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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the agency is investigating the killing of Cecil the Lion, saying it will “go where facts lead.”

But they want to bury Planned Parenthood selling fetal body parts as fast and as hard as they can.

Nothing says Agenda politics and diversion like this does.

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According to the Media Research Center’s Newsbusters, the killing of the African lion had received 30 minutes and one second of coverage on ABC, NBC and CBS.

Here’s a breakdown from the watchdog:

Tuesday evening: 5 minutes, 44 seconds

Wednesday morning: 8 minutes, 17 seconds.

Wednesday evening: 5 minutes, 26 seconds

Thursday morning: 10 minutes, 34 seconds

Those numbers sand in stark contrast to the amount of coverage a series of undercover sting videos released in the past few weeks by the Center for Medical Progress have received.

Since the release of the first undercover Planned Parenthood earlier this month, the three major networks spent 11 minutes and 13 seconds on the story, according to the media watchdog.

It was not clear what methodology was used by Newsbusters to arrive at their numbers.

Also Thursday, the Eden Prairie Police Department said that, while they will be stepping up neighborhood monitoring, they will not be providing personal protection for the dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe.

“Because of the increased traffic in the neighborhood of Walter Palmer’s residence, the Eden Prairie Police Department is monitoring the neighborhood to ensure the safety and security of the residents and their property,” the department said.

Gee, I wonder if it’s Memories Pizza all over again. But the Leftist Media will ignore the more agenda-inconvenient story as much as possible.

Maybe he should say he doesn’t treat gay patients? 🙂

Or maybe we should wonder if Planned Parenthood is crushing any potentially gay fetuses, maybe that would get the Left engaged in something other than dodging the whole mess like it’s got Benghazi stink on it.

I’m not so much an anti-abortionist as an anti-fetal selling for profit kind of a guy. The evil “profit motive” that Liberals so often decry is precisely the problem here, but since it’s one of the sacred cows of the Left, they must ignore it for their own Agenda.

Planned Parenthood is in real trouble. Three shocking videos released over recent days — with more on the way, apparently — have shown officials at the abortion giant haggling over the price of aborted baby organs. It’s ghastly, gruesome stuff, replete with one representative describing how she alters her late term abortion procedures to “crush” the baby in specific areas as to preserve sought-after and lucrative body parts.  Another laughs that higher prices could help her buy “a Lamborghini.” The abortion lobby argues that fetuses are not human beings worthy of legal protection, while selling the intact human organs of the “non-people” they kill. Besieged by negative headlines and a horrified public, Planned Parenthood has hired a crisis PR firm, which is attempting to mitigate the damage via the application of heavy pressure on media outlets (many of which are dominated by abortion supporters) to to ignore or soft-pedal the story:

How bad is the baby organ trafficking story for Planned Parenthood? So bad that the nation’s largest abortion provider has hired a pricey PR firm to bully media outlets into not covering the scandal. According to Politico, Planned Parenthood hired Democratic megafirm SKDKnickerbocker to handle its public relations effort surrounding the widening organ trafficking scandal. In a series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, multiple top Planned Parenthood executives are captured haggling over the prices of aborted baby body parts and discussing ways to maximize money earned through the harvesting and sale of human organs. Unsurprisingly, preventing coverage of the videos is apparently key to Planned Parenthood’s survival strategy: “The group circulated a memo to reporters and producers late Monday that discouraged them from airing the undercover videos, arguing that they were obtained under false identification and violated patient privacy.

Please stop covering our scandalous and illegal behavior!

Leftist Media: Okay… we’ll see what we can do.

We”l go back to bashing Trump and talking about Lions instead.

We’re dealing with the health of American women, and they’re dealing with some right-wing crazy.”–Sen. Harry Reid.

