Robert Knight
Assisted suicide is still illegal in most of the United States. But Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama are doing their impression of the helpful Dr. Kevorkian, egging on the House to approve a “self-executing” rule that would kill the nation’s health care system by suffocating it under the big hand of government.

Aptly named the “Slaughter Rule” after House Rules Committee Chairman Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., the idea is for House Members to vote on a batch of “fixes” to the Senate bill--not the original bill itself--and tie the two bills together. Then the House--without an actual vote--would “deem as passed” the Senate bill.

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Dreamin’ Deemer House Speaker Pelosi, who actually said, “We have to pass this bill so that you can find out what’s in it,” insists this is a fair way to enact a measure that the vast majority of Americans find hazardous to our health. The bill has 2,733 pages of individual and employer mandates, trillions in new spending, new taxes, new agencies and taxpayer funding of abortion. It can’t be fixed, and won’t be. It is socialism with a stethoscope around our necks, pulled tight.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says that people could care less about this nasty “self-executing” trick: “Do you think any American is going to make a distinction? I don’t think any American, real American, out there is going to make a distinction between the two.”

Apparently, only a third of the nation comprises “real Americans.” The rest of us are scared stiff by this impending government takeover of one-sixth of the economy that would change forever the relationship between citizens and the state.

The only thing standing between the scoundrels who hatched this travesty and final passage are the American people. They need once again to make it clear—now—that this won’t fly. Waiting until November doesn’t cut it. No major program has ever been overturned, even after promises were made. Think about the Department of Education, which now resembles a giant Chia Pet doused with tons of Miracle-Gro.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.