A Lesson from History for Congress

Once upon a time in a not so distant past, the Founders of this Country issued a Declaration of Independence upon the King of England.  Perhaps our current Congress and President should read the following excerpt and remember the history of this country’s founding.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…

I have heard reports of death threats being made against some of the Congresscritters that voted for Healthcare Reform legislation, and their offices vandalized.  Most likely, that is all that is going to happen.  But perhaps the Congresscritters should remember that in the early days of this country, when people were dissatisfied with their elected officials, more than threats were issued.

Politicians faced a more informed & involved populace, and were held to higher standards than the politicians of today.  Politicians that failed the public trust were sometimes hung from the nearest tree, or tar & feathered and run out of town.

Moreover, the founding of this country was not peaceful, nor was defending of this country’s freedom throughout the years.  The force of arms was needed to defend the Rights of the Citizens of this Country.  But that was against foreign invaders, not against the rot that is present within the governance of the country.

Am I advocating similar treatment for offending politicians?  No, I’m not, we are much more civilized than that (although the proponents of Sharia law wouldn’t have a problem with it, but that’s for a different post).  Let’s just vote the buzzards out & hold them accountable for any malfeasance they may have committed while in office, and vote people into office that will abide by the Constitution.

But if the People fail to take back their government by peaceful means, then the reason for the Founders including the provisions of the Second Amendment into the laws of the United States becomes abundantly clear…

Our Traitorous Congress

The following is a list of the Democratic Members of the House of Representatives that, without regard to the Constitution nor the People’s wishes, voted “Aye” on the Motion to Concur in Senate Amendments: H R 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

Rep. Gary Ackerman [D, NY-5]    
Rep. Robert Andrews [D, NJ-1]    
Rep. Joe Baca [D, CA-43]    
Rep. Brian Baird [D, WA-3]    
Rep. Tammy Baldwin [D, WI-2]    
Rep. Melissa Bean [D, IL-8]    
Rep. Xavier Becerra [D, CA-31]    
Rep. Shelley Berkley [D, NV-1]    
Rep. Howard Berman [D, CA-28]    
Rep. Sanford Bishop [D, GA-2]    
Rep. Timothy Bishop [D, NY-1]    
Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D, OR-3]    
Rep. John Boccieri [D, OH-16]    
Rep. Leonard Boswell [D, IA-3]    
Rep. Allen Boyd [D, FL-2]    
Rep. Robert Brady [D, PA-1]    
Rep. Bruce Braley [D, IA-1]    
Rep. Corrine Brown [D, FL-3]    
Rep. George Butterfield [D, NC-1]    
Rep. Lois Capps [D, CA-23]    
Rep. Michael Capuano [D, MA-8]    
Rep. Dennis Cardoza [D, CA-18]    
Rep. Russ Carnahan [D, MO-3]    
Rep. Christopher Carney [D, PA-10]    
Rep. André Carson [D, IN-7]    
Rep. Kathy Castor [D, FL-11]    
Rep. Judy Chu [D, CA-32]    
Rep. Yvette Clarke [D, NY-11]    
Rep. William Clay [D, MO-1]    
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D, MO-5]    
Rep. James Clyburn [D, SC-6]    
Rep. Steve Cohen [D, TN-9]    
Rep. Gerald Connolly [D, VA-11]    
Rep. John Conyers [D, MI-14]    
Rep. Jim Cooper [D, TN-5]    
Rep. Jim Costa [D, CA-20]    
Rep. Jerry Costello [D, IL-12]    
Rep. Joe Courtney [D, CT-2]    
Rep. Joseph Crowley [D, NY-7]    
Rep. Henry Cuellar [D, TX-28]    
Rep. Elijah Cummings [D, MD-7]    
Rep. Kathleen Dahlkemper [D, PA-3]    
Rep. Danny Davis [D, IL-7]    
Rep. Susan Davis [D, CA-53]    
Rep. Peter DeFazio [D, OR-4]    
Rep. Diana DeGette [D, CO-1]    
Rep. William Delahunt [D, MA-10]    
Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D, CT-3]    
Rep. Norman Dicks [D, WA-6]    
Rep. John Dingell [D, MI-15]    
Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D, TX-25]    
Rep. Joe Donnelly [D, IN-2]    
Rep. Michael Doyle [D, PA-14]    
Rep. Steve Driehaus [D, OH-1]    
Rep. Donna Edwards [D, MD-4]    
Rep. Keith Ellison [D, MN-5]    
Rep. Brad Ellsworth [D, IN-8]    
Rep. Eliot Engel [D, NY-17]    
Rep. Anna Eshoo [D, CA-14]    
Rep. Bob Etheridge [D, NC-2]    
Rep. Sam Farr [D, CA-17]    
Rep. Chaka Fattah [D, PA-2]    
Rep. Bob Filner [D, CA-51]    
Rep. Bill Foster [D, IL-14]    
Rep. Barney Frank [D, MA-4]    
Rep. Marcia Fudge [D, OH-11]    
Rep. John Garamendi [D, CA-10]    
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords [D, AZ-8]    
Rep. Charles Gonzalez [D, TX-20]    
Rep. Barton Gordon [D, TN-6]    
Rep. Alan Grayson [D, FL-8]    
Rep. Raymond Green [D, TX-29]    
Rep. Al Green [D, TX-9]    
Rep. Raul Grijalva [D, AZ-7]    
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D, IL-4]    
Rep. John Hall [D, NY-19]    
Rep. Deborah Halvorson [D, IL-11]    
Rep. Phil Hare [D, IL-17]    
Rep. Jane Harman [D, CA-36]    
Rep. Alcee Hastings [D, FL-23]    

