We are positive that anyone who frequents this site is well aware of just how many articles we’ve produced – not placing judgment about Obamacare – more so we are appalled at the way the bill was passed by the House of Representatives, and then the ever-present wheeling and dealing that resembled the Chicago mob, and even the pettiest back-door deal making in the Senate although, we were promised the exact opposite would occur.
I vividly remember how America was being portrayed by the international media whilst wondering to what further lengths the government in charge would go to in order to see this smoldering excrement of a bill get passed.
In the House deals and negotiations were made with The United States Council of Catholic Bishops, which in short once the support of Catholics was given, then the unwritten bill began taking on new clauses regarding state paid abortions and especially the violations of the First Amendment’s Freedom of Religion statute. At any rate we started long ago trying to keep tabs on just how and why our country – and virtually every sector that comprises her – were faced with some kind of grief. The following is just a brief synopsis to date:
PROMISE: Candidate Obama Pledged All Health Care Negotiations Would Be Televised On C-SPAN. OBAMA: “I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies – they’ll get a seat at the table … But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.” (For further reading click here.)
Furthermore, as reported by msmbc.msn.com the then candidate Barack Obama spewed some ridiculous figures about who was to receive various monies for their own state coffers. Moreover, this deal making process provides an additional $8.5 billion over the next decade for 11 states and the District of Columbia to help them pay for the more generous Medicaid assistance they have been providing low-income residents. These states are Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.
BROKEN: PolitiFact Rates This Promise Broken: “Obama promised — repeatedly — an end to closed-door negotiations and complete openness for the health care talks. But he hasn’t delivered. Instead of open talks of [sic] C-SPAN, we’ve gotten more of the same — talks behind closed doors at the White House and Congress. We might revisit this promise if there’s a dramatic change, but we see nothing to indicate anything has changed. We rate this Promise Broken.” (For further reading click here.)
Obama And His Advisers Brokered “Behind The Scenes” Deals To Pass Health Care Reform. “In pursuing his proposed overhaul of the health care system, President Obama has consistently presented himself as aloof from the legislative fray, merely offering broad principles. Prominent among them is the creation of a strong, government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers and press for lower costs. Behind the scenes, however, Mr. Obama and his advisers have been quite active, sometimes negotiating deals with a degree of cold-eyed political realism potentially at odds with the president’s rhetoric.” (David D. Kirkpatrick, “Obama Is Taking An Active Role In Talks On Health Care Plan,” The New York Times, 8/13/09)
Health Industry Lobbyists Negotiated With Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) as well as The Obama Administration “In Tandem.” “Hospital industry lobbyists, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of alienating the White House, say they negotiated their $155 billion in concessions with Mr. Baucus and the administration in tandem. House staff members were present, including for at least one White House meeting, but their role was peripheral, the lobbyists said. Several hospital lobbyists involved in the White House deals said it was understood as a condition of their support that the final legislation would not include a government-run health plan paying Medicare rates — generally 80 percent of private sector rates — or controlled by the secretary of health and human services.” (David D. Kirkpatrick, “Obama Is Taking An Active Role In Talks On Health Care Plan,” The New York Times, 8/13/09)
Obama’s Aides Were Present during the Deal Making Process To Pass Obamacare In The Congress: Obama tried to publicly distance himself from the deals, saying he wasn’t in the room when they were struck, even though some of his aides were. The president rankled Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by criticizing them for doing what generations of their predecessors have done: cut deals.” (Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama Wants Side Deals Out Of Bill,” Politico, 3/10/10)
The Final Passage Of Obamacare Left In Place The Louisiana Purchase. “Retains $300 million in extra Medicaid aid for Louisiana, which had helped win support for the Senate health bill from Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. The state is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina.” (“Cornhusker Kickback Gets The Boot In Health Bill,” The Associated Press, 3/18/10)
Retains $300 million in extra Medicaid aid for Louisiana, which had helped win support for the Senate health bill from Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. The state is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina.
Keeps $100 million included in the Senate bill that is expected to go for a public hospital in Connecticut sought by Dodd, who is retiring. Preserves language won by Baucus permitting many of the 2,900 residents of Libby, Mont., to qualify for Medicare benefits. Some of them have asbestos-related diseases from a now-shuttered mine.
In addition, the pledge maintains a Senate-approved provision giving extra money for hospitals and doctors in North and South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. (Click here for further reading.)
To help win the vote of Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., the massive measure the Senate passed on Christmas Eve had included $100 million that only Nebraska would get in added federal Medicaid assistance.
Immediately mocked as the Cornhusker Kickback, critics called it the epitome of special Washington dealing, and even Nelson advocated ending his state’s special treatment. Under the changes announced at a later date, the Nebraska provision would be deleted and all states would get additional Medicaid help from Washington. (Please read on by clicking here.)
During this wheeling and dealing for seeing to it that his healthcare package was supported in the Senate, the White House last week singled out projects from Montana and Connecticut as items President Barack Obama wanted removed. There was resistance, however, from two influential committee chairmen, Democratic Sens. Max Baucus of Montana and Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, and their projects have survived. Now seeing what has happened with the threat of this person and his gangland Chicago cronies being reelected, I still am overwhelming confused at how this mess of legislation made it under the purview of the United States Supreme Court.