Battling Pelosicare; Update: Thousands descend on D.C., “You work for us!”

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Battling Pelosicare; Update: Thousands descend on D.C., “You work for us!”

By Michelle Malkin  •  November 5, 2009 08:28 AM

Scroll for updates…Fox News is livestreaming the Capitol protest here

Hey, Nancy, look out the window. You can see health care protesters from your House.





Protest signs at the Capitol

House Republicans are holding a 12-hour live online telecast today starting at 1pm Eastern to expose the perils and pitfalls of Pelosicare — and to spotlight the GOP alternative.

You can tune in here. Spread the word.

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Reminder: Rep. Michele Bachmann, Mark Levin, and Jon Voight will join other House Republicans and grass-roots activists from across the country on the Capitol steps at noon today to protest the Democrats’ government health care takeover plans. Be there in spirit for Operation Housecall by melting the phones today.

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The CBO has scored the GOP health care reform alternative:

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed in a letter tonight that the Republican health care plan will lower health care premiums by up to 10 percent and reduce the deficit by $68 billion over 10 years without imposing tax increases on families and small businesses:

“When it comes to reforming health care, controlling skyrocketing costs is the American peoples’ top priority. Now CBO has confirmed that the Republican plan will lower health care costs for American families, and that’s good news for everyone struggling in today’s economy. The choice now could not be clearer: Speaker Pelosi’s plan raises costs. Our plan lowers them.

“Not only does the GOP plan lower health care costs, but it also increases access to quality care – including for those with pre-existing conditions – at a price our country can afford. The cost of the Speaker’s bill, now at $1.3 trillion and counting, is a debt that will be paid for by our kids and our grandkids. The American people deserve a better solution, and Republicans’ smart, fiscally-responsible plans give them exactly what they want.”

NOTE: In a letter delivered tonight, CBO estimated that the GOP health care plan would reduce average private health insurance premiums per enrollee in the United States relative to what they would be under current law. Specifically:

• For the small group market (generally businesses with 2 to 50 employees), the GOP plan would reduce premiums in 2016 for example by up to 10 percent.
• For the individual market, the GOP plan would reduce premiums in 2016 by up to eight percent.
• For the large group market, the GOP plan would reduce premiums in 2016 by up to three percent.

Now is the time to disabuse Nancy Pelosi of the delusional notion that she “won” election night.

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Crikey:

When asked by CNSNews.com what specific part of the Constitution authorizes Congress to mandate that individuals must purchase health insurance, Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) pointed to the part of the Constitution that he says authorizes the federal government “to provide for the health, welfare and the defense of the country.” In fact, the word “health” appears nowhere in the Constitution.

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Update 11:30am Eastern. Politico reports that thousands have descended on the Capitol. There have been a few arrests… of Code Pinkos who protested at Joe Lieberman’s office.

Capitol Police arrested nine protesters Thursday morning in the Hart Senate office building as thousands of Tea Party activists descended on the Capitol building to protest the trillion dollar health care bill and government spending.

The gathering was organized by local Tea Party groups around the country, who are arriving in Washington this morning by the busload. Conservative leaders in Congress, led by Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), have taken to the airwaves to encourage the activists to show up on the Capitol steps and demand meetings with members of Congress. The crowd is expected to grow into the thousands by noon, when Bachmann has promised to lead some protesters to a press conference inside the Capitol to express their opposition to the health care bill in person to members of Congress.

Speaking on conservative talker Laura Ingraham’s radio show this morning, Bachmann encouraged people listening to show up on the West Front steps, but she said they should show up with “cameras” instead of “pitchforks.”

A Capitol Police spokeswoman confirmed to POLITICO that nine activists were arrested in the Hart building, and they are being processed at police headquarters. All the buildings in the Capitol complex remain open for now.

The protesters, who are occupying the patch of grass only a few yards from where Barack Obama took the oath of office on Jan. 20, are chanting “you work for us!” Many are holding signs that echo their distrust of Obama and their belief that he is pursuing socialist policies.

Attendees report that crowd is shouting “Kill the bill!” and calling out Pelosi. Follow #housecall for live tweets.

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One year on, Obama Still Blames Bush

One year on, Obama Still Blames Bush

November 5th, 2009

Reuters

When will Obama own up to his mistakes?

A year after his historic election, President Barack Obama sought to remind Americans on Wednesday the biggest problems he is grappling with — from the economy to the war in Afghanistan — are the legacy of his predecessor, George W. Bush.

