In the middle of the night the Senate invoked cloture on the massive “manager’s amendment” to the Senate’s health care bill, with Senators Warner and Webb voting to stop the discussion. Although no one has been able to actually see the amendment under consideration, it includes Sen. Harry Reid’s unprecedented payoff to Ben Nelson of Nebraska while will insulate Nebraska, and Nebraska only, from the increased financial burdens medicare expansion will have on states. Senator Chris Dodd got his special bribe for Connecticut taxpayers, as did Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and more outright bribery will likely be uncovered as the amendments become publicly available. Our Senators from Virginia have gotten nothing in return for their support of ObamaCare, so far.
Massive amendments submitted in the middle of the night by the Democrat majority, and voted on immediately, before anyone can read them. Democrats calling those concerned about ObamaCare nazis from the floor of the Senate in their desperate effort to ram this bill through. Billions of dollars in bribes handed out by Harry Reid in order to secure votes, bribes that taxpayers will have to pay just so they can be subjected to a disaster that will immediately raise taxes yet not provide any benefits until after the next presidential election. Here’s your “hope and change”, America. May your chains rest lightly upon you.
Anyone thinking that Senators Warner and Webb were anything but shill politicians for hard-left ideologues like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid should be disabused of such fantasy now. Neither of them have asked why it’s so important to pass 2,000 page plus bills along with hundreds of amendments so quickly, bills that would cut health care services to seniors, massively increase taxes during difficult economic times, and provide taxpayer supported services to illegal aliens. Instead, they just do exactly what Harry Reid tells them to do. We don’t have Senators representing Virginia, we have lap dogs serving Harry Reid.
Mr. Obama promised a new era of transparent good government, yet on Saturday morning Mr. Reid threw out the 2,100-page bill that the world’s greatest deliberative body spent just 17 days debating and replaced it with a new “manager’s amendment” that was stapled together in covert partisan negotiations. Democrats are barely even bothering to pretend to care what’s in it, not that any Senator had the chance to digest it in the 38 hours before the first cloture vote at 1 a.m. this morning. After procedural motions that allow for no amendments, the final vote could come at 9 p.m. on December 24.
The rushed, secretive way that a bill this destructive and unpopular is being forced on the country shows that “reform” has devolved into the raw exercise of political power for the single purpose of permanently expanding the American entitlement state. An increasing roll of leaders in health care and business are looking on aghast at a bill that is so large and convoluted that no one can truly understand it, as Finance Chairman Max Baucus admitted on the floor last week. The only goal is to ram it into law while the political window is still open, and clean up the mess later.
I’d like to see Warner and Webb explain to voter why they’re proud of the way their party has been acting, and why they’re supporting this outrage.
UPDATE: Here’s how one Senator explained his decision to support ObamaCare:
Nice to see that the reasons for ObamaCare according to liberals make so much sense. I’m sure the belief that opponents of the bill (53% of Americans according to recent polling) are all aryan nation militia kooks and that it’s a good idea to kill off the health insurance industry will be promoted as a mainstream consensus by the traditional media outlets, who are doing their best to emulate the glory days of Pravda.
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