Showing posts with label HR3200. Show all posts
Showing posts with label HR3200. Show all posts

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Democrat with a Spine, a Lazy Spine

A couple of weeks ago Her Royal and Most Holy Nancy Pelosi in her weekly speech to her subject's press conference complained about the rhetoric that was flying around The Realm the House. Seems she has detected such vile speech that she was almost in tears before all the people who voted for her er, ah, before the press. You see, she was witness to the same kind of hate speech which led to violence in her regional kingdom er ah, home town of San Francisco back in the 1970's. The things she was witness to back in the '70's were a democrat-on-democrat murder of a gay mayor, the defense of that murder and the resultant impact on the community by that successful defense (know today as the Twinkie Defense). And yes there were gay's rioting in the streets of San Fran, it was such a sight to see. All the gay bath houses and gay adult movie studios were emptied out onto the streets, there were torn tee shirts and the faux fur was flying. Oh the Humanity!!!

She should have been addressing her own minion's caucus. Representative Alan Grayson of Florida's 8th District (which includes Orlando and most of the Magic Kingdom) stood in the well of the House and proclaimed that the republicans wanted people who got sick to simply die, and quickly at that. He even had charts. It was a good show, lots of vile intent there, the kind of rhetoric that Princess Pelosi was complaining about.

He was bitching like a queen about the lack of a plan for health care by House Republicans. Now I have issues with this, the first is that he is in the majority party, it is that parties job to have the agenda, isn't that 'winning' was all about? Don't they ram that down the throats of Republicans whenever they do show up with ideas of their own? Secondly, let's have a look at this guy's record. He has sponsored exactly 4 bills this year. Not that congressman actually writes the bills themselves, they either get the bill from their special interest or they get staff to write it. Also, only 4 bills is a poor record, some of them guys have sponsored 40 and 50 of them, a couple even in the 60's. So this guy is a slacker in the bill writing department.

Also, he is cosponsor of 211 out of the more than 1000 bills so far introduced this year. Oh and guess what, HR3200, the big health bill that this asshat was hammering Republicans about, No. That's right; this guy is so busy taking money from Union's that he did not even bother to put his name on that monstrosity of a Health Care Reform measure, sponsored by his very dear leader, Princess Pelosi.

When Mr. Grayson was asked to apologize he dug his heels, he calls himself a "Democrat with a spine", saying he would apologize for all the dead and for the "holocaust" that was occurring here in the U.S. because of the health care crisis. Holocaust! I guess he says that because of all the dead lying around everywhere you go these days. The "Crisis" in our health care system that has so completely broken down leaving millions and millions dying, so many we can't get the Soylent Green factories to keep up. Such a shame.

And those Republicans, well they were the ones who smelled 'death panel' in this Reform and I guess Alan Grayson is upset because they were jumping the gun! I mean why do you need a plan to replace something that works for 80% of the population? Why do you need to wreck something that is mostly working and doing a pretty good job? If you want to get Health Care to those few millions that Alan Grayson see's at risk, well come up with a plan for them!

Leave the rest of us alone!

BT: Jimmy T sends.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Separation of Powers

How much electric do you think we could get out of Thomas Jefferson's grave right now, given he has to be spinning pretty fast down there! One of the hallmarks of the writing of the US Constitution by Jefferson is the establishment of the Separation of Powers between the three branches of our government. Today there is so much nepotism between the three branches that you can hardly tell where one starts and ends.

There was also the implied adversarial relationship between the three branches that would almost guarantee the checks and balances that Jefferson desired and felt was crucial to the long term existence of the Republic. This has failed too and now our country is close to ruin, politically speaking of course.

Today, the Congress trespasses all over the Constitution. Take this Health Care Reform initiative that has consumed political debate over that last couple of months, well most of the debate. All the arguing about racism kind of intrudes on true health care discussion. But when you look into the House Bill (HR3200) and compare it to past Bills one of the stark differences is that there is very little preamble. It is here that usually Congress embeds their Constitutional authority (references to Article 1 and sections therein) for the measure contained herein. Not in HR3200. They give a short abstract of the Bill and then a Table of Contents. Nowhere in the Bill do they cite where they draw their authority for drafting this bill. In every other Bill that I have read there is usually more pages of these legal disclaimers and declarations to the Constitution than there is in narrative of the Bill itself.

