Unemployment Extension:Obama Speaks About The Doc Fix In It

By Janet Peterson on June 12, 2010, 8:48 am Posted in Finance News

In his weekly address to the nation President Obama said that the Republican party was attempting to block the passage of HB 4213. Their objection appears to be in the Medicare “doc fix” that would prevent a cut in payments being made to doctors who accept Medicare patients. Also on this bill, called the “Tax Extenders bill” is an extension of the unemployment benefits, tax measures, and recently added to the bill was a price per barrel tax to assist in the clean-up costs from the Gulf.

What The President Said

During his weekly address he said that doctors receiving Medicare patients would start feeling the pain of this bill not passing this week, and this “could lead seniors to lose their doctors.” This has been one of the major concerns of a large voting population along with the unemployment amendment. In his address he accused the Republicans of stalling when he stated “Some Senate Republicans may even block a vote on this issue, after years of voting to defer these cuts, the other party is now willing to walk away from the needs of our doctors and our seniors.”

The Ill Winds Of Discontent Are Rising

With all the attention that this bill is receiving, in a bad way, to add this fuel to the fire will quite probably burn many incumbent bridges. Recent polls are showing that the public is more concerned over the state of the unemployed, and soon to be, seniors that are losing their doctors, than are worried bout the deficit. But they don’t need these polls to tell THEM anything.

 

Implications Pending

Looking at the recent election results of late also, should convince the legislators that the people aren’t going to tolerate “politics as usual” anymore. As an example look to S.C. where an incumbent lost the race to an unknown, so unknown in fact that no one knew about the pending felony charge. I laughed long and hard when I realized the implications of having $10,000 laying around in this election year. All the unemployed…who have nothing better to do (as one Senator put it)…may make November a little tense for some.


64 Responses to “Unemployment Extension:Obama Speaks About The Doc Fix In It”

  1. laur says:

    I’d march in protest if I had the money to problem is can’t get any unemployment or ss help to I can’t get anywhere to join forces with all of u to doa march on anywhere. Except for possibly my state capital. Maybe we can storm our state capitals to get them to help force washington to act now tosave it’s people.giev us your poor hungry homeless or however it goes y. Don’t you take ours so we don’t have to help them. We are down to our last package of mac and cheese and Ramon noodles what do we do next? Do you politicians even now what they are. The truth is we need more unemployed angry americans because the more of us there are the more our votes will really count because will they really count. When electiontime comes we unemployed americans dam well better vote everyone of us. Those who r not registered get register now. Gather together and ride together to the polls. Let’s put those lazy employed bumbs on the unemployment line with us. Let’s not get bought off. Even if they do give us what we need they still need to be kicked out office for screwing us around and selling us out with hidden agends. We now know that we are going to have to go through this every time we need them. We don’t matter they are using us to help pass the crap they want passed. I wil join any march help any american to vote and do whatever it takes for us to take back our country. Please let’s stay angry through the next election.

  2. crenshaw says:

    I have been unemployed for about 1 1/2 yrs. I was going to go back to school to get retrained in a different field but I cnt because I have student loans in defalt that I can’t afford to pay on to get out of default so that I can get financial aid so I can go to school and be able to. Get a job so I can pay on my student loans. That I can afford to pay because I’m unemployed its a vicious circle. I can’t manage to figure out how to make myself marketable so I can get employed so I can have money to pay my old student loans. Any suggestions?

  3. Judy says:

    Good Morning to everyone, I have been reading everyone’s comments, and I agree with them all. I wish I knew what the answer is, all I know is you can’t bleed a rock, and if their are no jobs, how can you apply for 2 to 3 every week, knowing that everybody else applying is in the same situation I am. What a pity that we have to pay for the corruption and GREED of big business, I don’t want to hear about who made the Forbes 500 richest people, because they made it on my dime, I don’t want to hear what Lady Gaga wore to a Mets game, I envy the fact she can afford to go to a sporting event. My youngest is in his last year college, I feel so bad what things will be like when he graduates. I really hope all these politicians, CHOKE on that silver spoon that most of them were both with in their mouths.

  4. Sara says:

    Why can’t they just keep this simple, instead of always following their political agenda instead of helping us, the people?

    If this bill only included unemployment benefits, instead of all the extra garbage they tacked onto it, it would be a straight-forward issue. The bill passed the House, and then the Senate decided to tack on other taxes, etc., and now it has to go back to the House again! What a bunch of political crap!

    Let’s all vote for representatives who believe in government of the people, for the people and by the people. This political wrangling while no one is listening to us, the people, is criminal.

  5. Judy says:

    Good Morning to everyone, I have been reading everyone’s comments, and I agree with them all. I wish I knew what the answer is, all I know is you can’t bleed a rock, and if their are no jobs, how can you apply for 2 to 3 every week, knowing that everybody else applying is in the same situation I am. What a pity that we have to pay for the corruption and GREED of big business, I don’t want to hear about who made the Forbes 500 richest people, because they made it on my dime, I don’t want to hear what Lady Gaga wore to a Mets game, I envy the fact she can afford to go to a sporting event. My youngest is in his last year college, I feel so bad what things will be like when he graduates.

