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BHO: Health Plan Helps Small Business

From the White House and its ever faithful handmaidens at the New York Times:

Obama Says Health Plan Benefits Small Business


July 26, 2009

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Saturday sought to build support for his health care plan, arguing that small-business owners would benefit because they could buy coverage through an insurance exchange and receive tax credits in return for providing benefits to employees.

“They are getting crushed by skyrocketing health care costs,” Mr. Obama said. “Because they lack the bargaining power that large businesses have and face higher administrative costs per person, small businesses pay up to 18 percent more for the very same health insurance plans — costs that eat into their profits and get passed on to their employees.”

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Mr. Obama pressed ahead with his argument for why the nation’s health care system must be overhauled, barely mentioning that the legislation has been delayed in the House and the Senate until after the August recess. The White House Council of Economic Advisers released a report Saturday to counter Republican criticism that Democratic health care plans would be costly to small-business owners.

“Small businesses are much less likely to offer health insurance,” Mr. Obama said. “Those that do tend to have less generous plans. In a recent survey, one-third of small businesses reported cutting benefits. Many have dropped coverage altogether, and many have shed jobs or shut their doors entirely.”

In the weekly Republican address, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington argued that the Democratic proposals were “bankrolled by a small-business tax.” She argued that jobs would “evaporate” under the Democratic plan because businesses would not be able to afford to meet their payrolls.

The National Federation of Independent Business, which represents small businesses, opposes the Democratic health care legislation under consideration in the House.

“Now is not the time to burden our nation’s job creators with new, expensive mandates, punitive payroll taxes and a new government-run program,” said Brad Close, the business association’s vice president for public policy. “If Congress insists on going down this road, they will actually make things worse.” …

Meanwhile, the Democrats are preventing Republicans from sending out charts showing the flowcharts of how the government would handle healthcare – because they say the franking privilege can not be used to present misinformation.

But the taxpayer gets to pay for our weekly installment of disinformation and blatant propaganda.

Indeed, it sometimes seems as if Mr. Obama embraces the old Nazi adage that holds: ‘the bigger the lie, the more people that will believe it.’

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 25th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

27 Responses to “BHO: Health Plan Helps Small Business”

  1. Melly says:

    “Hitler himself, in Mein Kampf, laid down his rules for dictatorship. He stated the “principle of the whopping lie” and of the gullibility of the masses. If you are going to tell a lie, he said, and nobody doubts that he intended to, don’t tell a little one, because it will be recognized as a lie. Tell the biggest and most unlikely lie you can think of, keep on telling it, and the people will think it must be the truth and believe it. ‘The greater the lie, the more effective it is as a weapon,” said the master of the alleged “master race.'”

    Since you brought up “Nazi” Steve, I looked up Nazi propaganda – too much for my little brain to take in…but it is quite fascinating. I’ve been focusing too much on Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.” Barry’s use of propaganda rivals that of Hitler. (Not saying that Barry is Hitler, mind you).

    I’m surprised Barry doesn’t have a Propaganda Czar.


  2. 64dodger says:

    Lets see, in the last 10 years the cost of medicare and medicaid have exceeded the increase in costs of private insured health care plans by 33 percent. Yet Nobama has the balls to tells us that it will save small business money.

    What a pile of BS!!

    • VMAN says:

      Sure it will save small business money. They won’t be able to pay the extra tax and penalties and will have to fire a bunch of people therefore saving money.

  3. proreason says:

    How do we know it’s a lie?

    He said it.

    • VMAN says:

      How can you tell when Obama is lying? No not when he’s moving his lips. When his teleprompter is on.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      He probably lies in his dreams.

    • caligirl9 says:

      VMAN, it’s not TOTUS’ fault. It just mindlessly does what most Congressional and Senate dems do: repeat the propaganda they’re programmed with or fed, and hope “we the people” accept it as fact if we hear it enough.

      I stopped listening in January.

  4. CGardner says:

    Bottom Line: $500 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid over the next ten years, just as baby-boomers are entering Medicare entitlement programs.

    I wouldn’t waste time with Obama’s distractions. The issue is euthanasia.

    • dulcimergrl says:

      This why I can’t for the life of me understand why the AARP is supporting this piece of crap legislation. They bill themselves as support for retired people, but that can’t really be true, can it? Or else they have drunk so much of the liberal kool-aid that it’s just a knee-jerk reaction on their part.

      Of all the horrible things in this horrible bill, this is the part that scares me the most. I’m 55 and diabetic, with a host of other health problems. I’m sure I’ll be one of the first to be denied coverage :-(

    • proreason says:

      “I’m 55 and diabetic”

      you won’t be denied coverage.

