Tuesday, March 31, 2015

U. S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes Celebrates His Looting of Detroit for PARASITE LAWYERS


US Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes and the LOOTING of the LEGALS

ASSAULT ON AMERICAN PENSIONS IS THE NEXT PHASE OF THE

DEMOCRAT PARTY, OPERATING IN COLLUSION WITH LAWYERS

AND WALL STREET CRONIES WAR ON THE AMERICAN MIDDLE

CLASS.

THEY’VE ALREADY HANDED MILLIONS OF  OUR JOBS TO ILLEGALS

AND BILLIONS IN WELFARE…. you tax dollar at work!?!

 

http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2015/03/wall-street-owned-disciple-of.html

WALL STREET-OWNED DISCIPLE OF OBAMANOMICS - Judge boasts of his “political” role in Detroit bankruptcy conspiracy

Judge boasts of his “political” role in Detroit bankruptcy conspiracy

WHILE BARACK OBAMA HAS HANDED

TRILLIONS TO HIS CRONY BANKSTERFS,

AND BILLIONS TO THESE MUSLIM

DICTATORS, HE COULDN'T FIND A DIME

TO HELP DETROIT!


Judge boasts of his “political” role in Detroit bankruptcy conspiracy

By Shannon Jones
31 March 2015
Recent remarks by US Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes further confirm the assessment made by the World Socialist Web Site of the anti-democratic and conspiratorial character of the Detroit bankruptcy case.

The now retired judge issued the notorious December 2013 ruling that federal bankruptcy laws trump state constitutional protections for city worker pensions. Then last November he approved the city’s restructuring plan, which sets a national precedent for attacking municipal employees and selling off public resources to meet the financial demands of the Wall Street banks and big bondholders.
In the wake of the case Rhodes has become something of a celebrity. He received Newsmaker of the Year award from Crain’s Detroit Business and has given a number of television interviews and public presentations.

Rhodes insists he has no regrets about his ruling to gut the pensions of Detroit retirees. He has indicated his main concern during the proceedings was to prevent an explosion of public anger over the undemocratic methods employed by all levels of the government to impose the deeply unpopular bankruptcy plan.


SERVANT OR SLUT FOR THE 1%?

In remarks at the Wayne State University Law School on March 22 Rhodes declared, “The challenge as I saw it was to establish and maintain throughout the case my legitimacy as a fair and neutral arbiter of the facts and the procedures and the law in the case.” This he sought to do in the face of what the judge called a “skeptical and angry public.”

While declaiming on the need to uphold the appearance of impartiality, Rhodes at the same time made clear the outcome of the bankruptcy trial was never in doubt. He called the trial “as much a political case as a legal case.” He went on to call his decision to cut pensions protected by the Michigan constitution not “particularly difficult,” stating that in fact he was prepared to carry out an even greater “impairment.”

As he stated previously, Rhodes said his biggest regret was not having eliminated the city’s defined benefits pension program, declaring, “In my opinion the city should have used the bankruptcy to accomplish this goal.”

These remarks confirm the assessment made by the Socialist Equality Party and the Detroit Workers Inquiry, which insisted that rather than a decision based on economics, the Detroit bankruptcy was the outcome of a political conspiracy years in the making. As the World Socialist Web Site reported, “It involved powerful banks, investment houses, law firms like Jones Day, Governor Snyder and his operatives, the former Mayor David Bing, officials from the Obama administration and the trade unions. This operation, which involved deliberate deception, blatant conflicts of interest, and flagrant violations of the law and the state Constitution, was sanctioned by US bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on December 3, 2013.”

Three years before the Detroit bankruptcy filing the Jones Day law firm outlined a strategy for using the federal bankruptcy courts to gut municipal pensions. From the time of his election in 2011, Republican Governor Rick Snyder would carefully follow the blueprint laid out by Jones Day. Armed with Michigan’s anti-democratic emergency manager law, Snyder worked closely with Jones Day to appoint one of its law partners, Kevyn Orr, as Detroit’s unelected emergency manager armed with extraordinary power, including the power to take the city into bankruptcy.

