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    Upfront costs complicate Obama’s health care plan

    Skyrocketing costs threaten Obama's health-care system overhaul | Front page | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

    Dear Leader's reality check is bouncing again. This time on healthcare.

    Rhetoric just don't pay the bills like it used to.

    Pity he hasn't got any real vision or ideas, or he'd realize that the best thing to do would be to put a halt to the perversity of health insurance. That would resolve health care issues in one fell swoop.

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    Re: Upfront costs complicate Obama’s health care plan

    Well, it must be time for celticlords daily complaint against Obama thread. A note for you...just because something will be hard(which we all knew, including him) and have many pitfalls in the way, does not mean you should not do it. I find it interesting you chose not to quote the actual article. Here, let me quote the first two paragraphs for you:

    Costs are emerging as the biggest obstacle to President Barack Obama’s ambitious plan to provide health insurance for everybody.

    The upfront tab could reach $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion over 10 years, while expected savings from wringing waste and inefficiency from the health care system may take longer to show.
    Now isn't that interesting, it does not say "impossible", it does not say he cannot do it, it says there is an obstacle. Maybe you give up on any project when you run into obstacles, but us democrats, we try and overcome them.

    Just a side note, all these nonsensical threads started in an attempt to make president Obama look bad have actually given me a more positive opinion of him. Any one who has to put up with so much absolute nonsense is alright with me.

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    Re: Upfront costs complicate Obama’s health care plan

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Well, it must be time for celticlords daily complaint against Obama thread. A note for you...just because something will be hard(which we all knew, including him) and have many pitfalls in the way, does not mean you should not do it. I find it interesting you chose not to quote the actual article. Here, let me quote the first two paragraphs for you:
    Yeah, I actually read the entire article. Did you? Probably not. Otherwise you would have mentioned this little gem:

    Details of the health legislation have not been written, but the broad outlines of the overhaul are known. Economists and other experts say the $634 billion that Obama’s budget sets aside for health care will pay perhaps half the cost.
    Or this:
    Obama is hoping the Senate comes up with a bipartisan compromise that would give him political cover for disagreeable decisions to raise more money, such as taxing some health insurance benefits. In the 2008 campaign, Obama went after his Republican presidential rival, Arizona Sen. John McCain, for proposing a large-scale version of that idea.
    (This, btw, is known as hypocritically passing the buck.)

    Then there's this:
    In the campaign, Obama opposed tampering with tax-free employer-based health care, saying it would undermine the system that delivers coverage to most people. Other prominent Democrats agree. Asked if he would support taxing benefits, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., the top tax-writer in the House, simply said: “No way!”
    Culminating in this:
    Obama’s opposition to taxing employer-provided health insurance isn’t the only campaign position he might have to jettison to pay for health care.

    He once criticized his chief Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, for proposing that everyone in the U.S. be required to have medical insurance. Yet such a mandate probably will be in what Congress puts together because requiring individuals to pay would lower federal costs.

    For Obama, there are no easy ways to pay for health care. Options include raising other taxes, cutting deeply into Medicare payments to providers, or phasing in the expansion of coverage for the uninsured — beyond his four-year term.
    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Now isn't that interesting, it does not say "impossible", it does not say he cannot do it, it says there is an obstacle. Maybe you give up on any project when you run into obstacles, but us democrats, we try and overcome them.
    Isn't it interesting that the "overcoming" you speak of is deciding which campaign promise Dear Leader will break today, versus which campaign promise Dear Leader will break tomorrow?

    Isn't it interesting that Dear Leader's "plans", such as they are today, not only move money from private citizens into the federal government (a bad thing), but do not deliver the healthcare-for-all that he has championed (also a bad thing, both his failure to deliver and the healthcare-for-all itself)?

    Isn't it interesting that the "obstacles" are coming from the Democrats (who realize that they run for re-election before Dear Leader does)?

    Isn't it interesting that Democrats agree that Dear Leader's "plan" is incomplete and will not work and is not at all paid for?

