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Poll: How Is Obamacare ‘Treating’ You So Far?

Posted by Larry Doyle on October 4th, 2013 7:16 AM |

Well, with Uncle Sam not open for business again today, we can forget about the monthly employment report that is released the first Friday of every month.

But let’s redirect our focus for the moment. The roll out of Obamacare this week has generated a slew of reports from both ends of the political spectrum and their respective media accomplices. What is to be believed?

Is the inability to access the healthcare websites in many states a function of overwhelming interest by people looking to sign up or an inoperable system that is just another example of a dysfunctional government run wild? (more…)

ObamaCare: Is the Obama White House Going “Soprano” Again, or Why Are Three Catholic Scranton, PA Hospitals Being Sold?

Posted by Larry Doyle on October 12th, 2010 6:23 AM |

This story is a tad long, but it is chock-filled with a wealth of twists, turns, personalities, politicians, and much more. I strongly recommend.

Politics is clearly a contact sport. No doubt not all of the punches are above the belt.

I first referenced the Obama White House use of intimidation in the case of Tom Lauria, then lawyer for a group of Chrysler creditors. I wrote in early May 2009, Is Barack Obama Going Tony Soprano? How uncanny that the same reference is utilized today in an article centered on the impact of ObamaCare and the pending sale of three Scranton-area Catholic hospitals. American Spectator writes in regard to ObamaCare:

….the White House is confronted with a rapidly accelerating set of unintended consequences spreading across the country. As listed by theWall Street Journal, those unintended consequences included 2011 premium increases shooting up as high as 9%; “multibillion-dollar corporate writedowns by Verizon, AT&T, Caterpillar and others”; the disruption of insurance markets, a show-down with McDonald’s, the imposition of price controls on premiums, insurers withdrawing from Medicare Advantage.

In what appears to have become a pattern, the response from the Obama Administration has been repeatedly swift and harsh –compared by one critic as an episode straight out of the Sopranos, the famous HBO mobster series. (more…)

Healthcare Reform To Make You Ill

Posted by Larry Doyle on January 7th, 2010 4:29 PM |

A loyal Sense on Cents reader asked me to comment on the dramatic rise in health-care premiums highlighted in an article, Soaring Health Premium Just Makes Me Feel Sick, from the Irish Independent. The author, Martina Devlin, writes of an individual in Ireland who just received her new health-care premium. Devlin offers:

I SERIOUSLY debated cancelling my private health insurance recently. When the renewal notice arrived in the post I did a double-take at the size of the bill, cross-checked the increase — which was almost 20pc — and gulped.

Value for money it wasn’t. In fact, it struck me as a hefty charge to cover what I regarded as an insubstantial risk. You can never discount the danger, but I’m still reasonably young and healthy (touch wood).

Reviewing the article immediately reminded me of a conversation that I had with my wife’s cousin, a doctor in a community hospital. I spoke with him over the holidays and asked him his take on the propsects for healthcare reform and legislation here in our country.

His take was as follows: (more…)

Health Care Payoffs

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 23rd, 2009 12:26 PM |

Washington may think the “payoff politics as usual” is justified under the guise of working toward goals, but I would beg to differ. In my opinion, the payoffs garnered by Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE), Chris Dodd (D-CT), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) are emblematic of the broken political process in America.

Why is it that citizens of some states are not required to pay the same freight as citizens of all other states? Why is it that citizens of some states garner ‘special’ benefits and advantages not accorded to citizens of all other states?

I do not doubt for a second that this ‘payoff politics’ has been going on for a lot longer than we may appreciate. I would also maintain that a significant portion of our fiscal and moral deficits are generated from this very approach.

The fact that representatives hold out for these payoffs and then promote them as benefiting their states should be more widely broadcast as unpatriotic and divisive.

The fact that administrations from both sides of the aisle have chosen the ‘payoff’ style of politics is merely an indication as to the lack of character, courage, and political intellect needed to craft real legislative reforms.

When the ‘for sale’ sign is constantly out, that lowest common denominator will always be reached.

If this ‘payoff politics’ is the best America has to offer, then I am increasingly concerned that our collective future will be far less than it ought to be.

Where are the real statesmen?


