Marco Rubio State Health Plan, Rubiocare, Only Signed Up 80 People

Marco Rubio State Health Reform, Rubiocare, Only Signed Up 80 People

Marco Rubio State Health Reform, Rubiocare, Only Signed Up 80 People (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Only 80 signed up for Rubiocare since 2008

Marco Rubio’s signature state healthcare legislation (Rubiocare) only signed up 80 people since it went live in 2008. Um, not 80,000 — 80. That’s opposed to the 1.6 million in Florida alone who signed up for Obamacare, which he wants to repeal.

“It’s about competition, it’s about choice, and it’s about the marketplace,” he told The Palm Beach Post at the time. Florida Health Choices, which finally opened last year, now covers 80 people.

Obamacare, which Rubio wants to repeal, covers 1.6 million in Florida alone. And 93 percent of them are subsidized.

Of course, Marco Rubio would prefer not to talk about his successful health care plan. It’s sound better to thrash Obamacare, which has clearly been more successful. He’s trying to pull a Mitt Romney.

Rubio’s spokeswoman, Brooke Sammon, said “It is unfortunate that this disastrous healthcare law is impacting the Florida Health Choices program, which is exactly the kind of consumer-based healthcare solution Americans are looking for.” Um, that’s all 80 of them. LOL.

Romney Campaign’s Andrea Saul Says Joe Soptic’s Wife Would Have Been Covered Under Romneycare

Mitt Romney as Foghorn Leghorn

Mitt Romney Campaign’s Foghorn Leghorn Moment: Andrea Saul cites MA Universal Healthcare While Slamming Obamacare

Mitt Romney’s prospects for the presidency just got a little dimmer with the admission of a campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul in response to a pro-Obama attack ad which blames the presumptive nominee for the death of a laid-off steelworker’s wife:  If that family had lived in Massachusetts, it would have been covered by the former governor’s universal health care law. Um, isn’t this the same candidate who says he wants to repeal Romneycare’s big sister Obamacare? Duh, same thing right? SMH. Mitt Romney reminds me a lot of Foghorn Leghorn, always a loudmouth even as he gets his ass kicked.

“To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care,” Andrea Saul, Romney’s campaign press secretary, said during an appearance on Fox News. “There are a lot of people losing their jobs and losing their health care in President [Barack] Obama’s economy.  Source

I am with Eric Erickson from Red State:

Funny reaction on Twitter:

The Priorities USA Action ad, features Joe Soptic, who was laid off from a plant owned by Bain Capital, discussing his wife’s illness and eventual death. He said his family lost health insurance after he lost his job. Saul went on to say the ad was “despicable.” But, please tell me, how do you praise Romneycare and slam Obamacare? Mitt Romney and his team have an uncanny skill of shooting themselves in the foot with every attack from the Obama campaign. This is the man you want to put in the White House? This comes as Ron Haskins, GOP welfare reform architect, blasts Romney’s current ad accusing President Obama of “gutting welfare reform.”

Joe Soptic featured in super PAC video:

The Drudge Report Goes After First Lady Michelle Obama’s Outfit, Targets Her "Bondage Belt," Misses Point of Her Speech

They are after First Lady Michelle Obama again over her clothes. This time, The Drudge Report is targeting her “bondage belt,” as they called it. Okay, not to knock her, but that is hideous. Michelle Obama has had some major fashion hits and a few misses. I would say that this is minor in the grand scheme of things. Considering how frumpy Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton were, I think it’s safe to cut her some slack.

Lost in this hoopla over her belt is the fact that Mrs. Obama spoke on health care legislation at the White House complex September 18, 2009, in Washington, D.C. She amplified the President’s message on the need for health insurance reform and its impact on women and families during the event.

Columnist Charles Krauthammer Says President Obama’s "Persona is More Cool, Distant, Imperial & Charming Scoundrel Can Get Away With Deception"

Well, conservative syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer has written a scathing article questioning the truthfulness of statements made by President Barack Obama. I really expected no less from Krauthammer because of his political persuasion. This is music to the ears of President Obama’s critics. He is implying that Obama isn’t a man of his words and that he slithers like a snake in and out of his positions. I guess that speaks to some of the same traits as President Bill “Slick Willie” Clinton, but in Krauthammer’s eyes, there is a twist — Clinton possessed an irresistible charm. He states that Obama’s persona is more cool, distant, imperial. Wow, I wonder what he thought of President George W. Bush? Don’t get me wrong, Mr. Krauthammer is a brilliant man and he has made a valuable contribution to the world of political analysis, but I have to wonder why we are still talking about “you lie.”

