AND SPEAKING OF THE “CORNHUSKER KICKBACK” . . .

You guessed it, the leftists in Washington aren’t about to give up on taking over your health care, even though 58% of likely voters now oppose it, and 61% say start all over (according to Rasmussen). The numbers of opposition just keep going up. Do you think they’re in such a big hurry to push this through because they know their days are numbered with mid-term elections coming up?

Here is a LEGISLATIVE ALERT from Tim Wildmon, President of the AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION with the latest.

It’s back – ObamaCare 2.0, worse than the first
Call your senators and your representative today to insist that they vote “No” on socialized medicine.
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President Obama, determined to press for the government takeover of our entire health care system, is reviving a tweaked version of the Senate health care “reform”bill. If possible, it’s even worse than the one Sen. Harry Reid cobbled together in secret and then sprung on the country just before Christmas.The president will hold a highly-publicized just-for-show “summit” Thursday in an effort to breathe life into his version of this monstrosity.

As our good friend Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families and American Values points out, here are just some of the problems with the bill:

  • The president is threatening to use what’s called the “reconciliation process,” a gimmick that will enable him to enact socialized medicine with just 51 votes in the Senate.
  • A Rasmussen poll found that 58% of likely voters oppose both the Senate and House health care bills, and 61% want Congress to tear up both bills and start over. The American people have already made it clear they do not want a government takeover of health care.
  • The president says his proposal will cost about $1 trillion, but the Congressional Budget Office says the language is too vague even to come up with an official cost estimate.
  • Under his plan, senior citizens living off investment income will get hit with a new tax on so-called “unearned” income. (It’s hardly “unearned” – you worked all your life to build those investments.)
  • It extends the “Cornhusker kickback” to every state in the Union, essentially offering a bribe to every senator.
  • It includes the unconstitutional mandate that every American buy insurance or pay a fine. (This means you will get taxed for not doing something!)
  • It imposes price controls on the health insurance industry. Every time in history price controls have been used, they have resulted in shortages and rationing.
  • It not only makes taxpayer funding of abortion a right, it provides for the direct funding of abortions through Community Health Centers and would lead to mandates that would require every private insurance plan to cover elective abortions.

But as Gary says, “we stopped socialized medicine before…and I believe we can stop them again.”

Take Action

Enter your ZIP CODE (above in the Call Now box) and click “GO” to get the direct telephone numbers for your senators and your representative, along with suggested talking points for your call. Please politely but firmly urge him (or her) to vote “No” on socialized medicine. It’s critical for you to call your senators and your representative today in advance of the Thursday health care summit. (MY NOTE: It’s still not too late to contact your Senators and Representative. Click on the “LEGISLATIVE ALERT” hyperlink above to use the “Call Now” box.)

Forward this important alert to your friends and family.


Sincerely,

Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

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THE “CORNHUSKER KICKBACK” NAMED JANUARY “PORKER OF THE MONTH”

Here is the latest Porker of the Month award from the CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT WASTE.



Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.

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Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.)

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Sen. Ben Nelson is CAGW’s January Porker of the Month

(Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) its January Porker of the Month. Sen. Nelson furnished the pivotal 60th vote for cloture on December 19, 2009, allowing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) healthcare bill to come to the Senate floor for final passage. Nelson held out until he was able to parlay his vote to secure, among other perks, a permanent exemption for Nebraska to the Medicaid expansion in the Reid bill, saving the state between $59 million and $281 million. The deal has been dubbed the “Cornhusker Kickback.” The federal government will cover most of the states’ additional Medicaid expenses until 2017. According to The Heritage Foundation, the cost of benefits and administration for the expanded program will cost the states between $32.2 billion and $60 billion through 2019.

In the immediate aftermath of the Cornhusker Kickback, Sen. Nelson stated that he had been under pressure from Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) to negotiate the deal. However, Gov. Heineman denied that assertion, saying that “Under no circumstances did I have anything to do with Senator Nelson’s compromise…The responsibility for this special deal lies solely on the shoulders of Senator Ben Nelson.” The senator then scrambled to send a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) asking that the language be removed, followed closely by a claim that the carve-out was always meant as a “placeholder” so that, eventually, all the states could get the federal government to cover their Medicaid costs, a very expensive proposition. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) remarked in a December 19, 2009 Politico article that Nelson may have done the “‘other 99 senators a favor because the federal government is paying for the entire Medicaid expansion through 2017 for every state…When you look at it, I thought well, God, good, it is going to be the impetus for all the states to stay at 100 percent [after 2017]. So he might have done all of us a favor.’”

In the days following the deal, public opinion of Sen. Nelson plummeted. The January 6, 2010 Fremont Tribune reported that Sen. Nelson told reporters that “…it was a mistake to take healthcare on as opposed to continuing to spend the time on the economy.” Sen. Nelson has continued to frantically shore up public opinion among his constituents, to little avail. A January 17, 2010 Omaha World Herald survey of 500 registered voters reported showed that Nelson’s job approval rating has dropped to 42 percent and his disapproval rating was 48 percent. In April 2006, Nelson had an approval rating of 73 percent, the highest for any senator. His colleague, Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), who voted against the Reid bill, has a 63 percent job-approval rating.

For his Cornhusker Kickback boondoggle, classless congressional CYA behavior, and opening the door to a congressional stampede to try to fully federalize one of the most wasteful government-run healthcare entitlement programs ever conceived, Sen. Ben Nelson wins the dubious title of CAGW’s January Porker of the Month.

Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government. Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.

This is another one that needs to go come election time, and judging from his numbers, he’ll go out the door with many other Democrats. Senator Nelson is just one blatant example of the Washington system. Deals like this go on all the time. Votes are traded and sold on the House & Senate floors like stocks at the New York Stock Exchange. Who pays for it? You guessed it – WE DO.