Obama Democrats VS Tea Party Republicans: A Fake Fight Over Fake Health Care Reform

which stakeholders?by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

There are real fights and there are fake fights, engineered to distract attention away from the real deal. The shouting match between Obama's Dems and the Tea party Repubs is one of those fake fights. The health care legislation passed by the Obama Democrats is incomparably worse than anything they could have passed right after the presidential election, and significantly worse than anything Democrats could have passed at midyear 2009. The president and his minions have delayed as long as possible to guarantee the worst, not the best bill for patients, and the best deal possible for Big Insurance, Big Pharma and Big Medicine.



Obama Democrats VS Tea Party Republicans: A Fake Fight Over Fake Health Care Reform

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The fifteen month running battle between Obama Democrats and tea party Republicans was never much more real than televised professional wrestling. Like the opposing wrestlers, both sides work for the same bosses, for Big Pharma, Big Insurance, and the biggest medical providers. The real health care fight waged by the Obama administration has not been against Republicans, who never had the votes to stop, let alone dictate or pass anything.

The administration's effort all along has been to pass the worst bill possible, with the greatest amounts of corporate welfare and loopholes, and the fewest protections for patients, while silencing, neutering and coercing the voices of most Democrats, who have favored some form of single payer, or Medicare For All from the beginning.

The Fake Reform

On the whole, the Obama health care legislation is just plain bad. It's fake reform. Most of the people getting medical coverage for the first time under its provisions will get through an expansion of Medicaid. The Medicaid expansion and inclusion of children in their parents' policies till the age of 24 are perhaps the only unambiguously positive aspects of the bill, and both these could have been passed through the House and Senate at any time since the end of 2006.

Supposedly, insurers can't refuse to insure anybody, or jack prices on the basis of pre-existing conditions, and can't revoke policies when people get sick enough to actually use them. But so many loopholes and end runs have been written into the legislation that these and other widely ballyhooed provisions to safeguard the interests of patients are in fact meaningless. The ban on pre-existing conditions for example is negated by allowing insurers to offer “wellness” discounts. The older, the fatter, the less physically fit and the already sick need not apply for these discounts, and the fit will lose them when they gain a few pounds.

Insurance policies will continue to cherry pick their customers in the marketing, and like the credit card industry, insurers will now be able to evade already weak state regulators by selling policies across state lines. This will undoubtedly lead to concentrations of insurance companies in the least regulated states, and a race to the bottom. Health coverage that many working Americans now get will be steeply taxed, and to evade this tax employers will simply offer policies worth less, provoking yet another downward stampede.

Big pharmaceutical companies are assured exclusive rights for even longer periods than before to new classes of drugs, and insurance companies are prohibited from paying for the re-importation of drugs originally manufactured here from Canada, or combining to negotiate drug prices downward.

The ban on selling low-cost health insurance to the nation's twelve or fifteen million undocumented means the border will now extend to every doctor's office and emergency room in the land. And insurance policies offered through “the exchange” are prohibited from covering abortions or a list of reproductive health services.

Private insurance companies will use their all-too-real death panels to continue to decide which procedures they will cover, and which ones they won't, and how much they will pay for them. Health insurance premiums will be capped at just under ten percent of a family's income, but this will not include already high co-payments, or deductibles. In Massachusetts, where a version of the president's plan has been law since 2006, sick people are forgoing treatment because they cannot afford the high co-payments and deductibles, and the flood of bankruptcies from unpayable medical bills is continuing.

The legislation is not a step toward single payer, as it removes none of the legal obstacles facing states which choose that path on their own. It's almost a good thing that most of the bill's provisions don't take effect till 2014.

And of course the too big to fail private health insurers get a stream of compulsory customers, some of them paid for in part with government money.

The Fake Fight

The legislation just passed is a million miles away from anything Democrats campaigned on in the 2006-2008 run for the White House, and incomparably worse than anything House Democrats would have passed in the first months of the Obama administration. The 2007-2008 class of House Democrats included 99 co-sponsors of HR 676, the Single Payer Medicare For All. All but one or two of these were sworn in for the current Congress.

What happened? Persistent and single-minded interventions of the White House and its minions in the Senate and House Democratic leadership have relentlessly censored and excluded single payer viewpoints from the public conversation and pushed the actual legislation further and further in the directions the insurance companies, the drug companies, and the biggest medical providers desired.

The White House met continuously in early 2009 with representatives of pharmaceutical companies, and insisted that their super-profits be protected. A former VP of WellPoint, one of the nation's top insurers was allowed to write large portions of the Senate version of the Obama bill. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid handed the writing of its legislation over to a committee of senators who had more money from private insurers and Big Pharma than any of their fellows, and which gave its Republican members veto power over its final product.

To cover their own impotence, Democrats who had once supported single payer became outspoken advocates of a phantom policy called “the public option,” which polled well because it sounded something like universal health care or single payer, but never in fact existed. The president definitively stomped on their fake public option back in September 2009, when he said his version of it would only apply to fiver percent of the market at most, and was not essential to his proposal anyhow. House leaders balked a little, and corralled their members behind whatever the president wanted, and whatever the pea party fanatics declared they didn't want.

A much better health care bill could have been passed at mid-year 2009, and a less good, but still somewhat better one was possible at year's end. But the Obama administration was convinced that still more could be given to Big Insurance and Big Pharma, and so delayed the bill into 2010. Even as late as December a majority of Democratic senators were willing to pay lip service to the public option. For the Obama administration, that meant it was still too soon to pass its version of heath care.

The Real Fight

The margin and distribution of votes last weekend reveals White House effort to blame Republican obstruction and Democratic progressives for the delay in passing health care to have been utter scams. Not one Republican voted for the bill, and no Republican votes were ever needed. While the White House allowed 26 of 58 Democratic Blue Dogs to vote against the bill, including Art Davis of Alabama and John Marshall and John Barrow of Georgia, it applied incredible pressure against Dennis Kucinch and other advocates of single payer to line up behind the pro-corporate, anti health care bill. They, and the movement for real universal health care, for single payer, were the White House's real foes.

It's Not Over. For the next several years 18 or 20 thousand people will sicken and die each year who don't have to, thanks now to Barack Obama and his hand picked Democratic leaders in the House and Senate. The most awful failures of this legislation will not be obvious for several years, as most of it does not even take effect till 2014. More than six hundred thousand bankruptcies truggered by unpayable medical expenses will continue to happen yearly at least till then, with their numbers not greatly reduced on the other side.

