Posts Tagged ‘ObamaCare’

Peter Suderman, Reason.com – Kathleen Sebelius Would Like You to Believe That ObamaCare Is Responsible For Health Care Cost Savings

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Reason.com:

Sebelius highlights two of the law’s insurance regulations: a medical loss ratio (MLR) rule that requires insurers spend at least 80 percent of premium revenue on clinical services and a rate-review provision which gives her agency the power to deem health insurance rate hikes “unreasonable.” These two regulations, which substantially increase the federal government’s power and discretion over the entire health insurance market, are “putting consumers back in charge.” (Maybe she meant bureaucrats rather than consumers?)

You’ll notice, however, that there’s something missing from the op-ed: any mention of actual health insurance premium prices.

Editorial — True to form, the Overland Park, Olathe Chambers of Commerce are OK with new federal grab of one-sixth of national economy

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

KansasProgress.com will have more this weekend on this news.  For now, here is a summary provided by Benjamin Hodge at RedCounty.com.

In what will likely come as a surprise to many small business owners in Johnson County, the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce and the Olathe Chamber of Commerce refuse to take a position on ObamaCare.  The almost-entirely Democratic legislation, in its current form, will functionally result in the federal take-over of health care, which represents one-sixth of the national economy.

The two local chambers of commerce frequently take positions on local and state issues, but their views frequently are at odds with those of elected Republicans.  The decision to not take positions on this federal legislation is consistent with the local chambers’ consistent opposition to capitalism.  While these groups sell themselves as pro-business groups, they oppose the private ownership of land, low taxes, and the rights of parents to decide where to educate their children with their own tax dollars.

The current chairman of the Olathe Chamber is Kevin Gilmore (below, right), who works for Mid-American Nazarene University.  Gilmore is also a board member at the Olathe government schools.  He claims to be conservative.Kevin GilmoreSuze Parker

The current chairwoman of the Overland Park Chamber is Suze Parker.

The local chambers, which rely heavily upon local government unions and administrators for support, are also often at odds with the state chamber of commerce, an organization that is known to consistently support actual business interests.  The Kansas Chamber of Commerce — the state-wide group that typically aligns with conservatives in the Kansas legislature — strongly opposes the Democratic agenda on health care in Washington, DC.

A recent Rasmussen survey found that Americans strongly oppose ObamaCare:  53% oppose it, and 43% support it.  More importantly to Johnson County — where 50% of voters are Republican, and another 25% unaffiliated, leaving only a quarter who register as Democrats — Rasmussen found that 87% of Republicans oppose ObamaCare, along with 55% of unaffiliated voters.


Hodge is a delegate to the Kansas GOP and a former state lawmaker.  You can join Hodge’s efforts on Facebook, through his personal Web site, on Twitter, and through his PAC.

Opinion: Free Speech Rears Its’ Ugly Head

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

by Pete Lucas, a contributing author:

Don’t you hate it when people vehemently disagree with you? Don’t you wish they’d just shut up?

Fred Phelps and his gay-bashing homies come to mind immediately. Those people are despicable morons who are undoubtedly all closeted gays themselves. Whenever I see him I just want him to shut up and go away. Society doesn’t like his message, and doesn’t like being subjected to it.

But the ACLU defends him. What the…?

Fred may be a hopeless moron, but it would be completely un-American to silence him. This country was founded on freedom (I thought) and that freedom includes LOUDLY stating your opinion, no matter how obnoxious, poorly thought-out, socially unacceptable, etc. the opinion happens to be.
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