Victor Davis Hanson on the President’s and the Dem’s conduct with regard to the health care vote

Victor Davis Hanson sums everything up in one paragraph:

The president is pushing legislation that a clear majority of the people dislike, and whose details neither he nor his supporters can explain in simple language. Its ends-justify-the-means passage will require legislative gymnastics that border on the unconstitutional, and in Orwellian fashion are designed to reassure its sheepish supporters that they can appear not to be voting for the bill they vote for. And to achieve a House majority, Obama must offer an array of personal favors, political payoffs, federal stipends, and open threats, which, if done in the private sector, would be actionable acts of felonious bribery or racketeering.

Well, yes, there is all that….

UPDATE:  And a truly powerful Wall Street Journal editorial on the tremendous threat to American liberty if health care gets passed this Sunday.

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    Here’s some details I read via
    It’s Even Worse Than Imagined
    Home – by HippieCritic – March 19, 2010 – 09:08 America/Chicago –

    Received this email and hoped it was inaccurate. Alas, when I compared it to the actual bill it proved to be completely accurate.
    Page 22 of the HC Bill: Mandates that the Govt will audit books of all employers that self-insure!!
    Page 30 Sec 123 of HC bill: THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get.
    Page 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill: YOUR HEALTH CARE IS RATIONED!!!
    Page 42 of HC Bill: The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC benefits for you. You have no choice!
    Page 50 Section 152 in HC bill: HC will be provided to ALL non-US citizens, illegal or otherwise.
    Page 58 HC Bill: Govt will have real-time access to individuals’ finances & a ‘National ID Health card’ will be issued!
    Page 59 HC Bill lines 21-24: Govt will have direct access to your bank accounts for elective funds transfer.
    Page 65 Sec 164: Is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in unions & community organizations: (ACORN).
    Page 84 Sec 203 HC bill: Govt mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the ‘Exchange.’
    Page 85 Line 7 HC Bill: Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans — The Govt will ration your health care!
    Page 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill: Govt mandates linguistic appropriate services. (Translation: illegal aliens.)
    Page 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18: The Govt will use groups (i.e. ACORN & Americorps to sign up individuals for Govt HC plan.
    Page 85 Line 7 HC Bill: Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans. (AARP members – your health care WILL be rationed!)
    Page 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill: Medicaid eligible individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. (No choice.)
    Page 124 lines 24-25 HC: No company can sue GOVT on price fixing. No “judicial review” against Govt monopoly.
    Page 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill: Doctors/ American Medical Association – The Govt will tell YOU what salary you can make.
    Page 145 Line 15-17: An Employer MUST auto-enroll employees into public option plan. (NO choice!)
    Page 126 Lines 22-25: Employers MUST pay for HC for part-time employees ANDtheir families. (Employees shouldn’t get excited about this as employers will be forced to reduce its work force, benefits, and wages/salaries to cover such a huge expense.)
    Page 149 Lines 16-24: ANY Employer with payroll 401k & above who does not provide public option will pay 8% tax on all payroll! (See the last comment in parenthesis.)
    Page 150 Lines 9-13: A business with payroll between $251K & $401K who doesn’t provide public option will pay 2-6% tax on all payroll.
    Page 167 Lines 18-23: ANY individual who doesn’t have acceptable HC according to Govt will be taxed 2.5% of income.
    Page 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill: Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay.)
    Page 195 HC Bill: Officers & employees of the GOVT HC Admin.. will have access to ALL Americans’ finances and personal records.
    Page 203 Line 14-15 HC: “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax.” (Yes, it really says that!)
    Page 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill: Govt will reduce physician services for Medicaid Seniors. (Low-income and the poor are affected)
    Page 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill: Doctors: It doesn’t matter what specialty you have trained yourself in — you will all be paid the same! (Just TRY to tell me that’s not Socialism!)
    Page 253 Line 10-18: The Govt sets the value of a doctor’s time, profession, judgment, etc. (Literally– the value of humans.)
    Page 265 Sec 1131: The Govt mandates and controls productivity for “private” HC industries.
    Page 268 Sec 1141: The federal Govt regulates the rental and purchase of power driven wheelchairs.
    Page 272 SEC. 1145: TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS – Cancer patients – welcome to rationing!
    Page 280 Sec 1151: The Govt will penalize hospitals for whatever the Govt deems preventable (i.e…re-admissions).
    Page 298 Lines 9-11: Doctors: If you treat a patient during initial admission that results in a re-admission — the Govt will penalize you.
    Page 317 L 13-20: PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. (The Govt tells doctors what and how much they can own!)
    Page 317-318 lines 21-25, 1-3: PROHIBITION on expansion. (The Govt is mandating that hospitals cannot expand.)
    Page 321 2-13: Hospitals have the opportunity to apply for exception BUT community input is required. (Can you say ACORN?)
    Page 335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339: The Govt mandates establishment of=2 outcome-based measures. (HC the way they want — rationing.)
    Page 341 Lines 3-9: The Govt has authority to disqualify Medicare Advance Plans, HMOs, etc. (Forcing people into the Govt plan)
    Page 354 Sec 1177: The Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of ’special needs people!’ Unbelievable!
    Page 379 Sec 1191: The Govt creates more bureaucracy via a “Tele-Health Advisory Committee.” (Can you say HC by phone?)
    Page 425 Lines 4-12: The Govt mandates “Advance-Care Planning Consult.” (Think senior citizens end-of-life patients.)
    Page 425 Lines 17-19: The Govt will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. (And it’s mandatory!)
    Page 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3: The Govt provides an “approved” list of end-of-life resources; guiding you in death. (Also called ‘assisted suicide.’)
    Page 427 Lines 15-24: The Govt mandates a program for orders on “end-of-life.” (The Govt has a say in how your life ends!)
    Page 429 Lines 1-9: An “advanced-care planning consultant” will be used frequently as a patient’s health deteriorates.
    Page 429 Lines 10-12: An “advanced care consultation” may include an ORDER for end-of-life plans.. (AN ORDER TO DIE FROM THE GOVERNMENT?!?)
    Page 429 Lines 13-25: The GOVT will specify which doctors can write an end-of-life order.. (I wouldn’t want to stand before God after getting paid for THAT job!)
    Page 430 Lines 11-15: The Govt will decide what level of treatment you will have at end – of-life! (Again — no choice!)
    Page 469: Community-Based Home Medical Services = Non-Profit Organizations. (Hello? ACORN Medical Services here!?!)
    Page 489 Sec 1308: The Govt will cover marriage and family therapy. (Which means Govt will insert itself into your marriage even.)
    Page 494-498: Govt will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, and rationing those services.

