Obama warns SCOTUS that Medicare payments might stop if Obamacare is overturned

The Obama Administration has filed papers with the Supreme Court warning them that Medicare payments are in danger of “freezing up” if Obamacare is overturned.

How low can this President sink? He knows full well that if Obamacare is upheld, Medicare will be gutted to the tune of at least $500 billion. So his signature “achievement” actually accelerates Medicare’s path to bankruptcy. There’s simply no question about it. For Obama to arbitrarily threaten to withhold Medicare payments unless the Supreme Court justices grant him a favorable ruling is despicable – especially since Obamacare’s impact on Medicare has nothing to do with the law’s constitutional merits, or lack thereof.

WASHINGTON — Medicare’s payment system, the unseen but vital network that handles 100 million monthly claims, could freeze if President Barack Obama’s health care law is summarily overturned, the administration quietly informed the courts.

Although Obama’s overhaul made significant cuts to providers and improved prescription and preventive benefits, Medicare was overlooked in Supreme Court arguments that focused on the law’s controversial requirement that all individuals carry health insurance.

Havoc for Medicare could have repercussions as both parties avidly court seniors in this election year and as hospitals and doctors increasingly complain the program doesn’t pay enough.

In papers filed with the Supreme Court, administration lawyers warned of “extraordinary disruption” if Medicare is forced to unwind countless transactions that are based on payment changes required by more than 20 separate sections of the Affordable Care Act.

Opponents say the whole law must go. The administration counters that even if the court strikes down the insurance mandate, it should preserve most of the rest of the legislation. That would leave in place the changes to Medicare and a major expansion of Medicaid coverage.

Last year, in a lower court filing, Justice Department lawyers said reversing Medicare payment changes “would impose staggering administrative burdens” on the government and “could cause major delays and errors” in claims payment.

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Hat tip: Kim Priestap.

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  • Linky1

    If you can’t play by the rules (i.e. respect the Constitution and the SCOTUS), you govern by force. That’s the only options dictators, thugs and criminals have at their disposal – that’s the Obama Administration on all counts.

  • Didn’t we hear this line of crap from him before? Is the only thing Obama knows how to do is lie and threaten? Screw him.

    • barney59

      He’s just ‘organizing’ don’t cha know?

    • Lie and threaten? You can’t blame him for these tactics, he’s from good old Chiccy-G!!!


      Yes, we did.

  • EchoMike

    First he threatens Social Sec payments, now he’s threatening Medicare. I swear this guy is such low hanging fruit it’s ridiculous the race is as close as it is.
    Now let’s see if our presumptive, “inevitable” nominee can actually have some one coach him in the proper Conservative response to this softball he’s literally thrown right over the plate.

    • johnos2112

      Here’s the thing it isn’t that close. The pollsters had Carter up on Reagan by 47-44 election and we know how that turned out. This guy is toast and if he ran anything like this in 2008 we would be saying President McCain. Uggh shutter that thought for a minute.

      • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

        If Americans don’t fall back into complacency, we’ll be saying “President Palin” or “President West” after 2016.


      The Threatener in Chief.

      • Trust1TG

        Move him straight from the White House to prison.

  • Karl Rogue

    Uphold the legislation, or the dog gets it!

    • WordsFailMe

      SCOOP: You MUST award Karl Rogue with the “Quip of the year award.”

      Priceless Karl. I only wish I had thought of it first.

      H. Johnson

  • stevenbiot

    When’s Obama going to put out an ad showing the Justices throwing granny off a cliff? You’ve got to give it to Marxists. If there weren’t ignorant, degenerate sheep/people, this stuff would never resonate. Unfortunately, the hordes are on standby, waiting patiently to be ruled over.

    • freenca

      This makes me think of the theme from that old western “Rawhide”
      Rollin, rollin, rollin
      Keep those dogies rollin, rawhide
      head em up, move em out, head em up, move em out
      Rawhide, etc… maybe find it on you/tube
      It was a catchy tune about a cattle drive, that is very like what the preezy seems to be wanting from Scotus as he pushes the country forward toward the cliff.

  • Bullying judges is probably not the right strategy. Looks like they are going to rule to strike down the entire law.

    Edit: This move should be reason to celebrate.

    • stevenbiot

      If they do that, I’m getting drunk.

    • GreenBeretWay

      It appears O is getting some insider trading secrets from one of his minions on the court and he doesn’t like the results. I smell fear.Haha

      • You smell fear? I thought it was B.O.- Similar smells.

  • Rightstuff1

    This is standard socialist methodology, ramp up the argument. This then stops being an argument about the legality of Obamacare and becomes a scare tactic to frighten the justices. A socialist is no better than pond scum, bottom line.

    • WordsFailMe

      Who do you think comes up with these communist counter moves? Obama, an Omoron, who can’t even father his own children, can’t possibly come up with “Julia” and the death of every American over the age of 70 within the same twenty-four hours. His head would be pulsing so hard his ears would flap. He’d look like some slimy alien on Star Trek with Obama ears.

      (Karl Rogue’s, “Uphold the legislation or I’ll shoot the dog!” is still killing me!)

  • marketcomp

    If Medicare payments stop its because he gutted the prgram by taking $500Billion to fund Obamacare. There he goes agian with his threats. He is so stupid because the Supreme Court Justices are lawyers just like he is and if he is going to blow smoke it shouldn’t be at the SCOTUS. He must be scared because nothing else is working and he knows that this is going down in defeat. What a sad little wimpy man and thats for real, not hypothetical!

    • WordsFailMe

      It would be great to hear that SCOTUS announced that it would give the decision a week before the election.

