Before opening the backroom door of Chicago-style politics, let's review the big picture. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) puts things into perspective by reminding us that even if we take Obama's 46 million uninsured number as true, that equates to about 15 percent of the population. With that in mind, the Democrats are prepared to tax the Hades out of the 85 percent who work hard to earn or provide health insurance. The Democrats are willing to tax, penalize, cut Medicare, and regulate the entire health care industry in order to insure a mere 15 percent. No, wait, the overreaching and punitive Baucus "bill" wouldn't even cover the full 15 percent -- it would only add coverage to approximately 7 percent of the population. The Baucus "bill" would control the entire population in order to cover 7 percent of the population!
"Why would we punish the part that's working to cover the part that's not?" asks Rep. Mike Rogers. Good question. Assuming arguendo, that federal intervention is constitutional, why not spend money on the 15 percent rather than extend unprecedented central power to control every person's health care in the country? Who in his right mind would "remake" the system that has produced the greatest medical innovation and health care in the world?
The 15 percent problem could be fixed by less intrusive means: Like taking a few billion from of the waste-laden "stimulus" package and paying for the 15 percent. Problem solved. We certainly don't need to be taxed more.
The production of a "bill" that will cut the deficit is another Obama sleight of hand. This is akin to Obama coming out right after ramming through the $787 billion stimulus bill and talking about fiscal responsibility. Or it's like Obama preaching about a new era of responsibility while proposing a $3 trillion budget for 2010. The alleged deficit-negative Baucus bill is likewise a sham. With a projected price-tag of $829 billion it really costs nothing at all -- in fact, it saves money! Tell that to the 85 percent who would get hammered to pay for it.
From the American Thinker.