The Single Payer Movement, among whose leading organizations are the National Nurses Union, HealthCare NOW, and Physicians For a National Health Care Plan are preparing for a long struggle. Not this year or the next, but in a decade or less, many predict, single payer will be enacted. California has passed single payer three times now, but has never had a governor with the guts to sign it. Pennsylvania and a few other states are thought to be close to passing single payer on their own. That's how it happened in Canada. One province did it, everybody saw how it worked, and it became national policy.

In health care, as in war and peace, as in the environment and education, as in the rights of women and immigrants, the First Black President's historic role is clear. His job is to smile and speechify and neutralize the left on every front, while taking the country further to the right than his white Republican predecessor would ever have been able.

Bruce A. Dixon is managing editor at Black Agenda Report, and based in Atlanta. He can be reached at bruce.dixon(at)blackagendareport.com



  check out pages 1018-1020

check out pages 1018-1020 on this "reform" bill.  research IMAC or IMAB. obama is a fascist. 

President RahmObama & the CIA

I am not sure that Obama is doing anything but taking orders and willing so I may add to fill his BIG EGO from Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod and the rest of the criminals in the White House including Larry Summers, Timothy Geithner, Ben Bernake--a criminal rehire, Robert Gates---of Iran-Contra Fame--and in Obama's camp.
It is too bad that nobody has done any investigative reporting into the CIA ties Obama has had over the years and that his mother Ann Dunham worked for CIA front groups in Indonesia and it was in his youth that Obama met Timothy Geithner. Geithner's father and Obama's mother, Ann Dunham have ties going way back.
Obama did things like community organizing as "cover" and I am surprised nobody has really figured this out yet.
Obama is a good listener and obeys what Rahm Emanuel--the shadow president tells him to do. It was not Pelosi or her "magic" and so-called "skills" which got this bill passed but the commands and demands of Emanuel to do so even if it meant threats and blackmail and making every last representative--including the useless Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus and the Pro-Choice Caucus go back on everything they believe......I hope people have the money to pay for this awful bill as Obama keeps sending more and more jobs out of the United States.

A Glossary for Understanding Obamaspeak

1.  Entitlements:  Money not spent on subsidizing the military-industrial complex, the banking and financial sector, insurance companies, or the pharmaceutical industry.
2.  Educational Reform:  Replacing neighborhood public schools with private charter schools.
3.  Health Reform:  Obliging all U.S. citizens to buy insurance policies from parasitic HMOs that profit by denying them medical care.
4.  Foreign Policy:  Making the world safe for imperial plunder.


Today, DemocracyNow had a good segment on charter schools in Chicago, maybe two segments: two guests, then added another.  Needs more time, but better than last one.  Relates what happened in Chicago under Duncan, to national scope, well.

 DN segment with Pauline

 DN segment with Pauline Lipman and G2 was excellent.  Kenneth Saltman, who has been a guest on Talkback, and I believe on DN as well, writes about Renaissance 2010 and the destruction  of public schools in Capitalizing On Disaster--Taking and Breaking Public Schools:
What is central to dominant and leading reform is how business and the political Right are capitalizing on disaster.  That is, they are capitalizing on the longstanding failure to invest in public schools and public housing, and they are making investment opportunities from the disastrous conditions they have participated in producing.
On health care, Doug Henwood had on an excellent guest--Steffie Woolhandler from Physicians for A National Health Program. Worth checking out the archives.
A personal note:  you and I share a pen pal--Shariff.
All the best.

A Glossary for Understanding Obamaspeak

1.  Entitlements:  Money not spent on subsidizing the military-industrial complex, the banking and financial sector, insurance companies, or the pharmaceutical industry.
2.  Educational Reform:  Replacing neighborhood public schools with private charter schools.
3.  Health Reform:  Obliging all U.S. citizens to buy insurance policies from parasitic HMOs that profit by denying them medical care.
4.  Foreign Policy:  Making the world safe for imperial plunder.

Fake fight? Look again

As a Tea Party Patriot, I can assure you that we really are fighting Obamacare and Socialism.  We'd love to have more minority participation re-establishing the only form of government that has ever given them a fair break but our commitment won't suffer if you decide to stay home and watch TV.
Socialism, the government form I see advocated here, has been responsible for millions upon millions of deaths the world over.  Look at the old Soviet Union under Stalin when farmers were surronded and starved in the late 20's.  Look at China today.  Information that's not friendly to the Chinese government is stopped.  In North Korea, you can be imprisoned and tortured for sitting on a newspaper with a picture of Kim Jong Il on it.  Also, in North Korea, 3 generations of an offender's family can be punished because insurrection is seen as a familial disorder.
In the USA, people are free to win and free to lose.  In socialist countries, an arbitrary average is drawn.  Those below it are brought up and those above are brought down...unless you're a member of the ruling party.  You see, even in socialism, there will be those who profit from others.  I hope you will reconsider your envy and see it for the destructive force it is.


Do you even understand what is socialism? To call Obama a socialist is akin to calling Fidel Castro a capitalist.  What is so socialist about Obama policies? He bails out finance capital (Wall street bailout) so these bloodsuckers do not die.  His healthcare reform arranges that the insurance companies end up being the winners.  He expands wars so the capitalist profit machine can keep expropriating resources from weaker nations.  It is so convenient for dimwits to fault socialism for the world's woes when all the world wars that have been fought happened under the global domination of capitalism. Mr. Tea Party, Barack Obama is no different from the ideas the Tea Party touts.  None of you Tea-Partiers ever question why the United States spends more than half of its budget on the military and wars.  You are more deluded by Obama's racial makeup than the fact that the same forces who put up George Bush, whom you Tea Partiers never denounced, are the same forces behind Barack Obama.  If your brains had not been soaked and washed, you would keenly set out to discover why the elites who have brought this country to such lows attempt to scare you with the evil 'socialism'.  With the mess we find ourselves currently, we could really use socialism.  Barack Obama is an agent of Finance Capital. It was a socialist -- Vladimir Lenin -- who wrote extensively about how finance capital was an essential part of capitalist exploitation (Imperialism, The Highest Stage of Capitalism -- III. Finance Capital and The Financial Oligarchy. Again, Barack Obama is an agent of Finance Capital. Most of his advisors are wall street insiders.
You Tea Partiers have been blinded by Obama's race in much the same as my black brothers and sisters.  Interestingly, Obama has serious class interests that exclude both of us.  The republicans are using you and your Tea Party as table cloth the same Obama is using blacks.  When the dinner is over, the cloth will be removed and thrown in the waste basket as an undesirable.

