The Reid Bill’s Hidden Pork

December 2nd, 2009 at 7:40 am | 13 Comments |

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Break time for nursing moms?  Hundreds of millions in funding to help teenagers make the transition to adulthood (including programs that promote “positive self esteem, relationship dynamics, friendships, dating, romantic involvement, marriage and family interaction”)?  Bone density promotion provisions?

Yes, yes, and yes.  All three are in the health-care reform bill currently being debated by the Senate.

Kaiser Health News has a fascinating article on the “Seven Things You Didn’t Know Were In The Senate Health Bill.”

For the record, I knew only about one of the seven items.  But is that particularly surprising?  Democratic leaders have put together increasingly long bills, jammed packed with regulations and pork.  Let’s put all this in perspective: ClintonCare (1993) sat at 1,342 pages.  The Reid bill is 2,070 pages, pre-amendments.  On the Hill, Republicans are estimating a final bill that pushes at 2,400 pages.

The reporters will have plenty more to write about over at Kaiser Health News.

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13 Comments so far ↓

  • MI-GOPer

    David, we shouldn’t be surprised that the Czar of Congressional Corruption, Democrat Leader gReid, would put more democrat baubles on this Health Scare Christmas Tree than Tiger Woods has lovers. Democrat leaders are keeping the most obscene baubles hidden for now and plan to sneak them into the bill only when it’s time to vote on the Conference Report… which will not be available at voting time.

    Among those items awaiting the dark-houred conference report inclusion?

    Item #1: mandatory health care provisions for all captured alQaeda terrorists who will say in front of MSNBC cameras that Dick Cheney is scarey looking and that’s torture enough for them;

    Item #2: free abortion clinics & contraception for all Afghani, Pakistani and Iraqi women who will pledge at least 90 hours of community service to ACORN-Internationale’s newest Congressional funded program: Effective Election Fraud While Avoiding UN Detection;

    Item #3: a stiff new 15% BoTox Tax but with a new 200% tax credit (yeah, under the democrat plan you get to have cosmo surgery and make money off the taxpayers ’cause you look sooo marvelous, darling) for any Hollywood SAGger, democrat politician or philandering spouse who needs the vital surgery to keep fooling Ole Man Time.

    I hear that former Veep nominee John Edwards signed up for the credit under at least two of the privileged classes… and Al Gore wants the tax amended so that liposuction is a covered cosmo surgical fee.

    I’m sure there are other items hiding in the wings and awaiting inclusion by the democrats when no one is looking.

  • ottovbvs

    …….the reason why we have a 2000 page bill is the incredible Rube Goldbergian complexity of the US healthcare system…….I’m sure a single payer system cold have been handled in 100 pages…..perhaps you’d have preferred that Mr Gratzer if your criteria for judging the merits of a healthcare bill is its number of pages

  • garlic

    So you compared page count (a ridiculous metric, but whatever) to Bill Clinton’s attempt at a healthcare bill. But you didn’t compare pork dollars against other bill’s. It be nice if you could point out how much pork this bill has compared to how little similar or the average bill had when republicans were in charge.
    It does seem like this ought to be a let the party without blame cast the first stone situation.

  • MI-GOPer

    automaticBS’er and our new troll pal “garlic” try to dodge Democrat Leader gReid, the Czar of Congressional Corruption’s Politics as Usual Plan, by focusing in on the length of the bill rather than what’s in it.

    The length is not material except to underscore how many democrat baubles the Senate is sticking on ObamaCare’s Health Scare Tree… 2k+ pages leave lots of room for goodies and presents enough for all now feeding at the democrat trough… BigPharm, public clinics, corrupt and inefficient urban hospitals that can’t scare up a patient let alone treat one –you know, the usual band of democrat party tag-alongs.

    Hey, does ACORN get a $5-9+m for training the elderly on how to die quietly… or pleading their case before the Democrat Death Squads? There’s gotta be something for ACORN in all this… the union goons got their piece of the pie afterall.

    Nope, the real point is all the trash that the WH and Senate democrats put into the bill… and in 2k+ pages, there’s loads of room for trashy baubles.

  • LFC

    Break time for nursing moms? Hundreds of millions in funding to help teenagers make the transition to adulthood (including programs that promote “positive self esteem, relationship dynamics, friendships, dating, romantic involvement, marriage and family interaction”)? Bone density promotion provisions?

