Progressives lobby for end-of-life funding “to change health care delivery”

On July 23 a new pro-Obamacare coalition called the Patient Quality of Life Coalition (PQLC) lobbied on Capitol Hill for “two bills to change health care delivery.”

The bills (H.R. 1339 / S. 641; and H.R. 1666) would authorize (to start) roughly $300 million for advertising to the public, training navigators, educating health professionals, establishing a national supervisory board, and promoting research, all with the goal of replacing standard care with palliative care (symptom treatment and hospice) for sick people, in lieu of costly life-saving treatments.

Dick Woodruff -- former chief of staff to Rosa DeLauro; former legislative advisor for Alliance for Justice -- gives the PQLC lobbyists some final instructions.
Dick Woodruff — former chief of staff to Rosa DeLauro; former legislative advisor for Alliance for Justice — gives the PQLC lobbyists some final instructions.

Veteran lobbyist Dick Woodruff explained why the urgency:  “Because these people who have these illnesses . . . are the ones who are driving healthcare costs more than anybody else . .  if we can figure out a way to manage their care, we can make life better for them, but then save the system money. . . .  [These bills] could have major returns over the next 25-45 years.” [my emphasis]

Woodruff, who served as chief of staff for Rosa DeLauro (of EMILY’s List fame), and later as senior Continue reading “Progressives lobby for end-of-life funding “to change health care delivery””

Obama Administration Cuts Deal with Big Insurance (and others)

I smell quid pro quo.

Two events occurred on May 21.

The Los Angeles Times reported the fact that the Obama administration (aka, Big Government) has cut a deal with AHIP (Big Insurance). (hat tip Matt Drudge, who picked up the story.)

In exchange for holding down premium increases next year, the administration has promised the insurance industry a bailout worth billions of taxpayer dollars if the insurance companies lose money in the process.  The bailout is hidden in regulations that were issued a little over a week ago. Continue reading “Obama Administration Cuts Deal with Big Insurance (and others)”

S.B. 679: Separating the Men from the Statists

On  Tuesday, July 31, the House passed S. 679: the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011.  The bill was introduced in the Senate by Chuck Schumer (D-NY), where it passed with a 79/20 vote, and went on to the Republican-controlled House where the leadership pushed it through, 261/116.

The HHS Organization Chart written in 2012 for 2013. (source HHS – see pg 6)

Al Kamen of the Washington Post reported approvingly (HT Mark Levin ):

The House Tuesday evening passed a measure to improve the clogged presidential appointee confirmation process by eliminating 169 jobs from requiring Senate approval.

The positions in that category, such as assistant secretaries for public affairs or for administration or management, are ones that rarely spark partisan Senate battles.

Mark Levin reported the event at about 8pm on his radio program.  (direct link to MP3 here, or scroll to the 7/31/12 show, here; at about 75:00 )  He remarked that he learned from his experience in the Reagan administration that in many instances the assistant secretaries were “key” positions; Levin says “those jobs are no joke.”  These are not posts that should be “streamlined.”

Levin reported that the Republican rank and file were told that the bill must pass because “Mitt Romney said, ‘support the bill.'”

For the record, here are how the House Republicans voted on this bill that will help the statist agenda (30 Republicans did not vote at all):