Stripping federal funding from a late-term abortion racket that sells body parts for cash is “right-wing crazy,” according to the Democratic leader.  Another “pro-life” Democrat, Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, has said he’d oppose Republicans’ defunding effort, repeating the abortion lobby’s talking points conflating abortion with women’s health services. (Townhall)

So now it’s the Republican’s fault for making a stink about Democrats selling fetal baby parts for profit. 🙂

Unfortunately, this time around a You Tube video can be blamed for this one.

Protect the Agenda and all that Democrat money at any cost, especially human life.

Benghazi II: The Baby Extremists…

New undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Vice President and Medical Director, Dr. Savita Ginde, negotiating a fetal body parts deal, agreeing multiple times to illicit pricing per body part harvested, and suggesting ways to avoid legal consequences.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) is a wealthy, multi-state Planned Parenthood affiliate that does over 10,000 abortions per year. PPRM has a contract to supply aborted fetal tissue to Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Ginde at the abortion-clinic headquarters of PPRM in Denver to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs. When the actors request intact fetal specimens, Ginde reveals that in PPRM’s abortion practice, “Sometimes, if we get, if someone delivers before we get to see them for a procedure, then we are intact.

Since PPRM does not use digoxin or other feticide in its 2nd trimester procedures, any intact deliveries before an abortion are potentially born-alive infants under federal law (1 USC 8).

We’d have to do a little bit of training with the providers or something to make sure that they don’t crush” fetal organs during 2nd trimester abortions, says Ginde, brainstorming ways to ensure the abortion doctors at PPRM provide usable fetal organs.

When the buyers ask Ginde if “compensation could be specific to the specimen?” Ginde agrees, “Okay.” Later on in the abortion clinic’s pathological laboratory, standing over an aborted fetus, Ginde responds to the buyer’s suggestion of paying per body part harvested, rather than a standard flat fee for the entire case: “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.

The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2). Federal law also requires that no alteration in the timing or method of abortion be done for the purposes of fetal tissue collection (42 U.S.C. 289g-1).

Ginde also suggests ways for Planned Parenthood to cover-up its criminal and public relations liability for the sale of aborted body parts. “Putting it under ‘research’ gives us a little bit of an overhang over the whole thing,” Ginde remarks. “If you have someone in a really anti state who’s going to be doing this for you, they’re probably going to get caught.

Ginde implies that PPRM’s lawyer, Kevin Paul, is helping the affiliate skirt under the fetal tissue law: “He’s got it figured out that he knows that even if, because we talked to him in the beginning, you know, we were like, ‘We don’t want to get called on,’ you know, ‘selling fetal parts across states.’” The buyers ask, “And you feel confident that they’re building those layers?” to which Ginde replies, “I’m confident that our Legal will make sure we’re not put in that situation.

As the buyers and Planned Parenthood workers identify body parts from last fetus in the path lab, a Planned Parenthood medical assistant announces: “Another boy!

The video is the latest by The Center for Medical Progress documenting Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted fetal parts. Project Lead David Daleiden notes: “Elected officials need to listen to the public outcry for an immediate moratorium on Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding while the 10 state investigations and 3 Congressional committees determine the full extent of Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby parts.” Daleiden continues, “Planned Parenthood’s recent call for the NIH to convene an expert panel to ‘study’ fetal experimentation is absurd after suggestions from Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Ginde that ‘research’ can be used as a catch-all to cover-up baby parts sales. The biggest problem is bad actors like Planned Parenthood who hold themselves above the law in order to harvest and make money off of aborted fetal brains, hearts, and livers.” (The Center for Medical Progress)

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy
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Medicare @ 50 Part 2

Entitlements: Medicare’s latest annual report, issued days before its 50th anniversary, seems to show that, thanks to ObamaCare, it has a long and healthy future in front of it. But it’s not true. Not by a long shot.

President Obama’s top economists, Jeff Zients and Jason Furman, claim that the new Medicare Trustees Report “confirms the major progress that has been made in recent years in improving the financial position of the Medicare program.”

Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will remain solvent until 2030, they say, which is 13 years longer than it was before ObamaCare. Plus, they say, growth in per-beneficiary spending was just 2.3% last year, “less than one-half of the 5.5 average rate from 2000 to 2010.”

