Congrats America Congress Just Passed The Obamacare Crap Sandwich
Barack Obama sucks at picking the Final Four but he sure can break some legs to get his massive Health Care entitlement passed by the Democrat majority in Congress. The final vote in the House for the Senate Bill (H.R. 3590) was 219 Yeas to 212 Nays. This was an epic struggle that will go down in history as the ugliest and most corrupt fourteen month back-room deal making ever.
It will saddle us with huge tax increases and debt that could very well be unsustainable. Do the Democrats care? Not at all, they always wanted to control every facet of our lives. They’ve grabbed huge chunks of our free market system; automobile companies, banks, insurance companies and now health care.
To quote Margaret Thatcher, “Sooner or later you run out of other people’s money”.
- A $569 billion tax increase – the largest in history.
- It will be 18% of our GDP
- Increases our deficit by $662 billion
In order to get the reluctant Democrats to vote for this travesty here are some of the dirty deals:
The Louisiana Purchase: A state in which every single county qualifies as a disaster area will receive extra Medicaid funding. Louisiana is the only state that qualifies, courtesy of hurricane Katrina. This $300 million bribe purchased the support of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) for the Senate version of the bill.
Cornhusker Kickback: Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) won a provision that the full amount of Nebraska’s increased Medicaid costs would be paid for by the federal government.
Gator Aid: Medicare Advantage participants in five states would be exempted from the general Medicare cuts — Florida, New York, California, Oregon, New Jersey. The estimated cost of this plum is $7.5 billion according to the office of Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Florida is the largest beneficiary, with the bulk of the affected senior population.
Vermont Green: The Senate bill provides $600 million in extra Medicaid funds to Vermont, ensuring support from Independent Bernard Sanders (I-VT).
Massachusetts Moolah: The Senate bill provides $500 million extra for Massachusetts Medicaid, a political move designed to put pressure on newly elected Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA).
The Dodd Deal: In oh-so-innocent and unspecific wording, the Senate bill allows $100 million for “debt service of, or direct construction of, a health care facility,” at a public university. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) bragged that he was securing the money for the University of Connecticut.
Montana Earmark: Max Baucus (D-MT) secured a provision that expands Medicare coverage for people who live “in or around the geographic area subject to an emergency declaration made as of June 17, 2009.
Bismarck Bank Job: This deal bought the vote of Rep. Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota, the state’s only House Democrat. Legislation to restructure the student loan program was included in the health care bill.
The most disappointing deal was with Bart Stupak (D-MI), who buoyed the hopes of many by being the most vocal holdout over inclusion of government payments for abortion. Today, flanked by six other pro-life Dems, Stupak’s finally brought an end to the suspense: he and his group would vote for health care reform. The ramifications of Stupak’s fatal decision are already taking effect; Stupak Stripped of ‘Defender of Life’ Award.
Stupak was swayed by President Barack Obama promising to issue an Executive Order to uphold the Hyde Amendment and prevent the federal funding of abortion, despite the language of the new bill. This was a promise from the most Pro-Choice president ever elected. This Executive Order is nothing but smoke and mirrors that cannot supercede the laws written by Congress. Is his name Stupid or Stupak?
This bill will increase the size of our government. The IRS will require 16,500 new employees just to police the bill. The IRS will become the main agency for determining who has an “acceptable” health insurance plan; for finding and punishing those who don’t have such a plan; for subsidizing individual health insurance costs through the issuance of a tax credits; and for enforcing the rules on those who attempt to opt out, abuse, or game the system.
We will be taxed for four years in advance of any changes until 2014. Think of it as paying for a brand new car today, that will not show up in your driveway until four years later. Now that’s a deal we’ve all been waiting for. Thanks Barack, Nancy, Reid and all the Democrat hacks in the biggest toilet called our Nation’s Capitol.
Dig in America we have a huge amount of crap to eat. Relief will not come until November when millions of angry voters will take their revenge out on every Democrat incumbent.
I will be on the front lines of voting these jerks out of office.