"The House Republican Conference has compiled the following list of the 110 new Obamacare boards, bureaucracies, commissions, and programs created in H.R. 3962, Speaker Pelosi’s legislation for a government takeover of health care." The list can be found at: http://www.redstate.com/california_yankee/2009/11/02/pelosis-health-care-bill-creates-111-new-federal-obamacare-bureaucracies/. If that doesn't get your attention to the ever expanding federal government into our lives under President Obama, I don't know what will.
The time line for the Pelosi bill in the House began yesterday with the "Managers Amendment" which sets the vote for Thursday, November 5. Here are some facts that have come to light:
* It is two times as large as the House bill that came out in August.
* The largest government intrusion into American private lives.
* Small businesses will bear the burden of this bill.
* No tort reform.
If the vote Thursday passes in the House, the Pelosi bill continues on in its push for what The Wall Street Journal called the worst written bill, ever. That is saying something.
Senator John Cornyn rejects this poorly written, massive takeover attempt of 1/6 of our country's economy. He believes in focusing reform in each state by encouraging greater competition and more choices in the private insurance market. He supports cutting waste and fraud in Medicare and other entitlement programs. He supports reducing the cost of defensive medicine practiced by doctors today.
Cornyn attended a roundtable discussion with Whole Foods in Austin to listen to the benefits of their consumer-driven health insurance plan. It has lowered health care costs and produced quality care and more options.
Cornyn visited Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston to understand firsthand how the clinic used $25 million in savings from malpractice reforms to implement an electronic-records program that has directly improved patient care. He spoke with physicians who relocated to Texas from other states due to the Texas medical malpractice reform law enacted in 2003. Since this reform, more than 14,000 doctors have returned or begun new practices in Texas.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission estimates that the bill would cost Texas more than $20 billion over 10 years, and add 2.5 million Texans to Medicaid. This would cause billions in new state taxes or deep cuts in education, law enforcement, and other top priorities.
Does any of this sound like good reform to you? If not, contact those in the House sitting on the fence in this debate. There are many conservative, Blue Dog Democrats who view Speaker Pelosi's bill as too far reaching and expensive for our country to see true health care reform. Call your representative and let him or her know how you feel about this bill.
The latest Rasmussen poll shows that public support for the Pelosi bill has fallen 3 points in the last week - from 45% to 42%. The time to act is now,before it is all too late.