Here’s an idea regarding outrageous bills such as Obamacare and “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”. Bills so complex and so lengthy that no one, not a single legislator, is able to read or comprehend them before being forced to vote.
This idea builds upon Thomas Jefferson’s suggestion to James Madison: that bills passed by Congress should lay in stasis for at least a year in order to facilitate public review and open debate. I propose: Any bill passed by Congress shall, prior to being signed into law by the President, be published into the Congressional Record. It shall be be open to public discourse and debate for a period no less than a number of days equal to or greater than the number of pages required for publication in the Congressional Record before it may be signed into law.
A bill that requires 2,000 pages should require at least 2,000 days of public review and debate.
About a month before the Aurora movie theater rampage left 12 dead and at least 70 injured in July, James E. Holmes told a psychiatrist he was having homicidal thoughts and she concluded he could pose a danger to the public, according to documents released Thursday.
University of Colorado-Denver psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Fenton told a campus police officer about her concerns June 12, the day after she met with Holmes for their only session. Her fears were revealed Thursday when the new judge presiding over the case unsealed a host of search warrants and arrest documents.
Fenton also told Lynn Whitten, a campus police officer, that after she stopped seeing Holmes he “threatened and harassed her via email/text messages,” the documents said.
Whitten deactivated Holmes’ ID so he could not get into university classrooms and laboratories, the documents say. That appeared to contradict what university officials have said: that Holmes was not banned from the university because of a threat but because his ID was deactivated as part of the normal student withdrawal process.
Along with chemicals used for explosives, rounds of ammunition, pistol cases and paper targets, police seized movie posters, video games, apartment lease papers, numerous computers, 48 containers of beer and other liquor and stacks of school textbooks. They found prescription medication for sertraline, a generic version of Zoloft used to treat depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder; and Clonazepam, usually prescribed to treat anxiety and panic attacks.
…The documents also shed some light on a notebook that Holmes mailed to Fenton, which was found in a university mail room after the shooting. The notebook was described in search warrants as brown with a placard on the cover that said “James Holmes.” Also written on the outside of the notebook were the words, “My Life.”
…The notebook, which is still sealed, has been a bitterly contested issue. The prosecution says it should be admitted into evidence, but the defense says it is part of doctor-patient privileged communication…
• “Increased risk of suicidal ideation in short-term studies in children and adolescents with ADHD.” (Strattera, SNRI)
• “Antidepressants increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in short-term studies in children, adolescents and young adults with major depressive disorder and other psychiatric disorders.” (Zoloft, SSRI)
• “Monitor appropriately and observe closely for clinical worsening, suicidality or unusual changes in behavior for all patients who are started on antidepressant therapy.” (Parnate, MAOI)
• “High potential for abuse; avoid prolonged use. Misuse of amphetamine may cause sudden death and serious cardiovascular events.” (Adderal, sympathomimetic amine)
Of course, this morning the propagandists on the Sunday talk shows were not interested in dealing with the root causes of violence. They were instead fixated on redistributing wealth to illegal aliens and relieving citizens of their Second Amendment rights.
As a public service for businesses impacted by Obamacare’s Byzantine maze of penalties, fees, taxes, mandates and other regulations that will require you to shed workers, our enterprising Cub Reporter Biff Spackle offers the following Semi-Official Obamacare Pink Slip.
Feel free to reproduce anywhere, anytime as a reminder to the drones that they may want to think before they vote next time around. That is, if there is a next time.
A hidden Obamacare provision could bury US businesses under a large new health care fee. According to the WSJ, the Affordable Care Act will charge employers an extra $63 for each person they insure. This tax will raise $25 billion dollars from companies and other providers over the next three years. As we’ve come to expect from the bill that we had to pass so we could find out what was in it, businesses had no idea this was coming:
“It’s caught most employers, if not all employers, by surprise,” said Steve Wojcik, vice president of public policy at the National Business Group on Health in Washington, which represents large employers. “They’re very upset about it.”
Insurance companies are largely responsible for adding the provision. They claim that it will offset the costs of taking on a lot more sick, high-risk customers under the expanded access Obamacare sets up. The HHS estimates that this fee “will lower premiums for people who buy plans through the individual insurance market by between 10% and 15%.”
But meanwhile another story published in the Washington Post indicates those premiums are going up anyway. Insurers are claiming that new health care taxes and reconfigured insurance plans could make the rates could go up by 20 to 100 percent for millions of Americans:
Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna Inc., one of the nation’s largest insurers, calls the price hikes “premium rate shock.”
“We’ve done all the math, we’ve shared it with all the regulators, we’ve shared it with all the people in Washington that need to see it, and I think it’s a big concern,” Bertolini said during the company’s annual meeting with investors in December.
The young will see some of the biggest premium increases, but supporters of the law claim that tax credits and subsidies will nearly eliminate the actual out-of-pocket cost of these increases. But as the WSJ piece shows, these subsidies will be paid for by other kinds of fees levied elsewhere. Obamacare sets up a health care economy of criss-crossing dollars where the real costs of premium increases are hidden by the complexity of a system of subsidies and counter-subsidies.