      • marketcomp

        That’s too soon. I want to see his artistic abilities for making up hypothetical stories. Something like now because we don’t have healthcare Republicans want to see everyone die. And then create a Freddie Kruger character. Obama is already a laughing stock. He will just become unhinged and an insane laughing stock.

  • poljunkie

    Im tired of him warning us, scolding us, lecturing us…

    Hey big guy, how about just leading us?

    • barney59

      Dude, don’t you know? He’s leading us FORWARD!!! (snort)

      • FutureOnePercent

        Yeah, Forward! Like the Bataan Death March.

        • Vornak

          “Forward ! …
          into the valley of Death !”

    • KM

      In order to lead, you must be a leader. The obama is not a leader.

      • poljunkie

        Shudder. I Know.

        I still cant believe he is the President.

    • Joe

      You have a typo

      I think you meant :

      How about just LEAVING us!

      • poljunkie

        My mistake.

    • sno_warrior

      He is leading us…. straight to hell!

  • johnos2112

    Who in the hell does this guy think he is? Really? Folks this is how this clown is gonna govern in term two. Screw off everybody I will do what I want. Uh, civil war in the making here?

  • barney59

    I hope our little emperor gets the SCOTUS all ‘wee-wee’d up’ with his comments.

  • E. Lee Zimmerman

    I’m really tired of this petulant thug threatening an entire other branch of government to have his way. Hopefully, someone will stand up to him this time.

  • StrangernFiction

    But we had to nominate the statist responsible for the Obamacare pilot program to defeat this sick bastard because America wouldn’t accept the other more conservative candidates.

    If this is true than America is past the tipping point — past the point where elections will save us from serfdom — and that isn’t going to change based on who wins this election. A President Romney will just help keep the frogs in the pot.

    Of course the GOPE could have just lied to us.

    • WordsFailMe

      The only difference is that today, we are awake.

  • KM

    Desperate people say and do desperate things. The obama, by his words and actions, is giving more credence that the internal polls are indicating that a tsunami of anti-socialism is headed across this nation come election day.

  • Obama sure does try and rule with a big stick. Perhaps a 5 or even 3 iron.

  • Rshill7

    “…especially since Obamacare’s impact on Medicare has nothing to do with the law’s constitutional merits, or lack thereof.” (Dan)

    Pegged it, nailed it, turned around and mailed it, right here. This (and the Hokey Pokey of course) is what it’s all about, nothing more, at least with those on the Supremes who actually consider the words of the Constitution they are sworn to follow. Those to the left of Kennedy couldn’t care less what that document says. They make entire phrases disappear and add entire phrases and meanings from thin air that strain imagination and credulity as they try to morph it into something more malleable than gold.

    O’ is sworn to uphold the Constitution too. He has proven repeatedly that he is a liar and an oath breaker. What he says will be Medicare consequences of striking down O’care is 100% irrelevant to the court here. What he is accomplishing with this though is this. While his party has campaigned against Republicans for generations saying they want to gut medicare and social security, it turns out, that the only one who has actually attempted that is he and his colon-dwelling democrats. It’s hypocrisy on methamphetamines.

    So what he is doing here is saying to seniors, hey, look what else I tore up! I not only underfunded social security with the payroll tax cut, I gutted medicare by 500 billion, counted it twice, lied about each and every aspect of it, right down to the minutiae, and now I’m basically telling the Supreme Court to cover my sorry ass! The Chief Justice should respond by saying kiss my judicial ass and let the robes fall where they may! Oooh, strike that last part.

    I want the entire law thrown out, then I want O’ thrown out! He’s a bilious canker on our country.

    • freenca

      That could be a good thing Rs, as in the SCOTUS throws the whole thing out and would that the new congress rewrite the entitlements in common-sense sustainable form that conservatives and moderates could love, instead of the red-headed step child form it currently is. Both S/S and Medicare, NEED overhaul, we all know it. Now to take the Senate, retain the House and oust the CinC.

  • And it makes me wonder about our Congress, CIA, FBI, Secret Service and Military that allows this Idiot (including Holder) to carry on in Office. WTF.
    And the American public who allows it? That’s the bigger question.

    Oh – I get it – there hasn’t been a “video” game developed to get this bastard
    out of office – Gee’

  • Joe

    This is ridiculous! – Let’s see — HHMMM!

    If SCOTUS finds the law unconstitutional – they should pass it anyway ’cause

    King Obaba says so

    Good crap – This guy is CRAZY TOO! (again)
    (I told you so)

    Did he also send this video with the letter >>>>> http://youtu.be/qtHQE2zNpwc

    I believe he is in MELTDOWN!

  • virginiagentleman1

    Have you ever seen dog sh!t on your lawn? That is how low Obama will sink! BTW, I’ve heard that he eats more then just dog! Their leavings are his favorite after dinner mint!

    • easy there mygentleman. Ah, I can’t tell you that. I feel the same. (((()))s

  • naed5048

    It’s not his fault. What do you expect coming from the way he grew up. Give him a break. He just can’t help it. I’m, after all he comes from a muslum background. He had a mother that was afraid to walk on the same side of the street as blacks. He listened to rev. wright for 20 years. It’s not his fault.

  • NJK

    If I were on the court, I would view this as a deliberate attempt to manipulate the court, and I would publicly slam him.

  • Bunjy

    You know, threatening a co-equal branch of government might just be an impeachable offense. Just sayin’.

  • 12grace

    Since obama has admitted that he can’t do his job aka it’s Bush’s fault, then we need to fire him and hire a eligible and competent president that can ensure that the medicare is up and running for legal American citizens, only.

