Archive for March 2010

Suburban garbage lessons for Chicago

More and more suburbs are turning to private haulers to pick up their garbage, the Tribune reports. The private haulers, the towns believe, are more efficient and environmentally friendly. With fewer pick-ups, for example, the town reduces its carbon footprint. Makes sense. But not in Chicago. The city continues to be in the garbage hauling business,... Read more »

20-somethings: Your premiums could rise 17 percent

Oh, I guess they forgot to tell you, ObamaDemCare is going to cost…you. Check this out.  CHICAGO – Under the health care overhaul, young adults who buy their own insurance will carry a heavier burden of the medical costs of older Americans — a shift expected to raise insurance premiums for young people when the... Read more »

ObamaCare too costly: poll

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the health care overhaul signed into law last week costs too much and expands the government’s role in health care too far, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, underscoring an uphill selling job ahead for President Obama and congressional Democrats. As reported by USAToday
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Taking a hatchet to moderate government

Go ahead, attack promoters of moderate government. Paint them as flakes, kooks and goons. Call them unhinged and unglued. Toxic, mean-spirited, shrill and dangerous. Nothing would please us more than your persisting in mislabeling or misunderstanding — the effect is the same — what angers the majority of Americans. Convince yourself that dissenters to your... Read more »

A week after passage, a majority wants to repeal ObamaCare

A new Rasmussen poll found that opposition to ObamaCare is strong, despite White House pronouncements that once passed, Americans would grow to like it. It’s only the first week, but it’s worth keeping track of. Here’s the report: One week after the House of Representatives passed the health care plan proposed by  President Obama and... Read more »

Nullification Now an Issue with Obamacare

At least 13 states are filing lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the federal heath care act, but not Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.  “We are not commencing litigation to challenge federal health care reform,” Madigan’s office responded to my e-mail query. No surprise there. If Madigan joined the others, it would be the first blue... Read more »
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ObamaCare: Bait and Switch

Obama, campaigning at a Wisconsin high school, made extensive promises about his health care plan. Wonder how ObamaDemCare that was actually enacted compares with the campaign promises that Barack Obama made on the campaign trail? Here’s a comparison, made by the Washington Times, and the comparisons aren’t good. His projections are of the costs are... Read more »

Tea bagger profile; maybe not what you think

Many had not be active politically; few had been very involved. Most were not “rabble rousers” but ordinary citizens who had reached a “breaking point” and believed it was time to get involved. There is other information that you might find interesting and informative. The analysis was done by the Chicago-based Sam Adams Alliance, a Chicago-based... Read more »

Why health care is so expensive I

A new study finds that 20-somethings, the people most likely to be without health insurance, are more likely responsible for hospital emergency room abuse.   The study by the University of Rochester Medical Center concluded that young adults use the emergency room nearly twice as often as children and adolescents and nearly three times as much as... Read more »
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The cost of Stupak's, Costello's and 9 other's votes for health care: $4.7 billion in earmarks

As soon as Rep. Bart Supak (D-Mich), Jerry Costello (D-Ill) and the others decided that DemCare was in the public interest, lots of people started asking: What did it to sell out their pro-life consciences to buy their votes?  Here’s a possible answer from the the Sunlight Foundation.  The day after the vote, the 11 put... Read more »
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