The task charged to Rhodes was to put a pseudo-legal veneer on this thoroughly reactionary and anti-democratic process. This he did with a high degree of political calculation, which involved at times reining in Orr, whose ham-fisted methods and efforts to circumvent the unions created the danger of a movement of the working class that could escape the control of the unions and the Democratic Party. In the end, Rhodes fashioned a “grand bargain” involving both big business parties, the trade unions and wealthy private foundations, to suppress opposition and impose the austerity plan.

In carrying through his attacks on Detroit pensions and publicly-owned assets Rhodes relied on the assistance of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the United Auto Workers (UAW) and other unions, along with pseudo-left groups, such as the Workers World Party, which promoted the illusion that the courts could be pressured to uphold the rights of retirees. In the end the unions dropped their lawsuits challenging the pension cuts in exchange for control of two Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association (VEBA) funds worth $524 million.
During his talk at Wayne State, Rhodes said the bankruptcy trial faced potential derailment due to the outcry by Detroit residents over the policy of mass water shutoffs implemented by the city in the summer of 2014, calling it “a public relations nightmare.” After ordering a temporary moratorium, Judge Rhodes issued a ruling declaring that there was not a constitutional right to free or affordable water, giving the green light for the resumption of mass service disconnections.

In relation to Rhodes’ comments on the need to maintain the appearance of impartiality, remarks he made in the question period following his presentation were revealing. A SEP supporter asked the judge about his ruling in November at the conclusion of the bankruptcy trial where he asserted, “It is now time to restore democracy to the people.”

The SEP supporter continued, “This is quite a remarkable statement, legally speaking, because it asserts that the government has the power to suspend and then restore the basic fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution.

“But the American Revolution was fought out to answer the question of whether democratic rights were ‘inalienable’ or whether they could be handed down and rescinded at the prerogative of the king and his peers.

“So how is your statement on your court's ability to give and take democracy as it pleases consistent with the basic principles of democracy?

In reply Rhodes attempted to evade the question by asserting that the state of Michigan, not the courts, had suspended democracy in Detroit through the imposition of an emergency manager as it was empowered to do by anti-democratic state laws. Giving his imprimatur to this assault on democracy, he declared, “The legislature has the legal authority to expand or contract a city’s structure however it sees fit.”

This only underscores that the proceedings in the Detroit bankruptcy case were a legal travesty. The ruling class views democratic norms as an obstacle to its efforts to strip workers of the last vestiges of the gains won over decades of struggle. The defense of democratic rights can only be carried out through the independent political struggle by the working class.



THE RISE OF BARACK OBAMA and the
FALL of AMERICA

HOW A SOCIOPATH CONNED A NATION CALLING IT “HOPE & CHANGE” AND THEN BECAME GEORGE BUSH’S THIRD & FORTH TERMS ON STEROIDS.



WHY DOES OBAMA HATE AMERICA  SO?


 

THE OBAMA REGIME’S ASSAULT ON THE AMERICAN BORN WORKER RATCHETED UP ONCE AGAIN!

OBAMA’S PROMISE TO CRONY BANKSTERS: Not one day in prison!

“Nearly five years after the greatest financial crash since the Great Depression, triggered by rampant illegality and fraud on the part of the major banks, not a single major institution or leading bank executive has been indicted, let alone tried, convicted and jailed.”

 

Hillary has declared bankster looting will see even greater rewards from her administration!

 
“In reality, the settlement falls far short of holding JPMorgan accountable for its fraudulent sale of mortgage-backed assets, which netted the bank tens of billions of dollars in profits while exacerbating the sub-prime mortgage crash that led to over ten million foreclosures in the US and a global economic downturn that thrust many millions more into unemployment and poverty.”


THE OBAMA SUPER DEPRESSION AT HAND: Crony capitalism and the Obama administration at work for the 1%


Global financial markets are on the road to another crash, with consequences even more serious than the collapse of September 2008. There have been a series of dire warnings from within the ruling class itself that present monetary policies have created massive financial bubbles with devastating consequences.



LOS ANGELES IN MELTDOWN: Los Angeles rail accident exposes decaying state of public transit in the US

Los Angeles rail accident exposes decaying state of public transit in the US


LOS ANGELES IS AMERICA'S SECOND LARGEST CITY. IT IS MEXICO'S SECOND LARGEST CITY ALSO.

THE CITY IS IN MELTDOWN AND SUBSTANTIALLY NOTHING BUT A LA RAZA DUMPSTER.

