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No One Likes IT

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By IT I mean the Senates Health Care bill passed on Christmas Eve.

Left or Right

The left doesn’t like the public option is removed.

The right doesn’t like it that it is forcing ALL Americans to buy health care insurance or face financial penalties.

The left blogs are slamming it. The right blogs are slamming it.  Anyone out there like it? Do you?

“Forcing every American to purchase a product is absolutely inconsistent with our Constitution and the freedoms our Founding Fathers hoped to protect,” said Senator DeMint.

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Americans who fail to buy health insurance, according to the Democrats’ bill, would be subject to financial penalties.  The insurance mandate is not authorized by any of the limited enumerated powers granted to the federal government.

The Congressional Budget Office once stated “A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action. The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States.”

A legal study by scholars at the nonpartisan Heritage Foundation concluded: “An individual mandate to enter into a contract with or buy a particular product from a private party, with tax penalties to enforce it, is unprecedented– not just in scope but in kind–and unconstitutional as a matter of first principles and under any reasonable reading of judicial precedents.”

What could have or should have happened?

In my humble opinion T I M E and C O M P R O M I S E

The Wyden-Bennett bill proposed in 2007 and 2009 would have been a nice compromise. The Wyden-Bennett Bill would have required 15 Senate Co Sponsors with would have included five Republicans. Or even better Senator Tom Colburns Bill who is also a physician from Oklahoma Bill.

Senator Ron Wyden, from Blue State Oregon, is a long time Liberal, Bob Bennett, from Red State Utah, a Conservative. Under the Wyden-Bennett bill, health dollars would be controlled by the individual (conservative) and used within a restructured, heavily regulated, totally universal, insurance marketplace ( liberal goal).

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Instead of achieving Bi-partisan support and a compromise for both sides, we are left with a Senate Bill that no one likes but was passed for political reasons on Christmas Eve. Now the House and Senate will fight it out, compromise? to get something on the table for President Obama to sign.

…and how about this?

Senator Jim DeMint pointed out some astonishing language on page 1020, subsection C of the Senate Bill concerning the Medicare Advisory Board that is can not be changed by future Congresses.

“it shall not be in order in the senate or the house of representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.”

To my knowledge there has never been any legislation passed by any Congress that prohibits future Senates to change previously enacted laws.

Too bad, business is usual in Washington, not the nonpartisan, open debate, no earmarks legislation on one of the biggest issues facing us at this time. Yes, we all want Health Care Reform and that is a nonpartisan goal.

The fun continues into 2010… Happy New Year.

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Written by Missy Caulk, Associate Broker at Keller Williams Ann Arbor. Missy is the author of Ann Arbor Real Estate Talk and Blog Ann Arbor, and is also the Director for the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors and Member of MLS and Grievance Committee's.



  1. Real Estate Feeds

    December 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    No One Likes IT: By IT I mean the Senates Health Care bill passed on Christmas Eve.
    Left or Right
    The left doesn’…

  2. kristin terry

    December 27, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    No One Likes IT:
    By IT I mean the Senates Health Care bill passed on Christmas Eve.
    Left or Right The left doe..

  3. RealEstate Babble

    December 27, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    AgentGenius: No One Likes IT Full

  4. Real Estate Ninja

    December 27, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    No One Likes IT

  5. Gregory

    December 27, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I was for it when the insurance companies were against it. Against when the insurance companies were backing it. And, now that they don’t like it again – I’m all for it.

    The right no longer stands for “fiscal responsibility” that they try to claim whenever it is convenient to them. They are share full responsiblity for the mess we are in. A complete over haul of the bandits is needed before we will ever succeed.

    Always remember the words of the rights modern day hero, ” I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.” He was such a funny guy.

  6. Phil Polizzotti

    December 27, 2009 at 9:36 pm

  7. Jay Williams

    December 27, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    @agentgenius No One Likes IT

  8. Natasha Hall

    December 28, 2009 at 12:27 am

    No One Likes IT – By IT I mean the Senates Health Care bill passed on Christmas Eve. Left or Right The left doesn't…

  9. Tim Norris

    December 28, 2009 at 2:29 am

    No one likes it…Health Care Reform

  10. Portland Condo Auctions

    December 28, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    True reform is not in the cards. The insurance companies have too much money and they are throwing everything that they have into the special interests. They have many politicians on payroll (they call them “campaign contributions”) and so it is just not going to happen.

  11. Janie Coffey

    December 29, 2009 at 8:27 am

    no one likes it, but you are right, without compromise, we will never get “there”. The problem is, “there” is different to everyone. To those who have insurance, “there” is keeping costs down and quality of care good. To those who don’t have insurance “there” is just getting it to start with. To others, it is not being rejected for a pre-existing condition, booted out because you’ve reached your limit or having to sell or loose your home just to pay for care of a loved one. The fear mongering on all sides has shut down reasonable debate. But, no matter what, any move forward, for me, is a step in the right direction, regardless. I personally want, for all of our citizens, health care for everyone where the sick are the ones who benefit, not insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Until those are really put in check, a great system that really meets everyone’s needs won’t be achievable and I am worried that we have let them go to far for us to ever have a chance of putting them back into the bottle (no pun intended).

    Universal Health Care has and always will be my biggest issue because, to me, it shouldn’t be a political issue at all but one of basic equality of human rights.

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