Where's the transparency with health care bill?
In September, Obama and Democrats claimed, among other things, that health care reform would not include tax funding of abortions and even accused patriotic Americans of lying about what was going to be in the health care bill.
The Senate version of the health care bill, passed just before Christmas, does in fact contain taxpayer-funded abortions and is most staunchly supported by President Obama. Unlike the House version, no amendment to restrict taxpayer-funded abortions was able to pass in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
Now that the House bill and Senate bill have to be reconciled, Congress is avoiding the typical open conference. Instead, Pelosi, Reid and a few other Democrats, are working in secret this week with President Obama and violating Obama's promise for transparency.
Obama's promise of bi-partisanship was also broken. Republicans had commonsense solutions such as putting an end to frivolous lawsuits which have driven up the cost of health care and allowing insurance companies to sell across state lines, to name just a few. Not only did the Democrats and Obama not listen to these commonsense ideas, but they even went so far as falsely accusing Republicans of not wanting health care reform and not having any ideas. This was simply because they disagreed with their nonsensical ideas which don't solve the problems and add more to our already unsustainable national debt, in spite of what they are trying to tell you by using Madoff-style numbers when calculating costs.
America is supposed to have a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Seventy two percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funded abortions. A 62-percent majority of Americans oppose the current health care proposals, which also raise taxes, ration care, reduce quality and limit individual liberty. Yet it seems that the Democrats are determined to jam this sham through.
If you are one of those 72 percent or 62 percent, are you raising your voice to your representative and senators? Are you going to remember this anti-American behavior in Congress when it comes time to vote in November? I certainly hope and pray so.
Evelyn A. Guggisberg