As most people know, the Senate Democrat’s version of the healthcare bill placed a 40% TAX on healthcare plans that the Senate Democrat’s considered to be too “rich.” The idea behind this was that people in these healthcare “rich” plans would spend more money on medical care than those who are not in these plans. Therefore, the Senate Democrats believed a 40% tax on these plans would deter their use and lower costs.
After the Senate Democrats passed their version of the bill, the Unions who supported healthcare reform threatened to withdraw their support unless this 40% tax was changed. What most people do NOT know was that behind closed doors, AFL-CIO President Trumka met with Whitehouse officials and in another “back-room” deal to get healthcare passed, the Obama administration agreed that everyone who was in a rich plan would have to pay this 40% tax EXCEPT unionized workers and public employees who are also probably – you guessed it – unionized.
Today the Democrats are meeting behind closed doors trying to match all the back-room deals with the sponsors and see just how much they think the public can stomach. The simple fact is that the healthcare bill that was promised by Obama to be open for all to see on C-Span was born in back-room deals and still today lives on back-room deals.
Instead of meeting behind closed doors, why do not the Democrats do what was promised, open their doors to C-Span and let us all watch to see what they do? The reason is of course simple. THEY DO NOT WANT US TO KNOW ABOUT ALL THE NEW DEALS THEY ARE MAKING.
If it were not for the fact that this TRILLION dollar new program will in fact drive the deficit even further into the deep red, this whole thing would be looked upon as a joke. Just so we know what a TRILLION dollars looks like, here it is: 1,000,000,000,000.00
It is no wonder that Congress has the absolute worst ratings it has ever had. These people have lost all since of what is right and wrong and all they care about is getting elected. Therefore, it is the duty of every American that goes to the polls in November to vote AGAINST every person in Congress who votes for this healthcare plan to pass!
Maybe, once their Union exemption from the tax is stripped away, and it hopefully will be, it will be real interesting who the Union members actually vote for in November.
Right now, Charlie Cook, who makes the famous “Cook Report” is predicting a Republican House majority in the November election because the Democrats just cannot seem to understand that the American public does NOT want this plan to pass. It is said that President Obama is “tone deaf” and does not hear or want to hear about what Americans are concerned about. All he wants to see and hear is what HE cares about.
Even after Scott Brown won the election that broke the Democrat’s 60 vote filibuster proof majority in the Senate, and Obama promised he would turn away from healthcare and concentrate on what the American public DOES care about and that is the economy, here we are, back where we started a year ago dealing with healthcare – NOT THE ECONOMY.
It was Will Rogers who said it best, “The only time this Country is in danger, is when Congress is in session.” Truer words were never spoken.
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