THE CITY PUTS OUT $10 MILLION PER YEAR FOR MEX GRAFITTI ABATEMENT.

L.A. HAS THE HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF POVERTY IN AMERICA.

IT IS THE WESTERN GATEWAY FOR THE MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS.


PELOSI, CLINTON, OBAMA, FEINSTEIN and BOXER HAVE BUILT A MASSIVE WELFARE STATE FOR MEXICANS ON OUR BACKS.

MEXIFORNIA IS NOW A LA RAZA-OCCUPIED WELFARE OFFICE FOR MEXICO!

WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM???

 

CUT MEDICARE TO PAY FOR LA RAZA’S “FREE” GRINGO PAID OBAMACARE???

 



Pelosi echoed Boehner’s comments, declaring that it had been a “privilege” to work with the House leader, and that she hoped the agreement “will be a model of things to come.”… THEY MEAN OBOMANOMICS: STEAL FROM THE MIDDLE-CASS and BUILD THE LA RAZA WELFARE STATE ON OUR BACKS!

 
Where To Go When Your Local Emergency Room Goes Bankrupt?

                                           
During the past ten years 84 California hospitals have declared bankruptcy and closed their Emergency Rooms forever.  Financially crippled by legislative and judicial mandates to treat illegal aliens have bankrupted hospitals!   
In 2010, in Los Angeles County alone, over 2 million illegal aliens recorded visits to county emergency rooms for both routine and emergency care.  Per official figures, the cost is $1,000 dollars for every taxpayer in Los Angeles County.   


 


 


LA RAZA-OCCUPATION and LOOTING in MEXIFORNIA…. shocking!

“Californians bear an enormous fiscal burden as a result of an illegal alien population estimated at almost 3 million residents. The annual expenditure of state and local tax dollars on services for that population is $25.3 billion. That total amounts to a yearly burden of about $2,370 for a household headed by a U.S. citizen.”


“Until the dishonesty and tactical bluster cease, California is at serious risk of becoming a Third World entity, and the longer Democrats are in power, the more businesses will continue to flee the state, the more wealthy taxpayers will relocate and the more our standard of living will continue to decline.”

Opinion

California must stem the flow of illegal immigrants

The state should go after employers who hire them, curb taxpayer-funded benefits, deploy the National Guard to help the feds at the border and penalize 'sanctuary' cities.
“Illegal immigration is another matter entirely. With the state budget in tatters, millions of residents out of work and a state prison system strained by massive overcrowding, California simply cannot continue to ignore the strain that illegal immigration puts on our budget and economy. Illegal aliens cost taxpayers in our state billions of dollars each year. As economist Philip J. Romero concluded in a 2007 study, "illegal immigrants impose a 'tax' on legal California residents in the tens of billions of dollars."


Low-Income Workers Fleeing California

 

Wall Street Journal reporter Allysia Finley on low-income people fleeing California, in addition to the rich.


 

Americans (Legals) have become a passive society while Mexico loots and occupies.

Here’s what the Democrat Party and Mexico have done to CA.

CALIFORNIA: MEXICO’S LOOTED WELFARE STATE


 
MEXIFORNIA

WILL THE DEMOCRAT PARTY, THE MEXICAN FASCIST PARTY of LA RAZA and MEXICO DESTROY CALIFORNIA? ISN’T IT ALREADY A LOOTED WELFARE COLONY OF MEXICO’S WHERE ALL THE JOBS ALSO GO TO MEXICANS?


 

AMERICAN’S FIGHTING OBAMA’S FORCED LA RAZA OCCUPATION:

Patriots in Murrieta, CA Fight Obama’s Alien Invasion


 
LA RAZA POLITICIANS ELECTED BY ILLEGALS IN MEXIFORNIA: WHERE LA RAZA LOOTS FIRST!


 
THE RISE of the MEXICAN FASCIST PARTY of LA RAZA “THE RACE” in MEXIFORNIA – LA RAZA’S FIRST OCCUPIED WELFARE COLONY.

….. your tax dollars at work… FOR ILLEGALS!


 

BELOW ARE LA RAZA SUPREMACIST ON ABOVE POSTING:

 

STATE SENATOR RICARDO LARA  (LA RAZA DEM – LOS ANGELES) and the rise of the LA RAZA fascist welfares state for Mexicans in CA.

