Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Health bill is power grab

As to your editorial from March 24, the title "Changed nation" is correct. The substance is naïve.

According to your editorial and the liberals who voted this "albatross" into law, we the people are now going to insure 32 million more people, cover pre-existing conditions, lower our premium costs, create better health care and save $1.3 trillion over 10 years—and Obama Realty has some beachfront property to sell you in Arizona.

For the 219 congressmen, the 51 senators and the president, this is not about health care. This is about power. Power over one-sixth more of our economy. Power over day-to-day decisions in your life. Power to give free insurance to 32 million more potential voters. Power to enact their socialist vision for America.

This health care plan was written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it and exempts themselves from it, signed by a president who also hasn't read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury secretary who didn't pay his taxes, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's $13 trillion in debt.

These are the same people who brought us Social Security (broke), welfare (broke), Medicare (broke), Medicaid (broke), Amtrak (broke) and the Postal Service (broke).

Well, what could possibly go wrong?

If this bill is so good for the American people, why was it done behind closed doors, with secret deals, kickbacks and carve-outs and then just barely passed? You think our health care system is "inconsistent and sometimes cruel and inhumane" now? Just wait 10 years.

Steven Mantey


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