October 30, 2009

Health Care: The ‘We Do What We Want, Bleeeeep You’ Congress

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:16 am

Jefferson Airplane/Starship guitarist Paul Kantner is the original source of the cleaned-up quote. He sent it to Rolling Stone, which published it in its original form in 1978 after Dave Marsh’s largely scathing review of the band’s “Earth” album in March 1978.

Kantner’s quote is my post title because it’s what Nancy Pelosi and the radicals running Congress are telling the American people. Unlike Kantner, who was declaring that he and his legion of musicians would pursue whatever they defined as artistry, Rolling Stone be damned, Nancy Pelosi and her crew’s “Bleeeeep You” declaration wishes to foist their twisted, statist version of a health care system on all Americans — the public’s clear opposition, and the measure’s obvious unconstitutionality, be damned.

This IBD editorial describes it:

A 1,990-Page Medical Monstrosity

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s cry in unveiling the House’s massive reform bill might as well have been “Viva la health care revolution!” America never voted for change like this.

Just as most congressional Democrats refused to listen to the angry public at town halls in the summer, Speaker Pelosi was not interested in ordinary Americans attending the outdoor rally on the West Front of the Capitol, where she and her fellow House Democrats rolled out their 1,990-page monster health reform bill on Thursday.

YouTube recorded someone not on the RSVP list being refused entry and asking a staffer why the announcement of legislation that will radically affect the lives of all Americans isn’t open to the public. “Because that’s how we’re handling this event,” she told him.

Truth be told, most lawmakers are excluded too. As the Hudson Institute’s Hanns Kuttner noted on the National Review Web site, you would have to devour 221 pages a day to have read this life-changing legislation in its entirety before it comes to a vote, promised for before Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Weeks after its unveiling, new tricks are still being discovered within the Senate health bill. Kaiser Health News’ Julie Appleby reported Thursday that, despite claims the bill will limit what those in the lower and middle income groups will pay for health insurance, “The fine print shows that, over time, the premium costs could rise well beyond those caps.”

The reason for this, Appleby explains, is “the cost of coverage would shift from a percentage of income to a percentage of the premium, no matter how high the premiums go.” This will be a big, unpleasant surprise for the working middle class.

Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson on Wednesday revealed that the Senate bill’s excise tax on “Cadillac” plans “targets a lot of Chevy plans as well.” The tax follows a formula based on the consumer price index plus 1%. But if medical costs and insurance premiums rise significantly higher than the CPI — a near sure thing — a lot more plans get taxed.

Reminiscent of the Alternative Minimum Tax, a measure to soak the rich will end up drowning Joe Sixpack.

…. What similar horrors await detection within Nancy Pelosi’s 1,990-page behemoth? Time will tell, but it may take a lot more time than the 13 days House Democrats are giving America to digest this revolutionary proposal.

…. Both the House and the Senate are set to wreck the greatest health care system in the world — unless those now taking it for granted raise a ruckus, and fast.

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