Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has led the charge announcing the event last week.
Bachmann spoke with HUMAN EVENTS yesterday about the effort to lobby members of Congress in person on their health care vote.
“We’re billing this as an emergency house call on Congress. We want to bring all of the town halls of August here to Washington, D.C. because in two months, they’ve forgotten the message that the American people sent loud and clear in August,” Bachmann said.
“So now Nancy Pelosi is bringing the hammer down on all of her Blue Dogs. The thing is [passing the government health care takeover] is not inevitable. If we get real, freedom-loving people from everywhere to Washington, D.C., and empower them to go and walk through all of these office buildings and knock on doors and ask to see their member, bring their video camera, get their member of Congress on videotape, ask them what they think, ‘Are they going to take away their freedom on health care?’ I think that we have the potential to scare these members with the sight of real people. Usually all we see are people who are there with their hand out and they want more taxpayer money,” Bachmann added.
We asked Bachmann why is this important enough for everyone across the country to drop everything and get to Washington, D.C.?
“This is so important because this health care vote represents the crown jewel of socialism — socialized medicine is the crown jewel of socialism,” she said.
“An economist from Arizona State University calculated that since the inception of Bailout Nation, the federal government has either owned or controlled 30 percent of the private economy. They own banks, insurance companies, mortgage companies, the student loan industry, GM, Chrysler — 30 percent owned or controlled by the federal government. Health care would be an additional 18 percent. That would take us to 48 percent of the economy that government has taken over in a year’s time. You can’t say with a straight face anymore we’re a free-market capitalist country if that occurs.
“Even more groundbreaking, I think, we’re talking about cradle to grave control over life and death decisions, over our lives. If government obtains that kind of power then they can justify any action they take to be about health and about health care or about their budget.
“We all know this isn’t about delivering the highest-quality health care to Americans. That’s not at all what it is; it’s about usurping power over our lives.
Other members of Congress participating in this groundbreaking effort include Reps. Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.), Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, Pete Hoekstra (R-Mi), Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-Texas), Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), and Rep. Steve King (R-IA).
Pence: ‘CBO Score is Moot’
House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) yesterday confirmed to HUMAN EVENTS one of the more troubling aspects of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s attempts to rush the health care bill through the House this week. The CBO score — the estimate of the monetary cost of the healthcare bill — keeps creeping up because of elaborate accounting measures that are buckling under closer scrutiny.
At his weekly “pen and pad” session with reporters yesterday, I asked Pence about the expected manager’s amendment that will substantially change the Pelosicare bill released just last week. Democrats are touting the CBO score that estimates the cost of the bill officially around “only” $1.05 trillion, saying the CBO found the bill “deficit neutral.”
No one knows what’s in the “manager’s amendment” will do, but it reportedly will “repair” the “problems” liberals see in the bill. (Does anyone believe that will cost less rather than more?)
I asked Pence if the manager’s amendment has the potential to render the CBO score moot?
“I think the CBO score’s already moot,” Pence said. “The Democrats claim their coverage expansions total $894 billion meeting the President’s pledge not to add one dime — I think he was very specific when he spoke to the Congress — not one dime to the deficit. The more than one trillion dollars in coverage expansions does not even include additional federal spending including the legislation, including the extension of Medicaid stimulus funding to the states, a new re-insurance program for retirees, a $34 billion trust fund for public health. That totals $224.5 billion and when you add all of that together, total spending under the Pelosi health care bill approaches $1.3 trillion — without the doctor fix.”
“Doc fix” is an attempt to fix the underpayment of doctors that is driving doctors out of the current Medicare system. Doctors can’t afford to keep their doors open accepting less than their overhead costs for treating Medicare patients. In this go around, Pelosi carved “doc fix” out of the earlier version of this bill — H.R. 3200, the bill causing all of the angst in August — to help further camouflage the bill’s real costs.
“The American people deserve the opportunity to count the cost, and when they do, they will reject this government takeover of health care,” Pence added.
Pro-Life Alert: School-Based Clinics not barred from Facilitating Abortion
The new Pelosicare bill, (pps. 1352-1360, Subtitle B — Programs, Part I — Grants for Clinics and Centers), will provide funds to create School-Based Health Clinics (SBHC). The bill purports to bar the clinics themselves from providing abortions on site, yet the bill does not specifically bar these clinics from referring or transporting your underage daughter to an abortion clinic without your knowledge or permission.
What the bill says: “SBHC services will be provided in accordance with Federal, State, and local laws;”
Earlier versions of the House bill had much stronger language that specifically required the clinics to abide by all laws, including those of parental or guardian consent:
“(i) SBHC services will be provided in accordance with Federal, State, and local laws governing: (I) obtaining parental or guardian consent; and (II) patient privacy and student records, including section 264 of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and section 444 of the General Education Provisions Act”
H.R. 3962 does not contain this stronger language and does not include language that specifically bars these clinics from facilitating abortions without parental knowledge or consent.
Cong. Bart Stupak (D-Mi) says he has forty votes to prevent the Pelosicare bill from proceeding unless he gets a real vote on banning abortion funding in the bill.