at the partisan breakdown of the corresponding Congresses shows that defectors have been few and far between — and in most cases, those not voting for their party’s candidate simply didn’t vote (perhaps because they weren’t present).
Looking at those numbers, this appears to be the first time in at least 35 years that the number of Democrats not supporting their speaker candidate has been in double digits.
On the Republican side, the GOP’s unanimous support for Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) was one of only a handful of cases where one party has voted 100 percent for its candidate for speaker. Rarely has an entire party caucus been present, with everyone voting for it’s speaker nominee. Boehner, as is custom, did not vote for himself.
Even if the votes — and the defections — are largely symbollic, they say something about the current unity within either party. Pelosi has some fence-mending to do. [...]
Happy New Year Patriots!
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2010 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” The list, in alphabetical order, includes: Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Rahm Emanuel, Former Obama White House Chief of Staff, Senator John Ensign (R-NV), Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), President Barack Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).
The CorruptOCrat in Chief:
President Barack Obama: Remember the promise President Obama made just after his inauguration in 2009? “Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”
Instead, Americans have suffered through lies, stonewalling, cover-ups, corruption, secrecy, scandal and blatant disregard for the rule of law…this has been the Obama legacy in its first two years.
In 2010, Obama was caught in a lie over what he knew about Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s scheme to sell the president’s vacated Senate seat. Blagojevich’s former Chief of Staff John Harris testified that Obama had personal knowledge of Blago’s plot to obtain a presidential cabinet position in exchange for appointing a candidate handpicked by the President. In fact, according to Harris’s court testimony, Obama sent Blagojevich a list of “acceptable” Senate candidates to fill his old seat. Obama was interviewed by the FBI even before he was sworn into office. He claimed he and his staff had no contact with Blagojevich’s office. Unfortunately federal prosecutors never called the President or his staff to testify under oath.
The President also broke his famous pledge to televise healthcare negotiations. And in 2010, we learned why he broke his pledge. In what is now known as the “Cornhusker Kickback” scheme, Obama and the Democrats in the Senate “purchased” the vote of one of the last Democrat hold-outs, Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson, who opposed Obamacare over the issue of covering abortions with taxpayer funds. Nelson abandoned his opposition to Obamacare after receiving millions of dollars in federal aid for his home-state, helping to give the Democrats the 60 votes they needed to overcome a Republican filibuster. Same goes for Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu, who received a $100 million payoff in what has been called “The Louisiana Purchase.” (The Kickback was so corrupt that Democrats stripped it out at the last minute. The Louisiana Purchase, on the other hand, became law of the land.)
Obama lied about his White House’s involvement in this legislative bribery that helped lead to the passage of the signature policy achievement of his presidency.
Read the rest.