I Have a Gripe

March 17, 2010

The “No-Vote” Vote on Healthcare

The latest tactic under discussion is the use of the “self-executing rule” to pass healthcare reform.

Why does this bug me? Well, let’s forget for a moment that this is the biggest vote most of those in Congress will place in their careers. Let’s forget that the majority of tax-paying, legal American citizens do not want it. Let’s also forget for a moment that we will be paying into this for four years before anything really changes regarding “universal” healthcare. What I have a gripe about today is that there is a plan under consideration by Speaker Pelosi to use a little-known rule called the “self-executing rule” to jam this down the throats of America. This allows for more of a procedural vote that means members of Congress will not have an opportunity to amend or vote separately on the self-executed provision. It is automatically agreed upon passage of the related procedural measure. Bottom line, she wants a passing vote and will stop at nothing to get it.

In my opinion, this is nothing more than an end-run around having a real up or down vote on this nightmare of a bill. When I heard about this latest plan, I immediately thought of “I voted for it, before I voted against it.” It is an easy way for those who don’t want their “aye” vote read into record, which will force them to explain why they voted to pass the legislation. I can just hear it now – “I didn’t vote for the bill, I only voted on a procedural process.” Um, does anyone else see a problem with this?

Make no mistake my friends; if this is passed and signed into law, it will allow the federal government to walk right into the front door of our homes and now dictate just about everything in your life.

“Oh, I’m sorry, you’re what we consider overweight, therefore we are going to better track what you eat.”

“Oh, according to your electronic health records (HIPPA will go right out the window), you are at risk for diabetes. When you go food shopping, you aren’t going to be allowed to purchase soda.”

I could go on and on. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but this will allow the federal government to have access to every aspect of our lives. Does something need to be done so Americans have better, more affordable, access to healthcare? Absolutely. But this isn’t it.

I know the Dems and other liberals and progressives feel the federal government knows better than we Americans on how to use our tax money and run our lives, but I’m sorry, they are wrong. We are not uninformed people that don’t pay attention to what the government does. If anything, I believe we are more involved than ever.

So what can you do? Call, email or write your Representative and Senators and let them know exactly what you think. I emailed mine and let them know that I am watching and there will be repercussions if they vote against the will of the people (you know, the people? The ones they are supposed to represent.). Do they take me seriously? They better. They will loose my vote in the next election if they vote to pass this so-called “procedural process.”

Let your voice be heard.

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