  • Keep the faith, guys. The best way to deal with a bully is punch him in mouth, and he is making himself a REAL easy target right now. This clown is imploding before our eyes. One gaffe after the other, from “Miss Flu (or so he called her)” to Hilary Rosen to “If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon,” to spiking the bin Laden football to the composite girlfriend to Julia to the atrocious jobs report, on and on and on. OH, and a Solicitor General trying to defend the indefensible. It is going to take a lot of hard work and commitment to turning this country around. But it can and WILL be done. The second coming of the Great Society predictably has been a colossal failure, and even some disillusioned Democrats are starting to realize it. Liberalism cannot work, and will ultimately bankrupt this nation. I’ve never looked more forward to a November than this one.

  • tx_gold

    More B.S. out of obama!!!

  • This is the Chicago way. When you can’t get what you want from the judges, threaten them. Keep putting pressure on them until they see the law your way. I’m just surprised Obama and his minions haven’t started threatening the kids of the Supreme Court justices. That’s probably the next step. David Axelrod will start saying to Justice Roberts, “Nice kid you’ve got there. Pity if anything should happen to her.” Don’t be surprised at how low these people can go.

  • Joe

    I really – really – really HOPE that his birth certificate is proved to be a forgery

    I would love to see this “man” do a PERP WALK!

    The arrogance is just unbelievable.

  • Nukeman60

    This threat is proof positive to me that Kagan slipped him the information about the SCOTUS vote on Obamacare. They voted on a Friday, and Monday he comes out with major slams of the court in order to force Kennedy to change his mind. Now he threatens them again, so I suspect that Kagan told him Kennedy wasn’t bowing down the way he has in the past.

    This certainly bodes well for us in June when they divulge the news. Unless, of course, Kennedy succumbs to ‘unexpected death by natural causes’, like Breitbart and his coroner both did.

    • kong1967

      Clinton had somewhere around 64 mysterious deaths attached to his corruption. It’s very difficult to view these deaths as “coincidence” even if they were.

      No one is talking about the legality of this threat. Isn’t it illegal to influence the court, especially with a threat? I think this is extremely serious and he should be impeached for this alone. It obviously won’t happen, but is it illegal?

  • Jude O’Connor

    The thuggery comes out with his threats and this alone should signal his Chicago roots to those ignorant of his background. I hope the SCOTUS does it’s job to the hilt. We have been in a three year cesspool with the 2/3 rds of our government.

  • Sober_Thinking

    And that is why we call him “Despot”, Liar-and-Chief… and I could go on and on…

    This is a petulant child. Imagine the temper tantrum he’ll have if they take his candy away and show him the door in January… I would pay big money to see that.

    • kong1967

      Not so fast. I think we are going to see tomfoolery we have never seen before. This man will stop at nothing to get what he wants and he cares not about the nation. I wouldn’t put it past him to declare martial law if he loses the election, and the ensuing “(America is) racist” riots will give him the excuse.

      • Sober_Thinking

        Yeah… true. Nothing is below this crook. There’s no doubt whatsoever that there will be lax voter ID and fraudulent votes. And the accursed unions and NBP will play their roles. Sickening that we have to deal with all of this.

        • kong1967

          Yeah, it is sickening. If Romney wins I wanna see some heads roll. He has a lot of work to do to get rid of the entrenched liberalism in our government organizations.

          • Sober_Thinking

            I agree 100%. I just don’t think he has the backbone to drain the swamp – which is why I never supported him. Now give Allen West a chance… 🙂

            • kong1967

              I agree but Romney is our only chance right now. He can’t do it alone, but we need a President that will sign bills that reverse whatever damage Obama has done. If We take both houses and they pass bills to accomplish this, I really can’t see Romney vetoing them because it’s what his platform has been based on.

  • Sober_Thinking

    He’s unable to run on his record… he has nothing noteworthy to entice Americans.

    Same with his parasitic healthcare… since it’s dishonest and destructive, he has to resort to smoke and mirrors, thuggary and lies. We’ve seen this story before and it’ll end badly for this jerk.

    • kong1967

      It’s either going to end badly for him or for us. I choose him, only I want him disgraced with a landslide defeat in November.

      • Sober_Thinking

        Man you said it!

  • wolfveryne

    If, if ,I i a, I, a , i i ,, don’t get mmy, mya, mma, my way ,, i, I , i a, I ,, will show all mmy , my records ,, and make Fools ,, of all of you .

  • kong1967

    With the separation of powers, isn’t influencing the court with a thinly veiled threat against the law? In my eyes this one action alone is impeachable. He is a Chicago thug that uses threats and brute force to push an ideology on people who don’t want it. Obama studied law ony so he could subvert it. How can anyone compare Romney to this? It’s disingenuous to say the least and it’s dishonest.


    He does not have the power to withhold those payments. It is illegal….but will that really stop him?!

  • nehemiahreturns

    The responsibility of the court is to uphold the Constitution – not to act contrary to it, no matter what the consequences, period. Since Obama has no respect for the Constitution, this is his way of saying he believes it should be scraped.

  • hbnolikeee

    To think that threatening the Supreme Court will force them to rule in his favor. What do you do when someone pushes you up against a wall? You push back and I believe that they will and perhaps harder then he expected with 6-3 or 7-2 in favor of flushing the bill.

    Perhaps making those remarks will be found to be illegal as well and they’ll go after him for ATTEMPTED THUGGERY against the Supreme Court.

  • 12grace

    obama has plans for seniors and others deemed not important to society in the heath care mandate. What most Americans don’t know about obama’s czar Ezekiel Emanuals program called ” Complete lives” . This is how obama and the left plan on saving money.