But this sunny outlook doesn’t stand up to even the slightest scrutiny.

Medicare is still a fiscal time bomb. As the nearby chart shows, its hospital insurance deficits will hit $110 billion in 2031 — the first year after its trust fund runs out of money. Annual deficits will eventually top $1 trillion a year.

Even that is a fantasy, since it assumes ObamaCare’s steep Medicare provider payment cuts actually happen. Even Medicare’s trustees are skeptical.

Buried in an appendix, the report admits that “there is substantial uncertainty” regarding the likelihood that those cuts will be feasible.

They are so deep, the report says, that what Medicare pays will “fall increasingly below providers’ costs.” By 2019, for example, as many as 15% of hospitals will have negative Medicare margins, it says. And the only way to avoid such massive losses would be for doctors and hospitals to “generate and sustain unprecedented levels of productivity gains.”

Washington has already shown that it won’t swallow such Medicare cuts. Soon after a 1997 payment cut plan — called “Sustainable Growth Rate” — went into effect, Congress repeatedly nullified it. In the likely event that Congress cancels the ObamaCare-imposed cuts, then “the actual future costs for Medicare may exceed the projections shown in this report, possibly by substantial amounts,” the trustees say.

Medicare remains in financial jeopardy and is in need of serious reform. Any politician who pretends otherwise is doing taxpayers and retirees a huge disservice. (IBD)

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Medicare @ 50 Part 1


Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson traveled to Independence, Mo., to sign legislation creating Medicare and Medicaid in the presence of fellow Democrat and former President Harry Truman, who during his presidency led unsuccessful efforts to establish a national health insurance system.

The battle over the legislation was long and bruising, with conservatives including then-General Electric spokesman Ronald Reagan warning it would lead to socialized medicine.

So on this 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, as our nation struggles with its latest effort at health reform, it’s a good time to reflect on the programs’ successes and failures.

Medicare and Medicaid passed with broad bipartisan support. Medicare was a new federal program designed to provide health coverage to senior citizens over age 65. Medicaid, something of an afterthought, would be a joint federal-state program to assist the poor.

The legislation passed the Senate with 57 Democratic and 13 Republican votes and the House with 237 Democrats and 70 Republicans. So both parties had a stake in fixing the program problems that inevitably arose.

Proponents saw the programs as major steps forward in expanding access to health coverage — moving toward their ultimate goal of a single-payer national health care system. They certainly have made progress toward that goal.

In 1965, only about half of seniors and very few poor Americans had health coverage. Today, Medicare covers 46 million seniors and 9 million disabled Americans, and Medicaid covers nearly 70 million lower-income people.

Critics of the 1965 legislation warned that both programs would spend much more than supporters predicted, that price controls and rationing of care would follow and that the quality of care would eventually suffer. All of the warnings have proved correct.

Take Medicare. In 1965, the House Ways and Means Committee estimated that Medicare Part A, which covers hospital bills, would cost $9 billion a year by 1990. But the actual cost after the first 25 years was $67 billion, and that didn’t include Medicare Part B, which primarily covers outpatient costs.

As health economist Theodore Marmor pointed out: “Hospital price increases presented the most intractable political problem for the Johnson administration. In the first year of Medicare’s operation, the average daily service charge in America’s hospitals increased by an unprecedented 21.9%. Each month the Labor Department’s consumer price survey reported further increases . … In the State of the Union Address, Jan. 17, 1968, Johnson … promised to ‘stem the rising costs of medical care.’”

Washington has been trying, unsuccessfully, to do that ever since.

Congress imposed a type of price-control mechanism in 1983 called Diagnostic Related Groups, or DRGs. And in the early 1990s, Congress tried to cut spending on physicians by creating the Resource Based Relative Value Scale.

