If you can’t get the votes, hide the bill
The so-called Health Care Bill – titled “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009” – also known as “Affordable Health Care for America Act” – is apparently neither affordable – either by the people or by the country – nor gives much choice.
Those links go the the Library of Congress website, and give the text and status of the bills. Unfortunately, the content seems to change from day to day, and only Harry Reid and a few of his close confidants know exactly what’s in it.
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) raises an interesting point. This health-care bill runs over 2000 pages, would affect almost every American, and amount to control of about 16% of the country’s economy. But we need to have it voted on now.
And here’s the most outrageous part: at the end of this rush, they want us to vote on a bill that no one outside the Majority Leader’s conference room has even seen. That’s right. The final bill we’ll vote on isn’t even the one we’ve had on the floor. It’s the deal Democrat leaders have been trying to work out in private.
McConnell notes that for the Energy Bill of 2002, the Senate spent 8 weeks, 36 roll call votes, and 151 amendments before it passed.
The Homeland Security Act of 2002: 7 weeks, 20 roll call votes, 30 amendments.
This health-care bill:
This bill has been the pending business of the Senate since the last week of November — less than four weeks ago.
We started the amendment process two weeks ago.
We’ve had 21 amendments and motions — less than two a day.
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… they intend to bring to the floor and force a vote on before Christmas.
This for a bill that won’t become law until 2014.
Could it possibly be that the Democrats know they won’t be in office then, and have to get it passed before they’re voted out?
Should just 60 people be able to effect one of the most sweeping changes in the American economy?