I didn’t think they were that stupid!

Finally!  Computers suck so much.  Just now got the “add new post” page to load. 

I’ve been running around like the proverbial just-killed chicken.  SO much to do.  This is EXACTLY WHY I spent most of yesterday glued to the news, so the second a vote came down I could be off and running.  Have tracked down a break-out of the voting record, the CBO report, waiting for confirmation of the 37 state AGs said to be preparing lawsuits for Tuesdayfound a vid of the alleged “racist Tea Party”, my notes file is up to 23 pages in Word and I still need to find out where to make a FOIA request to get the wording that supposedly doubles the IRS’ budget beginning this year.

Good gravy, I could take this in a dozen different directions, just off the top of my head.

Top Five Democrats At Risk

Racial Slurs – Agent Provocateur, Lone Ranger or Tea Party-Approved?

Was this about healthcare or tax revenue?  I’ve head quotes of anything from 12-15000 new IRS agents but until I get my hands on something concrete it would be utter worthless op-ed speculation.  Still… interesting line of thought.

Ye gods, commerce clause.  The internet’s going to explode over this one.  Legislating forced consumption of a product.  Is it constitutional?  Is it designed to stimulate the economy by requiring consumer activity?  What would they legislate we buy next?

Excise tax of 40% on employer-sponsored plans exceeding $10,200 (individual) and $27,500 (family).  How’s THAT going to play out?

Tax for four years, then provide the benefits.  That’s going to go over well.

Are we even going to HAVE doctors after all’s said and done? 

The insurance companies must be loving this.  They’ve just had every American ordered to buy their product or else.  Time to buy stock.  (God, wouldn’t I love that.  “Every American must go see a provider.  We will be checking up on you, so see to it!”)

On the bright side, I’ve had my refusal to ever get a job as a mainstream journalist reaffirmed.  My hackles raise every time I read that we’ve just given Americans “expanded health coverage”.  Bullshit, we’ve been ordered to buy it!  Which, if Americans could afford it, they were likely doing already anyhow.  Ditto with each mention of “riding to the rescue of 32 million uninsured Americans”.  I’ll come back with the actual breakdown of that number, because disinformation campaigns drives me nuts.

You might be thinking that my focus is narrowing down to thr requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance.  You would be correct.  It’s the part of the bill which was unnecessary to the efficiacy of the bits I can get on board with:  No more charging women more than men for identical plans.  No more lifetime limits.  No denials based on pre-existing (and often “pre-existing”, read: bullshit, you made that up) conditions.  No cancelling coverage because now the insured needs to use it.

This wasn’t an “insurance reform” bill, though, and that’s the point.  Those things are what consumers have been howling for action on, for quite some years now.  They’re just the Democratic Incumbent Protection Plan, snuck in there amidst enforced consumption just so that we will please, pretty please, not boot their sorry self-serving arse ends out of office this fall.

Ack.  Off to burn up my keyboard.

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