Tag Archives: Healthcare

Episode 118 – Romney Care, Budget Votes and Entitlement Reform



In this episode, Jeff and Glenn get into an interesting discussion about Glenn’s experiences with Mitt Romney’s health care plan in Massachusetts. They discuss various aspects of the health care situation in Mass, and then how it can impact Romney’s bid for the Presidency, and his criticism of ObamaCare. They then get into an interesting discussion of Michele Bachmann’s run for the White House, and how it doesn’t matter how many mistakes she makes on the way as long as she continues to stick her thumb in the nose of the establishment, because that’s what her constituents want (as much as it makes Jeff sick). Keeping the theme of getting sick, your stomach will turn when Jeff explains what’s really going on with the budget, CR and debt ceiling votes, and they close the show with an interesting talk about how we can achieve meaningful entitlement reform.

Best Friends. Vast Experience. Engaging political discussion without the fighting…and with a few laughs. It’s PoliTalk, your weekly political podcast.

You can get the PoliTalk Podcast on iTunes and Zune

Of you can play right the show here by clicking on the play button below:

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Politalk-TheWeeklyPoliticalPodcast/~5/7SZpKZN-DTk/Episode_118_-_Romney_Care_Budget_Votes_and_Entitlement_Reform.mp3%20

Episode 113 – Understanding the Florida Health Care Ruling, Ronald Reagan Liberal Icon


Is Ronald Reagan, Conservative Republican Diety, in fact a liberal icon? What would the 2012 GOP field say about a politician who raised taxes, grew the size of government, doubled the size of a federal agency he proposed to abolish (education), restored social security solvency instead of changing the program as promised and backed pro-union legislation? Could a candidate with those views survive the Republican Primary? What if that candidate was Ronald Regan? What does the ruling on health care reform mean? Is the individual mandate dead? What would people think if they knew the individual mandate was first proposed by Republican Senator Bob Dole in reaction to Hilary Clinton’s proposed employer mandate?  Is the individual mandate a good idea on its merits? How did it find its way into health care reform legislation? The show is kicked off this week with a discussion of the politics of Egypt and what it means for U.S. politics and foreign policy.

Best Friends. Vast Experience. Engaging political discussion without the fighting…and with a few laughs. It’s PoliTalk, your weekly political podcast.

You can get the PoliTalk Podcast on iTunes and Zune

Of you can play right the show here by clicking on the play button below:

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Politalk-TheWeeklyPoliticalPodcast/~5/qahMoorGcSU/Episode_113_-_Understanding_the_FL_Health_Care_Ruling_Ronald_Reagan_Liberal_Icon.mp3%20

Episode 76 – Long Live Unions! The Unions Must Go!


Confused? Don’t be. Glenn and Jeff explain why some unions are badly need to protect the safety and economic security of workers, and without the unions people will suffer. They also explain why one union in particular represents the single biggest obstacle to reaching one of our country’ most important policy objectives. Can you think of any job where you can’t be fired for poor performance? In fact, you most likely will be rewarded? Where there are high expectations but little accountability? The answer may surprise you. The solution is exceptionally easy, but politically impossible for Democrats. Refreshingly civilized, irreverent and informative political talk…with a few laughs. It’s PoliTalk, your source for political information.

PoliTalk: Best Friends. Vast Experience. Political Discussion without the Fighting…and lots of laughs.

You can get the PoliTalk Podcast on  iTunes and Zune

Check out and join the following:

Our Facebook Page
Our Twitter Page

Share

Health Care Reform Poll – It’s Your Turn


We spent the last 14 months hearing from the politicians about health care reform… now it’s your turn. Tell us what you think in our very un-scientific poll:

Share

Hungry, Hungry Hippos


Remember that game we played as kids called Hungry Hungry Hippos? You remember, it is the game where you have four people all pulling their own lever that has their plastic “Hippos” take as many marbles from the middle of the board for themselves. Well, apparently the folks in the Senate were really good at this game as kids and are even better at it now. Here are some of the marbles that the Senate Heath Care Bill contains according to the Associated Press:

  • $600 million over the next decade to Vermont in added federal payments for Medicaid and nearly as much to Massachusetts.
  • Connecticut would get $100 million to build a hospital
  • About 800,000 Florida seniors could keep certain Medicare benefits
  • Asbestos-disease victims in tiny Libby, Montana, would get help
  • Coal miners in West Virginia with black lung disease or their widows would get help
  • $300 million for Louisiana
  • $100 million in extra Medicaid money provided solely to Nebraska
  • Extra money for hospitals and doctors in North and South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming

It would be a nice change when the Congress can actually put a bill forth that doesn’t contain special “marbles” for individual states. Have the Democrats and Republicans figured out that this is bad PR? It is up to all of us to keep reminding them that this will have consequences.

– Glenn

Share

Episode 72 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly


Democrats consider a ban on earmarks. Sarah Palin admits that she went to Canada to get health care. Sen. Durbin considers forcing Republicans to actually physically fillibuster, rather than just announce their intentions to do so, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan talks policy, health care reform rests on the brink of passage, without a public option and likely through reconciliation, the White House goes off message, again, with stories about internal strife, President Obama focuses on jobs…health care…the economy…and future plans for NASA. Politicians carp about national security, scoring political points, while their remains no head of the TSA, thanks to Republican objections. Will the President’s new nominee fare well? Congressman Massa shows how to burn every bridge on his way out of Congress, RNC fundraising sinks to a new low, disparaging their own contributors and mocking the President of the United States. Reaching a new low, our Reactionary Lunatic of the Week Award goes to Liz Cheney, who so far has been rebuked by 19 members of her father’s administration over her comments disparaging Justice Department lawyers. Glenn and Jeff explain the Good, The Bad and The Ugly this week. It’s PoliTalk. A refreshingly fun, informative look at politics. It’s PoliTalk – your weekly political podcast featuring Jeff Kimball and Glenn Gaudet.

PoliTalk: Best Friends. Vast Experience. Political Discussion without the Fighting…and lots of laughs

You can get the PoliTalk Podcast on  iTunes and Zune

Check out and join the following:

Our Facebook Page
Our Twitter Page

Share

Episode 71 – I Object: Sen. Bunning vs. The Senate


Confused by what’s really going on in the Senate as Sen. Bunning objects to funding unemployment benefits, payments to physicians through Medicare and certain highway construction projects? Well, Jeff and Glenn explain what’s really going on, and what the ramifications are, both politically and from a policy perspective. They’re in a firing mood this week, calling not only on Sen. Bunning to stop grandstanding, but also on NY Gov. Patterson to step down and NY Congressman Charlie Rangel to relinquish his Chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee due to violations of the House ethics rules. They also have a completely new idea about why President Obama’s team is struggling, and explain how that relates to the upcoming health care reform vote. Everything you needed to know about Washington politics, you’ll find here in this convenient, fun episode. PoliTalk: Best Friends. Vast Experience. Intelligent political discussion without the fighting…and with some laughs.  A refreshingly fun, informative look at politics. It’s PoliTalk, your weekly political podcast.

PoliTalk: Best Friends. Vast Experience. Political Discussion without the Fighting…and lots of laughs

You can get the PoliTalk Podcast on  iTunes and Zune

Check out and join the following:

Our Facebook Page
Our Twitter Page

Share