With his approval ratings down from once-lofty levels and Tuesday’s Democratic election losses raising questions about his political clout, Obama held no special ceremony to mark the anniversary of his election as America’s first black president.

He instead traveled to Wisconsin to appear before a friendly audience in a school gymnasium and promote education as a pillar of his economic recovery efforts.

Obama was elected on a promise of sweeping change after eight years under Bush, but many Americans are increasingly expressing impatience that his pledge has yet to bear fruit.

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STIMULUS WATCH: Salary raise counted as saved job

STIMULUS WATCH: Salary raise counted as saved job

November 5th, 2009

By BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE and MATT APUZZO, AP

Obama has shown a complete disregard for the truth

The government’s latest count of stimulus jobs significantly overstates the effects of the $787 billion program under a popular federal preschool program, raising fresh questions about the process the Obama administration is using to tout the success of its economic recovery plan.

An Associated Press review of the latest stimulus reports – which the White House promised would undergo extensive reviews to ensure accuracy – found that more than two-thirds of 14,506 jobs credited to the recovery act under spending by just one federal office were overstated because they counted pay increases for existing workers as jobs saved.

The inflated job count is at least partly the product of the administration instructing local community agencies that received money to count the raises as jobs saved.

“That’s more than ridiculous,” said Antonia Ferrier, a spokeswoman for Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner.

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Pelosi Plunges Ahead, Undeterred by Republican Wins

Pelosi Plunges Ahead, Undeterred by Republican Wins

November 5th, 2009

By James Rowley, Bloomberg

Pelosi continues to push forward: come 2010 she will have no idea what hit her

Undeterred by Republican election triumphs in Virginia and New Jersey, Democratic leaders put the U.S. House on a path to vote as early as Saturday on the most sweeping overhaul of health-care policy in four decades.

The election of Republican governors in New Jersey and Virginia won’t affect how the House proceeds on legislation to extend insurance to 36 million people and create a government- run program to compete with private insurers, lawmakers said.

Party leaders signaled they’re ready for the House to begin debating the legislation and vote on its final passage by filing a 42-page amendment that made last- minute changes to the bill. The filing last night triggered a 72-hour waiting period that Democrats pledged to give Republicans before a vote.

“We are on the verge of doing something great,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters today after meeting with lawmakers in Washington. “From my perspective, we won last night,” she said, pointing to Democratic wins in two House races to fill vacancies in California and New York.

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Barack Obama Cannot Afford to Dismiss These Results

Barack Obama Cannot Afford to Dismiss These Results

November 5th, 2009

By Toby Harnden, UK Telegraph

Obama can choose to ignore the voters at his own peril

The most ominous aspect of Tuesday’s election results for Mr Obama was that huge numbers of the young people and minorities who voted for him a year ago stayed at home while independent voters swung heavily to Republicans.

That meant that Democrats lost two Obama states – Virginia by a whopping 18-point margin and New Jersey, a party stronghold where the President himself campaigned furiously at the last minute. It also signalled that the coalition of voters that gave Mr Obama his historic victory in 2008 may well have been a one -off.

Just under two thirds of voters said Mr Obama was not a factor in their vote. But there was a very strong anti-incumbent sentiment and the economy was an overwhelming factor.

Democrats do not need to be reminded that they are the incumbents in control of the White House and both houses of Congress and that Mr Obama, despite his persistent blaming of his predecessor George W. Bush, now owns the American economy – literally, to an increasing degree, as well as politically.

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Pelosi: ‘We won!’

Pelosi: ‘We won!’

Rick Moran

Nancy Pelosi’s analysis of how the Democrats fared on election night is priceless. Not only did Madam Speaker actually dig deeply into the manure pile to find that pony, but she shamelessly lied twice in the process.

Jim Hoft:

They lost the Virginia gubanatorial race by 18 points in a state Barack Obama won by 6 points last year.
They lost the New Jersey gubanatorial race by 4 points in a state Barack Obama won by 15 pointslast year.

But, facts don’t matter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi
She celebrated today saying, “We won last night.”

“From our perspective, we won last night,” the California Democrat told reporters during a Wednesday photo op. “We had one race that we were engaged in, it was in northern New York, it was a race where a Republican has held the seat since the Civil War. And we won that seat. So, from our standpoint, no, a candidate was victorious who supports health care reform, and his remarks last night said this was a victory for health care reform and other initiatives for the American people.”

She’s still ready to ram that nationalized health care bill through the House this week.

UPDATE: 2 lies in 1 statement.
As pointed out below. Democrat Bill Owens campaigned against the public option.
Pelosi was lying.