“You Can’t Make a Weak Man Strong by Making a Strong Man Weak”

Posted by Larry Doyle on November 12th, 2009 11:42 AM |

Barack Obama would like to think he represents the second coming of Abraham Lincoln. During his campaign and inauguration and now also during his Presidency, Obama and his minions are working to overtake and fundamentally change the structure and fabric of large parts of our economy and nation. He is the President and he has every right and obligation to perform. That said, the American population also has the right and obligation to speak its mind. In regard to the Lincoln comparisons, let’s revisit that later in this commentary.

Those in Washington pushing health care reform would seemingly like to present this situation as being so complex and so convoluted that the American public neither appreciates nor has a choice in the eventual passage of this legislation. I hear time and time again that the government must institute real change and that the government must be the driving force in bringing about that change. Is the American public being prepped to have the largest single government overhaul of a sector representing approximately 18% of 2009 GDP literally rammed down our throats?

While the wizards in Washington pushing this so-called reform seem to believe they know what is in the American public’s best interests, in my opinion they are tone deaf to large segments of the American population.

As I touched upon the other day, proposed health care reform is merely another in the myriad of government redistribution programs. Who gets this? Mike Rogers, Congressman from Michigan (R-MI). He spoke earlier this year about this exceptionally important topic from a macro standpoint. Let’s revisit his comments. Please listen closely. His references to information emantating from the U.K and Canada are chilling to those who have worked hard to take care of themselves and their loved ones.

This video clip runs less than four minutes. The message lasts a lifetime.

Please share the clip and your comments.


“You can’t make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak”
— Abraham Lincoln

Health Care Reform or Merely Another Redistribution Program

Posted by Larry Doyle on November 9th, 2009 8:49 AM |

Why is an ever increasing percentage of the American public getting angry?

In my opinion, more and more Americans are not only questioning but now realizing that they are largely disenfranchised. How so? Seemingly each and every program emanating from Washington is merely another form of income and wealth redistribution.

Make no mistake, the redistribution is running in both directions; that is, to the large monied interests on Wall Street and those who are increasingly dependent on Washington’s welfare and largesse. While funds are flowing in both directions, America’s great middle class feels more squeezed and screwed than at any point in their lifetime. We witness this reality again in Congress’ passage of its health-care reform legislation late on Saturday night.

While the health-care legislation will continue to be hotly debated, I view it as another government program imposing on the lives of those who have worked tirelessly to make this country great. Clearly, people are passionate on both sides of the health-care debate but ultimately this so called reform is merely another form of rationing and redistribution. Is that what America truly wants? I think not. Washington’s Democratic establishment will pass this bill at their political peril. They know it.

Arrogance comes in many forms, but ultimately I believe the height of arrogance is willful blindness. I see a lot of that in Washington these days.


Reconciliation May Create Irreconcilable Differences

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 30th, 2009 11:00 AM |

Will the Democratic Congress supported by the Obama administration use a process known as “reconciliation” to pass health care legislation? Reconciliation allows for passing legislation by a simple majority in the Senate instead of the standard 60 vote margin. In so doing, Obama and the Democrats will likely pass this legislation without real debate.

The process has never been used to pass new legislation of the magnitude of health care reform. By all measures, the reconciliation process was never intended to be used in this manner. Obama and the Democratic leadership maintain that the Bush administration used reconciliation to pass tax legislation. The Republicans respond by claiming that in those cases reconciliation was used to renew existing legislation and not of the magnitude or importance of health care reform.

Are Obama and the Democrats forgoing any form of debate on this issue and jeopardizing any sort of honest bipartisan politics moving forward? I believe so.

The UPI provides further color on this topic, Dems to Use Reconcilation For Healthcare.

Is there any doubt that Obama is hellbent on passing this legislation regardless of future risks to political procedures. Will this healthcare legislation be written in the same manner as the Economic Stimulus bill jammed through Congress? The UPI reports,

Even though Republican leaders have warned Democrats against using the tactic and others say it may hinder future legislation where bipartisan consensus is needed, Obama Thursday reiterated his support for the move in a meeting with congressional leaders, White House and Capitol Hill sources told the Times.

The president and his congressional allies believe using the budget reconciliation process to pass healthcare reform may be the only way to implement measures that have eluded lawmakers for years, the newspaper said.

Given Arlen Specter’s switch of parties, I honestly believe the only real check on Democratic spending at this juncture may be polls from currently controlled Democratic states showing significant voter unrest.

I view the use of the reconciliation process as just another step towards our political process in Washington being totally out of control….and it will be expensive to clean up!!


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