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Of Course I’m Not Going To Read The Bill – I Don’t Understand It

Delaware must be so proud.

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Rep. Tom Carper (D-DE) explains in this video why he won’t read the bill – “it’s hard to decipher what it means”.

“For example, credit card disclosures – do you actually read this stuff?”

“That’s one of the reasons why we’ve directed among others, banks, to use plain language – plain english to explain what they’re doing so that the jibberish – you know – you can’t read it and really know what it says”

Rep. Carper, just based on the statements and direct “quotes” from the health care bill (H.R. 3200) that were made at Town Hall Meetings all over the Country by regular ‘ole citizens – it’s obvious that many Americans can indeed read and comprehend difficult legislation. Further, they should be given the opportunity to do so. It’s OUR legislation and we have a right to know what’s in this legislation BEFORE you vote on this.

I’ll tell you what Rep. Carper – send me the bill – give me a couple of days and I’ll sit down with you and explain it to you. C’mon it will be fun, I’ll even invite some friends ;o)

Additionally, if Congress can direct the banks (among others) to us plain language why can’t the Congress direct Congress to use plain language????????? The Constitution, Bill of Rights and Ten Commandments are very clear and enduring documents – written in plain language.

I’m not sure if Carper is REALLY honest or REALLYdumb. This is the same man that last week put the Administration and Congress on blast for going back on their “secret negotiations” with Pharma. Via Firedog Lake:

In a stunning moment during the Senate Finance Committee markup Sen. Tom Carper defended a secret deal that the White House, Baucus, and PhRMA had reached. The White House has long denied the deal. Carper publicly acknowledges that part of the deal was that PhRMA would run millions of dollars worth of campaign ads in support of health care reform.

According to Carper the “golden rule” in Congress is that secret back room deals in exchange for advertising buys must be honored. 

Geez, he would have never lasted in Chicago…………….

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What Kind Of “Cruella” Would Cut The Pensions Of 26 Elderly People?

That would be the Obama Administration…………..These are not just ‘any’ elderly people, these people are patriots that assisted us in World War II.

Via CNS News – According to government estimates reported by the Chicago Tribune, when Obama flew Air Force One to Chicago in June for a mid-day speech on health care reform, the flight cost about $236,000 or $1,500 per minute, which does not include the cost of Secret Service protection and transportation on the ground, such as motorcade and helicopter transports.
 
When Obama traveled to Hawaii with his family in December, the Government Office of Accountability estimated the price tag for the trip on Air Force One as roughly $1 million.

So, each MINUTE of Obama’s flight to Copenhagen would have paid for approximately 3 months of pension benefits ($557 per month). An entire years worth of benefits could be paid with less than 5 minutes.

Priorities…………..

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Laboratory For Universal Health Care – Tennessee

We have solid evidence of what happens when the government tried to provide health care. It almost bankrupted Tennessee.

State spending in Tennessee, she says, accelerated from 2.5 billion dollars in 1995 to 8 billion in 2004 because people dropped their private insurance in favor of the “public option.”

In the case of plans being proposed in Congress it will be the employers dropping their/your private insurance – what choice?

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Buy Insurance Or Go To Jail – Hope And Chains

Via Politico:

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.

Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it “Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold.”

The note was a follow-up to Ensign’s questioning at the markup.

Don’t believe it – here’s the handwritten note.

Gee, I wonder why they don’t want us to read the bill???

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Abortion and Obama – You Lie

There has been much discussion about abortion funding as part of the healthcare reform. Lots of discussion – little facts.

According to Obama, it’s a “misunderstanding” and “no federal funds will be used to fund abortions”. So, let’s have an “honest debate, not one dominated by willful misrepresentations and outright distortions”.

There is only one piece of legislation that directly speaks to the issue of abortion funding, the Capps Amendment. Today on the Huffington Post, Rep. Lois Capps penned “The Truth About the Capps Amendment“.

Unfortunately many — from politicians to pundits — misunderstand or intentionally misrepresent my amendment as a significant departure from current law. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many independent fact checkers and even the non-partisan Congressional Research Service have found the amendment preserves the status quo in federal abortion policy.

This statement is partially correct. Her amendment does the speak to the Hyde Amendment, which makes exceptions in the case of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the woman. However, the bill does not specifically say that abortions will not be provided for government sponsored insurance – only that an “affordable credit may not be used for payment for services….”.  In other words, if a person were receiving the affordable credit that portion of the premium could not be used to pay for an abortion.

My amendment also ensures that in each region of the country, there is at least one plan in the Health Exchange that offers abortions services but also one plan in the Health Exchange that does not offer abortion services. This actually gives consumers who object to participating in a plan that covers abortion and are getting coverage through the Exchange a choice of insurance coverage greater than what most Americans have in the current employer-based health insurance market.

The amendment does indeed require at least one plan that includes abortion services and at least one that does not. This does not limit the number of plans that will or will not include abortion services, so you could have all of the plans offering abortion services and only one that does not. Who will make these choices – Kathleen Sebellius. Considering her views of abortion services (including late-term) it would be logical to assume that there would be a multitude of plans offering abortion services and one not offering these services. This could have a huge impact on the Catholic community of healthcare providers.

Today, nearly 90 percent of employer-sponsored private health insurance plans cover abortion services.

This is just a total misrepresentation of the facts by Rep. Capps. There is a colossal difference between ‘elective’ and ‘spontaneous’ abortions (miscarriage). She is playing with her words on this. Below is an excerpt from the Blue Cross Blue Shield rider concerning abortion services which is consistent in todays insurance market.  

Excludes benefits for any services related to an abortion except for a spontaneous abortion, or to prevent the death of the woman upon whom the abortion is performed. BCBMS does pay for services or supplies to treat complications resulting from an abortion.

What the bill will accomplish is that at least $1 per enrollee, per month of your premium would be set-aside to cover these services. These monies would be utilized to offset the cost-sharing for these services. This is how Rep. Capp intends to get around the federal funding problem. It will not be federal funding, every American will be paying at least $1 per month of their premium to pay for abortion services.

The Capps amendment has been in play since July 30, 2009. So, either Obama didn’t read/know about the amendment – or he lied.

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It’s The Logical Conclusion

According to Rep. Hank Johnson:

“I guess we’ll probably have folks puttin’ on white hoods and white uniforms again and riding through the countryside intimidating people.”

It seems to me that the only people that feel there was some racial component of Rep. Joe Wilson’s remark are the race baiters that see an opportunity. The rest of us see it for what it was – the truth.

Rep. Johnson, YOU are not helping the cause of diversity and tolerance. This very well may institigate more racists sentiment, because of people like you that inject race into non-racial remarks just to get yourself on TV.

Yes, people like Rep. Johnson have turned this into the logical conclusion. If you disagree with anything related to this President – you are a racist.

My question – why does it seem that none of these politicians feel it was disrespectful to the American people that President lied to us? again……………..

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Congressional Black Caucus And Farrakhan

This is what we are paying our Congress to do – meet with Farrakhan to discuss what he can do to help them. This meeting was in January 2006, however I’m sure I would have remembered ANYONE reporting on this.

Barbara Lee (D-CA)

Maxine Waters (D-CA)

William J. Jefferson (D-LA) – indicted

Al Green – (D-TX)

There’s a couple of others I wasn’t able to identify – sorry I tried.

It’s obvious based on their warm greetings that this group has a good deal of respect for Farrakhan or do they agree with his teachings?

After their heart-to-heart with Minister Farrakhan of course he preached a little for them.

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