    Obama’s Health Rationer-in-Chief
    White House health-care adviser Ezekiel Emanuel blames the Hippocratic Oath for the ‘overuse’ of medical care.
    Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health adviser to President Barack Obama, is under scrutiny. As a bioethicist, he has written extensively about who should get medical care, who should decide, and whose life is worth saving. Dr. Emanuel is part of a school of thought that redefines a physician’s duty, insisting that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient’s needs. Many physicians find that view dangerous, and most Americans are likely to agree.
    The health bills being pushed through Congress put important decisions in the hands of presidential appointees like Dr. Emanuel. They will decide what insurance plans cover, how much leeway your doctor will have, and what seniors get under Medicare. Dr. Emanuel, brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, has already been appointed to two key positions: health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of the Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. He clearly will play a role guiding the White House’s health initiative.
    “Principles for Allocation of Scarce Medical Interventions” The Lancet, January 31, 2009
    The Reaper Curve: Ezekiel Emanuel used the above chart in a Lancet article to illustrate the ages on which health spending should be focused.
    Dr. Emanuel says that health reform will not be pain free, and that the usual recommendations for cutting medical spending (often urged by the president) are mere window dressing. As he wrote in the Feb. 27, 2008, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA): “Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality of care are merely ‘lipstick’ cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change.”
    True reform, he argues, must include redefining doctors’ ethical obligations. In the June 18, 2008, issue of JAMA, Dr. Emanuel blames the Hippocratic Oath for the “overuse” of medical care: “Medical school education and post graduate education emphasize thoroughness,” he writes. “This culture is further reinforced by a unique understanding of professional obligations, specifically the Hippocratic Oath’s admonition to ‘use my power to help the sick to the best of my ability and judgment’ as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of cost or effect on others.”
    In numerous writings, Dr. Emanuel chastises physicians for thinking only about their own patient’s needs. He describes it as an intractable problem: “Patients were to receive whatever services they needed, regardless of its cost. Reasoning based on cost has been strenuously resisted; it violated the Hippocratic Oath, was associated with rationing, and derided as putting a price on life. . . . Indeed, many physicians were willing to lie to get patients what they needed from insurance companies that were trying to hold down costs.” (JAMA, May 16, 2007).
    Of course, patients hope their doctors will have that single-minded devotion. But Dr. Emanuel believes doctors should serve two masters, the patient and society, and that medical students should be trained “to provide socially sustainable, cost-effective care.” One sign of progress he sees: “the progression in end-of-life care mentality from ‘do everything’ to more palliative care shows that change in physician norms and practices is possible.” (JAMA, June 18, 2008).
    “In the next decade every country will face very hard choices about how to allocate scarce medical resources. There is no consensus about what substantive principles should be used to establish priorities for allocations,” he wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine, Sept. 19, 2002. Yet Dr. Emanuel writes at length about who should set the rules, who should get care, and who should be at the back of the line.
    “You can’t avoid these questions,” Dr. Emanuel said in an Aug. 16 Washington Post interview. “We had a big controversy in the United States when there was a limited number of dialysis machines. In Seattle, they appointed what they called a ‘God committee’ to choose who should get it, and that committee was eventually abandoned. Society ended up paying the whole bill for dialysis instead of having people make those decisions.”
    Dr. Emanuel argues that to make such decisions, the focus cannot be only on the worth of the individual. He proposes adding the communitarian perspective to ensure that medical resources will be allocated in a way that keeps society going: “Substantively, it suggests services that promote the continuation of the polity—those that ensure healthy future generations, ensure development of practical reasoning skills, and ensure full and active participation by citizens in public deliberations—are to be socially guaranteed as basic. Covering services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic, and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.” (Hastings Center Report, November-December, 1996)
    In the Lancet, Jan. 31, 2009, Dr. Emanuel and co-authors presented a “complete lives system” for the allocation of very scarce resources, such as kidneys, vaccines, dialysis machines, intensive care beds, and others. “One maximizing strategy involves saving the most individual lives, and it has motivated policies on allocation of influenza vaccines and responses to bioterrorism. . . . Other things being equal, we should always save five lives rather than one.
    “However, other things are rarely equal—whether to save one 20-year-old, who might live another 60 years, if saved, or three 70-year-olds, who could only live for another 10 years each—is unclear.” In fact, Dr. Emanuel makes a clear choice: “When implemented, the complete lives system produces a priority curve on which individuals aged roughly 15 and 40 years get the most substantial chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get changes that are attenuated (see Dr. Emanuel’s chart nearby).
    Dr. Emanuel concedes that his plan appears to discriminate against older people, but he explains: “Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination. . . . Treating 65 year olds differently because of stereotypes or falsehoods would be ageist; treating them differently because they have already had more life-years is not.”
    The youngest are also put at the back of the line: “Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants, by contrast, have not yet received these investments. . . . As the legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin argues, ‘It is terrible when an infant dies, but worse, most people think, when a three-year-old dies and worse still when an adolescent does,’ this argument is supported by empirical surveys.” (thelancet.com, Jan. 31, 2009).
    To reduce health-insurance costs, Dr. Emanuel argues that insurance companies should pay for new treatments only when the evidence demonstrates that the drug will work for most patients. He says the “major contributor” to rapid increases in health spending is “the constant introduction of new medical technologies, including new drugs, devices, and procedures. . . . With very few exceptions, both public and private insurers in the United States cover and pay for any beneficial new technology without considering its cost. . . .” He writes that one drug “used to treat metastatic colon cancer, extends medial survival for an additional two to five months, at a cost of approximately $50,000 for an average course of therapy.” (JAMA, June 13, 2007).
    Medians, of course, obscure the individual cases where the drug significantly extended or saved a life. Dr. Emanuel says the United States should erect a decision-making body similar to the United Kingdom’s rationing body—the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)—to slow the adoption of new medications and set limits on how much will be paid to lengthen a life.
    Dr. Emanuel’s assessment of American medical care is summed up in a Nov. 23, 2008, Washington Post op-ed he co-authored: “The United States is No. 1 in only one sense: the amount we shell out for health care. We have the most expensive system in the world per capita, but we lag behind many developed nations on virtually every health statistic you can name.”

