‘Prima facie’ is a latin phrase meaning ‘at first sight.’ In law, it is used to refer to a body of evidence sufficient to establish guilt unless the suspected guilty party is able to refute it. In essence, it means that there is a case to answer, and the ability of a prosecuting authority to establish a ‘prima facie’ case against a defendant would normally be a prerequisite for a trial to take place.
Well, 219 Democrats and one RHINO committed the murder of health care as OUR country has known it for the last sixty years. The health care system that has attracted millions of sick and dying people from foriegn countries was murdered to satisfy the Socialist in the Oval office who made National Health Care his primary objective shortly after he was sworn in as President.
The 219 Democrats and RHINO Rep. Joseph Cao, a first-term Republican who holds an overwhelmingly Democratic seat in New Orleans, committed the murder!. Opposed were 176 Republicans and 39 Democrats. The vote came late Saturday night, and cleared the way for the Senate to begin a long-delayed debate on the issue that has come to overshadow all others in Congress.
I can only hope that the Senate will realize this for what it is, a power grab, and defeat it!
A triumphant Speaker Nancy Pelosi compared the legislation to the passage of Social Security in 1935 and Medicare 30 years later.
That is an apt description, because both programs have cost more than the Congress predicted and both are financial disasters! A fine example of what the Obama power grab disguised as a health care bill will be!
To pay for the expansion of coverage, the bill cuts Medicare’s projected spending by more than $400 billion over a decade. It also imposes a tax surcharge of 5.4 percent on income over $500,000 in the case of individuals and $1 million for families.
And Drudge reported yesterday that the Bill passed includes the provision that if individuals or familys fail to buy health insurance they will be subject to a fine of thousands of dollars and a jail term!
Morris & Eileen McGann have posted an article on the net at NEWSMAX.com that explains why AARP. the AMA, and the Drug Industry signed on to Obama’s power grab.
As the Democratic congressmen/women proceed to rubber-stamp the Obama health care reform despite the drubbing their party took in the recent ’09 elections in Virginia and New Jersey, the president trotted out the endorsements of the AMA and the AARP to stimulate support. But these and the other endorsements in his” package” are all bought and paid for.
Each one of the three were warned that if they did not support Obama’s powergrab they would pay the price!
In the AMA’s case The American Medical Association (AMA) was facing a 21 percent cut in physicians’ reimbursements under the current law. Obama promised to kill the cut if they backed his bill. The cuts are the fruit of a law requiring annual 5 percent to 6 percent reductions in doctor reimbursements for treating Medicare patients. Bravely, each year Congress has rolled the cuts over, suspending them but not repealing them. So each year, the accumulated cuts threaten doctors. By now, they have risen to 21 percent. With this blackmail leverage, Obama compelled the AMA to support his bill…or else!
The AARP got a financial windfall in return for its support of the healthcare bill. Over the past decade, the AARP has morphed from an advocacy group to an insurance company (through its subsidiary company). It is one of the main suppliers of Medi-gap insurance, a high-cost, privately purchased coverage that picks up where Medicare leaves off. But President Bush-43 passed the Medicare Advantage program, which offered a subsidized, lower-cost alternative to Medi-gap. Under Medicare Advantage, the elderly get all the extra coverage they need plus coordinated, well-managed care, usually by the same physician. So more than 10 million seniors went with Medicare Advantage, cutting into AARP Medi-gap revenues.
Presto! Obama solved their problem. He eliminates subsidies for Medicare Advantage. The elderly will have to pay more for coverage under Medigap, but the AARP — which supposedly represents them — will make more money.
The drug industry backed ObamaCare and, in return, got a 10-year limit of $80 billion on cuts in prescription drug costs. (A drop in the bucket of their almost $3 trillion projected cost over the next decade.) They also got administration assurances that it will continue to bar lower-cost Canadian drugs from coming into the U.S. All it had to do was put its formidable advertising budget at the disposal of the administration.
The only industry that refused to knuckle under was the medical device makers. They stood for principle and wouldn’t go along with Obama’s blackmail. So the Senate Finance Committee retaliated by imposing a tax on medical devices such as automated wheelchairs, pacemakers, arterial stents, prosthetic limbs, artificial knees and hips and other necessary accoutrements of healthcare. Even the Catholic Bishops group endorsed the Bill despite the fact that if you read the fine print abortion will be payed for by tax payers. Many of whom are Catholics, and consider abortion murder!
So these endorsements are not freely given, but bought and paid for by an administration that is intent on passing its program at any cost.