I saw this on MSNBC.com and had a cynical laugh.
Race-Baiter Extraordinaire Rev. Jesse Jackson: “The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday night criticized Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) for voting against the Democrats’ signature healthcare bill. ‘We even have blacks voting against the healthcare bill,’ Jackson said at a reception Wednesday night. ‘You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.’”
But, yet, I’m the racist for opposing Liberal Socialism. 🙂
And this on Politico: The New Heavyweight Champ
Senate bill weighs in at 2,074 pages
In the Battle of the Health Bills, the Senate wins out, bulk-wise – weighing in at 2,074 pages.
The House health reform bill was a mere 1,990 pages when introduced.
That means the Senate bill — like the one in the House — runs more pages than War and Peace, and has nearly five times as many words as the Torah.
First Bribe uncovered: Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is one of three Democratic senators that Harry Reid has to win over to begin debate and there are few better ways of doing that then throwing a little home state sugar their way.
So perhaps it’s no surprise that the health bill includes a 50 percent boost* in federal Medicaid money for states that have been declared disaster areas in the past seven years. Hurricane Katrina, of course, hit the Pelican State in 2005.
You can find the provision on page 432 of the bill.
2014: The Senate bill pushes back implementation of major parts of the reform to 2014 — a change from 2013 under the Finance Committee bill.
So you get 4 years of Tax Increases, even if some of the provisions do provide some meat to keep the wolf from fully blowing their house down.
This is a very inventive fake out. And a very cunning political ploy. Don’t make insurance portable. Just make it a State Issue. Thus is the state opt-out then the states that have it can use it to bash the states that don’t and make it an economic issue.
And then force the politicians in the state to pass it. And if the do, the liberal media will be all over them like a pack of Raptors. The media will destroy them.
So they won’t do it.
Thus, fiscal responsibility will go right up someone’s arse.
Commendably clever ploy.
The Senate bill includes a public insurance option that allows states to choose not to participate. In order to opt-out, states would have to pass a law, a Democratic Senate aide said.
Pure Liberal Thinking: All politics All the time
(the following ditty was found as the first response in the public forum on Politico.com and perfectly illustrates the Liberal mindset)
“I LOVE the opt-out. It’s pure political genius! It will force Republican dominated state legislators to vote against benefits for their citizens. Just like with the stimulus funds, they will never do it. They’ll end up looking like complete hypocrites and will totally **** off their base at the same time. Opt-out all the way!”
‘Nuff Said. 🙂
The Reid bill only slightly toughens the requirement that people carry insurance. It levies a $95 fine in 2014 and scales up to $750 by 2016. The Senate Finance bill (aka the bogus “Baucus” Bill) had no penalty in the first year.
Critics worry that people will choose to pay the cheaper penalty rather than buying the more expensive insurance plans because the bill also requires insurers to offer coverage to people who are sick. That combination could lead to an older, sicker and more expensive risk pool.
And what does that lead to: Higher Costs and Higher premiums. Whoops! 🙂
Fight isn’t over yet.
Even when the Senate gets this though they still have to go meet the even more Socialist Liberals in the House and come up with compromise bill.
Mind you, the Senate bill just unveiled most likely had absolutely nothing to do with the Baucus circus over the summer and was “Transperancy”-lite in the fact that it was done behind closed doors in secret.
And you thought electing these clowns was “Hope and Change” and end to partisanship in Washington. 🙂
WASHINGTON – The government paid more than $47 billion in questionable Medicare claims including medical treatment showing little relation to a patient’s condition, wasting taxpayer dollars at a rate nearly three times the previous year.
Excerpts of a new federal report, obtained by The Associated Press, show a dramatic increase in improper payments in the $440 billion Medicare program that has been cited by government auditors as a high risk for fraud and waste for 20 years.
Couple that with Stimulus money going to non-existent Congressional Districts and you want these people in charge of whether you live or die?
Are you Nuts!
But it’s not like they are going to little to the People. No, this is the “cornerstone” of the Liberals Holy Grail.
The ability to decide who lives and who dies.
They will be like Gods! 🙂
<Insert Over-the-top megalomaniacal laughter here>