Nancy Pelosi finally put her cards on the table this week. Meeting in secret She produced a bill which weighs in at a record 1990 pages (PDF). It's a monster by every measure. The Congressional Budget Office puts the full cost of the bill at $1.28 trillion dollars:
According to a preliminary CBO estimate of the bill released Thursday, the cost of expanding coverage to an additional 36 million Americans under the House plan would total $1.055 trillion over the next decade, counting tax breaks for small businesses, subsidies for low- and moderate-income families and the largest expansion of Medicaid since its inception 40 years ago. Add a variety of other costs outside the coverage package -- including the creation of a new innovations center to reform Medicaid and Medicare -- and the total cost of the bill rises to nearly $1.28 trillion, according to calculations by other Democratic aides.Pelosi and House Democrat leaders are trying to push the fiction that this won't be a budget busting bill but members of her own party are not buying it. The famous Blue Dogs are rebelling again and demanding answers from the CBO on how much the bill will actually cost after all the smoke and mirrors are gone. As we all know, government programs typically cost far more than they are projected to.
The Crown Jewel of Socialism
Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-MN) calls Pelosi's bill the "crown jewel of socialism" and warns that even this 1990 page monstrosity isn't the final bill. Democrats are known for slipping in hundreds of pages of amendments at the last minute before a bill is voted on as they did with Cap and Tax legislation earlier this year. This Obamination is bad enough. Columnist David Harsanyi points out the word "shall" as in "must" or "required to" - appears over 3,000 times. Say good bye to your freedom.
What "shall" we be required to do? Pay for abortion funding, and be subjected to death panels. And if that weren't repellent enough Pelsoi inserted a provision which would punish state governments who attempt any kind of law suit abuse reform that would impact lawyers fees. I'm sure trial lawyers, major contributors to the Dem Party are pleased.
So much for the promises that Obama made to a joint session of Congress on September 9, where he declared that abortion and death panels were a lie. I wouldn't be surprised if we find that there is still no provision to enforce a ban on illegal aliens receiving benefits under this bill. Joe Wilson was RIGHT!
But then, after promising so much, Obama is prepared to sign a bill that does just the opposite!