Tom Daschle participating in the Party of European Socialists (PES) welcome group in 2007:
(Hint: Look At Leaflet on table next to him)
So I am left to believe that Tom Daschle an ex-Senator that is supposedly knowledgeable in Health Care is willing to NOT Socialize our Healthcare in the United States? Puleeze!
Daschle’s Long March
By Philip Klein on 12.12.08 @ 6:10AM
Let’s be fair: Barack Obama and Tom Daschle will not attempt to immediately impose socialized health care on America.
Instead, they’ll just take us along the scenic route.
The important thing to keep in mind over the next several months is that for all the talk Democrats will do about choice and public-private partnerships, the ultimate goal of any Obama-Daschle proposal will be to put America on the pathway to a single-payer health care system, which is a more academic way of describing a socialized system in which government is the sole purchaser of health care.
“I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health-care plan,” Obama declared in a 2003 speech to the AFL-CIO. “[W]e may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, we have to take back the House.”
When Daschle and Obama discuss public-private partnerships, the “public” part is always touted as a way to improve our system, but there’s never anything positive said about the private aspects of American health care. Instead, private industry is treated as something that has to be tolerated to make health care reform more politically feasible at the moment.
“Supporters say single-payer is brilliantly simple, ensures equity by providing all people with the same benefits, and saves billions of dollars by creating economies of scale and streamlining administration,” Daschle writes in his book, Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis. “But a pure single-payer system is politically problematic in the United States, at least right now.”
Daschle goes on to ask, “If passage of a single-payer system isn’t realistic, what should we do?”
His answer, which is echoed by Obama, is to craft a plan that maintains the current mixed public-private structure while making it function more like a government-run system. Over time, this can seamlessly evolve into the single-payer model that both Daschle and Obama clearly prefer.
Obama’s campaign health-care plan and Daschle’s book give us a pretty good clue as to what they are likely to propose once in office. Any plan would likely require insurance companies to cover anybody who applies for insurance without taking into account pre-existing conditions, and insurers would have to charge rates that the government deemed affordable. Individuals would be given subsidies to purchase insurance in a government-run exchange, choosing either a government plan modeled after Medicare, or private plans that would have to meet certain government standards. Large employers would likely be required to either provide health insurance to their employees, or pay into a government pool to purchase coverage for the uninsured.
But Daschle’s hope is that with all the money it spends, government will be able to throw its weight around and arm-twist private industry into behaving in a way that the bureaucracy wants them to — just like in a single-payer system.
UPDATE 1-31-09: Report: Daschle Received $220G From Health Care Groups With Vested Interest
Tom Daschle, the former South Dakota senator picked by President Obama to reside over the nation’s healthcare system, received $220,000 in speaking fees from health care groups with an interest in the work he would do once confirmed as health chief, Politico.com reports.
Daschle, who has come under fire in recent days for his failure to pay taxes, reportedly received thousands from health care groups — such as the Health Industry Distributors Association — that stand to gain or lose depending on the outcome of Obama’s universal health care initiative.
The Health Industry Associated paid Dashle a speaking fee of $14,000 in March 2008, according to Politico.com.
The speaking fees were detailed in a financial disclosure statement released Friday after it was revealed that Daschle — Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services — failed to pay $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest.
Click here to read the full report from Politico.com.
The White House acknowledged Friday that Daschle had “some tax issues,”[Ya think? Emphasis mine] which, the administration says, have been resolved and should not bar his confirmation as secretary.
FOX News confirmed that Daschle alerted the Senate Finance Committee, which is set to oversee his confirmation hearing, that the matter involves more than $100,000 in back taxes and interest for a car and driver that was provided to him for four years by Leo Hindery, a wealthy Democratic donor, longtime friend and business associate of Daschle.
Daschle incorrectly assumed the use of the car and driver was not subject to taxation. But the White House says he discovered the error during preparation for his confirmation and filed amended tax returns with the proper payment and interest.
The unreported income for the car service totaled more than $250,000 over three years.
Hindery founded InterMedia Partners, a private equity firm, in 1988. Daschle was paid $1 million annually for his consulting services, the Senate Finance Committee said.
Daschle also had unreported consulting income of $88,333, in 2007. He also had reductions to charitable contributions totaling about $15,000 over the three years covered, according to a Senate Finance Committee document. The document, marked “Confidential Draft,” is a committee statement concerning Daschle’s nomination.
The White House issued a statement Friday night affirming that Daschle “is the right person to lead the fight for health care reform.” [President Obama: What was your statement about lobbyists in your Administration again? Wouldn’t Daschle be considered a lobbyist for Health care companies such as the one that gave him a car AND a driver?]
“Senator Daschle brought these issues to the Finance Committee’s attention when he submitted his nomination forms and we are confident the committee is going to schedule a hearing for him very soon, and he will be confirmed,” it says.
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the committee’s chairman, has scheduled a closed-door meeting with committee members to discuss the matter before proceeding with Daschle’s confirmation hearing.
The news comes on the heals of an uproar over the tax troubles of another one of Obama’s Cabinet nominees. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was confirmed this week after apologizing for failing to pay $34,000 in taxes on time, an error that he said was a “careless” mistake. [Mistake? It is just because he got caught. Emphasis mine].
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office released a statement Friday strongly backed Daschle despite the new revelations.
“Senator Daschle will be confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services,” Reid spokesman Jim Manley said. “He has a long and distinguished career and record in public service and is the best person to help reform health care in this country. Senator Reid looks forward to a swift hearing and is confident Daschle will be confirmed.”
IS OUR CONGRESS ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL OR JUST “PLAYING DUMB”???
Obama made a “joke” of John McCain calling him “Socialistic” yet our new President who had the backing and push by Howard Dean and the DNC to become our President….most are connected to the Party of European Socialists, yet he doesn’t want this “brand” on him?
Hillary Clinton wrote her thesis in college about Saul Alinsky and trained in his tactics and ideals as did President Obama.
The Congressional Progressive Cacus has connections to the Democratic Socialists of America and the International Socialist Party including Speaker Pelosi.
Howard Dean is connected to the Democratic Socialists of America. Dean himself founded Democracy for America. http://www.democracyforamerica.com/
Remember fist pounding Rep. Wexler at the DNC hearings about the Florida Votes? He is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and is buddies with the Party of European Socialists.
We know Sen. Bernie Sanders is an “open” Socialist in Congress.
President John Sweeney of the AFL-CIO is also a part of the Party of European Socialists.
New Day for U.S. Economic Policy
By Lawrence Mishel
November 5, 2008
A statement on the economic implications of Barack Obama’s historic election victory, by Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington DC think tank founded in 1986.
New Day for U.S. Economic Policy
At long last, the center of economic thinking in the United States has shifted, and we can declare with confidence and relief that the conservative era is over. It is now possible to build an economy with widely shared prosperity.
As they say a picture is worth a thousand words:
Lawrence Mishel, the President of the Economic Policy Institue meeting with PES:
Is that Rahm Emanuel behind Mishel?
PES having lunch with the FES (Fredrich Ebert Foundation)
President of the AFL-CIO John Sweeney with Rasmussen the President of the Party of European Socialists.
Last BUT NOT LEAST:
Does this pingback to it isn’t WHAT you know; it is WHO you know?
The PES sent a delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Were they present at the acceptance speech too?
Were they present during the inauguration?
Where is the “Transparency” again?