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"It's Making Healthcare Affordable"

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): DeLauro expresses concern over the repeal of Obama's Affordable Care Act, reports ABC News.

She said, "It's more than just whether or not they will do it and its politics. It is about the philosophy that is behind it and who they are willing to hurt and whose side they're on. That's what this vote is about. It's making health care affordable for those who have it and for those who do not have it. That is what Republicans do not want to have happen."

Wayne Winsley (R): In addition to being a candidate, Winsley is also a motivational speaker. His routine is called "Brave Enough to Fail, Destined to Lead."

Senate

Chris Murphy (D): The Chris Murphy campaign reports raising more than $1.2 million in the second quarter, bringing his cycle donations up to $5.45 million.

Linda McMahon (R): Tim Murtaugh has replaced Erin Isaac as McMahon's communications director, according to the New Haven Register. Isaac returned to Florida for family reasons.

Susan Bysiewicz (D): In a recent statement, Bysiewicz supports President Obama's plan to extend tax cuts for small businesses and the middle class.

Hansa Junchun July 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM
SO tired of DeLauro's partisan extremism! Everything's a calculated attack. A DPMAF survey of physicians will determine the value of DeLauro's attacks: such as, 83% of surveyed doctors said they're thinking of quitting over the healthcare law! "To find out if the promise of instant access to care with the wave of the government wand is too good to be true, we decided to ask doctors - you know, the people who actually treat patients - what they think. They gave us an earful. * 90% say the medical system is on the WRONG TRACK * 83% say they are thinking about QUITTING * 61% say the system challenges their ETHICS * 85% say the patient-physician relationship is in a TAILSPIN * 65% say GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT is most to blame for current problems * 72% say individual insurance mandate will NOT result in improved access care * 49% say they will STOP accepting Medicaid patients * 74% say they will STOP ACCEPTING Medicare patients, or leave Medicare completely * 52% say they would rather treat some Medicaid/Medicare patient for FREE * 57% give the AMA a FAILING GRADE representing them * 1 out of 3 doctors is HESITANT to voice their opinion * 2 out of 3 say they are JUST SQUEAKING BY OR IN THE RED financially * 95% say private practice is losing out to CORPORATE MEDICINE * 80% say DOCTORS/MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS are most likely to help solve things * 70% say REDUCING GOVERNMENT would be single best fix.
Concerned Parent July 11, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Let's for a moment step down and look at the situation surrounding the support for the Healthcare Law. Before this nation sweeping legislation was passed, half our nation was not in support of it. But despite this divide, the legislation was passed with support split down party lines. Now depending on who you support in DC really has defined how you react to this law and some of the provisions within it. Despite what people may claim, this law, as well as the judgement by the SCOTUS, is politically motivated. It's clear by the split decision even within the court. Bottom line, we all want what is best and everyone wants reform, but portraying those who do not support as evil (US vs THEM) is nothing more than dismissive and short-sighted.
CuriousOrange July 11, 2012 at 01:05 PM
From MedPage Today - a medical news service - paints an entirely difference picture: Nearly two-thirds of MedPage Today readers agreed with the Supreme Court's ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is constitutional. Of the more than 2,600 readers who voted in our survey, 60% said the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS) did the right thing. Comments from patients and physicians alike in support of the ruling gave testimony to the fact that the U.S. should provide healthcare more universally. "Have people lost the all the compassion and kind-heartedness we are born with?" was the plea of one commenter who is on disability and "just entered the gap." A few readers pointed out how the ACA will help the millions of unemployed Americans who lost their healthcare coverage.
CuriousOrange July 11, 2012 at 01:08 PM
What is DPMAF anyway? Delegacia de Policia Maritima, Aerea e de Fronteiras (DPMAF). (Brazilian Immigration)? Diploma PLC (DPMAF) -OTC Markets ? dpmaf dpmaf plays online poker at PokerStars ?
Michael Brown July 11, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Patch. Please do not allow this. These are comments cut-and-pasted from the Brietbart website.