  • Richard Johnston

    The analysis Sadie copies-and-pastes is baloney:

    I’m against the HCR bill too.  But not for the reasons discussed in the Iownthe post.

  • Mike Devx

    That analysis is chock-full of benevolent assumptions about the power and uses of government bureaucracies and agencies.   When I read their point-by-point refutation of the analysis that Sadie provided, I see agencies being given broad discretionary intrusive powers, and they WILL intrude, in every way they can, to yearly justify their existence: their ever-increasing budgets, ever-increasing size, and ever-increasing power.
    While many items in the post from Sadie may be overblown, almost everything in the politifact refutation is severely understated.   As to politifact’s boundless joy that they could refute the illegal alien claim, it took great effort to remove their automatic inclusion from the bill, and THAT remains a sore sticking point among many who want them included and will, under Obama, get them included, sooner rather than later.
    (BTW: Using the Slaughter Rule successfully once will be like a crack whore’s first introduction to the drug – the slide downhill into its repeated use will be irresistible and horrifying – to include its use in many follow-on health care add-on laws.  Watching the Democrat Congress – for as long as it remains Democrat – will be like rubbernecking down the highway at horrifying accident after accident, for those people who do that sort of thing.  It will be quite the spectacle, in the dictionary sense of that word.)


    Stay tuned, I am sure the phony from the baloney will reveal itself soon in due course.
    I  have all come to learn two things from lib-speak:
    It all depends on what ‘is’ is.
    It’s not about the process – it’s about saving us money.


    An interesting read from July 2009

    As members of Congress assess the proper dose of reform for the nation’s health care system, many of them have likewise invested hundreds of thousands of dollars of their personal funds into the very companies whose financial fortunes depend on what measures become law.

  • Ymarsakar

    • Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed! False: Section 122 outlines broad categories of benefits that must be included in an essential benefits package. It prohibits cost-sharing for preventive care and limits annual out-of-pocket spending to $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for a family, indexed for inflation. It says nothing about rationing or limiting treatment.”
    This isn’t about facts. This is about the biased personal problems of people’s perspectives. It isn’t a fact. It is only an interpretation that hard lining a cash limit on people doesn’t count as ‘rationing’.

  • Ymarsakar

    This is basically intelligence analysis, not the simple reproduction of ‘facts’. We don’t recognize the government’s proto-reality, thus their facts are not our facts. And the facts of Obama’s supporters are not our facts. If you don’t like that objective reality, take it up with progressive dissidents and power to the people, speak truth to power, agent provocateurs.
    In intelligence analysis, two analysts can look at the same piece of data or video footage and come up with two different, perhaps mutually exclusive, conclusions. This is why it is important to undergo independent analysis. Between purely linear logical analysts and parallel intuitive analysts, through comparison of independent conclusions from those two sources one can arrive at a more accurate final conclusion. But this isn’t what is going on in America.
    What is going on in America is that allied analysts are seeking to penetrate the enemy government’s counter-intelligence measures. This isn’t some buddy buddy prototypical “America” of Father Knows Best where we are all “working together” in harmony or some such fantasy. This is the America of Obama Knows Best. And for those of us that wishes no part of that, we have become enemy intelligence analysts seeking to penetrate the obfuscation created and crafted by the government agencies specifically to hoodwink external intelligence agencies.
    That makes anything from pro-Obama or semi-sympathetic agencies the same as if somebody came to the US and told us what was what. We may or may not believe them, but our first duty is to conduct an independent analysis using our own sources, not just material provided to us by external agencies. The inability to make that independent analysis is why Bush used WMDs at the UN for so many months that the public got convinced the war was about WMDs. If he had invaded Iraq in 2002, not 2003, there wouldn’t have been time for people to deceive themselves. Bush would have had independent confirmation with his own sources and then he could have crafted whatever justifications the evidence on the ground justified.

  • Ymarsakar

    It’s how funny how the relative creationists in the Pol article keeps repeating their popular refrain: barely true. Things are either true or they are not true.
    Another example of proto-reality creationists on the relative lies side.