Does He Lie?
By Charles Krauthammer
Friday, September 18, 2009

You lie? No. Barack Obama doesn’t lie. He’s too subtle for that. He . . . well, you judge. Herewith three examples within a single speech — the now-famous Obama-Wilson “you lie” address to Congress on health care — of Obama’s relationship with truth.

(1) “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits — either now or in the future,” he solemnly pledged. “I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future. Period.”

Wonderful. The president seems serious, veto-ready, determined to hold the line. Until, notes Harvard economist Greg Mankiw, you get to Obama’s very next sentence: “And to prove that I’m serious, there will be a provision in this plan that requires us to come forward with more spending cuts if the savings we promised don’t materialize.”

This apparent strengthening of the pledge brilliantly and deceptively undermines it. What Obama suggests is that his plan will require mandatory spending cuts if the current rosy projections prove false. But there’s absolutely nothing automatic about such cuts. Every Congress is sovereign. Nothing enacted today will force a future Congress or a future president to make any cuts in any spending, mandatory or not.

Just look at the supposedly automatic Medicare cuts contained in the Sustainable Growth Rate formula enacted to constrain out-of-control Medicare spending. Every year since 2003, Congress has waived the cuts.

Mankiw puts the Obama bait-and-switch in plain language. “Translation: I promise to fix the problem. And if I do not fix the problem now, I will fix it later, or some future president will, after I am long gone. I promise he will. Absolutely, positively, I am committed to that future president fixing the problem. You can count on it. Would I lie to you?”

(2) And then there’s the famous contretemps about health insurance for illegal immigrants. Obama said they would not be insured. Well, all four committee-passed bills in Congress allow illegal immigrants to take part in the proposed Health Insurance Exchange. But more important, the problem is that laws are not self-enforcing. If they were, we’d have no illegal immigrants because, as I understand it, it’s illegal to enter the United States illegally. We have laws against burglary, too. But we also provide for cops and jails on the assumption that most burglars don’t voluntarily turn themselves in.

When Republicans proposed requiring proof of citizenship, the Democrats twice voted that down in committee. Indeed, after Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” shout-out, the Senate Finance Committee revisited the language of its bill to prevent illegal immigrants from getting any federal benefits. Why would the Finance Committee fix a nonexistent problem?

(3) Obama said he would largely solve the insoluble cost problem of Obamacare by eliminating “hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud” from Medicare. That’s not a lie. That’s not even deception. That’s just an insult to our intelligence. Waste, fraud and abuse — Meg Greenfield once called this phrase “the dread big three” — as the all-purpose piggy bank for budget savings has been a joke since Jimmy Carter first used it in 1977.

Moreover, if half a trillion is waiting to be squeezed painlessly out of Medicare, why wait for health-care reform? If, as Obama repeatedly insists, Medicare overspending is breaking the budget, why hasn’t he gotten started on the painless billions in “waste and fraud” savings?

Obama doesn’t lie. He merely elides, gliding from one dubious assertion to another. This has been the story throughout his whole health-care crusade. Its original premise was that our current financial crisis was rooted in neglect of three things — energy, education and health care. That transparent attempt to exploit Emanuel’s Law — a crisis is a terrible thing to waste — failed for health care because no one is stupid enough to believe that the 2008 financial collapse was caused by a lack of universal health care.

So on to the next gambit: selling health-care reform as a cure for the deficit. When that was exploded by the Congressional Budget Office’s demonstration of staggering Obamacare deficits, Obama tried a new tack: selling his plan as revenue-neutral insurance reform — until the revenue neutrality is exposed as phony future cuts and chimerical waste and fraud. Obama doesn’t lie. He implies, he misdirects, he misleads — so fluidly and incessantly that he risks transmuting eloquence into mere slickness.

Slickness wasn’t fatal to “Slick Willie” Clinton because he possessed a winning, nearly irresistible charm. Obama’s persona is more cool, distant, imperial. The charming scoundrel can get away with endless deception; the righteous redeemer cannot. Source: Washington Post

Wow, doesn’t this person sound a lot like George W. Bush and the eight years of waste and fraud we endured? Now the President is being called a “scoundrel.” Wow. This is amazing.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele: "Bad Form" For President Obama To Invoke Kennedy During His Speech to Congress

It is amazing that all RNC Chairman Michael Steele could find to talk about President Barack Obama’s address to Congress was to state that it was “bad form” and “a political tool” for him to talk about a letter he received from the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA). Wow, is he that daft?

