By Chuck MacNab
We see this morning on FOX News that the Democrats are threatening to RAM THROUGH their version of Health Care legislation using the “reconciliation” procedure. We predicted in several past commentaries that this would happen. All we can say is that if they do, it will really solidify those who oppose them.... It would be stupid, politically, but they are doing one stupid thing after another anyway so our guess is that we can expect the worst from them.
Unfortunately, they will have time to re-rig the health care system in stone before the 2010 elections and since they don’t care what their constituents want, that could have a very bad impact on many with ongoing health care needs, especially seniors. The only way to oppose the “cram down” is for doctors to go on strike for every procedure that is not life threatening. The doctors in Canada tried that after their health care system was taken over by the government but the strike failed and they caved. Now, after the obvious failure of the Canadian health care system, we see the Canadians trying to go back to a private system. Unfortunately, Canadians had to endure 40 or more years of a failed health care system in order to find out the truth.
Maybe a strike by health care providers here would have a different outcome. We have no doubt, when you look at radical left wing legislators like Waxman, Pelosi, Durbin, Schumer et al and their leader Obama, that they would not hesitate to use everything authorized by their legislation (and maybe some not authorized, after all, they have proven they have little regard for the Constitution) to force health care providers and the public to accept socialized medicine. The outcome would be interesting to see but, as the Canadians have learned, disastrous for most of us.
Another thought we have is whether or not it is Constitutional for Waxman and his Committee to demand all the information from the insurance companies in the way that they are. We have no sympathy for some insurance companies because they should have known that their refusal to accept ALL of the government’s requests would result in their being thrown under the bus. We can’t imagine why people dealing with left wing zealot nut cases can’t figure that out!
One need not be a rocket scientist to know why the lefties are pushing all of their unpopular legislation without regard to public opinion.
• They believe they know what is best for people, in all cases.
• They really don’t care because they have the votes.
• Big money has promised to fund their re-election campaigns.
• They truly believe that voters are either stupid or fickle and will forget.
(After all, they did get “conned” into electing Obama, how stupid was that?)
• Most belong to the “beltway culture” and disrespect voters in their home districts.
• The threat by Pelosi and the White House to withdraw support has them scared.
• The “stimulus” money will be withheld from their districts if they cave.
(Guess what… that’s why most of the money hasn’t been spent yet!!!)
Knowing how Rahm Emanuel and the “Chicago Way” functions, another thought crosses our mind. The Cash for Clunkers program has withheld money and put car dealers in a bind. Withholding money from dealers before a critical vote on health care may not be coincidental! These dealers are scattered throughout the country and represent a lot of pressure that could be applied to Congressmen from almost every district.
Emanuel and his fellow left wing Democrats have all but the Blue Dog Democrats in their pocket. The “Chicago Way” would be to threaten to withhold Cash for Clunkers money (and other “stimulus” money) from dealers (and others) in Districts represented by Blue Dogs, if they don’t vote “right.” That would certainly cause a lot of howling and phone calls to “selected” Congressmen! It’s an old Chicago technique, perfected by Richard Daly (the current Mayor’s father) to withhold funding from anyone who didn’t vote with him on what he wanted. Of course, he always wanted what was “best for the people” (Oh yeah!) whether they knew it and agreed to it or not!