Posts Tagged ‘Obamacare’

Sound familiar? Wisconsin might give more money back to feds

January 10, 2012

Similar to the GOP’s denial of funds to Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings, Walker seems to be putting federal money in jeopardy as a way to display contempt for White House policy.

Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to stop work on Wisconsin’s insurance exchanges, which are mandated by health care reform, is shortsighted and could give the federal government more influence over the state’s insurance market than it should have. Walker and state officials should reconsider their decision.

Walker said in December that the state would halt work on the online exchanges until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of the health care law. The high court is considering a collection of lawsuits challenging the law; a decision is expected this summer.

 Interestingly, the health care exchanges are one of the least ideologically controversial aspects of Obama’s health reform law. Like much of “Obamacare,” the exchanges were originally thought up by conservatives. It’s entirely in line with Walker’s philosophy of using government to direct business to corporations. However, since Obama’s name is attached to the policy, the exchanges, like high-speed rail, will likely either die or be horribly mangled.

Paul Ryan leads bumbling critique of Obamacare

June 24, 2009

Every time you hear Paul Ryan speak you’re reminded that there is a very slim chance that the man is genuinely interested in pursuing whatever goal he is discussing, and that there’s a very good chance that he’s  interested pursuing higher office. The most clear symptom would be his tendency to make contradictory statements, which is practically required of any American politician who gets beyond regional success.

Here is Ryan back in May on Obama’s health care plan:

“The way I see it it’s kind of like my daughter’s lemonade stand competing against McDonald’s. It’s having the referee, the government, also be a player in the same game, and actuarially speaking, it’s almost impossible to make that a fair game.”

Silly president, trying to compete with private insurers, what a waste of time and money! Now here’s Ryan’s most recent statement on his website:

“With the public plan, it is literally impossible for the private sector to fairly compete against it. The private sector has to pay taxes. The private sector has to account for its employees and benefits. The private sector pays whatever rates it negotiates with providers. The public plan dictates payments lower than what the private sector can get, doesn’t pay taxes, and literally doesn’t have to account for its payroll and benefit costs. It is a stacked deck.”

Poor insurance companies, the government’s playing on steroids!