Your state is next!


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ANTONIA HERNANDEZ

MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE and LA RAZA FASCISM in MEX-OCCUPIED CA – NOT ENOUGH WELFARE OFF GRINGOS’ BACKS?


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MEXICAN FASCISM

LA RAZA FASCIST (FORMER) GOVERNOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA


 


 

CAN EVERY MAJOR AMERICAN CITY BE ANOTHER MEXICAN DUMPSTER LIKE L.A.?

LA RAZA IS LOOTING ON IT!

 

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VIVA LA RAZA FASCISM and the MEXICAN WELFARE STATE IN MEXIFORNIA?

ASSEMBLYWOMAN LORENA GONZALEZ (LA RAZA DEM- SAN DIEGO) and LA RAZA SUPREMACY off the gringos’ backs”


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California State Sen. Kevin DeLeon (LA RAZA DEM. L.A.)  and the rise of LA RAZA SUPREMACY in the Mexican welfare colony of MEXIFORNIA –

MEXICANS LOOTING ON THE RISE!


 

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Sen. Ed Hernanez (LA RAZA DEM WEST CONVINA) sees a LA RAZA party controlled state of California.


 

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Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (La Raza GOP  - Mex-occupied Riverside) sees the MEXICAN FLAG FLYING OVER MEXIFORNIA (formerly the State of California).


 

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INEQUALITY

SOARING WELFARE FOR ILLEGALS, they also get our jobs AND SOARING POVERTY FOR AMERICANS who still get the tax bills for LA RAZA’S MEX WELFARE STATE IN our open borders.

The report demonstrates how nearly every section of society, except for the rich and super-rich, has seen a massive loss in wealth since 2003.


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TOP WELFARE

SOARING WELFARE FOR ILLEGALS on the gringos’ backs!

BARACK OBAMA and the LA RAZA “THE RACE” MEXICAN WELFARE STATE HE EXPANDED IN AMERICA’S OPEN and UNDEFENDED BORDERS WITH NARCOMEX.


 

ROBERT RECTOR: THE COST OF UNFETTERED IMMIGRATION – AMERICAN INVADED, OCCUPIED AND LOOTED BY ILLEGALS

http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/08/robert-rector-unfettered-immigration.html



REP. XAVIER BECERRA and the LA RAZA-OCCUPIED Mexican dumpster of LOS ANGELES

HOW LA RAZA FASCIST REP. XAVIER BECERRA HELPED MEXICO TURN LOS ANGELES INTO LA RAZA’S BIGGEST WELFARE OFFICE.. they also get all the jobs in L.A. and are VOTING FOR MORE!


“WE WILL TAKE CONTROL OF OUR COUNTRY (U.S.) BY VOTE IF POSSIBLE AND VIOLENCE IF NECESSARY!”

 

LOS ANGELES – GATEWAY FOR THE MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS


 

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, MEXICO WAS LOOTING.

THE COUNTY OF MEX-GANG INFESTED LOS ANGELES PUTS OUT ONE BILLION DOLLARS TO ILLEGALS!

Monday, March 30, 2015

KEEPING ILLEGALS OUT OF OUR VOTING BOOTHS! Supreme Court rejects challenge to Wisconsin voter identification law

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Wisconsin voter identification law

GOOD NEWS.

WISCONSIN CAN KEEP LA RAZA FROM VOTING DEM FOR MORE WELFARE!


 

Where To Go When Your Local Emergency Room Goes Bankrupt?

                                           
During the past ten years 84 California hospitals have declared bankruptcy and closed their Emergency Rooms forever.  Financially crippled by legislative and judicial mandates to treat illegal aliens have bankrupted hospitals!   
In 2010, in Los Angeles County alone, over 2 million illegal aliens recorded visits to county emergency rooms for both routine and emergency care.  Per official figures, the cost is $1,000 dollars for every taxpayer in Los Angeles County.   


 


 LA RAZA-OCCUPATION and LOOTING in MEXIFORNIA…. shocking!

“Californians bear an enormous fiscal burden as a result of an illegal alien population estimated at almost 3 million residents. The annual expenditure of state and local tax dollars on services for that population is $25.3 billion. That total amounts to a yearly burden of about $2,370 for a household headed by a U.S. citizen.”


