Archive for May 8th, 2012

Pathological, serial liar Mitt Romney (many posts before November will have this title).

May 08, 2012 in Politics

You get no credit for the auto industry recovery, Mitt Romney, because you a) weren’t president b) nobody listened to your ideas, and c) your idea was that we SHOULDN’T HAVE BAILED OUT THE AUTO INDUSTRY. We know because you even wrote an op-ed saying it.

“If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye,” Romney wrote. “In a managed bankruptcy, the federal government would propel newly competitive and viable automakers, rather than seal their fate with a bailout check.”

Romney also spoke out on his opposition to the government loaning money to the industry in 2009, placing some of the blame on Bush.

“Bailout of enterprises that are in trouble, that’s not the right way to go,” Romney told CNN’s Larry King in 2009. “I know President Bush started it with the auto industry. I thought it was a mistake.”

Obama’s campaign immediately responded to Romney’s comments on Monday evening, stating that Romney was attempting to “fool” the public.

“Mitt Romney may think he can fool the American people by hiding his belief that we should ‘let Detroit go bankrupt,’ but the American people won’t let him,” Obama campaign co-chair Ted Strickland said in a statement, referencing Romney’s Times editorial. “Mitt Romney seems to think Americans will just forget the past and his very vocal and clear opposition to the successful auto rescue.”

Mitt Romney would have cratered the auto industry in America and sent millions packing. Because that’s how vulture capitalists like Mitt Romney of Bain Capital roll.

I guess it’s not Mitt, but Me-too Romney, never mind what came out of his mouth yesterday. Man, I guess above all I cannot believe the contempt he has for the voters. He thinks they’re stupid, he thinks they can’t remember how bad things were after eight years of tax cuts and deregulation, and he’s going to lie from now until November because he sees it as the only chance he has to get what he, for some inexplicable reason, thinks he deserves. Amoral doesn’t even come close to summing up the sociopath the Republicans are trying to sell us.

-hw

Real health care reform.

May 08, 2012 in Politics

Oregon is ready to go statewide with health care cost reform, ending fee-for-service in their Medicaid program. The Obama administration is helping them get started because this is one of the most important components of the ACA, creating a path for health care costs to get under control.

On Thursday, the Obama administration made a $1.9 billion bet that Oregon can dramatically reduce health costs in an unprecedented way.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it will chip in $1.9 billion of start-up costs to get Oregon’s Medicaid reforms going. In return, Oregon made a big promise: The state says it will keep its Medicaid costs growing 2 percent slower than in previous years.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber thinks he can save the federal government $11 billion in Medicaid costs over a decade. (Bruce Ely – AP)
If Oregon can make good, it will save the federal government $11 billion over the course of a decade — even counting Medicaid’s initial, $1.9 billion investment made Thursday. Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) calls it a “defining moment for health care transformation in Oregon, and the Obama administration.”

Massachusetts wants to go this route also because they already passed a plan, signed and touted by Mitt Romney, very similar to the Affordable Care Act, and it’s entirely self-defeating if the care isn’t affordable.

Most of our future budget worries are about affording health care. While the Beltway can’t quit Paul Ryan’s imaginary fiscal conservatism, Oregon and the Obama administration are practicing it, conserving our medical safety net by making it affordable.

-hw