Formal debate on the health care reform bill will proceed.
In its present form the bill is like the proverbial dollar bill falling from the sky. You earn a dollar working hard. But 30% comes off the top for federal, state, and local taxes, and social security. The bill has taken a direct buckshot hit on its descent and 30% has been cleanly blown off.
But we are hardly finished.
Now you pay your mortgage with that 70 cents and that mortgage would include school taxes. So another let's say 5% to 10% is blown off on the descent.
And on and on it goes as you purchase the commodities that you need to live, more taxes are taken from that once proud dollar. As it hits the ground its one tattered shred of its former self. It now looks like a charred thread remnant.
And so it shall go with this health care reform bill. Whatever giveaways that already go to big health insurance companies and big pharma companies will only increase. Whatever aspects of the bill that resemble a new entitlement will decrease until a happy even more pointless accomplishment will be the final end result.
McClatchy: Senate votes to begin debate on health care overhaul
"Let me be perfectly clear," Lincoln said in a Senate floor speech. "I am opposed to a new government-administered health care plan as part of comprehensive health insurance reform."
While she said she was willing to keep the debate going, "I will not vote in favor of the proposal that has been introduced by (Senate Majority) Leader (Harry) Reid as it is written."