Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Obama Tramples U.S. Constitution - #2831 - IPAB (Independent Payment Advisory Board) Suddenly Under the Spotlight - Hot Air (2) Rich Lowry: The Road to IPAB - National Review (3) Stanley Kurtz - IPAB, Obama and Socialism - National Review (4) The Other Medicare Cutters - Wall Street Journal (5) White House Officials Tried to Keep S and P Rating 'Stable' - Washington Post (6) Is Obama Planning to Impose DISCLOSE Despite FED, Congress and Supreme Court - Redstate

ALL OF THE ARTICLES BELOW SHOW A TOTAL DISREGARD FOR THE RULE OF LAW, CONGRESS AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION:
IPAB (Independent Payment Advisory Board) Suddenly Under the Spotlight - Hot Air -  In his speech last week, Barack Obama pledged to curtail health-care spending by giving more power to the Independent Physicians Advisory Board (IPAB), an unelected 15-member panel appointed by the President. Opponents of ObamaCare have had their sights fixed on the IPAB as a care-rationing board since the summer of 2009, while the media and many politicians in Congress downplayed their power. With Obama’s pledge, though, it’s suddenly cool in Washington to take a second look at the IPAB (via Stanley Kurtz at The Corner):.......In his speech last week, Barack Obama pledged to curtail health-care spending by giving more power to the Independent Physicians Advisory Board (IPAB), an unelected 15-member panel appointed by the President. Opponents of ObamaCare have had their sights fixed on the IPAB as a care-rationing board since the summer of 2009, while the media and many politicians in Congress downplayed their power. With Obama’s pledge, though, it’s suddenly cool in Washington to take a second look at the IPAB (via Stanley Kurtz at The Corner):  Read more........

The Road to IPAB - Rich Lowry - National Review - What Pres. Barack Obama’s budget speech last week lacked in details, it made up for in an obnoxious faith in the surpassing wisdom of unelected experts. Why does Obama need specifics when he has the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB? If spending on health care is the biggest driver of government spending, then IPAB is Obama’s most important deficit-reduction initiative. It is a panel of 15 presidentially appointed experts. They will have more power over Medicare than the average member of Congress, whose only credential — embarrassingly enough — is being a duly elected representative of the people under the Constitution of the United States. Read more.......

IPAB, Obama and Socialism - Stanley Kurtz - National Review -  They’re back. Rationing, death panels, socialism, all those nasty old words that helped bring Republicans victory in 2010, and that came to seem so impolite after November of that year. They’re back because of IPAB. Remember that acronym. It stand for The Independent Payment Advisory Board. IPAB is the real death panel, the true seat of rationing, and the royal road to health-care socialism.  Read more.......

The Other Medicare Cutters - Wall Street Journal - Obama's Plan Relies on a Politically Insulated Board of Experts -  The debate over Paul Ryan's Medicare reform ideas has largely been healthy, even amid the liberal distortions. But why has there been so little scrutiny of President Obama's new Medicare proposal? Anyone worrying about more individual choice and responsibility in health care might be interested to learn that the alternative is turning every one of these decisions over to a 15-member central committee.  Read more.......

Obama Administration Officials Tried to Keep S and  P Rating 'Stable' - Washington Post - The Obama administration privately urged Standard and Poor’s in recent weeks not to lower its outlook on the United States — a suggestion the ratings agency ignored Monday, two people familiar with the matter said. Treasury Department officials had been discussing with S and P whether the ratings agency should change its outlook on the United States to “negative” from “stable,” an indication that the country could lose its crucial AAA rating in coming years over its soaring debt levels.Treasury officials told S and P analysts that they were underestimating the ability of politicians in Washington to fashion a compromise to curb deficits, a Treasury official said. They argued a change in ratings was not needed at this time because the debt was manageable and the administration had a viable plan in the works, the official said.  Read more........

Is Obama Planning to Impose DISCLOSE  Despite FEC, Congress and Supreme Court - Redstate - Having launched his $1 billion election campaign a mere two weeks ago, Barack Obama appears to be moving quickly to try to further tilt the political landscape to favor his union cronies through an Executive Order that implements certain portions of the failed DISCLOSE Act.  As first reported by Pajamas Media, the White House is circulating a draft Executive Order (in full below) to agencies for comment. As drafted, the Executive Order would only affect government contractors—not unions—and would require the contractor, as well as its directors or officers, to disclose any contribution or expenditures. Clearly, the administration’s effort is aimed only at employers and, in the case of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, whatever associations they may belong to—while letting union bosses like Richard Trumka and the rest of his union co-horts spend hundreds of millions on further contaminating the electoral process.  The problem is that this will require companies to delve into the personal political activities of their officers and directors — and require them to report political contributions those employees have made, not out of corporate funds (which is illegal), but out of their personal funds.  Read more.......

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