Wonder what you would find if you frisked the United States Senate last night at 1 AM?
Answer: After some arm-twisting and vote buying, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) was able to pass his cloture bill.
Don’t worry folks, this does not mean that Sen. Reid’s version of Obama-Care passed the Senate. What took place last night/early this morning (go figure) was only a cloture vote, which basically puts a time limit on the consideration of this bill and overcomes a filibuster.
Overall, this still isn’t good news to hear:
Landmark health care legislation backed by President Barack Obama passed its sternest Senate test in the pre-dawn hours early Monday, overcoming Republican delaying tactics on a 60-40 vote that all but assures its passage by Christmas.
Hmm… Interesting. What’s a better way to show the American people that this administration and federal government (owned by Democrats) is all about transparency? A Christmas Eve senate vote on Obama-Care of course! Creative, yet very shady of you Democrats: Attempting to sneak a bill through the senate that takes over 1/6 of the U.S. economy while Americans are focused on the holidays and their families. I must say, this is absolutely pathetic:
The atmosphere was intensely partisan, but the outcome preordained as senators cast their votes from their desks, a practice reserved for issues of particular importance. Administration officials who have worked intensely on the issue watched from the visitor’s gallery despite the hour. So, too, Vicki Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who championed health care across a Senate career that spanned more than 40 years.
Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson’s announcement Saturday that he had decided to support the bill—in exchange for a variety of concessions—cemented the Democrats’ 60-vote majority behind a bill assembled at the direction of Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
Oh trust me! Along with Sen. Ben Nelson’s “Cornhusker Kickback” worth $100 million, there were quite a few other “variety of concessions“:
New England’s Special Syrup. Vermont and Massachusetts will get similar (though less generous) special treatment by the feds in covering Medicaid expansion costs. Combined with Nebraska’s tab, the exclusive clique’s payoffs will cost taxpayers $1.2 billion over 10 years. At least.
Corruptocrat Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd’s Christmas wish. He’s plunging in the polls and in need of a little bacon to bring home.
“Some insurers are more equal than others” tax exemption. TheWSJ reports that nonprofit insurance companies will be exempt from a new, nearly $7 billion tax to pay for Demcare. Democrat Sens. Ben “Blank Check” Nelson and Carl Levin of Michigan pushed hard for the tax exemption, which will exempt insurers in their states.
The Frontier Freebie. Several lucky states will see an increase in Medicare payments to hospitals and doctors, the NYT reports, — “where at least 50 percent of the counties are ‘frontier counties,’ defined as those having a population density less than six people per square mile. And which are the lucky states? The bill gives no clue. But the Congressional Budget Office has determined that Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming meet the criteria.”
More Democrat Hospital Bennies. Also via NYT: “Another provision of the bill would increase Medicare payments to certain “low-volume hospitals” treating limited numbers of Medicare patients. Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa and chairman of the Senate health committee, said this ‘important fix’ would help midsize Iowa hospitals in Grinnell, Keokuk and Spirit Lake. Another item in Mr. Reid’s package specifies the data that Medicare officials should use in adjusting payments to hospitals to reflect local wage levels. The officials can use certain new data only if it produces a higher index and therefore higher Medicare payments for these hospitals. Senate Democrats said this provision would benefit hospitals in Connecticut and Michigan.”
Bernie Sanders’ Socialized Medicine Sop. He wanted a public option. Instead, he got socialized medicine satellite clinics funded to the tune of at least $10 billion. In his remarks early this morning before the cloture vote, he gloated about the funding as a crucial step toward universal care. Click here to check it out.
Fla.-Pa.-NY Protectionism. Via Politico: “Three states – Pennsylvania, New York and Florida – all won protections for their Medicare Advantage beneficiaries at a time when the program is facing cuts nationwide.”
Wowzers! Want to know what the most depressing part of all this is? The deals listed above that bought persuaded senators to vote ‘yes’ IS NOT all of them. Read about the first list of shady deals (including the Louisiana Purchase) by clicking here.
Question: How many compromises does it take until you actually compromise our health-care sytem?