TX:Go read. My only comment to you, ever, is this one.

Read this commentary that you are posting a comment about.
Albert Einstein has an article on www.monthlyreview.org (from their archives) on why socialism is good.  You have to get beyond "talking points" to have a discussion that is informed.  Maybe you just like getting people angry, but mostly you get ignored.  Finis.

The devil is in the details...

National Socialism is dangerous in any form. It robs from the so called rich - the upper-middle class who for the most part worked hard to save wealth - and redistributed to the poor through wasteful government bureaucracy.  The "Tea Party" was initially a honest grass roots effort before it was infiltrated and co-opted by mainstream Republicans. Do the chonology!!! Look at the timeline of events in the Tea party movement. Look at it before Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck got invovled. Otherwise, one is just parroting the MSM. The fake fight between the Dems and the Partiers is noting more than a distractive debate between partisan politics. Gotta dig deeper for the nuances in political strategy. In hindsight it looks like a fake fight. Of course, that's the way the usurpers intended it to be.

The Timing of the Health Care Vote ...

Is it any coincidence that the health care extravaganza took place over the very weekend that there were war protests and immigration reform marches ?
They timed their charade perfectly ...

Faux Health Care

Mr. Dixon,
Excellent article and reporting. Thank you.
Tex Shelters

Alice in Obamaland

Once again, your's truly, Knowstradamus, is laughing at how quickly the Tea Party morphed into a meaner, nastier DUMBER version of the Rethugs.  Little did I now that it would come to pass this soon, the speed at cooption is matched only by the speed at which Obummer coopted and morphed into GWB III.
Ever wonder why you never hear about the Tea Partiers aligning with Democrats?  Is it their tired explanations and excuses of socialism?  The inability of the Partiers to discern the distinctions between facism/mercantilism and socialism speaks to the futility and waste of time in trying to build a third party or other political association with them. 
Texas Tim often has some worthy ideas and arguments, but to equate Obama Care with "socialism" is laughable.  It speaks to the cognitive dissonance that makes partnering with Tea Partiers futile.  Obama Care takes from the middle/working class in that it forces them to buy expensive, exemption riddled, shitty insurance.  Texas Tim, it takes money out of their pockets and transfers it to corporations.  It also provides massive government subsidies to the corporations, to help people buy the shitty insurance that will still lead them to personal bankruptcy over medical bills.  Obama is a pro-corporate front man for the oligarchs, not "Che" in the White House fighting for the peasants.  Get real Tea Partiers or relegate yourselves to the dust bin of history, where you clearly belong or append yourselves to the despied Rethugs, where you also clearly belong because that's what you do.   Following those who DISTORT HISTORY AND FACTS is like following the blind or listening to an alcoholic discuss abstinence.
Talking to the Tea Partiers is like talking to a "Jesus Freak."  No insults meant at religious people per se.  But trying to explain to a Bible Thumper that the Ashkenazi Jews are not "chosen" or that Jersualem was occupied by the "Jews" for only 170 years and not millenia is akin to explaining to Tea Partiers that Obama is not a socialist (or the Democratic Party for that matter). 
The "Thumper" will tell you that it's not within their "discernment" to "question" the Bible, that it's inviolate and omniscent, and that if European Jewish converts who look NOTHING like ancient peoples who occupied Biblical lands happen to be there now... Well, it's all "God's will and plan." and who am I to let FACTS get in the way??  BULLSHIT.
At my age, I have no desire to spend the rest of my life "debating" with people who substitute "faith" and "gut" and mythology over reason.  Kiss my ass and have a good life.
The Tea Partiers like the rest of the sheeple in America are but Alice in Obama, confusing upside down from rightside up.
"Hope" and "Change" in Amerikka??  Not on your life.  Anti-intellecutalism in America signals the advent of the Age of (Un)Reason.  Welcome to the Dark Ages boys and girls.  Pretty soon we'll be solving our complex problems by resorting to Biblical passages and Creationism, and gross distortions of American history.  Speaking of Texas, take a look at what the faithful mythologists are introducing to classroom textbooks.  Texas school book purchases dictate national trends, btw.  Don't count on watching the blooms of any intellectual flowering and ability to solve grand and complex problems in America.  The kids will be to busy writing essays on how Beck and Limbaugh rival Jefferson and Madison.
Go Tea Party! Thanks for lending a big hand in fucking up and already fucked up world.

Books and Tea

 An excellent commentary.  Your contributions are as valuable as the outstanding articles by Mr. Ford, Mr. Dixon, and Ms. Kimberly.
When I taught 5th grade in the southeast Bronx, my bilingual social studies textbook had a picture of Ronald Fucking Reagan on the cover.  I'm grateful for the existence of Rethinking Schools in Milwaukee, an organization of educators that publish a wonderful magazine of the same name and useful alternative materials and books like "Rethinking Columbus".  WWW.rethinkingschools.org
The Tea Party morons frighten the hell out of me.  Before laughing them off, it is useful to remember that we live in a country that elected Ronald Reagan as president twice.
And these dimwits provide ammunition for our current president, future seven figure salaried employee of Goldman Sachs or U.S. Healthcare, to paint his critics as deranged right wingers and ignore those of us who see him as a warrior for monopoly capitalism and murderous imperialism.
I'm old and tired too.  But too much is at stake to just leave it at "Kiss my ass."  In one of your previous writings, you concluded that we're probably all screwed.  I, sadly, concur.
But as someone once observed about the Spanish Civil War:  You fight fascism because it's evil and must be resisted; not because you will win.  And as the man from whom I forged my nom de plume observed, " At times being quiet is equivalent to lying."        (Miguel de Unamuno)

I taught on the upper West Side, Man. in early 1960s mostly w/o

any textbook.  I'd failed the oral part of the NYC teachers' exam because I said textbooks were bad and I'd use source material.  But, after the nasties yelled at me, and failed me, I got a license anyway because I'd scored so high on the written part of the exam (Social studies) - and they needed teachers.  I was right.  I taught for 5 years.  Left for going South where I began art career, small civil rights job.  When back in NYC, I did volunteer art teaching in co-op K, since NYC didn't have K that year, then a couple of years plus, as artist-in-residence in Bklyn, near Coney, for a foundation, in public school.  The best thing teaching can do is give kids guidance to understand, read and be critical of everything (including their classroom process). 

