Of the duplicity that is Obamacare. Some time ago, August 12, 2009, to be exact, Obama-phile Greg Palast wrote about Obama meeting with Big Pharma from the get-go. He was not amused that Obama would do this, though others of us are not surprised one bit that Obamacare was a giveaway to Big Pharma.

But apparently, “Big Pharma” was just the beginning of the companies getting their hands into the Obamacare Pie. And how, as this headline attests, “Upton Expands Investigation Into ’Secret’ Obamacare Meetings.” Indeed, this confirms what many of us suspected to be true – Obamacare was not written with the American people in mind, but as paybacks, if you will, to certain groups. I guarantee you, you will not be surprised by some of the groups mentioned below:

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton is expanding his investigation into the meetings between special interest groups and the Obama White House that set the stage for the passage of Obamacare, sending document requests to 12 industry groups and unions that played a key role in the negotiations.

In April 18 letters to the groups, Upton asks for extensive details and documents about each organization’s interactions with the White House in regards to the health care law.

The requests come as the Obama White House has so far declined to provide its documents about the meetings.

At issue are special deals struck between interest groups and President Obama to either garner the support of major industry sectors or soften their criticism of the health care law.

Oh, what a surprise, huh? Yeah, I know – I was being snarky. But what I particularly love is how the White House is refusing to cooperate with this investigation. Oh, yes, “Mr. Transparency” has proven to be even more secretive than Bush. Oh, but you don’t hear the same hue and cry over that, not by a long shot. Hey, you know the rules, “they apply to thee, not to me…”
In one major instance, the pharmaceutical drug sector agreed to back the legislation as long as the costs to that sector did not exceed $80 billion. The drug sector eventually spent over $100 million on television advertisements touting the law.

Now to the groups involved in this behemoth law affecting the entire country, and not in a good way:

The industry groups and unions subject to Upton’s request are AARP, AFL-CIO, AdvaMed, AFSCME, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Business Roundtable, Federation of American Hospitals, PHRMA, and SEIU.

Wow. That is quite a roll call. Is anyone surprised to see the AFL/CIO and SEIU listed above? I wasn’t either, but I have to wonder just what their medical expertise is that their opinions were even solicited. I guess they were making sure there were sufficient loopholes that they would never have to be a part of this. And they were successful in that regard. Unbelievable.

Now that we have this law, and the funding thereof, looming over our heads, investigating what is in it, and WHO helped craft it, seems a bit overdue, but I guess better late than never, right? Right. The investigation actually began two months ago:

Feb. 18, Upton wrote to Nancy-Ann DeParle, who served as Obama’s health care reform “czar” during the period during which Obamacare was considered in Congress and has since been promoted to the president’s deputy chief of staff, requesting a range of documents relating to meetings and negotiations over the health care law.

The letter requested a list of staff working for the White House Office of Health Reform, a list of their meetings on health care with special interest groups, notes or minutes from those meetings and all written communications between the White House and outside groups on changes to the health care system.

In response, White House counsel Robert Bauer suggested the inquiry was too time consuming to comply with.

The request “would constitute a vast and expensive undertaking,” Bauer wrote in a March 4 letter. Instead, the White House sent Upton a series of public relations materials related to public events related to health care reform and a summary of the publicly available White House visitor logs.

Congressional Republicans say the administration has resisted complying with a series of inquiries such as the request for information on the Obamacare meetings.

This does not seem to be an unreasonable request to me. Isn’t this kind of information supposed to be available anyway? We’re not talking major secrets here, we are talking about how outside corporations and agencies influenced one of the costliest pieces of legislation ever. Show us the damn records already, and stop beating around the bush. Sheesh. That is, in essence, what the Republicans said, too, though a little nicer than that:

In a response to Bauer, Upton said in a March 10 letter Republicans were “concerned and disappointed,” and reiterated their request for the documents. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

I’ll say. I’m “disappointed,” too, that this Administration has made the Bush Administration look like an open book, but they surely have.

The Republicans are trying a different tack, though, to obtain the information they seek, “Faced With Obama ’Slow Walking’ Document Requests, GOP Aims At Outside Groups.”

Well, that’s one way to do it, though it is disturbing that a president, any president, would stonewall those who were elected to do the work of the people, in this case, protecting them from undue influence by certain groups:

[snip] “There is a coordinated effort, I assume being led by the White House, to, I would describe it as slow walking or slow rolling these things,” says an investigator on the Energy and Commerce Committee, “No one’s told us ‘no, we’re not gonna do that.’ They say they’ll do it every time. But they’re doing as much as they can to stall.”

