Friday, March 19, 2010

More Health Care Changes

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Congressman Pete Hoekstra (MI) says he has introduced legislation to enable tea party activists and others to recall members of the U.S. House and Senate.

Hoekstra said tea party activists are “a huge part” of the healthcare reform debate.

“The whole healthcare process is fueling the tea parties because they see Washington as being arrogant and out of step with where they want to go,” he says.

“Whether it’s about what’s going on with healthcare or uncontrolled spending, the tea party is definitely having an influence on public policy today. It will also have a major impact on the elections in November.

“I think if the tea party movement had not existed, it’s very possible that we would have had healthcare passed already, and the president would be trumpeting the fact that he had passed national healthcare. I think the tea party movement has been instrumental in derailing that effort. I just hope they continue to be active, involved and successful over the coming days and weeks.”


From The Hill: "Subcommittee on Oversight ranking member Charles Boustany (R-La.) said the IRS provision in the bill "dangerously expands, in an ominous way the tentacles of the IRS and it's reach into every American family," he said today during a press conference. "This is a vast expanse of power," he said.

Boustany said the bill would allow the IRS to confiscate refunds if there are penalties for not buying health care.

Assuming it becomes law, the Congressional Budget Office expects the IRS will need roughly $10 billion over the next 10 years and nearly 17,000 new employees to meet its new responsibilities under health reform."

Dennis Kucinich’s (Ohio) normally loyal base apparently responded badly to the flip of his vote from NO to YES. By Thursday, Kucinich called another press conference announcing that he would return all contributions that had been made by voters who did so believing he would oppose Obama on the measure.
Newsbusters: "While a vote on health care reform legislation appears to be imminent, should it pass it could have broader economic implications, even if the bill itself won't take effect for some time. As CNBC "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer predicted - if it passes, get ready to see a sell-off on Wall Street. Cramer appeared on CNBC's March 18 "The Kudlow Report," with his former broadcast partner Larry Kudlow. Kudlow asked Cramer to elaborate on his theory ObamaCare could send the financial markets reeling or "topple the stock market."

"First, it is the single biggest impediment to the stock market going higher," Cramer said. "And a lot of this has to do with what's not being talked about enough with how it's going to be paid and also about what it will do to small business formation. This bill is a disaster for both."

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For those who wish to read in detail the recent changes to the health care bill, go to

It has been noted that 37 states are in the process of passing a law confirming their 10 Amendment Right to disallow the Feds from mandating the purchase of health care insurance for all. Virginia and Idaho are attempted to have this issue fast tracked to the Supreme Court as an issue concerning States Rights, from the 10th Amendment. As the Amendment states: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. This would give us all a ruling before years have passed getting to the Supremes. If this bill is deemed to be unconstitutional, the first year of President Barack Obama will be deemed to be totally useless.

Part of the rationale are some historic quotes by John Marshall, an American statesman and jurist who shaped American constitutional law and made the Supreme Court a center of power, according to Wickipedia.
"The power to tax is the power to destroy.

“Indeed, in a free government almost all other rights would become worthless if the government possessed power over the private fortune of every citizen”

“No political dreamer was ever wild enough to think of breaking down the lines which separate the States, and of compounding the American people into one common mass”
This story, reported by WhizBang has been confirmed by the National Republican Congressional Committee: "And what is the latest bribe for a YES vote? Water in California is as valuable as gold. Since there isn't enough to go around, it has been rationed and supplied only to those whom the government believes need it the most. Unfortunately, the people who live in California's San Joaquin Valley have had their water turned off in order to protect a tiny fish called the delta smelt. As a result farm land that used to be prime agricultural land are now dust bowls. It devastated the economy as well, driving up the the unemployment rate in some areas to as high as 41 percent. Yet for months on end, President Obama said and did nothing to help the people in the Central Valley.

But now the president's health care reforms are on the ropes and the San Joaquin Valley's two blue-dog Democratic congressmen Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa have been reluctant to support the president's reforms. So imagine everyone's surprise when the Department of the Interior announced yesterday that it is dramatically increasing the water supply to the valley's parched lands. And what a coincidence, now the two California congressmen who were once "undecided" are being moved over into the "yes" column."

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