Clarification @ Dosamuno

Appreciate your comments and I appreciate your contributions as well.  The "kiss my ass" comment is not to be interpreted as capitulation to these selfish schemers, and their distortions of constitutional history.  It's amusing to hear them quote Constitution "rhyme and verse" but you NEVER  hear them criticize the unconstitutionality of our unending wars.  No War Powers Act activated nor Congressional declaration of war on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Columbia, but the Partiers/Baggers (whatever the hell they are/call themselves) won't say shit about illegal military ventures.  Apparently their scholarly knowledge of Constititional restraints doesn't apply to Militarism and nothing creates repression at home or abroad more than Militarism.
The Tea Party can "kiss my ass" not because I will capitulate to them indeed I will call them out as the natavistic, xenephobic, self-centered pricks that they are.   Because it was clear all along (despite the protestations of "decent" Partiers, those of the Libertarian strain), that the Partiers were sipping on GOP, Right Wing Moonshine and not Earl Grey.  The Tea Party is simply the Right Wing flava of the month, and the taste is "bile."
My point is that I won't waste my time trying to reason with idiots and I recommend other's follow suit although you're all grown and can do as you please.  But my fleeting belief that there were a few items of solidarity-- bankster bailouts and government repression and militarism--that the Left and the Tea Party could find commonality on is dead. 
It was long reported that the Tea Party was funded by Corporate Right Wing interests and was an "astro turf" movement.  They've simply suckered in those non-White Nationalists the same way "Liberals" were suckered in by MoveOn and other Democratic funded fronts.  Conservatives see things in black and white, the world is not nuanced
The Partiers celebration of American Exceptionalism, militarism and their anoiting Sarah Palin as their "leader" is all you need to know about the possibilities of building bridges with them.   Yes, these White Nationalist Crackers can "kiss my ass."  What should be apparent to anything thinking person is that the neo-White Nationalists and "Conservatives" black and white worldview means you are either with them or against them, it should be apparent that they are always "warring" with something or someone.  It should be apparent that they will RELENTLESSLY press their claims and not seek compromise.  I won't extend my hand to countless attacks.  For the Authoritarian Mindset, kindness is weakness.
If you want to know about the Tea Party Mindset then I'd recommend reading the definitive work,  Altemeyer's "Authoritarians."  When you're done, pick up a copy of "What's the Matter with Kansas, " and after finishing both tomes it will be clear to you, "What's the Matter with the Tea Party."
"According to research by Altemeyer, right-wing authoritarians tend to exhibit cognitive errors and symptoms of faulty reasoning. Specifically, they are more likely to make incorrect inferences from evidence and to hold contradictory ideas that result from compartmentalized thinking. They are also more likely to uncritically accept insufficient evidence that supports their beliefs, and they are less likely to acknowledge their own limitations."  (Now do you understand the confusion as to whether Obama is a facist or a socialist??)
A majority of White folks will vote against their self interest (especially during times of economic crisis), even if it kills them, so long as it validates their perceptions that the immigrants and darkies ain't getting no play.  They don't mind paying taxes for White deadbeats or farm subsidies or military contractors just as long as it ain't going for "food stamps" (which they associate with Blacks and which are indeed tied to the farm subsidies, duh).
Check out the good "God-Fearing" Michigan Militia for a sneak preview of what's in store for America with the Tea Party running the ship of state.
Heil to the Tea Party!

Have u guys been following the latest entry to Rahm's hitlist?

Of course the lamestream media isn't following this...

A little background:


Some recent articles:

Houston Democrats, You Have a Problem

On March 2nd, Democratic voters of the 22nd District of Texas nominated a congressional candidate whose platform includes the impeachment of President Obama.

Texas Democrat against Obama... and the British Empire


A race of interest, perhaps. Kesha Rogers, a "Lyndon LaRouche Democrat," has won the Democratic primary in the 22nd Congressional District of Texas with 53 percent of the vote, the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee announced Wednesday - noting that her opponent, Doug Blatt - who had been endorsed by local Democratic groups - received 27 percent of the vote. Ms. Rogers espouses a startling "impeach Obama" platform, among other things.

Victory! For The Democrat Who Wants Obama Impeached

We told you recently about the newest entry into the Hall of Weirdness that is Sugar Land's 22nd Congressional District: Kesha Rogers, a Lyndon LaRouche follower who was running in the Democratic primary by calling for the impeachment of President Obama.

She won. Easily.

‘Not in our name’: Local resolution aims to protect Democratic Party from appropriation, defamation

The Curious Case of Kesha Rogers

This win seems to be out of right field

Democrat with ties to LaRouche calling for Obama to be impeached

Kesha Rogers called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama as the centerpiece of her campaign for Congress, and on Tuesday she won the nomination of her party.

The Democratic Party.

LaRouche follower Kesha Rogers wins Democrat nomination for Congress on 'Save NASA. Impeach Obama'

LaRouche Believer Wins Dem Primary

Kesha Rogers: 'Impeach Obama' Candidate Wins Democratic Primary

Kesha Rogers is a Democratic candidate disowned by the Democratic Party

Total control health care reform bill

You got that right.We need to throw all the bums out!There is a party that wants to limit this out of control government and it is the libertarians. Thetwo headed beast they have been force feeding us is pubs vs dems.Obama won with the help of many independent and moderate republicans.He was elected as President.That election did not make him a king.So when you say we lost you are wrong.Being elected president does not give you the power to change the FORM of government.There is a process for that.It is in the constitution.They are claiming under the commerce clause they have the right to regulate insurance.Regulating commerce is indeed a power they have.Here are their powers listed,or{ enumerated}.
http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_A1Sec8.h ...
Now they lawfully have the power to regulate insurance not little ole me and you.
Now here is that is that pesky little amendment that makes what they just did unlawful.
http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_Am10.htm ...

And if they can claim sitting in my living room breathing, wishing to be left alone is commerce,then so is sitting on your toilet and taking a crap.You are using water to flush the toilet.And water companies are engaging in commerce.what could be more personal than taking a crap?Water is going to the next life giving substance.How many millions will die if we allow u to waste it?So we now need cameras in your bathrooms and of course those rooms leading up to there where u are going to do the dirty deed.So u see there is no end to what they can claim if this lunacy is allowed to stand.

Hey, check this out...

