There is a great post over at Investors Business Daily about the freedoms we have lost as result of the enactment of Obamacare.
Here are some of the most important freedoms we have lost:
1. You are young and don’t want health insurance? You are starting up a small business and need to minimize expenses, and one way to do that is to forego health insurance? Tough. You have to pay $750 annually for the “privilege.” (Section 1501)
2. You are young and healthy and want to pay for insurance that reflects that status? Tough. You’ll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor. That’s because insurance companies will no longer be able to underwrite on the basis of a person’s health status. (Section 2701).
3. You would like to pay less in premiums by buying insurance with lifetime or annual limits on coverage? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer such policies, even if that is what customers prefer. (Section 2711).
You’re a single guy without children? Tough, your policy must cover pediatric services. You’re a woman who can’t have children? Tough, your policy must cover maternity services. You’re a teetotaler? Tough, your policy must cover substance abuse treatment. (Add your own violation of personal freedom here.) (Section 1302).
11. If you are a physician and you don’t want the government looking over your shoulder? Tough. The Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to use your claims data to issue you reports that measure the resources you use, provide information on the quality of care you provide, and compare the resources you use to those used by other physicians. Of course, this will all be just for informational purposes. It’s not like the government will ever use it to intervene in your practice and patients’ care. Of course not. (Section 3003 (i))
President Obama is out touting that we now have more freedom, choice, and control over our health care than before. Lies–all lies.
The fact is that we now have less choice, less control over our health care. So you’re right Vice President Biden, “This is a big f*cking deal.”
Obamacare passes the House and President Obama claims “This is what change looks like.” No, this is what socialism looks like. Obama touts that his government is one of, by, and for the People, yet ignored the will of the People by ramming a health care proposal that the American People didn’t want down our throats.
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) is ignorant, gullible, and disingenuous. He and Denis Kucinich are nothing more than political prostitutes, in my opinion.
In this week’s Report from Washington, Ellis Washington and I discuss the passage of Obamacare and its constitutionality.
President Obama did his best to convince us that his health care proposal was bipartisan, saying that it incorporated the best ideas from both parties. It turns out he was partially correct. There was bipartisanship with respect to Obamacare: bipartisan opposition.
34 House Democrats joined all 178 Republicans in voting against Obamacare. There probably would have been 6-9 more Democrats vote against it had it not been Rep. Bart Stupak’s (D-MI) dog and pony show.
As for Stupak, he is all or some combination of the following:
He is ignorant and gullible if he truly believes that President Obama’s bargained-for executive order does anything practical to prevent federal funding or subsidies for abortions. I don’t particularly care for her, but Dana Perino has a good post up at NRO on this.
Finally, Stupak was, in my opinion, being disingenuous at his pre-vote press conference announcing the agreement with President Obama when he essentially said that Democrats had the 216 votes needed with or without his vote and the votes of some of the pro-life Democrats following his lead (estimated at around 8 or 9 Democrats). The actual vote clearly demonstrates that Democrats did not, in fact, have enough votes without Stupak and his followers.
Stupak wasn’t to be trusted from the outset. He was going to vote for Obamacare all along. The fact that he was supposedly swayed by an ineffective and meaningless executive order is proof.
Folks, I apologize for the delay in getting this post up but I’ve had some Internet connection problems. I’m back online now and ready to blog what is beginning to look like, unfortunately, the passage of Obamacare.
One of the pro-life Democrats formerly opposed to the Senate’s version of Obamacare, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), just announced that he and fellow pro-life Democrats have had their votes bought swayed by an executive order to be issued by President Obama, clarifying the Senate’s language on federal funding for abortions. This gets the Democrats much closer to the 216 votes needed to pass this bill. (By the way, I still contend that Stupak was going to vote for this bill all along).
I’ll be here throughout the afternoon monitoring the debate and eventual vote. Stay tuned.
It’s about 5PM here on the east coast and I thought I would post a quick recap of what we know about this health care vote going to the scheduled vote probably sometime Sunday afternoon.
We know that the House Democrat leadership don’t yet have the votes because if they did President Obama wouldn’t be meeting with them tomorrow (Saturday) morning;
We know that this vote will essentially be a vote on the Senate’s bill. Many House Democrats believe that they are voting solely for the package of amendments but they’re not. If the amendment package passes that essentially ratifies the Senate’s version; and
We know that the American People are fighting against the vote. The House of Representatives phone system is beyond capacity, receiving an average of 100,000 calls per hour.
I’ll be monitoring the situation throughout weekend.
Members continued to be inundated with phone calls from constituents and interest groups Friday thanks to an impending vote on health care reform this weekend.
Calls to the House numbered close to 100,000 an hour, creating a bottleneck in a phone system only meant to handle 50,000 calls an hour. The chamber has been similarly overloaded for four consecutive days, beginning on Tuesday when radio host Rush Limbaugh told viewers to call the Capitol switchboard phone number.
The House phone system is “at capacity.” This is such an awesome of display civic involvement; it’s inspiring; and it is exactly what it’s going to take to save our republic.
Keep at it. The Democrats don’t yet have the votes.
I have been critical of Fox News in the past but I can give credit where credit is due. Bret Baier deserves credit for the display of professional journalism he put on during his interview with President Obama yesterday’s edition of Special Report.
Baier exposed President Obama’s unwillingness to give direct answers and lack of fundamental knowledge of his own proposal.
Check out today’s podcast below to listen to me go through the interview.
It’s time to get in the arena of ideas, folks. It’s time to get into the game. It’s time to defeat the President Obama’s health care reform proposal by inundating your congressperson with messages encouraging them to vote against it or else be voted out of office.
Best-selling author and historian H.W. Brands joins me discuss President Theodore Roosevelt’s philosophy on citizenship in a republic and becoming “The Man in the Arena.”
Author and radio host Ellis Washington joins me to discuss the unconstitutionality of the so-called “deem and pass” or “Slaughter solution” Nancy Pelosi may use to pass health care reform.