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AP: GOP Must Help Cut Obama-Care Cost

More closing the barn door journalism from the Associated Press:

Health care law’s unfinished business: cost curbs

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer Sun Apr 25, 2010

WASHINGTON – What’s it going to cost me?

That’s the single biggest unanswered question about President Barack Obama’s new health care overhaul law — and its weak spot.

Many experts believe the law falls short on taming costs, and that will force Congress to revisit health care in a few years.

Where were these so-called “experts” when it mattered?

When Mr. Obama, the Democrats, and their lickspittle slaveys in the press – especially the Associated Press – were telling the American people that this ‘healthcare reform’ would lower costs?

After all, that was its main selling point. And now we are told it was all a lie?

Thank you, AP. You did a splendid job, as usual – for your Democrat masters.

While it seems hard to believe now, Republicans might want to participate in a debate over costs, perhaps opening the way for limits on malpractice lawsuits and other ideas they’ve advocated

Is not the AP truly repulsive? How can they write such things after all the lies they have spewed? Are they truly this shameless?

Was there ever a time when the Associated Press were ever respectable? Did they ever tell the truth and not just parrot the Democrat Party’s propaganda?

For now, the political parties are too polarized — and lawmakers too exhausted — to contemplate health care 2.0. Conservatives are planning court challenges, and some Republican leaders hold out the promise of repeal. But economic reality probably will bring lawmakers back to the table.

Yes, ‘economic reality’ might force the Republicans to try to find a way to bail the Democrats out. That is to say, the GOP will be forced to go along with raising taxes.

For the rest of our lives, for the rest of the life of this nation, we will now have to hear the endless discussions about how to curb rising healthcare costs. Thanks to Mr. Obama, the Democrats and our state-run media.

And the solution will always end up being the same answer these people have for everything – reducing services and raising taxes. Everything else will simply be window dressing.

Insurance premiums are likely to keep going up over the next few years. Experts predict that the law’s early benefits — such as expanded coverage for children and young adults — could nudge rates a little higher than would otherwise have been the case. Also, insurers and medical providers could try to raise their prices ahead of big shifts set for 2014

The cost controls in the bill are unlikely to provide much of a counterweight. Democrats scrambling [sic] to line up votes for the final bill weakened a provision that would have enforced austerity through a hefty tax on high-cost employer coverage.

Sure, taxing ‘Cadillac’ healthcare plans would have paid for subsidizing the insurance for millions of uninsured people.

Other savings in the law — mainly Medicare cuts — may prove politically unsustainable, according to the government’s own experts

These cuts won’t “prove unsustainable” because they will never be implemented. Medicare benefits have never once been cut, in their long, infamous history.

In fact, the truth is just the opposite. Medicare has increased in cost at a vastly greater rate than insurance premiums or any private healthcare costs. A minor detail that the AP and the rest of our watchdog media have managed to ignore throughout.

So how many articles like this is the Associated Press going to publish, now that Obama-Care has been safely rammed through Congress and signed into law?

Where is the outrage that our watchdog media is only now even pretending to recognize the obvious? That they are now admitting to facts that they had previously scoffed at as “myths”?

If we had any real journalism in this country, the way the press blatantly and relentlessly lied about ‘healthcare reform’ during the month of ‘debate’ would be the scandal of the century.

‘Yellow Journalism’ would be a giant step up for our news media of today.

Indeed, ‘Yellow Journalism’ has been defined as having any or all of five characteristics:

Scare headlines in huge print, often of minor news

Lavish use of pictures, or imaginary drawings

Use of faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudo-science, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts

Emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements, usually with comic strips (which is now normal in the U.S.)

Dramatic sympathy with the "underdog" against the system.

So there is a lot of overlap with our journalism of today, already.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 25th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “AP: GOP Must Help Cut Obama-Care Cost”

  1. proreason says:

    “Was there ever a time when the Associated Press were ever respectable? Did they ever tell the truth and not just parrot the Democrat Party’s propaganda?”

    “journalists” are the students who were not capable of passing the math and science courses.

    So they became professional novelists and liars instead.

  2. BigOil says:

    Just wait until early next year when the costs of renegotiated corporate health insurance plans will skyrocket to cover the Obamacare mandated coverage of the so called pre-existing conditions.

    There is no option except to repeal this monstrosity before it has sunk in deeper than a week old tick.

  3. TwilightZoned says:

    “Many experts believe the law falls short on taming costs, and that will force Congress to revisit health care in a few years.”

    This is such BS. Everyone, with half a brain in their head, knew the Barrycare numbers put out by the WH were bogus and costs would necessarily skyrocket. The vast majority of our media is shameful and IMO, worse than car salesmen and lawyers.

