National Energy Tax

Before, moderate rural Democrats in the U.S. House were standing up to Nancy Pelosi in opposition to the “cap and trade” National Energy Tax (H.R. 2454).

They know how harmful this massive tax will be. But now, she’s been able to strong arm a number of them into a deal, and a vote may happen by Friday, June 26th.

This national energy tax would possibly be the largest tax increase in American history, it would cause gas and electricity prices to skyrocket, and add to our already spiraling federal deficit. We simply cannot afford this.

Our representatives must hear from us before Friday, and we must urge them to vote against H.R. 2454.

Your call today could change the game.

You can reach the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121.  Call and ask for your Representative’s office.  Politely but firmly tell their office that you are opposed to this costly government power grab.

If you are looking for what to say, here’s a list of facts about how the energy tax would:

1.    Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $9.6 trillion
2.    Destroy an average of 1-3 million jobs, every year
3.    Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation
4.    Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent
5.    Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent
6.    Raise an average family’s annual energy bill by $1,500 annually
7.    Increase the federal debt by 26 percent, which is $29,150 per person

Source for facts: Heritage Foundation

If you want to help defeat this proposed national energy tax, you can help right now.

1.      Sign the Stop the Energy Tax petition: go here

2.      Call their members of Congress and urge them to vote against the national energy tax (H.R. 2454).

Again you can reach the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121.  Call and ask for your Representative’s office.

“Americans Can’t Afford Free Health Care”

“Americans Can’t Afford Free Health Care”

Americans want all sorts of things they can’t afford

“Ooh, shiny, I want that” isn’t exactly the sort of guiding principle that leads to effective governance.

By Reason Foundation , Free Minds and Free Markets

Read full article here

and more health care related articles at http://www.opposingviews.com

New outline for health care

The proposal backed by Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, requires most individuals to purchase coverage.

The new outline would require higher out of pocket costs for individuals.

It would require all individuals to obtain health insurance and force employers to offer health care to their workers.

The outline did not specify how the government’s costs would be covered, although Baucus favors a tax on certain employer-provided health benefits.

List of possible tax increases to pay for expanded health care.

*raising the Medicare tax.

*slapping a 10-cents-per-can increase on sweetened drinks,

*raising the alcohol tax.

*imposing a new payroll tax on employers equal to 3 percent of their health care expenditures.

*taxing employer-provided health insurance benefits above certain levels.

* Applying a potential 2 percent income tax increase to single taxpayers earning more than $200,000 a year and households earning more than $250,000.

With cuts to Medicare and Medicaid covering the rest of the cost.

Baucus supports a tax on health benefits.

Democrats are eager to exempt union contracts from the proposed tax.

Also under consideration was a value added tax, a sort of national sales tax, of up to 1.5 percent or more.

health care overhaul

Senate Democrats took the first major step toward sweeping overhaul of the nation’s health care system despite uncertainty about its provisions and costs.

The emerging bills envision a new insurance market “exchange” where people could go to shop for insurance coverage, helped by federal subsidies. Individuals will almost certainly be required to obtain coverage.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky,  complained that lawmakers are being pressed to approve the measure without review or knowledge of the costs, just like the stimulus bill.

High costs, uneven healthcare, and the fact that nearly 50 million Americans are uninsured have created the strongest political momentum for remaking the system in decades.

The Senate measure would cost about $1 trillion over 10 years,( $100 billion a year) but leave 37 million people uninsured, according to an analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. ( insuring only 12 million people)

They are going to cut medical costs by cutting medical care.
They plan to:

1. Cut diagnostic imaging tests like MRIs and CAT scans.

2. Reduce the use of antibiotics.

3. Perform fewer Caesarean sections.

4. Cut care for management of chronic back pain.

These decisions will not be medical but an accountant’s opinion of what the new health care system can afford.

Health Care update

Proposed policy changes for health care,
*Reductions in payments to providers.
*Cuts in federal subsides to hospitals.
*Cuts in how much the federal government pays to provide prescription drugs to seniors and others.

Totaling $313 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid to cover the cost of a national health care system.

Health care plan costs are estimates as high as $1.6 trillion, with only about $560 billion paid for.

Leading Democrats were searching for a way to prevent millions of people who currently are insured from taking the federal subsidies and opting out of their employer-provided plan.

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. has signaled he intends to propose a tax on health insurance benefits. Baucus has told reporters he could exempt health benefits included in union contracts from the tax.

“The goal of public option is to keep the health insurance (industry’s) feet to the fire. Make sure they do all the things we tell them to do in the legislation.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke positively of the compromise proposal of cooperatives, which she said could receive seed money from the Treasury but then be free of control.

The EPA

The EPA has submitted a proposal that would find carbon dioxide “endangers the public health and welfare.”
The essential gas that has always been a critical component of the planet’s natural life cycle will now be officially labeled by the U.S. Government as a pollutant.

Congress says they are looking into this Bernard Madoff scandal.
The man who made $50 billion disappear is being
investigated by the people who made $750 billion disappear.

Truck 4 sale

79truck
79′ truck for sell needs brakes, leaks oil gets 10 – 12 mpg. Congress willing to pay $4500.00 will take best offer over.