“Imagine Government-run Health care”

From Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey,

Reason TV has another brief, humorous spot about what Americans can expect from ObamaCare, once it transitions the nation to a single-payer system.  The humor masks the DMV reality already provided by other government-run health-care systems:

Published in: on June 26, 2009 at 5:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Operation Melt the Phones

Tell your Representative to vote NO on Waxman-Markey “Cap-and-Trade” legislation TODAY!!

Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

Rep. Dave Obey (WI-7th): (202) 225-3365

Rep. Ron Kind (WI-3rd): (202) 225-5506

Published in: on June 26, 2009 at 1:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

“How ObamaCare Threatens Your Health Plan”

From Rich Lowry of the National Review,

“Pres. Barack Obama knows health-care policy. Give him an hour and a half to hold forth, as ABC News obligingly did at a town-hall meeting, and he will invariably impress with his fluidity.

This makes it all the more remarkable that he often appears unable to understand how his health-care program threatens private insurance. At a recent press conference, Obama argued that the very notion of it doesn’t compute: “If private insurers say that the marketplace provides the best-quality health care, if they tell us that they’re offering a good deal, then why is it that the government – which they say can’t run anything – suddenly is going to drive them out of business? That’s not logical.”

This is exceptionally brazen sophistry. Private insurers are at a disadvantage vis-à-vis the federal government because they don’t have the power of the government to dictate prices to doctors and hospitals. That’s what Medicare does, and why it pays less for health services than private insurers.

Surely Obama understands the competitive advantage that this confers on the government. If the public option in ObamaCare underpays providers in a similar fashion, it will charge cheaper premiums than private insurance. Employers will dump their employees into the public plan, and a massive “crowding out” will occur. The respected health-care research firm The Lewin Group estimates as many as 119 million people could migrate from private insurance to the government plan, whether Obama considers it logical or not.

Since Medicare doesn’t pay hospitals enough to cover costs, they have to make up the expense by charging more to private insurers. According to Lewin, as Medicare hospital payments declined from 95 percent of costs in 2003 to 91 percent of costs in 2007, private-payer rates steadily increased. A massive new government plan that doesn’t pay its own way will augment this cost shift, making private insurance more expensive still and sending ever more people into the arms of the government plan.

ObamaCare, then, could unravel the entire private system very quickly. And in Obama’s telling, it all would have been a strange accident of fate. All he wanted to do was reduce health-care costs, and lo and behold, he ended up with the Canada-style system no one thought politically possible. What dumb luck.

Since some 80 percent of Americans are satisfied with their health care, Obama must minimize the risk to them. This is why one of Obama’s signature lines – almost up there with hope and change – is the promise that anyone who wants to keep his health insurance can do so. “If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period,” Obama said in his speech to the American Medical Association. “No one will take it away, no matter what.”

This stark language is becoming less sustainable, though. According to the research group HSI Network, the version of ObamaCare currently before the House Ways and Means Committee would cover most of the country’s 47 million uninsured, but at a cost of $3.5 trillion over ten years and while crowding 64 million people out of private insurance. Obama wants to pretend that getting to universal coverage is an essentially costless, win-win proposition, when it will come at enormous expense and disrupt the insurance of millions of Americans happy with their health care.

Asked at his press conference about his frequent reassurances that people will get to keep their current insurance, Obama reached for wiggle room. He explained that the government won’t “make you change plans.” Well, one is thankful for little things. But Obama implicitly left open the possibility that his reform will tilt the system so that employers, on their own, unload their coverage. Which is exactly the problem, and why Obama’s reform threatens private insurance.

Only if Obama successfully obfuscates this point will he get his public option. Otherwise, the chances of his big-bang change to the American health system radically diminish.”

Published in: on June 26, 2009 at 1:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

“The Climate Change Climate Change”

Kimberly Strassel from the Wall Street Journal on the Waxman-Markey Cap-and-Trade legislation.

“Among the many reasons President Barack Obama and the Democratic majority are so intent on quickly jamming a cap-and-trade system through Congress is because the global warming tide is again shifting. It turns out Al Gore and the United Nations (with an assist from the media), did a little too vociferous a job smearing anyone who disagreed with them as “deniers.” The backlash has brought the scientific debate roaring back to life in Australia, Europe, Japan and even, if less reported, the U.S.

