After seeing the reaction to mythoughts on the passage of the health care bill, I have decidedto dedicate another posting to this topic. Many Americans did notwant the reconciliation bill to pass, as was evident by theprotests at hundreds (if not thousands) of town hall meetingsduring the summer congressional recess. Several who did favor thebill disagreed loudly with much of what I said in my last post. Ifelt some of the comments were lacking in specifics and were drivenpurely by emotion. While I welcome criticism on my posts, I believea productive exchange of ideas must be based on specifics.

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I welcome people to challenge me with regard to bipartisansupport for this bill; however, the record shows bipartisan supportwas not present for this reconciliation bill. Democrats did nothave support within their own party. Back room deals were needed toget support from within the Democrats' own ranks - not theconservatives. If there had been any measure of support fromRepublicans, there would have been no need to eschew transparencyin favor of vote buying. One of these sweet deals went to Sen. MaryLandrieu (D-La.) for the new Louisiana Purchase. This dealinitially allocated $100 million in exchange for her wavering vote.Unfortunately for taxpayers, Landrieu's "yes" vote did not becomesolid until an additional $200 million was promised.

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Mathematically, the Democrats could have easily pushed thisthrough the Senate with the Democratic supermajority. If you wantto talk about transparency and truth, let's talk about theeducation reform that was included in the health care bill. What doprivate tuition loan companies have to do with health care? Let'salso talk about Nancy Pelosi telling the American people congressneeds to pass the bill in order for the people to see what is init. I'm still scratching my head wondering if she actually saidthat.

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Some of my critics suggested I cannot think for myself, but needFox News to think for me. I find this line of criticism more than abit hypocritical. I would propose that the far left is trying to dojust that to all of us: remove the ability to think for ourselvesout of our daily lives. We are entering the land of expandedgovernment and a corresponding attempt to shed ourselves of allpersonal responsibility. Suddenly, we are unable to think forourselves. I am more than capable of thinking on my own. I do thatby actually reading the bills myself and understanding how theywill affect not only my own well-being, but that of my fellowcitizens as well.

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Finally, it is now the job of the government to determine (andenforce) minimum health insurance benefits for the people. Whenelse in the history of our country has the government given itselfthe ability to impose a fine on her citizens for not purchasingsomething? While I agree there should be changes to the health caresystem, I do not believe the government should make it arequirement that a person purchase the federally-mandated level ofinsurance coverage (H.R. 4872 Section 121).

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People arguing for consumer-directed health care should realizethat this health care bill is not consumer-directed. This isgovernment-directedhealth care. The government is assuming control over priceincreases and eliminating pre-existing conditions. We are alsoallowing children to remain on their parent's health insuranceplans until age 26. The insurance companies have been assaultedover their profits while their margins are approximately 3.4percent. We have not improved health care in this country. All wehave done is cause a perpetuating cycle of reliance on thegovernment.

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