Harry Reid Tries To Ease Passage Of Anti-Gun “Health” Bill Through Procedural Fraud Scheme
Friday, October 16, 2009
We have been keeping you posted on the anti-gun “health” bill which would dump all of your most private health-related gun information into a federal database — and would allow the Obama administration to suspend your government-mandated insurance if you keep a loaded firearm for self-defense.
But this legislation ran into a buzz saw because it would cut health entitlements — primarily Medicare — by $404 billion. In particular, under the health bill crafted by Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Medicare payments to doctors would drop 25% after the first year — bringing the Medicare program to a screeching halt.
Now, Senate Democrat Leader Reid has crafted a procedural trick: He’ll restore over $200 billion of the $404 billion in cuts in separate legislation — S. 1776.
Because it is a separate bill, he will continue to claim that health reform “doesn’t increase the federal deficit by a single penny,” even though it increases the deficit by 20 trillion pennies when you consider this second bill.
Suffice it to say that this tactic is corrupt, even by Harry Reid standards.
This fraud bill is being filibustered by Senate Republicans. And the Senate will vote on whether to cut off debate on Monday, shortly after 5:00 EDT.
Killing this bill will go a long way toward stopping the anti-gun ObamaCare legislation.
ACTION: Contact your two U.S. Senators. Ask them to vote against the effort to shut off debate to the deficit fraud bill, S. 1776, and to oppose the anti-gun health care bill.
You can use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center to send your senators the pre-written e-mail message below.
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It is hard to believe the effort to pass anti-gun health care reform could be any sleazier. Now there is an effort to grease the skids to pass ObamaCare by using slight of hand.
Senate Democrat Leader Reid has crafted a procedural trick to restore over $200 billion of the $404 billion Medicare cuts — and then pretend that he isn’t “increasing the federal deficit by a penny” merely because it is done in a separate bill.
Suffice it to say that this tactic is corrupt and dishonest, even by Harry Reid standards.
The motion to proceed to this fraud bill is being filibustered. If you are serious about your commitment not to increase the deficit “by a penny,” I would urge you to vote against cloture on the motion to proceed to this fraud scheme, numbered S. 1776.