Government-run health care is a looming disaster. Its full implementation scares the bejezus out of insurance companies, doctors, hospitals, and, not least, patients. I ought to know, being one of its victims. In my situation, my insurance company can refuse services they’ve honored for years — e.g., help with my sleep apnea equipment. More on that later.
First let’s talk about the demonstration next weekend in Washington, D.C., The Road to Repeal. It’s received some good grassroots support, including a number of Tea Party groups — just one more reason for the Obama administration to come after the Tea Parties via Internal Revenue witch hunts. Our Virginia Tea Party has been hit already so I’m encouraged to see this push-back.
Here’s the video from their publicity page (and a thank you to Vlad Tepes for helping me with this):
Here’s what they have to say about their reasons for the demonstration:
About the Event
Government run health care is the best example of everything wrong with the federal government.
It is financially reckless. No one knows what it will ultimately cost — or where the money will come from.
Additionally, ObamaCare will grow the federal government into every aspect of our lives. It will grow government into a massive bloated bureaucracy making health care decisions that directly affect you. In fact, the federal government must hire more than 17,000 IRS agents to enforce the law.
Oh wait: while many researchers agree with the opinion that ObamaCare will dangerously inflate an already bloated bureaucracy, we have to carefully check the numbers. Thus, I researched the “17,000 IRS agents”, since I’ve seen numbers ranging from 5,000 additional agents on up.
The only hard information I could find was from the Federal Register’s 2012 budget breakdown. It says the IRS will be the main beneficiary of the four percent budget increase allocated to the Treasury Department. I didn’t stop to do the math on how much money that means and if it could support so many hires.
Numbers aside, it is a sad fact that the Tea Parties are being targeted by the IRS. This is an old trick of Democrat administrations (and of Richard Nixon, by the way): bury the other side in expensive tax litigation.:
In the 1970s, Richard Nixon had an enemies list. Nixon asked the IRS to investigate tax returns of those on the list. Liberals were outraged. To be on Nixon’s list became a liberal badge of honor.
In the 1990’s Bill Clinton had an enemies list too. The Clinton administration targeted for IRS audit the National Rifle Association, the Heritage Foundation, the National Review, the American Spectator, Citizens Against Government Waste, Citizens for Honest Government, Concerned Women for America and the San Diego Chapter of Christian Coalition.
Don’t forget the Clinton girl friends or rape victims they targeted, too. It was ugly.
Today, Obama has an enemies list. The IRS is investigating conservative political groups, including the Tea Party, who oppose Obama’s agenda.
Just since the first of this year, Tea Party groups in Hawaii, Texas, Ohio, California, Kentucky, and Virginia report receiving inquiries from the IRS challenging their claim to non-profit status.
Up to 80 conservative/constitutionalist groups, including 9/12 Project groups around the country have reportedly received these letters. The IRS letters all come from a single office of the IRS in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The letters contain lengthy questionnaires asking for information well beyond the facts necessary under the IRC to establish the legal parameters of the 501(c)(4) designation.
For example, the Kentucky 9/12 Project applied for a non-profit designation in December 2010. The IRS return letter stated that there would be a determination within 90 days. The Kentucky group next heard from the IRS on February 14, 2012 in a letter containing 30 main questions with a total of 88 separate inquiries.
The IRS letter demanded the schedule and contact of every event sponsored by the group, speaker’s names and what the speaker said, and every written communication associated with the event. The letter demanded the names and personal information of every member and volunteer.
Other questions in the letter demand the names of donors and ask for the names of “board members or officers who have run or will run for office (including relatives)”
The letters give the groups two weeks to reply.
Why the sudden focus now by Obama and the Democrats on the grassroots citizen groups who changed the 2010 election by raising public awareness of the dangers of Obama’s out of control federal deficit spending, the bailout of Wall Street, the phony “Stimulus”, and the folly of ObamaCare?
I believe the answer is ObamaCare.
The ongoing implementation of the government takeover of American health care and health insurance is running into increasing public opposition. Every poll on the subject indicates growing awareness that health insurance costs are going up, not down as Obama promised.
Worse, more Americans than ever are without coverage as employers cancel insurance rather than pay increasing premiums.
The uncertainty of the cost of mandated coverage (the mandates change with the publication of each new regulation) is one factor restraining businesses large and small from hiring,
Thus, while I have a small quibble with the numbers of IRS agents assigned to fishing expeditions, I don’t doubt the motivations of the Left in their search-and-destroy missions. Thus this demonstration against their depredations is important:
Join thousands of patriots who oppose ObamaCare. Come to Washington, DC and be a part of the Road to Repeal Rally on March 24.
ObamaCare is set to be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States the following week and we need your help to send a strong clear message to the big government types who are bent on trampling our personal choice and freedom.
So numbers of IRS agents aside, can you see why people are ready to march on Washington again? Citizens are correct in their intuitive fear that this socialist proposition won’t work in the United States., though that doesn’t mean it won’t wreak havoc on our medical care.
Join us on Saturday, March 24, 2012, for the Road to Repeal Rally.
[NOTE TO BUSY PEOPLE: It’s only two hours]
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The Road to Repeal Rally will take place at Upper Senate Park [see URL for map].
The rally will begin at 12pm noon and will conclude at 2pm. Speakers and Coalition Partners to be announced soon. Save the date and do whatever you can to make it to Washington on March 24th.
We are proud to have a spectacular list of speakers on board from all over the country. Please visit frequently for an updated list of speakers.
There are a number of doctors, civic groups, tea party leaders from all over, politicians, and at least one blogger, Jim Hoff of Gateway Pundit.
If this event is at all doable for you, please attend. This is a crucial pushback against a malignant infiltration by government.
I said at the beginning I’d explain what ObamaCare is doing. Medical providers of all kinds are freaking about what is likely to happen down the road. Thus, the mask I need for sleep apnea will no longer be paid for by my insurance since they upped the level of severity required to qualify. So I either pay or go without. For the time being, I’ve chosen to go without, though I will continue with the medication the doctor prescribed for my resulting fatigue. The insurance company won’t pay for that, either. Since I need to be able to function, we’ll pay for my medication out-of-pocket.
One reason I’ve decided to go without the mask is that I’ve never been able to make it work properly. No matter what kind I attempt, none of them remain pressurized for very long.
The insurance company suddenly doesn’t like the medication a gastroenterologist prescribed for stomach pain. I’ve used it on occasion for several years but now they want to switch to something that doesn’t work. But it’s cheaper. Since I don’t use it often, we’ll assess it when I run out of my current supply.
Imagine what it will be like when ObamaCare really kicks in.
Fortunately, prayer hasn’t been outlawed. Yet. So for anyone who feels inclined to utter a few petitions on my behalf, I’d really appreciate them. And yes, MS, I like atheists’ prayers equally well. No arguments there.