Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Presidential Elections 2012 - #3725 - Grandma Mary's Passion for Life Could Be the Key to Defeating Obama - Lloyd Marcus - American Thinker (2) Let's Repeal the IPAB 'Death Panel" - Freedom Works

While in Wisconsin fighting to defeat Obama's minions' recall of Gov. Walker, I met Grandma Mary. Grandma Mary is very active in the pro-life movement.  Folks, I cannot get this woman out of my mind. Grandma Mary's passion for the unborn, evidenced in her eyes as she spoke, was infectious. I am familiar with the stat: 58 million babies aborted since Roe v. Wade in 1973. But Grandma Mary said it in a way which drove home the horrific reality: "Four thousand babies are killed everyday. Four thousand killed yesterday. Four thousand killed today. Four thousand killed tomorrow. Without life, nothing else matters!"  I know, I know -- this is one of those social issues which makes many conservatives nervous. You're saying, "Zip it, Lloyd! Please don't go there. We care about the unborn, but can't we shelve the abortion issue until after the November election? Stick to fiscal matters. We must defeat Obama. Let's keep the focus on Obama's horrible economy and not get side-tracked with abortion."  I get it. But wouldn't it be wonderful if standing up for life turned out to be the key to defeating Obama?  In his book, The Case for Polarized Politics, Jeffery Bell points out that social conservatism "has a winning track record for the GOP.  Read more........

Let's Repeal the IPAB 'Death Panel" - Freedom Works - 75% of Americans believe that the ObamaCare individual mandate which requires everyone to buy health insurance is unconstitutional. However, there are equally unconstitutional provisions in the ObamaCare law that are garnering less attention. Perhaps the most dangerous of the lot is the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB.  Despite the furor over “death panels” while ObamaCare was being debated, congressional Democrats still managed to sneak IPAB into the 2,801 page bill. Very simply, the mission of IPAB is to reduce Medicare costs by cutting reimbursement rates to doctors and hospitals. Since Medicare already underpays the health care industry, another round of deep cuts to reimbursement payments will doubtlessly push even more physicians and hospitals to stop accepting Medicare recipients. For rural recipients of Medicare with limited access to health care providers as it is, these cuts could make it difficult if not impossible to get health care. This is rationing in its most basic form.  The board itself will consist of fifteen purported health care “experts” appointed by the president. In effect, this means that a handful of unelected bureaucrats will be making critical decisions regarding the health care of the tens of millions of Americans who receive Medicare benefits each year. Although the Secretary of Health and Human Services has claimed that the decisions made by IPAB are merely recommendations, this is true only in the most technical sense.  Read more.......

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