If what America has been forced to witness in Congress the last two months wasn’t enough to convince those still willing to give them even the slimmest benefit of the doubt, what’s going on during this holiday break should be enough to demonstrate once and for all that almost to a man (and to a woman), those we send to Washington to (not) represent us are nothing more than walking poster children for entitlement derangement-syndrome.
Everyone knows that the House had a huge fight over the Stupak amendent and that it finally passed and was included in their nasty little version of health care “reform” legislation. Blue Dog Democrats defied the Queen of the Nuthouse in support of the Stupak amendment; with much jumping up and down and great thumpings of their chests many claimed to agree with the vast majority of Americans that they could never, ever consider voting for any kind of health care “reform” that didn’t contain such proper constraints to prevent the use of taxpayer money to fund abortions.
Oh, it was quite a sight. Do you remember? Such weeping and wailing in defense of what is right in the face of so much angry Botox-enhanced “feminist” opposition, it almost brought a tear to my own cynical eyes.
The Senate then rammed through their version of a health care “reform” bill on Christmas Eve. It most visibly differed from the House bill by counting alleged savings from cutting Medicare payments to doctors twice, by not including a so-called “public option”, and by adding in a very last-minute, very lame, very loopholed section that, effectively, will allow taxpayer monies to fund abortions through government health insurance premium subsidies so that Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska would, along with his 100% Medicare expansion subsidy-in-perpetuity, become Harry Reid’s 60th and deciding vote for the monstrosity. The Senate version also changes the standing rules in the Senate so that there may never be a repeal of the bill’s main unelected panel of bureaucrats. You know, those beancounters who will set regulations imposed on doctors and patients, the Independent Medicare Advisory Boards a/k/a the Death Panels. The Democrats want to keep them in unconstitutional control of your health care forever.
The next step is reconcilation of these two differing, green-be-damned-ceiling-high stacks of paper and then final passage of the same version of a bill in both the Nuthouse and the Senate. But word is already out on the street that principle, not to mention adherence to their oath to uphold the Constitution, remains a foreign paradigm to Nuthouse Democrats and reconciliation is not really going to happen. The Senate version, in all of its inalienable Rights-killing glory, is going to be swallowed basically its entirety by House Democrats. Some may hold their noses just for show, but it’s going down in one, basically unchanged gulp.
How do we know this? These Sunday morning talk show statements don’t exactly sound like statements made by anyone who’s had any recent contact with their spine, do they?
“We’re not going to rubber-stamp the Senate bill. On the other hand, we recognize the realities in the Senate.” Before the House was to give up the public option, we would want to be persuaded that there are other mechanisms in whatever bill comes out that will keep down premiums. We’ve got to make sure that the final product is affordable.” (Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee)
“Well, I’m sure the conference will yield some changes, but the reality is, having served in the House and its leadership, I understand sometimes its frustrations with the Senate, but if we are going to have a final law, it will look a lot more like the Senate version than the House version.” (Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J)
“We want a public option to do basically three things: Create more choice for insurers, create more competition for insurance companies, and to contain costs. So if we can come up with a process by which these three things can be done, then I’m all for it. Whether or not we label it a public option or not is of no consequence.” (House Democratic Whip James Clyburn; who had previously personally appealed to the President not to yield on a “public option”)
Since the most heated debate came over the Stupak amendment, which effectively replaced the House’s original lax verbiage with Hyde amendment assurance of no federal funding of abortions, let’s take a look at the Democrats that voted for it:
|Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania||Steve Driehaus of Ohio||James Oberstar of Minnesota|
|Joe Baca of California||Brad Ellsworth of Indiana||David Obey of Wisconsin|
|John Barrow of Georgia||Bobby Etheridge of North Carolina||Solomon Ortiz of Texas|
|Marion Berry of Arkansas||Bart Gordon of Tennessee||Tom Perriello of Virginia|
|Sanford Bishop of Georgia||Parker Griffith of Alabama||Collin Peterson of Minnesota|
|John Boccieri of Ohio||Baron Hill of Indiana||Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota|
|Dan Boren of Oklahoma||Tim Holden of Pennsylvania||Nick Rahall of West Virginia|
|Bobby Bright of Alabama||Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania||Silvestre Reyes of Texas|
|Dennis Cardoza of California||Marcy Kaptur of Ohio||Ciro Rodriguez of Texas|
|Christopher Carney of Pennsylvania||Dale Kildee of Michigan||Mike Ross of Arkansas|
|Ben Chandler of Kentucky||James Langevin of Rhode Island||Timothy Ryan of Ohio|
|Travis Childers of Mississippi||Dan Lipinski of Illinois||John Salazar of Colorado|
|Jim Cooper of Tennessee||Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts||Heath Shuler of North Carolina|
|Jim Costa of California||Jim Marshall of Georgia||Ike Skelton of Missouri|
|Jerry Costello of Illinois||James Matheson of Utah||Vic Snyder of Arkansas|
|Henry Cuellar of Texas||Mike McIntyre of North Carolina||Zack Space of Ohio|
|Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania||Charlie Melancon of Louisiana||John Spratt of South Carolina|
|Artur Davis of Alabama||Mike Michaud of Maine||Bart Stupak of Michigan|
|Lincoln Davis of Tennessee||Alan Mollohan of West Virginia||John Tanner of Tennessee|
|Joe Donnelly of Indiana||John Murtha of Pennsylvania||Gene Taylor of Mississippi|
|Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania||Richard Neal of Massachusetts||Harry Teague of New Mexico|
|Charlie Wilson of Ohio
One would rightly expect that if asked to vote on “reconciled” health care legislation that fails to include the proper ban on the use of taxpayer money to fund abortions, they will vote no. But the fate of the largest single federal usurpation of individual liberty is now at stake.
Cue the flying pigs.