Wednesday, March 14, 2012

ObamaCare to Cost Almost Twice as Much as Promised


On September 9th, 2009, President Obama, while addressing members of Congress and the American people, said:

Now, add it all up, and the plan I'm proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years -- less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and less than the tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans that Congress passed at the beginning of the previous administration.

Now we learn that we were being mislead by Mr. Obama (not for the first time), and ObamaCare will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law.

Democrats employed many accounting tricks when they were pushing through the national health care legislation, the most egregious of which was to delay full implementation of the law until 2014, so it would appear cheaper under the CBO's standard ten-year budget window and, at least on paper, meet Obama's pledge that the legislation would cost "around $900 billion over 10 years." When the final CBO score came out before passage, critics noted that the true 10 year cost would be far higher than advertised once projections accounted for full implementation.

Today, the CBO released new projections from 2013 extending through 2022, and the results are as critics expected: the ten-year cost of the law's core provisions to expand health insurance coverage has now ballooned to $1.76 trillion. That's because we now have estimates for Obamacare's first nine years of full implementation, rather than the mere six when it was signed into law. Only next year will we get a true ten-year cost estimate, if the law isn't overturned by the Supreme Court or repealed by then. Given that in 2022, the last year available, the gross cost of the coverage expansions are $265 billion, we're likely looking at about $2 trillion over the first decade, or more than double what Obama advertised.
Mr. Klein continues in a separate post:

The big picture takeaway is that due mostly to weaker economic projections, the CBO now projects that more people will be obtaining insurance through Medicaid than it estimated a year ago at a greater cost to the government, but fewer people will be getting insurance through their employers or the health care law’s new subsidized insurance exchanges. Overall spending will be higher than estimated a year ago, but increased revenue from penalties and taxes will more than offset this. Also interesting: CBO now expects two million fewer people to be covered as a result of the health care law than previously projected.

It’s worth keeping in mind that what the CBO did today was update its forecasts for the cost of expanding insurance coverage under the health care law. That represents, by far, the bulk of the spending in the legislation, but it doesn’t constitute a full rescoring of the law or a revised deficit estimate. That would have to include estimates for all the taxes, Medicare cuts and other spending in the law. Also, the $1.76 trillion cited above is for the years 2013 through 2022, but if we want to compare changes to last year’s estimates, we have to use the comparable years of 2012 through 2021. (Estimates for 2022 only became available today.)
Rush made a great point today as to why Obama kept his original estimates under $1 trillion. After all, what would an Obama speech be without a jab at the previous administration:

We were already accumulating mountains of new debt thanks to Obama's stimulus. And for some reason the magic number was $1 trillion. Well, the reason was the Iraq war cost about a trillion dollars. So the selling point from the Democrats was that it wasn't gonna spend any new money. "We're just gonna get out of Iraq; we're gonna stop fighting the Iraq war. We're gonna take that money and put it where it really matters: Health care, affordable health care for all Americans!"
I guess the only thing left to say is just a repeat of what was said the same night Obama gave his health care speech;

How right you were, Joe Wilson.

UPDATE: 03/15/12

From Rep. Paul Ryan:


March 15, 2012

WASHINGTON – Earlier today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), in response to a request from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, released an analysis of the President’s health care law, finding that three to five million Americans will be pushed out of their employer-provided health insurance each year from 2019 through 2022.

In response to CBO’s confirmation of another broken promise by President Obama, Chairman Paul Ryan issued the following statement:
“President Obama’s string of empty promises is quickly becoming a disappointing trail of broken promises. He promised Americans that his overhaul of the health care sector would not jeopardize the health coverage of those who liked what they had.  As nonpartisan analysts made clear today, millions of Americans will soon learn the hard way that Washington’s overreach into their health care decisions will result in sharp disruptions to their coverage and their care. The President’s disastrous health care law continues to unravel. To advance bipartisan, patient-centered solutions, the President’s partisan roadblock must be repealed.”

Anti-American Obamanation Flag

It’s been called disrespectful, a disgrace and a desecration of the flag of the United States of America. It is the ‘Obama’ flag that was being flown over the Democratic Party offices in Tavares, Lake County, FL.

“I want to buy two of them there flags. One to crap on and the other to cover it up.” says my friend Bill Czyzewski, a Vietnam veteran who, while serving with the 11th Armored Calvary, was shot in the upper leg, while serving in Vietnam and subsequently had that leg amputated. He feels, as many do, that the display of this flag disrespects our country and our veterans and active military that fight to protect and preserve the United States. “This country keeps slapping the face of every veteran, anybody (Obama) that treats our country like that needs to GO.”

Comments on Facebook from both active military, veterans and civilians ranged from “That is a pure disgrace to the colors red, white and blue” to “Can we say impeachment?” to “totally disrespectful of the American flag.”