    Associated Press
    This is untrue, though sadly it’s parroted at town-hall meetings across the country. Moreover, it’s an odd factual error coming from an oncologist. According to an August 2009 report from the National Bureau of Economic Research, patients diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. have a better chance of surviving the disease than anywhere else. The World Health Organization also rates the U.S. No. 1 out of 191 countries for responsiveness to the needs and choices of the individual patient. That attention to the individual is imperiled by Dr. Emanuel’s views.
    Dr. Emanuel has fought for a government takeover of health care for over a decade. In 1993, he urged that President Bill Clinton impose a wage and price freeze on health care to force parties to the table. “The desire to be rid of the freeze will do much to concentrate the mind,” he wrote with another author in a Feb. 8, 1993, Washington Post op-ed. Now he recommends arm-twisting Chicago style. “Every favor to a constituency should be linked to support for the health-care reform agenda,” he wrote last Nov. 16 in the Health Care Watch Blog. “If the automakers want a bailout, then they and their suppliers have to agree to support and lobby for the administration’s health-reform effort.”
    Is this what Americans want?
    Ms. McCaughey is chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths and a former lieutenant governor of New York state.
    2. Obama Eugenics – ObamaCare is Eugenics admits Glenn Beck

    3. GlennBeck Eugenics part1 Short History

    4. GlennBeck Eugenics part2 Healthcare Czars

    5.Glenn Beck Eugenics part3 Healthcare Tree


    Betsy McCaughey on Ezekiel Emanuel-8/31/09

    8. Betsy McCaughey Exposes Obama Healthcare Lies

    9. Larry Grathwohl interview about William Ayers,Obama’s Mentor

    10. Ezekiel Emanual a member of the notorious weather underground
    Obama John Holdren Ezekiel Emanuel Cass Sunstein …
    … businessman and “liberal” activist Tom Ayers-father of Weather Underground …. Harrison Brown; Ezekiel Emanuel and Cass Sunstein’s
    Life/Lives Systems …http://romanticpoet.wordpress.com/tag/obama-john-holdren-ezekiel-emanuel-cass-sunstein/

    11. Ezekiel Emanuel — President Obama’s Special Advisor for Health Policy to the Office of Management and Budget. Nicknamed in the press “Dr. Death” after former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey pointed out Dr. Emanuel’s “healthcare” role assisting the White House in the preparation and administration of federal budget recommendations for guiding healthcare and healthcare initiatives, Dr. Emanuel (again, application of the absurdly ironic name, “God with us”) is a “bioethicist.” He is also hailed as President Obama’s “Rationer-in-Chief.” Generally, Emanuel’s idea of healthcare rationing is to greatly restrict many treatments, medicines, and procedures to anyone over 40 and more particularly to anyone over 65. Dr. Emanuel feels similarly about the newly born until they have attained several years of age at which time he begins to view them in Malthusian terms of potential communitarian utility.

    As Lt. Governor McCaughey noted, “In numerous writings, Dr. Emanuel chastises physicians for thinking only about their own patient’s needs.” This is the man who was personally tapped to guide ObamaCare health initiatives – not only by President Obama and his Chief of Staff… but also by “the other side of Barack’s brain,” Valerie Jarrett.

    Mr. Emanuel is yet another in a tedious yet frighteningly long line of unqueried, unquestioned, and unvetted Obama advisors and “czars” about whom nothing can be known until pulled from beneath labyrinths of liberal camouflage by interested citizens, conservative Internet bloggers, and the staffs of conservative talk shows. Mainstream media long ago forfeited its credibility as well as its societal role as the fourth estate.

    Dr. Emanuel is a member of the President’s Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (curiously enough authorized under the dazzling rushed-through and unread by a single Congressman, American Recovery and Investment Act… “the Stimulus Bill”) which, if allowed, will make decisions about the validity, “relative strengths and weakness of various medical interventions” as well as give clinicians…information to make decisions that will improve the performance of the U.S. health care system. Not improve medical care much less your medical care, but the “system.” It’s called “rationing,” and it will very likely result in unnecessary and preventable early deaths. On a very large scale.

    One final point. Due to the ambiguity of the relevant language in the Stimulus Bill as well as in the various ObamaCare “reform” proposals, there will not only be great latitude for interpretation of various laws’ meaning, but these interpretations will require being instituted, oversight, and, of course, regulation. The necessity of regulation allows President Obama’s Administrator of the White House Office of Administration and Regulatory Affairs Cass Sunstein carte blanche to regulate whatever he likes.

    Mr. Emanuel is the brother of White House Chief of Staff, and former North Side Chicago Congressman (5th District of Illinois) Rahm (“dead fish”) Emanuel. [9]

    • zorgmaster

      Betsy McCaughey is a professional liar. She lies. The things she writes are untrue. They are not even “distortions.” They are made-up. Everyone has known this for years and yet she was still allowed to derail the nation this month.

      McCaughey’s schtick, as described by James Fallows, is to pose as a disinterested, objective researcher who is just shocked and dismayed to find something insane and evil in a piece of legislation supported by a Democratic president.

      And then she sits down to write a very serious and nonpartisan and concerned piece of analysis of this evil thing in the legislation that she made up. And then some respectable outlet publishes her serious analysis. And then, within minutes, partisan Republican columnists, talk radio hosts, politicians, and operatives are disseminating talking points taken directly from that serious piece of entirely made-up bullshit analysis.

      Her first stab at derailing this year’s health care debate came with a Bloomberg column about fictitious health care rationing hidden in the stimulus bill.