And, Democrat Michael R. McNulty represented NY-23 from 1989-1993.
But, it sounds better when you say “the first time since the Civil War.”

It appears that the Speaker of the House is auditioning for Disney’s remake of Pollyanna. Or maybe Pinocchio. Perhaps not the latter since she’s had so many surgeries on her nose, instead of growing whenever she tells a lie it would probably fall off.

I really envy people who can go to that special, make believe fantasy place in their minds when life deals you a horrible blow. No doubt if Ms. Pelosi actually confronted what happened to her party on Tuesday night, her head would have been in danger of exploding.

I guess we’ll have to wait for that spectacle until health care reform goes down to defeat.

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Obama-Pelosi to Health Insurers: Shut Up or We’ll Shut You Down

Obama-Pelosi to Health Insurers: Shut Up or We’ll Shut You Down

By Brad O’Leary

President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and their Democratic followers in Congress have a rather draconian message for the private sector: Speak now, and we’ll make you forever hold your peace. 

Up until a few weeks ago, America’s health insurers were sheepishly on board with the Obama-Pelosi health care reform plan. Perhaps the industry feared that voicing any concern about the plan would unleash the ire of an increasingly rabid Democratic majority on Capitol Hill. As it turns out, the health insurers were right.
No longer able to sit idly by while the President and his chief minion in the House amateurishly try to revamp one-sixth of the U.S. economy, the health insurance industry released a study they commissioned that analyzes the costs of the Obama-Pelosi plan. The results are quite sobering. The study shows that “between 2010 and 2019 the cumulative increases in the cost of a typical family policy under this reform proposal will be approximately $20,700 more than it would be under the current system.” (Emphasis mine.)
Rather than challenge the study’s results on merit, Obama and Pelosi wasted no time demonizing the health insurance industry with hyperbole and rhetoric. And then Pelosi lowered the boom, expressing “tremendous interest” in revoking the industry’s decades-old antitrust exemption. This proved to be no empty threat, as the Democrat-run House Judiciary Committee promptly passed a bill to do exactly that.
Now, curtailing the health insurance industry’s limited exemption from federal antitrust laws may or may not be good policy. But given the circumstances, this is beside the point.            
The real issue is that Obama and Pelosi are using the power of Congress to muzzle the speech of a private sector industry, First Amendment be damned. It couldn’t be more blatant. Stay quiet about their disaster of a health plan, and Obama and Pelosi will leave you alone. Point out how their plan will actually make matters worse, and Obama and Pelosi will hit you back with new laws that hurt your business.
To listen to the rhetoric of Obama, Pelosi, and their far-left followers, the First Amendment right to free speech is a sacred cow among sacred cows — so much so that even dunking a crucifix in urine or smearing animal dung on the Virgin Mary is to be protected, lest we end up on a slippery slope toward Marxist-style censorship.
But when the subject turns from fecal art to a private sector industry conducting an analytical study on the costs of the Democrats’ government-run health care plan — well, that’s like yelling “boondoggle!” in a crowded Capitol. That sort of free speech simply can’t be tolerated, and certainly can’t be protected.
As it turns out, the American public isn’t fooled by Obama’s and Pelosi’s strong-arm tactics, according to a recent Zogby International/O’Leary Report Poll. (The poll surveyed 3,544 voters, was conducted October 23-26, and has a margin of error of 1.7 percentage points.) The poll asked:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently condemned the health insurance industry for releasing an unflattering analysis on the Obama administration’s proposal to create a government-run “public option” health insurance plan. Pelosi also threatened to revoke the industry’s anti-trust exemption which has been in place since 1945. Do you agree or disagree that Pelosi is using the power of congress to try to limit the free speech of private corporations?
A majority of American voters (53 percent) agree that Pelosi is trying to use the power of congress to limit the free speech of private industry. Only 39 percent disagree. Furthermore, 55 percent of Independent voters also agree, while just 39 percent disagree. Majorities of Hispanic voters (52 percent), union members (51 percent), and small business owners (58 percent) agree as well. 
Should private corporations have to cower in fear if they exercise their First Amendment rights?  Evidently, Obama and Pelosi think so. In fact, the brazen way in which they smacked down health insurers for speaking out sends a clear message to other private sector industries: Better to cut out your tongue than to risk legislative retribution.
Brad O’Leary is publisher of “The O’Leary Report,” a bestselling author, and is a former NBC Westwood One talk show host. His book, “Shut Up, America! The End of Free Speech,” is now in bookstores and available at endoffreespeech.com. 

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