Morning Briefing for August 24, 2009

FOR AUGUST 24, 2009

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1. A False Choice

LIberals keep saying that insurance companies need competition. 3% profit margins — and yes, that is the profit margin for health insurance companies in America — are too much for the left.

Competition, we all agree, will reduce prices, improve innovation, and give people more flexibility and choices.

So what do liberals want to do to foster competition? A “public option.”

A public option would be a government run healthcare plan.

Here is what liberals willfully ignore in their sales pitch and what we must point out over and over and over — there is no competition when the government is involved. Why? Because of two reasons:

  1. The government operates on tax dollars.
  2. The government writes the rules.

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2. Killing Grandma: How Sarah Palin Won the Healthcare Debate

The Democrats in their own words — no hints of death panels here.

Ezekiel Emanuel, Rahm Emanuel’s brother and one of Obama’s health-care advisors, wrote in a January 2009 white paper that health care should be rationed in a way that “promot[es] and reward[s] social usefulness.” He said age could play a factor in determining who can and cannot access health-care resources.

Emanuel also wrote, “[S]ervices provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens [in the body politic] are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.”

Obama addressed this too, saying, “Whether, sort of in the aggregate, society making those decisions to give my grandmother, or everybody else’s aging grandparents or parents, a hip replacement when they’re terminally ill is a sustainable model, is a very difficult question. … And that’s part of why you have to have some independent group that can give you guidance.”

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We will spend money we don’t have to pay for health care, or we will prioritize who gets treatment. It is an inevitable fact of life that the more the government outlays to keep you alive, the more your life becomes subject to a cost/benefit analysis.

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3. Half of the country wants out of Social Security.

49% want the chance to opt out, 37% don’t. This was the sentence that jumped out at me:

“A majority of voters under 50 say workers should be allowed to opt out. A plurality of those over 50 disagree.”

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4. The NRCC Is Cooking With Gas

Charlie Cook seems to have decided to trust his gut more than his models, and says a loss of more than 20 seats is not at all unlikely.

This is as good an opportunity as any to point out that the NRCC is continuing to line up strong candidates against all sorts of Democrats – even entrenched veterans and Democrat leaders. In many cases, the NRCC is finding credible candidates for swing districts where the incumbent hasn’t been challenged in years.

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5. Conflicting Statements on Subsidized Abortion Haunt Health Care Reform

On a conference call with progressive religious leaders late Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama aggressively challenged his Republican critics’ “misinformation” blitz, arguing the claim by many social conservative groups that his health care proposal would subsidize and mandate reproductive care is a blatant fabrication, and insisted they were “bearing false witness.”

“You’ve heard this is all going to mean government funding of abortion,” the President said. “Not true.”

But as with many of Obama’s statements regarding his health care proposal, his seemingly forthright claim is simply ‘not true.’ Before a crowd of Planned Parenthood executives and contributors in 2007, then-Senator Obama explicitly pledged to not yield on “the fundamental issue” of abortion, adding that “reproductive care is basic care, it is essential care.”

The right to an abortion, Obama said, “is at the center and at the heart of the plan that I proposed.”

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6. Steele to Democrats: You have the votes, and you won, remember?

So stop wasting everybody’s time with pretending that you want Republicans for anything but cover and pass your cursed health care rationing bill.

Actually, that’s pretty much what he said.

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7. Barack Obama’s Administration Kills a Military Fly Over

For 42 years, the God and Country Rally in Idaho has started its rally with a military fly over.

The God and Country Rally is a non-denominational rally that supports American soldiers.

For 42 years the Pentagon has carried out the military fly over.

Not any more.

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8. Lieberman looking for baby steps on health care.

“I’m afraid we’ve got to think about putting a lot of that off until the economy’s out of recession,” said Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. “There’s no reason we have to do it all now, but we do have to get started. And I think the place to start is cost health delivery reform and insurance market reforms.”

except to note three things . . .

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