Christopher Schaefer July 11, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Broader polls give a different picture: “Forty-two percent say they have a favorable opinion of the law this month [April] and 43 percent have an unfavorable one, a division virtually unchanged from March. Similarly, the individual mandate is as unpopular as it was in March, but not more so. SEVEN IN TEN AMERICANS OPPOSE THIS PROVISION, including 53 percent of the public who say they hold ‘very unfavorable’ views of it. Overall, half of Americans (51%) believe the court should rule the mandate unconstitutional, identical to March.” http://www.kff.org/kaiserpolls/8302.cfm “Just 34 percent approve of the health care law, according to a CBS News/New York Times Poll released earlier this month [June], while 48 percent disapprove. Other recent polls also show more oppose the law than support it.” http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57462689/public-opinion-of-the-health-care-law/ “A new [June 7] CBS News/New York Times poll reveals that nearly seven in ten Americans want the Supreme Court to overturn either all or President Obama's health care law or strike down just the individual mandate.“ http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57448750-503544/poll-most-want-supreme-court-to-overturn-individual-health-care-mandate/www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57404793-503544/poll-1-in-4-want-supreme-court-to-uphold-health-care-law/
CuriousOrange July 11, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Curiously, the "individual mandate" was a conservative idea spawned by the Heritage Foundation and deployed successfully by Gov Romney in Massachusetts. The Affordable Care Act rolled it out nationally with the backing of insurance and health industries and medical professionals. I suspect when the full law goes into effect, many more people will understand and back it -- except those of us who feel insurance companies are still making too many profits compared to the track record of single-payer systems.
Concerned Parent July 11, 2012 at 02:04 PM
@Christoper...You cannot convince anyone of these facts unless they are open-minded to accept that there are Americans that do not agree with this legislation for reasons which have nothing to do with their political viewpoint. This is about individuals and not party. Some people refuse to acknowledge this and that's the tragedy.
Christopher Schaefer July 11, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Those who back it will—until they find out how it’s being paid for. Medicare Advantage? That option gets gutted—after the election. The Obama administration got slapped by the Government Accountability Office for using an $8.3 billion slush fund to temporarily cushion the blow from cuts required to Medicare Advantage. “The most oppressive aspects of the ObamaCare law don’t kick in until after the 2012 election, when the president will no longer be answerable to voters. More ‘flexibility,’ he recently explained to the Russians...it guts the popular Medicare Advantage program." See NyPost.com "An $8 Billion Trick?" Tues Apr. 24, 2012 My own insurance premium went up 31% Jan. 1st. "The insurance industry says consumers should take little comfort from the [premium] rebates, because the companies expect premiums to go up overall as a result of new benefits and other requirements of the new law." http://www.newhavenregister.com/articles/2012/04/26/business/doc4f99d5b32cc98060673085.txt “President Obama’s landmark health-care initiative, long touted as a means to control costs, will actually add more than $340 billion to the nation’s budget woes over the next decade…[while providing] c. $575 billion in Medicare savings…those savings also offset a dramatic expansion of Medicaid under the law, as well as new subsidies for uninsured people to purchase coverage.” see washingtonpost.com "health care law will add 340 billion to deficit" 2012/04/09
Christopher Schaefer July 11, 2012 at 02:42 PM
16,000 new IRS cops will enforce the new tax ,er, I mean "penalty": http://youtu.be/_FFzlSmMNhc
Christopher Schaefer July 11, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I wonder how many physicians who subscribe to MedPage Today (medical news service) are happy about this:http://www.bankruptingamerica.org/infographic/grinding-to-a-halt/
CuriousOrange July 11, 2012 at 06:10 PM
The 1997 law that ordered cuts in Medicare payments to doctors was passed by Republicans who controlled both houses of the 105th Congress. Instead of saving, it has created only anxiety, Chris. It was not a realistic idea and has been regularly overridden. Cuts in defense spending, particularly overseas, would make greater sense. Bring back the troops from Europe and the Pacific.
