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Why the Bill is 2000+ Pages – Read This

Editor’s note: So even if the new legislation doesn’t work, even if it needs to be modified to adjust to future conditions. Well read on…


Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) pointed out some rather astounding language in the Senate health care bill during floor remarks tonight. First, he noted that there are a number of changes to Senate rules in the bill–and it’s supposed to take a 2/3 vote to change the rules. He pointed out that the Reid bill declares on page 1020 that the Independent Medicare Advisory Board cannot be repealed by future Congresses:

There’s one provision that is particularly troubling and it’s under Section C, titled “Limitations on Changes to this Subsection.”

And I quote — “it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.”

This is not legislation. It’s not law. This is a rule change. It’s a pretty big deal. We will be passing a new law and at the same time creating a Senate rule that makes it out of order to amend or even repeal the law.

I’m not even sure that it’s constitutional, but if it is, it most certainly is a senate rule. I don’t see why the majority party wouldn’t put this in every bill. If you like your law, you most certainly would want it to have force for future Senates.


December 24, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare | ,

1 Comment »

  1. The truth is that it has to be an individual program so we have accountability and not create free lunch infinity to bankruptsy; with attacks on Medical Institutions.
    How! The social security credit card at 1% per annum, the citizen pays for their own healthcare with it if it dictates hardships now, and it becomes a near indigent problem. Indigent bankruptsies get put into another category and a new solution for them folks as well.

    Comment by ScooterBallUSA | December 26, 2009 | Reply

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