“Until the dishonesty and tactical bluster cease, California is at serious risk of becoming a Third World entity, and the longer Democrats are in power, the more businesses will continue to flee the state, the more wealthy taxpayers will relocate and the more our standard of living will continue to decline.”

Opinion

California must stem the flow of illegal immigrants

The state should go after employers who hire them, curb taxpayer-funded benefits, deploy the National Guard to help the feds at the border and penalize 'sanctuary' cities.
“Illegal immigration is another matter entirely. With the state budget in tatters, millions of residents out of work and a state prison system strained by massive overcrowding, California simply cannot continue to ignore the strain that illegal immigration puts on our budget and economy. Illegal aliens cost taxpayers in our state billions of dollars each year. As economist Philip J. Romero concluded in a 2007 study, "illegal immigrants impose a 'tax' on legal California residents in the tens of billions of dollars."


Low-Income Workers Fleeing California

 

Wall Street Journal reporter Allysia Finley on low-income people fleeing California, in addition to the rich.


 

Americans (Legals) have become a passive society while Mexico loots and occupies.

Here’s what the Democrat Party and Mexico have done to CA.

CALIFORNIA: MEXICO’S LOOTED WELFARE STATE


 
MEXIFORNIA TOP

WILL THE DEMOCRAT PARTY, THE MEXICAN FASCIST PARTY of LA RAZA and MEXICO DESTROY CALIFORNIA? ISN’T IT ALREADY A LOOTED WELFARE COLONY OF MEXICO’S WHERE ALL THE JOBS ALSO GO TO MEXICANS?


AMERICAN’S FIGHTING OBAMA’S FORCED LA RAZA OCCUPATION:

Patriots in Murrieta, CA Fight Obama’s Alien Invasion


 

LA RAZA POLITICIANS ELECTED BY ILLEGALS IN MEXIFORNIA: WHERE LA RAZA LOOTS FIRST!


 

THE RISE of the MEXICAN FASCIST PARTY of LA RAZA “THE RACE” in MEXIFORNIA – LA RAZA’S FIRST OCCUPIED WELFARE COLONY.

….. your tax dollars at work… FOR ILLEGALS!


 
STATE SENATOR RICARDO LARA  (LA RAZA DEM – LOS ANGELES) and the rise of the LA RAZA fascist welfares state for Mexicans in CA.

Your state is next!



ANTONIA HERNANDEZ

MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE and LA RAZA FASCISM in MEX-OCCUPIED CA – NOT ENOUGH WELFARE OFF GRINGOS’ BACKS?


 
MEXICAN FASCISM

LA RAZA FASCIST (FORMER) GOVERNOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA




 

CAN EVERY MAJOR AMERICAN CITY BE ANOTHER MEXICAN DUMPSTER LIKE L.A.?

LA RAZA IS LOOTING ON IT!

 

VIVA LA RAZA FASCISM and the MEXICAN WELFARE STATE IN MEXIFORNIA?

ASSEMBLYWOMAN LORENA GONZALEZ (LA RAZA DEM- SAN DIEGO) and LA RAZA SUPREMACY off the gringos’ backs”


 
California State Sen. Kevin DeLeon (LA RAZA DEM. L.A.)  and the rise of LA RAZA SUPREMACY in the Mexican welfare colony of MEXIFORNIA –

MEXICANS LOOTING ON THE RISE!

 
 
Sen. Ed Hernanez (LA RAZA DEM WEST CONVINA) sees a LA RAZA party controlled state of California.


 

Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (La Raza GOP  - Mex-occupied Riverside) sees the MEXICAN FLAG FLYING OVER MEXIFORNIA (formerly the State of California).


 


INEQUALITY

SOARING WELFARE FOR ILLEGALS, they also get our jobs AND SOARING POVERTY FOR AMERICANS who still get the tax bills for LA RAZA’S MEX WELFARE STATE IN our open borders.

The report demonstrates how nearly every section of society, except for the rich and super-rich, has seen a massive loss in wealth since 2003.

 

SOARING WELFARE FOR ILLEGALS on the gringos’ backs!

BARACK OBAMA and the LA RAZA “THE RACE” MEXICAN WELFARE STATE HE EXPANDED IN AMERICA’S OPEN and UNDEFENDED BORDERS WITH NARCOMEX.