Then there was the infamous Medicare “Sustainable Growth Rate,” later dubbed the “doc fix,” which passed in 1996 to contain Medicare spending by cutting doctors’ fees. It was repealed only recently, after Congress had postponed the vote 17 times.

Today, both Medicare and Medicaid have exploding budgets. Medicare spent more than $600 billion last year. Federal Medicaid expenditures are estimated at $331 billion, with the federal portion averaging about 57% and states and some local governments paying the rest.

Once Congress creates such a mammoth entitlement, it can’t seem to leave the program alone. In 1973, Medicare began covering the disabled and patients with end-stage kidney disease. In 1980, Medicare expanded to cover the cost of home health care services and in 1982 included hospice care for the terminally ill.

In 1988, Congress tied Medicaid to the federal cash-assistance welfare program, known as Aid to Families with Dependent Children. States were required to cover AFDC-eligible, first-time pregnant women and children up to age five. That coverage now extends up to 185% of the federal poverty level. As a result, Medicaid pays for 40% of all U.S. births.

Budget pressures eventually will force cutbacks, though the politicians will usually claim the cuts are “improving” or making the program “more efficient.” Those cuts usually mean less access to care. Less than half of physicians accept Medicaid, and a growing number refuse to see Medicare patients because of low reimbursement rates and bureaucratic headaches.

No assessment of Medicare and Medicaid would be complete without mention of the rampant fraud and abuse plaguing both programs. Even the government pegs Medicare’s fee-for-service “improper payments” level at 12.7% — and that’s probably on the low side.

But now we face a new era where ObamaCare defenders are trying to expand health coverage and yet haven’t learned anything from 50 years of Medicare and Medicaid. Indeed, 6.5 million of ObamaCare’s newly insured were just dumped into an unreformed Medicaid system. As a result, we are already seeing many of the same problems emerge in ObamaCare.

States are struggling to balance their budgets as Medicaid spending soars, even for those that chose not to expand. States that created their own health insurance exchanges are facing financial challenges in operating these new bureaucracies. Health care costs are exploding as they did after the passage of Medicare and Medicaid, and the people who predicted the new program would force costs down are shocked.

Many lower-income, newly insured, who’ve been forced into policies with high deductibles (the average individual bronze plan deductible is $5,181, and $10,545 for a family), are returning to the few remaining free clinics for care. They may now have insurance, but not the money to cover the deductibles.

In short, it appears the Democrats who passed this massive and convoluted ObamaCare system learned nothing from 50 years of Medicare and Medicaid. Government involvement dramatically increases spending, followed by clampdowns on soaring prices, leading to restrictions on doctors and patients.

Perhaps next time, we might try market forces rather than another failed effort at centralized government programs.

Nah, not on The Agenda, plus it doesn’t benefit the government and the politicians to do that way.

Michael Ramirez Cartoon
Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Never Saw that Coming…

Yeah, right… 🙂

Thirty-four percent fewer healthcare providers are available to Obamacare patients — backing up “anecdotal reports that exchange networks contain fewer providers than traditional commercial plans,” a new report says.

According to an analysis by Avalere Health, the Washington-based advisory firm, the Obamacare networks offer an average of 42 percent fewer heart and cancer doctors — along with 24 percent fewer hospitals and 32 percent fewer primary care physicians for patients to choose from.

Less Choice, Higher Premiums. 🙂

Preliminary 2016 premiums for benchmark silver plans in exchanges grew by 4.4 percent in major metropolitan areas in 11 states, including the District of Columbia, according to analysis by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. While this is much lower than the numbers being tossed around the Senate floor, it’s a sharper increase than last year, which saw premiums climb by 2 percent nationwide.

An Avalere Health analysis released this month found similar results. Silver plans on exchanges (the plans of choice for more than two-thirds of enrollees) are expected to increase 5.8 percent in the eight states that Avalere examined.

In a House Ways and Means subcommittee meeting Wednesday, lawmakers pointed to instances where insurers were seeking drastic increases. For example, in Maryland, two of eight options in the individual market are seeking more than a 30 percent increase, and a third option is seeking a 26.7 percent premium hike.

