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FactCheck on the GOP and Democrats hype on the Healthcare Law….

Both sides are turning things against each other….

If you are interested…..

You might want to take the time to read thru this linked piece which tries to answer the major statements by the politician’s for and against the

the Healthcare Law which is now in effect……

A lot of the numbers thrown around aren’t correct…

Not even close….

Quite a few of the numbers no-one will be able to figure out until the future….

And  quite a lot bullshit is going on……

From both sides….

Summary

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office states that repealing the health care law would worsen the federal deficit over the next 10 years — by $230 billion.

So how does the House Republican Leadership support its claim that the law itself is “budget-busting” and would add $701 billion to the deficit? And how does Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi justify claiming it will “save taxpayers $1.3 trillion”? Both sides are spinning shamelessly.

We judge that CBO’s projection, which is both official and nonpartisan, is the best available. But even that estimate is uncertain, as the agency itself concedes. For one thing, there is doubt about whether all of the Medicare savings in the law will actually materialize. Those reductions are supposed to offset part of the law’s new spending, but they could put too great a burden on hospitals.

Pelosi’s $1.3 trillion claim is deceptive. She’s projecting CBO’s estimate 20 years into the future, something the agency says is an imprecise and uncertain calculation. Furthermore the law raises taxes to pay for much of its new spending, so saying it “saves taxpayers” anything is misleading. Her figure is actually a reduction in the projected federal deficit.

As for the GOP’s claim that “the bill would add over $700 billion in red ink over the next decade,” we judge it to be mostly bogus.

  • It rests largely on a claim that hundreds of billions of dollars in projected Medicare savings are being “double-counted.” But CBO is simply not doing that.
  • The GOP’s $700 billion figure also includes more than $200 billion for a permanent “doctor fix” to prevent a cut in Medicare payments to doctors. But that is not even a part of the new law, and many Republicans endorse the “doctor fix” anyway.
  • The GOP claims the law will cost $115 billion to administer, but that isn’t true. CBO actually puts those costs at roughly $10 billion to $20 billion over the next 10 years….

More…From FactCheck……

 

This from Politicaldog101….

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February 21, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

The War Funding Bill passes the Senate…..Feingold loses on Afghan Deadline……

The Bill passes….

The Senate goes home…

Feingold strikes out on trying to get a firm date for a US Troop …..Afghan withdrawal…..

The Senate approved a $58.8 billion wartime spending bill Thursday night even as House Democrats ordered still more cuts from their jobs and economic relief package in a desperate triage operation to save core provisions before Memorial Day.

President Barack Obama is promised broad discretion — and funding — to pursue his expanded military commitments to Afghanistan and its neighbor Pakistan under the war appropriations, approved 67-28. But as many as 26 Republican senators—more than half the party’s conference—opposed the measure, reflecting deficit concerns. And the path ahead will get rockier given the fallout in the House from the fight over jobs and domestic spending.

The latest round of cuts would eliminate $31 billion to pay for health-related benefits for the unemployed and federal aid to cash-strapped states to maintain Medicaid services. A third $21.9 billion Medicare provision, protecting physicians from deep cuts in their reimbursements over the next 19 months, will be made subject to a separate up-or-down vote.

Left intact is $56.9 billion in tax-cut extensions and revenue offsets that pays for itself — as well as new infrastructure investments and summer jobs programs. This minimizes the deficit impact to about $40 billion in emergency funding to cover jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed through Nov. 30.

“I feel comfortable that we will have something that will reach our goals,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi in anticipation of floor votes Friday before the House recesses for the holiday. But with senators already heading out the door, there’s no longer any real chance of enactment this week. And even when the Senate returns June 7, the whole effort will have lost the momentum Democrats once hoped to harness this week.

“We’re going to do our best but it’s just going to take time,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D—Mont.) told POLITICO.

The Feingold story…..

Just two Democrats, Sens. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Ron Wyden of Oregon, opposed the wartime appropriations, and a Feingold amendment, requiring Obama to spell out more fully his long-term expectations for a U.S. troop withdrawal, was earlier defeated 80-18.

House Democrats are expected to impose more conditions on Afghan and Pakistani aid when they deal with the same bill next month. But in light of the jobs debate now, the bigger issue may be how much domestic spending will be added in the process.

“Its chaos,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey, who abruptly postponed his own markup of the war bill, scheduled for Thursday evening. The Wisconsin Democrat denied he was buying time to better judge the fallout from the jobs fight. But Obey is already proposing to add about $30 billion in domestic spending on top of the Senate totals and could become a target for governors seeking lost Medicaid funds.

More……..

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

Here we go again!…The GOP wants to rewrite the Wall Street Regulations Bill…..

De Ja’ Vu…..

The Healthcare Bill dance all over….

Didn’t we just do this?

I suppose that’s how the system works…..

We can look forward to hand-wring, name calling, side deals for certain state, presidential calls and peep talks, Wall Street bashing and media hype…..plus a big dose of watering down the language…..

In the end there will be rules…..

Which the Wall Street people will figure out how to get around in ten minutes and make even MORE money…..

All 41 Senate Republicans have signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) urging him to reopen bipartisan negotiations on a Wall Street reform bill.

The unified Republican front puts pressure on Democratic leaders to make revisions to legislation drafted by Senate Banking Committee Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) with substantial input from the White House.

“We are united in our opposition to the partisan legislation reported by the Senate Banking Committee,” Republicans wrote in the letter. “As currently constructed, this bill allows for endless taxpayer bailouts of Wall Street and establishes new and unlimited regulatory powers that will stifle small businesses and community banks.”