    Hopefully, Congress revisiting this mess will be on the grounds to repeal it.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The need to pass something that made sense was overwhelmingly stomped by the need to just pass something, anything that would stick it to the conservatives in particular and the GOP in general. It was a spite move.

    Given that, nobody in the hippie-ridden democrat party wanted to stop any momentum to allow for reasonable and measured debate. In fact any and all such attempts were quickly stifled or hamstrung. We all witnessed it.

    I have a friend at work who still thinks the boy walks on water and that the new sham of a bill won’t break the bank. He’s a black man who seems to be conservative in every other respect; even a business owner yet is an idealist in the sense that “everybody DESERVES something”. I asked him “on what grounds” and he could not answer me.

    All of us here, at American Thinker, who listen to Rush, who watch FOX and Hannity and Beck KNEW, absolutely knew that this bill was bad news.

    But what comes next when it all goes horribly wrong is the blame game. Fortunately no republicans voted for it save the obvious dolts who need to go home and be kept out of reach of sharp objects.

    For me, a huge part of the blame rests on the media. Like Pro said, journalism is one of those degrees you can get simply by spending the money at the college of your choice. Every newsie I ever ran into was as dumb as dirt and actually believed every single loose-lefty idea or mantra.

    Interestingly, the people who work on the sets and handle the technical side laugh at “journalists” as being somewhat effing r-worded.

    But why so many believe what is pasted all over the news? The answer is both simple and complicated. Some time ago, TV news realized it was losing ground. Guys in suits talking like Ben Stein on sleeping pills wasn’t cutting it anymore so they decided to up their image. Who did they turn to to do this? Why, the leading advertising agencies, of course.

    Those people who came up with the Budweiser frogs and the “Where’s the beef?” lady.

    They realized they had to encapsulate the news for today’s fast-paced, no time to get the whole story public who live on sound bites and fast food out of their minivan while on their cell phone.

    A case of the tail wagging the dog, to be sure but a monumental disservice to the public. Add to that the ongoing march of the left to rewrite US history from the Mayflower to the Vietnam War and everything in between and you have the perfect storm.

    News that more “story” than information, more show than go and more fluff than substance.

    Locally, the format of the “journalist” introducing the “piece” then “the piece” then summarizing it in less than 4 minutes is the news standard. A low one, to be sure. It comes with its own buzzword generator with terms like “assault weapon”, “despondent”, and even “sexual assault” replacing the word “rape”.

    It has a lilt and cadence as caricatured on “Family Guy” by “Our Asian reporter Trisha Takinawa”.

    Sadly, Americans are still fascinated by the big shiny. The most popular, the most inclusive…etc etc. The news entities satisfy many of their social woes by exploiting the weaknesses of their minds and feeds them a fix of “info-tainment” rather than news.

    Cuz everybody loves a good story.

    I could go on, but you get the idea.

    They are rotten from the inside, actually believe that what they’re doing is “news reporting” and you cannot convince them otherwise.

    • Right of the People says:


      Man what a great rant. I love the anger, I wish more folks would get mad like you and maybe then we could do something about these a-holes.

      Let’s pray for some sanity come this November.

  5. wardmama4 says:

    I was going to comment that the best way for the GOP to ‘help’ cut costs of Obamacare would be to repeal it – but wow – Rusty what a great post – I’m blown away.

  6. Reality Bytes says:

    Top Ten Ways to Reduce HC Costs

    10. Initiate interstate competition bringing 6 insurance companies to over 1000.

    9. Retain tax deductible status for insurance benefits

    8. Institute tax deductable status to personal insurance benefit purchases

    7. Tort Reform in order to eliminate expensive defensive medical practices

    6. Allow home nursing care to be covered by Medicare (trust me! This is a big one! Given my Dad could have had a $2,000 a week nurse at home instead of the $75,000 for a week’s stay in the hospital, the latter being covered, the former not).

    5. Allow individuals to purchase group healthcare benefits

    4. Allow business’ to purchase group healthcare benefits

    3. Encourage Health Savings Plans & Fund

    2. Tax corporations that offer health care benefits to its employees at a lower rate than firms that don’t.

    And The Number One Way To Lower Health Care Cost Is……..

    Impeach Obama, Indict Reid, Rangel, Emanual & Geithner – Send Pelosi to Detox & VOTE FOR THE MOST CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR CONGRESS!!!

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    Locked out from the get-go and now “WE” must shoulder some of the burden?

    Pound sand and holler fish!!

  8. AmericanIPA says:

    The dems would get the praise for any plus side to the program, and the GOP would get the blame for everything else. Is this a surprise?

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