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  • In Pictures: Size and Weight of Reid Health Bill Breaks All Records

    House and Senate Democratic leaders are breaking records left, right and center with every new version of Obamacare they roll out. But if you thought they’d be competing to provide better methods for reforming the health care system, you were wrong. Instead, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) are duking it out for who can write the biggest and bloated bill that  will actually bend the  cost curve up. Senator Reid holds the record at a whopping 2,074 pages.

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    Unless you were planning on replacing your barbells with the Reid health care bill or using H.R.3962 to cure insomnia, these proposals will do little for your health. Experts have agreed that neither plan would do a thing to lower the rising costs of health care, one of the main forces behind the inaccessibility of the health care system as a whole. Instead, every page penned by Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid will create more federal regulations American families must comply with before they can obtain health coverage.

    It’s time lawmakers realized that health care is too complex to micromanage from Washington. Instead, Congress should seek to increase the number of insured and lower costs through state-based, free-market reforms that won’t require massive new taxes, increasing federal power, government program expansion, or thousands of pages of legislation.

    We are certain that by Saturday night, when the first big vote is taken, every one of those 100 Senators will have read, digested, and pondered every single word. Right?

    Kathryn Nix currently is a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm

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    28 Responses to In Pictures: Size and Weight of Reid Health Bill Breaks All Records

    1. J.C. Hughes, Texas says:

      Kathryn is right, it's time to red bag this growing medical waste being generated by congress. It all belongs in a burn pile. Congress has wasted enough time trying to shove their ridiculously brainwashed and unconstitutional public plan down America's throat.

    2. Brian, Pittsburgh, P says:

      Has anyone looked into how this will affect people with chronic, life long diseases, syndromes, diseases or injuries? For example diabetes, crones, downs, spinal cord injuries, high blood pressure, etc. There are many diseases/conditions that require daily maintenance drugs. I fear that once these bills take effect, the people who require these medications will be pushed out because it will be too expensive to keep providing them with what they need to survive, whether they have the ability to pay for it or not.

    3. LM Braun- Reno says:

      I vote NO on the health care bill. Why wasn't I asked? Don't these sort of things have to be put to a vote by "ME, The People"?

      I want ACTION! .

      I'm scared and frustrated.I don't know what to do

      How can I help you get elected?

    4. fullof says:

      you werw asked but they didn't care… no one wants this.

      They don't listen nor care about you….

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywgUCdefSW8

    5. Darlene De Witt, Inv says:

      I have a solution to the health care issue. Why not just approve the same health care plan the the Congress and Senate now have. Problem solved.

    6. Roger S., Ma. says:

      J.C., I couldn't agree more. Tightly rolled into logs for the fire place. It's winter and we need to save! Just be careful a certain "lady dimbulb" running the EPA doesn't get you for emitting too much CO2! Speaking of which, those poor trees once made O2 while "looking so pretty" and "eating" CO2. What a shame — all toilet paper in spe! Must a been a whole forest, once. All gone. Dead beetles, too! — Any Federal Agency doing environmental impact studies on the House and Senate legislative proposals process? If so, they need to take a close look at these bills! They're bio-hazardous!

    7. B. McGeorge - Fort W says:

      I am a retired vet and also one of those people with a life long debilitating disease (MS). This Healthcare Bill is a travesty of legislation and justice to the American people. In addition, it is setting the foundation for breaking a promise "AGAIN" that was made to all U.S. military veterans for life long healthcare in exchange for service to country. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) currently has an Administration proposal in hand, to eradicate TriCare for Life (the restoration of the 1st broken promise) by late 2010, early 2011. Information pertaining to this breach of faith may be obtained at the CBO home page or most any American Legion website. May God have mercy on America.

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    9. KD Dale-Holland, Oh. says:

      I keep thinking of ways the American people could really "wake up" all levels of our Government. You are all there to do "THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE"…DO YOU HEAR ME? "THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE"!

      I see no signs that most care what we think or expect from them. They work for us!

