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DEMS CONFIRM THEY’RE FRUADMASTERS, SAY “NO” TO JOHANNS

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 23, 2009

Building off my piece earlier today “Sweetheart Dealin’ Frauds” is the story of the Democrat shoot-down of Senator Mike Johanns – the other Senator from Nebraska. Yesterday, Senator Johanns asked that the Senate “strike the special carve-outs from the Senate health care bill” (i.e., get rid of the sweetheart deals).

There was a higher probability of seeing Hillary Clinton in the Penny’s catalogue modeling the latest in thong wear.

Nothing moves faster than Democrat lips saying “no” when their bribes comes under threat from pork smashers.

Said Senator Johanns:

There should be no special deals, no carve-outs for anyone in this health care bill; not for states, not for insurance companies, not for individual senators.

All of the special deals should be removed. If the bill cannot pass without carve-outs, what further evidence is needed that it is bad policy? No senator should vote for the final cloture vote until all of the carve-outs and special deals are removed.

Nebraskans don’t want a special deal, they want good policy. They don’t believe the Federal Government is the answer to every problem and they don’t like backroom deals.

This was precisely the point of my article earlier today.

These earmark whores couldn’t care less what is or isn’t fiscally sound for this country. They haven’t invested an inkling of critical thought into the matter of deteriorating quality of care. They’re not interested in the unprecedented financial discord that lies ahead for the country.

What else is needed to convince those who still support ReidCare that the bill is no good? What more does one need than to watch Senators fall in line only after they are bribed to do so?

Here are some of the goodies Senator Johanns was hoping to have cut out of the bill:

– Eliminating or reducing the Medicaid unfunded mandate on Nebraska, Vermont, and Massachusetts (starting on page 96, line 9)

– Exempting certain health insurance companies in Nebraska and Michigan from taxes and fees (starting on page 367, line 6)

– Providing automatic Medicare coverage for anyone living in Libby, Montana (starting on page 194 – section 10323)

– Earmarking $100 million for a “Health Care Facility” reportedly in Connecticut (starting on page 328)

– Giving special treatment to Hawaii’s Disproportionate Share Hospitals (starting on page 101, line 6)

– Boosting reimbursement rates for certain hospitals in Michigan and Connecticut (starting on page 174 – section 10317)

– Mandating special treatment for hospitals in “Frontier” States like Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyoming (starting on page 208 — Sec 10324)

Dems told him to take a walk.

Most of them ought to be home just in time for Christmas Eve pumpkin pie.

And what is the upshot of all of this, if there is one? Dennis Prager said it on his radio program today – that it affords Americans the opportunity to really see leftism in action.

The compassion, the hope, the promise of modern liberalism sure sounds peachy in the brochure, but once the Left is in power, those latent totalitarian tendencies bubble up to the surface.

It’s inherent.

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SWEETHEART DEALIN’ FRAUDS

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 23, 2009

Senator Dodd - $100 million for a hospital

There is no question in my mind that many of the sixty Senators who will be voting to pass this monstrosity of a health care reform bill – and thus, voting to strip Americans of their liberty – genuinely do believe that what they’re doing is good for America. I have no doubt that a sizeable percentage of Senate Dems actually believe in their hearts – where all liberal policy-making emanates – that the government takeover of 16% of the American economy is a positive thing. Indeed, it is hard to imagine that anyone with a reasonable mind could actually look at this bill and feel good about its potential to live up to the fairy-tales Dems are peddling, but there are many who genuinely do. 

Some of them get in front of cameras and burble about how critical it is to make insurance more affordable for everyone. Some truly subscribe to the notion that only government is capable of such a thing. Others cackle about the moral imperative in passing it – how it’s the right thing to do. Still others ramble on about this bill’s fiscal soundness and how deficits will actually be lowered over a period of years, blah, blah, blah. 

Senator Nelson - Everyone else pays for Medicaid

Profoundly misguided as this group of Senators is – and as dangerous to this country as they are – these people are not the truly despicable ones. Indeed, there can be no doubt that passage of this who-did-it-and-ran bill would be disgraceful and immeasurably damaging to this nation. But those who really believe this unprecedented expansion of government and liberty-eroding power play will work are not nearly as contemptible as those who allowed their vote to be bought.  

Two questions I used to regularly ask of man-made global warming zealots was: If the world was, in fact, warming, and it could be proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that human activity had absolutely no role in it whatsoever, would it still matter to you? And if, indeed, rising temperatures are as much of a threat to the planet’s well-being as you claim, does it matter what’s causing it? 

Indeed, the political game is played by brokering deals, shoveling promises, and bribing the fence-sitters. No can deny that. 

Mary Landrieu from Louisiana scored $300 million for her state. 

Ben Nelson from Nebraska sold out the unborn and made the other forty-nine states foot his state’s Medicaid bills. 

Senator Landrieu - $300 million for Louisiana

Chris Dodd from Connecticut secured $100 million for a hospital. 

But this bill is unique in that it is set to transform forever the American economy and health care delivery system on a scale no one could have imagined even one year ago. It is slated to increase government involvement in our lives in a way that has not been seen or conceived of before. It will, for the first time, mandate that Americans purchase a specific product or else be subject to penalties. It will promise fines and even jail sentences for those who do not comply. It is a bill that has been hotfooted through the Senate – a bill that wasn’t even seen by the public until Saturday of last week – so that some arbitrary Christmas deadline can be met. It is a bill that has garnered less scrutiny and discussion time than some railroad crossing bills have, yet it will seize for the federal government nearly one fifth of the American economy. 

Two questions for all of those who were promised goodies in exchange for their vote: If it could be proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that ObamaCare would cripple this nation financially and cause the quality of health care to decline, would you then turn down the goodies promised your state? And if, indeed, America is really suffering from a health care crisis of epic proportion as you claim, why is a sweetheart deal necessary to bring you on board to fix that crisis? 

Democrats, if I may … Is doing the right thing dependant on what you can get in return? 

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