“Health Care Reform” Bill that Isn’t a Bill

Health Care Reform Bill is not Done

1.      There is no “Baucus bill” as it is only a conceptual framework without actual legislative language.

2.      The calculations include increased revenues and “savings” over ten years but the cost of benefits over only 8 years.

3.      The increased revenues are obtained by tax increases.

4.      The “savings” are achieved by benefit reductions, primarily to seniors, and vaporous “cutting fraud and waste”.

5.      The bill is estimated to still leave 25 million Americans uninsured.

6.      The Democrats are likely to ram a bill through the Senate using either

a.       60 votes to invoke the cloture rule to close debate (either by having all Democrats vote for cloture or bring along one or two Republican Senators, such as Snow) or

b.      Using Congress’s budget reconciliation process which requires only a simple majority vote, which is outside the normal Senate procedure, which requires 60 votes to end debate on a bill; thus taking away the filibuster, letting some Democrat Senators off the hook to vote for a controversial bill and passing the bill without the need for any Republican votes.

c.       And, carving out a bill such as use H.R. 1586—a bill passed by the House in March to impose a 90-percent tax on bonuses paid to employees of certain bailed-out financial institutions—as a ‘shell’ for enacting the final version of the Senate’s health care bill (to evade the Constitutional requirement that such a bill originate in the House of Representatives) The House Democrats are very reluctant to take “unnecessary” hard votes on a bill which may not have the votes in the Senate, due to the first term Democrat Representatives being very nervous about their ability to get re-elected next year.

d.      And, passing the bill with little time for the public to read and react to “the final agreed upon” bill, despite cries for the proposed minimal 3 day period that a bill be posted prior to passage. Oops, it appears House and Senate Democrats recently blocked amendments that would have required health care bills to be posted online for 72 hours before a committee vote. Hmm, I guess citizens really wouldn’t be interested anyway, you think?

In short, a bill may be passed using a very unusual closed door procedure to craft the bill with no input from the American people. Such a bill will NOT be bi-partisan, and it will not achieve the dual objectives of containing costs and universal coverage that were the original reasons for many Americans initially supporting the concept of health care reform. This is NOT the change we need!

to read  more articles on the new health care bill see

“Health Care Reform” Bill that Isn’t a Bill and Isn’t Going To Be the Bill

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Reform Health Care

TO ALLOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE HEALTH CARE OF IT’S CITIZENS IS TO ABANDON THE IDEA OF ANYTHING THAT RESEMBLES A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC.

In the first place you need only consider the federal government’s track record on their enacted programs. They created the post office and it is a failure. They created Social Security and it is bankrupt. They created medicare and medicaide and they are bankrupt and unsustainable.

Medicare denies a higher percentage of claims than any private “carrier” of healthcare coverage, according to the 2008 Health Insurance Report Card released by the American Medical Association.

Because your health and welfare, or the health and welfare of “society as a whole” becomes the excuse for every conceivable regulation or law to control any and every aspect of the life of the individual. Any and all laws can be passed using the excuse that it is for the “common good”. The rights of the individual disappear. Your choices vanish. You no longer can choose either for yourself, your children, or your family. It becomes what is good for the “state” and you, as an individual, mean nothing.

If the government is honest and serious about meaningful health care reform they should look at real solutions. Read more at americanvote.info

They try to keep us divided into Republican or Democrat. They never want to consider that people might just be concerned Americans or that OUR agenda might just be preservation of our country and our freedoms. No, if we oppose someones ideology or question a proposal, we are, a bigot, a racist, the opposing party,,,whoever that may be at any given time. But we are never to be GROUPED as concerned citizens or Americans. To do so might give us the idea we are somewhat united in our concerns. We are not to be allowed to ever think we might be united or might represent the majority sentiment.