|THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER
Do not despair yet. Despair is as premature as is the victory that the Democrats claim. Let the Democrats do their victory lap. The bill now goes back to the House for reconciliation with the Senate version. Remember how close the House vote was. If three Democrats had voted no instead of yes, the bill would have been defeated in the House.
Congressmen now will have the chance to reconsider their initial vote. There is a strong likelihood that some of the “yes” votes the first time around might switch their votes. The pro-life Democrats won’t like the Senate version. Other Congressman may be reading the polls and decide they don’t want to be on the wrong side of public opinion. Others may have heard a lot of anger from constituents. We have a chance to kill the bill in the House. If we can get three previous “yes” votes to the other column, and if all previous “no” votes hold their position, the bill gets defeated.
We cannot give up. We must now resolve, more than ever, to fight. I can’t think of more appropriate quotes at this time than these from Winston Churchill.
“We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
and this one:
Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
COURSE OF ACTION BETWEEN NOW AND MID-JANUARY
Congress is now on vacation until mid-January. Here is what needs to be done between now and then. Your Congressman will most likely be in the district for the next few weeks. Let him or her know how you feel. You should, every day, send faxes, make phone calls, write letters to your Congressman. Let him hear from you. Let him know that passing this bill is not in the best interests of his constituents, the country or of his re-election. Go to his local district office where you live. Organize demonstrations at his office. (Note: for the feminists and gender equality warriors among you, I am following the timeless tradition of using the masculine form to include both masculine and feminine genders) Organize Tea Parties. Write letters to the editor. Write articles on Facebook. Write blog articles. Tweet. Discuss with your neighbors. Speak up at your book clubs and bridge clubs. Do not be silent. Let us make our voices heard.
We now have three weeks to get our opinions out and to lobby Congressmen. We can turn some votes. Let your Congressman know that it will take great hubris, unmitigated arrogance and complete disregard for public opinion for him to vote this bill in.
If there was ever a time for action, now is the time.
THE MEDIA AND TALKING POINTS
We have allowed the left and its media lapdogs to frame the argument and to label Republicans as “obstructionists who don’t want healthcare reform.” I have seen Republican Senators go on talking head programs and allow the host to make Republicans seem like they are opposed to healthcare reform and are opposed to seeing the uninsured get healthcare coverage.
I don’t understand why our representatives don’t say that Republicans are NOT opposed to healthcare reform. There have been several Republican proposals to reform the healthcare delivery system in a way that will not involve the government and which will be considerably less costly than the Democrat plan.
Further, this bill has nothing to do with reforming healthcare coverage. Don’t let anyone tell you it is. It is all about enabling the government to take control of the healthcare system in America.
The healthcare system represents about 17% of the gross national product of the country. If Democrats can gain control of that segment of the economy they will be well on their way to controlling the entire economy of this country.
That is what this is all about. It is about controlling people and controlling the economy. Government control of the economy is something the Democrats have been after for decades.
The passage of the Democrat “healthcare” bill will result in a few more people getting insurance coverage, but the rest of us will pay dearly in higher insurance premiums, higher co-pays, much higher taxes, and rationed medical coverage. It would actually be much less expensive to just have the government give those who are uninsured and want insurance a voucher to enable them to buy the insurance. But, that won’t accomplish what the Democrats want. It isn’t about the uninsured. It is about control.
By the way, does it make a difference if your medical insurance premium is somewhat lower but you have to pay much more in taxes as a result?
An unintended consequence of the bill will be the reduction of incentive to innovate in the medical profession. There are many physicians and health care providers who intend to retire if the bill passes. Incidentally, have you asked your doctor if he supports it?
There is an article in the Wall Street Journal today titled, “What Doctors and Patients Have to Lose Under ObamaCare – Changes to Medicare will give the Feds control of surgical decisions.” It outlines how the government will now be between the patient and his doctor. Is that a desired result?
There is much more in the article that describes how the practice of medicine in this country will be forever changed and how that will result in a lowering of the quality of medical care for Americans in the future.
About the “Healthcare” Bill
For those of you who might think that healthcare insurance reform is a good thing, as I do, should know that this bill does not do that. If you want to know more about the healthcare bill I am including several links to articles that will give you information.
Go to The Heritage Foundation where you will find many informative and specific articles about the ObamaCare bill.
Another good place to get information is Docs4patientcare.org.
Having read a lot about the bill, and much of the bill itself, I can tell you that the result of the passage of the bill will be:
a) Higher taxes, increasing every year that the program is in effect.
b) Eventually higher insurance premiums
c) A reduction in the number of doctors
d) A lessening of the quality of medical care in this country.
e) A rationing of medical care, particularly to seniors.
f) A reduction in medical care innovation, and new pharmaceutical innovation.
g) The imposition of a value-add tax in addition to the income tax
h) A significant change in the role of government in this country
i) Unsustainable national deficits that will devalue the dollar and cause hyperinflation, creating additional economic hardship on American citizens.
j) A reduction in personal freedom in the United States
There will be many more adverse affects of this bill, some not even considered yet. One important one is the question of how many illegal immigrants will be covered under the plan and what will the effect of that be on the planned expenditures? The CBO has not even considered that cost in their estimates. Since we don’t really know how many millions of illegal aliens are in the country, it is impossible at this time to estimate the effect on the new healthcare expenditure budget.
We must do what we can to get this bill defeated in the House. We cannot let the Marxists in the Democrat Party take over and change forever our beloved America.