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The Medicare mess would be less so absent the former President’s duplicity at the Thirteenth Hour last year when he admonished all Democrat senators and all necessary House members to vote for ObamaCare on the third try.

The Slick One’s argument at that time was to get the flawed thing into law for the purpose of granting government more power. After all, it could be fixed later. The official argument for ObamaCare’s passage was that it would save Medicare, reduce private insurance premiums, reduce medical costs and insure the uninsured (with the latter being paid for by cuts in Medicare of $500B).

ObamaDems said ObamaCare would fix Medicare

Instead, medical costs and insurance premiums are rising as Medicare’s descent into bankruptcy accelerates. Federal judges have ruled that ObamaCare is unconstitutional. But the power Bill Clinton desired for his fellow Democrat is being wielded via waivers for the party faithful.

2010 voters demanded repeal of ObamaCare

Tea partiers demanded that the economy be fixed, the debt be arrested and ObamaCare be repealed.

The fixing began when the GOP re-took the House of Representatives. It wasn’t a coincidence that the jobs recession we still live under began 11 months after the party of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi took over Congress in January of 2007.

Bill Clinton ends post NY-26 donkey hee-haws

Bill Clinton on the Democrats’ budget silence and worse “Medi-scare” demagoguery on the Ryan Plan in the aftermath of the NY-26 special House race election last week:

“So anyway, I told them before you got here, I said I’m glad we won this race in New York,” Clinton told Ryan, when the two met backstage at a forum on the national debt held by the Pete Peterson Foundation. But he added, “I hope Democrats don’t use this as an excuse to do nothing.”

“I think the Democrats are going to have to be willing to give up, maybe, some short-term political gain by whipping up fears on some of these things — if it’s a reasonable Social Security proposal, a reasonable Medicare proposal. We’ve got to deal with these things.

You cannot have health care devour the economy.”

Clinton helped push Dems to pass ObamaCare the third try which program made an already failing Medicare program worse by cutting $500B to insure others.

Lesson for the electorate: Democrats cannot be trusted. Not one.

But we appreciate the soundbites ripe for 2012, especially that we “cannot have health care devour the economy” and more especially when the size of the economy it is devouring grows more anemic everyday.

Potential investors and job producers saw this mess coming when Democrats promising to curtail oil drilling, increase regulations and raise taxes on the rich took over Congress in 2007. Atlas started shrugging and hasn’t stopped since even if they did hire some Wall Street whizzes to help divide Bernanke’s presents to banks.

ObamaDem answer to all problems: Raise taxes on the rich

Now, the only Democrat response to admitted ongoing Medicare problems that ObamaCare didn’t solve is to raise taxes on the rich, thus adding to ObamaCare tax increases62% top rate.

The Gang of Six lost Coburn over “tax triggers“, as the rest of the congressional Democrat caucus remains fixated on tax rate increases on the rich that would not raise revenue to close the deficit. Much like President Obama on capital gains taxes, its not about the deficit. Rather, its about the Left’s twisted sense of social justice and fairness.

The only problem they want to solve, and then only just before elections, is their own power needs. Otherwise, its reform before recovery, much like FDR in the early 1930s and Obama’s first 2.5 years as President. Even John Maynard Keynes himself objected to such tactics.

Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stood firm on taxes this past Sunday: We have enough tax revenues!; as Obama floats more taxes on gasoline that would further cripple the poor and middle call as they pursue happiness daring to go from A to B to buy food, get to work, or look for work.

A little GOP spine will win 2012 in a landslide

I had agreed that it would have been easier to just go after Medicaid before the 2012 election, as Dick Morris advised, and as the Toomey budget proposes, but the gauntlet has now been thrown, and Republicans must now embrace their near unanimous votes on Ryan’s Medicare plan.

Conservatives have the moral and economic high ground. The facts are on our side. There is no reason to fear Obama and granny-off-the-cliff ads.

All it takes to win 2012 in a landslide is the courage to go after Obama head on armed with the facts and Bill Clinton quotes.

Mike DeVine

Legal Editor – The Minority Report

Atlanta Law & Politics columnist for

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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14 Responses to Bill Clinton throws ObamaCare he helped pass under the bus

  • Bruce says:


    So let me see. Gingrich said “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. I don’t think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate… ” when just 6 weeks previously he had said “This is a very, very serious budget and I think rivals with what John Kasich did as budget chairman in getting to a balanced budget in the 1990s, just for the scale and courage involved…Paul Ryan is going to define modern conservatism at a serious level……You can quibble over details but the general shape of what he’s doing will define 2012 for Republicans.”

    Bill Clinton just like Newt Gingrich is a politician and just like Newt is apologizing and explaining away his statement, Bill will do the same.

