Democratic memo instructs staffers to mislead voters and media on “doctor fix”; Update: It’s a hoax, say Dems

posted at 1:37 pm on March 19, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, a source in Washington DC sent me a scan of a memo that Democratic leadership has passed to staffers on the Hill instructing them how to handle the media and their bosses in the next 72 hours on ObamaCare.  I confirmed it with another source on Capitol Hill a few minutes ago.  The memo warns staffers to avoid discussing the mechanisms within the CBO analysis in order to mislead voters on their intentions for the “doctor fix” and how it will “undermine the reforms’ budget neutrality.”

I won’t transcribe it all (readers can download it here to read it in full), but I’ll highlight the relevant passage:

Second, most health staff are already aware that our health proposal does not contain a “doc fix.”  Some Republicans have repeated CBO’s November 18th letter that says “the sustainable growth rate (SGR) mechanism governing Medicare’s payments to physicians has been frequently modified (either through legislative or administrative action) to avoid reductions in those payments, and legislation to do so again is currently under consideration in Congress.”  The inclusion of a full SGR repeal would undermine the reform’s budget neutrality.  So, again, do not allow yourself (or your boss) to get into a discussion of the details of CBO scores and textual narrative.  Instead, focus only on the deficit reduction and number of Americans covered.

As most health staff knows, Leadership and the White House are working with the AMA to rally physicians support for a full SGR repeal later this spring.  However, both health and communications staff should understand that we do not want that policy discussed at this time, lest I [sic] complicate the last critical push for health reform.

While I was tracking down the sourcing on this, Politico’s Chris Frates already reported on it:

Democrats are planning to introduce legislation later this spring that would permanently repeal annual Medicare cuts to doctors, but are warning lawmakers not to talk about it for fear that it will complicate their push to pass comprehensive health reform. The plans undercut the party’s message that reform lowers the deficit, according to a memo obtained by POLITICO.

Democrats removed the so-called doc fix from the reform legislation last year because its $371-billion price tag would have made it impossible for Democrats to claim that their bill reduces the deficit. Republicans have argued for months that by stripping the doc fix from the bill, Democrats were playing a shell game.

Basically, this is an admission that the numbers the Democrats submitted to the CBO were entirely false, and that they plan to make this bill a deficit expander in the spring.  It’s a breathtaking admission of deceit and hypocrisy — and its exposure should have the media asking more questions about that CBO scoring and putting Democrats in the hot seat over it.

Update (AP): Memo? What memo?

“We have checked with every Democratic office, no one has ever seen it. It did not come out of a Democratic office,” the aide said, adding that media outlets printing the memo have not checked with leadership offices if the memo is authentic. A second Democratic leadership aide confirmed the memo was not sent by the Democrats. A third Democratic aide also said the memo is fake, citing the “draft” stamp and saying no one uses such things.

“If this were a Democratic communications person who wrote this, they should be fired, because this looks like Republican talking points,” the third Democratic aide told TPMDC.

The memo alleging the changes commonly known as a “doc fix” would be politically damaging to Democrats, who already are holding together a fragile coalition to get the needed 216 votes Sunday.

Update (Ed): When Politico went live with this article, I had confirmed with two people I know on the Hill that they had seen this being passed around.  Did it come from Democrats, or from Republicans?  I can’t answer that, but I did confirm with two sources that it exists.


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So this means the actual cost of the bill is more like $1.2 trillion? If it’s more than the Senate bill then it doesn’t meet the standards for reconciliation, right? Am I right?

smellthecoffee on March 19, 2010 at 3:09 PM

All reconciliation bills MUST reduce the deficit by nature of the reconciliation rules. I’m not sure why 1 trillion is the tipping point but, yeah, if it doesn’t meet the standards, Reconciliation is impossible.

We need to know if this memo is real.

Like… RIGHT NOW.

Skywise on March 19, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Skywise on March 19, 2010 at 3:10 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if the language in other memos is much, much worse. They look down on their opposition…we’re all just a bunch of dumb hicks who don’t know any better.

