Paul Ryan, R/Wi, before the rules committee on March 15, 2010. This could be a speech that will go down in history to be studied as future generations look back on the country that used to be the United States of America. IF health care is passed. (I jotted this down on the 15th when I was hoping the bill would not pass.)
March 23, 2010 – Now that it has passed and signed into law, this speech should be listened to because he lays out the truth. This is a great presentation.
A female representative said on the House floor on March 21, 2010 the following:
“123 people will die today because they do not have health insurance.”
A lot of people will continue to die for lack of health insurance since this law is not fully implimented until 2014. I don’t believe this though because “no insurance” has never been on a death certificate as a cause of death. So this number must be grabbed out of thin air since there would be no statistics to back it up. They just make these numbers up. But if we accept this as the truth, another 123 will die today. And the day after. And the day after. And the day after.
The point being that all the scare tactics, all the sad stories, all the empty promises, will now be all forgotten. I expect the next tactic will be to reduce expectations. And what will be going on behind the scenes with tremendous power vested in the Secretary of Health and Human Services, I don’t want to think about.
It would not surprise me if Sebelius is replaced. May be wrong on that, but she holds a position that this law gives all manner of leeway, many agencies to establish, many panels to appoint, many decisions to make about how this thing will work. And it remains to be seen if Obama wants her to be the one or maybe he has someone else in mind. It’s something to watch. He might rather have Holdren or Sunstein in that spot.