* Knifed in the back while asleep, late Sunday cloture on

Topics: Health
22 Dec 2009

From: Ervan Darnell

The Democrats have run amok with single-party rule,
ignoring any opposition and even voting against popular sentiment (41%
for, 55% against)[2], in a rush to control 15% more of the GDP and
your life. =A0They passed cloture on Sunday night and are now going to
vote on Christmas Eve, the ugliest anti-Christmas present ever. =A0The
timing alone is Machiavellian.

What happened to "democracy now"? =A0That's dead when liberals are in
control apparently[3]. =A0It's worse than that, Franken won over Coleman
with some vote rigging. =A0Ted Stevens lost his seat because of a last
minute accusation, which got much press, but turned out to be false
(or "not guilty" anyway) as soon as it was investigated. =A0Those two
votes have now produced catastrophic consequences. =A0 Both belie the
idea that liberals believe in perfecting democracy.

They have of course backloaded it so they Dems can take credit next
election cycle for "fixing" it, before the real impact hits.

For Rich, here are the cost savings in the bill: higher payroll taxes,
taxing medical providers, taxing medical equipment manufacturers,
taxing "high cost" insurance plans, lowering the FSA cap (outrageously
bad even by the standards of this bill) [1]. =A0Feel any relief yet?

The WSJ [4] has a nice summary, worth reading. =A0I don't need to repeat
it all here, but I will comment on this one:

> Take the $2 billion annual tax=97rising to $3 billion in 2018=97that will=
be leveled against medical device makers,

This is far worse than it seems, not only is it yet another tax, and a
big discouragement for new medicine. =A0It also converts economic cost
into premature deaths, which will never be accounted for. =A0In a
decade, the Democrats will make up some fanciful number for how much
they have saved, but they will never account for the millions who have
died prematurely because new technology was killed. =A0The sheeple will
go along with almost no one recognizing a true cost accounting of how
bad this is (second order effects are usually ignored in people's
political reactions).

Taking a quick glance [5], I see it requires nutrition labeling at
"chain" restaurants (4205). =A0Pre-existing conditions cannot be used to
gate insurance (1101, 2704, seems to kill then insurance market =A0if I
don't need to buy it until I need it). =A0 =A0The Botax (9017). =A0 Raising
the limit for the income tax deduction for medical expenses
(9013),i.e. if you try to pay your own way, you will be punished for
not going with government insurance. =A0Limiting the deduction for
expensive medical procedures (9014). =A0 "1104. Administrative
simplification." puts all of your medical data into a centralized
database. Preserve your existing insurance (1251), in the same bill
that mandates it changes. =A0 You must buy insurance, but religious
excuses can let you out (5000). =A0 Or, if you are poor, you don't have
to (5000(e)). =A0What was the point again? =A0People who now buy insurance
must, but those can't need not. =A0I can't parse where, if anywhere, the
subsidy comes in for the poor.

I am today at a loss to imagine any good that Obama's election has
done to mitigate the disaster that the Democrats have brought us.


[1] http://www.politico.com/livepulse/1109/Senate_bill_summary.html
[2] http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/=

"Today Rasmussen published a poll showing that Americans who support
reform fell to 41% while the number of those who oppose it went up to
51%". =A0http://www.examiner.com/x-9384-Mesa-Independent-Examiner~y2009m12d=
=A0"42 percent favor the Senate Democrats' legislation, with 56 percent
opposed." in CNN polling,
[3] Before you say Republicans are equally guilty, they don't argue
for expansive democracy, but rather republican governance.
[4] http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014240527487043983045745981304401649=
54.html?mod wsj_share_facebook
[5] http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/68487-read-all-2074-pa=
=A0links to the full bill if you want to read it.

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