The administration’s resistance to cooperate with requests that could expose damaging information about the president’s health care law and other issues is shaping the latest GOP salvo, aimed, not at the administration, but at a series of industry trade associations and unions. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

All I can do is just shake my head in disgust – at Obama, Pelosi, and those spineless cowards who passed this horrific, pork-laden, influence peddled, law. If they were capable of shame, they should surely feel it over this, this law that will increase our deficit higher and higher.

We knew this was happening – we knew it, they knew it, and they passed it anyway. Wow.

  • Onofre’s arm

    Ain’t it great the way history repeats? Which President get’s the lions share of blame for the Great Depression? Yes, Hoover of course, a Republican (or, what we would call a “Rino” today). As with Bush, it wasn’t conservative policies that brought on the Great Depression AND today’s malaise, it was liberal Keynesian policies and the misguided belief that the central government could engineer a better society than the cold hearted and pragmatic private sector could foster. Bush was not a fiscal Conservative, and neither was Hoover, and they both fell prey to the consequences of inherently flawed Progressive folly. That’s bad enough, but it was the Presidents who followed Hoover and Bush who attempted to put out the fire by tossing gasoline on it.  
     
    Obama is attempting to re-create FDR’s New Deal, not only because he is a Marxist, like many of FDR’s top advisers, but also because he is completely ignorant of the actual destructive effects of FDR’s alphabet soup programs, those programs that are still worshiped by historically ignorant Progressives as the remedy for the Depression.   
     
    The parallels between then and now are frightening. FDR’s administration was feverishly engaged in the greatest “change” of governance in our country’s history, and it was obvious to many that FDR wanted to drastically change the structure of this country right down to it’s Constitutional foundations.  
     
    See if you can find current parallels to some of FDR’s Greatest Hits:  
     
    *FDR’s central government absorbed huge portions of the private sector, believing quite incorrectly, that they could run utilities more efficiently than private interests.  
     
    *FDR’s administration actively whipped up class warfare; it was policy to demonize and attack the wealthy, a campaign that was guaranteed to garner support from the lower classes. FDR actively sought to publicly prosecute wealthy individuals like Andrew Mellon and Sam Insull for profiteering, tax evasion, and anything else that they could dream up to smear men who had previously been held in high regard. At one point, when it was apparent that the “wealthy” were only paying the minimum required taxes, as was their perfect right, FDR demanded NEW taxes and tax laws that would be made RETROACTIVE!   
     
    *FDR threw massive new power and support to the unions. There’s an old saying, “The Great Depression wasn’t really so bad…….if you had a job.” The problem was, that while the Unions’ new power gave them the ability to extort more money from their employers, the employers were unable to expand and hire new employees because they were barely able to meet the new payroll forced on them by the lucky few who belonged to the Unions. Union workers were suddenly making far more money than was economically feasible or justified, and everyone else would suffer for it.  
     
    *FDR planted the Marxist notion that housing, health care, remunerative jobs, food, clothing, etc., were basic human rights, and if the private sector couldn’t supply copious amounts of these, then by God, the government would. FDR kick started, with an iron boot, the enslavement of a huge swath of the American public to the socialist Nanny/Plantation state.  
     
    *FDR opened the floodgates of federal Keynesian spending, he drove up the federal debt, and by doing so, he turned what would have been a normal cyclical economic downturn, into a decade long Great Depression, while the rest of the world was emerging from the depression years before WE did. And it wasn’t his policies and his countless experimental government agencies that ended the depression, it was WWII.  
     
    *FDR attempted to shackle the SCOTUS, FDR was furious that the SCOTUS was the main bulwark that was preventing him from achieving his massive unconstitutional power grab. First he demonized the court, then he attempted to increase it’s size to 15 justices, and then he started to pack it as the aging justices dropped out. In the 30’s, the SCOTUS was one of the main reasons that this country didn’t become a full blown Socialist state under FDR, thank God for checks and balances.  
     
    *FDR turned a blind eye to the growing dangers in Europe and the Pacific, he completely neglected foreign policy while he tried to re-invent this country to reflect the Soviet experiment that many of his closest advisors admired.  
     
    Does any of this seem similar to today’s events? If you can’t see it, then I guess we’ll just have to repeat it.

