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Pelosi To Trot Out The House Health Care Nag Today

I think this is one of those “gift horses” one would really want to look in the mouth. It has a whole lot of government, but very little in the way of health care improvement.  I can’t wait to see the hokey name they dream up for the bill.  Whatever it is, the opposite will most likely be true.  And, as noted in other posts, it will leave a significant portion of the uninsured, well, uninsured, even though that was supposely the entire reason for all of this nonsense.

The final product in the House, reflecting many of President Barack Obama’s priorities, includes new requirements for employers to offer insurance to their workers or face penalties, fines on Americans who don’t purchase coverage and subsidies to help lower-income people do so. Insurance companies would face new prohibitions against charging much more to older people or denying coverage to people with health conditions.

The price tag, topping $1 trillion over 10 years, would be paid for by taxing high-income people and cutting some $500 billion in payments to Medicare providers. The legislation would extend health coverage to around 95 percent of Americans.

What do you get for your trillion dollars? Higher debt, fines and penalties galore, cuts in Medicare, etc. etc.

Of course this is the House version, and the Senate version would include prison time for those who “choose” not to participate and a hefty tax on those “cadillac” plans which dare to offer those paying for them better benefits than average.

Both, of course, will offer a form of the “public option”, aka, government health insurance, with the House bill making it a mandatory part of the bill while the Senate version has an opt-out clause for the states (but, of course, no “opt-out” clause for the individual).

I’m sure the House vote will be very close because a number of blue-dogs are going to be seeking cover in a “no” vote. So Pelosi will be closely counting noses before a vote is taken. In the Senate, it is more problematic for the Democrats. The usually dependable Olympia Snowe (dependable for the Dems) has said she won’t vote for a bill with a public option and that has been seconded by Joe Lieberman (who, as usual, is being called everything but a child of God by the left). Mary Landreau and Ben Nelson are also not in favor of such a provision. So Reid is short of the 60 votes he needs to end debate.

That leaves the Senate with the nuclear option – reconciliation. But that too has its perils and pitfalls for them.  Bottom line though is your future is being determined by a bunch of people who have no interest or desire in anything but gathering power for themselves.  They’re about to vote in a costly and bureaucratic nightmare which will, by all indications, make health care worse for the vast majority of Americans.

And, unfortunately, there isn’t much that can stop them.



14 Responses to Pelosi To Trot Out The House Health Care Nag Today

  • I think the perceived inevitability may suddenly change in about six days, if certain possible outcomes in NJ and NY come to pass.

  • I can’t wait to see the hokey name they dream up for the bill.  Whatever it is, the opposite will most likely be true.

    Just once I’d like these things “named” in a way that is true to their effect.  I’d vote for anyone of any party regardless of their platform, just so long as there was this one bit of honesty…
    For this, I envision something along the lines of “The Corn-Holer”…

  • What I don’t get is how these bills aren’t causing an uproar in states like New York and California.  I know, they lean very liberal and I’m sure that most citizens in these states are in favor of health care reform and the public option.  But these bills will place an additional financial burden on states that are already crippled by current and looming budget deficits.  Yeah, you can lie to the constituents and make it seem like a great idea, but the people who will be facing furious public excoriation when the budget crunch hits… why?  How long will you be in office when you’re the one taking the fall for this?  It doesn’t make sense to me.

    • McQ –  I can’t wait to see the hokey name they dream up for the bill.

      Contest time!  Who can come up with the “best” name for this legislation?  My entry:

      “The Edward Kennedy and Jesus Christ Memorial Health Care Choice and Competition for Children and Budget Deficit Reduction Act of 2009”

      Now, who could vote against THAT???

      TonusWhat I don’t get is how these bills aren’t causing an uproar in states like New York and California.  I know, they lean very liberal…

      I think you answered your own question!

      If people were more-or-less sensible, states like New York, California and Michigan, and cities like Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans, would be on the way to becoming bastions of conservative or even libertarian policies.  After all, they’ve had decades of experience with liberal policies that have brought them urban decay, rising unemployment, and otherwise brought them to the brink of bankruptcy.  One would think that they’d have started to reject those policies and demand something different.  But this doesn’t happen.  Why?

      Because the citizens who live there are apparently too stupid to connect the dots: liberal politicians —> big spending —> higher taxes —> loss of jobs —> economic malaise.

      Instead, they are easily duped into believing that some other agency, be it Wall Street or George Bush or Big Insurance, is somehow responsible for the fact that Detroit is becoming a crime-infested wilderness, or that Chicago rivals Gaza for crime and corruption, or that the city government of New Orleans left its people to drown when the hurricane hit and live in squalor for years afterward.

      The ability of liberals to delude themselves is as pathetic as it is amazing.  And I see no end in sight.

      • “The Barack Hussein Obama Free Healthcare Plus Nightly Cookies and Milk Except For the Overweight and Lactose Intolerant In Which Case They Will Get Carrots and Soy Milk Plus a Free or at Least Deeply Discounted Cadillac in Every Garage Plus a Guaranteed Job for Life Plus a Nice House Even if You Can’t Pay For It All Delivered By Democrats and Paid For By Those Nasty Rich People You Don’t Like Anyway Act of 2009”

  • I have to take issue with this. There are plenty of New Yorkers that oppsose this kind of thing vociferously. But, as I mentioned in the Newt Gringrich post/comments a few days ago, NYC and its suburbs make up the mind of the entire state. Outside of NYC, the state is surprisngly conservative. We’d love tThe City, as we call it, to become its own happy little state.

  • Oh, and how about this:

    The PAFT-BOHICA Act: The Protecting Americans From Themselves- Bend Over Here It Comes Again Act

  • Looking at the numbers, there’s not much to worry about.   I had to double check the “B” before the “illion.” It’s just not possible and will not get passed.