If it is a hoax, I’m gonna be pissed. but, not sure how they’ll prove it either way (unless a GOPer comes clean).

changer1701 on March 19, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Slightly OT: Calls to Congressman reported as harrassment This is on Drudge right now.

AubieJon on March 19, 2010 at 3:17 PM

It’s not a hoax….they just now know it’s been leaked, and know it’s not good for them. So of course they’d lie, and say it’s a hoax.

capejasmine on March 19, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Oh yeah, sure its a hoax. And as I guess that means there will be no legislation in coming months to deal with the Doc Fix, right? and I guess that means the Democrats will actually start having substantive talks about the CBO report and how the numbers actually shape up.

Terrye on March 19, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Of the people, by the people and for the people.

Of the criminals, by the criminals and for the criminals.

MB4 on March 19, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Here is an interesting bit from an article at FoxNation

The Republicans’ specific strategy for prolonging the debate is to exploit a potential problem with the reconciliation bill.

The main trouble spot is that the package includes a change to the controversial tax on high-cost “Cadillac” insurance plans — under a compromise, because liberal Democrats and unions despise it, the tax would be put off until 2018, as opposed to 2013.

But Republicans argue that the adjustment would run afoul of a congressional rule that says reconciliation cannot be used to tweak Social Security. Because the tax on “Cadillac” insurance plans is projected to bring in revenue to Social Security, any change to that tax would presumably affect Social Security.

This is a clear violation of the rule, GOP sources told Fox News.

It takes 60 votes to waive any objections Republicans might bring up on the floor on those grounds, but Democrats have only 59. And there aren’t a lot of senators crossing aisles these days.

This deem and pass vote may be another battle not the victory the Democrats think it is.

petunia on March 19, 2010 at 3:18 PM

I agree. The language doesn’t sound like a Republican hoax to me, though it could be a very good one. It doesn’t matter…everyone will believe the Dems anyway.

changer1701 on March 19, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Considering the way those poll numbers have been looking, I am not so sure about that.

Terrye on March 19, 2010 at 3:19 PM

I’d like to see Ojesus come to Bristol Motor Speedway and try to peddle his talking points. Honestly, that would be glorious.

hillbillyjim on March 19, 2010 at 3:20 PM

All reconciliation bills MUST reduce the deficit by nature of the reconciliation rules. I’m not sure why 1 trillion is the tipping point but, yeah, if it doesn’t meet the standards, Reconciliation is impossible.

We need to know if this memo is real.

Like… RIGHT NOW.

Skywise on March 19, 2010 at 3:13 PM

The doc fix is not part of reconcilliation.

Just like the other lies they will get away with it.

petunia on March 19, 2010 at 3:21 PM

We need to know if this memo is real.

Like… RIGHT NOW.

Skywise on March 19, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Seems to me if it is real, then they are toast. I don’t know whether Republicans would have the ability to challenge the validity of reconciliation at this point, but as far as the American people are concerned, if this gets wide enough circulation–stick a fork in them.

smellthecoffee on March 19, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Slightly OT: Calls to Congressman reported as harrassment This is on Drudge right now.

AubieJon on March 19, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Reports say that an old letter from King George III has been found where he says that the letter sent him by Thomas Jefferson is harassment.

MB4 on March 19, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Gee, no sesquipedalian, no crr6, no other trolls on this thread. Wonder why?

notropis on March 19, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Hey, they’re college kids, and it’s a Friday. Their “weekend” started about 24 hours ago.

Del Dolemonte on March 19, 2010 at 3:22 PM

I wish I had a cone of silence at work so I could scream some obscenities.

WashJeff on March 19, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Heh. I’ve been watching Get Smart on DVD. I think I’ll watch some more this weekend and drink and count Yes and No votes.

ConservativeTony on March 19, 2010 at 3:22 PM

“If this were a Democratic communications person who wrote this, they should be fired, because this looks like Republican talking points,” the third Democratic aide told TPMDC.