  • Onofre’s arm

    Ain’t it great the way history repeats? Which President get’s the lions share of blame for the Great Depression? Yes, Hoover of course, a Republican (or, what we would call a “Rino” today). As with Bush, it wasn’t conservative policies that brought on the Great Depression AND today’s malaise, it was liberal Keynesian policies and the misguided belief that the central government could engineer a better society than the cold hearted and pragmatic private sector could foster. Bush was not a fiscal Conservative, and neither was Hoover, and they both fell prey to the consequences of inherently flawed Progressive folly. That’s bad enough, but it was the Presidents who followed Hoover and Bush who attempted to put out the fire by tossing gasoline on it.

    Obama is attempting to re-create FDR’s New Deal, not only because he is a Marxist, like many of FDR’s top advisers, but also because he is completely ignorant of the actual destructive effects of FDR’s alphabet soup programs, those programs that are still worshiped by historically ignorant Progressives as the remedy for the Depression. 

    The parallels between then and now are frightening. FDR’s administration was feverishly engaged in the greatest “change” of governance in our country’s history, and it was obvious to many that FDR wanted to drastically change the structure of this country right down to it’s Constitutional foundations.

    See if you can find current parallels to some of FDR’s Greatest Hits:

    *FDR’s central government absorbed huge portions of the private sector, believing quite incorrectly, that they could run utilities more efficiently than private interests.

    *FDR’s administration actively whipped up class warfare; it was policy to demonize and attack the wealthy, a campaign that was guaranteed garner support from the lower classes. FDR actively sought to publicly prosecute wealthy individuals like Andrew Mellon and Sam Insull for profiteering, tax evasion, and anything else that they could dream up to smear men who had previously been held in high regard. At one point, when it was apparent that the “wealthy” were only paying the minimum required taxes, as was their perfect right, FDR demanded NEW taxes and tax laws that would be made RETROACTIVE! 

    *FDR threw massive new power and support to the unions. There’s an old saying, “The Great Depression wasn’t really so bad…….if you had a job.” The problem was, that while the Unions’ new power gave them the ability to extort more money from their employers, the employers were unable to expand and hire new employees because they were barely able to meet the new payroll forced on them by the lucky few who belonged to the Unions. Union workers were suddenly making far more money than was economically feasible or justified, and everyone else would suffer for it.

    *FDR planted the Marxist notion that housing, health care, remunerative jobs, food, clothing, etc., were basic human rights, and if the private sector couldn’t supply copious amounts of these, then by God, the government would. FDR kick started, with an iron boot, the enslavement of a huge swath of the American public to the socialist Nanny/Plantation state.

    *FDR opened the floodgates of federal Keynesian spending, he drove up the federal debt, and by doing so, he turned what would have been a normal cyclical economic downturn, into a decade long Great Depression, while the rest of the world was emerging from the depression years before WE did. And it wasn’t his policies and his countless experimental government agencies that ended the depression, it was WWII.

    *FDR attempted to shackle the SCOTUS, FDR was furious that the SCOTUS was the main bulwark that was preventing him from achieving his massive unconstitutional power grab. First he demonized the court, then he attempted to increase it’s size to 15 justices, and then he started to pack it as the aging justices dropped out. In the 30’s, the SCOTUS was one of the main reasons that this country didn’t become a full blown Socialist state under FDR, thank God for checks and balances.

    *FDR turned a blind eye to the growing dangers in Europe and the Pacific, he completely neglected foreign policy while he tried to re-invent this country to reflect the Soviet experiment that many of his closest advisors admired.

    Does any of this sound familiar to today’s events? If you can’t see it, then I guess we’ll just have to repeat it.

  • SSDD

    This was one of my favorite songs when I was a kid.

  • oowawa

    Yes–I’m perfectly comfortable with hating them all, but Obama has really kicked the bullshit into overdrive, and he tries to use the Bush excesses as an excuse.  He hides behind the Bush, so to speak.  Therefore, focussing attention on Bush is playing into the Obama gameplan.  Thee One is front and center now.  He wants the glory of taking responsibility, but none of the blame for the mess he is making.

  • SSDD

    Trust me, alibe, surfered is a troll.  Surfered can’t defend what Barry and his administration is doing so he/she decided to use the blame Bush crap.  

  • SSDD

    Trust me, alibe, surfered is a troll.  Surfered can’t defend what Barry and his administration is doing so he/she decided to use the blame Bush crap.  It’s what trolls do…they either obfuscate or downright lie.

  • oowawa

    LOL–Looks like Karl Denninger has reached the obvious inescapable conclusion:

    Obama Directs Holder To Indict Obama And Bernanke

    Yep–you “print money” (Quantitative Easing), and  put in place policies that drive down the value of the dollar, commodity prices go up.  Duh!!!