- Placing "legal-ese" double-talk into plain language. No, words like "death panel" and "rationing" do not appear, but the provisions of the bill will clearly create such problems.
- The House bill creates over 50 new bureaucracies that will have the power to make their own rules. So, Statist Democrats are not technically lying when say this provision or that provision is not in the bill. However, the words and ideas that guide President Obama and his health care advisiors present a Draconian vision of America's health care future. Congress may not include these measures in a bill, but unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats will.
The Senate bill is even more of a mystery. The Wall Street Journal reports that Senator Christopher Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, is refusing to release the details of approximately 200 amendments that were added to the 790-page Senate version that is available. Reports have surfaced about a number of Republican amendments to clarify some of the vauge, but startling, elements of the bill were rejected. So, what is in the hidden 200? Why is Dodd, the man who helped craft policies directly responsible for the banking crisis, keeping these additions under wraps?
Even one of the most partisan Leftists in the Senate spoke out about the Keystone Kops process in the chamber:
The whole process was so haphazard that at one point during the committee mark-up Barbara Mikulski, the Democrat from Maryland, declared: "Giving me language on little pieces of paper on which I'm going to commit the sacred fortunes and honor of the United States for decades, this is not the way to go. We can't do this on the backs of envelopes."
Democrats want to ram a massive government takeover of the American health care industry down the throats of the citizens. Our job was to sit down, shut up, and take it. They reject every proposal that would encourage competition and lower costs without the federal government increasing its power. Their intentions are clear. Tea Partiers and other Real Americans need to keep pouring on the pressure.