Monday, January 18, 2010

Our Runaway Congress

And now this: "The White House and Democratic Congressional leaders, scrambling for a backup plan to rescue their health care legislation if Republicans win the special election in Massachusetts on Tuesday, have begun laying the groundwork to ask House Democrats to approve the Senate version of the bill and send it directly to President Obama for his signature."

I’m not one who says that the government should never become involved. And I do not feel our health care system is running fine. But while change is needed, that does not mean ANY change will do.

Our health care delivery and financing systems clearly have significant problems. Why haven’t the House and Senate focused on them? Why haven’t the leadership of the House and Senate steered toward solutions to THESE problems instead of creating the monstrous fraud of health care “reform” they are trying to foist off on America?

I think the answers are that this Congress is only pretending to reform health care. It is not reforming medical care. It’s not even reforming health insurance. Those are just fig leaves hiding the real substance. The real substance is deals. Deals that will get a bill passed enabling the majority party to extend its power to control 17% of the entire economy.

How is Congress forging these political deals? The promise of transparency has been discarded like the worthless lie it always was. The real impact of the House and Senate bills is carefully hidden behind a curtain of thousands of pages of arcane verbiage that even the legislators haven't read. The intent is to ram a deal thru before the people or anyone else might actually read it and figure out what has happened.

At the same time, the political bribery is out in the open. The Senator from Nebraska? Bribed for his vote. The Senator from Louisiana? Bribed for her vote. Big Labor? Bribed for its support. How can anyone believe other similar bribes haven't also been doled out behind the curtains?

If none of this were so, the unequal taxation of employer-sponsored and individual insurance wouldn't be permitted to continue. If none of this were so, the fraud and waste in Medicare and Medicaid wouldn't be ignored (except as a means to “fund” the administration’s proposals.) If none of this were so, cross-state purchase of individual insurance wouldn't be ignored. If none of this were so, tort reform wouldn't be ignored. If none of this were so, the CBO scoring of the administration’s proposals wouldn't be ignored. If none of this were so, the emerging will of the people wouldn't be ignored.

And the will of the people is being ignored by our runaway Congress.
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