      In a July 24 column for the New York Post, McCaughey smeared Ezekiel Emanuel (the nice Emanuel brother) as a murderous “deadly doctor.”

      In a radio interview with Fred Thompson, McCaughey got more explicit, wholly inventing mandatory death panel sessions American seniors would have to face every five years.

      And, thus, “death panels.” From Betsy to Rush to Sarah Palin to Chuck Grassley to your own old relatives forwarding you crazy shit, probably.

      Of course, she’s been at this forever. In 1994, McCaughey worked for the Manhattan Institute, a right-wing think tank. And then she wrote a piece for The New Republic about how the Clinton health care plan would not allow people to buy health care coverage outside the government-run plan. This, obviously, was false. George Will picked up on it, adding nonsense about jail terms.

      (Andrew Sullivan edited The New Republic from 1991 through 1996. In 1994, Sullivan was on a roll, publishing both the objectively racist pseudoscience of The Bell Curve and Betsy McCaughey’s No Exit. This was all before Ruth Shalit and Stephen Glass. Current editor Franklin Foer apologized for the McCaughey piece shortly after assuming his position. Sullivan never really has. McCaughey’s story was really more the fault of owner/”editor-in-chief” Marty Peretz, of course, because he had a psychotic hatred of Bill Clinton.)

      So. After that one lying story full of lies made her famous, Al D’Amato told George Pataki to make her Lietenant Governor of New York. She did not get along with Pataki, and she famously, weirdly, stood up for the entirety of Pataki’s 1996 State of the State address. In 1997, Pataki dropped her from the ticket with a nasty public letter and she decided to become a Democrat in order to run against him. She ended up on the Liberal Party ticket, and lost, obviously, and then she moved to DC to work for the Hudson Institute, another right-wing think tank.

      So she is a known liar and an elected Republican politician (her brief and bizarre stint as a vengeful Liberal party candidate aside), and here she is still forcing people to argue with chimerical fantasies instead of legitimate criticisms of progressive legislation.

      We are hard pressed to come up any equivalent figure on “the left,” who openly and intentionally lies in the service of her partisan arguments, and who continues to do so with relative impunity, in major publications, long after the lies are exposed.

  • 911Infidel

    Now who is trying to th

  • NYGino

    Now we have government by coercion? Guess so.

    • kong1967

      Chicago politics.

  • warpmine

    Time after time, this keeps biting the SCOTUS on it’s ass which is a primary reason as to why they should have taken on his eligibility for POTUS. What’s next, a severed horse head?

    Perhaps he will threaten to hold his breath thereby suffocating the country if they overturn it .

  • NYGino

    Blackmail by the half black male.

    Extortion is a crime in all 57 States.

    • kong1967

      Finally, someone mentioned it. Is this not a high crime? Attempting to blackmail the Supreme Court? I would think it is a serious crime punishable by law, but I haven’t heard any outcries about it yet. He should be impeached immediately, but what do I know.

  • DavidScottMasiwchuk

    why isn’t this all over the news?

  • Yazz55


    so where is the Republican campaign ad for this?

    “Democrats trying to bankrupt medicare”

  • 12grace

    While obama is busy sticking it to us, Russia and other countries that hate America are moving in on us.


    Prophecy Sign: Matthew 24:6 “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled : for all these things must come to pass , but the end is not yet.”

    Russian Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov
    “Russia’s top military officer warned Thursday that Moscow would strike NATOmissile-defense sites in Eastern Europe before they are ready for action, if the U.S. pushes ahead with deployment. “A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens,” Russian Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov said at an international missile-defense conference in Moscow attended by senior U.S. and NATO officials”

    And obama is also putting our allies at risk:
    Prophecy Sign: Signs of the coming war found in Psalm 83 and 1 Thess. 5:3 “For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.”
    Headline: Palestinians renege on security ties with Israel, restore revolving door for terrorists

    Headline: Muslims burn down Jewish family farm.

    Headline: Muslims throw rocks at school bus with Jewish children. http://www.yourjewishnews.com/Pages/19593.aspx

  • 12grace

    Wanna see what obama has been up to why he’s trying to cheat our precious legal American citizen seniors out of the medicare they pay for…

    1.Kincaid: Soviets Funded Black ‘Freedom’ Journal
    By Cliff Kincaid May 5, 2012 6:59 am
    Newly declassified documents from Operation SOLO, an FBI program
    See the obama connection.

    2.Why Is a Hangin’ Truck Driving Around NYC With President Obama On a Noose?
    What many people think about obama. I pray we resolve this by going to G-d not the streets.

    3.This is What Our President Wants
    Posted on May 4, 2012 by Conservative Byte

    4.AMAC Warns: Politicizing Medicine – The Unhealthy Side of Obamacare
    Posted 05/04/2012 | AMAC In The Media, Press Releases
    READ FULL ARTICLE HERE:http://amac.us/amac-news-article-exposes

    5.AMAC Warns: Politicizing Medicine – The Unhealthy Side of Obamacare
    Posted 05/04/2012 | AMAC In The Media, Press Releases

    6.Obama’s Secret Swindle

    • K-Bob

      And this. Please move these to an Open Thread. Thanks.

  • 12grace

    obama is a curse to America and the free-world.


    Obama’s “Cosmic” Wager: Two Egyptian Presidential Candidates Endorsed Jihad Against US

    I told ya so. And derided for not supporting the Muslim Broterhood putsch.
    Obama’s ‘cosmic wager’, indeed.

    Obama kicked Mubarak to the curb. He couldn’t get rid of our ally fast enough. Obama worked for years to legitimize the jihadist Muslim Brotherhood. Free peoples will be suffering for decades from the greatest threat to human freedom in US history: Obama. The opposite of freedom is sharia.

