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Old 03-15-2010, 11:52 AM
Location: Houston, TX
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One element of this massive healthcare boondoggle that hasn't been discussed is that Harry Reid has buried, deep within the overwhelming rhetoric, a catchy little phrase/provision that will make it legally impossible for any future congress to repeal, amend, revise or in any way change the onerous provisions contained within this proposed legislation. Beginning on page 1,000 of the measure, Section 3403 reads in part: ". it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection." Note that the subsection at issue here concerns the regulatory power of the Independent Medicare Advisory Board (IMAB) to "reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending."

It is important to note that the Reid-controlled Senate Parliamentarian ruled that the anti-repeal provision is not a "change" in Senate rules but is instead a change of "procedure." That ruling is significant becasue for 200 years the Senate's rule changes required a 2/3 approval of those voting (67 votes) whereas his "procedure" only required the 60 votes that Reid's amendment got.

So not only do those thugs want to ram this legislation down the throats of the 75% of those Americans who are opposed to it, but they want to make sure that no future congress can ever over-turn its provisions. Sleezy!
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