And we're just getting started on key "reform" in health care with a "$634 billion dollar reserve fund."
"By first identifying a large pot of money to underwrite health-care reform -- before laying out a proposal on who would be covered or how -- Obama hopes to draw Congress to the bargaining table to tackle the details of a comprehensive plan.And so Congress, with their special interest constituents, headed to the Health Care Summit on Capital Hill in March like bees to honey.
Look at them. Didn't they look sincere? Certainly their conflicts of interest had nothing to do with their dazzled enthusiasm, right?
But why does the White House's own website claim:
"A Commitment to Fiscal Responsibility: Barack Obama will pay for his $50 - $65 billion health care reform effort by rolling back the Bush tax cuts for Americans earning more than $250,000 per year and retaining the estate tax at its 2009 level."Wait. Isn't the tab already an order of magnitude higher at $634 billion?
Could the White House's own website be understating the real costs of health care reform? If so, where else will the money be coming from?
Perhaps our Congressmen should look at the upcoming budget for health care reform a little bit closer before moving forward with blanket handouts, otherwise, they might become just as blind-sided as they've been when we learned that AIG's bonuses were guaranteed in the unread Stimulus Package they passed.
Addendum - 20 March 2009 16:41pm: Senator Dodd: "Oops."