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  • Where is Harry Reid’s Obamacare Bill?

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released a 1,990 page House version of Obamacare, yet Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has yet to release the Senate version of Obamacare. On Monday, Reid announced that the secret negotiations on Obamacare had come to an agreement and he was submitting that legislation to the Congressional Budget Office. This was followed by Senator Joe Lieberman’s (I-CT) announcement on Tuesday that he may join a filibuster of Obamacare putting Obamacare in critical condition.

    The National Journal’s Congress Daily (subscription required) reported that Reid “is angling for a favorable CBO score on his health proposals to win support from deficit hawks, even as he keeps those senators, and everyone else, largely in the dark. The secrecy might make sense as a strategy because it prevents an unfavorable score from getting out, but it does not make it easy to nail down senators on their votes on a motion to proceed to the bill.” Clearly the secret and non-transparent nature of the crafting of Obamacare is part of a plan to pull a fast one on the American people.Congress Daily further reported that the secret negotiations are down to Reid and Emanuel. “The administration was in on those Reid-Baucus-Dodd meetings as well, but when asked if consultation would continue, the aide replied “Reid talks to [White House Chief of Staff Emanuel] all the time.” There was no mention of White House health care czar Nancy Ann DeParle or OMB Director Orszag. Reid sent multiple draft proposals to CBO Monday and plans to ‘cherry-pick the best scores/language and put that in the final bill,’ the aide said.” This is further evidence that there are multiple versions of this bill and Reid is going to make the decision on what version of Obamacare the Senate considers.

    The problem is that this bill is still not public today and Reid has been extremely tight lipped about his melding of the two Senate health care bills. When contacted by The Foundry,  Reid’s staff refused to answer simple questions such as: Does the bill contain actual legislative language, or is it a framework like the original Finance Committee version? How many pages is the bill? And when do you intend to release the bill to the public?

    The Congressional Budget Office also refused requests by The Foundry to answer the simple question of whether they had received a bill yet from Senator Reid.

    The House has just unveiled their final version of a complete overhaul of America’s health care system. Pelosi announced during the roll out of the bill today that it would be available for viewing on the House website. However, the Senator who represents Las Vegas continues to keep his poker face up and his cards down, because the Senate bill is not yet publicly available. The American people and all of their elected representatives in Congress deserve to know what’s in the Senate version of a bill that may propose a government takeover of one-sixth of the economy.

    Co-authored by Shawn Ryan.

    Posted in Obamacare [slideshow_deploy]

    5 Responses to Where is Harry Reid’s Obamacare Bill?

    1. Foggy Too, New Jerse says:

      You don't get it: it's a SECRET that is being withheld from We The People by our very own representatives who can and should be voted out of office at the very first chance we get.

      Then the Bill may be stricken.

      I do wonder where the marbles of those who run the AARP and the AMA are. The latter group is interested only in protecting doctors' income at the expense of patients. That alone violates the Hippocratic oath. And remember, these were the brightest kids in class and they received much more education than the lawyers they are letting trample them. Makes one wonder.

      The AARP is now a merchandising institution which peddles the sort of insurance doctors won't accept and as of today I see they are now in the reverse mortgage business as well as the standard "travel" that not many can afford. If you ever sign up and then quit, they hold you on their rolls to beef up their importance. They represent business interests not senior citizens. But ever since FDR, seniors have been led to believe that only democrats care about their needs. "You can fool some of the people" is writ large in this Bill and maybe now some folks will find the courage to look at things realistically. Remember, it was that first black President Clinton who slashed welfare payments and yet look who voted for Obama.

      What did we who are over 64 do to raise generations that would even put this ugly, nasty bill on paper? Tax hearing aids? Tax heart valve replacements if you can get one? Dilute seniors' benefits to cover the cost of all that flagrant waste, abuse and mismanagement that has been allowed to blossom throughout the Medicare system. Does that make sense?

      Why not get rid of that bad behavior – say, fire a few people and take them to court to keep the fraud down? Nothing in the house bill seems to address that at all. Lawyers, however, are going to be permitted to carry on as usual until they wake up and realize the number of their potential clients has been seriously reduced by premature death.

      Frankly, I am ashamed to be living in a country that owns that precious Constitution that people who weren't even born here like Mr. Soros, are determined to stomp out.

      And the notion that we should pay for the Mexican health care tab is ridiculous. There are more millionaires in Mexico than there are in Saudi Arabia and yet they want to see the Indian Mexicans move northward so that they, the white Spanish conquerers, can continue to live the high life while providing nothing to help their own, created poor. We are enabling elitism and racism south of the border and yet no one dares to talk about it. Why? What's in it for the United States? Millions of uneducated people who are taking work from natives and who demand benefits while they do not pay into most of our tax systems. They are misguided and really ought to be focusing on their Caucasion leadership that has impoverished them from the get-go but we make it easier for them to bleed us dry. The consequences long term do not paint a bright future for illegals – or for anyone not on the government payroll for that matter.

      Vote out those who have lost their moral compasses. Please.

    2. Foggy Too, New Jerse says:

      You don't get it: it's a SECRET that is being withheld from We The People by our very own representatives who can and should be voted out of office at the very first chance we get.

      Then the Bill may be stricken.

      I do wonder where the marbles of those who run the AARP and the AMA are. The latter group is interested only in protecting doctors' income at the expense of patients. That alone violates the Hippocratic oath. And remember, these were the brightest kids in class and they received much more education than the lawyers they are letting trample them. Makes one wonder.

      The AARP is now a merchandising institution which peddles the sort of insurance doctors won't accept and as of today I see they are now in the reverse mortgage business as well as the standard "travel" that not many can afford. If you ever sign up and then quit, they hold you on their rolls to beef up their importance. They represent business interests not senior citizens. But ever since FDR, seniors have been led to believe that only democrats care about their needs. "You can fool some of the people" is writ large in this Bill and maybe now some folks will find the courage to look at things realistically. Remember, it was that first black President Clinton who slashed welfare payments and yet look who voted for Obama.

      What did we who are over 64 do to raise generations that would even put this ugly, nasty bill on paper? Tax hearing aids? Tax heart valve replacements if you can get one? Dilute seniors' benefits to cover the cost of all that flagrant waste, abuse and mismanagement that has been allowed to blossom throughout the Medicare system. Does that make sense?

      Why not get rid of that bad behavior – say, fire a few people and take them to court to keep the fraud down? Nothing in the house bill seems to address that at all. Lawyers, however, are going to be permitted to carry on as usual until they wake up and realize the number of their potential clients has been seriously reduced by premature death.

      Frankly, I am ashamed to be living in a country that owns that precious Constitution that people who weren't even born here like Mr. Soros, are determined to stomp out.

      And the notion that we should pay for the Mexican health care tab is ridiculous. There are more millionaires in Mexico than there are in Saudi Arabia and yet they want to see the Indian Mexicans move northward so that they, the white Spanish conquerers, can continue to live the high life while providing nothing to help their own, created poor. We are enabling elitism and racism south of the border and yet no one dares to talk about it. Why? What's in it for the United States? Millions of uneducated people who are taking work from natives and who demand benefits while they do not pay into most of our tax systems. They are misguided and really ought to be focusing on their Caucasion leadership that has impoverished them from the get-go but we make it easier for them to bleed us dry. The consequences long term do not paint a bright future for illegals – or for anyone not on the government payroll for that matter.

      Vote out those who have lost their moral compasses. Please.

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