The Senate Healthcare Bill: Harry Reid, Magician in Chief

by CJFosdick on November 25, 2009

Rush Limbaugh is fond of using the expression, “Smoke and Mirrors,” This is what the Senate Healthcare Bill, unveiled on Wednesday evening, November 18, 2009 is — just smoke and mirrors. This bill, which combined healthcare legislation that passed through committees, is another legislation boondoggle over 2000 pages long. It was not put together, as promised, by bi-partisan efforts of Democrats and Republicans. It was not even put together by partisan Democrats. No, it was put together by Magician-in-Chief, Harry Reid, himself, alone, behind closed doors (of course) who apparently added some of his own ideas to the bill, thus making it a bill NOT passed by the Senate. It is a classic example of “smoke and mirrors” legislation. Here are some of its “magic” features, also called “illusions”:

•Reid is thrilled that the bill will cost only ( catch the only) 849 billion dollars over ten years. But wait. There are slights of hand here. Over two hundred billion payments to Medicare doctors ARE not included in the cost. So the figures are false from the get-go, but let’s not worry about such small details. Just keep in mind that the cost of the bill is only an illusion.

• With a wave of his magic wand, Reid tells us the bill will cut the deficit by 149 billion dollars (Whee!) over ten years. But, we find that the reason this is true is because Congress will start collecting new tax revenues next year (2010) but the programs in the bill will not start until 2014. Get it! We’ll collect ten years worth of revenue and have only six years of payments going out. Now this is really a great trick. Don’t you wish we could do that with our personal finances — get ten paychecks and pay our bills only six times with the revenue. Reid is quite a sorcerer.

•NOW HERE IS THE BIGGIE: With a few puffs of smoke and some strategically placed mirrors, Reid has pulled a bill out of his hat that will insure 31 million more people than are now insured. However, even from his own words, this will still leave about 6 million Americans with no healthcare insurance. I thought one of the main objectives of healthcare reform was to insure EVERY American. I must have misunderstood that, what with all the razzle-dazzle of the legislation.

I could continue, but the MAIN POINT OF THIS BLOG is that on Saturday, November 21, 2009, Reid COERCED, BRIBED,AND BROW-BEAT SIXTY SENATORS TO  VOTE TO MOVE THIS BILL ONTO THE SENATE FLOOR. From NOW ON, it will take only fifty votes to pass the bill. Yep, presto-chango, sixty needed votes has now been changed to fifty votes to pass the Senate Healthcare Reform bill (Senate Rules all Senators know) MAKING ITS FINAL PASSAGE MUCH EASIER. One vote less than sixty would have stopped the bill passage for this year.

Debate starts after Thanksgiving. This bill will increase everyone’s cost of health insurance, add new taxes, decrease the already struggling Medicare costs while adding seventy million people (retiring baby-boomers) to Medicare. And if you believe this, you believe that by pulling a pig out of his hat, Harry can make this pig fly. Right now, the bill has a government option and will give Federal dollars for abortions. It is vague on whether or not Federal money will be used for healthcare for illegal aliens. Anyone want to bet on this issue?

Folks, let Harry Reid know he is not the magician he thinks he is, and American citizens are not as stupid as he imagines. CALL NOW and get on record that Americans do not want this bill passed.

Letter to the Editor: Harry Reid, Magician in Chief
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The Senate Healthcare Bill is another boondoggle over 2000 pages long. It was put together by Magician-in-Chief, Harry Reid, alone, behind closed doors, and is a classic example of “smoke and mirrors” legislation. Here are some of its “illusions”.

•The bill will cost ONLY 849 billion dollars over ten years. But wait. There are slights of hand here. Over two hundred billion payments to Medicare doctors ARE NOT included in this cost, so the figures are false from the get-go. The announced cost of the bill is only an illusion.

• With a wave of his wand, Reid tells us the bill will cut the deficit by 149 billion dollars over ten years. But, the reason is that Congress will start collecting new tax revenues next year (2010) but the programs in the bill will not start until 2014. Get it! We’ll collect ten years worth of revenue and have only six years of payments going out. Now this is really a great trick. Reid is quite a sorcerer.

•NOW HERE IS THE BIGGIE: With a few puffs of smoke and some strategically placed mirrors, Reid has pulled a bill out of his hat that will insure 31 million more people than are now insured. Reid is indeed a master conjurer. However, even from his own words, this will still leave six million Americans with no healthcare insurance. I thought a main objective of healthcare reform was to insure EVERY American. I must have misunderstood, what with all the razzle-dazzle of the legislation.

Debate will start after Thanksgiving. Folks, let Reid know he is not the magician he thinks he is, and American citizens are not as stupid as he imagines. CALL NOW and get on record that Americans do not want this bill passed.

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