    Hmmmm. Most of that actually looks pretty reasonable.

    Are you really against a room and a few minutes time for working mothers to breast pump? REALLY? So much for family values.

    You mischaracterized the funding for the teenage programs. The Kaiser post actually says “The money goes to states primarily to set up sex education programs. Sex education programs have been shown to be highly effective in reducing STDs and the most effective method of reducing the number of abortions. Are you pro-STD and pro-abortion (as compared to pro-choice)? Do you think teenagers should be denied information about STDs, pregnancy, and how to prevent them? Sure sounds like it.

    Bone density issues are a major threat to seniors, especially women. Were you against ads warning about the dangers of cigarettes? Were you against ads educating the public on various cancers? Are you generally against the government trying to give important medical information to the people? Sounds to me like you’re pro-death.

    This post sounds awfully anti-family to me. If this is your boogeyman list, I’d say there is little to fear.

  • balconesfault

    If the Republicans don’t like pork … then drawing lines in the sand on the filibuster issue is a bad way to go.

    Essentially, filibustering the bill, rather than participating in trying to improve them, ensures that Blue Dogs and moderate Republicans have a ton of extra leverage. And they’ll do what politicians do when they have leverage – use it to get favors.

    The Medicare Prescription bill got filled with pork for the same reason.

  • MI-GOPer

    LOL. “Essentially, filibustering the bill, rather than participating in trying to improve them, ensures that Blue Dogs and moderate Republicans have a ton of extra leverage.”

    Yes, that’s the right prescription for politics as usual in the Culture of Corruption that is Congress. The Republican leadership in the Senate, the House and dozens of think tanks have put forward viable, thoughtful, earnest suggestions that have been meet by Obama’s “We Won, We Get to Decide” attitude.

    You can’t make bad public policy into good public policy by tweeking the margins. The Republicans have been forthright and honest is saying the best answer is to scrap the Democrat Health Scare plan, start over and engage in real bipartisan reform.

    But democrats don’t want that… like sinz54 is quick to point out –they’ve been waiting 70yrs for universal coverage and damn it, they’ve earned the right to ruin the country to get it.

    Except they won’t violate the Senate’s tradition of filibustering. If they did use the nuclear option, the Senate would become the rutting pigsty & center of corruption that the democrats have turned the House into in a few short years.

  • ottovbvs

    MI-GOPer // Dec 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    ” the Senate would become the rutting pigsty & center of corruption that the democrats have turned the House into in a few short years.”

    …..I never knew Ensign and Vitter were Democrats ….phew motor mouth teaches you something new every day.

  • MI-GOPer

    AutomaticBS’er, your childish nonsense and name calling is no longer worthy of reproach.

    If you want rutting pigsty Democrats, we can start with the only impeached Democrat president in history and move on from there… btw, my Village Idiot, Vitter and Ensign are Senators… the upper chamber. The House is the lower chamber… that would be Representatives. I’m guessing all that time in Germany or out on the family yacht (lol) you say you kept you from the basics of govt 101… oh, now do we get the “I was educated at Harvard” line from you?

    Please do try to understand basic American civics before opening your mouth and proving, once again, you have an uninformed opinion worthy of nothing on just about everything.

    p’wned.

  • MR FACE

    MI-GOPer // Dec 2, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    AutomaticBS’er, your childish nonsense and name calling is no longer worthy of reproach.

    How ironic.

  • MI-GOPer

    Mr Face or balconesfault or BarryS or Moderate or which ever character you manufacture for today’s thread… it’s nice to see a charter member of the Troll Tribe take exception to Otto’s childish name calling.

    Given that you’ve done that, maybe you can drop all the fake and manufactured names now and come out into the open?

  • LFC

    MI-GOPer fantasized… The Republicans have been forthright and honest is saying the best answer is to scrap the Democrat Health Scare plan, start over and engage in real bipartisan reform.

    Then where’s their proposed bill?

    “Uh, uh, uh … what is ‘only exists in the fevered imaginations of a few’?”

  • Getaclue

    First of all, none of this is “pork”. Pork is defined as provisions unrelated to a bill (These are all healthcare related) and benefiting a single politician’s district (These are national provisions).

    How many of you actually read the article it refers to? Most of the 7 things are necessary. A couple are nice to haves.

    This article was a waste to write and lacks any truth or facts to back up its claims. Typical GOP rhetoric.