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One Step Closer To Disaster

Posted by Anthony on December 21, 2009

Late last night, the Senate passed a procedural vote for its health care bill. A vote on final passage is expected on Christmas Eve (how convenient). After that, the two houses of Congress would merge their bills for a final vote. Bipartisanship took no role in this 60-40 vote.

I noticed, as I watched this midnight vote occur, that Harry Reid uses emotion to put forth his case. He brought up individual constituent cases that might seem heartbreaking, but everyone has their sob story. He argues that action needs to take place now – and yet the bill takes action in 2013.

What. The. Hell.

Does that mean all those deaths from “a lack of insurance” (let’s remember that people with insurance also die) can be placed on Harry Reid for not letting the bill’s job begin earlier, like 2010?

Such a question might be too difficult for a politician to answer.

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Nelson Is On Board

Posted by Anthony on December 19, 2009

Oh crap?

U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, the lone Democratic holdout on the Senate health care reform bill, has reached an agreement with Democratic leaders, several Democratic senators said Saturday on Capitol Hill.

Seems like Democrats in Congress are more worried about that Christmas deadline than putting forth a real bill with real solutions.

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That Isn’t America, Ed

Posted by Anthony on December 12, 2009

Ed Schulz put out a real stinker in Huff Po, in which he talks about how his visit to a free clinic exposed him to real America.

On Thursday, I hosted my MSNBC “Ed Show” from the Kansas City Convention Center. There have been few days in my thirty year broadcasting career that have moved me as much as this experience did. I saw the real America. In the middle of the country, two thousand miles from the beltway, I witnessed middle class Americans standing in line for hours waiting to see a doctor. Some had not seen a doctor in years. They have jobs, some working two jobs, but can’t afford the cost of insurance and basically are on the GOP plan: pray you don’t get sick.

Ed, buddy, you gotta step away from Grayson’s comment. He declared there was another Holocaust, this time in the US health care system. If that isn’t a brain damaged comment, I don’t know what is. Furthermore, to call the GOP plan “pray you don’t get sick” is wrong, and of course you weasel out of it with the word “basically”.

Yes, medical costs have gone up. And they will continue to go up if the Senate bill passes.

National health expenditures would grow about $234 billion from 2010-2019 under the bill, 0.7 percent more than if nothing were done, Richard Foster, the chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in the report.

So what costs are they cutting, exactly?

Getting back to Ed Schulz: He makes an emotional plea, which of course never works in politics (C’mon, Ed! Use your head!) You can bring up individual stories, Ed, but that doesn’t change the fact that the entire system is not crumbling before our eyes.

My God, what has happened to America ?

Indeed.

“Real America”, Ed, has been gone for awhile. It isn’t a line of poor people waiting to get free health care. It isn’t a bunch of fatcats waiting in line to cash their million dollar checks. It isn’t about tearing down the US health care system and rebuilding one which mimics European health care system.

Keep searchin’, Ed. You find it one day.

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