A transformative health bill is headed to President Barack Hussein Obama for his signature as Congress takes the final steps in Democrats’ history-making anti-constitutional near-universal medical control of individual Americans. Individuals will be required to purchase insurance or be fined. If the fine is not paid; citizens can now be sent to prison by the Internal Revenue Service which will monitor compliance.
Never mind that the vast majority of health procedures denied are refused by the Government’s Medicare program – vastly more than private company denials.
Never mind that of the asserted 32 million currently not covered by private insurance approximately 12 million are illegal immigrants and, of the remaining 20 million, most are young-professionals that would rather “party down” than spend their own money on insurance. (At that age, they are all ten feet tall and bullet proof don’t ya know.)
Never mind that 67 percent were pleased with private health care and appreciative of an America’s health care system that was, until this bill passed, the best in the world.
Never mind that this Socialist US Administration (so named by Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela) has already quadrupled the national debt in 18 months from the previous administration’s eight year total at a time the US economy is floundering and under attack worldwide with unemployment rising to historic levels.
Never mind that Congress could hold public hearings on steroid use by baseball players, but not on this program that will touch the lives of nearly every American.
Never mind the unconstitutional procedures used to move this legislation forward or the bribes paid with public money to secure votes in evil, greedy, if not illegal demagogy.
And please forget 20 years of feminists’ protests about how their reproductive systems are theirs to control – killing fetuses without regard – as government will now tell women when, how and to-what-degree they may address hangnail issues and athletes foot.
Jubilant House Democrats voted 219-212 late Sunday to send the legislation to President Barack Hussein Obama.
This program will bring under government regulation over one-sixth of the US economy which is greater than the total economies of Britain and Canada.
A companion package making a series of changes sought by House Democrats to the larger bill, which already passed the Senate, was approved 220-211. The so-called fix-it bill will now go to the Senate, where debate is expected to begin as early as Tuesday. Senate Democrats hope to approve it unchanged and send it directly to Obama. Republicans intend to attempt parliamentary objections that could change the bill and require it to go back to the House.
Sen. John McCain said Monday morning that Democrats have not heard the last of the health care debate, and said he was repulsed by "all this euphoria going on." Appearing on ABC’s "Good Morning America," McCain, said that "outside the Beltway, the American people are very angry. They don’t like it, and we’re going to repeal this."
McCain, who is in a tough Republican primary fight with J D Hayworth, an ardent constitutionalist, said the GOP "will challenge it every place we can," and said there will be reprisals at the polls, in Congress and in the courts.
In praise of themselves Democrats raved. "We will be joining those who established Social Security, Medicare and now, tonight, health care for all Americans," said Pelosi, D-Calif., intimate partner to Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the grueling campaign to pass the legislation.
GOP lawmakers attacked the legislation and none voted in favor. "Hell no!" Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, shouted in a fiery speech opposing the legislation. "We have failed to listen to America and we have failed to reflect the will of our constituents."
Thirty-four Democrats also voted "no" on the Senate-passed bill.
Sunday night’s votes capped an unpredictable and raucous weekend at the capitol, with Democratic leaders negotiating around the clock for the final votes as thousands of protesters paraded outside, their shouts of "Kill the Bill! Kill the Bill!" audible within the Capitol. Some of those protesters live in Tulsa, Oklahoma and traveled to the capital for this purpose.
Far beyond the political ramifications — a concern the president repeatedly insisted he paid no mind — were the sweeping changes the bill held in store for Americans, insured or not, as well as the insurance industry and health care providers.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said this trillion dollar legislation would cut deficits by an estimated $138 billion over a decade based on assumptions provided by supporters and questioned by critics. Critics said the assumptions are inane if not disingenuous and note that every entitlement bill ever passed by Congress has proven more expensive than promised on scales of tens of millions if not billions of dollars.
For the first time, most Americans are required to purchase insurance, and face penalties then incarceration if they refuse. Much of the money in the bill would be devoted to subsidies to help families at incomes of up to $88,000 a year pay their premiums. As President Barack Hussein Obama told “Joe the Plummer” redistribution of wealth is central to his ideology.
Hidden from early debate, the legislation also included sweeping changes in the student loan program; an administration priority that has been stalled in the Senate for months. Other changes of marginal legality may also be included. The most frequent phrase contained in the bill are the words, “the Secretary shall” thus rules and regulations without regard or restriction may be installed at the whim of bureaucratic appointments.
Obama watched the vote in the White House’s Roosevelt Room with Vice President Joe Biden and dozens of aides, exchanged high fives with Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff, and then telephoned Pelosi with congratulations.
President Obama is expected to try to sell the bill to the public in his now traditional controlled environments of carefully selected supporters in historically tyrannical demagogic fashion. A White House aide said he was likely to take at least one trip this weekend to emphasize the legislation’s benefits. No open press conferences are planned.
To pay for the changes, the legislation has been discovered so-far to include more than $400 billion in higher taxes over a decade and cuts more than $500 billion from planned payments to hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and other providers that treat Medicare patients.