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    Re: Upfront costs complicate Obama’s health care plan

    Let me see if I understand what you are throwing a fit about. Obama might, maybe, do stuff. This stuff he might do, you disagree with. Therefore Obama is bad. Here is a wildly out there idea for you. How about you wait until Obama actually formally shows his health care plan before you get all upset about the details that are just in discussion currently.

    I have just about zero confidence that with the current situation in DC that a working health care plan can be made, but until a plan is actually formally proposed, I will hold off throwing a hissy about it.

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    Re: Upfront costs complicate Obama’s health care plan

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Let me see if I understand what you are throwing a fit about. Obama might, maybe, do stuff. This stuff he might do, you disagree with. Therefore Obama is bad. Here is a wildly out there idea for you. How about you wait until Obama actually formally shows his health care plan before you get all upset about the details that are just in discussion currently.

    I have just about zero confidence that with the current situation in DC that a working health care plan can be made, but until a plan is actually formally proposed, I will hold off throwing a hissy about it.
    Obama has already set aside $634 billion in the budget he's proposed, which is an action, and not a point "just in discussion". Don't you think that's worthy of discussion here?

    Why not focus on the subject of the thread, rather than some personal tiff you have with celticlord.
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    Re: Upfront costs complicate Obama’s health care plan

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Let me see if I understand what you are throwing a fit about. Obama might, maybe, do stuff. This stuff he might do, you disagree with. Therefore Obama is bad. Here is a wildly out there idea for you. How about you wait until Obama actually formally shows his health care plan before you get all upset about the details that are just in discussion currently.
    Dear Leader has done stuff. There's no "maybe" about it. The stuff he has done has been roundly criticized by more than just me. (When I find myself in the same company of critics as Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz, that alone should give any liberal cause for concern about Dear Leader's actions.)

    If you're going to argue that Dear Leader has not done anything these past 100 days, you're already at odds with your fellow Democrats. I'll let you debate them on that point.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I have just about zero confidence that with the current situation in DC that a working health care plan can be made, but until a plan is actually formally proposed, I will hold off throwing a hissy about it.
    In other words, you wish to wait for the horse to bolt before seeing to the lock on the barn door.

    If folks wait until the Congress is deciding between raising income taxes or taxing healthcare benefits, it will be too late to get a third option on the table (such as abandoning the idiocy of universal healthcare permanently).

    The time to get passionate is now. And the direction in which to get passionate is in opposition to Dear Leader.

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    Re: Upfront costs complicate Obama’s health care plan

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    In other words, you wish to wait for the horse to bolt before seeing to the lock on the barn door.
    Actually, a better analogy would be, when you hear the horses whine, don't immediately assume that they've bolted. Get up, take the time to check it out, first.
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    Re: Upfront costs complicate Obama’s health care plan

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    Actually, a better analogy would be, when you hear the horses whine, don't immediately assume that they've bolted. Get up, take the time to check it out, first.
    Actually, an even better analogy would be to shoot the horses before they whine, because they may begin whining about health care, which means you are going crazy.

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    Re: Upfront costs complicate Obama’s health care plan

    Quote Originally Posted by Moon View Post
    Obama has already set aside $634 billion in the budget he's proposed, which is an action, and not a point "just in discussion". Don't you think that's worthy of discussion here?

    Why not focus on the subject of the thread, rather than some personal tiff you have with celticlord.
    That is certainly worthy of discussion. That is not the subject of the article linked though. It's hard to discuss Obama's plan for health care because, as of yet, it is unformed. I prefer to wait and see, or maybe discuss what should be done.

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    Re: Upfront costs complicate Obama’s health care plan

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    That is certainly worthy of discussion. That is not the subject of the article linked though. It's hard to discuss Obama's plan for health care because, as of yet, it is unformed. I prefer to wait and see, or maybe discuss what should be done.
    The article is about skyrocketing costs. Here's the third paragraph:
    Details of the health legislation have not been written, but the broad outlines of the overhaul are known. Economists and other experts say the $634 billion that Obama’s budget sets aside for health care will pay perhaps half the cost.
    That alone supports the title of the article. There's plenty to discuss.
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