As Democrats scramble to pass a health care “reform” bill before Christmas, Harry Reid’s 2,000+ page bill is undergoing changes on a daily basis. At least, that’s what we’re led to believe. We don’t really know what changes are being made because a handful of Democrat Senators are meeting behind closed doors to wheel and deal to make something, anything, happen that will get a bill passed before they adjourn.
What’s the rush? Is the country so desperate for reform that a few weeks are too long to wait? Does the bill so drastically change the system that lives will be saved before the ink from the President’s pen dries once the bill is signed into law? Why is it imperative to pass the bill before the Congressional recess?
What’s the rush?
When the Senate leadership released their 2010 legislative calendar, it was clear they expected the health care bill to be passed before the upcoming recess. To make that happen, rumor has it that Reid is threatening to call the Senate into work during Christmas week if it’s not passed. But according to a US News & World Report article, a leadership aide was quoted saying the threat rings hollow. But included in his answer was a more honest reason for the need to hurry and pass something. “…if we get it done, and I think we’ll have to because we need to give Obama that victory, then this should hold, and next year, at least in terms of time in session, will be lighter, especially as we draw closer to the election,” the aide stated.
Not we need to get it done for the American people. Not because it’s the right thing to do. Not because it will never be passed if we don’t finish by Christmas. None of these. But because “we need to give Obama that victory.”
Getting it right be damned. Let’s make sure we prop up our faltering, Socialist President! To stroke Barack Hussein Obama’s ego is why it must be now!
Is the country so desperate for reform that a few weeks are too long to wait?
A November 29 Gallup poll reports a majority of Americans are satisfied with what they pay for health insurance. These results fly in the face of Democrats like California Rep. Mike Thompson who’s “heard from countless folks in my district who can’t afford health care, or are struggling to come up with the money to pay their rising premiums.”
Countless? Maybe Rep. Thompson ran out of fingers and toes, but I’d bet most of us who are products of the American public school system could manage to count them. Or perhaps ACORN did his counting for him. I’m sure they could open a linen closet and find an infinite number of left-wing, Socialist Obama supporters hiding inside.
But the reality is that mainstream America isn’t nearly so desperate for health care reform as are the power hungry President and his political party. In another Gallup poll released last week, Americans said the economy and the Iraq war are more of a concern than health care reform. But over and over again, Obama has made health care his top priority by setting unworkable deadlines that Congress failed to meet in August and November. He’s given speech after speech in an exasperating effort to win public support, but to no avail.
In the latest Rasmussen poll, 56% of likely voters oppose Obama’s plan for the nation’s health care system and his approval ratings continue to plummet. Yesterday, his overall approval rating fell to its lowest recorded level in his presidency.
All of this demonstrates Obama has declared a crisis where none exists in the minds of the American electorate. So no, the country isn’t desperate for reform.
Does the bill so drastically change the system that lives will be saved before the ink from the President’s pen dries once the bill is signed into law?
Not really. According to the White House’s own blog, ” The House bill implements the exchanges in 2013, while the Senate implements the exchanges in 2014.” But the exchanges are an integral part of Obama’s plan to make health care affordable to all. This means Americans won’t benefit from this legislation for at least 4 more years, but taxes to pay for the President’s government-run health care system will kick in long before that.
Since major subsidies and “consumer benefits” don’t kick in for years, it’s hard to convince anyone this bill will become an instant life-saver. What’s obvious is the need Democrats feel to pass a massive tax hike for which the American taxpayer won’t realize any return for years to come. It’s like a “layaway plan” for health care according to Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). Pay now, get your coverage later.
So it isn’t even that this bill will instantly save the lives of the thousands (millions?) who are dying daily at the front doors of hospitals who won’t treat them because they have no insurance. Wait just a sec. Hospitals are treating those without coverage!
There’s really no emergency at all. Except the one President Obama hopes to convince you of. It’s an exercise in fear tactics extraordinaire from the Obama administration.
Plain and simple, without a doubt, the only reason for the mad rush to pass their so-called “reform” is because they know a majority of the American people don’t want it.
With the New Year the 2010 election campaigns will begin to pick up steam. More Americans will begin paying more attention to what’s going on and bending the ear of their elected representatives. So-called “conservative Democrats” will feel more pressure from their constituents and will grow less inclined to support a President whose poll numbers continue to drop like a duck that had a heart attack in midair.
If that happens, this President’s vision of “Hope & Change”won’t materialize. His “Hope” to “Change” the system and seize more government control over citizens’ lives will be shattered. His image tarnished. His ego bruised.
Why the rush?
Because more Americans are awakening every day and realizing Barack Obama’s “Change” isn’t what they hoped for last year.
Today the Obama Administration is announcing it plans to import the terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison – some of the most dangerous terrorists in the world – to the Thomson Correctional Center located outside Chicago, Illinois. This decision puts the interests of liberal special interest groups before the safety and security of the American people. Here’s how I addressed this issue at a press conference on Capitol Hill this morning:
The American people don’t want dangerous terrorists imported on to U.S. soil, and time after time the House and Senate have reaffirmed this position with bipartisan votes rejecting the Administration’s plan. Yet this Administration is defying the will of the American people and importing them anyway. What’s worse, this decision is completely unnecessary considering that these terrorists were already being tried by military commissions, which were specifically designed under the law to prosecute such heinous acts.
Republicans have offered a better solution. In May, we introduced the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act (H.R. 2294) to (1) affirm Congress’ opposition to transferring or releasing terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison into the United States; (2) prohibit the Administration from transferring or releasing any terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay to any state without express approval from the state’s governor and legislature; and (3) prohibit the President from transferring or releasing a terrorist detainee into the United States unless he provides notification and certification to Congress. Our proposal reflects the will of the American people, and it puts a premium on their safety and security first and foremost.
In their rush to bring Guantanamo Bay terrorists on to U.S. soil, Washington Democrats have repeatedly failed to articulate an overarching strategy to confront and defeat the terrorist threat. At the very least, the American people deserve to know how importing these dangerous terrorists and giving them the same rights as U.S. citizens will make us any safer. I have yet to see a good explanation, but Republicans will stand with Illinois families and seek every remedy at our disposal to stop this dangerous plan.