Sequester

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3165256.html

    http://www.ibtimes.com/sequester-cut...61-41-1220379#

    We have been under the sequester for some time now. The only changes to it have gotten the air traffic controllers working so Congress could get out of DC on time.

    We are seeing the effects with those who have little to spare.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3165256.html

    Those who receive Medicare may not get to be seen let alone get the treatment/medicine necessary. Clinics are no longer able to treat their patients effectively.

    Who is targeted with the Sequester? Those who do not have lobbyists who can smooth things over and those who cannot fight back.


    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch...medy-than-faas
    Cancer clinics have seen their Medicare payments slashed under sequestration. They have had to turn away thousands of new patients, and some clinics say they will have to close their doors for good if the sequester cuts are not reversed soon.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch...#ixzz2Ry4wTFvR
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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...the-sequester/
    If we treated the patients receiving the most expensive drugs, we’d be out of business in six months to a year,” said Jeff Vacirca, chief executive of North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates in New York. “The drugs we’re going to lose money on we’re not going to administer right now.” After an emergency meeting Tuesday, Vacirca’s clinics decided that they would no longer see one-third of their 16,000 Medicare patients.

    "Inscription on the Statue of Liberty"

    Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
    Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

    Author: Emma Lazarus

    No longer in the United States of America.





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    Gotta wonder if these results are really what the POTUS had in mind when he suggested the sequester in the first place.
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    November 21, 2011

    Statement by the President on the Supercommittee

    ... There is no imminent threat to us defaulting on the debt that we owe. There are already $1 trillion worth of spending cuts that are locked in. And part of the law that I signed this summer stated that if Congress could not reach an agreement on the deficit, there would be another $1.2 trillion of automatic cuts in 2013 -– divided equally between domestic spending and defense spending.

    One way or another, we will be trimming the deficit by a total of at least $2.2 trillion over the next 10 years. That's going to happen, one way or another. We've got $1 trillion locked in, and either Congress comes up with $1.2 trillion, which so far they've failed to do, or the sequester kicks in and these automatic spending cuts will occur that bring in an additional $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction.

    Now, the question right now is whether we can reduce the deficit in a way that helps the economy grow, that operates with a scalpel, not with a hatchet, and if not, whether Congress is willing to stick to the painful deal that we made in August for the automatic cuts.
    Already, some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts.
    My message to them is simple: No. I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off ramps on this one.

    We need to keep the pressure up to compromise -- not turn off the pressure.

    The only way these spending cuts will not take place is if Congress gets back to work and agrees on a balanced plan to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion. That’s exactly what they need to do. That’s the job they promised to do. And they've still got a year to figure it out.

    Although Congress has not come to an agreement yet, nothing prevents them from coming up with an agreement in the days ahead. They can still come together around a balanced plan. I believe Democrats are prepared to do so. My expectation is, is that there will be some Republicans who are still interested in preventing the automatic cuts from taking place.
    And, as I have from the beginning, I stand ready and willing to work with anybody that’s ready to engage in that effort to create a balanced plan for deficit reduction. ...

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-...supercommittee
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    I wonder how Congress could agree immediately about getting flights on time before they wanted out of DC but could not anticipate this?

    The GOP has stonewalled every attempt and have been using bogus stats to prove their case.
    Celebrated economics theory wrong - Winnipeg Free Press
    Rogoff and Reinhart should show some remorse and reconsider austerity | Heidi Moore | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

    These figures were instrumental in the GOP's flawed economics theories. It is good reading.
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    Their egos will prevent them from stepping back from their flawed and dangerous pursuit of austerity...we are doomed
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    ‘Day of loss’ as Bill Brady center closes its doors | KCAW

    For some of you this will mean nothing. To me it seems to lose more than a treatment facility that focused on the unique needs for Alaska natives. Their clients lived in small villages, some live by harvesting the wealth of the sea.

    To many it is a small place closing. To Congress it is no more important than that ant you saw on the sidewalk. To crush it means almost nothing to them. To the community and to the people who got sober and were able to assist their community it is a sad day.

    Ask Sarah Palin about this place. Ask Lisa Murkowski, Senator from AK. This healing place is gone - but the planes are on time.
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    I have a close friend that is an ATC at the largest airport in my state. He said originally the FAA was supposed to cut 4% of the ATCs, those coming from the smaller airports. To make it a political game they cut almost 10% of the ATC, including those at the busiest airports. The FAA knew if the furloughs were made painful enough the people would be screaming, the gov't would fold and replace the money the FAA lost. The FAA played a game of chess and won.
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    HM8404, interesting. It is interesting to see that FAA sees this as a win. I see it as a huge loss for all the Congress who voted for the change and left themselves open to huge criticism about caring only for their vacation. Notice no funding went back to Medicare for cancer drugs. Children still have not gotten their needs met. And senior meal still have wait lists causing seniors to go without.

    The FAA may see this as a win. This could be the straw that breaks the camel's back and gets some changes in 2014.
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    HM8404, interesting. It is interesting to see that FAA sees this as a win. I see it as a huge loss for all the Congress who voted for the change and left themselves open to huge criticism about caring only for their vacation. Notice no funding went back to Medicare for cancer drugs. Children still have not gotten their needs met. And senior meal still have wait lists causing seniors to go without.

    The FAA may see this as a win. This could be the straw that breaks the camel's back and gets some changes in 2014.

    The change I want to see is the POTUS and his family taking fewer and less expensive vacations, as well as stopping research on robot squirrels and such. The small airports could easily have given up some or even all of their ATC's because honestly they have so few flights in or out and most of those are just small private aircraft for 2 or 4 passengers. One of our local airports that has traffic like that, no jet traffic at all, was crying the blues over it and was even going to hold "classes" for pilots to "learn" how to do without them. Excuse me: pilots should already know that and as the spouse of a retired airline pilot, who is also very active in GA, I know this to be so.

    The loss should have been absorbed by the small airports and not the big, very active ones. But we also know that this administrations wants the sequester to be asl painful as possible. How vindictive.
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    Where are our senators and representatives this week?
    Congress’ fast fix for ending the FAA furlough will make sequestration worse.

    By John Dickerson|Posted Monday, April 29, 2013

    ... It’s worth pausing for a moment to evaluate how the sequester virus has mutated during its short life. What started as a tool to focus Congress on long-term solutions to that part of the budget that needs the most attention, is now pushing Congress even further into obsessing about short-term fixes in that portion of the budget that doesn’t need the attention.

    To recap how we got here: Members of Congress are elected to solve the big problems of the day. The cockeyed budget is a big one. America isn't growing very fast (since the recession ended in mid-2009, quarterly growth has averaged a measly 2 percent), and the spoils are uneven. (In the first two years of the recovery, the mean net worth of the upper 7 percent of wealthiest households went up 28 percent. The lower 93 percent went down 4 percent.) The tax code is too complicated, and entitlements need to be redesigned to accommodate an aging population.

    These are tricky problems that, as Mitt Romney would say, need to be discussed in quiet rooms.

    Congress was incapable of having these conversations, so it designed sequestration: across-the-board cuts in the portion of the budget where people would feel it the most. The theory was that this pain and grief would force lawmakers to have that conversation about long-term problems and solutions...

    ... Meanwhile, the long-term problems still aren’t being addressed and the people without lobbyists who depend on government won’t get heard. So Medicare patients are not receiving chemotherapy and fewer elderly recipients of Meals on Wheels are getting food. ...

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_a...st_minute.html
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