Catching up on the news Wednesday night after an afternoon of shopping, and I’m struck by how much of it there is. We don’t get a reprieve from this carnival of outrageous outrages even during the holiday season.
The Oversight and Reform Committee held an ObamaCare hearing, Wednesday: The Roll Out of HealthCare.gov: The Limitations of Big Government.
Gawd, I’m so sick of seeing gut wrenching headlines like this one: CONFIRMED: Obama WH Turned Down Offer to Build O-Care Website for Free – Blew a $1 Billion Instead
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) told Bill Hemmer on America’s Newsroom today that an internet giant offered to build the Obamacare website for free.
This was confirmed during testimony today before a Congressional committee. Issa, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, said the Obama White House turned down the offer.
Bill Hemmer: Was it proven today that an internet company offered to build the website for free but the government passed on it? Was that true? Did that happen?
Rep. Darrell Issa: It was stated under oath that it was true. No one argued that it wasn’t.
In the tank, Politifact checked out a claim Newt Gingrich made during a primary debate in November 2011: Says IBM leader told Obama that using IBM technology to cut fraud could “pay for” health care reform.
In a recent Texas debate, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said the CEO of IBM had told President Barack Obama how to save billions of dollars in health-care fraud.
In a 2010 interview, IBM’s CEO said: “We could have improved quality and reduced the costs of the health-care system by $900 billion. … I said we would do it for free to prove that it works. They turned us down.”
Did this actually happen? To our inquiries, the White House did not confirm or deny the CEO’s claim. Read on!
Asked how he thought the White House visits had turned out, Palmisano replied: “We haven’t made any progress. It doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a lot of interaction.”
Murray: “Well, what’s the point of interaction if it doesn’t lead to progress?”
Palmisano: “You’d have to ask the people who aren’t progressing.”
He added, “We’ve done tons of work, and for whatever sets of reasons, we haven’t been able to establish, be in sync with, the priorities.”
Palmisano offered an example: “We — and I’m fairly confident about this one because it required no legislative change — we could have improved quality and reduced the costs of the health-care system by $900 billion… It was self-funding. You could have insured anybody you wanted to, illegal aliens, dogs, cats, ponies, whatever, right? And the stuff was simple. Did not require any big legislative change.”
About $400 billion of the reduced costs could be realized through negotiating discounts with drug companies, just as IBM negotiates its own discounts, he said. “Buy a nationwide discount,” he said. “Just like pharmaceutical companies sell to us on a nationwide discount. It’s no different. I said, ‘Take the IBM discount! Take the IBM discount.’ “
Another example of savings: “Two hundred billion in fraud. That was a 3 percent improvement, by the way. This wasn’t transformational. … There’s so much fraud in the system — 3 percent and then Year 7 was 8 percent, Year 5 was 5 percent. It’s 200 billion.”
Murray: “And why didn’t they do that? Is there a fraud –”
Palmisano: “I said we would do it for free to prove that it works. They turned us down. You’ll have to ask them… Free. Free wasn’t good enough.”
Murray asks again: Why?
Palmisano replies, “I think what it is, not to be judgmental about these things, I really do think what it is is that we weren’t aligning with the priorities. … the priority at the time, if I stay on my example of health care, was not to reduce costs and improve quality. It was to provide insurance and coverage for more people. That was our priority in the line. All we said, if you did this you could fund the priority without increasing the deficit, taking taxes up. And we couldn’t sell the case.”
Politifraud found more evidence that it was true than it was not true, so naturally they deemed it ”half true.” Anyway, it sure looks like IBM could be the company in question.
Palmisano didn’t want to be judgmental - but I will. Costs don’t matter to Obama. That’s why we’ve seen a sickening expansion of government in the past five years and the waste, fraud and abuse that comes along with it. That’s why we see Obama constantly traveling with all the expense it entails – campaigning, fundraising, and vacationing (hey, what do you know – the fam is heading to Hawaii this month for the 5th Christmas in a row.)
It couldn’t be more obvious that he wants to spend the country into oblivion.
Palmisano was right - Obama’s only priority was to expand coverage for more people – that is – to dump more people from the middle class into government subsidized plans and Medicaid.
Another interesting ObamaCare fact was discovered today: ONE PRIVATE MEETING BETWEEN PRESIDENT, SEBELIUS IN 3.5 YEARS LEADING UP TO OBAMACARE LAUNCH:
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News’ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch.
The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement.
More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private meetings with 16 other Cabinet secretaries in the same time span from Obamacare’s March 23, 2010 signing to November 30, 2013. Why Obama would devote so little face time to the person tasked with implementing what he calls his “most important initiative” is presently unclear.
Here’s my guess. He didn’t give a shit. He already knew that there would be some “bumps in the road” when millions of people lost their insurance plans. You have to break some eggs to make an omelet, but you don’t have to yammer on and on about it. The computer stuff was the least of his worries. And in case you haven’t heard – the website’s fixed, already. Obama said so.
What these little vignettes show is that the objective of ObamaCare was never about improving the health care system. It is about power and control over peoples’ lives. And obtaining a permanent Dem (Socialist) majority. You know how certain delusional sounding Dems like Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid keep saying, people are going to love ObamaCare – Democrats are going to run on it in 2014?
Yeah – no. They’re getting a little ahead of themselves, there. Another 50-100 million people are going to lose their insurance plans, next year. The Regime is not going to be able to fix that in time for the mid terms. 2014 is going to make 2010 look like a Sunday walk in the park – the Dem carnage will be breathtaking. AR Senator Mark Prior is literally on his knees praying to Jesus to save him. But it won’t matter as long as Obama’s “signature” Frankenstein monster is allowed to stumble across the finish line in 2014. If Dems lose more seats in the House, and the majority in the Senate, what’s that to Obama? He’s not running again, and he’s proven to be quite adept at going over Congress’s heads. By 2016, I imagine he thinks the storm will have passed, and people will be delighted with their shiny new ObamaCare plans. There will be expansions of Medicaid and subsidies to the extent that the transformation from our free market based health care system to Single Payer will be nearly complete. And we’ll all live happily ever after.
Oh, but how will the government be able to cover so many more people? Won’t they eventually run out of other peoples’ money? No, they’ll just keep taxing at confiscatory rates, borrowing and printing money. Wow… can they keep doing that forever? Nope, and when the collapse happens, it will be spectacular.
I sure hope Congress is taking a good long look at that “check” to Obama’s lawlessness.