In April, the Polish Academy of Sciences published a document challenging man-made global warming. In the Czech Republic, where President Vaclav Klaus remains a leading skeptic, today only 11% of the population believes humans play a role. In France, President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to tap Claude Allegre to lead the country’s new ministry of industry and innovation. Twenty years ago Mr. Allegre was among the first to trill about man-made global warming, but the geochemist has since recanted. New Zealand last year elected a new government, which immediately suspended the country’s weeks-old cap-and-trade program…

The collapse of the “consensus” has been driven by reality. The inconvenient truth is that the earth’s temperatures have flat-lined since 2001, despite growing concentrations of C02. Peer-reviewed research has debunked doomsday scenarios about the polar ice caps, hurricanes, malaria, extinctions, rising oceans. A global financial crisis has politicians taking a harder look at the science that would require them to hamstring their economies to rein in carbon.”

Full text here.

Published in: on June 26, 2009 at 1:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ready, Break.

PatriotBurr has been light on info this week as I prepare to take a breather.

I’ll be back Monday with fresh news and insight and info about the upcoming Independence Day Tea Parties.

Michelle Malkin and Hot Air will take good care of you while I’m gone.

Published in: on June 18, 2009 at 1:51 pm  Comments (1)  

“ObamaCare on the Rocks?”

Photoshop: Rachael in Ky

Photoshop: Rachael in Ky

From Michelle Malkin,

With delay comes opportunity…opportunity to continue making your voices heard. The Senate Finance Committee postpones mark-up on Obamacare until after the July 4 recess:

The Senate Finance Committee is delaying its first public drafting session on major health care legislation until after the July Fourth recess, a lengthy setback but one that even Democrats say is critically needed to let them work on reducing the costs of the bill.

The Finance Committee’s bill is believed to have the best chance of bipartisan support. The drafting session had been scheduled for Tuesday. But new cost estimates by the Congressional Budget Office on health care proposals came in much more expensive than expected, emboldening critics and alarming Democrats.

A spokesman for the Finance Committee chairman, Senator Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana, said the goal was to get the best bill.

“Senator Baucus wants to ensure the committee gets the mark right and will take the time to do exactly that,” the spokesman, Scott Mulhauser, said. “While it’s simply too early to say when the mark-up process will begin, the committee will continue to work hard over the next week and a half to produce a bill that is fully paid for and can pass the Senate. Senator Baucus will continue to work with members on both sides of the aisle and remains confident we’ll have a budget-neutral bill that can pass the Senate.”

The Senate health committee pressed ahead with its drafting session today despite the high cost projections, prompting harsh criticism from Republicans.

More from Ed Morrissey on the signs of retreat.


Today’s Obamacare bogus statistic of the day via Chris Moody at Cato:

Mike Tanner points out that the Congressional Budget Office released its initial scoring of the health care bill, concluding that it would result in roughly 23 million people losing the insurance they currently have.

This was only moments after Obama said no one would lose their insurance. Oops!


So much for welcoming “diverse” viewpoints. From Greg Mueller at CRC:

ABC is refusing paid ads for its health care program at the White House. Thus they’re refusing even a paid-for alternative viewpoint.

We requested the rates to buy a 60 second network spot immediately preceding the broadcast of the Town Hall meeting. We would have produced a spot specifically for this program.

Here is statement from Rick Scott, chairman of Conservatives for Patients Rights.

“It is unfortunate – and unusual – that ABC is refusing to accept paid advertising that would present an alternative viewpoint for the White House health care event. Health care is an issue that touches every American and all potential pieces of legislation have carried a pricetag in excess of $1 trillion of taxpayers’ money. The American people deserve a healthy, robust debate on this issue and ABC’s decision – as of now – to exclude even paid advertisements that present an alternative view does a disservice to the public. Our organization is more than willing to purchase ad time on ABC to present an alternative viewpoint and our hope is that ABC will reconsider having such viewpoints be part of this crucial debate for the American people. We were surprised to hear that paid advertisements would not be accepted when we inquired and we would certainly be open to purchasing time if ABC would reconsider.”

Published in: on June 18, 2009 at 1:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

“Shooter Wasn’t Left or Right, just Plain Loony”

Talk radio is already being blamed for the tragic shooting at the National Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

From Geoffrey Dickens at Newsbusters:

Salon.com Editor-in-Chief Joan Walsh, on Wednesday night’s “Hardball,” cited “conservatives” like Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin and Bill O’Reilly for “whipping up” a climate that sparks the likes of alleged Holocaust Museum shooter James Von Brunn and “Hardball” host Chris Matthews wondered if access to guns were to blame for the tragedy as he cried, “It’s easier to get your hands on a gun than to get somebody to make you a waffle.”

The fact is, he wasn’t a “conservative” and probably didn’t listen to Rush or O’Reilly.  I certainly doubt that a man with such a racist and hateful past would read the great Michelle Malkin, either.  And, once again, we find liberals blaming “guns,” instead of the deranged actions of a madman.