Right. Republicans are telling people not to talk about the CBO numbers, the Slaughter nonsense and other affronts to the Constitution and legislative process that Democrats have used to pass this “popular” bill.

Lie, lie, lie, lie, deny, lie, deny, blame the GOP, lie, deny, lie, deny, blame the GOP…the entire Democrat platform for November and beyond.

Ain’t working, donks. See you in November.

Good Lt on March 19, 2010 at 3:23 PM

“If this were a Democratic communications person who wrote this, they should be fired, because this looks like Republican talking points,” the third Democratic aide told TPMDC.

What did you expect? A liberal staffer in Pelosi’s office to just fess up and say “oh yeah…I sent that out after the Speaker handed it to me”?

Soon we’ll hear the Clinton defense:

“I wasn’t having sex with her…she was having sex with me” will become:

“I didn’t send that memo….it sent itself”.

BobMbx on March 19, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Considering the way those poll numbers have been looking, I am not so sure about that.

Terrye on March 19, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Maybe. I hope it’s not a hoax, but even if it’s not it does tie their hands a bit. If they don’t pass a doc fix they’ll have cut Medicare. If they do pass it the GOP will be proven right and the shell game they played with the CBO will be exposed.

changer1701 on March 19, 2010 at 3:24 PM

If it’s a hoax it’s a pretty convincing one… at least with rathergate it was obvious it was made with word… and rathergate was only about a paragraph or two long document… this is two pages…

ninjapirate on March 19, 2010 at 3:24 PM

The congressman’s staff will know if they got this memo or not. So if it is real it should spook the Congress that it is out there.

Eventually the truth will be known.

I doubt we can really stop this vote anyway. So the real value is ammunition for the future.

Evidence in the court of public opinion.

petunia on March 19, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Demoncrats got caught redhanded and so now have to lie about it.

rbj on March 19, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Ed, you should be talking with politico…

ninjapirate on March 19, 2010 at 3:25 PM

We need to know if this memo is real.

Like… RIGHT NOW.

Skywise on March 19, 2010 at 3:13 PM

There is a test. Start asking the Dem congress critters to talk about the doc fix and the dealings with the AMA.

BobMbx on March 19, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Gee, no sesquipedalian, no crr6, no other trolls on this thread. Wonder why?

notropis on March 19, 2010 at 2:09 PM
Hey, they’re college kids, and it’s a Friday. Their “weekend” started about 24 hours ago.

Del Dolemonte on March 19, 2010 at 3:22 PM

I think they’re working up talking points as to how to convince us this lying, and corruption are good things for everybody!

capejasmine on March 19, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Hey, they’re college kids, and it’s a Friday. Their “weekend” started about 24 hours ago.

Del Dolemonte on March 19, 2010 at 3:22 PM

I really resent those types. They give a bad rap to the rest of us and rile up the local police. Weekend, schmeekend, I’m trying to locate a teacher at a school which is apparently freaking clueless as to how to locate their own staff.

Dark-Star on March 19, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Gee, no sesquipedalian, no crr6, no other trolls on this thread. Wonder why?

notropis on March 19, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

But seriously, I think they know in their heart-of-hearts that they are on the wrong side of history, and on the wrong side of what’s truly good and proper.

There’s a seed of a thought in the back of their brainwashed heads that is telling them that this is not the way it is supposed to be. If not, then fxxx’em.

hillbillyjim on March 19, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Somehow I doubt The Politico printed a conservative hoax. You don’t go to publication if you’re not sure such a major story is real with even a low-level Dem staffer.

amerpundit on March 19, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Sooo… do we now search for the NEW memo, with the NEW talking points, spinning the origional Memo?

Bet its out there…

Romeo13 on March 19, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Who is the “from” that is marked out on the memo?

ninjapirate on March 19, 2010 at 3:27 PM

I had confirmed with two people I know on the Hill that they had seen this being passed around. Did it come from Democrats, or from Republicans? I can’t answer that, but I did confirm with two sources that it exists.