Christopher Schaefer July 11, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I definitely agree with your last sentence. The US Constitution only authorizes a "militia" for national defense purposes--not for changing regimes throughout the globe, not for assasinating "suspected" terrorists via drones. Fortunately the right of Due Process has been preserved in our own country--thus far. (When is team Obama finally going to figure out that everytime one of those drones kills a couple dozen civilians, about that many people immediately join Al Quaeda?)
Christopher Schaefer July 11, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Hansa Junchun left out the link. It's from the Doctor Patient Medical Association [DPMA]: http://www.doctorsandpatients.org/resources/85-physician-attitudes-survey-june-2012
Rocco Frank Milford Independents July 11, 2012 at 10:51 PM
If this Marxist Communist loves this "health care" program so much why is her family not on it? Oh! wait she gets cared for like royalty, no lines, no waits, the best doctors, non generic medicine delivered to her door and best of all no one from the Government or an insurance company to butt into her families treatment. I would love to see her sitting on a hospital gurney for four hours waiting for a doctor who gives her a few aspirin and sends her home!
CuriousOrange July 11, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Where do you get your facts? All members of Congress and Federal employees are covered by the Affordable Care Act.
Christopher Schaefer July 11, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Members of Congress have their own luxury health insurance plan. And plenty of other perks: http://governmentgonewild.org/thevideocongressdoesnotwantyoutosee (Update: this video finally shamed Congress into outlawing insider trading--but not until DeLauro's wealth had increased to over $25 Million: including over $2 million per year during the recession!) Open a free account here http://www.legistorm.com and see what Rosa DeLauro is worth. Only significant difference between May 2012 disclosure and May 2011 disclosure: her husband’s “John Hancock Retirement-Lifecycle 2015” account is worth c. $1 Million less than it was the previous year. (Compare page 4 of each report.) That’s because it was cashed out in 2011. (See page 6 of May 2012 disclosure.) Where did all that money go?? They PAID OFF the $1 Million mortgage on their New Haven residence!! (See page 7 of May 2012 disclosure.) Don’t you wish YOU could pay off YOUR $1 Million mortgage that easily? And still be worth over $25 Million! (not including real-estate values, which are not required on this form). I have to admit, I actually have a certain admiration for Rosa DeLauro. She’s managed to deceive CT’s 3rd district with the self-enrichment scam that she & her husband, Stanley Greenberg, have operated for over 20 years! She can reliably count on 3rd district voters to vote along party lines—without questioning the candidate’s integrity. They don’t call this state “Corrupticut” for nothing…
Angus July 12, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Maybe you should run for office, Mr. Schaefer. Seems like you really want to be rich.
Christopher Schaefer July 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Au contraire. I willingly, happily live in one of New Haven's poorest neighborhoods. And, unlike Rosa DeLauro, who sits in her $1 Million home while theorizing what needs to be done to help the poor, I live in their midst, so see firsthand the damage caused by her socialist agenda--what Star Parker of Urban Cure calls "Uncle Sam's Plantation". Here's what a bleeding-heart conservative like me does in his spare time: http://www.citypointnewhavenconnecticut.net/greenspace2012 Note that this program uses no tax dollars, just voluntary donations--and the labor of those who choose to participate. Gosh, it almost sounds like a model for a sustainable welfare program!
Concerned Parent July 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I have a question for all the hardline proponents of the Healthcare Law. Did it every strike you as concerning that this country is split down the middle with their support for this law? I know some of those who are in agreement it have only complimentary things to say about the REP measures to overturn the law. But this goes above and beyond politics. Did it every strike you as concerning that your view of this legislation may be somewhat one-sided? After all, the law was passed by a DEM controlled House&Senate and signed by our DEM President, straight down party lines. This whole division of support and the lack of those who support the law to at least acknowledge and respect the views of those not in agreement presents a much bigger issue which goes well beyond the realm of politics. This issue has basically pitted each American against each other. It can between between family and friends. We've become an extremely vane nation, devoid of humility. You cannot have healthy dialogue and expect change if you are unwilling to entertain opposing views and come to a consensus via compromise. We are a nation of over 300Million and basically 150M do not agree with this law. If proponents truly have the best interest of our nation in mind, they should extend some respect to those who simply do not completely agree with your view and work to resolve it, otherwise we will be doomed to only running around in circles.