      One way we can fight back…WE STOP PAYING OUR TAXES. With no money coming in for them to misappropiate, they could do no more damage. It's really that simple. The "Elitists" would understand this: You don't play…we don't pay.

    10. Joseph P. Maher, Wis says:

      Dear Senator,

      The voters know:

      1. That ANY bill containing 2,000 pages BY DEFINITION has too much ugliness in the "fine print", and that it will only get worse once amendments are offered to “sweeten the deal” for fence-sitters in the Senate…. Read More

      2. That we do not want a government run "public" option", "health care exchange", or whatever euphemism is used to describe socialized medicine.

      3. That this bill will raise the cost of health care and penalize those who have been responsibly allocating a budget to cover health care expenses.

      4. That the history of government involvement in health care around the globe demonstrates that 100% of the time rationing MUST occur to make it work (and we’ve already been given a “sneak peak” at this just this week regarding mammograms and cervical cancer screenings).

      5. That the bills in both the House of Representatives and the Senate use dishonest revenue and expense schemes to hide the true cost of health care “reform”, and make us start paying for this monstrosity long before we see any "benefit".

      6. That the Constitution of the United States makes no statement, nor did the Founding Fathers intend to allow Congress to be able to force any citizen to make a specific purchase or economic transaction under threat of such penalties as fines, wage garnishment, or imprisonment.

      7. That “too big to fail” and “we must pass SOMETHING” only make sense to those who live inside the bubble on Capital Hill.

      8. That this legislation would do tremendous damage to our economy even in good times, passing on an overwhelming debt to our children and grandchildren, and the fact that the 111th Congress is in such a rush to pass it after already adding $1 trillion to the national debt is appallingly irresponsible and evidence of willful neglect by those entrusted to fairly represent the will of the people.

      Senator, any attempt to move this bill forward would be ample proof that the Senate in general and you specifically have overstepped both your Constitutional authority and any reasonable assessment of the will of the people you represent.

      Do the right thing. KILL THIS BILL.

      Respectfully,

      Joseph P. Maher

    11. Ann Vesper says:

      I Agree with Darlene De Witt, Inverness, Florida writes:

      I have a solution to the health care issue. Why not just approve the same health care plan the the Congress and Senate now have. Problem solved.

      Case closed!!! What makes them so much better than us? do they know that they work for us we pay they them???????????????????

    12. Howard Propst, Ospre says:

      Having worked as a Serior Staffer for Senator Bill Armstrong for 10 years, I have had experience with the Congressional legislative process. There is no way the 2074 page Reid Health Bill can scrutenized sufficiently to comprehend its scope, much less its effects on the citizens of America. It creates infinite opportunities for all kinds of sculldugery by a handful by people meeting in secret. The Democrats are violating a sacred trust of their constituents by employing such reckless and dangerous procedures. If this irresponsible bill is passed the voters have no choice but to vote the Democrats out of office.

      Howard B. Propst

    13. AmericanMuser, Washi says:

      You need to add "Process" to your title, since the process used to make this sausage is a joke and likely breaks records. As the healthcare debate is coming to a procedural head on the floor of the Senate tonight, news this week that the U.S. Postal Service lost money for the third year in a row—a staggering $3.8 billion, versus a loss of $2.8 billion last year—should give Middle America real concerns about government’s ability to effectively insert itself into individuals’ lives and deliver quality, affordable healthcare.

      Government is not a bad thing. For those who think differently, view government as a necessary evil, whose purpose is to serve the people, not vice versa. As we were reminded by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address in 1863, “. . . this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. . .” Like it or not, government belongs to the people and it is here to stay.

      The speed with which politicians are moving to rush a 2074 page healthcare bill through Congress with little debate leads Middle America to ask the obvious question, “What’s the hurry on an issue of such great importance?”

      Well, the hurry is that this week Middle America picked up the scent of the rationing of healthcare with confusion over when and what women should get mammograms and pap smears. As time drags on, Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about how healthcare might be rationed, which has Democrats are as nervous as long-tailed cats in a room full of rocking chairs.

