Thursday, November 19, 2009

Reid's turkey

Yuval Levin summarizes the Senate Health Care Bill, the text of which was released to day. Members of a free society who value their freedoms will want to make sure that their representatives do not support this.
So, to sum up: the idea is to spend trillions even as our debt is mounting, inflict massive tax increases on a troubled economy, impose costly mandates on employers as unemployment hovers above 10%, squeeze money out of Medicare not to fix the program’s finances but to create a whole new enormous federal entitlement alongside it, insert the government in countless new ways between doctors and patients, and cause millions of middle-class families to lose the employer-based insurance they have today, pay even higher premiums, and find themselves herded toward a government insurance provider. Oh, and at the end of it all, if we use the methods of counting the uninsured favored by the Democrats, there are still 24 million people without health insurance.

Go read it. Read it all. And make sure you understand that the only reason that the Democrats can lie about this not blowing a huge hole in the budget is because they're scoring it on a ten year schedule, which includes 10 years of "enhanced revenues" and only five to seven years of increased costs.

This must be stopped.

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