Michael Cannon on Obamacare (editorial cartoons on Judge Roberts and Obamacare)

Representative Bollinger asks CATO Institute Michael Cannon about Obamacare

Published on Mar 19, 2013

The CATO Institute’s Michael Cannon spoke at the Arkansas Conservative Caucus on Tuesday March 19th. Several conservatives were present. Cannon talked about how to defeat Obamacare in Arkansas & how the states can stop Obamacare on a national level.

Representative Bollinger asks CATO Institute Michael Cannon about Obamacare.

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We were excited to have Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute in Arkansas yesterday. I was away on a business trip and could not attend but it sounded like he did a great job. He is correct about medicare going bankrupt and expanding it would not be smart. Take a look at all these funny editorial cartoons from Dan Mitchell’s blog on Obamacare.

I posted five good Obamacare cartoons last week (and included two others in this post and this post), and was planning on stopping there.

But the cartoonists have come out with a lot of good material, so let’s enjoy this new material. After all, we deserve a few laughs before we deal with the pain of more spending and higher taxes.

Let’s start with my favorite, which is very appropriate for today.

Sticking with that theme, here’s one that uses the Constitution instead of the Declaration of Independence.

Here’s one that should be in this same group. It’s very good as is, but I would have replaced the Tea Party flag with either the Constitution or Declaration of Independence (yes, I’m becoming an armchair cartoonist, as you can see here and here)

Since the last two cartoons have mocked Chief Justice Roberts, let’s continue with that theme.

By the way, I can’t resist adding a bit of what Thomas Sowell just wrote.

…there are people in Washington — too often, Republicans — who start living in the Beltway atmosphere, and start forgetting those hundreds of millions of Americans beyond the Beltway who trusted them to do right by them, to use their wisdom instead of their cleverness. …ObamaCare was an unprecedented extension of federal power over the lives of 300 million Americans… These are the people that Chief Justice Roberts betrayed when he declared constitutional something that is nowhere authorized in the Constitution of the United States. …What he did was betray his oath to be faithful to the Constitution of the United States.

Powerful, but accurate.

Now let’s go with the theme of mocking Both Roberts and Nancy Pelosi.

She’s an easy target, having become infamous for utterly inane comments, so let’s pile on with another.

Now let’s look at another good cartoon, but this one should worry us because it shows the door that Roberts opened.

This seems over the top, but 15 years from now, we’ll look back at this cartoon with better (and bitter) understanding.

Last but not least, here’s a cartoon that should worry Republican readers.

I’ve already explained why Mitt Romney is not a proponent of liberty. This cartoon underscores that sentiment and also shows why he will have a problem going after Obama on this issue.

But that’s a depressing way to end this post, so put all the statists out of your mind. Go out and enjoy the 4th, ideally with some illegal fireworks to show that the spirit of rebellion still exists.

Story below from Arkansas News Bureau:

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5:11 pm – March 19, 2013 — Updated: 5:15 pm – March 19, 2013

Speaker expects health care legislation this week

House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot, tells reporters Tuesday he is ready to see a bill drafted on expanding health insurance coverage in the state. (John Lyon photo)

House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot, tells reporters Tuesday he is ready to see a bill drafted on expanding health insurance coverage in the state. (John Lyon photo)

By John Lyon

Arkansas News Bureau

jlyon@arkansasnews.com

LITTLE ROCK — Legislative leaders are close to moving forward with legislation to expand health care coverage in Arkansas, House Speaker Davy Carter said Tuesday.

Carter said he hopes to see draft measures within days.

“I think we’re getting close to being able to put something together that’s good for Arkansas,” he said.

Carter, R-Cabot, spoke to reporters a day after the state Department of Human Services announced that the so-called “private option” for expansion, in which Arkansans earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level would receive federal money to buy private insurance, is expected to cost 13 percent or 14 percent more, at most, than adding the same group to the state Medicaid rolls would cost.

“I think it helps the chances” of passage, Carter said of DHS’ announcement. “I think they were good numbers.”

Carter said he hopes to see “something in writing before the end of the week.” The deadline for filing bills has passed, but Carter said there are shell bills that could be amended to include legislative proposals on health care coverage expansion.

“Until it’s on paper, it’s really hard to sit down and have a debate about it and to further progress the discussion,” he said.

Asked if he believed legislators had enough information to make a decision at this point, Carter said, “I hope so.”

The federal Affordable Care Act proposes that states expand their Medicaid rolls to serve people who earn up to $15,856 a year for an individual and $32,499 for a family of four, but the Obama administration has said Arkansas can use federal Medicaid dollars to subsidize the purchase of private insurance through the state’s health insurance exchange as an alternative.

Under either option, the federal government would pay 100 percent of the cost for the first three years, after which Arkansas’ share of the cost would increase gradually to 10 percent.

Also Tuesday, the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee heard a presentation on health insurance exchanges by Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies for the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.

Cannon, a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act, said Arkansas is better off not running its own exchange. Arkansas has already rejected the idea of a state-run exchange, opting instead for a state-federal partnership, but it has the option of changing course in future years.

If Arkansas were to run its exchange, state officials would “take the blame for harm caused by rules that state officials did not write and cannot change,” he said.

In another development Tuesday, DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb said agency officials misspoke Monday when they told reporters that the average annual cost to insure a person under the private option would be $5,975, compared to $5,200 to provide that person with Medicaid coverage.

Actually, the average cost under the private option would be $438 per month, or $5,256 per year, and the average cost under Medicaid would be $366 per month, or $4,392 per year.

Although $5,256 is 20 percent more than $4,392, Webb said that because some members of the expansion group, such as the medically frail, will stay on Medicaid, the cost differential is still estimated to be 13 percent or 14 percent at most.

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