Are key portions of Obamacare going to be unrepealable?
It is worthwhile to listen to Senator Jim DeMint discuss one critical aspect of the Senate Obamacare bill:
Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) has thumbed through Harry Reid’s manager’s amendment and discovered some “particularly troubling” rule-change provisions, especially with regards to the proposed Independent Medicare Advisory Board, which he finds could be unrepealable
According to page 1001 of the Reid bill, the purpose of the Independent Medical Advisory Board is to “reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending.” For any fearmongers out there tempted to call an unelected body that recommends Medicare cuts a “Death Panel,” let me be clear. According to page 1004, IMAB proposals “shall not include any recommendation to ration health care”—you know, just like the bill says there’s no funding for abortion.
Why did the authors of the legislation want to specially protect the Independent Medicare Advisory Board by making it difficult for future Congresses to legislate in that area? Because the heart of the bill is the attempt to get control of our health care permanently in the hands of federal bureaucrats, who would allegedly know better than doctors and patients what’s good for them, and who would cut access to care and the quality of care…
A GOP Senate staffer writes:
The bill changes some Senate rules to say we can’t vote in a future Congress to repeal the IMAB (death panels)….
It also shows that this provision in particular is very important to Dems. They chose this section out of all others to give the highest possible protection against change or repeal showing how insatiable their desire is to allow Washington bureaucrats to control our lives.
And for these sorts of issues, it is critically important to force a vote on Christmas Eve before the word can get out about the true nature of the bill.
Meanwhile, the Republicans are not articulating a compelling strategic alternative to draw American citizens into their realm.
It’s too bad we can’t send everyone home from Washington, D.C. until the 2010 elections.