Kinda like those pigs throwing money and harassing the guy with Parkinson’s at the rally……

Were they really TEA Party supporters…. or PLANTS..

hummmmmmmmmmmmm

roflmao

donabernathy on March 19, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Seems Politico was pretty quick to pull the “doc fix” story. Wonder who called them from the WH?

ConservativeTony on March 19, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Now Politico updates:

An earlier post in this spot detailed what was purported by Republicans to be an internal Democratic memo regarding the upcoming health reform vote Sunday. Democratic leadership has challenged the authenticity of the memo. POLITICO has removed the memo and the details about it until we can absolutely verify the document’s origin.

Politico wrote originally, “according to a memo obtained by POLITICO.” That hardly made it sound like Politico got it from the opposition party.

And now The Politico removes a letter damaging to Democrats because Democrats claim it — the letter that would damage them — as a hoax.

amerpundit on March 19, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Gee whiz.. for some odd reason, Drudge is a REALLY slow load… hehe.
Knowledge is power !

pambi on March 19, 2010 at 3:31 PM

I wish I had a cone of silence at work so I could scream some obscenities.

WashJeff on March 19, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Heh. Me too!

changer1701 on March 19, 2010 at 3:31 PM

amerpundit on March 19, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Yeah, I saw that. Think they’d be so quick to pull it if the situation were reversed?

changer1701 on March 19, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Look at the scan of the memo. It’s stamped “DRAFT.” It probably got leaked before it could be distributed.

cynccook on March 19, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Paul Ryan just told Michael Medved about this memo going around on the floor.

capitalist piglet on March 19, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Dark-Star on March 19, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Quit your bitchin’ and go do something about it.

Nobody else will.

What the hell are you doing wasting your time here when you’ve got obligations and deadlines?

Being indignant doesn’t get you grade-points.

hillbillyjim on March 19, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Why not? Dems can now deem a bill passed, why wouldn’t they deem one of their internal memos a hoax?

JohnTant on March 19, 2010 at 3:33 PM

It’s a Hoax!

Sure it is …

Never believe a democrat. They never, ever tell the truth.

darwin on March 19, 2010 at 3:34 PM

UPDATE–it’s a hoax?

Lol. Damage Control for the Liars. How cute that they want to lie about their lying. I’m shocked.

conservative pilgrim on March 19, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Great. Just great. The doc fix memo is going to keep this crap going for at least another week.

Obama may as well go on his trip. Where was he going to trash the US this time?

ConservativeTony on March 19, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Hoax or not, it brings up a very valid issue.

truetexan on March 19, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Who is the from line? Why would they be marked out? Who scanned this and sent it out?

Answer FFS… Ed or Politico needs to… get on the case….

ninjapirate on March 19, 2010 at 3:37 PM

I noticed Drudge took down the previously red highlighted link to the Memo too.

conservative pilgrim on March 19, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Memo may be a hoax, but the part about the Doc Fix is still spot on.

WashJeff on March 19, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Does it really matter true or false?
One way or the other, the facts are:
1. they excluded the doc fix to make the magic number
2. They know they need to include the doc fix to get AMA and others on board.
3. The questions MUST be asked now (or at least I hope they will)

On a side note, if this was a hoax, it was pretty darn cleverly done.

JusDreamin on March 19, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Something is bad silly wrong with the filter here lately.

Later.

hillbillyjim on March 19, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Hoax or not, it brings up a very valid issue.

truetexan on March 19, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Exactly. The memo may be a hoax, but the fact that the Democrats have not put the Doc Fix in the bill so that it didn’t figure into the CBO numbers is NOT a hoax.

conservative pilgrim on March 19, 2010 at 3:40 PM

From where I sit, you’re not quite mad enough yet. You’ll get there.

hillbillyjim on March 19, 2010 at 3:03 PM

I live in Markey’s district — one that is decidedly conservative. The day before she made her announcement I sent her a letter in oppositiion of the HCR bill. I was not nasty or threatening (papering over my true feelings). The Denver Post, a reliably liberal newspaper, urged the Colorado delegation to vote no on this vile miscarriage. All reliable polls in Colorado put disapproval at twice the rate of approval on the bill. Congresswoman Markey is getting deluged with emails, calls, etc. It has done no good. I have lost faith in politics.

