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The Senate Health Bill: Ordinary Americans Have Been Warned
Posted By Richard Sherwood On March 17, 2010 @ 6:00 pm In Obamacare | Comments Disabled
As the House of Representatives prepares for a final round of debate on the health care legislation, ordinary Americans must grasp the huge impact on the future of the country. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pulling out all the stops to get the 216 votes needed to pass the Senate health bill, H.R. 3590  (PDF). The Speaker is also promising  to fix the Senate bill’s many objectionable components later through the budget reconciliation process, parliamentary rules normally used to reconcile tax and spending provisions with the annual congressional budget resolution.
Meanwhile, the House leadership is also reportedly pursuing the controversial “Slaughter Rule,”  in which the entire Senate bill be “deemed” to have passed the House without an “up or down” vote on the Senate language.
Regardless of whatever procedural shenanigans the House leadership tries to play, the end result would be enactment of the Senate health bill as the law of the land. That’s the end game. Period.
In a recent analysis , Heritage’s Kathryn Nix and Bob Moffit examine the consequences of policies embodied in the Senate bill. It would have enormous consequences for jobs, the economy, and the health care of every American. For example, it:
The Senate health bill fails to address many of the underlying deficiencies in health care, while it concentrates power in the hands of government officials. Contrary to what the president keeps insisting, it is indeed a federal takeover of health care.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.foundry.org/wp-content/uploads/HCare_bill090617.jpg
 H.R. 3590: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h3590eas.txt.pdf
 promising: http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MWIwMmYzMjMzYTJhZjZjYTRkY2MzZDgxYzRiYTc5MDE=
 the controversial “Slaughter Rule,”: http://www.foundry.org/2010/03/15/the-slaughter-rule-yet-another-reason-obamacare-will-be-unconstitutional/
 a recent analysis: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/03/What-House-Passage-of-the-Senate-Health-Bill-Means-for-America
 the latest report: http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/113xx/doc11307/Reid_Letter_HR3590.pdf
 http://www.heritage.org/About/Internships-Young-Leaders/The-Heritage-Foundation-Internship-Program: http://www.heritage.org/About/Internships-Young-Leaders/The-Heritage-Foundation-Internship-Program
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