“I’m sorry, but I just felt a bit unnerved by it, in the sense he just passed,” said Steele. “His wife was still clearly emotional,” Steele added. “I just thought that was bad form. We all understand and appreciate the role Sen. Kennedy has played in this debate and the passion he brought to health care. I just thought that was a little bit much for me, so soon after his death, using that as a political tool.” Source: Talking Points Memo

Steele also seemed to be under the impression that this was a surprise to Vicki Kennedy and that it was some kind of coincidence that she’d been invited to sit as a guest of Michelle Obama during a speech. Wow, this was only one of her late husband’s biggest political issues. This is the leader of the RNC? Wow.

That just shows you how out of touch and ignorant Michael Steele is. It is common knowledge that the president and Sen. Kennedy were very close and the contents of the letter were meant to show the urgency of getting health care reform passed. That was an issue of paramount importance to Ted Kennedy.

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) Yells Out "You Lie" When President Obama Says His Health Care Bill Won’t Mandate Coverage for Illegal Immigrants

Once again, the Republican Party shows that it has no class. During President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress tonight regarding health care reform, Republican Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) yelled out “lie” when the President said his health care bill would not mandate coverage for illegal immigrants. I can’t recall hearing any member of Congress interrupt President George W. Bush or President Bill Clinton during their address to Congress. Why should President Obama be continually subjected to such crass behavior at the hands of his opponents? We have lost all sense of decorum in this country. This is a travesty and this congressman is a disgrace.

I can’t recall hearing Rep. Wilson calling Governor Sanford a liar and a cheat when he left his office to go for a booty call in South America. Sen. John McCain, during an appearance on CNN after the president’s speech, said Wilson’s outburst was “totally disrespectful — [there’s] no place for it in that setting or any other and he should apologize immediately.” Now, that’s the John McCain I liked before the presidential campaign. First Lady Michelle Obama, overhead in the visitors’ gallery, shook her head from side to side. described the claims made by Rep. Joe Wilson as “false” and noted that one version of the legislation already includes an explicit bar on federal funding for illegal immigrants’ health care. There is an going viral, asking @CongJoeWilson to apologize for yelling “YOU LIE” in President Obama’s speech.

If you’d like to sign,please click here. 

UPDATE #1: Joe Wilson is being challenged by Rob Miller for SC-02. You can donate to Miller’s ActBlue page here.

UPDATE #2: In less than two hours, challenger Rob Miller has raised over $11K. Joe Wilson is shaking like a leaf at the outrage being leveled at him and the prospect that this outburst could, and should, cost him reelection. He has issued the following apology:

“This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the President’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility.”

UPDATE #3: True to form, Fox News stepped up to the plate and showed just have right wing they are. On Fox Business News, Karl Rove and host Neil Cavuto thought Wilson shouting at the President was hilarious. “Joe Wilson, good guy,” said Rove. “Lovely,” agreed Cavuto.

Sorry, but if he wasn’t called out on his despicable behavior, he would not have apologized. These are the bottom feeders who are making decisions for Americans. Time for this moron to go back to South Carolina!

UPDATE #4: It turns out that Joe Wilson was once a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans. According to Crooks and Liars, this is an organization that, as the SPLC has detailed assiduously, has been taken over in the past decade by radical neo-Confederates who favor secession and defend slavery as a benign institution. Leading the takeover is a radical racist named Kirk Lyons, who’s been an important legal figure on the far right for some years.

Joe Wilson, as a state legislator, was one of only seven Republicans to go against their own party and vote to keep the Dixie Rebel flag flying over the South Carolina capitol:

The flag came down that year after Republicans in both houses went for a compromise that would put it on Statehouse grounds at the Confederate Soldier’s monument. The “Magnificent Seven” of Senators who voted to keep the flag up included current Congressman Joe Wilson (who I served with in the 218th Infantry Brigade of the National Guard.) Source: Crooks and Liars

Joe Wilson’s contact information:

Joe Wilson
South Carolina-2nd, Republican
212 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-4002
Phone: (202) 225-2452

Wilson Joe Congressman
1700 Sunset Blvd
West Columbia, SC 29169 Map
(803) 939-0041

And email him at

To watch the video, CLICK HERE

Watch the entire speech:

Michele Bachmann (R-MN) Tells Activists: Slit Our Wrists And Become Blood Brothers Against Obama’s Health Care

I tried my best to avoid writing about Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) since the last time she put her foot in her mouth, but I couldn’t resist this time. The woman is a complete imbecile.  According to the Colorado Independent, she spoke yesterday to the right-wing Independence Institute and she called on conservatives to really come together in the fight against President Obama on health care. Why people come out to listen to this woman is beyond me.