The same supposed "opponents" of Obamalini-care are suddenly helping the administration promote the implementation of the legislation to the American people:

Insurers Back Effort to Make Health Care Reform Succeed

The health-insurance industry, which spent months campaigning against Democratic health reform, has shifted focus in the wake of its passage, pivoting from opposition to making sure the new law succeeds beyond most expectations.

IRS Needs $10 Billion to Be Nation's Health Enforcer

(CNSNews.com) – The Internal Revenue Service will function as the government’s chief enforcer for health care reform, should President Obama sign the bill into law as expected, monitoring both businesses and individuals to certify whether they have the insurance coverage the government requires.

www.InfoWars.com posted a request for quotes from suppliers for 12 gauge pump action shotguns to be submitted to the IRS. The request also mentioned the fact that IRS agents now receive “combat training”.

God help us!

Let's hope the reactionary R.A.T.S (Roberts,Alito,Thomas,&Stevens) can hold enough of a grudge against Barry that they repeal some of this fascist, reactionary, republican bill.

Cognitive Dissonance: The Hallmark of US "thought"

While the Tea Party Movement is whining, crying, gnashing their teeth and showing their ignorance all across America while the MSM hones and burnishes their ignorant, ugly sleights, their incohate rage into a "grassroots movement,"  while they decry "Socialism" and have hissy fits over the bankster bailout, here's what their GOP Minority Leader is doing within earshot.
"Recently Mr. Boehner gave a talk to bankers in which he encouraged them to balk efforts by Congress to impose stricter regulation. “Don’t let those little punk staffers take advantage of you, and stand up for yourselves,” he urged — where by “taking advantage” he meant imposing some conditions on the industry in return for government backing.  Barney Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, promptly had “Little Punk Staffer” buttons made up and distributed to Congressional aides."
There you have it:  Obama is a socialist for bailing out the banks but Boehner is a patriot for saying "no" to banking regulation the absence of which lead to the bailout.   Still with me???
If yes, then fast forward to the Empire State, where the Suffolk County Executive, Steve Levy, switches from Dem to Republican Party to "make an aggressive appeal to Independent  Voters to show he's the true agent of change." (Appealing to Independent voters with a message of "change" sound familiar??)
"His pledges to declare a fiscal state of emergency if elected governor, rein in spending and reduce property taxes broaden his appeal to independents, Democrats said. Mr. Cuomo himself is said to go back and forth about whether Mr. Levy is a worrisome political threat or merely a temporary distraction."
So now, the converted Republican wants to win support of Independent" voters, (read suburban "don't tax" me" educated, effecte crackers)  The same one's who want public golf courses and cadillac public services for minimal taxation, neighborhood schools and fire stations around the corner).  The ex-Democrat wants to be a "change agent" by becoming a Republican to have greater appeal to the Status Quo voters.  Goodness gracious I should have majored in poli-sci instead of history.
Only in America could they make this shit up and it be real, where reality is stranger than fiction. 
I see in the State of Illinois "the hand of Rahmn" is at work as well.  The Democrat Candidate for governor's running mate was essentially hand-picked.  She's the daughter of former Sen. Paul Simon.   Looks like she served one term on City of Carbondale's City Council and then lost a bid for mayor, but despite this is apparently qualified to be Lt. Gov. (only rich folks and celebrities need apply for public office).  Interesting that the Black pols supported the more experienced (Black) State Rep. Art Turner, and though disappointed at his non-selection nevertheless assured the party's shotcallers they would make sure the Negro's wouldn't bolt with their vote. 
"In the run-up to today’s vote, some of Turner’s House allies warned that Quinn’s choice not to pick Turner could create a backlash among African-American voters, one of the party’s core constituencies."
"But U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, who nominated and voted for Turner in Saturday’s elections, said Quinn’s choice of Simon would be accepted by African-American voters.  “I don’t think there’s any way one could suggest Pat was repudiating African Americans or the African-American thrust for political empowerment,” Davis said. “I think he needs to win the election.”
That's it!  That's the ticket!  Win baby win.  "There's no need to fear, Underdog is here!"  The HNIC, the US Representative has spoken and he says, "Bump them Negroes in Peoria, Chicago, and E. St. Louis.  They'll fall in line like I tell them too."  No concessions wrought mind you, just "win baby win."
A lesson for all on the state of American politics.  A lesson for the "earnest" and decent Tea Partiers as well, those who fall outside the neo-White Nationalist Camp.  You just another beeeyatch.  Don't worry Tea Partiers, the GOP isn't going to let you "little punks" stop the banksters from going back to the practices that brought their ill-gotten gains and crashed the economy, notwithstanding that your rage stems from,...."gulp" the banksters crashing the economy.  LOL 
These are the "leaders," the bright stars of our political universe who are going to solve all our problems.   I can't wait.

media monopoly and the two headed beast

No ONE wants people un insured.That is just total bs.We already had in place a mechanism to cover all those people if they chose to be covered.Chose is the operative word.Instead Dictates that strip each and every American of their choices came from on high ignoring the overwhelming majority shouting they love their liberty.Only slaves have no choices.Is that what you long to be?The dems and the pubs are one and the same.I call them the two headed beast.Bush took away our liberties with the unpatriotic patroit act.They were able to do that by waving those little plastic flags made in China.Obama is taking away our freedoms in the name of altruism.He claimed he was going to unite our nation.On fox news i saw Glen beck spelling out Hitlers rise to power that sounds suspiciously identical to Obama.On CNN I see the race baiters calling all freedom lovers racist.We are living in a very dangerous time.I say be kind to all your neighbors and ask logical questions.Not the ones the monopoly media are pushing.I love it when their talking heads tell us what is legitimate complaint.Thanks media for letting me know my place beneath those on high who are destoying our nation.


It's Up To You To Stop Obama's Fascism!

March 21, 2010 -- “The Congress and President have just voted to murder the American people,” stated Democrat Kesha Rogers, candidate for the 22nd Congressional District of Texas. “They are going to ration care the way Hitler did, by denying care to the sick, elderly, and poor, while forcing everyone to pay bailouts to the HMOs and insurance companies.” As Lyndon LaRouche has explicitly and repeatedly stated, the key aspect that makes this policy fascist, is it’s British “N.I.C.E.” Sponsored, IMAC/IMAB/IPAB independent board of accountants tasked to deny care in the name of “saving” money, which is a carbon copy of the T-4 panels of Adolf Hitler, from his 1939 “Lives unworthy of life” policy. If patriotic Americans opposing this policy are not willing to put the Hitler mustache on Obama, and denounce him as fascist, then they are as gutless as the Congress, and this policy will be unstoppable. “Do you really want Obama to euthanize your mother?” asked Rogers, “No? Then demand immediate impeachment! Obama must go! Now!”

