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Archive for 19 November 2009
….I wanted to know how many times certain words were used in the Senate’s non-health care bill. Yes, I have been reading it, which is what got me to thinking, I’d like to know how many times certain words came up in the bill. It seemed, while reading through it, there were a lot more than what the count gave me, but oh well.
Here’s what I’ve come across so far:
Penalty – 115
Penalties – 48
Tax/Taxable – 511
Mandate/Mandated/Mandates – 7
Require/Requires – 1025
Internal Revenue – 104
Abortion – 21
Social Security Act – 392
Heritage senior fellows Brian Walsh and Hans von Spakovsky have a new article out at NRO on the jail time provisions that exist in both the House and Senate bills. Read the whole thing, but here are some key graphs:
By transforming a refusal or failure to comply with a government mandate into a federal tax violation, the “progressives” are using the brute force of criminal law to engage in social engineering. This represents an oppressive, absolutist view of government power.
The idea of imprisoning or fining Americans who don’t knuckle under to an unprecedented government mandate to purchase a particular insurance product should outrage anyone who believes in the exceptional promises and opportunities afforded by our basic American freedoms. The idea isn’t progressive but highly regressive, the equivalent of reinstituting debtors’ prisons, a punishment Americans eliminated 160 years ago.
Many of the Americans who will surely ignore the government health-insurance mandate may not wind up in prison. But if noncompliance becomes too widespread, any one of us could become the example the feds prosecute to make sure the iron hand of the new Washington is clearly visible to other potential “criminals.”
Unless this paternalistic juggernaut is stopped, Americans will lose some of their most fundamental freedoms, and the power of the federal government to impose novel requirements in every facet of our personal lives will have become virtually unlimited.
I guess I’m going to be one of those who ends up in jail, cuz I sure can’t pay the fine, and I have NO intention of being under the thumb of the likes of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid. I suppose if I end up in prison, I’ll still be under their thumb, but I don’t think I’m going to be alone.
Update: Yikes! Reckon I should have added….it’s a joke people!
Swiped from Real Conservatives.
Pages 858 to 1008 of Reid/ObamaCare: (.pdf):
Sec. 2521. National medical device registry.
Subtitle C—National Medical
10 Device Registry
11 SEC. 2521. NATIONAL MEDICAL DEVICE REGISTRY.
12 (a) REGISTRY.—
13 (1) IN GENERAL.—Section 519 of the Federal
14 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 360i) is
16 (A) by redesignating subsection (g) as sub17
section (h); and
18 (B) by inserting after subsection (f) the
20 ‘‘National Medical Device Registry
21 ‘‘(g)(1) The Secretary shall establish a national med22
ical device registry (in this subsection referred to as the
23 ‘registry’) to facilitate analysis of postmarket safety and
24 outcomes data on each device that—
25 ‘‘(A) is or has been used in or on a patient; and
This might annoy a few folks, but after watching this interview, I have gained a LOT more respect for this young woman.