Monday, November 9, 2009

House Passes Health Care Reform Bill Late Saturday Night

One word: Insidious.

And a few more: scheming, devious, guileful, deceitful, duplicitous, underhanded, unscrupulous; furtive, secretive, secret, stealthy, surreptitious, clandestine, covert; informal foxy, shifty, dirty.

Introducing the bill - the 1900 page bill - and then forcing a vote on it just a few days later is my top problem with this. Of course I'm against the "public option," but I'm sick and tired of Congress passing these huge, sweeping changes - changes that will affect literally every American - in the dead of night or on a weekend or by being tacked on to another completely unrelated bill or without time for vetting of the bill and discussion of its consequences.

This kind of operating procedure is exactly what the tea parties are about.

Nancy Pelosi rightly compared the legislation to the passage of Social Security in 1935 and Medicare 30 years later.

Just look what a disaster those two programs have been. This is going to be worse.

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