The newly-passed health-care bill (passed in the middle of the night on a Sunday) has a lot of things in it that we don’t know about. And that Congress didn’t know about – see the previous post, Congress shoots itself in the foot.
SEC. 430. ESTABLISHING A READY RESERVE CORPS.
(1) IN GENERAL.-There shall be in the Service a commissioned Regular Corps and a Ready Reserve Corps for service in time of national emergency.
“The Service” refers to the Public Health Service. This bill amends the Act establishing that agency.
(3) APPOINTMENT.-Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall be appointed by the President …
In the military services, commissioned officers (Lieutenants, Captains, Majors, Colonels) are not appointed by the President, but are promoted from within – almost exclusively on the basis of merit or combat experience.
Obama intends to appoint his own officers. One wonders what color those uniforms will be.
(4) ACTIVE DUTY.-Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall at all times be subject to call to active duty by the Surgeon General, including active duty for the purpose of training….
Well, he is a General.
Wait – no he’s not. He’s an Admiral. Remember Surgeon General Koop?
(5) WARRANT OFFICERS.-Warrant officers may be appointed to the Service for the purpose of providing support to the health and delivery systems maintained by the Service …
It’s going to be so popular that we need armed forces to make sure that everybody gets their share.