The Making of Sausage and the Democratic Health Care Bill

Otto von Bismarck, the Prime Minister of Prussia from 1862-1890, made a remarkable statement regarding the process of making of laws that is oft quoted by contemporary politicians to mask their inadequacies and philistinism: Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made. But Democrats, being what Democrats are, could surmise their methodology of lawmaking with the following updated and apropos quote:  Laws are like excrement, it is better not to see them being made, nor admire the result.



The ensuing are parts of a process that should never have been seen, the process of making dung out of what should be an opportunity for tweaking some misalignments within the healthcare industry to the benefit of all citizens. Since the process was revealed, we can now publicly examine the process of four dung beetles assiduously laboring away.

Scenario: You are 30 years old, perfectly healthy, live a healthy lifestyle, have accumulated in excess of six-figures of investments for your future, a six-figure income, no health insurance since you feel it prudent not to pay for a service rarely needed at this juncture of your life, and see no cost benefit in purchasing insurance, as you would rather invest your money to offset a bankrupting Social Security for your retirement. There is a rapping at the door, you answer, and the scourge of civility, the IRS, charge in, handcuff you, and whisk you away. The result: $25,000 fine (tax), and one year in jail for not purchasing health insurance. Sound fantastical? Not if Thomas Barthold, Democrat, the chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation in Congress, has his way.

Sen. John Ensign, Republican, questioned Barthold’s racketeering approach to mandating the purchase of health insurance, and Barthold replied that the IRS would “take you to court and undertake normal collection proceedings” for not purchasing health insurance. Ensign informed the committee that this is unconstitutional, as the Congress does not have the authority to mandate the purchase of health insurance. Ensign elaborated, “We could be subjecting those very people who conscientiously, because they believe in the U.S. Constitution, we could be subjecting them to fines or the interpretation of a judge, all the way up to imprisonment. That seems to me to be a problem.” The committee considered the fact that it is probably unconstitutional, then summarily rejected an amendment to eliminate the mandate. Thomas Barthold then sent Ensign a personal note detailing the extortion:

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Sen. Olympia Snowe, Republican, in the accustomed and obtuse execution of her job, thought it would be a good idea to vote with the Democrats to imprison American citizens who choose not to purchase health insurance. She, incidentally, was the only Republican to approve and applaud the creating of a criminal class consisting of self-reliant Americans. In addition to the criminal aspect of the Democrat’s bill, if one purchases an expensive insurance policy to protect oneself and one’s family, the Democrats will tax the insurance plan as punishment for being self-reliant, and if one chooses not to purchase a plan, even if it is unaffordable, in addition to being imprisoned and paying a $25,000 tax, a $3,800 fine will be assessed. In essence, the Democrat’s healthcare bill will tax you, fine you, then jail you. This Democratic health care plan, as history dictates, will result in the same consequence as all other Democrat middle-class rescue plans: quality of health care will diminish for most Americans, while the middle-class will not be unscathed by taxes, as they will bear the brunt of the cost, and when the impact has crested, every American will be the worse for wear.

Rep. Alan Grayson, Democrat, in raw Jungian type casting, reverted to the Democrat’s weapon of instinct: sophomoric pejoratives. Grayson called the Republicans who disagreed with the wholesale destruction of America’s health care system, “foot-dragging, knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.” Grayson, after an unparalleled display of anthropological genius, thought it judicial to compare the U.S. healthcare system to the Holocaust: thus, “I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner to end this holocaust in America.” Naturally, this assertion must be buttressed by the assumption that the U.S. healthcare system engages in, as opposed to saving lives, the wanton mass slaughter and reckless destruction of life. Grayson characterized the Republican plan as, “don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.”

Never one to be bested in imbecilic competition, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democrat, quickly dove into the fracas with her indefensible defense of Grayson. “There is no reason for Alan Grayson to apologize for his die quickly remark,” bleated Pelosi. Pelosi then went further and stated what may well be her magnum opus of prevarication: “We are holding Democrats to a higher standard than their own members.” All this grandstanding by Pelosi as she stops all motions of removing the provost of congressional crime, Charlie Rangel, Democrat, who is in charge of writing tax law, who apparently has broken more tax laws than are written, and has violated almost the entire book of ethics in the Congress.

Pelosi and Grayson, dung beetles numbers two and four, respectively, stated that the Republicans have no health plan. Pelosi said, “Typically, Republicans would like to use this as distraction because they have no plan.” And Grayson beseeched, “Where is the Republican plan? We’re all waiting to see something that will take care of the pre-existing conditions, to take care of the 40 million Americans who have no coverage at all.”

Yes, where is the Republican plan?

Apparently the three Republican plans, totaling over 400 pages, which have been sitting in Congress since May, don’t count. The Great Uniter, the Breecher of Political Chasms, the Partisan Buster, Barack Obama, has cut off communication with the Republicans regarding healthcare for the past five months. Obama has not invited the GOP leaders to the White House regarding healthcare since April– six months and counting. Where are the plans? In Congress, that’s where the plans are.

The three Republican plans are as follows: 1) A bipartisan coalition produced the “Patients Choice Act of 2009” in May, of 130 pages. 2) Sen. Jim DeMint, Republican, produced the “Health Care Freedom Plan” of 41 pages. 3) The Republican Study Committee produced the “Empowering Patients First Act” of 130 pages.

The stark difference in the making of the sausage, or in this case, dung, is the size of the bills. The Republican bills each consist of around 130 pages. The Democrats will be in the thousands, with the difference being that the Republican’s plans are about healthcare, the Democrats, not so much, as any bill consisting of several thousand pages is not about healthcare.

Obama has told the GOP leadership that the Democrats and White House have the healthcare reform under control and do not need their help. But when it comes time to vote on it, he sure would appreciate your votes though, that is, if you want to be bi-partisan.

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