CuriousOrange July 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I regard Greenspace as highly commendable, but you probably know you are in league with those lefties who reject non-local, Monsanto-fertilized, genetically-engineered factory farm goods. Or are you a Roundup-Ready pesticide-loving farmer?
CuriousOrange July 12, 2012 at 01:02 PM
The country, Ed, is split when you ask about "Obamacare," which has been tarred by Fox, Rush, and their dittoheads. But Massachusetts is not split on "Romneycare," which has been deemed a proven success. When asked in detail, about coverage of pre-existing conditions, coverage of grown children, lifetime limits, and refunds of insurance company overcharges, most people prefer the ACA to the monster of the past.
Angus July 12, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Interesting how Ed always manages to paint those who have different opinions from his as the ones who are recalcitrant. He is blind to his own own brand of myopia. And his endless braying is tiresome.
Christopher Schaefer July 12, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Speaking of Monsanto, [see CuriousOrange’s comment above] Google “Monsanto+Stanley Greenberg+BP+FDA”. Remember the mess BP made in the Gulf? Their new “clean environment” image—including the sunflower logo—was Greenberg’s doing. You have to admit, Rosa and Stanley are a brilliant couple at what they do. Brilliant like Bernie Madoff.
CuriousOrange July 12, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Thanks, Mr. Schaefer, I did. What I found was more b/s than you spread around your tomatoes. "There is no language in HR 875 that would regulate, penalize, or shut down backyard gardens or 'criminalize' gardeners; the bill focuses on ensuring the safety of food in interstate commerce." Read on ... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-johnson/the-hr-875-food-safety-mo_b_183096.html
Concerned Parent July 12, 2012 at 03:10 PM
@Angus...You could not be more wrong. In fact, those in favor of the law and their responses to people who do not favor it (as it stands) tend to exhibit myopic tendencies more than opponents. I'm not criticizing anyone who supports this law, but it seems those who do support it have no problem judging me.
CuriousOrange July 12, 2012 at 03:10 PM
What Rep. DeLauro said about HR 875: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/09/hr-875-myth-sows-terror-a_n_185230.html
iamjh July 17, 2012 at 04:56 PM
You left out a couple of key pieces of information. First, the survey was sent out to more than 16,000 physicians and only 699 replied. May be statistically significant, but may be not. Very self-selected group. In any case, one of the general conclusions of those physicians responding was: Believe direct payment by patients will restore accountability & patient control. That means NO insurance or Medicare or Medicaid. That might be nice for doctors, but who among us could afford that?
Christopher Schaefer July 17, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Regardless of what a particular survey concludes, DeLauro left out some key information.She didn't mention that Medicare Advantage gets gutted by ObamaCare—after the election. She also didn’t tell you that fewer people are now expected to obtain health insurance coverage from their employer or in insurance exchanges. Why? Because many, many employers plan to lay off workers or reduce them to part-time to avoid paying for insurance. According to the Congressional Budget Office, many more Americans are now expected to obtain coverage from Medicaid, which will add more than $340 billion to the nation’s deficits over the next decade. DeLauro didn't tell you how that's going to get paid. Few doctors accept Medicaid. And, because part of this phony healthcare "reform" includes dramatically reducing Medicaid reimbursements to physicians, you can expect even fewer to accept Medicaid patients. Everyone, get in line at your local clinic. And welcome to the future--brought to you by Rosa Delauro.
CuriousOrange July 17, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Medicare Advantage was a great graft scam to begin with. Thanks to industry lobbying, Medicare has been paying huge sums to for-profit insurance companies to administer Medicare -- as if CMS could not handle it. Under the Affordable Care Act, these companies will have thousands of new non-medicare customers, so Congress voted to take the fat subsidies away. No benefits, by the way, are cut as a result.

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