    While Obama shamelessly struts and campaigns on the failure of his foreign policy in, of all places, Ka-bull, the criminally corrupt enemedia lauds this self-deluded jackass.
    Despite Obama’s Baghdad Bob media, the real consequences of his disastrous foreign policy failures continue to unfold.

    The world is teetering on the brink while Obama lovingly gazes at his reflection as shown in the evil glare of our enemies’ success.

    Rwo Egyptian Presidential Candidates Endorsed Jihad Against US Brietbart (hat tip David)
    Two Egyptian presidential candidates support jihad against the U.S. Two Egyptian presidential candidates have endorsed jihad against the United States and one of them even supports al Qaeda. MEMRI TV (the Middle East Media Research Institute) has released archival footage of Al-Mun’im Abu Al-Futouh and Hamadein Sabahi from 2004 and 2005 which show them stating their hatred of the United States in absolutely unequivocal terms.

    Abd Al-Mun’im Abu Al-Futouh, who is calling himself a “Moderate” Islamist, was a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood. He co-founded the Al-Nahda party, which sees Islam as central to Egypt. Supported by Salafi Islamists, Gama’a Islamiyya, the Islamist group Wasat, and Google executive Wael Ghonim, he said in 2004:

    “Like all members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and around the world, I personally hope to have a chance to bear arms to confront the U.S. occupation in Iraq… This is a matter of religion, not of politics. When a Muslim land is occupied, jihad becomes an individual duty.”
    Al-Futouh is currently polling second in the presidential race.

    Hamadein Sabahi, a former journalist, helped found the Al-Karama party, and was elected to parliament in the 2000 and 2005 elections. He stated in 2005:

    “When a weapon is pointed at the Americans, it is good. Any weapon that kills an American is good. Any gun pointed at the Marines is good. Any kidnapping or slaughtering of an American in Iraq is good . . . One must salute this organization [Al-Qaeda] when it kills any American soldiers – a soldier, not a civilian. The presence of Al-Qaeda in Iraq as part of the resistance is a positive phenomenon that should be supported. I support Al-Qaeda when it kills Americans.”

    This is the face of the Arab Spring. And this is the face of the “legitimate” Islamism that the Obama State Department wants to embrace.

    • K-Bob

      This also should be in an Open Thread.

  • 12grace

    Other things obama has been up to in addition to stealing money from our seniors.

