Further, how does he get around the fact that his bill, as scored by the Congressional Budget Office, would be some $239 billion in the red assuming everything goes perfectly in this static world he only imagines to exist?
And the absurdity of saying that government, by fiat, can guarantee a lid on costs is criminally naive or dishonest and flies in the face of government's abysmal track record on wage and price controls and on predicting costs for Medicare and Medicaid.
For him to say he will not sign a bill unless it is revenue-neutral sets a new standard for hubris. It is impossible for any mortal to predict -- in a dynamic economy -- whether anything this complex would come anywhere close to revenue neutrality.
But how about the security of health care coverage Obama is promising? Well, read the bill itself (at least pages 29 through 37), which not only establishes a government committee to recommend and ultimately adopt a benefits package but also sets out annual dollar limitations on coverage of those benefits.
So not everything is covered, Mr. President, and even things that are are subject to dollar limitations. And yet you look the American people in the face and tell us the bill would "keep government out of health care decisions"? I'm telling you, this is mind-blowing deceit. It just can't be ignorance.
Also, check out the provision on Page 32 that injects political correctness standards into the committee's membership. The committee -- to be appointed by the president and the comptroller general -- shall include experts in "racial and ethnic disparities." Doesn't it just give you a warm and fuzzy feeling that Obama would place on the committee those who share his attitude, for example, about the institutional racism of the Cambridge Police Department?
If you assume these provisions don't smack of "1984," check out the Big Brother provision on Page 22, which establishes the government's power to audit employers who have the audacity to self-insure.
Maybe Obama should consider just ignoring the Constitution, bypassing Congress and unilaterally signing this bill into law, as he did the nuclear arms reduction fiasco he negotiated with Russia. After all, though I've just scratched the surface here, I have seen and reported enough to make the unequivocal statement that if this bill goes through, people will likely revolt when they fully realize the unconscionable, intrusive hellfire it contains.
Healthcare Solutions Begin with Innovators in Tennessee, Not Bureaucrats in Washington, DC | Congressman Marsha Blackburn