Saturday, September 26, 2009

On the Bright Side You Get 3 Squares and Health Care in Jail Right?

Yesterday , The Washington Examiner reported that Senator Jim Bunning made a proposal requiring the Senate Finance Committee to post the final legislative language of the nearly trillion dollar health care legislation online for 72 hours prior to a vote. Of course this was rejected in a 12-11 vote; so much for transparency.

Senator Max Baucus admitted this might seem "crazy" to some:
“This probably sounds a little crazy to some people that we are voting on something before we have seen legislative language.”
I am not sure "crazy" quite covers it personally. Baucus complained that it would take nearly two weeks to post the bill online. Really, just how stupid do they think the American taxpayer is exactly?

They fooled us once remember? Way back in February, the fragile nature of the economy mandated a trillion dollar stimulus package. To save the country from the economic abyss the bill had to be passed immediately only to then sit for a few days before Obama decided to sign it. That all worked out so well it looks as though the same strategy is being employed with our health care.

I wonder what they are trying to hide this time. Could it be this perhaps?

Though I am sure there are many more gems like this buried in the Baucus Bill, this one deserves special mention. Politico notes the rarity of such a confirmation. How often do we see handwritten confirmation the 20 something group who will be forced to subsidize the health care costs of the 50 something crew must pay a $1900 fine if they don't buy health care? Worse still, they face a year in jail and/or an additional $25,000 fine for failure to pay the first fine. Good thing the Presidential Propaganda Commission has this age group out designing t-shirts to distract them. Perhaps we could recruit a few to upload the bill on the internet instead.

H/T: Memeorandum

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