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Is Obama's Department of Health And Human Services Stomping On The First Amendment... Threatening Those Who Oppose ObamaCare.
But Obama and the leftists in Congress are not simply trying to keep you in the dark when it comes to ObamaCare.
It's worse... they're actually trying to squash attempts by some who dare to tell the truth about ObamaCare.
Did you hear about what just happened to Humana?
Humana published a letter to its members warning them of potential drastic cuts to Medicare (specifically the Medicare Advantage program) under ObamaCare and urged its members to contact Congress.
Specifically, Humana said; “if the proposed funding cut levels [in the current health care legislation] become law, millions of seniors and disabled individuals could lose many of the important benefits and services that make Medicare Advantage health plans so valuable.”
It was a very valid point to raise... such proposals are on the table... and it makes all the sense in the world to alert people to what is going on and motivate them to call their elected officials... but it didn't take the long for our government to come down hard on Humana.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) initiated an investigation and sent an ominous gag-order to Humana:
“As we continue our research into this issue, we are instructing you to immediately discontinue all such mailings to beneficiaries and to remove any related materials directed to Medicare enrollees from your Web sites.”
And Senator Max Baucus demanded that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launch an "investigation" against Humana as well, claiming the letter put forth "false information," Baucus rhetorically asked, "does the first amendment include lies?”
Of course, there's just one small problem with Baucus' ranting accusation. Humana was voicing an opinion that was well grounded in fact. Even the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) made the point.
Bob Ellis with Dakotavoice.com: "Even the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirms what the White House doesn’t want to get out, with CBO head Douglas Elmendorf telling the Senate this on Tuesday."
The Internet website Blogcritics.com, in an article titled, Obama Violates the First Amendment, goes so far as to say that the HHS action "smacks of fascism."
"[T]his past week the Obama administration violated its oath to uphold the Constitution by issuing a decree abridging the First Amendment right to speech."
"In a memo to private health insurers from a senior official at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the Obama administration issued a decree ordering them to stop informing Medicare beneficiaries that health reform legislation before Congress could hurt them and curtail their benefits if enacted. The memo went on to say that the government might take legal action against insurers that are mobilizing opposition to the legislation by sending 'misleading and confusing' messages to seniors.
"Say what you will about insurance companies, this is by no means a defense of them. It is instead a rebuke of an administration that is playing fast and loose with basic rights guaranteed to all Americans, including corporations. ... Humana has as much right to speak out for or against federal legislation as I do. Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court have no power to abridge Humana’s right to free speech. Obama should know this, given that he is a constitutional lawyer."
And yet, in spite of these shenanigans, Senate Republicans are still bending over backward to play Let's Make A Deal. Are they under some delusion that they can somehow make ObamaCare better or soften the blow if they "negotiate?"
If so, we must disabuse them of that notion here and now. We must tell them that instead of negotiating on ObamaCare, they need to focus their efforts on stopping ObamaCare.
We need to tell them to stand firm... twist some arms... pick-off some Democrats from conservative states and bring them into the fold... dare Harry Reid to shove the reconciliation process down our throats and pass ObamaCare with a simple majority (he'll do it at the risk of destroying his own party).
The battle to stop ObamaCare is winnable... all these Senators need is a little back-bone.
HEIL Hussein Obama..The would be king of America !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!