If I remember the words found in the Declaration of Independence, it’s the government that serves the people–not the other way around. Yet more and more items are being unearthed from the 1,900-page bill that passed the House of Congress over the weekend.
Consider this article by Betsy McCaughey at the Wall Street Journal. These reveal some amazing requirements of citizens by their government. Who is serving who here? See the following excerpt from McCaughey’s article:
• Sec. 303 (pp. 167-168) makes it clear that, although the “qualified plan” is not yet designed, it will be of the “one size fits all” variety. The bill claims to offer choice—basic, enhanced and premium levels—but the benefits are the same. Only the co-pays and deductibles differ. You will have to enroll in the same plan, whether the government is paying for it or you and your employer are footing the bill.
• Sec. 59b (pp. 297-299) says that when you file your taxes, you must include proof that you are in a qualified plan. If not, you will be fined thousands of dollars. Illegal immigrants are exempt from this requirement.
These are just two of the 14 points exposed in this article, which I’d encourage you to read. Does this sound like the land of the free and home of the brave to you? You can see the full text of this bill for yourself here.
This bill must still pass a vote in the Senate to become law, but from what I see here, there’s nothing in this for the citizens of the USA. If you contact your representatives, ask them why they would support a bill with these provisions and see what they say. For those of us in Colorado, I’m sure you’d be proud to know Representative John Salazar voted for this bill. Is he representing you? Will your Senators represent you?
Lots of talk abounds on why this bill is so great for the needed reforms to our health care situation in this country. Why not decide for yourself? After all, if you don’t, someone else will decide for you.