    The true cost of the healthcare bill is being hotly debated by both sides and truthfully for a simple man like me it may take some time to figure out. But the argument has now shifted strictly to money and everyone has forgotten about prevention and healing.

    If America truly wants to get healthcare under control then we better start taking more responsibility for our health. 80% of the cost in healthcare comes from diseases that are preventable. Conservatives are always talking about personal responsibility. If we just cut that in half the preventable diseases that are costing the system Medicare would be in the clear.

    “All it takes to win 2012 in a landslide is the courage to go after Obama head on armed with the facts and Bill Clinton quotes.”

    I believe the republican party and the tea party are banking on winning 2012 on just the healthcare debate I would think you should put your money on trying to find a viable candidate in 2012.

    Black in America Baby……..The revolution has been televised…..

  • Mike gamecock DeVine says:

    Death is not preventable. There will always be end-of-life bills that are gargantuan. The market rations better than government minders. The amount of government involvement in the health care industry needs to be lessened. Ryan’s plan does this thru premium vouchers that are used in the market.

    Newt has nothing to do what is significant about the logic of Bill’s actions and recent statements. Newt is quite irrelevant generally except for those that care about political thereater, but I digress. I am into substance.

    And on substance, ObamaCare was sold to the American people as THE ANSWER to all things health care. Yet, Bill Clinton bemoans a Dem victory in NY-26 since it might lead the Dems to “do nothing” (thus admitting that things need to be done of healthcare/Medicare) and that we “can’t let health care devour the economy”.

    Therefore, after Obama and the Dems crammed ObamaCare down our throats, which cramdown was made possible by Bill’s lobbying before the final successful vote, ObamaCare reformed health care is devouring the economy.

    The Dems are exposed more than was King Lear.

  • Bruce says:


    “Death is not preventable”

    No it is not but if you are dead you don’t need healthcare. And those “end-of-life bills that are gargantuan” up speak of only happen once. Since we are not digressing here let’s talk some facts:

    • Preventable illness makes up approximately 80% of the burden of illness and 90% of all healthcare costs.
    • Preventable illnesses account for eight of the nine leading categories of death. (and those gargantuan end-of-life bills)
    • The United States spends more on health care than any other industrialized nation in the world and yet it doesn’t rank very high on overall health and life expectancy. (For example Americans are more than 50 percent more likely to have high blood pressure or diabetes, almost twice as likely to have heart disease, and 2½ times more likely to have arthritis when compared to Europeans)

    A 1997 study by the Health Care Financing Administration’s analysts projected that, beginning in 1998, national health spending would again begin to grow faster than the rest of the economy. The problem is not the healthcare plan and yes it was pushed through and yes it was known it was going to be changed I don’t know what rock you were under, the problem has been brewing for a long time and the problem is people don’t take responsibility for their health.
    “Newt is quite irrelevant”
    Then tell me what republican what conservative or what tea partier is relevant. Don’t you think you should find someone before 2012.
    Black in America Baby…….The revolution has been televised

  • Mike gamecock DeVine says:

    There is a real paradox about spending more money on prevention that is related to one of the top two reasons for increased health care costs and that is that people living longer causes them to get sick more often, thus requiring care more often. The second main reason for increased costs is the new technologies and other advancements that save lives but that are expensive. Therefore, the only way to reduce costs is thru more competition by reducing government subsidies/mandates, allowing competition across state lines and tort reform. IMHO, hope that qualifies as “getting real”…smile

  • Mike gamecock DeVine says:

    Relevant Republicans and tea partiers are elected reps, presidential candidates that could actually win, and Rush Limbaugh! smile

    Newt can’t win due to many factors going back to 1995 thru that statement you cited from MTP 2-3 weeks ago.

  • Mike gamecock DeVine says:

    BTW Bruce, are you for ObamaCare status quo or the Ryan Plan, if you had to vote. Or are you for a non-existent plan this is decidedly not “getting real”? smile

  • Bruce says:


    “There is a real paradox about spending more money on prevention that is related to one of the top two reasons for increased health care costs and that is that people living longer causes them to get sick more often, thus requiring care more often.”

    WHAT!!!!!! No Mike the problem is unhealthy people are being kept alive longer. Let’s take diabetes for example which in the majority of cases is preventable or controllable with diet. What most people do is continue their diet habits that got them there in the first place and take prescription medication, it keeps them alive longer at a cost. Instead they could change their eating habits get a little exercise, loose a little weight, and greatly reduce or eliminate the need for prescriptions, which by the way ranks up there as one of the top health care costs. Look at a guy like Jack LaLane who just died at 93. He lived a long time and I am willing to bet his healthcare cost were not the burden you speak of due to living longer. It amazes me that people in the United States take better care of their cars than they do their bodies.

