Monday, March 22, 2010

Passage of Health Care No Reason To Despair

Even with the passage of the Obama and Company's health care agenda considered as a major setback for Americans and the Conservative movement, it isn't the end.

How huge is this collection of mandates, subsidies, tax hikes, spending pork and perverse incentives know as the recently passed Health Care Bill? As the picture shows, it's a monster.

This bill isn’t just longer than a Stephen King novel, it’s also scarier, because aside from the title, this bill slated to be on the President's desk for signing is all nonfiction. Congress could benefit from a good editor, though, because in 800 fewer pages, Stephen King wiped out 99 percent of Earth’s population, rebuilt society, created a dramatic good vs. evil confrontation and nuked Las Vegas. HR 3962 only manages to give the government control of 17 percent of the U.S. economy and the health care choices of every American, not to mention, the bill gives broad range powers to the IRS and other big government entities. And of course, it's really loaded down with lots of pork-barrel programs - about 9000, if we had to put a number on it.

Critics argue the provisions within the newly passed health care bill is a thinly disguised effort to insert pork-barrel spending into a bill that has been widely portrayed to the public as dealing with expanding health coverage and cutting medical costs. And a soon as we can get the numbers, costs and programs, we'll pass them along here.

Oh, and what about the other book in the image, the little one? Pay no attention to that old thing — Congress isn’t.

But this is hardly the time to despair. 360 has stated on a number of occasions before and after a big fight (this health care agenda, the 2008 elections, psycho engineers, lawyers and doctors trying to rule the world, etc.) that while Conservatives may have lost this particular fight, there are other battles to fight and the war still rages on.

We tend to take the "pig's ear into a silk purse" philosophy. While the bill has passed Congress, there will be years before this ever get implemented. In fact, the CBO predicts it will be 2017 before most of the major portions of the law will get rolling. It is interesting to note that there's is still much to iron out in this bill - this rag-tag of legislation. You will see many fights in court, even the US Supreme Court that will delay this bill even more. And by that time, it will be time for a new November Overhaul - a time to completely change the oil, wash the windows and vacuum out the floor and seats in Washington.

So, don't despair. We won't.

1 comment:

VoteNovember2008 said...

My motto for the past few years, "Keep the Faith, Keep up the Fight", but as with anything, there is no denying deep disappointment. Now is the time to focus on the lemons that we have been given and make some lemonade, prepare for what lies ahead and be ever vigilant! VN8