Rep. Martin Heinrich [D, NM-1]    
Rep. Brian Higgins [D, NY-27]    
Rep. Baron Hill [D, IN-9]    
Rep. James Himes [D, CT-4]    
Rep. Maurice Hinchey [D, NY-22]    
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D, TX-15]    
Rep. Mazie Hirono [D, HI-2]    
Rep. Paul Hodes [D, NH-2]    
Rep. Rush Holt [D, NJ-12]    
Rep. Michael Honda [D, CA-15]    
Rep. Steny Hoyer [D, MD-5]    
Rep. Jay Inslee [D, WA-1]    
Rep. Steve Israel [D, NY-2]    
Rep. Jesse Jackson [D, IL-2]    
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D, TX-18]    
Rep. Henry Johnson [D, GA-4]    
Rep. Eddie Johnson [D, TX-30]    
Rep. Steve Kagen [D, WI-8]    
Rep. Paul Kanjorski [D, PA-11]    
Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D, OH-9]    
Rep. Patrick Kennedy [D, RI-1]    
Rep. Dale Kildee [D, MI-5]    
Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick [D, MI-13]    
Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy [D, OH-15]    
Rep. Ronald Kind [D, WI-3]    
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick [D, AZ-1]    
Rep. Ron Klein [D, FL-22]    
Rep. Suzanne Kosmas [D, FL-24]    
Rep. Dennis Kucinich [D, OH-10]    
Rep. James Langevin [D, RI-2]    
Rep. Rick Larsen [D, WA-2]    
Rep. John Larson [D, CT-1]    
Rep. Barbara Lee [D, CA-9]    
Rep. Sander Levin [D, MI-12]    
Rep. John Lewis [D, GA-5]    
Rep. David Loebsack [D, IA-2]    
Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D, CA-16]    
Rep. Nita Lowey [D, NY-18]    
Rep. Ben Luján [D, NM-3]    
Rep. Daniel Maffei [D, NY-25]    
Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D, NY-14]    
Rep. Betsy Markey [D, CO-4]    
Rep. Edward Markey [D, MA-7]    
Rep. Doris Matsui [D, CA-5]    
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy [D, NY-4]    
Rep. Betty McCollum [D, MN-4]    
Rep. James McDermott [D, WA-7]    
Rep. James McGovern [D, MA-3]    
Rep. Jerry McNerney [D, CA-11]    
Rep. Kendrick Meek [D, FL-17]    
Rep. Gregory Meeks [D, NY-6]    
Rep. Michael Michaud [D, ME-2]    
Rep. Bradley Miller [D, NC-13]    
Rep. George Miller [D, CA-7]    
Rep. Harry Mitchell [D, AZ-5]    
Rep. Alan Mollohan [D, WV-1]    
Rep. Gwen Moore [D, WI-4]    
Rep. Dennis Moore [D, KS-3]    
Rep. James Moran [D, VA-8]    
Rep. Patrick Murphy [D, PA-8]    
Rep. Scott Murphy [D, NY-20]    
Rep. Christopher Murphy [D, CT-5]    
Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D, NY-8]    
Rep. Grace Napolitano [D, CA-38]    
Rep. Richard Neal [D, MA-2]    
Rep. James Oberstar [D, MN-8]    
Rep. David Obey [D, WI-7]    
Rep. John Olver [D, MA-1]    
Rep. Solomon Ortiz [D, TX-27]    
Rep. William Owens [D, NY-23]    
Rep. Frank Pallone [D, NJ-6]    
Rep. William Pascrell [D, NJ-8]    
Rep. Edward Pastor [D, AZ-4]    
Rep. Donald Payne [D, NJ-10]    
Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D, CA-8]    
Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D, CO-7]    
Rep. Thomas Perriello [D, VA-5]    
Rep. Gary Peters [D, MI-9]    
Rep. Chellie Pingree [D, ME-1]    
Rep. Jared Polis [D, CO-2]

