Monday, August 17, 2009

Right-Wing Turncoat Gives the Inside Scoop on Why Conservatives Are Rampaging Town Halls

Hi everyone,

About what you'd expect.

Right-Wing Turncoat Gives the Inside Scoop on Why Conservatives Are Rampaging Town Halls

An excerpt:
The Lobbyist-run Groups "Americans for Prosperity " and "FreedomWorks/ Dick Armey-Orchestrated Memo:

Here is a leaked excerpt from the folks organizing the intimidation campaign:

- Artificially Inflate Your Numbers: "Spread out in the hall and try to be in the front half. The objective is to put the Rep on the defensive with your questions and follow-up. The Rep should be made to feel that a majority, and if not, a significant portion of at least the audience, opposes the socialist agenda of Washington."

- Be Disruptive Early And Often: "You need to rock-the-boat early in the Rep's presentation, Watch for an opportunity to yell out and challenge the Rep's statements early."

- Try To "Rattle Him," Not Have An Intelligent Debate: "The goal is to rattle him, get him off his prepared script and agenda. If he says something outrageous, stand up and shout out and sit right back down. Look for these opportunities before he even takes questions."

And sorry to be a little rough, but for those of you who remember Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks summarized the underlying cause of the extreme Right Wing's emotional turmoil.

I just don't think those old boys from Texas are able to think straight, seeing as how things are what they is.



Stephanie said...

WOW. but I guess I shouldn't be surprised...

PaulyW said...

Seems a little like some of the Code Pink handbook was copied. Pelosi...she loves a great interuption by long as she agrees with them.

Whats good for the goose.....

Mpeterson said...

Code Pink didn't try to STOP people from talking about the war, but were trying to get people to START talking about the War. I'd say that's different. :^)

wbneedsmartbloggers said...

Indeed, you could think they might be ripping on Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals"

Here's a good read -

"Now that many people are Googling the Alinsky rule book and catching up with the way Chicago thugs play their political games, Mr. Obama and the Fighting Illini are going to be forced to create new rules - or double down on the old ones.

Worse yet, as his approval ratings descend rapidly - Rasmussen has him at 47 percent, the lowest of his presidency - angry citizens may be turning the tables on him, using Mr. Alinsky against him."

Alinsky Rule #12:

"Rule 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions."

Mpeterson said...

Sigh, now there was a real pro. :)

Jason Penterman said...

1972: Nixon signed into law a requirement that large employers offer a prepaid group health care plan, a health maintenance organization or HMO to their workers of the employer offering any health plan. The use of HMOs was designed to increase competition and it guaranteed loans and grants to HMOs to they could rapidly gain cash and expand. HMOs had to be, by law, nonprofit or run by charities, as in some states. The fed provided hundreds of millions of dollars for HMOs.

In 1981, Reagan signed into law a phasing out of the government loans and loan guarantees for nonprofit HMOs. This allowed people like Fred Wasserman and Pamela Anderson to buy the non-profit HMO Maxicare - Los Angeles, California (Lockheed and Northrop) - for $238,000 on an unsecured, interest only balloon note due in 15 years at 8% at a time that corporate customers were normally paying 20%. The value of Maxicare in seven years was $700 million.

From there on out, nonprofit HMOs which were build on U.S. tax dollars, were sold to private interests: Robert Gumbiner – Family Health Plan, Orange County California – bought the HMO FHP for $36 million though the FHP board had estimated the HMO was worth $216 million. A CA corporation admin and a Superior court judge allowed him to buy public assets without even a counteroffer from Wasserman’s Maxicare. Gumbiner’s later stock sale indicated he acquired a $225 million dollar company for 17 cents on the dollar.

Leonard Schaeffer acquired Blue Cross California for $6 billion in 1996 (which became WellPoint) Assets in 2005: $51 billion and net worth: $20-25 billion. His pay went from $922,000 as a nonprofit CEO to $19.2 million annually as a Wellpoint exec. In 2004 Schaeffer received $50 million due to a merger and $60 million more in deferred pay and cash outs. Physicians and laboratories took a pay cut. Subscribers paid more, got less.

From that point on the story was repeated across the nation. Nonprofit hospitals, HMOs, and insurance plans were sold for pennies on the dollar. Billions of tax and charity dollars were transferred to private industry. Premiums went up. Service went down. Doctors and medical staff did not see the profits unless they bought stock.

Johnston, David Cay. Free Lunch – How the wealthiest Americans enrich themselves at government expense (and stick you with the bill) p.214-234

Recommended by the NY Times, The Miami Herald, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, San Jose Mercury News, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, CNN

This nonpartisan books also blasts the Bush II white house prescription drug benefit bill (p235-243): One key provision is that it forbids the government from negotiating the lowest possible prices for Medicare recipients drugs. The Bush white house said the plan would cost $400 billion over ten years. A year after the bill was voted on, the Bush II white house put forth the real numbers: $720 billion. Thank you, Lobbyists, Tommy Thompson (former Secret. of Health and Human and Services) and others.

Mpeterson said...

Thanks Jason, brilliant.

JPenterman said...

Insurers admit 50,000 employees lobbying Congress to claim profits fair

By John Byrne

Published: August 24, 2009