YOU SCREAM, I SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE SCREAM. Do any of you remember that phrase. I learned it as a child and heard if from my parents, so guess it has been around awhile. I am going to change it a bit, though, for this post. As in
YOU CARE, I CARE, WE ALL CARE FOR HEALTH CARE. Yep, I'm going to post about health care. Or my opinion on what is going on in Washington right now. You remember the statement; Government Of the People, By the People, For the People. Now it seems it is Government Of Harry Reid, By Nancy Pelosi, For Barack Obama. This health care bill is being jammed through the Senate because the Democrats want a health care bill to be on the Presidents desk by Christmas. And because all the Democrats and the two Liberals weren't exactly on board with this program, their votes were bought.
Shame on them. Just who was bought and how. Well, we probably will never know all of it, but here is some of it. Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana agreed to vote for the bill after her State was given a $300 million bump in Medicaid funding. Senator Bernie Sanders, a Liberal from Vermont, agreed to vote for the bill after his state was given 10 Billion Dollars to fund Community Health Care Centers. Also Massachusetts won increased funding in Federal Aid. Senator Max Baucus from Montana swung over to the vote after he was promised that residents from the town of Libby would receive Medicare funding, cause they live in a mining town and suffer from asbestos-related illnesses. Ben Nelson agreed to vote for the bill after he was told that the tab for the expanded Medicaid funding would be paid for by the Federal Government. This amounts to 10's of millions of dollars. While he was the last one to be bought, the list also includes Christopher Dodd from Conn. who agreed to vote after his state was promised $100 million for construction of a hospital for the University of Connecticut. This is enough to make us all sick enough to use the health care plan, if it actually covers us, that is. While I have been covered by health care most of my married life, and will be covered some how, even after this debacle of a bill passes, I understand there are many in the U S of A that aren't covered and need this care. I just think this is being rammed down our throats without due process and without counting the cost, and planning out just where it will lead. As always, it will open many cans of worms that we aren't even aware of yet, I'm afraid. We can only hope that wiser heads bring about the change that actually needs to be done, before this becomes law. I'm sure this won't be the final post on this subject. And that is The View From The Ditch Bank.