“Many of the proposed increases are eye-poppingly huge,” said subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam.

“These rates are premised on the assumption that the court will side with the government. If the court signs with the challengers, all bets are off,” Levitt said. “There’s no doubt that we’d see some insurers pulling out of the market and the ones that stay would raise rates significantly next year.”

And they did. I wonder if that really why? 🙂

But most importantly, the Affordable Care Act’s restrictions on out-of-pocket costs by patients do not apply to healthcare services outside the plan’s network.

“Out-of-network care does not accrue toward out-of-pocket maximums, leaving consumers vulnerable to high costs if they seek care from a provider not included in their plan’s network,” said Elizabeth Carpenter, Avalere’s vice president. “Patients should evaluate a plan’s provider network when picking insurance on the exchange.

Overall, however, the limited choices are seen as a way of keeping patient costs down, said Dan Mendelson, the firm’s CEO.

“Plans continue to test new benefit designs in the exchange market,” he said. “Given the new requirements put in place by the ACA, network design is one way plans can drive value-based care and keep premiums low.”

Republicans and other health professionals have long charged that Obamacare has reduced healthcare coverage and choices for Americans.

“The American people are not happy on this birthday,” Sally Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, told Newsmax TV as the law marked its fifth anniversary in March.

The report was based on a study of large healthcare networks in Florida, California, Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina, Avalere said. (Newsmax and more)

Forbes: June 2015

Texas Blue Cross stands out. The health plan commented in its federal government rate filings that it covered 730,833 Obamacare individuals in 2014 with premium of $2.1 billion and claims totaling $2.5 billion––for a medical loss ratio of 119%. The plan further commented that, after the “3Rs” reinsurance adjustments, they lost 17% to 20% of premium in 2014–that would be about $400 million. And, they are only asking for a 20% rate increase.

While we won’t see all of the rates in all of the states for a few months, some state regulators have begun to make the 2016 rate actions public:

• CareFirst Blue Cross of Maryland is asking for a 34% rate increase on its PPO plan and a 26.7% rate increase for its HMO. CareFirst has an 80% market share in the Obamacare exchange and only 30% of the eligible Maryland market has signed up on the exchange.

• In Oregon, where less than 35% of the eligible have signed up on the exchange, the biggest insurer with 52% of the market, Moda, has asked for a 25.6% increase. Lifewise, with a 19% market share, has asked for a 38.5% increase.

• Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, with a 165,000 members making up 70% of the Obamacare exchange is asking for a 36.3% increase. The second biggest player, Humana HUM +1.18%, is asking for a 15.8% increase. Less than 40% of the eligible exchange market signed up in Tennessee.

• Georgia is the second biggest Obamacare market for Humana, having enrolled 254,000 people out of a total market of 479,000, and Georgia “maybe its biggest misstep”. Its CEO has said about Georgia, “We can’t have one business being subsidized by another business.” Humana is asking for 2016 individual plan rate increases from 14.8% to 19.44%.

• In Iowa, with the lowest enrollment rates in the country, and where its biggest Obamacare insurer went broke last December, Wellmark Blue Cross, which only sells off the exchange, is asking for a 43% increase on its Obamacare compliant policies. Coventry, which has 47,000 Obamacare customers, is asking for an 18% increase for its on-exchange business.

• The Kansas insurance department has not made its rate increases public yet but has said that plans will increase by as much as 38%. Less than 40% of the eligible have so far enrolled.

• Pennsylvania is not encouraging with market leader Highmark asking for increases ranging from 13.5% to 39.65% and the Geisinger HMO asking for increases from 40.6% to 58.4%. Pennsylvania enrolled 50% of the potential exchange market in 2015.

So let the politicking of your health continues.

We are from the Government, we are here to Help you…  🙂

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Greasing The Bank

In another blow to conservatives, the Senate has voted to reauthorize the Ex-Im bank.

