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Right you are Mike and Joe. The passage of the Obamacare bill has NOT been the best example of government of, by, and for, the people, to say the least. "It is a bill which has never once had a majority of Americans in favor of it," according to a recent CNN and ORC report of all their Obamacare polling. That's consistent with Gallup and other polling agencies. "As best as we can tell, a credible poll has never turned up a figure over 50 percent" (most come in at about 40% approval). Not only is it true that no Republicans, either in the House or Senate, voted for the bill; even 34 House Democrats (their re-elections at stake,) voted against it. Even the Democratic legislators, who did pass it, never read the entire thing. Remember even Nancy Pelosi did not know what was in the bill, as she famously said; "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what's in it." This kind of corruption is enough to shake a person's confidence in our system of government!
Does it sound like the government is representing the people in the passage of this law? Well, the people were absolutely lied to; Obama promised that his bill would "cut the cost of a typical family's health insurance premium by up to $2,500 a year." This was a significant lie, people trusted him, and endorsed his bill on account of it; Remember Obamacare's individual mandate "penalty"? Obama lied on national television and said it wasn't a tax. he had to say that it was a "penalty" because he had promised that he wouldn't raise taxes on anyone who made less than 250K a year (People wouldn't have supported the bill, if they knew that it had this huge tax in it). Democratic legislators themselves had to be lied to; Remember Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI), a pro-life Democrat, who in March 2010 held out against Obamacare until he got "an 'ironclad' commitment from the president that no taxpayer dollars will be used to pay for abortions." Stupak expressed his regrets later when he said; "I am perplexed and disappointed that, having negotiated the Executive Order with the President, not only does that HHS mandate (which requires most private insurance plans to cover life-ending drugs and devices, and requires nearly all employers to offer (and pay for) the plans to their employees or pay a stiff penalty.) violate the Executive Order but it also violates statutory law ... I think it is illegal." Too late Bart. Similarly, in November of 2011 former Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA), a member of Stupak's coalition, claimed that she "would have never voted for the final version of the bill if (she) expected the Obama Administration to force Catholic hospitals and Catholic Colleges and Universities to pay for contraception." Stupak and Dahlkemper were simply lied to in order to secure their votes, but these legislators were supposedly representing the people whom the government is supposed to be of, by, and for! In the case of Obamacare it just wasn't so.
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