Maybe the best way to look at the health care bill is to ask questions.† And the best question I have seen came from commentator Jon Kraushar.
He passed along a question a liberal lawyer friend of his asked.† ďLet me get this straight.† Weíre going to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose head says he doesnít understand it, passed by a Congress that hasnít read it but exempts themselves from it, signed by a president that also hasnít read it, and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didnít pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country thatís nearly broke.† What possibly could go wrong?Ē
Lovely question, that.
Commentator Charles Krauthammer writes of the bill, ďThere is so much pain in here: increase in taxes, increase in premiums, extra bureaucracy, interference in the medical treatment of patients, which people will be able to feel and see within months and surely within years.† This will be a millstone around Democrats for years, if it passes.Ē
The question this prompts is: Why?†
Why force this bill upon the public?† Surely this is force that we are seeing. A big majority of the public keeps telling pollsters they do not want this bill.† Not in its present form.
So if a majority has consistently said no to this, why do politicians insist on passing it?
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are even having to force it upon their fellow representatives and senators.† They are cutting deals, promising all sorts of things.† They are resorting to parliamentary fancy work and tricks.
Harry was going to bring some tapioca bill onto the floor.† A bill that had nothing to do with healthcare.† Then he was going to attach the health care bill to it.† By this scurrilous device he could get the bill passed with only 51 votes.† Over in the House, Nancy surprised everyone with a late-Saturday-night vote.
Why did she not allow her members time to read the bill?† Why did Harry not allow time for his senators to read the bill?† About 2000 pages.
Why did neither leader allow time for the public and press and doctors and insurance people to read these bills?† The health care bill will place about one-sixth of our economy under government control.† Isnít that a pretty big chunk of power to pass to government without allowing time to read the bill?
Why do the politicians just plain lie?† They claim the whole project will not add to the federal deficit.† To say or believe this borders on lunacy.
This bill will raise taxes. It will raise insurance bills. It will swell bureaucracy. It will insert government between patients and doctors. Something like 85 percent of Americans like their current health care.
Question: Why is it we are doing this?
From Tom ... as in Morgan.††††††††††††††††††
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