      If ever there was an issue that touched every American personally, healthcare is it. Clearly, something has to give—there has to be some sort of healthcare reform, like the ability to shop for healthcare across state lines, a prohibition against rejecting pre-existing conditions, a requirement that every American have health insurance, etc. However, the need to get healthcare reform right greatly exceeds the political demands to just get “something” done and declare victory.

      Middle America has been betrayed in a way, since every word of every page of the 2074 page bill isn’t being discussed and publicly debated in great detail by this administration, which campaigned on “transparency.” Sound public policy requires a lucid and thorough examination of this legislation, but it appears that once again, sound public policy is being traded for political expediency.

      Obama’s advisors and Democratic consultants know that time is their enemy—the longer Congress takes to pass healthcare legislation, the less political capital they have to pass anything at all, and the more likely Middle America will thoughtfully consider how it might impact its own mammograms, pap smears, and healthcare needs.

      The honeymoon period typically extended to new presidents is now coming to an end, if it hasn’t already come and gone. Unfortunately for President Obama and Democrats, they campaigned on delivering “healthcare reform” and staked their political future on it.

      Middle America is not naïve, and will not allow itself to be played like a Stradivarius violin. Making healthcare reform their lynchpin issue was a very calculated decision by Democrats, not done hastily, but after much polling and many focus groups. Democrats have made healthcare a political football and Middle America is increasingly concerned about it.

      Understandably, Democrats exploited the issue of healthcare reform for maximum political value during the campaign, but now the campaign is over and the wolf is almost at the door. Democrats know they have to deliver something, and this “something” really needs to be thought through with great deliberation and debate. If given a choice, Middle America would be better served with nothing, rather than “something” hastily rammed through Congress.

      A. Muser
      http://americanmuser.wordpress.com

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    15. Zeke, MN says:

      Conservatives across the country are going to call in "sick" next Monday the 30th in protest of the Obamacare bill in the Senate. PLEASE pass the word on!

    16. Jim Wilson Dallas Te says:

      If this 2,000+ travesty somehow, by the Grace of God, gets voted down, do all the vote bribes like the $300,000,000 to the Senator from LA still get paid? I'm outraged that our money is being used to twist arms to pass something 71% of us don't want. I'd like to know what the total cost of this debacle is, in man hours, expenses, earmarks, and bribes. All this in a time when unemployment is rampant and the economy is floundering and at the edge of a double dip with these morons in charge. 2010/2012 people!! Let's show them what unemployment is like! Oh, and I'm bipartisan, there are a bunch of "republicans" that need to feel a financial pinch as well, it's partly because of the poor job they have done over the years that this scenario has become a reality for our country. Let's make sure we print a bunch of pink slips on (biodegradable paper of course!) in the next two elections!!

    17. Jim Wilson Dallas Te says:

      If this 2,000+ page travesty somehow, by the Grace of God, gets voted down, do all the vote bribes like the $300,000,000 to the Senator from LA still get paid? I'm outraged that our money is being used to twist arms to pass something 71% of us don't want. I'd like to know what the total cost of this debacle is, in man hours, expenses, earmarks, and bribes. All this in a time when unemployment is rampant and the economy is floundering and at the edge of a double dip with these morons in charge. 2010/2012 people!! Let's show them what unemployment is like! Oh, and I'm bipartisan, there are a bunch of "republicans" that need to feel a financial pinch as well, it's partly because of the poor job they have done over the years that this scenario has become a reality for our country. Let's make sure we print a bunch of pink slips on (biodegradable paper of course!) in the next two elections!!

    18. JD, alabama says:

      This bill has nothing to do with healthcare reform, it's health insurance reform at best. It destroys healthcare for all to provide insurance to a small number of uninsured who could, and should, be accomodated by any number of sensible approaches.

      This is about gov't take over of our lives. Plain and simple. Healthcare is just the first step in a conspiracy to take down this country and rebuild as a socialist society.

