There’s a word for it: Crim­i­nal

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - David Lim­baugh

At least com­mon thieves don’t de­stroy an en­tire health care sys­tem and so­cial­ize the Amer­i­can econ­omy when they com­mit their felonies. Too bad we can’t say the same for our il­lus­tri­ous Demo­cratic se­na­tors who sold out the na­tion.

In ex­change for crim­i­nally un­con­sti­tu­tional fa­vors for their re­spec­tive states, they voted to pass the Se­nate health care bill just 38 hours af­ter it had been made avail­able to the pub­lic for re­view.

Every­one knows about Sen. Mary Lan­drieu’s ne­go­ti­at­ing $300 mil­lion for her state in non-guar­an­teed Med­i­caid pay­outs. She was even cocky about her in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized lar­ceny.

“But an­other [. . .] hold­out, Sen. Bernie San­ders,” Politico re­ports, “took credit for $10 bil­lion in new fund­ing for com­mu­nity health cen­ters.” Mil­lions of those ear­marked green­backs will go to his home state, Ver­mont, if the pres­i­dent signs the bill. Mr. San­ders de­nies it was a “sweet­heart deal,” but he threw his sup­port be­hind a bill he had op­posed ve­he­mently just three days ear­lier.

Mr. San­ders and Sen. Pa­trick Leahy se­cured ad­di­tional Med­i­caid fund­ing for Ver­mont, while se­na­tors from Penn­syl­va­nia, New York and Florida achieved Medi­care Ad­van­tage pro­tec­tions for their con­stituents even as ben­e­fits from this pro­gram are be­ing cut na­tion­wide.

And why not? The end al­ways jus­ti­fies the means for th­ese lib­er­als. And the end, in this case, is their long-held Utopian Marx­ist dream of so­cial­ized health care. Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid was not only un­apolo­getic but also de­fi­ant about th­ese bribes. “You’ll find a num­ber of states that are treated dif­fer­ently than other states. That’s what leg­is­lat­ing is all about. It’s com­pro­mise,” said Mr. Reid.

But this wasn’t com­pro­mise. It was black­mail. And the pay­off was at the ex­pense of our bank­rupt heirs.

Lib­eral politi­cians ra­tio­nal­ize ju­di­cial rewrit­ing of the Con­sti­tu­tion on the ba­sis that great things are ac­com­plished that might not oth­er­wise be pos­si­ble through le­git­i­mate demo­cratic pro­cesses. But what we’re see­ing now is the log­i­cal re­sult of this cal­lous dis­re­gard for our gov­ern­ment char­ter.

If the Con­sti­tu­tion had been treated with re­spect, this leg­isla­tive mon­stros­ity passed in the dead of night with the dis­crim­i­na­tory ap­pli­ca­tion of fed­eral monies would have been in­valid on its face. But th­ese days, ad­her­ing to con­sti­tu­tional prin­ci­ples de­signed to sep­a­rate gov­ern­ment pow­ers among the three branches has be­come ar­cane — and al­most a lost cause.

You have to won­der, though, when res­i­dents of our in­di­vid­ual states who were re­cip­i­ents of th­ese per­ni­cious deals will rise up and re­ject this blood money flow­ing from the mor­tal wounds to the na­tion their se­na­tors have in­flicted. Af­ter all, the bribe money their states are re­ceiv­ing won’t do them much good if the na­tion fur­ther dis­in­te­grates into bank­ruptcy.

What’s worse is that the fore­go­ing out­rages don’t be­gin to ad­dress the dis­turb­ing pro­vi­sions, such as the fol­low­ing, in this shame­ful Se­nate bill.

Mr. Obama brags that the Con­gres­sional Bud­get Of­fice scores the bill as re­duc­ing the fed­eral deficit over the next decade. But even if you ac­cept this static anal­y­sis, you should be aware that ac­cord­ing to The Her­itage Foun­da­tion, the CBO bases its cal­cu­la­tions only on the data the Se­nate pro­vides. The Se­nate bill pro­vides that Medi­care fees for doc­tors would be cut by 20 per­cent beginning in 2011, but “no­body be­lieves th­ese cuts will be al­lowed to hap­pen.” If they don’t, just this one change would re­sult in Oba­macare’s adding $196 bil­lion to the deficit in the first 10 years and $765 bil­lion in the fol­low­ing one.

Oba­macare would fare even worse, ac­count­ing­wise, if it didn’t force states to in­crease Med­i­caid obli­ga­tions — an­other un­funded man­date that would bank­rupt states fur­ther.

Health care costs, say Her­itage ex­perts, would rise by $234 bil­lion. They also tell us that though Mr. Obama promised that no one would be forced to change his health care plan, the CBO con­firmed that 10 mil­lion Amer­i­cans would be forced out of their cur­rent plans un­der Oba­macare. And the $493 bil­lion in Medi­care cuts would force up to 20 per­cent of health care providers into in­sol­vency.

Fi­nally, Her­itage in­forms us that “Oba­macare is funded with over $400 bil­lion in new taxes at a time of dou­ble digit un­em­ploy­ment.”

Na­tional Cen­ter for Pol­icy Anal­y­sis health care ex­pert John C. Good­man says: “This bill does not curb health care ex­penses, but it will in­crease taxes and cost jobs. The end re­sult of this bill: most Amer­i­cans will wait longer for poorer qual­ity care.”

Adding in­sult to in­jury, most pro-life groups be­lieve the bill does not en­sure that fed­eral fund­ing would not be avail­able for abor­tions.

Af­ter all the dust set­tles, mil­lions will re­main unin­sured, which makes this en­tire bill a grotesque mock­ery of the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

The clock is tick­ing to­ward 2010.

David Lim­baugh is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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