Saturday nights in the fall of the year are a magical time. Whether it is attending little league football games, cheering on UT, or just spending time with your family, Saturdays tend to be more relaxing than Sunday.
However, this past Saturday night, in the middle of the night, Nancy Pelosi and her Liberal colleagues passed a bill they claim will reform the health care industry. The unfortunate truth is it will do nothing of the sort and could be devastating to the American economy.
The bill passed by Pelosi and her Liberal members is not true reform of the health care industry. Instead, the bill passed Saturday night, cuts Medicare by over $500 billion dollars. That’s $500 billion dollars less going in to the Medicare funds. What is going to happen when there is a half trillion dollar cut? It will result in a cut in benefits for those receiving Medicare, and in some instances, government bureaucrats will be deciding who gets care, and unfortunately, how much.
The vote in the House of Representatives was 220-215. Republicans, with the exception of one, all voted against the Pelosi bill. There were 39 Democrats in all that stood up to Pelosi and voted against this bill, most of which were from the Blue Dog coalition of Conservative Democrats. Among those Democrats voting against the bill was our own Congressman Lincoln Davis. I applaud Davis for his willingness to stand up to his leaders on this vote. I’ve certainly been critical of some of Davis’ votes in the past, but want to thank him for voting against this health care bill.
When a bill is proposed in Congress, the Congressional Budget Office always will calculate how much a bill will costs over 10 years. This bill, as scored by the CBO, is projected to cost $1,300,000,000,000.
Talk about sticker shock.
There are also projections that say this bill could result in millions of jobs lost. With an unemployment rate of 10.2 percent, we sure do not need legislation passed that will lead to higher unemployment. Another impact of the Pelosi bill: if an employer (small business owner included) doesn’t provide healthcare coverage, there will be a Payroll tax of 8.5 percent per employee on that business. The most outrageous aspect of the Pelosi bill is the possibility of jail time and a $15,000 fine if a person does not sign up for healthcare. If you want to hear the truth about government healthcare, read the stories from people in Canada and Great Britain.
Now that the house has passed their bill, all eyes are now focused on the United States Senate. Liberals are going to have a much harder time in the Senate to pass the bill than in the house. A simple majority was needed to pass the bill in the House of Representatives. In the Senate, 60 votes are needed before they can ever begin discussing the bill; much less take a final vote.
The United States Senate is filled with egos. Chuck Schumer a New York Democrat and Jay Rockefeller, another Democrat from West Virginia, are the biggest proponents of government run healthcare in the United States Senate. Schumer and Rockefeller are running into problems within the Democratic caucus, so in reality, they have to control their own party members before they can worry about the tactics of the Republicans in the Senate. I urge Senators Alexander and Corker to remain strong against the public option.
This will not be the last vote on health care in the House of Representatives. I urge everyone to keep up to date on this bill as it makes its way through the legislative process.
I urge the Democrats in Congress to work with Republicans on the issue of healthcare, especially on the details where there is common ground.
There are problems in the health care system that need to be addressed; however, Pelosi’s trillion dollar plan only makes things worse.