How much of this Bill could survive a constitutional challenge? With members on the Supreme Court like Ginsberg and Sotomayer I would guess much of it would be passed along since both are noted for their policy making from the bench. And this is where the current separation of powers fails us, with the blending of lawmaking with judicial activism there is no check or balance. There is no honest broker here to keep the Congress in check.

The Administration is the source of the activists that are put onto the Supreme Court. There is a premeditated quid pro quo that goes on between the Administration and the Leaders of the Congress to get federal appointments to the high bench. In turn these new appointee's uphold and craft the unconstitutional laws into policy. Chipping away at a base element of the foundation of this country.

Being a Constitutional Lawyer no one knows this better than the PresBO and that is why he is hell bent to get his agenda passed into law, any kind of law before the people actually wake up and takes the congress back. With even a place holder Bill on the books the PresBO can push his socialist agenda but he needs the law first. Once passed he is assured of a pass from the Supremes.

Ben Franklin was asked what he gave us after the constitutional convention. His response: "we have given you a Republic, if you can keep it."

I wonder how much longer we can hold on.

BT: Jimmy T sends.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Festering and Gangrenous

Here are some of my thoughts on the Health Care debate. This may be covered again in additional posts later, this one deals with this idea of 'Reform'.

Reform, what is it with the Dem's and reforming things that are pretty much working? Even the most pessimistic poll's out there show that a large majority of Americans arenot only insured but are happy with their Health Care. and I am talking about numbers above the 80% mark too which is a huge number. Yet, the Dem's want to toss out the whole kit; the bath water, the bath tub and the children in the tub too for that matter.

All to get at what? To do what precisely?

Oh they claim they want to get costs under control, to get more competition (how many times have you heard that spoken about the Public Option as a wedge aginst the private companies, in the name of competiton) into the current system. They want to reduce individual costs and make all Health Care better. But can this be true if the plan to get all of this is to throw it all out and start over from scratch?

Hardly, me thinks they progest too much!

If they wanted to address costs why are they not doing something to the cost generator? Costs here are that the Government is paying (meaning you and me Tax Payer). We are talking about the out of control Medicare and Medicaid costs. Nothing in the various Bill's proffered (including HR3200) even attempt to make a change within the Medicare/Medicaid system that would reduce the costs of these massive programs that are not outright cuts in service. That is except for electronic medical records provisions but they could do that now without this massive (1018 page) Bill. So, what's up really?

If they wanted to address costs to individuals why did they not then include even modest Tort Reform measures in this Bill (and they are not even talking about this in the three Senate Bills)? No, no I am not for granting Doctors blanket immunity, but they need some kind of protection from tthe many Land Sharks out there that eat Doctors for lunch, Dinner and Midrats too (can you say John Edwards?). Yes they need to be punished for mistakes that they make but limiting punitive damages and instituting Looser Pay would go a long way to filtering out the nuisance lawsuits which tend to make Doctors practice defensive medicine (perscribing Lab's and Tests just to cover their Butkus). I guess the Trial Lawyers Association checks have cleared?

They could address the competition issue by simply allowing Health Insurance business to operate accross state lines. Increasing the insurance pool allows an Insurance company to sell into a better mix of policy holders thereyby driving down their costs. Let's take the sad state of affairs in Pennsylvania, where the State and more importantly the Federal SEC has failed to stop the merger and acquisition activity within the Health Care business segment. Now we have just a few Health Care Insurance underwritters operating within the state. Unfortunately for us living here, that pool of policy holders is on average very old. PA has the 2nd oldest population in the country (only Florida has an older population) and that means for anyone underwriting health insurance, large costs. Now, if these few companies could sell policies into a larger pool OUTSIDE the state where they could dilute this pool with young folk, they will be able to run down their costs to everyone. This is not rocket science.

What about this 'Public Option', yeah I think we need something that is there as the 'safety net' to cover the very poor and those that fall through all the cracks. There should be something that on could subscribe to that would cover very BASIC health care ONLY. This should be something that is the bottom floor and it should not be an alternative to or compete with the Private sector. This should be something that is used only as a last resort instead of going to the Emergency Room.

I don't know what to do with Medicare or Medicaid, I have to study them some before I can say anything cogent, I do know that they are out of control and like any Government program they will consume everything it its path unless it is reined in. HR3200 and everything being contemplated by the Senatedoes nothing to help in this area.

Sorry, this is not the change we were looking for.

BT: Jimmy T sends.