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Government By The People For The People vs. Government For The People In Our Opinion

Posted Dec 27 2009 10:54am

 

Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE

It is easy to introduce bias into poll results and surveys. Most people are cynical about polling results

Howeverwhen every one of the major polling services’ come up with the same answerone must believe the results represent unified public opinion. The Democrats in the House of Representativethe Democrats in the Senate and President Obama are ignoring the fact that the American public is against President Obama’s healthcare reform plan.

There is no question that America needs healthcare reform. It does not need President Obama’s version of healthcare reform as I have discussed in the past. Most importantly President Obama’s healthcare reform system will not work. It ignores the basic problems and defects in the present healthcare system.

President Obama continues to say his healthcare reform bill will provide universal coverageaffordable coverage and increasing quality of care. None of those results will be achieved with his healthcare reform plan. The American people know this and are afraid of the increased taxes and the restrictions on our freedom.

 

The composite polling data express the sentiment of the American public. The progression of these polling data can be seen by clicking See All Obama and Democrats' Health Care Plan Polling Data

Polling Data

Poll

Date

For/Favor

Against/Oppose

Spread

RCP Average

12/8 - 12/20

 

38.4

51.0

Against/Oppose +12.6

12/15 - 12/20

 

36

53

Against/Oppose +17

12/16 - 12/20

 

42

56

Against/Oppose +14

12/18 - 12/19

 

41

55

Against/Oppose +14

12/11 - 12/14

 

32

47

Against/Oppose +15

12/10 - 12/14

 

36

44

Against/Oppose +8

12/11 - 12/13

 

46

48

Against/Oppose +2

12/10 - 12/13

 

44

51

Against/Oppose +7

12/9 - 12/13

 

35

48

Against/Oppose +13

12/8 - 12/9

 

34

57

Against/Oppose +23

The Democratic controlled Senate version of the bill also contains some sinister amendments. Many organizations are lining up to challenge the constitutionality of the bill.

Buried in Harry Reid’s massive amendment to the Senate version of Obamacare is Reid's is Section 3403 designed to prevent any future Congress from repealing a central feature of this monstrous legislation.

Section 3403 reads in part: "... it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any billresolutionamendment or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection."

Do you think all the Democratic Senators understand the implications of this maneuver? If section 3403 remains in the bill and President Obama signs this measure into lawHarry Reid intends that no future Senate or House will be able to change a single word of Section 3403regardless whether future Americans or their representatives in Congress want to change it.

The subsection at issue is the regulatory power of the non elected Medicare Advisory Board to "reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending." It is an open ended grant to a regulatory agency granting power to control costsquality and quantity of healthcare coverage.

And Reid wants the decisions of this group of unelected federal bureaucrats to be untouchable for all time”.

Harry Reid makes compounds the problems of Section 3403 by ignoring two centuries of Senate rules. He passed the measure in the dead of night in less than 48 hours. I suspect few Democratic Senators who voted for this bill have read and understood the implication of Section 3403.

“The final Orwellian touch in this subversion of democratic procedure is found in the ruling of the Reid-controlled Senate parliamentarian that the anti-repeal provision is not a change in Senate rulesbut rather of Senate "procedures." Why is that significant?

Because for 200 yearschanges in the Senate's standing rules have required approval by two-thirds of those votingor 67 votes rather than the 60 Reid's amendment received.”

Few Democratic Senators have listened to the wishes of the American people. President Obama refuses to listen to the wishes of the American people.

 

How many points made about the healthcare reform bill by President Obama correct?

Should Americans be angry? Yes. What can we do? Throw the bums out when you go to the polls next November.

 

 

After the New Year I will resume twice a week entries. I wish all a happy and healthy New Year.

The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” aremine and mine alone.

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