“What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing,” said Bachmann. “This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn’t pass.”

The sanguinary rhetoric continued. “Right now, we are looking at reaching down the throat and ripping the guts out of freedom,” she said. “And we may never be able to restore it if we don’t man up and take this one on.” Bachmann also denounced a system under which some Americans pay half their income in taxes: “It’s nothing more than slavery.” Source: Talking Point Memo

Talking about slitting one’s wrist and slavery in the same speech is abhorrent, given America’s history where slavery is concerned, not to mention the obvious dig against people who have tried to commit suicide by slitting their wrists. It was insensitive and just plain wrong. I am amazed that people actually vote for this woman. But judging from the dirty tactics by both the Republicans and the Democrats, why am I surprised?

Jon Voight Appears on Mike Huckabee’s Show: Says President Obama ‘Arrogant,’ Causing ‘Civil Unrest’ (VIDEO)

Actor Jon Voight is giving his two cents about the arrogance of President Barack Obama. I have no issue with him criticizing the president, but how is his relationship with his daughter, Angelina Jolie? I thought she wasn’t speaking to him. What’s the relevance here? Well, if he can’t get his relationship right with his own daughter, I think he should be the last person to call anyone arrogant. I have yet to see Jon Voight in the forefront rallying for all the poor senior citizens in this country.

He appeared on Mike Huckabee’s show on Faux News last weekend. He also accused the president of playing God when it comes to healthcare.

I’m here to validate all the millions of people who are opposed to the Obama healthcare. We’re witnessing a slow and steady takeover of our true freedoms. We’re becoming a socialist nation, and Obama is causing civil unrest in this country… The stimulus didn’t work… We’re being told what cars we can drive, how much we can make…

Obama has made this [healthcare} a personal crusade now… As we can see it really is about him. He is arrogant and he’s adamant that he’s going to get this passed…

He’s trying everything, even the so-called God card. If you love God, he tells us, then it’s your duty to vote this healthcare bill in… They’re taking away God’s first gift to man. Our free will. Source: Huffington Post

Gee, I can’t seem to remember any time in recent memory when I saw Jon Voight crusading for anything other than a role in a movie. Here’s someone with zero credibility trying to sound knowledgeable.

Harry Jackson, Conservative Black Bishop, Calls Universal Health Care ‘Reverse Classicism’

There’s a fool preaching in a pulpit near you. Bishop Harry Jackson from Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., made some incendiary and inaccurate claims about health care reform, labeling it “reverse classicism.” Say what? Jackson said the following in his speech at the National Press Club in Washington:

If I’m going to have to lessen the care of some folks and people who are worthy of service, worthy of care don’t get served, we have a real problem. In other words, my life is not worth less because I’m worth more financially…There’s a reverse classicism in this whole issue.

Bishop Jackson continued by picking up on a common misnomer that the right invented and then railed against, spending tax dollars to pay for abortions. “It’s absolutely immoral to say that you’re going to pay for an abortion,” said Jackson. Source: Huffington Post

He got his digs in about his own race. He claimed that the health care reform would increase abortion rates especially among the Black community. The truth is that the politicians have not proposed spending tax dollars on abortion procedures except for instances of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger. Of course, Bishop Jackson in all his “glory” didn’t bother to mention the fact that there are 47 million Americans without health insurance and I am sure there are a few in his congregation as well.

Rep. Barney Frank Confronts Constituent Who Asked Him Why He’s Supporting a Nazi Policy (VIDEO)

Rep. Barney Frank confronts a constituent at his town hall meeting in Dartmouth, MA, when she asked, “Why are you supporting this Nazi policy?”

Frank’s response: “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” He then calls her approach “vile, contemptible nonsense.” He closes by saying: “Trying to have a conversation with you would be like arguing with a dining room table.”