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Morning Briefing for August 14, 2009

REDSTATE MORNING BRIEFING
FOR AUGUST 14, 2009

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HEALTH CARE BILL FACT OF THE DAY

Creating Another Federal ‘Czar’

The “Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009,” the House health overhaul bill, creates the position of Health Choices Commissioner, or “Insurance Czar.”

The Insurance Czar would be appointed by the President to oversee the Health Choices Administration. This would be the 33rd federal ‘czar’ appointed by President Obama since his January 20, 2009 inauguration.

The appointee would be responsible for establishing and regulating geographically-based Health Insurance Exchanges, determining what benefits and coverages must be included in health insurance plans each year, and assessing fines on employers and individuals who do not provide or acquire health insurance.

The Insurance Czar would also be responsible for regulating private insurers’ marketing activities and use of funds, and for “promoting accountability” of insurance providers both within and outside of the Exchanges in “meeting Federal health insurance requirements.”

Additionally , the Insurance Czar would be privy to individuals’ tax return information, which he or she would use to determine who qualifies for federal subsidies to purchase insurance.

Source: HR 3200 §141-2

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1. Obama Brownshirts Try to Silence Glenn Beck

2. Voters Schedule Town Hall in Colorado Representative’s Absence

3. CBO Tells Congress That Should Obamacare “Work”, It’ll Drive Up Costs

4. 5 Liberal Myths About Health Care ‘Reform’

5. “Opportunity in Crisis” is Failing

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HEALTH CARE BILL FACT OF THE DAY

Creating Another Federal ‘Czar’

The “Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009,” the House health overhaul bill, creates the position of Health Choices Commissioner, or “Insurance Czar.”

The Insurance Czar would be appointed by the President to oversee the Health Choices Administration. This would be the 33rd federal ‘czar’ appointed by President Obama since his January 20, 2009 inauguration.

The appointee would be responsible for establishing and regulating geographically-based Health Insurance Exchanges, determining what benefits and coverages must be included in health insurance plans each year, and assessing fines on employers and individuals who do not provide or acquire health insurance.

The Insurance Czar would also be responsible for regulating private insurers’ marketing activities and use of funds, and for “promoting accountability” of insurance providers both within and outside of the Exchanges in “meeting Federal health insurance requirements.”

Additionally , the Insurance Czar would be privy to individuals’ tax return information, which he or she would use to determine who qualifies for federal subsidies to purchase insurance.

Source: HR 3200 §141-2

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1. Obama Brownshirts Try to Silence Glenn Beck

Barack Obama’s brownshirts are after Glenn Beck.

We can’t let them win. If they win with Beck, they’ll be emboldened to go after even more people.

A while back, Glenn Beck called Barack Obama a “racist.” Given all the terrorists, thugs, and racists Barack Obama has chosen as close personal friends (see e.g. Rev. Wright), it’s not a stretch to say it.

In fact, Obama’s Green Jobs Czar, the self-declared communist Van Jones, has direct ties to the organization that’s trying to shut down Glenn Beck. Jones’s group has hired a big Hollywood PR firm and they are pressuring Glenn’s advertisers to stop advertising. If not, they’ll lead a boycott.

We need to strike back and boycott these groups for ditching Beck. If they are going to fold so easily in the face of Obama brownshirts, we must push back. If not, who’ll be next?

Here’s the list of the groups that have boycotted Glenn Beck. Let them know you disagree. Let them know you will boycott them for kowtowing to Barack Obama’s worshippers, brownshirts, goons, and thugs.

SC Johnson:
Fisk Johnson Chairman & CEO
Phone: (262)260-2000

Petrell Ozbay
Senior Global Public Affairs Manager
Phone: (262) 260-2114

Progressive Insurance:
Glenn Renwick, President & CEO
(440)461-5000

Linda Harris, Advertising & Sponsorships
[email protected]

Geico:
Tony Nicely
Chairman, President & CEO, Insurance Operations
E-mail: [email protected]
(301) 986-2462

Chris Tasher, GEICO Media Relations
301-986-3271
[email protected]

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2. Voters Schedule Town Hall in Colorado Representative’s Absence

After a series of unsuccessful requests to arrange a town hall over the August recess with Democratic Congresswoman Betsy Markey (CO-4), grassroots organizers opted instead to host their own health care town hall in the congresswoman’s absence – complete with an empty chair and placard for the reticent Markey.

The Northern Colorado Townhall Committee, who say their objective is to “provide a forum” for the voters of Northern Colorado, announced today they would hold a health care town hall on August 25th, and extended an open invitation to Representative Markey to moderate the event.

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3. CBO Tells Congress That Should Obamacare “Work”, It’ll Drive Up Costs

There is a new pro-Obamacare ad out by a group called “Americans for Stable Quality Care.” You can see the ad here.

The ad asks “what does health insurance reform mean for you?” One of the points is “a focus on preventing illness before it strikes.”

There’s a problem with that.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, preventative care will drive up the costs of Obamacare.

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4. 5 Liberal Myths About Health Care ‘Reform’

The debate over health care reform — what constitutes it and what public opinion of such reform really is — has become more polarizing as the summer has gone on. Below are five key liberal talking points about health care “reform” and an accompanying dose of truth their peddlers so desperately need to hear.

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5. “Opportunity in Crisis” is Failing

If you remember, Rahm Emanuel noted after the 2008 election that the Obama administration should not fail to seize crises as opportunities. The administration did it with the stimulus, they’ve tried with cap and trade, and now they are trying with healthcare.

My friend Greg Mueller suggests the strategy is failing.

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