Jerry Landers: Hold Rep. Scott to account for health vote
by Jerry Landers
Guest Columnist
March 19, 2010 01:00 AM | 901 views | 8 8 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I have watched the recent efforts advanced by the Obama administration and the House and Senate leadership and have despaired for the future and economic security of our nation if this reform package is passed in its current form. In addition, I am shocked and amazed at the cynical and desperate measures being advanced by the Democrat party leaders to obtain passage of this legislation at any cost.

Let me reiterate that although the current health care system may be imperfect and needs some work, it would be far better to leave it alone rather than to insert more government regulation, oversight and control into the current health care system. "Reform" does not necessarily have to cost the taxpayers one cent, but, according to preliminary estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the original House health care bill, HR 3962, would have resulted in over $1 trillion in government subsidies with a net cost to the taxpayers of almost $900 billion over 10 years.

The bill currently being advanced by the House leadership by way of parliamentary sleight of hand was not even available for review until Thursday. Who knows what the true financial impact will be of the reconciled bill? If the long term cost of the health care bill is anything like the long term effects of the cost of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, all of which cost far more than originally estimated, the effect on this nation's economy will be disastrous.

Yet, U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-South Cobb) and his colleagues are rushing this bill toward a final vote and appear hell bent on getting something, anything, passed regardless of the financial consequences to our nation, the adverse effect the bill will have on the absolute best health care system in the world, and, in a display of the utmost arrogance and elitism, notwithstanding the expressed opposition of most Georgians and most Americans.

The House leadership also appears to be taking an approach of allowing members to "deem the Senate bill as having been passed" so they can continue the process of destroying the current health care system. The "deemed passed" strategy is the pinnacle of political cowardice, and, in my opinion, is an admission that the Senate version of the bill is chock full of bad ideas that none of the House Democrats want to go on record as having supported.

The Democrats have had a majority in both houses and in control of the White House since January 2009. If the bill were so good, it would have been passed long before now.

Who is Rep. Scott listening to? Can he hear only the siren call of the White House and the Speaker, who, with almost one voice, have stated something to the effect that "Once the American people find out what is in the bill, we will be satisfied with it." How offensive.

How many communications like mine has Scott received imploring him to vote "no" on this bill? Is he going to cast his vote consistent with the principles of the Blue Dog Coalition that he claims to follow? Is he going to continue to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the expressed will of the American people, who are literally shouting at their representatives in Washington to defeat this bill?

According to the latest tracking poll data (March 13/14) from Rasmussen, 53 percent of voters surveyed are opposed to the health care plan, with 46 percent being strongly opposed to the plan. Rasmussen conducted a state specific poll for Georgia in August, 2009 and found that 54 percent of those surveyed opposed the plan. The majority of Americans and the majority of Georgians do not want this bill. Even though Scott and his colleagues were sent to Washington to represent me and my neighbors, and to speak and vote on our behalf, he does not seem to care anymore about the will of the people.

I suggest that he and his colleagues should be held strictly accountable for their indifference.

Jerry Landers is a Marietta attorney.
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Pat H
March 21, 2010
I have not collected Social Security, but have been contributing to both SS and Medicare since I was a teen. Additionally, each and every employer also contributed (now that's an interesting word, not really a contribution but a forced payment) an equal amount. Our government was supposed to save that money and spend it only on SS and Medicare, but those trust funds have been raided.

And the IRS is going to monitor 300 million taxpayers every month? Are you kidding? They can't find 40 million illegals and heaven forbid we can't possibly deport 40 million people, but we have the resources and motivation to monitor the monthly spending for insurance for 300 million taxpayers?

David Scott is a traitor, and how did he get elected anyway?
March 21, 2010
Well, guess what? I think health care ought to be a right, not a privilege. I don't think we ought to say that just because you're poor, you deserve to die when you come down with cancer because you can't afford decent health care. I don't think people ought to have to file for bankruptcy because of the medical bills that their insurance didn't pay. I think that the proposed health care bill is not the best, but that's largely due to the Republican decision to opt out of debate or participation in making the bill better, as they claim to want. This shouldn't be a political game; this is about people's lives. I'm a voter too, and I think all the Republicans ought to be thrown out of office.
March 19, 2010

I think you misread my posting. I don't support SS or Medicare. Most conservatives don't. But, Republicans in Washington support these socialist programs as they scare people about the health care proposal.

Somehow, people think that our "Representatives" represent us. They represent themselves. They get the money from lobbyists and the perks of being in Washington. We get to pay for it.
March 19, 2010
To jjmoss - have you ever given any thought to the fact that SS and Medicare take money out of every single pay check a worker gets? This is not voluntary - this is done whether that particular worker wants it to be done or not. Believe me, my husband and I tried to get out of it, but were informed we had no choice. So while you may see SS and Medicare as socialistic, just bear in mind it was "our" money that was supposedly put into a "force" savings account/medical policy for our "older years". I think you need to recognize the difference between contributed to programs and those not - for instance medicaid, food stamps, rent subsidy, utility subsidy, transportation vouchers, and on and on.
Indan Joe
March 19, 2010
Also, most interesting - this bill will provide 15,000 new jobs - for the hiring of 15,000 new IRS agents, who will be following compliance on a monthly basis. That's just what we need, more government employees that we pay for, higher premiums, that we pay for - and tax increases - that we pay for. And elected representatives (maybe some should explain the different between delegate and representative to these people) who feel they are not answerable as long as they follow the pied piper. What a great country - it used to be!
HLM Smyrna
March 19, 2010
Mr. Landers:

You are right on target. Just who is Rep. Scott supposed to represent? I thought it was his home district. However, now he

appears to represent Pres. Obama and Washington. Not listening

to the voters back home.

I have sent several "vote NO " request. Does he ever look at these?
I agree
March 19, 2010
I think everyone who supports this bill should be thrown out of office. Period. We have a jobs crisis in this country and it is being virtually ignored by an incompetent, far left president and his followers. Unconscionable!

March 19, 2010
Mr. Landers,

You are right in that this bill will cost the American tax payers a lot of money, more than $1 Trillion estimate for sure. I've been puzzled by Republicans criticizing this bill for taking money from another Socialist program called Medicare. Why are conservatives defending socialist programs like Medicare and Social Security and then shouting down the insurance bill? Sounds like pure politics to me. This bill hasn't been handled properly by either sides (both sides have lied). I'm sure you didn't spread the lie about the "Death Panel," as I'm sure no one believes this bill could lower the deficit. So, as long as Republicans and Democrats continue to run Washington, we'll get the same politics that we've had for decades.
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