“When Obama announced his Nazi-modeled health program back in May 2009, I recognized this was nothing but a copy of Hitler’s 1939 “Lives unworthy of life” program, and I denounced it as such,” continued Rogers. “Then, in August 2009, with the eruption of the mass rejection of Obama’s policies at town meetings across the country, I saw there was no serious leadership opposing this policy, and no real economic solutions either. That is why I launched my campaign for Congress with a platform of impeaching Obama and saving our manned space program. The population recognized I had the guts to tell the truth, to denounce this policy as fascist, and put forward LaRouche’s Plan for a real physical economic recovery. That is why the people rallied behind my candidacy, and elected me with 53% of the vote, over the endorsed Democratic candidate.”

The vote on the health care is not a victory for Obama, but actually accelerates the downfall of his presidency. “The question therefore is,” asked Rogers, “since the American people are being given fascism, what will they do to stop it? I, along with the other LaRouche candidates, Summer Shields, running against Speaker Pelosi, and Rachel Brown, against bailout Barney Frank, are building a juggernaut in the population, to crush the traitors to our republic, and reestablish America once again as a world leader in scientific progress and real prosperity, through a renewed cultural renaissance. We are leading the charge to provide real solutions, but a republic is kept by its people. The responsibility is on you, to take up these ideas and organize your neighbors with them.”

--Kesha Rogers


Improved Medicare for All-Everybody In Nobody Out

"Of all forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane"
                           Rev. Martin Luther King
As a member of Healthcare Now and an advocate for Improved Medicare for all,   Your observation is spot on regarding the the fake fight.
Thank you for naming the names of those organizations that did not sell out to the current faux health care reform legislation.
Contact Healthcare NOW for information regarding the ongoing action to end injustice in healthcare.
   Healthcare NOW,Single Payer Action, and a whole bunch of us are not going away. We will not stop until there is justice in medical care delivery. Medical Insurance reform is not Health Care Reform.
   As a retired nurse, it sickens me to think of the 40,000+ Americans who will die in the coming year due to the lack of reform with the current healthcare reform legislation
In Solidarity and Service,
Nurse Mother Jones
"Fight like Hell for the living, pray for the dead."
     Mary Harris "MOTHER" Jones

Kucinich, shadow boxing all the way to the bank

Courtesy of the inimitable Chris Floyd at Empire Burlesque (love that title):
Progressive Front: Well Done, Thou Good and Faithful Servant
"Dennis Kucinich is now reaping the reward for his high-profile bug-out on the Compulsory Corporate Profit Act of 2010, also known as "health care reform." And what a pearl of great price it is! Well worth selling out your heatedly avowed principles for! I mean, Mahatma Gandhi himself would traded his loincloth for a pinstripe suit to bag some bling like this! Check it out:

Dennis Kucinich the new face of Dem campaign committee.

That's right: Dennis is now fronting the big-time money-grubbing operations of party hacks! Just days ago, Kucinich
was condemning the health care bill as a bad, tainted piece of pork:

"a giveaway to the insurance industry -- $70 billion a year, and no guarantees of any control over premiums, forcing people to buy private insurance. I just don't see that this bill is the solution."

But now, he's out there rattling the cup for the very ladlers of corporate pork he has been castigating for months, writing in the new donation pitch:

On Tuesday, I ... witnessed an historic ceremony in the White House, where President Obama signed health care reform into law. I am pleased to have played a role in helping make this important moment possible."
Translation:  On Air Force One, while kibbitizing with the Prez I witnessed an historic ephiany= $$$$$ and struck an historic deal, for me that is, not you sheeple;  I am pleased to have played a role in helping make this important moment (for moi and the Prez) possible."
It's actually quite liberating that we can now dispense with the last of the frauds in the Democratic Party.  The front man that was the last glue holding Leftists to the Dimocratic Party.  Hopefully it emboldens the fence sitters that "working within the system" without directing pressure "from outside the system" is a recipe for disaster and status quo.
Thanks to BAR and others for exposing the shriviled up little fraud aka Dennis "the Menance" Kucinich.  Kucinich, stick a fork in it as well as a sox in it, you chump.
"Change you can believe in."  Looks like Dennis is a menance to the Left wing of the Dimocrats.  LOL

The tea party is a distraction

The Tea Party/Teabaggers is not really a movement, but rather a relatively small number of right-wing extremists who have been used by the Democrats as a scapegoat for their own hypocrisies.

It's an Astroturf movement by such figures like Dick Armey and other Republican and conservative lobbyists who are manufacturing right-wing dissent to distract from the real left-wing dissent that is ignored by the media.

Think about it; what better way of getting the right-wing fascist message out there than giving it media exposure? And indeed, that is what we have.

If you follow the media narrative in America, there is no left-wing dissent. There is only right-wing dissent. This simultaneously legitimatizes the right-wing narrative and gives justification for the Obama administration to crack down on ANY dissent-because a handful of right-wing fanatics are given media exposure.

The point is to get liberals to react, and it keeps working again and again.

No tea bagger or Limbaugh or Fox news nonsense can stand up to a strong left wing narrative for even a minute. How any of us could ever lose a debate with those talking points, or be frustrated or worry about it is a mystery to me.

The worry is the potential for violence from the right wing media, it is not the "ideas" they present that are the worry. Those ideas only have traction because so many are chicken shit scared to be real leftists, for fear of being too radical or something, because they are too weak and confused and cowardly.

Teabaggers et al, are moving into the vacuum created by this timidity and confusion and playing on liberal/progressive identification with the Democrats.

The reason people like Fox news, Glen Beck etc. is because it is entertaining and because they can pick up talking points that will drive liberals crazy. For the ruling class agenda to be advanced, it requires BOTH the right wing media AND the predictable liberal reaction.

That said, it is dangerous. We contribute to the danger by taking it so seriously (the "opinions," not the pandering to bigotry and hatred - that needs to be taken very seriously) and reacting so predictably.

What better way to "legitimize" the center-right policies of the Obama administration than to contrast them to the full-blown, ultra-right insanity of Sarah Palin-like Teabaggery.

