Thursday, October 1, 2009

Secret Plan for Healthcare

If you were watching 'On the Record' with Greta Van Susteren last night, she spoke briefly about the 'secret plan' the Senate is rumored to move health care through by using a seldom used parliamentary procedure.

As a hoarder of 'news information', and I remembered this article from a couple weeks ago published from the Heritage Foundation on 09.22.09:

Their plan is to proceed to a House passed non-health care bill to provide a shell of legislation to give Obamacare a ride to the House and then to the President's desk. Here's the secret part: the Senate would pass healthcare reform as an amendment to a completely unrelated bill so the Senate and House could act quickly and without further debate.

Right now, the Senate Finance Committee is in the midst of marking up health care reform legislation. Due to Senate procedure, what they are actually marking up is a 200+ page conceptual framework of the actual legislation, not a real bill. That means that not only has no Senator even read the bill but, there is a high probability that the bill hasn't even been written yet.

Here is the 4 stop secret plan:

1. The Senate Finance Committee will finish work on the marking up of Senator Max Baucus' bill. Baucus has not unveiled final legislation and admendments are being added. Many Senators are upset that they don't have a final language for a bill, yet they sit in Committee
marking up a draft document that is not in the form of legislative language.

2. Next, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will take the final product of the Senate Finance Committee and merge it with the product of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
(HELP) Committee. This was Kennedy's bill, which passed the HELP Committee on July 15, 2009, on a party line vote. Remember, most Senators will still not know what they voted for in Finance Committee.

3. Senator Reid will then move to proceed to HR 1586, a bill to impose a tax on bonuses received by certain TARP recipients. This was the bill passed by the House in the wake of AIG bonus controversy and is currently sitting on the Senative Legislative Calendar. Reid will move to proceed, and he will need 60 votes to act on this bill. After the motion is approved, he will then offer a complete substitute bill purportedly including the combined Senate HELP and Finance Committee products. This means that the entire health care reform effort will be included as an amendment to a TARP bill that has been sitting in the Senate for months.

4. For this strategy to work, the proponents would need to hold together the liberal caucus of 57 Democrats, 2 Independents (Senators Lieberman and Sanders) and a replacement for Kennedy.

Once the Senate passes a bill and sends it to the House, all the House would have to do is pass the bill, without changes, and Obama will be presented with his healthcare reform. If this plan does not work, the Senate and House may consider using reconciliation to pass the legislation

Finance Committee in actions: Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus' statement in the markup meeting before he voted against the Rockefeller amendment to add public option to the health care bill.

Does this sound like a transparent, bipartisan and effective way to change the way millions of Americans get their healthcare? Only to the socialists.

1 comment:

  1. Rush has been talking about this too! We need to get the word out so they don't sneak this through. Isn't it sad when elected officials bulldoze over citizens?