14 to 9 so it’s out of the Senate Finance Committee.

One Republican, Senator Olympia Snowe (RINO-ME) voted in favor of it, but reserves “the right” to vote against it if significant changes are made.  That was obviously a surprise to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) who voted against it and thought Snowe would as well.  What exactly in this current bill Senator Snowe, which still hasn’t seen the light of day for constituents to peruse, is palatable with you?

Because of her vote, President Barack Obama said (on TV) this bill “enjoys the support of people of both parties.”  One vote from Republicans suddenly makes this bipartisan?  I literally laughed out loud when I heard that.  You don’t have bipartisanship when one person from the other party votes for it.

Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) wrote a post at points out the problem with this bill (at least what we can see):

Senate Democrats are pushing a vote on the 1,000-page bill now because the Congressional Budget Office recently estimated that the bill cost “only” $829 billion over the next 10 years. In truth, the bill raises taxes immediately, but the benefits do not kick in for another four years, so the 10-year numbers are distorted. This is an expensive experiment that cuts Medicare, and exacerbates state government budget problems by dramatically expanding Medicaid without providing additional funding.

The CBO also pointed out that this bill could change so the numbers are final.  They didn’t even see the text of the bill only legislative specs.  They didn’t even get to read the bill!!!!!!!!

Also this bill will force people to buy health insurance who may or may not want it.  That was a major problem that Senator Grassley had with this bill.

“There’s a penalty for people that don’t have health insurance,” Grassley says. “That fine would be paid to the Internal Revenue Service. It’s like a tax. In fact, I guess you could call it a penalty tax, that a family would have to pay $1,500 and an individual would have to pay $750.”

Critics charge it’s nonsensical to fine people who can’t afford to pay for health insurance, since it’s likely they already dropped health insurance because of the expense. On a philosophical basis, Grassley says he’s against the idea of forcing people to buy health insurance.

“The federal government has never mandated, ever, that you’ve gotta’ purchase such-and-such, anything, in other words, in America, you’re free to buy whatever you want to buy whenever you want to buy it,” Grassley says. “In this particular instance, for the first time, the government is saying you’ve got to have health insurance.”

Rest assured that liberals will try to change this bill to make it even worse.  Their special interest groups are crying for it, and they have to listen to the money.  We need to call our Senators and they need to remember they work for us.  If nothing else, make sure that the read what they vote for, and for that matter, let us read it as well.

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  1. Why the RINO label for Snowe? Are we wanting to kick moderates out of the GOP these days? Is there an official definition of what it means to be a Republican out there? If not then maybe we need to be happy that republicans are getting elected these days.. especially in Maine where it is doubtful that a conservative would be elected.
    .-= Kansas Bob´s last blog ..The Problem With Sequels =-.

    1. @Kansas Bob, She’s not socially conservative. She’s obviously not a fiscal conservative. Perhaps she’s strong on defense? What part of the party platform does she actually back Bob? A true moderate in the party typically embraces one of the three – usually two. You can typically count on the moderates of the party not to vote yes on bills like these.

      She votes more like a Democrat. Hence RINO.

      1. @Shane Vander Hart – thanks Shane.. see where you are coming from.. you feel that a moderate must embrace some form of conservatism to be a Republican.

        I googled the GOP platform and am not up to reading it. Do you have a Cliff Notes or Check List version of it?

        Was wondering if you also use CINO to describe some of those tax and spend Republicans? Was Bush a CINO?
        .-= Kansas Bob´s last blog ..WWW: Worlds Oldest Female Athlete =-.

      2. @Shane Vander Hart – to be consistent then it seems that a moderate must embrace some form of liberalism to be a Democrat.. now what do we do with the Blue Dog Democrats? Make them become Republicrats?

        In the end it seems that a moderate can belong to either party. Of course as we have seen, in the case of Snowe, that moderates hold most of the power in congress.. probably true most of the time.. folks on the fringe hardly ever get things done because they can’t seem to work with anyone who has a different view on an issue.
        .-= Kansas Bob´s last blog ..Flight of the Snowbird =-.

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