Saturday, December 19, 2009

Can The People Stop Health Care Restructuring?

With the last holdout, Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, announcing he will finally support the massive Health Care Restructuring Bill now before the Senate, nothing stands in the way of this bill passing.

The American public have made it increasingly clear for many months they want nothing to do with the tax grab and benefits cutting monstrosity. But, under massive pressure from President Obama and his staff, Democrats have caved and are willing to defy the public wishes and pass the bill that could have and should have been the crown jewel of the Obama Presidency.

However, after months of buying off Senator after Senator, the bill is no longer a jewel, but just a pork filled bag of bacon larded up for the drug industry, the insurance industry and, rather curiously, the A.A.R.P., whose Medicare supplement insurance program (run by insurance industry giant, United Health Care) stands to make millions off Medicare cuts.

Certainly the worst feature of this bill is the disastrous cuts in Medicare which will result in denied benefits through the establishment of a health care panel to provide guidelines to Doctors on approved treatments Medicare will cover. This absolutely is Sarah Palin's famous "Death Panel." It will become a reality.

While Republicans make every effort to delay the passage of this bill, they have done a poor job of making every American aware of the massive tax increases we will face once the bill passes. Five Hundred Billion Dollars in tax increases will touch every American, even those who will supposedly receive aid in purchasing insurance.

Unions hard won insurance policies will be devastated by the proposed taxes on "Cadillac Plans" which are, in fact, not owned by the wealthy, but mostly by union workers won through years of hard negotiations. Benefits in these plans will be stripped.

But the fix is in, the backroom deals are done. Harry Reed will push the whale through the keyhole on Christmas Eve. Nothing can stop this from happening, except.......

Well, except the people. If all the Tea Party people, a disorganized lot if there ever was one, can somehow break out of their Christmas routine and mount a massive campaign to call their Senators, especially the Democrat Senators, they might just derail this process.

Here's the number: 202-224-3121. You need to call today! Saturday! Today!

Michelle Malkin is alerting her readers:

Now, make sure to take time out of your busy Saturday before Christmas and burn up the Capitol switchboard (202-224-3121) with a clarion message for your Senators:

No. Hell no.

Say it louder and often. Spread the word. Sound the alarm. They are pretending not to hear you yet.

A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!


Unknown said...

I have been making a regular nascence of myself with weekly e-mails and faxes.

These elected representatives are fixated on getting this bill through at any cost.

All I have left is hope, the irony is all too clear.

shoo said...

This bill is going to cost me big-time, assuming the Senate and House can reconcile. There is some hope it will fall apart in reconciliation.

shoo said...

Oh yeah, my Senators are Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein...good luck trying to get them to change their votes no matter how many calls they get.

Bob Keller said...

There are many good things in the Health Care Restructuring Bill. But the very best thing is Senator Bernie Sanders (I - Vermont) major expansion of Regional Health Care Centers. This move will work and really will reduce health care expense.

But, overall, the bill is a massive disaster of pork, gifts to Big Pharma and Insurance companies and insane tax increases that will stiffle the economy while destroying our current health care system.

Calling a bill a "Victory" doesn't prevent it from being a failure. Talk about putting lipstick on a pig......

Kentucky Rain said...

It is happening now. Despite all of the noise and posturing some form of HCR is going to make it out of the Senate. Soon it will be law. This is the first step on the way to real reform

Merry Christmas Bob and I am not meaning that sarcastically.

Bob Keller said...

Mike, It is always a pleasure to have your comments even though we may occasionally disagree. Thanks for stopping by.

Merry Christmas to you!

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

Harry Reid made a huge mistake in calling this process "compromise". It isn't. It's bribery. I personally consider myself an advocate of reforming the system (and, yes, this inevitably includes a saner form of rationing). But THIS is basically just moving stuff around, cooking the books, etc..

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

Oh, and, no, I'm not especially fond of Mrs. Palin's languge, either. All that it does is inflame and make herself unelectable.

Vigilante said...

I can't get excited over this outcome. Why didn't We Just Expand Medicare? That was the best solution.

Unknown said...

Vig, simpler still. Have the Government send everyone a monthly check that they can spend on health insurance.

Kentucky Rain said...

Bob...Could you please send me an email so I can get your address. I would like to talk to you about something personal. Mike