Friday, November 27, 2009

LoBiondo cuts Medicare Doctor Reimbursements, hopes everyone forgets.

Here's an interesting November 19, 2009 press release from Frank LoBiondo saying "LoBiondo Supports Protecting Local Doctors from Cuts to Medicare Payments":

“For the past seven years, I’ve supported efforts to protect our doctors and their staffs from scheduled Medicare reimbursement cuts, which in the end would affect the care they are able to give their patients. Today, I voted for a plan that would prevent the scheduled doctors’ reimbursement cuts, would not add to the deficit, and would ensure future South Jersey seniors are not shouldering the costs. Regrettably, it was not the bill that was approved by the full House today,” said LoBiondo.

What's interesting about this? It's not just that LoBiondo voted against getting rid of the cuts, after all, the press release is clear enough. It's not that he claims to have voted for a Republican alternative, when there was no such roll-call vote that day. No, those are all in a days work.

The impressive bit of hypocrisy is that the cuts are due to the "Balanced Budget Act of 1997" (H.R. 2015) which, of course, Frank LoBiondo and his Republican colleagues made law. These cuts are entirely his creation! When the Republican party actually cared about deficits -- at least the name of the 1997 law says they did -- they created a "Sustainable Growth Rate" formula which would have reduced the deficit by paying doctors less. Whether it's a good idea or not, I don't know, but it is the law thanks to Frank LoBiondo's 1997 votes, whatever press release he sends out in 2009.

Sadly, we can expect that no reporter will ever notice the contradiction.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

DNC runs radio ad against Frank LoBiondo

The DNC is running a radio ad against Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2).

You can listen to it here: Lobiondo radio ad (mp3).

In last year's historic election, voters in New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District supported President Obama and his call for change.

But when it came to fixing our broken health insurance system, Congressman Frank LoBiondo voted for more of the same.

When the U.S. House passed health insurance reform that would provide Americans quality, affordable care, Congressman LoBiondo stood with the insurance industry, not the people he was elected to represent.

Congressman LoBiondo voted against ending discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, against reining in skyrocketing premiums, and against expanding health coverage to more Americans.

Congressman LoBiondo joined Republicans in Washington and voted against real reform. He stood with the health insurance industry instead of us.

Call Congressman Frank LoBiondo at (202) 225-3121 and tell him it's time to stand up for reform, not insurance companies.

Paid for by the Democratic National Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. The DNC is responsible for the content of this advertising.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

DNC takes aim at Frank LoBiondo's No Vote on Health Care Reform

Following Frank LoBiondo's vote against reform, Michael Czin of the DNC put out this statement:

Rep. LoBiondo and the Party of No Vote Against Health Insurance Reform, Side With the Insurance Industry over New Jersey Residents

Move Will Place Rep. LoBiondo in Political Peril Next November

Washington – Tonight, the House of Representatives passed historic health insurance reform legislation that will end unfair insurance industry practices like denying coverage because of a pre-existing condition, dropping coverage for those who get sick and placing lifetime caps on coverage. But instead of standing with New Jersey residents who want and need these protections, Rep. LoBiondo chose to stand on the side of profit hungry insurance companies.

The legislation Rep. LoBiondo voted against will not only provide these important consumer protections, but it will also reduce the spiraling cost of health care, rein in out of control premium increases, place a cap on out of pocket costs and extend coverage to nearly every American without it today.

The so called “plan” Rep. LoBiondo’s party did propose would give more goodies to the insurance companies that help their bottom lines: allowing them to charge more while providing less, deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions and drop New Jersey residents when they get sick. And, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the Republican Plan would only cover 3 million more Americans who currently lack insurance over the next ten years - barely a dent in the tens of millions of Americans who lack insurance today. The Republican Party’s plan—the "Health Insurance Company Protection Act"— would do more to protect insurance companies than patients.

Rep. LoBiondo’s vote tonight may score him points with the extreme far right wing of the Republican party, but it won’t get him any credit with the voters of New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District.

“It’s disappointing, but not surprising that Rep. LoBiondo chose to stand with the insurance companies instead of New Jersey residents. Today, Rep. LoBiondo voted against a historic bill which will protect New Jersey residents from unfair insurance company practices and will provide coverage for millions of Americans,” said Democratic Party spokesman ­­­­­­­Michael Czin. “But standing on the side of insurance company CEOs and the far right wing of the Republican party isn’t just bad policy, it’s bad politics. Rep. LoBiondo can rest assured that after voting against health insurance reform today, the people of the 2nd Congressional District will not be voting for him next November.”

Thursday, November 5, 2009

LoBiondo statement on heath care reform

Frank LoBiondo's statement on health care reform is out. He continues to oppose the bill. The statement is quite detailed, which I have to respect even if I disagree with his conclusions.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

I wasn't joking, conservatives want to purge LoBiondo

I wasn't joking in the last post and I wasn't trying to make trouble.

Here's a conservative post, inspired by the NY-23 special election, calling for LoBiondo and other moderates to be defeated.