Mr. Obama, as Nancy Pelosi said – “Are You Serious?”

by Jayne D. Frank

It boggles the mind that President Obama thinks the American People are so stupid that we cannot see through the ambush he is planning as a disguise to discuss and solve the health care problems with the Republicans and Democrats on February 25.  He set this up at the State of the Union on January 27, and as late as today, none of the Republicans know who is coming to the meeting, and most importantly what the agenda will be.  Obama has only said two revealing things; 1) that he does not intend to “restart” negotiations on the bill, and 2) that if he doesn’t get cooperation from the Republicans in Congress, he will just “move health care forward.”  The Administration reports that there will be a merging of both the Senate and House bills in order to have another final bill for the participants to look at on February 25.  President Obama has said to Republicans “Let’s just go through the bill” as if he intends to actually do this line by line.

Notwithstanding any of this charade, and using Mr. Obama’s frequent words “Let me be Clear,” the American people are not fooled by this impending “setup”.   The Republicans, and a few clear-headed Democrats have heard us over the past year that we don’t want the healthcare legislation crafted in secret because it contains multiple provisions that are harmful, way too expensive, unnecessary and some which are unconstitutional.  We the People are concerned about the few million legal citizens that are truly uninsured (which is nowhere close to 30 million).  People should not be dropped because of an illness nor should anyone not be  covered because of an existing condition.  Medicare is a problem and something must be done to control the spiraling costs of this program.

So hear us President Obama, Republicans and Democrats in Congress.   Televising this dog and pony show will not make it any more acceptable to us.   The people of this Country don’t want big Government health care in any form.  We want you to fix what is wrong, piece by piece, issue by issue and start over.  Buying across state lines, tort reform, tackling Medicare fraud and abuse, taking funding for abortions out of any bill, and tackling fixes for preexisting conditions, are the only things that Congress has authority to do as authorized by the people.  Individual mandates are unconstitutional, and we will not allow the Government to slip illegal citizens health care coverage into a bill under the guise of trying to insure all.

It has been a long year, and we are tired, we are angry and we want you, Mr. President and Congress, to get on with the most pressing business of this country.  And that is to free up the private sector and individuals from the shackles that you are putting on them so that we can get  this Country back to work!  Health care will be, and should be, worked out a small piece at a time.  Government can’t run anything correctly and within the financial parameters that they establish, and we will not allow Government to take over 1/6th of this Country’s economy with a massive healthcare bill, even if we have to vote every one of you out!

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