Ultimately it’s the young who will be stuck with the consequences of this mess. In response to the new fee, many employers are claiming they will offer fewer benefits in their health care packages. At worst, they will hire fewer workers. Either way, the young will bear the biggest burden of this hastily passed policy experiment.
Back when Barack Obama was pushing for a public option in the new national health care system, he raised eyebrows with an out-of-nowhere remark about the U.S. Postal Service.
It happened last August at a town hall in Colorado. Obama claimed Americans shouldn’t be afraid of a government insurance company — the public option — competing against private insurers, because even though the government has vastly more resources than any individual company, “You’ve got a lot of private companies who do very well competing against the government — UPS and FedEx are doing a lot better than the Post Office.”
Obama apparently liked the point, because he made it again at another town hall around the same time. “Private insurers should be able to compete,” he said August 11 in New Hampshire. “They do it all the time. I mean, if you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.”
It was a jarring moment. Here Obama was, trying to promote a huge expansion of government involvement in the health system, and he pointed to a sprawling, unresponsive and insanely expensive government bureaucracy. (It’s also one that nearly every American knows from firsthand experience.) Not exactly the best case for government effectiveness.
Obama’s words are coming back now, with news that the Postal Service is in even more of a mess than we thought. Without serious reform it’s set to lose $7 billion this year and $238 billion over the next 10 years, and a new report from the Government Accountability Office says the Post Office’s business model is “not viable” given current business conditions. The report makes the Post Office sound like a government version of General Motors, if General Motors itself weren’t already a government version of General Motors.
Demand for snail mail has been falling in recent years — the GAO notes that first-class mail volume has declined 19 percent since its peak in 2001 — and though the Post Office has cut some staff, it hasn’t done nearly enough to keep up. The Post Office is supposed to pay for itself, but in recent years has been covering its losses by borrowing from the Treasury. But now, GAO notes, the Post Office “is nearing its $15 billion borrowing limit with the U.S. Treasury and has unfunded pension and retiree health obligations and other liabilities of about $90 billion.”
Labor costs are killing the Post Office. Wages and benefits make up 80 percent of its expenses. About 85 percent of its employees are covered by union contracts, and many receive benefits beyond those of other federal workers. Union agreements force the Post Office to maintain more full-time employees than it needs; deny managers flexibility in assigning tasks, like having a retail clerk deliver mail; forbid the Post Office from outsourcing any city delivery routes; give about 500,000 employees total protection from layoffs; and “require [the Post Office] to pay a more generous share of employees’ health and life insurance premiums than most other agencies,” according to GAO.
The Post Office operates under restrictions that do not burden private businesses. It has a legal monopoly on some types of letter mail, but it’s also required by law to deliver mail to every address in the United States. Over the years Congress has authorized the construction of too many post offices and the hiring of too many postal employees, and those are hard numbers to bring down. Altogether, it is a shining example of what happens when the government tries to operate like a business, only not really.
If it stands, the new health care law will establish government offices and agencies to create and run health care exchanges, to closely regulate insurance companies, to establish standards of care, to determine what are appropriate levels of coverage, to ensure compliance with the law — it goes on and on. It is, well, a huge expansion of government involvement in the health system. And there is little doubt that many of its backers in Congress want to expand it further in coming years. Some envision a day when the government, which already runs Medicare and Medicaid, runs health care entirely.
What could go wrong? It turns out Barack Obama has already told us: Just look at the Post Office.
I am calling to all of you freedom-loving Americans to come once again to Washington D.C. to gather on the Capitol steps on Saturday, at 12 o’clock noon.
We must come by the thousands.
Speaker Pelosi will stop at nothing to fulfill her corrupt conquests. She will bring all of the corrupt ACORN liars to try to bully all the Democrats that may be having pangs of guilt knowing quite surely what their votes can and will do. If they’re bullied into saying “yes,” it will destroy America.
Join me and Rep. Michele Bachmann in Washington DC at 12 noon EST so we can give all the Democrats who know what the end result will be the courage to say: “No, do not pass this destructive bill.”
DO follow these simple rules in calculating your tax liability:
• Are you a member of a union? If yes, deduct $4,500 from your tax balance on Line 19. If no, add $4,500 to your balance on Line 19.
• Are you a legal resident of Nebraska? If yes, place a zero by your estimated Medicare tax liability on Line 48(b). If no, add $3,000 to Line 48(b).
• Are you a member of a federally appointed Community Health Organizing Organization (CHOO)? If yes, place a zero by your estimated federal tax total on Line 63.
• Are you a member of the trial bar specializing in malpractice lawsuits? If yes, place a zero by your estimated federal tax total on Line 63.
• Are you a member of a Designated Indigent Minority (see Appendix D for complete list including African-American, Buddhist-American, Franco-American, Somali-American, Yemeni-American, Nordic-American or simply an illegal alien)? If yes, check the box on line 192 to receive a Diversity Reparations Credit of $5,000.00.
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Obamacare: thousands of pages of backroom, partisan deals; I can’t wait to see how they decide who actually gets treatment.