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Wednesday
Mar242010

Democrat health bill signed, sealed and delivering surprises, Part 1

Pt. 1 of 3

Do Democrats know what's in the bills they wrote?

On October 30, Rep. Paul Ryan presented a copy of the massive 1990-page health care bill Friday to a standing room only crowd at the Franklin Public Library. Ryan's speech on the House Floor in March was the speech of a statesman. The bill has since grown to more than 2,000 pages.Democrat drama has been high profile with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) enjoying adulation from the leftwingers and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Calif.) oddly silent about the ‘landmark legislation.’ It's a cliche, but we couldn't help thinking about Nero, the fiddle and the fire.

GOP drama has risen to the task, with standouts like Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) trying to tell Americans why the bill won’t bring promised reform. Ryan, by the way, made an eloquent speech about the bills conservatives see as fiscal disasters that will also erode personal freedom.

President Barack Obama may be paying attention to the GOP, though, because on Monday he phrased the bill as “health insurance reform” rather than “healthcare reform.”

What Dems aren’t talking about are specifics in HR 4872 and HR 3590, more than likely because most of them haven’t read the bills.

The US Report has spent time attempting to understand the bills but hours spent with the legislation leads to the conclusion the bill is a haphazard hybrid of refinements to HR 3200, the House Healthcare bill, and the rush job Pelosi and crew did on the bill is apparent. Anyone reading the bill will find unpleasant surprises.

A singular failure involves the children leftwingers express so much concern over. A Wire story in Daily Finance pointed out: “Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill Obama signed into law Tuesday.”

Another apparent omission relates to a section about exemptions for “a recognized religious sect or division thereof…” That section in HR 4872 references descriptions of such a sect in “section 1402(g)(1),” but the section appears to either be missing or to be part of an extraneous document. That section could not be located in HR 3590 either. We utilized a document search and we also combed through both bills. If it’s there, we could not locate it. What religions are exempted?

We must point out this religious exemption is unconstitutional, in our opinion. Attorney Marci Hamilton, writing for FindLaw, agrees with me and she does a fine job explaining why. Hamilton also believes this is a danger to children, “The sad truth is that members of Congress either do not know this religious-exemption provision exists within the mammoth health care bill, or else they are willing to pander to a small religious group at the expense of children's well-being.”

Remember all the Democrat promises about the bill not intruding on your healthcare? Lies. Here’s one example; there are more: “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))”

We highly recommend you read the article about Obamacare by David Hogberg at Investors Business Daily. His approach is aimed at investors, but what he found is relevant to most Main Streeters, especially those in business or hoping to start one. Hogberg shares surprises he found in the bills.

As I read through these mammoth, poorly constructed bills, I felt as though Democrats just threw the bill together in a desperate attempt to inch the party closer to its socialist ideals as well as an end goal of government managed care. These examples aren’t the most troubling offenses. For that, you’ll need to read Parts II and III. (By Kay B. Day)

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