    ‘Vulnerabilities’ ID’d in airport scans – TSA not talking
    Lawsuit seeking to uncover details of inspector general’s ‘classified’ conclusions
    The summary of a classified report about the Transportation Security Administration’s invasive body scans at airports admits “vulnerabilities,” and now the Electronic Privacy Information Center is in court pressing to make the findings public.
    “The unclassified summary of the report notes that several vulnerabilities were found in the program, which has already cost more than $87 million,” according to the EPIC.
    But EPIC noted that the full report is not being release to the public, because it contains “Sensitive Security Information.” EPIC is challenging that designation in pursuit of the information.
    The enhanced security program has been mired in controversy since about two years ago when the federal government started installing upgraded X-ray machines to scan through passengers’ clothes to determine whether they are carrying weapons or explosives.
    The alternative to the scans, which can produce virtually nude images of passengers, is a full-body pat-down by TSA agents. Several passengers have gone to court, claiming the pat-downs essentially are a physical sexual assault in public.
    The summary of the report from the office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security said, “We identified vulnerabilities in the screening process at the passenger screening checkpoint at the domestic airports where we conducted testing.”
    It continued: “As a result of our testing, we made eight recommendations and TSA concurred with all the recommendations. When fully implemented, these recommendations should strengthen the overall effectiveness of the screening process at the passenger screening checkpoint.”
    The report said, however, that “the names of airports tested, and the quantitative and qualitative results of our testing are classified, or designated as Sensitive Security Information. We have shared the information with the Department, the TSA, and appropriate congressional committees.”
    EPIC has challenged the SSI designation, arguing “that it is an improper standard for classification.”
    “The Government Accountability Office, technical experts, members of Congress and bloggers have also questioned the effectiveness of the devices,” the organization reported.
    In its own federal lawsuit, which has been pending for months, EPIC challenges the body scanner program, calling it “invasive, unlawful, and ineffective.”
    EPIC is “seeking repeal of the TSA’s ‘rule mandating the use of body scanners at airport checkpoints as primary screening.’”
    The action calls the scanners invasive, ineffective and illegal.
    Recent TSA incidents have included officers giving a pat-down to a 7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, patting down a 4-year-old, letting drugs through in exchange for cash and stealing iPads.
    In one case, an appeals court affirmed a ruling from Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr., who cited a “secret” order from the TSA rejecting claims by passengers and pilots that such scanning violated their rights.
    The government, insisting that the “secret” order contains “sensitive security information,” has refused to make public the document outlining the procedures, according to John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute.
    Institute attorneys had argued that since the TSA “order” has remained “secret,” there has been no opportunity for the public to comment on it, and “passengers and pilots are not only being deprived of their Fourth Amendment rights, but also their due process right to a fair hearing on their challenge to the secret TSA policy.”
    Whitehead said the ruling is a dark cloud.
    “This ruling does not bode well for attempts to ensure transparency in government or efforts to safeguard Americans against virtual strip searches and other excessive groping of our bodies by government agents, especially when there’s no suspicion of wrongdoing,” he said.
    “When civil liberties are tossed out the window – by government agents or by the courts – we all lose. No American should be forced to undergo a virtual strip search or be subjected to such excessive groping of the body as a matter of course in reporting to work or boarding an airplane when there is no suspicion of wrongdoing,” he said.
    Whitehead noted it was the D.C. Court of Appeals that rejected an appeal on behalf of airline pilots and passengers who refused to submit to virtual strip searches – or highly invasive pat-down searches.
    Institute attorneys wanted to reverse district court judgments in Fourth Amendment lawsuits filed in 2010 against Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and John Pistole, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, challenging the constitutionality of the TSA’s airport security screening policy.
    The cases were brought in 2010 on behalf of Adrienne Durso, a recent breast cancer survivor. She repeatedly and aggressively was groped by TSA agents in the area where she had undergone a mastectomy, even after informing agents of her condition.
    Another plaintiff was Chris Daniels, a frequent business traveler who was aggressively and repeatedly touched in his genital area after initial screening showed an abnormality in his genitals that was the result of a childhood injury. Whitehead reported when Daniels asked to leave the security area and forgo flying rather than submit to the intimate groping, he was told that he was not free to leave and would have to submit to the enhanced pat-down.
    “The pilots, Michael Roberts and Ann Poe, in two separate incidents taking place in 2010, were on their way to work when told by TSA screeners they must submit to whole-body scanning or be subjected to a full pat-down frisk. Upon refusing, both pilots were prevented from passing through security and unable to report to work on the days in question,” the Rutherford report said.
    The case cited the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
    Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, earlier proposed a change in the law that would specify that screeners are “not immune from any U.S. law regarding physical contact with another person, making images of another person, or causing physical harm through the use of radiation-emitting machinery on another person.”
    “It means they are not above the laws the rest of us must obey,” he wrote at the time.
    Also, the Libertarian Party of Florida formally has asked sheriffs across the state to start arresting TSA agents in the 67 counties for sexual battery.
    “As sheriff, you have the absolute duty to enforce the law uniformly and without prejudice. You are, at best, engaged in selective enforcement by choosing to further ignore these flagrant violations of federal and state law. At worst, you are complicit,” said a message to the 67 sheriffs from the party signed by chairman Adrian Wyllie.
    “If you have TSA agents within your county that are violating the law, then you must act. Warn the TSA agents that they are subject to arrest if they continue to violate the law. Should they continue, then you must begin making arrests,” the letter said. “We urge you to remember the oath you took to support, protect and defend the Constitution of both the state of Florida and the United States of America. On behalf of all Floridians, the Libertarian Party of Florida calls on you to do exactly that.”
    On the state level, Texas fell narrowly short of moving forward with a bill that would have required “probable cause” for agents to act against a passenger. While the plan was under consideration, the federal government threatened to close down air traffic to and from the state.
    U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy asserted that federal agents must be allowed to touch people when and how they want.
    “The proposed [Texas] legislation would make it unlawful for a federal agent such as a TSO to perform certain specified searches for the purpose of granting access to a publicly accessible building or form of transportation,” he told Texans at the time. “That provision would thus criminalize searches that are required under federal regulations in order to ensure the safety of the American public.”
    Perhaps among the most dramatic expressions of concern came from Miss USA Susie Castillo, who was reduced to tears by federal agents ensuring she was not a terrorist.
    Castillo produced a viral video describing her experience at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.
    “I mean, she actually… touched my vagina,” Castillo said through her tears. “They’re making me … choose to either get molested … or go through this machine that’s completely unhealthy and dangerous. I don’t want to go through it, and here I am crying.”
    In a commentary at the Tenth Amendment Center by Connor Boyack with Brian Roberts and Michael Boldin, the organization supported plans to address the traveling public’s concerns.
    “Castillo isn’t the only person who would be protected under this Texas legislation. All other innocent travelers would likewise be shielded. That includes the six year old girl who made the headlines last month for being groped by a TSA agent (an action which the TSA defended as being alright since it ‘followed the current standard operating procedures’), as well as the eight-month-old infant subjected to a pat down while cradled in the arms of her mother.”

    2. California Pushing Bill That Outlaws Parents’ Rights of Pro-Heterosexual Counseling!

    Scouts Targeted Again by Gays, Obama Administration!

    • K-Bob

      This is better to put in an Open Thread. That’s what they’re for. It’s OK to put a note here telling folks to look there. Best to do it with a link, of course.

  • aZjimbo

    Same old scare tactic barry. Spiking the football has caused you some brain damage.

    • kong1967

      How can you tell? He has been a walking brain tumor since the day he took office.

      • aZjimbo

        You are correct and probably before he got into office.

  • poptoy1949

    Presidential Intimidation ! Just who in the hell does this Kenyan think he is? Does he think he is GOD? It seems so. He has got to go. He needs to be thrown out of office come November. Enough of this Useful Idiot is ENOUGH.

    • kong1967

      I hope the news of this gets to national t.v. because I can’t see how Democrats would still support a guy that is threatening to kill Medicare. Sooner or later, his b.s. scare tactics are going to blow up in his face…..and I hope it blows his freaking head clean off (figuratively speaking).

  • Philo Beddoe

    Again, no outrage from the ReplicRATS.

    They are using this to political gain, while seniors panic.

    • kong1967

      If he stops funding Medicare it will be after the elections because if he did it before he would be out of office so fast his head would spin. I think it’s an empty threat and if he does anything he will backdoor destroy it where he can blame it on everything else but himself. If he stops funding there will only be one person to blame….him. Then again, if he wins the election he won’t have to make anyone happy.

  • jimmie smith

    what Mr. Obama really wants is a single payer system…that’s the end game. The rest is smoke and mirrors…

  • MannaDelight

    Are we talking blackmail here? Isn’t that a federal crime?

  • Linda Albert

    I have blogged about you today with some links to both your blog and holiday home. I must get there, it looks heavenly. Arkansas Medicare