Yeas

Nays

AK – Donald “Don” Young
AL 6 – Spencer Bachus
AL 1 – Jo Bonner
AL 2 – Martha Roby
AL 3 – Michael “Mike” Rogers
AZ 6 – Jeff Flake
AZ 2 – Trent Franks
CA 50 – Brian Bilbray
CA 45 – Mary Bono Mack
CA 44 – Ken Calvert
CA 26 – David Dreier
CA 24 – Elton Gallegly
CA 2 – Walter “Wally” Herger
CA 52 – Duncan Hunter
CA 49 – Darrell Issa
CA 41 – Jerry Lewis
CA 3 – Daniel Lungren
CA 22 – Kevin McCarthy
CA 25 – Howard “Buck” McKeon
CA 21 – Devin Nunes
CO 3 – Scott Tipton
FL 21 – Mario Diaz-Balart
FL 25 – David Rivera
FL 18 – Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
GA 1 – Jack Kingston
GA 6 – Tom Price
IA 4 – Thomas “Tom” Latham
ID 2 – Michael “Mike” Simpson
IL 13 – Judy Biggert
IL 10 – Bob Dold
IL 14 – Randy Hultgren
IL 11 – Adam Kinzinger
IL 6 – Peter Roskam
IL 18 – Aaron Schock
IL 19 – John Shimkus
IN 4 – Todd Rokita
KY 4 – Geoff Davis
KY 2 – Brett Guthrie
KY 1 – Edward “Ed” Whitfield
MI 4 – David “Dave” Camp
MI 10 – Candice Miller
MI 8 – Michael “Mike” Rogers
MI 6 – Frederick “Fred” Upton
MN 8 – Chip Cravaack
MO 6 – Samuel “Sam” Graves
MO 7 – Billy Long
MS 3 – Gregg Harper
NC 2 – Renee Ellmers
NC 10 – Patrick McHenry
NC 9 – Sue Myrick
NE 3 – Adrian Smith
NH 2 – Charles “Charlie” Bass
NH 1 – Frank Guinta
NJ 11 – Rodney Frelinghuysen
NJ 2 – Frank LoBiondo
NJ 3 – Jon Runyan
NJ 4 – Christopher “Chris” Smith
NV 2 – Mark Amodei
NV 3 – Joe Heck
NY 13 – Michael Grimm
NY 3 – Peter “Pete” King
NY 29 – Tom Reed
NY 9 – Robert Turner
OH 14 – Steven LaTourette
OH 15 – Steve Stivers
OH 12 – Patrick “Pat” Tiberi
OK 1 – John Sullivan
OR 2 – Greg Walden
PA 15 – Charles Dent
PA 7 – Patrick Meehan
PA 19 – Todd Platts
PA 9 – William “Bill” Shuster
PA 5 – Glenn Thompson
SC 1 – Tim Scott
TN 8 – Stephen Fincher
TX 8 – Kevin Brady
TX 31 – John Carter
TX 12 – Kay Granger
TX 5 – Jeb Hensarling
TX 3 – Samuel “Sam” Johnson
TX 32 – Peter “Pete” Sessions
TX 21 – Lamar Smith
TX 13 – William “Mac” Thornberry
UT 3 – Jason Chaffetz
VA 7 – Eric Cantor
VA 6 – Robert “Bob” Goodlatte
VA 9 – Morgan Griffith
VA 5 – Robert Hurt
WA 4 – Doc Hastings
WA 5 – Cathy McMorris Rodgers
WA 8 – Dave Reichert
WI 6 – Thomas “Tom” Petri
WI 1 – Paul Ryan
WI 5 – James Sensenbrenner
WV 2 – Shelley Capito
AL 4 – Robert Aderholt
AL 5 – Mo Brooks
AR 1 – Rick Crawford
AR 2 – Tim Griffin
AR 3 – Steve Womack
AZ 1 – Paul Gosar
AZ 3 – Ben Quayle
AZ 5 – David Schweikert
CA 19 – Jeff Denham
CA 4 – Tom McClintock
CA 42 – Gary Miller
CA 40 – Edward “Ed” Royce
CO 6 – Mike Coffman
CO 4 – Cory Gardner
CO 5 – Doug Lamborn
FL 24 – Sandy Adams
FL 9 – Gus Bilirakis
FL 13 – Vern Buchanan
FL 7 – John Mica
FL 1 – Jeff Miller
FL 5 – Richard Nugent
FL 15 – Bill Posey
FL 16 – Thomas Rooney
FL 12 – Dennis Ross
FL 2 – Steve Southerland
FL 6 – Clifford “Cliff” Stearns
FL 8 – Daniel Webster
FL 22 – Allen West
FL 10 – Bill Young
GA 9 – Tom Graves
GA 7 – Rob Woodall
IA 5 – Steve King
IL 16 – Donald Manzullo
IL 17 – Robert “Bobby” Schilling
IL 8 – Joe Walsh
IN 8 – Larry Bucshon
IN 5 – Dan Burton
IN 3 – Marlin Stutzman
KS 1 – Tim Huelskamp
KS 2 – Lynn Jenkins
KS 4 – Mike Pompeo
KS 3 – Kevin Yoder
LA 7 – Charles Boustany
LA 3 – Jeff Landry
LA 1 – Steve Scalise
MD 6 – Roscoe Bartlett
MD 1 – Andy Harris
MI 3 – Justin Amash
MN 6 – Michele Bachmann
MN 2 – John Kline
MN 3 – Erik Paulsen
MO 8 – Jo Ann Emerson
MO 4 – Vicky Hartzler
MO 9 – Blaine Luetkemeyer
MS 1 – Alan Nunnelee
MS 4 – Steven Palazzo
MT 0 – Dennis “Denny” Rehberg
NC 6 – Howard Coble
NC 5 – Virginia Foxx
NC 3 – Walter Jones
ND 0 – Rick Berg
NE 1 – Jeffrey Fortenberry
NE 2 – Lee Terry
NJ 5 – Scott Garrett
NJ 7 – Leonard Lance
NM 2 – Steven “Steve” Pearce
NY 25 – Ann Marie Buerkle
NY 20 – Chris Gibson
OH 7 – Steve Austria
OH 1 – Steven “Steve” Chabot
OH 18 – Bob Gibbs
OH 6 – Bill Johnson
OH 5 – Robert Latta
OH 2 – Jean Schmidt
OH 3 – Michael Turner
OK 4 – Tom Cole
OK 5 – James Lankford
OK 3 – Frank Lucas
PA 11 – Lou Barletta
PA 8 – Michael Fitzpatrick
PA 6 – Jim Gerlach
PA 3 – Mike Kelly
PA 10 – Thomas Marino
PA 18 – Tim Murphy
PA 16 – Joseph Pitts
SC 3 – Jeff Duncan
SC 5 – Mick Mulvaney
SC 2 – Addison “Joe” Wilson
TN 6 – Diane Black
TN 7 – Marsha Blackburn
TN 2 – John “Jimmy” Duncan
TN 3 – Chuck Fleischmann
TN 1 – Phil Roe
TX 6 – Joe Barton
TX 26 – Michael Burgess
TX 23 – Francisco “Quico” Canseco
TX 11 – Michael Conaway
TX 7 – John Culberson
TX 27 – Blake Farenthold
TX 17 – Bill Flores
TX 1 – Louis Gohmert
TX 4 – Ralph Hall
TX 24 – Kenny Marchant
TX 19 – Randy Neugebauer
TX 22 – Pete Olson
TX 2 – Ted Poe
UT 1 – Rob Bishop
VA 4 – Randy Forbes
VA 2 – Scott Rigell
VA 1 – Rob Wittman
VA 10 – Frank Wolf
WA 3 – Jaime Herrera Beutler
WI 8 – Reid Ribble
WV 1 – David McKinley
WY 0 – Cynthia Lummis