We have to remember that our neighbors voted these people into office, and I’m pretty bitter about that. The fact that they are now squealing about the loss of liberty is completely lost on me. At this point, short of politics by other means, all I have is a vote.

ObjectionSustained on March 19, 2010 at 3:41 PM

I went slumming to find some news on the doc fix and whattayouknow?

CNN has a link to Cartoon Network and Cartoon Network has a link to the doc fix memo on Politico.

ConservativeTony on March 19, 2010 at 3:43 PM

New Dem tactic, every new entitlement bill will cut SocSec 30% so the new entitlement will “reduce” the deficit. Bill to follow to restore the cuts.

WashJeff on March 19, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Of course the Dems would deny the existence of this memo – they need time to find someone to blame for it.

katiejane on March 19, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Has there been any news on Obama’s campaign Obamacare rally in Fairfax today?

conservative pilgrim on March 19, 2010 at 3:44 PM

ObjectionSustained on March 19, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Don’t let go of your anger. Focus it.

We’re not done quite yet.

hillbillyjim on March 19, 2010 at 3:45 PM

The “From” line sure does look like “Steny Hoyer”….

TeresainFortWorth on March 19, 2010 at 3:45 PM

The “From” line sure does look like “Steny Hoyer”….

TeresainFortWorth on March 19, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Yep.

INC on March 19, 2010 at 3:48 PM

I think they’re working up talking points as to how to convince us this lying, and corruption are good things for everybody!

capejasmine on March 19, 2010 at 3:26 PM

It’s one of the many penumbrae of the Constitution!

venividivici on March 19, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Even if the memo is a hoax, and that remains to be proven…the issue is REAL.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Sorry, but I just don’t buy that the memo is not a hoax. I think the Dems are like the fox telling the chickens that he’ll guard them just as well as the guard dog. The Dems have proven time and time again they’re nothing but a bunch of lying, thieving, gangsters.

Torch on March 19, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Another corner 3 pointer from Nomentum.

What great basketball we have here!

percysunshine on March 19, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Well if the memo is a fake – does that mean the Democrats are willing to talk about this “Doctor Fix”?

Let’s hear them answer the question – are they, or are they not, willing to cut the pay of Doctor’s the way the law currently says they must. A “no” answer means their little CBO score is garbage.

HondaV65 on March 19, 2010 at 3:50 PM

How about:

No monies shall be appropriated in excess of ten percent of the gross domestic product, except upon unanimous consent of both houses, and in accordance with a written plan for future reimbursement to the Treasury of the United States.

or

All monies appropriated in excess of those appropriated within the budget of the current fiscal year shall not tend to increase a budgetary deficit, except upon unanimous consent of both houses.

or

Congress shall make no laws compelling a state to raise revenues in compliance therewith, nor appropriating funds to a state disproportional to the population therein.

Congress shall make no laws but by the direct vote of both houses of Congress, wherein the the law passed in each house shall contain identical contents. Laws passed otherwise shall not carry the force of law.

The Federal Reserve or any other body governing monetary policy shall not loan common currency of the United States to any institution with the intent to prevent the failure thereof.

Congress shall make no law acquiring the assets, debts, or stock of any private body, nor shall any body under the executive office of the president do the same. All such assets currently held shall be sold within one year of the enactment of this amendment.

Congress shall create no entity tending to compete with private institutions except where such entity is herein mentioned specifically.

andy85719 on March 19, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Hoax my arse. My God these people think we’re stupid.