The letter is significant because it presents a unified front and shows Reid that he cannot pass financial regulatory reform without making some changes. Democrats need at least one Republican vote to muster the 60 needed to overcome various procedural objections.

The letter, however, is not as strong as some GOP lawmakers described earlier in the week.

More……..

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Daniel….Hawaii Special Election: Republican Charles Djou (R-HI) leads Hanabusa by 4 and Case by 5 Points……

Morning Dog Folks!

We’ve a POLLING STUNNER this morning.

Honululu City Councilman Charles Djou (R-HI) has TAKEN OVER the lead for the Hawaii Special Election to serve out the partial Term of former U. S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) , who resigned February 28th to run full time for Governor of Hawaii , a new Survey finds.
Djou leads State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) 4 Points and former U. S. Rep. Ed Case (D-HI) by 5 Points.

Research 2000 / Daily Kos Survey

Hawaii 1st Congressional District Special Election

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[ Case, Hanabusa and Dijou ]
Honululu City Councilman Charles Djou (R)  32 %
Former U. S. Rep. Ed Case (D)  29 %
State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa (D)  28 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  7 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.djou.com/
http://www.hanabusa2010.com/
http://www.edcase.com/

Full Poll Results here:

http://www.dailykos.com/statepoll/2010/4/14/HI/479

Analysis:

This is SHOCKING. Heck, we might even have a chance winning in Hawaii.

Daniel G.

Listen…..sooner or later someone is going to persuade one of the democrats running to drop out…..

even if Obama himself has to make the call……THEN we’ll see how the November vote polling really is…..enjoy it while it last’s Daniel…..

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , | 11 Comments

CD…Texas Political Convention Dates……..

Guys, don’t forget to post this:

Texas Democrats are holding their convention in Corpus Christi from June 24-26th.
http://www.txdemocrats.org/

Texas Republicans will hold their convention at the Dallas Convention Center from June 11-12th.
http://www.txgop.org/

Done!

March 29, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Obama and Pelosi get a bounce in the polls….Boehner does not…….

From PolitcalWire…..

Obama Gets Small Health Care Bounce

The latest DailyKos/Research 2000 weekly tracking poll shows President Obama receiving a slight bounce in his favorability rating — up five points — since signing a health care reform bill earlier this week.

For comparison, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is up three points while House Minority Leader John Boehner is down five points. Congressional Democrats are up three points while Congressional Republicans are down seven points.

Read more: http://politicalwire.com/archives/2010/03/26/obama_gets_small_health_care_bounce.html#ixzz0jIbanB24

I have no comment…..He, he, he…

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Steve Levy's switch in parties does not effect Andrew Cuomo's ratings…….

The first poll out after Levy moves over to the GOP to run for New York State Governor still finds Andrew Cuomo miles….and miles ahead of all comers….

This from PolitcalWire….

Cuomo Continues to Dominate

A new Siena Poll in New York finds Andrew Cuomo (D) maintains a nearly 40-point lead over Rick Lazio (R), 59% to 21%, and an even larger lead over Steve Levy (R), 63% to 16%.

Said pollster Steven Greenberg: “New York politics changes faster than the weather in Albany in March. Just two months ago, it looked like the Democrats were headed to a potentially divisive primary and that Republicans were rallying around presumptive nominee Lazio. Today it looks like Democrats are planning a coronation at their convention.”

I’m sure Daniel will have more on this…..

Update….Lazio also leads Levy with Republicans….hum?

March 22, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 8 Comments

Steve Levy’s switch in parties does not effect Andrew Cuomo’s ratings…….

The first poll out after Levy moves over to the GOP to run for New York State Governor still finds Andrew Cuomo miles….and miles ahead of all comers….

This from PolitcalWire….

Cuomo Continues to Dominate

A new Siena Poll in New York finds Andrew Cuomo (D) maintains a nearly 40-point lead over Rick Lazio (R), 59% to 21%, and an even larger lead over Steve Levy (R), 63% to 16%.

Said pollster Steven Greenberg: “New York politics changes faster than the weather in Albany in March. Just two months ago, it looked like the Democrats were headed to a potentially divisive primary and that Republicans were rallying around presumptive nominee Lazio. Today it looks like Democrats are planning a coronation at their convention.”

I’m sure Daniel will have more on this…..

Update….Lazio also leads Levy with Republicans….hum?

March 22, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 8 Comments

From SE……Charlie Crist to Ditch the GOP?

From The Sun-Sentinel Weblog:

Two highly placed and independent sources, speaking strictly on background, tell me that Gov. Charlie Crist is preparing to leave the Republican Party and run as an independent in the race for the U.S. Senate.

With Crist trailing Marco Rubio by 18 points in the latest polls, the Crist campaign has been in panic mode, launching attack after attack on the conservative Rubio.

Yesterday, the attacks reached a crescendo with the Crist campaign, and/or his disgraced Republican Party of Florida thug bootlickers, leaking Rubio’s credit card expenses from his time as speaker of the Florida House.

According to published reports, the former RPOF chair, the bovine bully-boy buffoon Jim Greer, spent more in a month than Rubio did in his entire two years as state House speaker. If all the Crist campaign has on Rubio is $53.49 at Winn-Dixie in Miami for “food” and a couple of plane tickets for his wife, then it’s game, set and match, as far as the Republican primary for Senate is concerned.

From what’s been made public, Rubio’s credit card expenses make him the most frugal of the Republican leaders with RPOF credit cards.

The attacks are not having the desired effect on the conservative Republican base because Crist, and the people who enable and support him, have lost all credibility with the majority of activists and Republican primary voters throughout the state.

If he does, he will split the Liberal vote in the race with Meek and cause Rubio to win.

Your thoughts.

SE -779

February 26, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Updates | , , | 2 Comments