From Michelle Malkin,

The shooter

The suspect in Wednesday’s shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is James von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist from Maryland, two law enforcement officials told CNN.

Von Brunn served six years in prison on federal attempted kidnapping, assault and firearms charges after what he called a citizen’s “legal, nonviolent citizens arrest” of members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

On his Web site, “Holy Western Empire,” von Brunn said he was “convicted by a Negro jury, Jew/Negro attorneys, and sentenced to prison for eleven years by a Jew judge.”

“He is in our files going back way into the 1980s,” said Heidi Beirich, a researcher for the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center.

“He has extremely long history with neo-Nazis and white supremacists. He’s written extremely incendiary publications, raging about Jews, blacks and the like.”

The suspect and a security guard were wounded in Wednesday afternoon’s shooting at the museum, U.S. Park Police said.

District of Columbia police and the FBI said the shooting appeared to have been the work of a single gunman and there was no prior indication of the attack.

More here.

Published in: on June 11, 2009 at 2:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tell Me Again, Who’s “Diverse?”


Study: Conservatives more likely to read opposing viewpoints than liberals

Further proof that we’re more open-minded. Or is it?

People with stronger party affiliation, conservative political views, and greater interest in politics proved more likely to click on articles with opposing views, according to the Ohio State study.

“It appears that people with these characteristics are more confident in their views and so they’re more inclined to at least take a quick look at the counterarguments,” Knobloch-Westerwick noted…

The Brigham Young University survey found that journalists also tended to read liberal blogs – perhaps a reflection of journalists’ political beliefs, although even conservatives said liberal blogs were often better-written, Davis pointed out.

Among the political blog readers, a similar trend emerged in which “liberals read almost exclusively liberal blogs, but conservatives tend to read both,” Davis said.

Davis offered another possible explanation for this trend among blog readers. Conservative views dominate talk radio, and so conservatives may feel more satisfied by that outlet and are willing to check out opposing views on blogs.

I prefer the “liberals are more likely to cocoon” explanation, but feel free to vote it out in the comments. Is this bravery, confidence, or media advantage at work? Given that every outlet except talk radio and Fox News is pushing Hopenchange on us, I’m guessing it’s not the last one. Exit question: Are lefty blogs better written? Be honest, notwithstanding the fact that my ego is on the line.

Published in: on June 11, 2009 at 2:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Friday’s FrontPage and Follow Up


This is a little late in coming this week, but you’ll find the link to last week’s FrontPage radio show here.

I made, what became, some controversial statements in response to President Obama’s call to “learn” from the Muslim world.  If I had it to do over, the comments would be more forceful and challenging, not less.  I believe what I said was the truth and I don’t back down from it.

The final 15 minutes of Monday’s FrontPage with Mark Halvorsen had a follow-up to the discussion and some comments from a supportive listener.  Here.

Thanks to all who called and emailed your support.  I know I’m not standing alone.

In fact, here’s a much stronger statement in truth from Ann Coulter this week.

Well, I’m glad that’s over! Now that our silver-tongued president has gone to Cairo to soothe Muslims’ hurt feelings, they love us again! Muslims in Pakistan expressed their appreciation for President Barack Obama’s speech by bombing a fancy hotel in Peshawar this week…

In another sharks-to-kittens comparison, Obama said, “Now let me be clear, issues of women’s equality are by no means simply an issue for Islam.” No, he said, “the struggle for women’s equality continues in many aspects of American life.”

So on one hand, 12-year-old girls are stoned to death for the crime of being raped in Muslim countries. But on the other hand, we still don’t have enough female firefighters here in America.

Delusionally, Obama bragged about his multiculti worldview, saying, “I reject the view of some in the West that a woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal.” In Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan and other Muslim countries, women “choose” to cover their heads on pain of losing them.

Full text here.

Published in: on June 11, 2009 at 2:19 pm  Comments (1)  

“Congressional Motors”

Via Hot Air,

Iowahawk strikes again! With the government investing tens of billions of dollars into American automakers, one has to wonder how long it will be before Congress and/or the White House begin dictating operational decisions, despite their public demurrals. (Answer: It’s happening already.) Iowahawk gives us this advance look at the kind of vehicle we would see from Congressional Motors … and its real pricetag:

With 22 thundering ponies under the hood, you could almost mow your lawn with it, assuming that we still can water our lawns when this baby rolls off the assembly lines.

Published in: on June 3, 2009 at 9:09 pm  Leave a Comment