Rational Thought on March 19, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Even if it’s a fake, the “doc fix” is dead.

mankai on March 19, 2010 at 3:53 PM

What Would Jesus Do?

according to the Dems, Lie

jp on March 19, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Does “fake but accurate” ring a bell?

SwampYankee on March 19, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Hoax or not, it brings up a very valid issue.

truetexan on March 19, 2010 at 3:36 PM

This is what doomed TennCare from the start. It was ALL about cost and they CUT payments to doctors, who dropped out of the program en masse, leaving poor people to drive very long distances in search of a primary-care doctor. People who were on hourly wages couldn’t afford the time off ended up going to the ER.

TN Mom on March 19, 2010 at 3:58 PM

People who were on hourly wages couldn’t afford the time off ended up going to the ER.

TN Mom on March 19, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Free healthcare is too expensive…we need reform now!

BobMbx on March 19, 2010 at 4:01 PM

This is what doomed TennCare from the start. It was ALL about cost and they CUT payments to doctors, who dropped out of the program en masse, leaving poor people to drive very long distances in search of a primary-care doctor. People who were on hourly wages couldn’t afford the time off ended up going to the ER.

TN Mom on March 19, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Has anyone noticed that the fed is buying off states who have failed healthcare plans?

percysunshine on March 19, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Update: It’s a hoax

Dan Rather was unavailable for comment.

db on March 19, 2010 at 4:03 PM

So now we have the basics of the Obama strategy. Use the Commerce Clause for everything and claim any negative stuff is a hoax.

darwin on March 19, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Slightly OT: Calls to Congressman reported as harrassment This is on Drudge right now.
AubieJon on March 19, 2010 at 3:17 PM

I wonder if the Democrats are going to call it harrassment when they start campaigning and they get an earfull from unfriendly people on their parade route??

yoda on March 19, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Update: It’s a hoax, say Dems

Yeah, we totally believe you guys… No seriously, who’s more trustworthy than a Democrat?

RightWinged on March 19, 2010 at 4:07 PM

So the Doc Fix Problem is real … but we are talking about if some memo to decieve is the authentic. Does that sum it up?

batterup on March 19, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Another watch what the other hand is doing, via GP, ACORN funding has been fully restored.

ORconservative on March 19, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Screw “getting an earful”. They should be receiving rotten eggs in the face, constantly. As should their families.

Vancomycin on March 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM

RESIST!

Take a pledge not to be coerced into buying health insurance or pay any of their “fines”. Make them use force. (then we can be justified in meeting them with force.)

If enough of us do it the entire thing comes apart for them.

Resist this Marxist tyranny.

elduende on March 19, 2010 at 4:21 PM

I wonder if the Democrats are going to call it harrassment when they start campaigning and they get an earfull from unfriendly people on their parade route??

yoda on March 19, 2010 at 4:04 PM

They are not going to campaign, they will “deem” themselves reelected.

farright on March 19, 2010 at 4:25 PM

How’s this for an idea?

Let’s take our country back. While we’re at it, let’s take the Constitution of the United States of America along for the ride.

Our Constitution tells us that we the Bible-clinging people are the owners and arbiters of our government. Anyone who would wish to change that calculus deserves whatever hell that is inflicted upon them by their constituency. God Save the Queen Republic. LET’S Farking ROLL.

hillbillyjim on March 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Basically, this is an admission that the numbers the Democrats submitted to the CBO were entirely false, and that they plan to make this bill a deficit expander in the spring. It’s a breathtaking admission of deceit and hypocrisy — and its exposure should have the media asking more questions about that CBO scoring and putting Democrats in the hot seat over it.

“There should be a law” LIABILITY for data submitted to the CBO. Prosecute deceit or accept it. If there isn’t precedence, set one.

maverick muse on March 19, 2010 at 4:29 PM

They are not going to campaign, they will “deem” themselves reelected.

farright on March 19, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Deem them up, Scotty.

maverick muse on March 19, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Methinks we’re on the fasttrack to ObamaCare Riots. Americans will not stand by and watch the Constitution gutted.

