Sunday, December 20, 2009

Read The Bill

After all the deal making done behind closed doors, what have the Democrats brought to the table?

- Americans required to have insurance or pay a tax. CBO estimates $15 billion in tax over the next 10 years.

- 10% on tanning bed usage.

- Additional taxes on insurance companies and manufactures of medical devices and prescription drugs.

- Tax on employer-sponsored "Cadillac" insurance plans. Unless you're a member of a union that supported Obama in the election; SEIU, mine workers, construction workers.

- Tax on companies that do not offer health insurance coverage. CBO estimate is $28 billion in new taxes on these small business over the next 20 years.

- Unequal treatment and funding for specific states and counties.

Quoted in the New York Times, Harry Reid, D-Neb said; "A number of States are treated differently from other states. That's what this legislation is all about, compromise."

That's one way to put it. Mitch McConnell R-KY put it another way; "...a monstrosity full of special sweetheart deals for a few states."

- Coverage for abortion on demand.

This hot button issue has created a compromise that has been so twisted through the process that it is opposed by Planned Parenthood Federation of American, National Organization for Women, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Right to Life Committee. When was the last time both NOW and the Catholic Church agreed on anything?

Of course Senator Reid would throw out that word "compromise". We MUST compromise! Set aside your personal and religious beliefs and accept that our government will REQUIRE insurance companies provide abortion on demand. This is the "Change" the current administration has promised? Not a change to the politics as usual in Washington, nothing in the bill to actually reduce medical costs. But rather an excuse to move our country to the left. Christians are expected step back from the line in the sand, or risk being accused of standing in the way of saving the lives of millions who may otherwise die without insurance. Which is the greater good, or perhaps the greater evil? The status quo, or our government taking an active role in providing abortions to millions?

I would challenge that "Christian" is not a noun. Being "Christian" is a verb. Jesus challenged in both word and action. He did not compromise, and neither can we.

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