Wednesday, December 16, 2009

18 Minutes to read the Table of Contents

Senator Tom Coburn showed some guts in standing against a bill that voters overwhelmingly oppose.

Normally, the reading of amendments is dispensed with by a unanimous vote, but Senator Coburn objected, so the Senate Clerk is required to read the text of the entire Sanders amendment to the Senate's version of the health care bill.

It was pretty much a forgone conclusion that the Sanders amendment (creation of a single payer system) would be voted down immediately, but it's good to see that at least one member of the GOP realizes that single payer, government option, expansion of medicare etc are only a fraction of the critically damaging aspects of the Democrat's "reform". Items such as the requirement to purchase insurance, requiring all policies to cover pre-existing conditions, etc would be equally destructive to the quality of medicine available to the US.

It took 18 minutes to read the table of contents - and this is just an ammendment, not a full fledged bill. It is expected to take 12 hours to read the full 767 pages. Hopefully they can force the reading of the full 2000 pages of the actual bill (although it hasn't even been written yet). A few more stunts like this, and maybe congress will start pushing simpler legislation - but I doubt it.

Yes, our current system has its flaws, but most (if not all) are due to over-regulation of medicine and health insurance, not to little. Remember, there's a reason citizens of other nations come to the US when their nationalized health care systems cannot meet their needs.

UPDATE: I neglected to mention that Senator Coburn is a Doctor by trade.

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