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I wonder what it feels like to be the most hated man in America? And no, Im not talking about Tiger Woods. In the political world no one is more hated right now than Joe Lieberman.  A decade removed from being his party’s nominee for Vice President of the United States, he is now being viewed as the single opponent preventing the passing of a strong, progressive Health Care Reform Bill.  Although there are several other moderate Democrat senators that have not confirmed they would vote for the current Senate bill, Sen. Lieberman has become an easy target and enemy #1.  Is Joe a vindictive opportunist or a senator sticking with his convictions and constituency?  (more…)

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A recent CNN poll showed that 80% of Americans are concerned that the new Health Care Bill will impact the deficit. So, where do we stand today? The House has a public option, while the Senate Bill doesn’t. We’ve seen the Congress claim that cuts to Medicare and CMS will result in enough savings to support the bill and will be budget neutral. Obama has made strong stances on Illegals coverage, coverage for Abortions, and most importantly in my opinion the impact to our deficit. Do you remember, “I will not sign a bill that adds one penny to the deficit”? How easy we forget, YOU LIE!, sorry I couldn’t help myself. I’d like to provide a perspective on the inner workings of Health Care reimbursement, which similar to other industries, drives the market. (more…)

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In God We Trust

In God We Trust

 As my somewhat less Conservative Brother notes in his recent post (Obama Address to Congress, Part Deux), Obama gave another brilliant speech in Wednesday’s address. He did an amazing job at invoking emotions using anecdotal evidence and heart tugging rhetoric, and I believe this speech will give him at least a temporary boost in public approval.  The question is, will the temporary uplift in sentiment towards a health care overhaul be sustained until Senator Max Baucas presents the new bill in late September?  Baucus has said publicly that he intends to push the bill forward with or without bi-partisan backing.  Think the overhaul sounds inevitable?  Think again.  There has been one common denominator amidst pundits on both sides of the spectrum.  How will we pay for the plan?  And, are Obama’s figures for funding the plan even possible.  Lets take them one by one.

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Its tough to categorically list all the positives and negatives in the Health Care debate to date.  Since now Democratic Senators are even backing off the idea that there is a bill to discuss (see: Senator Claire McCaskill) or being vague and not saying what they truly support (see: President Barack Obama) its tough to pinpoint exactly what will be in the final bill until it makes its way to vote. But here is a progress report to list some pros and cons of the expected bill: (more…)

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