      You will be directed into a more appropriate coverage plan for your age, health and political affiliation. Honest government officials will make the decision for you, so you won’t have the endure the stress.

      People like you will be the true patriots of the future.

      Those who survive will honor you for your sacrifice.

    • dulcimergrl says:

      Gee, thanks Pro. That makes me feel SOOOO much better…;-)

    • CGardner says:

      (Sorry Steve, second password reset worked)


      That’s the same question I asked about AARP. Apparently, they traded their support of Obamacare for a “position at the table.” Here’s a recent article to show that their interest in profits for the “insurance arm” overweighs their interest in quality of care for seniors:


      Nice time for the seniors to find this out, don’t you think?

    • catie says:

      My lunatic of a mother in law (really, she is a lunatic-her own children can’t stand her) is in the tank for this loser of a CIC and she’s also a breast cancer survivor. I told her if it comes back, she’ll have to do the patriotic thing and die as will her granddaughter with autism and Down syndrome. I told her that if this comes in, my daughter does not get the care she deserves her death will be on her hands and I will blame her and everyone else who voted for this a$$. She remarked as she has done in the past that she should not have been born to begin with or since she was, she should have just been made comfortable after birth until she died instead of going to MCV for a month. I think about some of our friends who died by accident, or the war and wonder why she was allowed to survive. I know that is a terrible thing to say but I cannot help it.
      AARP has been nothing but a front for the democraptic party for a long time. Years ago my parents joined (when it first came out) and quit shortly thereafter-no discounts were worth that nonsense.
      It is unfortunate that none of the obama’s, biden’s or the mother in law, will have to be on this coverage. Oddly enough a neighbor whose husband works for the government and who voted for this jerk said she hoped they got to keep their insurance. I told her that all those who voted for obama should live with the consequences of their actions, why should they get to keep their great coverage. She didn’t have anything to say.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      Catie, You wouldn’t believe the crap I get when liberals find out I am also a cancer survivor. (I had cancer in my 20s, which is why I was blocked from entering the military for so long and had to go in as someone in his late 30s under an age waiver.)

      Liberals say, “well don’t you think everyone deserves to live just as you did? That’s why you should support universal health care.”

      I try to explain that if I had lived in Canada I probably would have died. I also try to explain that their assumptions are wrong anyway, because if I was jobless I could have gone on Medicaid and gotten the state to help me out with catastrophic care. If I had lived in Canada, in fact, I probably would have been put on a waiting list and the tumor might have metastasized, causing even more damage and possibly death.

      As it turns out, I was living in the United States and had an HMO that misdiagnosed the tumor as a “harmless swelling.” I switched health care plans on January 1, 1998, after a year of struggling with the painful growth. On January 12, 1998, I saw a new doctor, who took a simple blood test and confirmed that afternoon that I had tumor markers 915 times above normal levels. On January 18, I had the tumor removed. It was a lousy hospital, but they got the tumor out and had me under observation. Three months later I had massive abdominal surgery to remove at-risk lymph nodes. I did not have to have chemo or radiation therapy, thank God.

      If I had lived in Canada, there is no way I could have changed plans. I could not have gotten in to see a specialist in 11 days. I would not have gotten the tumor marker test back the same day. I would not have been able to get in for surgery in six days.

      In other words, if I had lived in Canada, my tumor would have metastasized and spread to my lungs and possibly other lymph nodes in my abdomen. I would have had to go through chemo and/or radiation therapy — if I survived. I probably would have been so seriously affected by the downturn in my health, I would not have been able to react to my illness the way I did, as an American — by enrolling in a local graduate program, eventually getting my PhD, becoming a professor, and later, going back and finally serving in the armed forces after proudly conquering cancer. If I were Canadian, the long waiting lists, limited access to doctors, shortage of follow-up care, etc., would have made my conquest over cancer either impossible or much less triumphant. And in Canada, it is not so easy to go back to grad school close to the cancer treatment center where you’re stuck; here in America, there are so many colleges and so many options to continue your schooling late in life.

      When I explain all this to liberals who want universal health care, all they seem to believe is that somehow I got lucky because I am not “poor” and therefore have benefited from a system based on inequality. They don’t understand that I had medical care in 1997 because I had worked hard since my teen years and built up a work history to get a job with health insurance. They don’t understand that I make sacrifices in order to have health, and do my best to take care of myself, but the American system responds to these basic measures of self-reliance by helping you out.

