The ongoing negotiations in the House of Representatives this week exemplified the trouble that the Senate bill has caused for Representatives. That an election in Massachusetts could cause the whole bill to collapse shows that the entire process was flawed. The citizenry of the United States have been let down by most of its elected representatives (including the President and his Administration) with this horrible health care “reform” bill because single payer was simply shut out of the discussion.
The Senate, in its deliberations of H.R. 3590 (using a strike all motion), did not even consider the House-passed bill, H.R. 3962. The Senate passed a completely separate version of the health care “reform” bill from the House-passed bill. The problems noted in the bill–the mandate to buy private health insurance, the so-called cadillac tax on high-cost insurance plans, and other problematic provisions–should have been handled in the Senate. But the Senate was in such a rush to pass the bill, the full weight of the problems and a concurrent demand for the House to simply approve of it fell upon the House.
They citizenry of the United States have not been well served with this health care legislation. I have little confidence in the negotiations on the cadillac tax on high-cost insurance plans. Using health care “reform” as a vehicle to raise taxes on the working class to reduce the deficit is unseemly. Certain corporations were reviled for using high deductible health insurance plans for its employees. It seems that an untested (in the real world) academic theory is being used to make this nefarious practice the norm rather than the exception.