In the Orlando Sentinel, former Marine and retired schoolteacher from Leesburg John Masterjohn says, "It's a cult of personality to show his face, like Stalin or Mao. It's despicable. They don't realize how sick they are."

"It's absolutely disrespectful," Jim Bradford, a 71-year-old veteran who participated in the Bay of Pigs Invasion told Fox News.

Federal Flag Code:
Any person who, in any manner, for exhibition or display, shall place or cause to be placed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing, or any advertisement of any nature upon any flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America; or shall expose or cause to be exposed to public view any such flag, standard, colors, or ensign upon which shall have been printed, painted, or otherwise placed, or to which shall be attached, appended, affixed, or annexed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, or drawing, or any advertisement of any nature; to advertise, call attention to, decorate, mark, or distinguish the article or substance on which so placed. The words “flag, standard, colors, or ensign”, as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.

It is unlikely any legal action will be taken, as there are no penalties for the Federal Flag code as United States Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that desecration of the flag falls under the first amendment rights of the individual desecrating the flag.

Criminal penalties for certain acts of desecration to the flag were contained in Title 18 of the United States Code prior to 1989. The Supreme Court decision in Texas v. Johnson; June 21, 1989, held the statute unconstitutional. This statute was amended when the Flag Protection Act of 1989 (Oct. 28, 1989) imposed a fine and/or up to one year in prison for knowingly mutilating, defacing, physically defiling, maintaining on the floor or trampling upon any flag of the United States. The Flag Protection Act of 1989 was struck down by the Supreme Court decision, United States vs. Eichman, decided on June 11, 1990.

This code is the guide for all handling and display of the Stars and Stripes. It does not impose penalties for misuse of the United States flag. That is left to the states and to the federal government for the District of Columbia. Each state has its own flag law.

Florida Statute 256.05 Improper use of state or United States flag, or other symbol of authority. No person shall, in any manner, for exhibition or display:
(1) Place or cause to be placed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing or advertisement of any nature upon any flag, standard, color, ensign or shield of the United States or of this state, or authorized by any law of the United States or this state; or
(2) Expose to public view any such flag, standard, color, ensign or shield upon which shall have been printed, painted or otherwise produced, or to which shall have been attached, appended, affixed or annexed any such word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing or advertisement.

It certainly seems as though this falls into desecration of the flag and is also in violation of Florida Statute 256.05.

Jay Agg, communications director for AMVETS, told Fox News that the American flag should never be altered. "While we are pleased the flag in question has since been removed from public display, the reported fact that it had flown for months without protest is a clear indication that we have much work to do in educating the public of the importance of protecting our flag," Agg wrote in an email. "This issue is especially important to AMVETS' members, the men and women who have proudly worn our nation's uniform and served under her flag."

The lake county Democratic Headquarters was offered a POW/MIA flag to fly instead, which was refused. Another affront to our brave military men and women who risk their lives in defense of all the people of the United States, even those who fly a desecrated flag.

Proper flag etiquette:
The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.

As if to add insult to injury, the flag was made in China. It was for sale on eBay this morning. It is interesting how, after the attention the Lake County flag has gotten by the media, it is no longer available. Five had already been sold.

This is just another reminder of the disgraceful, Anti-American direction of the Obama administration and the Democratic party. Today it’s desecration of the American flag, what else is to come?

Cousins Separated by The Holocaust, Finally Reunited

Lemel Leo Adler last saw his cousin Leon Schagrin in 1944, at Buna. They would go nearly 70 years without seeing each other again. Everyone else in their family was killed in the Holocaust, and they thought each other amongst the dead.

Then in February a friend gave Adler a copy of another survivor’s memoir, The Horse Adjutant: A Boy's Life in the Holocaust. She figured he would be interested because the author, Leon Schagrin, hailed from a town in Poland close to Adler’s native Tarnow. "Why do I need to read that? I lived it." thought Adler.

But once he started reading it he recognized not just places but names and even events. Adler called the author and opened with a simple announcement, "I know you." "You know how it is when nerves are tickling all over your body? I couldn't believe it after 70 years," Schagrin told the Orlando Sentinel.

Ironically the two live not far from each other in the same county in Florida. They've spent the past couple weeks talking daily on the phone. On Sunday they were able to meet at a luncheon sponsored by Holocaust Survivors of South Florida, which Shargin helped found.

Encyclopedia Britannica Ending Print

After 244 years of printing the world's combined knowledge, Encyclopedia Britannica has announced that they will cease print editions and move fully into digital.

What started as a single book back in 1768, out of Scotland, has become a thirty-two volume set out of Chicago.

Encyclopaedia Britannica President Jorge Cauz says the company has seen "the end of the print set" for a while now.

Record sales in 1990 of 120,000 sets had dropped down to 40,000 by 1996, and only continued to decline.

Printed editions of Encyclopedia Britannica will now go the way of collectors items.