    Yes I have seen the studies that say preventative care in some cases can cost more. But you have to be smart about what is considered preventative care. Prostate cancer surgery on a 75 yr old man is considered preventative care but in many cases causes a lot of other issues, does not extend life that much longer and is very expensive. In cases like this it is probably better to provide care for the sick, not try to “cure” them. Life expectancy in the USA is 42nd in the world, below most developed nations and some developing nations. But yet we have the highest healthcare costs in the world. I could almost agree maybe your paradox if we had the highest life expectancy to go along with the highest healthcare cost but that is just not the case.

    1. “Relevant Republicans and tea partiers are elected reps, presidential candidates that could actually win, and Rush Limbaugh! Smile”
    Names Mike, names. Who is your man or woman. Or are you waiting for Sarah to complete the bus tour.

    “BTW Bruce, are you for ObamaCare status quo or the Ryan Plan,”

    What kind of question is that. I stand behind my president. It was known that this plan was not going to be static, it will have to be changed and amended as time goes on. I find it interesting that Republican presidents were in power for most of the last 30 years but chose to do nothing and now all of a sudden after the passing of the health care bill, Ryan comes up with the perfect plan. The CBO says among other things of the Ryan plan “A private health insurance plan covering the standardized benefit would, CBO estimates, be more expensive currently than traditional Medicare. Both administrative costs (including profits) and payment rates to providers are higher for private plans than for Medicare.”….Just sayin

    Black in America Baby….the revolution has been televised

  • Mike gamecock DeVine says:

    Bruce, yes, what you speak of is A factor in the cost problem, but it is no where near the top two that I described. The utopia you imagine would have people live in perfect health to age 102 and drop dead of a heat attack! That’s not how it works, ie the new 102 is the old 102. more later…kinda tired right now from trying to make money in the new Great Depression…truly

  • Mike gamecock DeVine says:

    Ok, so your overriding “principle” is to “stand by your President”. Thanks for making that “clear” because since you propose amendments to ObamaCare….I assumed…I won’t make that mistake again. Your main principle is not utility, justice, etc…its “stand by your President.” That makes interpretations and the filling of blanks quite easy. Thanks…smile

  • Mike gamecock DeVine says:

    Oh, Bruce, I announced weeks ago and in several comments since (on Redstate and Unified Patriots), I am for Pawlenty all the way and think he will win rather easily. I was for Romney before Fred in 2008, but Mitt’s refusal to renounce RomneyCare makes him en-nominatable in the GOP. Newt is also toast, even before his trashing of Ryan.

  • Mike gamecock DeVine says:

    Of course, I would say that what you cite as so significant is kind of included in my #2 factor, ie expensive technological advances. I just think you are too optimistic about what would be the net result of more spending on prevention, mainly because of the fact that “education” is not the problem with the obesity/diabetes problem. The problem is the natural result of affluence and a weak people.

  • Bruce says:


    ” The utopia you imagine would have people live in perfect health to age 102 and drop dead of a heart attack!”

    It’s not quite Utopia I am speaking of but you are on the right track. A preventative approach will not necessarily lengthen our expected lifespan but shorten the end-of-life sickness process/costs. In other words your aren’t taking prescription drugs starting in your 40’s for high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease . Then going into the long convalescence starting at 65 And barely surviving in and out of hospitals until death. A professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr.James Fries says “We cannot compress morbidity indefinitely, but the paradigm of a long, healthy life with a relatively rapid terminal decline is most certainly an attainable ideal at both a population level and individual level.” I am 58 and I have never had to take a prescription drug or spend a day in the hospital. I come from a family that has a history of high blood pressure and diabetes. My doctor tells me to just keep doing whatever it is that I am doing. It is my plan to prove this theory true.

    “Ok, so your overriding “principle” is to “stand by your President”.

    No that is not my overriding principle. I said I was standing by my president there are times I “might” disagree with my president. But as I said Health Care was a non-issue with the GOP or they just like the status quo and now that something was done they are crying foul.

    “I am for Pawlenty all the way”

    What your aren’t going to vote for a Black man. Here let me help you out. Top Ten Reasons to Vote for Herman Cain:

    He is a tea partier and he is Black. What more could you ask for.

    Black in America Baby……..The revolution has been televised

  • Mike gamecock DeVine says:

    The status quo is being defended by Democrats and their non-proposals while Medicare post-ObamaCare (now the status quo) barrels towards, as Clinton said, “devouring the economy”.

    I campaigned for Cain for senate here several years ago. I want Cain as VP on the ticket. But I think Paws is the better choice given that he is 100% right on the issues and has a great elective office track record. I loathe Cain’s FAIR Tax.

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