Democrats are using the tea baggers' antics as a tool to stifle dissent from the Left. How dare we criticize Obama when doing so is to be on the same side as the tea baggers? Obama apologists won't even listen to any argument from the Left against Obama's policies, they automatically categorize it in the same category as the crap being spewed by tea baggers.

The tea bagger thing serves the purpose of making sure the intellectual liberals get all worked up about Palin et al and are therefore estranged from and irrelevant to the general public. It works like a charm, every time, to decapitate the working class.

Excellent summation

If the anti-cut-throat capitalist and anti-militarists and anti-corporatists, and anti-police/surveillance state "Tea Partiers" were serious, they would be reaching out to the Leftists of similar mindset.
BUT THEY ARE NOT!!!  Rather, they are a subset or appendage of the Rethugs.  The only thing more discredited than Liberalism in America is Conservatism.
And that's all the revelation you need.
MC hit the nail on the head.  Chris Floyd wrote a brilliant essay in which he asserted that if one were to look at Nixon's domestic policies in contrast to today's "centrism" or "liberalism", that Nixon would be considered a "radical."  The ploy, which is imminently successful, and aided and abetted as outlined by MC is to push the "debate" and hence policies RIGHTWARD.  It's working pretty damn well I might add.
Drunken by symbolic achievement, African Americans defend Obama because of blatant and patent "racial sleights" while ignoring that the net result is defending his policies.  They believe rightfully, but strategically wrong, that attacks on Obama are attacks on Blacks.  The vitriol makes it impossible to see the forest for the trees.  They believe in their little bitty hearts that Obama has their best interest in mind.  Hence, distractions abound.
Floyd Excerpt:
"Yes, the presidential history of Richard M. Nixon paints a striking, even shocking contrast to the prevailing political weather today. It shows, with stark power, how very far the center of political gravity has shifted in the past 36 years. For Nixon was a rock-ribbed conservative by the standards of his day; yet compared to the timorous, time-serving "progressive" now in the White House, Nixon looks like Eugene Debs."
American History 101: We Are Devo


The people at the Tea Parties are not Ron Paul conservatives, nor do they claim to be. The Republican party co-opted the libertarian movement and guided it towards the party line. Now you have people at the events who've adopted the usual corporate neocon line: Commie, Socialist, Down with Big Government Entitlements, Don't tax the Rich, Hail to the Military/Police, American Exceptionalism, More War etc etc etc.

What's Ironic is that a lot of the people at these events are retired military, so they already have a piece of the Federal budget and they're already taken care of. So it would seem like these people are fighting so that nobody else can get taken care of...

I'm confused...

Are you guys against Obamalini care, or not?

Every time I hear so-called liberals railing against tea parties it starts to sound like they're defending Obama. So who's really distracted?

How did the countries bipartisan hatred of Obamalini care turn into an argument about Republican establishment ran tea parties and right wing militias?

It seems to me like people are falling for the same tricks and divide and conquer tactics that democratic operatives used during the Clinton years. Remember how the establishment used patsies like Timothy McVeigh, and the David Koresh situation to label anyone a right wing nut who opposed any monstrosity Clinton signed into law?

This is the dems modus operandi...

Me thinks

We are universally against ObamaCare.  Folks merely trying to go deeper and address the flim flam being played by the Propagandists, the fake "Left" "Right" divide, how the "debate" is consistently pushed Rightward by the scammers.  Capece?

A "sign of the Apocalypse" LOL

In case anyone has doubts about the ineptitude and moral bankruptcy of the Congressional Black Caucus, check out this excellent article at wsw.com  As the World Socialist Website describes it:
"Dr. Cooper is a persistent opponent of the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, whose assumptions and findings have played an influential role in the debate over health care “reform.” The essential argument of the Dartmouth studies is that there is little or no evidence that “extra spending gets us anything in terms of reduced mortality rates or higher quality” (Peter Orszag, a supporter of the Dartmouth group and currently Barack Obama’s budget director). This reasoning then forms part of the argument for cost-cutting, the rationalizing of health care, all in the supposed interest of eliminating waste and the increasing inefficiency."
But that's not the only thing I wanted to bring to your attention.  Check out what Dr. Cooper says about his entreaties to the Congressional Black Caucus.  It seems the world poverty and Black not only won't roll off Obama's lips, apparently they won't roll of the CBC's lips either.  Welcome to the apocalypse when our so-called Leaders be they CBC or Kucinich will stab us in the back, us being all working and middle class, and Blacks in particular, every chance they get.  Keep supporting a two party system like a damn fool. 
A talk by health care critic Dr. Richard Cooper in Detroit
Poverty and health care in America: the unavoidable facts
"Dr. Cooper replied, “First of all, what I learned is that nobody wants to talk about it [poverty]. I went to Washington and met with the Black Congressional Caucus, and one member said, ‘Look, we’re being taught by a communications firm how to talk about poverty without talking about poverty, because nobody wants to hear us talk about poverty.’
“But I talk about it all the time. It’s in my blog all the time. It drives the Dartmouth group crazy. It isn’t for the lack of scholarship on this issue. It isn’t for the lack of perceptiveness. It’s for the lack of ears that are willing to listen and particularly politicians who are ready to respond.”
Cooper noted that any discussion of poverty had essentially left the political arena since the time of Lyndon Johnson and the war on poverty. He told us in a conversation that during the last presidential election, he had done a word search in the speeches of both Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama for “poverty” and come up with virtually nothing. “It’s bipartisan,” he said, as a final word."

What's your take on the details?

I would like to know what you guys think about IL Senator Roland Burris take on the bill. In an email, he boasts:
- Tax credits for as many as 144,000 small businesses in Illinois
 - Immediate access to affordable coverage for 201,233 Illinoisans who are currently uninsured due to a pre-existing condition
- Medicare improvements and lower-cost prescription drugs for 1.8 million Illinois seniors
- Prohibiting insurance companies from using pre-existing conditions as an excuse to deny care to 3.2 million Illinois children
And this is only the beginning. Once the new law is fully implemented, family health insurance premiums will be reduced by $1,630-$2330 with no reduction in benefits. Up to 1 million Illinoisans will receive tax credits. Approximately 1,100-1,700 jobs will be created in our state. A total of 570 Community Health Centers in Illinois will receive additional funding.
In Illinois and across the country, this landmark reform law will provide tremendous benefits in both the short term and the long term. It is even projected to cut our deficit by $143 billion in the first ten years and an astounding $1.3 trillion in the decade after that.