  6. Sara says:

    This administration was supposed to use stimulus money to create jobs – we all know how that has turned out!

    This administration forced through a health care bill that the majority of people don’t want – get real, do we really want to be forced to buy health insurance when we don’t have jobs to pay for our food? I don’t think so! Do we really want to be forced to pay the equivalent of a mortgage payment every month for health insurance for the rest of our lives because the government mandates it? I doubt it!

    And now, this administration is trying to attach a “fix” to that same health care bill onto the unemployment extenders bill . . . don’t they get it? it’s not our fault they didn’t get it right the first time, so why should we have to pay for their mistakes by waiting around until they resolve their political issues?

    They didn’t create jobs – we’re paying for that. They passed a health care bill that most of them didn’t even read – we’re paying for that. They aren’t putting through a straight-forward bill that would pay our unemployment benefits and help us until they (hopefully) get their acts together and create jobs – and we’re paying for that too.

    Everyone makes mistakes, but this administration seems hell-bent on blaming others and clinging to their mistakes instead of learning from them, changing course, moving on and representing us, the people.

    What’s more important – their blame-game or our families and our country? I guess we can see the politicians answer to this question every day in the news. We need a government that will represent us – and the only way I know to do that is at the polls.

  7. Judy says:

    OOOPPPSSS… looks like I have the same comment two times, Sorry don’t know how that happened.

  8. tom britt says:

    Its the congress for the congress buy the congress and to hell with everyone else.I dont care if its a tea party or coffee party its time to take back our goverment and end thier party.Tie thier pay and beneifits to the out of work rate not thier phoney unemployment rate and then that will be thier number one piority.

  9. Angiehurts says:

    I got laid off abt a yr.& a half ago. And cant believe im still without a job. my unemployment checks will soon be exausted. And i dont have any idea how i will pay my bills. I’m a single parent and it’s a scary feeling to know that the unemployed have to sit on pins an needles and wait for the PIGS to decide our fate.

  10. WTF says:

    WTF. A tax on barrels of oil to pay for the cost of cleanup? SO once again the taxpayer has to foot the bill for these douche bag oil companies faults? WTF is wrong with this country. I’m moving out of this shithole once and for all. Land of the free…. BS. Land of “well tax you for other peoples fuck ups and there aint a damn thing you can do about it” NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.

  11. Big Jim says:

    WTF, I feel ya brother. I already have lost my home, car, savings and wife to this DEORESSION.
    In a few days i will be one of the uncounted homeless, who lost his job because of the UNFAIR, WORTHLESS, EGO BLOTTED HEAD, SPINLESS PIECE OF DOG DUNN. No family to help and my friends are having the same problems.
    Congress has not a clue and I don’t think 1/3
    of AMERICA knows either.
    I would leave these united states but have NO MONEY!
    Best of luck to ya!

  12. Janet says:

    OIL SPILL, OIL SPILL, OIL SPILL, OIL SPILL!!!!!!
    ENOUGH ALREADY! It is BP’s job to fix it, and they will! I kinda wish I lived down there, at least THOSE citizens are going to get PAID for the damage done to them! The damage done to the “Unemployed” through OUR GOVERNMENT’S BIG BUSINESS ERRORS HERE IN THE USA is NOT BEING FIXED! THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT GIVEN US BACK OUR JOBS YET! TWO YEARS FOR ME! 60 YEARS OLD NOW. I CAN JUST FORGET ABOUT EVER GETTING BACK WHAT I WAS WORTH! Thank you so much BIG GOVERNMENT for all your wise decisions regarding OUR LIVELYHOODS! You stole our lives! You stole our retirement plans! And you live on in all your wealth! Well, get ready, because “WE THE PEOPLE” ARE ABOUT TO TAKE AWAY YOUR “POWER” COME ELECTION DAY! You think AL GREEN was a joke? You haven’t seen anything yet!

  13. Janice Gill says:

    I have had a job for 37 years layed off sept 2009, I have not been on unemployment has long as others but but I run out this month, alot of us fell in the group that does not get all the extension that other have been on for years what do we do, you need to help us to with the extension

  14. Emma says:

    First, nice map with some interesting data.But on the cnmoemts from Phelps, Texas (low regulation, no income tax) a natural function of economics. Which map are you staring at? In the counties of Texas where there are more cows than people the state is not bleeding but unless your color blind the areas where Texas has its population centers is bleeding just like every other densely populated area.And you may want to on your professor who taught you that low regulation, no income tax equates to low unemployment as a natural function of economics . Sadly this sounds more like the brain dead Reagonomics rather than any real world study of economics.Here is a clue from that bleeding map, Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming all have no income taxes and in most cases are not highly regulated like some areas such as California or New York. You may notice that all of these states are bleeding readily from all their densely populated areas.In fact, the only areas not bleeding like a stuck pig are those with sparse populations. There is no relation what so ever to tax rates or regulation.It amazes me how blinded people are today by their bizarre uneducated politics. The facts are bludgeoning these people over the head and yet they still can’t see the truth staring back at them.

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