Is that a Cave-in noise I hear?

It had expired. It IS corporate welfare, but it’s also welfare for the Political Elites so they did it in THEIR OWN interest only.

The Vote was one of a series of interlocking dramas as lawmakers went about task of completing must-pass transportation legislation before a Friday deadline.

So under pressure they caved Yet again!

The vote to move forward on the Export-Import Bank reauthorization measure was 67-26, setting up a vote by Monday night on the amendment to reinstate the bank.

Cruz and other Republicans are incensed not only because McConnell offered the Ex-Im amendment, but also because he rejected their attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, which they tried to do for obvious reasons.

By the way, Republicans determined to stop the president’s health care law are not letting today’s defeat slow them down. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has already made clear he will introduce the Obamacare repeal amendment again once the highway funding debate is over.

Update II: Cruz responds. He’s not happy.

Ted Cruz: The American people elected a Republican majority believing it would somehow be different from a Democratic majority.

Unfortunately the way the Senate currently operates, there is one party: The Washington party.

That would be correct.

Jeffrey Immelt, chief executive of General Electric Co., (and former Obama Jobs Czar!!) is playing hard ball with congressmen such as Jeff Duncan of South Carolina. Caught in the crossfire are more than 3,000 GE jobs in Greenville.

Immelt is among the U.S. business leaders who want Congress to re-authorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

That arm of the federal government finances export deals of American companies, including some of the overseas sales of the power turbines that GE designs and makes in Greenville…

Like some other Republicans, Duncan thinks export financing is generally a matter for the private sector, not the federal government.

But the private sector thinks we the taxpayers should fund it. And then they can pay off the Congressman with their profits.

You grease me, I grease you!

First of all, Ex-Im was supposed to be giving a leg up to small businesses who want to expand their markets overseas. The reality quickly became something very different though, with some of the largest corporations scooping up most of the benefits.

Working to influence public policy is one thing, but issuing clear threats which involve chopping the legs out from under American workers if you don’t get your way is something else entirely. The only remaining question is if this will work and Congress will cave to GE’s demands.

YES, they will.

The people get screwed AGAIN!

“This is a battle. Do you stand for the rich and powerful who corrupt Washington and use this institution against the American taxpayer, or do you stand with the taxpayer?” presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, asked at a recent news conference with leaders of Club for Growth, Tea Party Patriots, the Senate Conservatives Fund and Heritage Action for America.

Well, we know which The Republican Elites picked.

It is becoming increasingly possible that lawmakers might end up having to pass a shorter-term extension than either chamber has wanted. The House has passed a five-month bill to buy time for a more ambitious six-year plan that would involve remaking the system for taxing multinational companies, while the Senate is pushing ahead with a six-year bill that includes three years of funding.

Six year expenditure and 3 years funding, gee that sounds like a Democrat. 🙂

“Speaking the truth about actions is entirely consistent with civility,” Mr. Cruz said Sunday on the Senate floor. “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

I wonder where I’ve heard that before… 🙂

“When there is overwhelming bipartisan support for an idea, even if I oppose it, it doesn’t require some ‘special deal’ to see a vote occur on that measure,” Mr. McConnell said on Sunday in defending his decision. “This is the United States Senate, after all, where we debate and vote on all kinds of different issues.”

Orwell has been institutionalized.

Now it’s “Jar Jar” Boehner’s turn to cave in, yet again.

Another Big Lie

 

Entitlements: Medicare’s latest annual report, issued days before its 50th anniversary, seems to show that, thanks to ObamaCare, it has a long and healthy future in front of it. But it’s not true. Not by a long shot.

President Obama’s top economists, Jeff Zients and Jason Furman, claim that the new Medicare Trustees Report “confirms the major progress that has been made in recent years in improving the financial position of the Medicare program.”

The Ministry of Truth says so. You can’t doubt The Ministry. You are not allowed to.

Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will remain solvent until 2030, they say, which is 13 years longer than it was before ObamaCare. Plus, they say, growth in per-beneficiary spending was just 2.3% last year, “less than one-half of the 5.5 average rate from 2000 to 2010.”

But this sunny outlook doesn’t stand up to even the slightest scrutiny.

Medicare is still a fiscal time bomb. As the nearby chart shows, its hospital insurance deficits will hit $110 billion in 2031 — the first year after its trust fund runs out of money. Annual deficits will eventually top $1 trillion a year.

Even that is a fantasy, since it assumes ObamaCare’s steep Medicare provider payment cuts actually happen. Even Medicare’s trustees are skeptical.

Buried in an appendix, the report admits that “there is substantial uncertainty” regarding the likelihood that those cuts will be feasible.

They are so deep, the report says, that what Medicare pays will “fall increasingly below providers’ costs.” By 2019, for example, as many as 15% of hospitals will have negative Medicare margins, it says. And the only way to avoid such massive losses would be for doctors and hospitals to “generate and sustain unprecedented levels of productivity gains.”

Washington has already shown that it won’t swallow such Medicare cuts. Soon after a 1997 payment cut plan — called “Sustainable Growth Rate” — went into effect, Congress repeatedly nullified it. In the likely event that Congress cancels the ObamaCare-imposed cuts, then “the actual future costs for Medicare may exceed the projections shown in this report, possibly by substantial amounts,” the trustees say.

Medicare remains in financial jeopardy and is in need of serious reform. Any politician who pretends otherwise is doing taxpayers and retirees a huge disservice.

(IBD)

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Mainstream Jujitsu

I never realized how much mainstream media had an affinity with martial arts. Over the past week, we’ve seen some of the most ferocious journalistic jujutsu in my lifetime. Shocking undercover videos are released revealing the true essence of Planned Parenthood—a cold, callous, commercial abortion and human-parts trafficking chain—and America’s news media can’t move quickly enough to spar with the messengers.

I don’t know, the jujitsu of lies, attacks and distortions around Benghazi are some of the Orwellian Left’s finest.

Lois Lerner and The IRS targeting.

Fast & Furious.

The Dukes of Hazzard 🙂

It’s all just a hoax! Planned Parenthood said so. And every news network is quick to rally to the abortion giant’s defense…one of the only times the liberal MSM will defend capitalism and corporate America. Apparently, the only videos that have credibility are the ones produced by MSNBC, CNN, CBS News, ABC News, or any other member of the multi-billion Network of Lies. Oh, but wait! They’ve never done any kind of exposé on Big Abortion. The last time news media took a critical look at the seedy abortion industry was when Pamela Zekman and Pamela Warrick, writing for the Chicago Sun Times, engaged in phenomenal undercover reporting of the Gosnell-like conditions in “Chicago’s thriving abortion business”. It was a 15-part series entitled: “The Abortion Profiteers”. That was in 1978, people. Today’s mainstream media, with billions of dollars in assets, won’t spend a dime to investigate this corrupt industry.

The Agenda is The Agenda! No one questions the The Agenda! Or else…

Enter Lila Rose. Jill Stanek. James O’Keefe. And now, David Daleidan of the Center For Medical Progress. These citizen journalists have riled the gatekeepers whose religiously devout efforts to protect Big Abortion don’t have a prayer. With the exception of Fox News, Brit Hume’s deeply stirring commentary of the destruction the abortion industry has brought to this country was epic. He reflects what the journalist’s creed, in part, proudly proclaims: “I believe that the journalism which succeeds best — and best deserves success — fears God and honors Man…always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice.”

But the only “injustice” the Left sees is that not everything bows and scraps to kiss their ass and do as they are told because they are so vastly superior to you grubby,dirty, little morons of hate.