 
ROBERT RECTOR: THE COST OF UNFETTERED IMMIGRATION – AMERICAN INVADED, OCCUPIED AND LOOTED BY ILLEGALS

http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/08/robert-rector-unfettered-immigration.html



REP. XAVIER BECERRA and the LA RAZA-OCCUPIED Mexican dumpster of LOS ANGELES

HOW LA RAZA FASCIST REP. XAVIER BECERRA HELPED MEXICO TURN LOS ANGELES INTO LA RAZA’S BIGGEST WELFARE OFFICE.. they also get all the jobs in L.A. and are VOTING FOR MORE!


“WE WILL TAKE CONTROL OF OUR COUNTRY (U.S.) BY VOTE IF POSSIBLE AND VIOLENCE IF NECESSARY!”

 

LOS ANGELES – GATEWAY FOR THE MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS


 

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, MEXICO WAS LOOTING.

THE COUNTY OF MEX-GANG INFESTED LOS ANGELES PUTS OUT ONE BILLION DOLLARS TO ILLEGALS!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Nancy Pelosi demands CUTS in Medicare to pay for Mexico's welfare state in our borders - 49 More Mexifornias on the table


PELOSI, CLINTON, OBAMA, FEINSTEIN and BOXER HAVE BUILT A MASSIVE WELFARE STATE FOR MEXICANS ON OUR BACKS.

MEXIFORNIA IS NOW A LA RAZA-OCCUPIED WELFARE OFFICE FOR MEXICO!

WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM???

 

CUT MEDICARE TO PAY FOR LA RAZA’S “FREE” GRINGO PAID OBAMACARE???

 


 

Pelosi echoed Boehner’s comments, declaring that it had been a “privilege” to work with the House leader, and that she hoped the agreement “will be a model of things to come.”

 

NANCY PELOSI HACKS AT MEDICARE FOR AMERICAS AND PUSHES FOR OBAMACARE FOR ILLEGALS -US House passes sweeping new bipartisan assault on Medicare

US House passes sweeping new bipartisan assault on Medicare

YES, SHE AND OBAMA LIED THAT OBAMACARE DID NOT

INCLUDE ILLEGALS! THEY RIGGED IT SO IT WOULD.

NOW THEY MOVE TO CUT MEDICARE FOR LEGALS!


“If you’re in this country illegally, should you be able to get health care?” CNN’s John King asked Mrs. Pelosi.

“No, illegal immigrants are not covered by this plan,” she replied. Mrs. Pelosi’s remarks are downright deceptive, according to Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who points out that the proposed health care legislation “ contains gaping loopholes that will allow illegal immigrants to receive taxpayer-funded benefits .”

These loopholes, Rep. Smith maintains, are “no accident.” He maintains that the proposed legislation, despite months of debate, still contains no mechanism for verifying if applicants are legal residents or not.



WHY DOES OBAMA HATE AMERICA  SO?

 



THE OBAMA REGIME’S ASSAULT ON THE AMERICAN BORN WORKER RATCHETED UP ONCE AGAIN!


US House passes sweeping new bipartisan assault on Medicare

By Kate Randall
27 March 2015
In a 392-37 vote, the US House on Thursday approved a bill that makes sweeping changes to the Medicare program that provides health insurance to more than 54 million seniors and the disabled. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act must be approved by the US Senate and signed into law by President Obama, who indicated his support for the measure earlier this week.

The bipartisan bill, drafted by Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, ties future payments to doctors for Medicare services to “quality of care,” shifting away from traditional fee-for-service payments. And for the first time, the universal Medicare program will institute means testing for higher-income seniors, requiring higher premiums for these individuals to access benefits.

The bill constitutes a historic attack on the Medicare program. Boehner called it the “first real entitlement reform in nearly two decades”—a reference to the assault on welfare launched under the Clinton administration in 1996. “Today is about a problem much bigger than any doc-fix or deadline. It’s about solving our spending problem,” he said.

Pelosi echoed Boehner’s comments, declaring that it had been a “privilege” to work with the House leader, and that she hoped the agreement “will be a model of things to come.”