Rep. Earl Pomeroy [D, ND-0]    
Rep. David Price [D, NC-4]    
Rep. Mike Quigley [D, IL-5]    
Rep. Nick Rahall [D, WV-3]    
Rep. Charles Rangel [D, NY-15]    
Rep. Silvestre Reyes [D, TX-16]    
Rep. Laura Richardson [D, CA-37]    
Rep. Ciro Rodriguez [D, TX-23]    
Rep. Steven Rothman [D, NJ-9]    
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D, CA-34]    
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger [D, MD-2]    
Rep. Bobby Rush [D, IL-1]    
Rep. Timothy Ryan [D, OH-17]    
Rep. John Salazar [D, CO-3]    
Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D, CA-47]    
Rep. Linda Sánchez [D, CA-39]    
Rep. John Sarbanes [D, MD-3]    
Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D, IL-9]    
Rep. Mark Schauer [D, MI-7]    
Rep. Adam Schiff [D, CA-29]    
Rep. Kurt Schrader [D, OR-5]    
Rep. Allyson Schwartz [D, PA-13]    
Rep. Robert Scott [D, VA-3]    
Rep. David Scott [D, GA-13]    
Rep. José Serrano [D, NY-16]    
Rep. Joe Sestak [D, PA-7]    
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D, NH-1]    
Rep. Brad Sherman [D, CA-27]    
Rep. Albio Sires [D, NJ-13]    
Rep. Louise Slaughter [D, NY-28]    
Rep. Adam Smith [D, WA-9]    
Rep. Victor Snyder [D, AR-2]    
Rep. Jackie Speier [D, CA-12]    
Rep. John Spratt [D, SC-5]    
Rep. Fortney Stark [D, CA-13]    
Rep. Bart Stupak [D, MI-1]    
Rep. Betty Sutton [D, OH-13]    
Rep. Michael Thompson [D, CA-1]    
Rep. Bennie Thompson [D, MS-2]    
Rep. John Tierney [D, MA-6]    
Rep. Dina Titus [D, NV-3]    
Rep. Paul Tonko [D, NY-21]    
Rep. Edolphus Towns [D, NY-10]    
Rep. Niki Tsongas [D, MA-5]    
Rep. Christopher Van Hollen [D, MD-8]    
Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D, NY-12]    
Rep. Peter Visclosky [D, IN-1]    
Rep. Timothy Walz [D, MN-1]    
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D, FL-20]    
Rep. Maxine Waters [D, CA-35]    
Rep. Diane Watson [D, CA-33]    
Rep. Melvin Watt [D, NC-12]    
Rep. Henry Waxman [D, CA-30]    
Rep. Anthony Weiner [D, NY-9]    
Rep. Peter Welch [D, VT-0]    
Rep. Charles Wilson [D, OH-6]    
Rep. Lynn Woolsey [D, CA-6]    
Rep. David Wu [D, OR-1]    
Rep. John Yarmuth [D, KY-3]    

These are the politicians who do not understand the Constitution that they swore to uphold, and have voted with their Party and not for the People that they claim to represent.  These are the politicians who have ratified the deals made in the Senate and within their own House to pass 2,700 pages of legislation that does not improve the health of this country nor addresses the causes of high costs within that industry.  Patients will not be able to afford healthcare, nor will they be protected.  Instead, the People will be taxed, fined, and otherwise burdened with obligations that Congress has no legal nor moral authority under the Constitution to impose.   

Shame upon them, and woe upon us for electing these Bozo’s to positions of great responsibility (and especially for electing the biggest clown that’s in the White House).

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From Investors.com:

The Vote: Conned by the promise of an ephemeral executive order, the last holdouts cave and ObamaCare advances. It doesn’t add a single doctor or hospital room, but needs 17,000 new IRS agents to enforce it.

