"You know we're going to control the insurance companies"

When ABC's Jake Tapper asked, "Do you hear back from venerable* [Congressional Democrats] who are worried this bill will cost them their jobs?" the thoroughly incomprehensible Joe Biden shared his "thoughts":

BIDEN: Well, I yes. Some of them I say they say, well, Joe, look, man, I mean, you know, you guys haven't massaged this very well. And, you know, this thing has gone on so long, I don't know. And my response is, hey, man, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. I'm telling you, you know, pre-existing, they're going to be covered. You know we're going to control the insurance companies. You know people aren't going to lose their health care with their employer like is being advertised. So you've got to if you really want to make sure that you get the benefit of what you've already done, vote for the bill. And I look, Jake, I really, truly believe that the worst place to be, as a legislator, is being in the position where your side is being pummeled for an idea and there's misrepresentations about all the bad things the idea is going to generate. And then the idea fails and then they go, see, I told you Jake was for it. And had I not stopped, Jake, there would have been death panels.

With guys like that at the top, it's not surprising that they think it's just fine to "pass" legislation they haven't read without a vote.

Not that a nonsense-spouting lame-brain like Biden would understand (much less care), but Megan McArdle took the time to analyze the latest CBO score, and she demonstrates how it will increase spending dramatically. Her conclusion:

I think this is a fiscal disaster waiting to happen. But no one on the other side cares, so I'm not sure how much point there is in saying that any more.
This was precisely my concern the other day when in a state of despair I posted a remixed Soviet era video (which makes about as much sense as Joe Biden's mutterings).

The only thing left to do is fight the power.

As a lot of readers are opposed to the monstrosity they are trying to "pass," I thought I'd post some helpful information from Amy Kremer on how to do precisely that.

72 Hours to "Kill The Bill"

Broad TEA Party Coalition Aligns To Defeat Pelosi-Care

STEP 1: Call Congress and tell them to "Kill The Bill" -

1-877-762-8762 or 1-202-224-3121. Melt the phone lines folks. Do not relent. Do not give up. The stakes are too high for us to fail. They want to have the government increasingly take over more and more of our healthcare system. We must stop them NOW! Call: 1-877-762-8762 or 1-202-224-3121

STEP 2: Here's the game plan for the next 72-hours. If you can get to D.C. this Saturday - please do so. If you can't see how else you can help (including calling 1-877-762-8762 or 1-202-224-3121).


For further information or to register and participate or assist others to come to Washington, DC, please check these websites where details will be posted and updated regularly throughout the next 48 hours: www.AmericanGrassrootsCoalition.org

It is still possible to kill this thing and there is still time to fight. Despair is not only a waste of time, but it's premature.

* I strongly suspect Tapper meant "vulnerable." Otherwise, Biden's disease might be contagious....

MORE: Via Glenn Reynolds, Andrew Bernstein's civil disobedience pledge:

"If the government takes over health care, I will refuse to buy their package, refuse to pay the fine imposed, and make them arrest me. I will broadcast my refusal to cave to socialism on my website, on Facebook, to my students, in my lectures, and on the radio. I will fight this in the courts--or will the DC Fascists suspend the right to trial by jury? I suspect--and hope--that millions of Americans will do the same."

posted by Eric on 03.19.10 at 10:40 AM


I think Slo Joe let the cat out of the bag:

You know we're going to control the insurance companies.

M. Simon   ·  March 19, 2010 10:47 AM

I skimmed the bill online last night. It is a massive takeover of health care. There are provisions for setting up nurses clinics, fines for doctors & hospitals, fines for failing to buy insurance, money directed to special health related services run by community groups, fines for businesses that fail to provide insurance for employees starting at $100.00 p/day, fines for willful disregard of provisions that run into the hundreds of thousands, fines for individuals at 2 1/2% of gross income, enforcement entirely through the IRS...and on and on.

This does not appear to be simple state socialism. That is much cleaner. This monster is so complex that it will be difficult for those affected to know if they are complying. It's made for capricious enforcement and is totalitarian in nature.

It's a huge power grab.

Frank   ·  March 19, 2010 12:19 PM

If there is a silver lining to the health care takeover legislation, it is that it will hasten the inevitable financial collapse and then allow us to promptly re-build from the ashes. As bad as this is, it is still preferable to being slowly bled to death, while also being anxious and miserable all the way down to the bottom. The congressional Democrats would do well to review the history of what happened to the Viche French at the end of WWII.

TomA   ·  March 19, 2010 11:22 PM

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