As the country awaits the crucial health care reform vote today on capitol hill two questions have to be asked: How dumb do they (the lawmakers) think that we are, or how dumb ARE we? The hundreds of phone calls that the White House received yesterday were enough to create a bottleneck and shut down the system for a few hours. Were all those calls of support, or, were the American people trying to tell Congress to vote NO on this health care reform bill.
All week long (and for months) we have heard about the abortion issue and Congress has heard from many Americans on this issue and our words are clear; we do not want to be forced to pay for abortions. We are only being allowed to hear about different aspects of the bill and so far none of them have made me excited. Taxpayer funded abortions. Paying for an expansion of Medicade in Nebraska..this is one of the many back room attachments to the bill.
For the first time, every American would be required to obtain coverage or face a penalty of at least $695 a year. Employers, too, would have a new responsibility: to offer coverage or face penalties of $2,000 per worker. By cutting more than $500 billion from Medicare over the next decade and raising taxes on the well-insured and high-earners, the package would trim deficits by $138 billion over the next decade and by around $1.2 trillion in the decade thereafter, the Congressional Budget Office said.
Will they pass it? Should they pass it?