ROUND TWO; OR ROUND ONE CONTINUED: You decide. Last year the Federal Government tried to pass a health care reform bill. Didn't happen. The Senate did pass a bill and the Representatives passed a bill, but they didn't match, and a lot of the people didn't like it, didn't want it, didn't even want a reform bill at all. Still don't. Now, I have had some kind of insurance most of my married life, which is 49 years. I know that there are many who are uninsured or under insured in this country, and I think that they should have access to affordable health care. But perhaps our esteemed public servants need to take a class in common sense reform before they tackle the health care reform again. Oh! too late. The Pres revealed his health care plan this morning, 4 days before a summit in which the Pres and members of the Dems and Repubs will sit down together and try to reach a compromise. Good Luck! I would like to quote a few items from an article printed in Politics Daily. 1. President Obama kept most of the Democrat Senate passed bill in his proposal, including a mandate that requires individuals to purchase health care. It also includes a process for the government to subsidize those who can't afford health care and taxes and fees to raise the funds to pay for it. Part of those fees will come from company's of 50 or more employees who don't provide insurance for their employees. Of course, if those company's do insure their employees, then there goes the fees to pay for the above subsidy. 2. White house advisor Nancy-Ann DeParle estimated that the changes proposed by the Pres would RAISE the cost of the health care bill to $950 Billion. Yes, with a B. 3. Since the election of Senator Scott Brown, and the Dems losing the 60 seat majority, they are now looking at ways to bypass this rule, using a Senate procedure known as "reconciliation" which allows legislation directly related to the budget to pass the Senate with only 51 votes instead of the usual 60 required with most other bills. 4. Nancy Pelosi told reporters at a press conference that "We will move on many fronts, any front we can. We will go through the gate. If the gate is closed, we will go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we will pole vault in. If that doesn't work, we will parachute in. But we are going to get health care reform passed for the American people for their own personal health and economic security, AND FOR THE IMPORTANT ROLE IT WILL PLAY ON REDUCING THE DEFICIT." How can it reduce the deficit if, as according to the White House advisers, it will raise the cost to $950 BILLION.
Yes, maybe we need health care reform, but I encourage each of you to study what is actually being proposed and then contact your Senators and Representatives and encourage them to use common sense when voting on this bill. Remind them that this is not a socialist government, but one "Of the people, By the people, and for the people." Remember "Any government big enough to give you any thing you want, is big enough to take away every thing you have." And that's THE VIEW FROM THE DITCH BANK.