My childhood hero, Frederick Douglass, started his own newspaper (The North Star) because mainstream media wasn’t telling the truth about slavery. Fast forward 168 years, and the same media malfeasance exists today. Douglass declared: “…justice must be done, the truth must be told. I will not be silent.” This remarkable freed slave is the reason why I became a citizen journalist. His passion to educate the public and to help set people free inspired me in my recent fight against the NAACP. This radically pro-abortion “civil rights” organization tried to sue my organization (and me personally) into silence for accurately parodying their name. The National Association for the Abortion of Colored People lost in court. Truth won.

Abortion is the number one killer in the black community, at rates 5 times higher than those among whites. But the NAACP still stands with its corporate sponsor, Planned Parenthood. Just like the Congressional Black Caucus, Sharpton’s National Action Network, and the National Urban League, the NAACP has responded to these shocking videos with less-than-surprising silence. Every one of these groups actively partners with the nation’s leading abortion and harvesting chain. With all of the hypocritical rhetoric and tweeting of #BlackLivesMatter, and the absurd backlash against declaring #AllLivesMatter, it’s become apparent that human life doesn’t really matter to certain people.

But it’s whitie’s fault! Check your Privilege, y’all. 🙂

Planned Parenthood can continue on aborting and selling those unwanted babies in their uncrushed wanted parts. Liberals won’t be outraged. But they’ll feign outrage at the ones who are exposing the inhumanity of it all. Cecile Richards, in a feeble attempt to discredit the Center for Medical Progress’ shocking videos, apologized for the “tone” of her top doctor, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, in a video that was supposedly a hoax. Never mind that Richards, a $583k per year salaried abortion mogul, told PBS “protesting abortion was like protesting a man’s colonoscopy”. Sure. The comparison of an unborn human life to feces has no despicable tone at all.

These recent events have me hopeful, though, and enjoying the desperation of the leading entity of population control going into serious damage control. Congress, and allegedly the DOJ, will investigate this situation. I encourage people to sign the Americans United for Life’s petition to demand that the White House order the Attorney General to investigate Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts.

The DOJ will ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!! NOTHING! The Agenda must be protected. That’s why virtually no one from the numerous scandals has been prosecuted. You turn the evidence over the DOJ and they conveniently lose it, wipe it, or ignore it. It’s their mandate to cover it all up.

They are the Gatekeepers of The Agenda, they are the ones who protect it. They serve only the Agenda.

And we can’t stop there. This abortion behemoth gets $528.4 million of our tax dollars every year to do their corrupt work. There are many reasons to defund Planned Parenthood. It kills human lives. It is fundamentally dishonest (suffering from a condition known as Mythomania-an abnormal or pathological tendency to exaggerate or tell lies). It has defrauded Medicaid (aka taxpayers) of millions of dollars. It grossly miseducates our youth (e.g. “There’s nothing unhealthy or bad about having a big number of sexual partners”). It is America’s biggest hoax.

Well, I have said, that polyamory is next. Nothing is “abnormal” unless it’s not on The Agenda, then it’s just evil.

One day, our nation will look back and wonder how so many were duped, for so long, by Planned Propaganda.

Not if the Ministry of Truth has anything to do with it.

It will be like the plans to destroy the Earth for a hyperspacial bypass in “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”

“But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months.”

“Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything.”

“But the plans were on display …”

“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”

“That’s the display department.”

“With a flashlight.”

“Ah, well the lights had probably gone.”

“So had the stairs.”

“But look, you found the notice didn’t you?”

“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard’.”

And Ministry has the Mainstream Media to lie for them.

One day, our collective soul will mourn for the millions of lives that were crushed by the violent social injustice of abortion. One day, because Truth is relentless and freeing, Big Abortion will be heavily edited out of our society. (Ryan Bomberger)

It will be heavily edit out society so that this kind of think won’t happen again and the Agenda won’t be exposed. That is what the Left is so upset about.

Remember, in the pursuit of their Agenda they have no morals or ethics of any kind, least of all unborn children, who they can’t even manipulate into voting for them.

THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA!!

The End justifies the Means.

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY!

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH!

CLASS WARFARE IS PEACE!

FEAR IS HOPE!

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy
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