    19. philip says:

      WE TALK TALK TO OUR LEADERS AND GONGRESS AND REPRESENTIVES BUT THEY DO NOT LISEN WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION AGIANST THEM AND WASHINGTON DC, ARE WE ABLE TO TAKE ANY KIND OF LEAGLE ACTION THEY HAVE EARS AND CAN'T HEAR AND EYES AND CAN'T SEE AND NO MORALS WHILE THE LIE AND DECEIVE US AND AMERICA WHAT ACTIONS CAN WE TAKE

    20. portague, WA says:

      For the life of me, I do not understand how, or why, no-one seems to get that the whole concept of "health reform" is nothing more than a "red herring" a "stalking horse" for the REAL agenda. He who controls your health controls your life (in a literal and very real way). He who controls your life controls YOU and many, if not most, of your descisions; especially your political decisions. If I control your health and your very existence, you will do whatever I tell you to do — or face the consequence, now, or at sometime in the future. Let's quit "pussyfooting" around the truth and look directly at the motives of those who seek to ram this DISASTER down our throats. This is nothing more than an attempt, through extortion, to control the political process of this nation far into the forseeable future – period!

    21. Louis L Cesar F Levy says:

      The madness that affects some democrats is Obvious. What is less is the Cause of it; the Woman's magic. Let just not this bill pass for any reason, for when they wake up FROM their long sleep they will thank us. As one clever writer put it in these same Heritage' pages BRING THIS BILL BEFORE JUSTICE IF IT PASSES, AND KEEP IT THERE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE THEM PASS AWAY WITH THE ONCOMING ELECTIONS.

      NO NEED TO LET THEM PUSH YOU TOWARD NEGATIVITY. LET'S ADOPT AN IMPASSIVE AND AWAKENED CALM BEFORE THESE MAD ACTIONS.

    22. Don, Centennial,CO says:

      Mr. Muser, well said and on the mark. We have to vote these people out of office.. It will be very difficult to overthrow there bad work even if we elect a majority in both houses. We still have Obama to contend with. Sorry state of affairs.

    23. Jeanne Stotler, wood says:

      I agree with Phillip, we talk and they don't listen, they believe they know what is better for us than we do. We are not children and they are not our parents, let's send all of them that voted AYE in both houses emails telling them that We are "WE the people" remind them of the words of Our great Emanceipator, Gov't. of the people, for the people and BY THE PEOPLE>

    24. Freedom of Speech, T says:

      The ironic thing is that the perpetrators of this economic and fiscal crime against the American Taxpayers will be long gone by the time the REAL IMPACT is realized.

      They will be multi-millionaires with nice fat pensions, and secure both in home and person.

      Many will undoubtedly become lobbyists and further fatten their personal fortunes. All of those government contacts DO come in handy, don’t they?

      The worst thing is that they will blame everyone but themselves for destroying the opportunity for millions.

    25. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      About the only thing Reid is doing, is assuring job protection for certain logging and paper manufacturing areas. The rest is just Political Bull.

    26. wtobias says:

      calling in sick will do nothing because the media will not cover it . just like the media under reporting the tea party's they wants to silence you and staying home fits right in. unless you stay at home and call and send emails to your senators and congressmen. but i also think they will turn there phones off and not read any faxes or e mails what must be done is to reach out to the moderates and independents to help. they are not lining up for this bill the i think the only thing they hear is the almighty dollar find a way to take it away they will change there tune quickly

    27. Jerry from Chicago says:

      To Jim Wilson in TX — I hate to say it Jim, but this was the reason behind that Stimulus bill. This money was not used to put people back to work or reduce unemployment. It was to build up a war chest, an Obama stash, from which to pay off those in Congress whose votes he needed to pass this atrocity.

    28. Leon, Durango, CO says:

      Am I the only Blogger let out of the discussion because I practice Leadership, Free Enterprise, and every other Heritage Foundation ideal? My exact points are all over the Foundation sites, but here my voice is silenced. Oh, "Moderated" so I feel lots better about having no free speech here.

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