Here's my 2 cents for what it's worth...

with a caveat that I don't claim to know all the details, but, in a 2200 page bill written by lobbyists, neither does Sen. Burris.  (Btw, why did Burris--and his constituents-- let Obama and Rahmn and the Dems punk him out?)  When you factor in that most provisions of the law, excepting the tax breaks to small biz, don't kick in til 2014, and we don't now the outcome of Congressional elections come 2012, coupled with the advance time the sharks have to come up with loopholes, exceptions and otherwise "retro-fit" their existing framework for denying claims, nobody knows shit on the real, which is the political landmine that might explode in Obama's and the Dems face.  Let me ask you, what do you think?  In this climate, in a cut-throat capitalist society what do YOU think?
Frankly, we don't know do we?  And we won't know till it takes effect.  One of the travesty and frauds of this "reform" (among dozens) is that it's all show and no go til 2014.  Wonderful campaign material, horrible health "reform."  I know, as a board member of one, that Comm. Health Centers will receive more funding, what I also know is that the funding went from the initially proposed $8 Billion to $800M, betcha Burris didn't tell you they dropped one zero.
As for low cost prescription drugs.  Burris probably didn't tell you that the US government whom we pay taxes to, taxes that will subsidize what I'm confident will be expensive, shitty insurance, also REFUSED to bargain with drug companies over prices, and refused to allow the importation of Canadian drugs.   Thus the prescription drug "savings" are a pittance of what they could be.
The deficit savings?  Well here's where it gets real "cute."  The deficit savings will result from RATIONED CARE, AND cuts in social security, medicaid and medicare.  GOP Thug Alan Simpson and Dem Wall St. Bankster Erskine Bowles will lead the thuggery.  
As for the rest.....

"In a moment of frank political revelation, Firedoglake reports that Senator Max Bacchus has confirmed that former WellPoint Vice President Liz Fowler wrote substantial portions of the recently approved Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Left-wing opponents of the bill had already claimed that private insurers exercised significant influence on the proceedings in the House and Senate. Bacchus’ revelation takes these claims to a new level as they prove that the private health insurance lobby literally wrote the bill that is being passed off as a “reform” of the healthcare system.
Bacchus cited the contributions made by Liz Fowler during floor …
(Full article …)
Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, who now teaches at Harvard Medical School is quoted as saying," This is what you are going to see as each element of this plan comes up for implementation, this insurance industry is going to give up nothing."  (No shit sherlock, I'm with you sista)
Angell at Huff Post:
"To be sure, the bill has a few good provisions (expansion of Medicaid, for example), but they are marginal. It also provides for some regulation of the industry (no denial of coverage because of pre-existing conditions, for example), but since it doesn't regulate premiums, the industry can respond to any regulation that threatens its profits by simply raising its rates. The bill also does very little to curb the perverse incentives that lead doctors to over-treat the well-insured. And quite apart from its content, the bill is so complicated and convoluted that it would take a staggering apparatus to administer it and try to enforce its regulations."
Read Angell for the scoop.  It's not rocket science my friend.  Suppose your 401K and quarterly bonuses were based on PROFIT, and you had 4 years to figure out how to make those profits grow, and you are paid $250 an hour for your legal advice?   Trust me friend, they could pay me $150 an hour and I'd fuck up some shit, feel me?
Burris is correct on some points--marginal successes-- other than that, he doesn't really know wtf's in the Bill, nobody really does but the Lobbyists who wrote it; he won't tell you other cuts to the social safety net will count for those savings.  Go read the World Socialist Website and some of it's archived articles on health care and Obummer's Commission to cut deficits.   I'm too tired to cut and paste here.  Burris got punked for no reason at all, didn't Blago call Rahmn too?  Wasn't that shit suppressed by the MSM?  Punk politicians have only so much credibility, good seeing you raise questions.


Wil, Mr. Cooke translates the double-speak

Health Care Battle Ends; War on Social Security Begins
by Shamus Cooke
"Drunk with success over their Health Care bill passing, the Democrats are now lusting after even greater conquests. With the celebratory hangover still aching, the Democrats lurch forward towards a hasty drive to “reform” Social Security. 
The Social Security reform will no doubt resemble the health care reform, the details of which remain a mystery to most Americans.   The essence of both policies will be based on one principle: reduce the debt of the United States by any means necessary. 
Two articles in The New York Times confirmed that this was indeed the reasoning behind Obama’s health care bill. The first states: 

“[the health care bill] signed Tuesday by Mr. Obama... squeeze[s] nearly a half-trillion dollars out of Medicare [500 billion dollars] in the next 10 years and establish[s] many demonstration projects to test innovative ways of delivering health care.”  

The second half of the quote — “innovative ways of delivering health care” — is doublespeak for “health care rationing” (providing less), the basis of Obama’s health care plan.
This truth was revealed in the same article, when Obama’s new appointee to head Medicare and Medicaid, Dr. Donald Berwick, was discussed.  The main qualification of Dr. Berwick is that he plans to, in his own words, “Over the next three years, reduce the total resource consumption of your health care system, no matter where you start, by 10 percent.”
A stark example of Dr. Berwick’s health care philosophy — rationing — is then given, applied to himself after he received a serious knee injury:  “Doctors urged him to have a knee replacement operation several years ago, but he decided instead to have just a “steroid injection,” and the outcome has been fine, he said.”  (March 28, 2010).
The head of Medicare and Medicaid will thus be advocating “injections” when “surgeries” are recommended, as well as a variety of other ways to ration health care.  This key concept of Obama’s health care plan was what the health care corporations were really salivating over, and now the plan is to apply it to Social Security.  
A separate New York Times article clearly explains how the rationing of health care and the “reforming” of Social Security are one and the same:

“Central to the health care changes are hundreds of billions of dollars in reductions in Medicare spending over time... As some administration officials acknowledge, that effectively takes those fast-growing entitlement programs off the table for deficit reduction just as Mr. Obama’s bipartisan commission to reduce the mounting national debt gets to work.
“That leaves Social Security, the other big entitlement benefits program and one that Mr. Obama has suggested in the past that he is willing to tackle. While its looming problems are not of the scale of those afflicting Medicare, it now stands as the likeliest source of the sort of large savings needed to bring projected annual deficits to sustainable levels, many budget analysts agree.”  (March 23, 2010, emphasis added).

Doublespeak translation:  “...large savings needed to bring projected annual deficits to sustainable levels” equals rationing or “reducing” Social Security benefits.