RandyChandler on March 19, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Obama is turning the IRS into his secret police.

From Yid with Lid
http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2010/03/obamacare-bill-turns-irs-into-secret.html

* IRS agents verify if you have “acceptable” health care coverage

* IRS has the authority to fine you up to $2,250 or 2 percent of your income (whichever is greater) for failure to prove that you have purchased “minimum essential coverage”

* IRS can confiscate your tax refund

* IRS audits are likely to increase

* IRS will need up to $10 billion to administer the new health care program this decade

* IRS may need to hire as many as 16,500 additional auditors, agents and other employees to investigate and collect billions in new taxes from Americans Nearly half of all these new individual mandate taxes will be paid by Americans earning less than 300 percent of poverty ($66,150 for a family of four). There goes that less than $250,000 thing the POTUS promised.

And then the Pièce de résistance:

* The IRS is barred from imposing these taxes and penalties on illegal immigrants

I hope they issue those boys body armor their going to need it.

elduende on March 19, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Fake … but TRUE!

Texas Gal on March 19, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Congressman, if the memo is fake, you won’t be opposed in discussing the issues that were set out in the memo, correct?

PappaMac on March 19, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Recall Kathleen Sebelius saying “don’t put it in writing” when talking about abortion funding. This is the same concept. When you can’t put a source on something it either doesn’t exist or it’s a plant from your opposition.

DanMan on March 19, 2010 at 5:20 PM

E-mailed Paul Hodes aobut it and got back a message saying due to the high volume of e-mail–if I had an issue needing his attention to call his Nashua office. In other words”Lady, go away!” This is NOT a hoax or I would have gotten a different reply.

jeanie on March 19, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Send the e-mail down to Abs or let McGeek look it over. They can track down the origin.

davidk on March 19, 2010 at 5:29 PM

How’s this for an idea?

Let’s take our country back. While we’re at it, let’s take the Constitution of the United States of America along for the ride.

Our Constitution tells us that we the Bible-clinging people are the owners and arbiters of our government. Anyone who would wish to change that calculus deserves whatever hell that is inflicted upon them by their constituency. God Save the Queen Republic. LET’S Farking ROLL.

hillbillyjim on March 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I’m in. But how do we go about it?

We can’t just walk up to Congress and start shooting. Or can we?

davidk on March 19, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Stupak pro-life coalition holds out for a signed letter from Pelosi that St. Joseph loves babies. Feels confident in voting for a new USSA police state.

Skywise on March 19, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Ugh. Stupak is about to cave in.

andy85719 on March 19, 2010 at 5:41 PM

So Stupak and Co. sell out? Big effin surprise. I’m so mad…Allah was right. Once that CBO score came in under a trillion, the dam officially broke.

changer1701 on March 19, 2010 at 5:42 PM

This entire bill is based on deceit, lies, and trickery. It’s been exposed as such, with proof. And the dems are still going to vote YES???? They’ll rue the day.

It would be one thing, if they honestly didn’t know….but the proof is there. Paul Ryan and others are exposing it, and presenting it as b.s. And they still vote yes? They are just as bad as Pelosi in my eyes.

capejasmine on March 19, 2010 at 5:44 PM

question: is passage of this hideous Bill worth the wrath the voters will turn on the Dems in the Fall? If the GOP takes control of at least the House as a result, I say yes. And with ‘repeal the bill’ as a rallying cry in 2012, Mitt or whomever is the canditate gains 5-10 pts in the polls..enough to make it a horserace at least. and i can guarantee that Harry Mitchel AZ 5 will be a goner by November. our part of AZ is ready to lynch this creep over his Yes vote.

yeah, i’m looking for silver linings. it’s all i have left.

DrW on March 19, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Well….whatever deal has been struck, if one has been struck, will make it go back to the Senate.

Stupak said this morning, he will not cave for a verbal promise…he wanted something in writing.

I don’t know…this is so depressing

LordMaximus on March 19, 2010 at 5:48 PM

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