With accounting tricks that would make Bernie Madoff blush, revenue and savings from the feds taking over student loans is counted as medical savings. A $250 billion dollar "doctor fix" to compensate for $500 billion in Medicare cuts is not counted as an increased cost.

This legislation will cause doctors to flee in droves. The New England Journal of Medicine just released a survey, confirming our own polling, finding that 46% of primary care physicians would consider quitting medicine under this bill.

House Subcommittee on Oversight ranking member Charles Boustany, R-La., said the Internal Revenue Service provision in the bill "dangerously expands, in an ominous way the tentacles of the IRS and its reach into every American family."

The IRS now can make sure everyone buys health insurance acceptable to the federal government and collect the fines of up to $2,250 per family or 2% of income if it doesn’t.

The CBO expects the IRS will need roughly $10 billion over the next 10 years and nearly 17,000 new employees to meet its new responsibilities under socialized medicine. The American people will be faced with fines, even possible imprisonment, if they don’t comply with this unique federal mandate. Now an IRS agent will come between you and your doctor.

These IRS agents will have the job of enforcing a new and unconstitutional mandate. The Constitution specifically enumerates the powers given to each branch of government and says that any power not mentioned revert to the states and to the people. Nowhere does it say the feds can compel you to buy health insurance.

Obama Value Meal

You Will Pay Dearly…

Coming home on Friday night in a rental car that had XM Radio, I tuned in to the Tom Sullivan show.  What I heard just left me shaking my head.

First off, the promise of President Obama that if you like your insurance, you could keep it is a lie…unless your plan falls within the outlines of one of the four levels of coverage outlined in the health care legislation.  And even then, you will pay not once, but at least twice, at least by my count.

obamamedicalLet’s get real – your taxes will go up to cover the cost for not only your healthcare, but for everyone else that can’t either afford it or are dipping into the bucket deeper than anyone else.  This is regardless of the level of healthcare that you subscribe to (bronze, silver, gold, or platinum) as provided for by the legislation.

So let’s now think about the lowest level of coverage (bronze) which is estimated to cost $12,000 a year.  Here’s where I think the big rub is going to come in.

Just for illustration, suppose you have coverage through your employment for, say, $100 a month and the company picks up the rest.  But what if the company can’t afford the premiums and/or decides to pay the fine instead.  That would mean that you, the consumer, would have to pay the premiums out of your pocket.  And do you think that your employer would compensate you with higher pay since they are no longer picking up your health insurance?  I would highly doubt it.

So now you are mandated to pay higher taxes AND on the hook for $12,000 a year, and for what?  Better treatment?  Lower deductibles?  Just take a look at the VA hospitals and the poor treatment that they have been giving our veterans for years, and you can understand my concern not only from a cost standpoint.  And the deductibles are going to be higher (starting at 40% for the bronze plan) than what I’ve seen on my current and past health plans.

Our elected representatives will be voting on this legislation later today.  I hope they have been getting the message that polls are showing that their constituents are not in favor of this legislation as it stands, and they need to listen to the people that elected them, not to a politician that wants to save his political legacy.

The Future of Healthcare

Here’s a news item buried in the back pages:

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts dentist is accused of placing paper clips instead of stainless steel posts inside the teeth of root canal patients while billing Medicaid for the more expensive parts.

I’ve also heard a poll that states that if the current healthcare legislation passes, 46% of currently practicing physicians will give up their practice because they believe that they would no longer be able to stay in business.  This is definitely not good…  We may have reduced costs (but higher taxes), and reduced access to healthcare because doctors can’t pay their bills.

The Democrats and Obama are going all out to pass health care reform legislation.  Arm-twisting, back-room deals, and potentially illegal procedures (i.e., the Slaughter Solution) will be used to try and get enough votes to pass the 2,400 page bill.  I have also heard that a comment was made, possibly by Obama, that the legislation wasn’t perfect, but we have to start somewhere.  I now have two questions:

1 – If the legislation is so important and necessary, why does it take “deals” such as the popularly termed Louisiana Purchase and the Cornhusker Kickback to get enough votes to pass?  Should it not pass on its own merits?

2 – If the legislation is not perfect, then why should the American people be expected to accept it?  After all, we have employed the legislators through our votes to pass nothing but perfect laws without loopholes or favoritism.  And this legislation is definitely neither of these.

The American People will have the final vote – a “yes” or “no” vote – on health care next November.  But by then, I’m afraid that the damage could be done, and we would be stuck with the cost of this monstrosity.