      They just don’t get it.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      BP: I had a similar experience. Doctor originally said it was just some swelling. A few weeks later they ran some tests and it was cancer. Quick surgery, radiation, and I’m alive nine years later. In Canada, I might have waited months or more for tests and/or treatments – allowing it to spread and possibly kill me. We have the world’s best heathcare – and we have to get the government out of the way. Or not in any further.

    • wardmama4 says:

      I agree with your stories of medical and health triumph which are directly due to the health care system in America – why fix what isn’t broken?

      But here is what gets me – you all seemed to be misdiagnosed and had to fight or beat the system to get a diagnosis (which you did) – and my Dr. seems to want to find sickness and disease where there is none. Is that because he is being financed paid by the government and/or is that what is going to become the norm? Attempting to run, control and dose your life, whether there are symptoms or disease or not? If that is where America is headed – that is just one more reason I do not want even more Government care. And it is why I am only down to getting a refill from my Dr, I do not care to hear the drivel of how I’m going to die tomorrow as some number is ‘high’ and I’m not taking the medication – hello, it’s tomorrow and I’m not dead. (and oh by the way, the ‘high’ numbers are going down on their own, thank you very much).

      What a bunch of bs – the point being is that Americans can and do still have the best health care system that is going in the World – why drag it down to the lowest common denominator?

      And yes, the AARP should be a shamed for their participation in this scam as well as the fight against fixing SS during Bush. But I sent them packing when they contacted me when I turned 50 – Dear Mr. Ward – told them that it is sexist and old-fashioned to assume that the oldest member of the household is male and thus they would not ever receive a membership or dime from this household. Petty, yes but non-the-less important to us.

      The AARP, like the (illegal alien supporting) Unions, like the Klownposse in DC are no longer about championing the people they claim to champion, no longer about doing the right thing – it is all about having a ‘seat at the table’ and POWER.

      Damn their lying, turn coat hides.

  5. canary says:

    Small businesses can expect weekly visits from the Obamba’s to collect their money

  6. Semper-Par-FI says:

    Maybe people are just starting to realize that President Obama is the text book definition of a lunatic

  7. Colonel1961 says:

    Quite frankly, what the heck would Obama know about small businesses? Nothing, of course. What a schmuck.

  8. U NO HOO says:

    We joke about the DMV. But all humor has a basis in reality. My wife tried to add her middle initial to her driver license twice, DMV just couldn’t get it done. My wife gave up.

    Medicare is running out of money and we want the government to run more things like S-CHIP, Medicaid, and Medicare. Maybe the filthy wing of Walter Reed is still available for civilians.

    I’m 65 and diabetic and maybe I can fade away gracefully before I get an ulcer over Obama’s crap and tirades.

  9. BillK says:

    I passed this on to a relative who runs a small business.

    That was a few hours ago and he still hasn’t stopped alternately laughing and fuming about the comment.

    Once again He pronounces what will “help” small business without ever having so much as run a lemonade stand as a kid.

    Small business will deal with this the same way they’re going to deal with everything from higher taxes to the higher minimum wage – by shedding employees (the current economy certainly won’t allow them to raise prices.)

    It’s amazing that so many who hate HMOs support the ultimate, Government-run one.

    The way to paint this to everyone you talk to is to simply say, in black-and-white:

    At present, you get care and have to worry about how to pay for it.

    Under Obama’s plan, you won’t get the care, period.

  10. Liberals Demise says:

    Here is my take on Health Care for the “Baby Boomers” ala obama:

    Long lines leading to the Zyclon-B showers!
    (SRO – standing room only)

  11. proreason says:

    This is the classic Hitlerian “Big Lie”. Hitler told us that little lies don’t work because people see through them. But outrageous lies work because people simply can’t believe their leaders can possible be so devious.

    The truth is that Universal Health Scare will be the death knell of small business. The killer provision is that small businesses will have to pay an 8% fine if their employees opt into the “public option”, which they will do overwhelmingly because it will be “free”. Most small businesses will then have the expense of providing private health care, which they will do so in a desperate attempt to forestall bankruptcy, at a cost of around 5% ofrevenue (or more), and then be slapped with another 8% on top of that. Hello bankuptcy.

    Small business, you see, are very difficult for the government to control. They are scurrying around in dozens of different directions looking for economic opportunities. There are just too many of them for the beaurocrats to keep up with. Big-time Facists always prefer Big Business, which are so much easier to bully around and extort wealth from. The protection racket for Big Business only requires a handful of commissars, thus preserving wealth for the lords by reducing the beaurocratic overhead.

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