The "Public Option" Will Be in the Final Health Reform Bill, You Can Take That To The Bank!!!
By Carolyn Cormey
What you won't be able to take to the Bank is any cost of living increase in Social Security for the next 3 years. While our US Senators and Congressmen will continue to receive the automatic raise of approximately $4,700 they legislated for themselves, seniors won't! I guess when our Legislators put their own raises into automatic drive, they "forgot" to put on automatic drive, the small cost of living raises for those who depend on Social Security. But they did not forget about seniors altogether - they raised the Medicare premiums deducted from your Social Security check! In the new Health Bill, the Democrat Majority Party has also made certain that their own private sector health insurance plans and coverage options remain untouched while designing the "Public Option" they plan to eventually absorb all of the rest of us! Their ultimate goal is to make the "Public Option" into a Single Payer System like Canada or the British Isles. To this end, the Democrats who are in complete control of the Presidency, the House and the Senate, plan to proceed at the most rapid pace we let them get away with! They are not keeping this a secret - if you watch the news - or C-Span - you have heard the Democrat Leaders state that this AND they hold all the power and cards in the legislative deck.
The Game Plan - The Double Reverse:
The goal is to find money, extract it and use it to begin a new, huge entitlement health program. With far more Democrats than Republicans on each of these Committees, the amendments the Democrats wanted, pretty much passed while Democrats voted down almost every single amendment put forward by the Republicans. What a sham! So much for bi-partisanship! This is the way it goes when one political party has such a huge majority that they just put on a show of bi-partisanship with no intention to make any real concessions at all to the minority party. It is a really vicious, underhanded game that where we voters are always the losers because we don't even know the rules!
Every amendment on Tort Reform was shot down. Amendments to require finalized cost estimates for this Health Reform from the Congressional Budget Office before the final vote - all shot down. Amendments to require 72 hours between the posting of the final Conference Bill and the final Senate and House vote - were all shot down. What a sham! So much for transparency. We are being told that the 72-hour amendment is not necessary because we have had "months" to talk about everything in this Bill. The very names of this health care bill as well as the content of the bill and the estimates of costs have changed every few days but we will not be given even 72 hours to review the Conference Report that again changes everything in the bill and puts it into the Legislative Language that even our Legislators won't have a chance to read before they vote on it????? Huh?
Senator Bill Nelson Legislating:
High Stakes Game
It is up to us to change the game plan and up the stakes to the point where those we elect become more afraid of us than they are of their political leaders. They work for us. We elect them and we can throw them out. There is the real possibility that this Health Care Reform Bill with the Public Option will probably be voted on within the next two weeks. There is nobody but YOU to protect your Medicare, your Medicare Advantage, your Medicaid, your private health insurance, your private health information AND the decisions that should be left to you, your family and your doctor. Send emails, write letters and start dialing your Senators and Congressmen. Overwhelm their switchboards and do not mince words about your holding them responsible at their next re-election. You can find the local and Planet DC contact information for your Legislators by going to www.contactingthecongress.org OR call them through the Capitol Switchboard, (202) 224-3121.
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