The coming together of the Republican and Democratic Party leadership behind the overhaul exposes the unanimity within the ruling class on the need for sharp cuts in “entitlement” programs—Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

It provides a permanent “fix” to a 1997 law that tied doctors’ Medicare fees to overall economic growth. As overall health care costs have risen sharply, that formula threatened deep reimbursement cuts to doctors, cuts that Congress has blocked with patchwork measures 17 times since 2002.

The House bill will do away with the scheduled payment cut, set to kick in April 1, and replace it with a 0.5 percent yearly raise in payments through 2019. After this, a new payment system based on “quality of care” will be implemented.

Such language has been adopted by Medicare in other frameworks, and is generally measured by readmission rates and similar statistics. In other words, doctors who see more of their patients readmitted will receive cuts in reimbursement. However, readmission is closely correlated with poverty and other social factors, thus cutting spending on health care in lower-income and working class areas.

By disconnecting reimbursements from services provided, doctors will also be incentivized to ration care and cut back on testing—the overarching aim of all the health care “reform” proposals backed by both Democrats and Republicans. The change will result in reduced services for Medicare patients overall and deep spending cuts by the government.

This shift has long been promoted in the private insurance sector. It is also a key goal of the Obama administration, which earlier this year set a goal to tie the vast majority of Medicare payments to programs promoting cost-cutting.

The second main feature of the bill would institute means testing for Medicare recipients, requiring higher-income seniors to pay more toward Medicare premiums for insurance and prescription drug coverage. Initial estimates are that this change would result in Medicare savings of around $30 billion over the next decade.

Congressional Republicans and Democrats alike are well aware that this fundamental change opens the floodgates for transforming a program that for the last half-century has provided health care insurance to those over the age of 65, regardless of income, into a poverty program available to only those poorest segments of society. This is seen as a first step in it being starved of funds and ultimately dismantled.

Boehner, salivating at these prospects, commented, “We know we’ve got more serious entitlement reform that’s needed. It shouldn’t take another two decades to do it.” He indicated that the Republicans would continue to push for funding cuts to other federal benefit programs.

Some Congressional Republicans balked at the overall cost of the measure, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates at $214 billion over the next decade. This would be paid for through $141 billion in new spending, with the balance divided between higher monthly premiums for higher-income Medicare recipients and payments by nursing homes and other health care providers.

Boehner and the Republicans see the implementation of means testing—and the subsequent savings for government—as a starting point for future overhauls to Medicare and other federal programs. This particularly applies to Social Security, the universal retirement program enacted in 1935 in the wake of the Great Depression.

Both Medicare and Social Security are not “gifts” by the government, but benefits based on the funds workers pay into these programs for their entire working lives through deductions from their paychecks.

As window dressing, the bill also provides two more years of funding to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which serves 8 million low-income children, as well as to the nation’s 1,200 community health centers. While Pelosi and the White House had pushed for four-year extensions for both of these programs, the majority of Congressional Democrats willingly compromised on this issue in order to push through the changes to Medicare.

The bill also includes abortion funding restrictions at community health centers, incorporating components of the so-called Hyde Amendment, which forbids federal funding of abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, or the endangered life of the mother.

Leaders of the House “pro-choice” caucus assured skeptical Senate Democrats that the bill’s language provides no additional abortion restrictions beyond those that already apply. In fact, the Obama administration acceded to these reactionary and unconstitutional restrictions in language in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Speaking Wednesday on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of his signing into law of what is popularly known as Obamacare, the president indicated his support for the new bipartisan Medicare bill. “I’ve got my pen ready to sign a good bipartisan bill,” he said.

The coinciding of the ACA’s anniversary and the current bipartisan bill is noteworthy. From the start, Obama’s health care overhaul has been aimed at a fundamental restructuring of the health care system, aimed at lowering costs for the government and corporations while slashing health care services for the vast majority of Americans.

Taking its cue from Obamacare, the change in Medicare represented by Pelosi and Boehner’s bill will set an example that can rapidly be extended throughout the health care system. Despite many Congressional Republicans’ vocal opposition to the ACA and vows to see it repealed, they are in agreement with its aim of rationing care and funneling more money to the health care industry.

Although the bill faces some opposition in the Senate, it is expected to pass, either before Congress leaves for spring recess today or on its return in two weeks. If it does not pass before the recess, Congress will likely pass a temporary fix to the Medicare payments to doctors.