From the Speakers website, remarks at the 2010 Legislative Conference for National Associations of Counties talking about the health care bill:

But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy. Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President’s economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation—innovation begins in the classroom—clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform.  Health insurance reform is about jobs.  This legislation alone will create 4 million jobs, about 400,000 jobs very soon. (emphasis mine)

“Pass the bill to find out what is in it,” shouldn’t the people and our elected representatives KNOW the impact this bill bill will have on the lives of Americans?  Throughout the summer, town hall events were held and citizens continually asked elected officials about specific aspects to the various bills.. again and again the concerned populace was discarded, dismissed and treated with utter contempt.  Madam Speaker, we know what is in the health care bill, we have read the various versions, taking time away from loved ones, spending countless hours with our head swelling in disbelief over the audacity of public officials and wondering what in the Constitution grants Congress the mandate to require private citizens to buy anything from a public company solely on the basis that they breathe.

Then as I have stated here before, my own Representative Pete Visclosky admits that he has not read the House bill, only the “pertinent parts.”  In dealing with 1/6th of the economy,  wouldn’t the entire bill be considered “pertinent?”  When asked about the “Cornhusker deal,” this unenlightened sham of a Congressman stated, he “knew nothing about it.”  At the time it had been reported on in all major newspapers, but perhaps he only reads the “pertinent parts”.. that being the comics.  The only fog I see is the one surrounding the head of an ethically challenged Representative.

“Away from the fog of controversy,” rather the speaker should have stated before the American people learn what is in the various health care proposals  before Congress.  As more and more average Americans read either the House or Senate bill the more they do not like the bill nor the process which was used to pass it.  Backroom deals, closed doors and partisan politics have been shown to be the rule of the day.

As for the Speaker’s claim of job creation, where does she get this number from?  Anyone can throw a number into the wind and make their ideology sound rosy, yet without hard facts as to how the number was acheived it means NOTHING.

Something which would have more substance would be the statement that 400,000 jobs will be LOST if the health care legislation passes.  Why?  As small companies face increasing taxation on the benefits they offer employees,  the additional burden creates a negative cash flow for their company; in turn they lay-off employees, in essence doing more with less.

Which scenario appears based on fact and not whimsical delusion?

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