Thousands of patriots again stormed the nation’s capitol to voice opposition to the Democrats’ proposed government health care scheme. The crowd did not match the 9-12 project’s million plus attendance at that march on Washington, but the boisterous crowd chanted “Kill the bill” and “Hands off our health care” as they were treated to rousing speeches from a host of leaders and supporters of the Tea Party movement.
“You came before, you came again. I guess they must be deaf. they can’t hear you!” Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) exclaimed to the raucous crowd gathered in Upper Senate Park, just across Constitution Avenue from the Senate chamber. “We’re not leaving until you understand that no means no! What part of no don’t you people understand?”
Sen. Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.) thanked the crowd for coming, saying citizen involvement in the process is vital to regaining lost freedoms.
“What our country lacks is our active involvement to return freedom to its rightful owners — to give it back to us again,” Coburn said. “The health care bill isn’t about health care. The health care bill is about government control… it’s about limiting the freedom to choose for you and your family.”
“I’ve practiced medicine for over 25 years,” Coburn continued in his speech. “I’m a two-time cancer survivor. We have the best health care system in the world. It doesn’t mean that there aren’t problems. But the government runs 60 percent of health care in America today. This bill will move another 20 percent of health care under the control of the government.”
I caught up with Coburn at the side of the stage and asked him about the fundamental expansion of government control included in the Senate bill.
“What they have is three different groups, whether it’s the Preventative Services Task Force, the Medicare Advisory Commission or the cost Comparative Effectiveness panel, all three of those will move us to a position where the government with make your choices for you,” Coburn told HUMAN EVENTS. “They will say what they will pay for, what’s not allowed, what they’ll pay for research for. In other words you will move the choice away from you and your physician to a government agency, so therefore your choices will be limited. … It’s what they have in Europe now.”
“Medicare is illegally rationing health care now by what they’re limiting,” Coburn continued. “When they say you’re 80 years old and you have a tumor mass but you can’t have a virtual colonoscopy. They say you have to have another procedure and you may die from the procedure, when there’s a procedure readily available that doesn’t pose any risk but you can’t have it, that’s rationing health care now.”
“And you can’t pay for it yourself,” Coburn said. “It’s illegal to pay for it if the government says you can’t have it. If you’re on Medicare you can’t go buy it with your own money. So we’re going to end up with a two-tiered medical system.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), author of the Tax Holiday that would give Americans a two-month break in paying federal income taxes (that would cost about the same as the stimulus bill), reminded the crowd of their obligation to remind public servants of their role in this self-government.
“I don’t ever try to push my religious beliefs on other people, but I’m concerned some people have said that as Christians we’re supposed to submit to government,” Gohmert said. “We’re in the United States of America where the government is the people. That’s why it’s up to you to vote, to make your voices heard.”
FreedomWorks Chairman and Former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey spoke with HUMAN EVENTS about the day’s events designed to give voice to the approximately 61 percent (according to the new CNN poll) of Americans who oppose the Democrats’ health care bill.
“I’m headed off from here to Arkansas,” Armey said. “We’re going to do an event at [Sen.] Blanche Lincoln’s state office there in Arkansas, which I think is extremely important. We’ll make the statement here that these folks need to understand, they’re seeing these same folks back home and they’re the folks that are going to vote in their personal election.”
Howard Dean: Kill the Senate Bill
While patriots from around the country were making their voices heard on Capitol Hill, Democrat Party Chairman Emeritus Howard Dean was echoing their “Kill the Senate Bill” on Vermont Public Radio, demanding that Congress start over and ram through a single-payer health care bill using budget reconciliation.
The radical left is upset over announced plans to strip the government insurance option and the Medicare buy-in out of the Democrat health care “reform” bill.
“This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate,” Dean said. “Honestly the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill, go back to the House, start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler bill.”
HUMAN EVENTS reported as each dot and tittle was strategically placed, both the House and the Senate have already lined up the budget reconciliation process in both chambers should they so desire.
Gitmo to Get an Address Change
The Obama administration yesterday announced plans to move the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility from its current secure island location into the heartland of America. The target of the move is the Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois, 150 miles from Chicago.
Touting the move as a jobs program for Illinois, Democrats from the Land of Lincoln hailed the move as the shot in the arm for the type of good jobs the state really needs.
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) was among the slate of the Illinois Republican delegation strongly opposed to Gitmo’s proposed change of address.
“The decision to move some of the world’s worst terrorists to Illinois is an ill-advised move that ultimately will be regretted,” Roskam said. “The proponents have failed to prove how this move will make America safer. Let’s be clear: the Administration is not closing Guantanamo, they are simply moving Guantanamo to Illinois. Illinois deserves a better Christmas present than hardened terrorists.”
House Judiciary Committee Ranking Republican Lamar Smith (R-Texas) pointed out this is about more than the serious safety concerns for the people of Illinois who could be targeted by terrorists.
“It’s not an issue of how secure the prison is, it’s an issue of giving terrorist enemy combatants access to the same rights as U.S. citizens,” Smith warned. “Once on U.S. soil — whether detained in a prison or awaiting trial — Gitmo terrorists can argue for additional rights under the Constitution that may make it harder for prosecutors to obtain a conviction.”
“It is inexcusable for the Obama administration to transfer terrorists anywhere in the United States,” Smith added. “Guantanamo Bay was never meant to be another Ellis Island. Terrorists are detained there for a reason — to keep Americans safe! There is no good reason to close Guantanamo Bay and no good purpose can be served by importing dangerous terrorists to the U.S. for detention and prosecution.”
Cartoon by Brett Noel.