As the protests heat up a new tact has been taken by several of the offending electing officials. When confronted with specifics about the bill circulating in the House some members of Congress and President Obama himself, attempt to claim that because the bill is final the interpretations that people are making of the language are invalid because they aren’t based on “final language.” “Things could change” seems to be the line that these Congressional folks want to hold to.
Heritage.Org goes through the recent mark up by the House Ways and Means Committee. As a part of their review they look at several amendments that were proposed, their potential impact on the legislation and the result of the vote on the amendment. Each of the amendments were intended to specifically address one of the issues that the offending Congressional folks are trying to tell us “isn’t in there.” Let’s have a look at a few.
- An amendment was offered that would eliminate Obama care if people on the public plan had average wait times for medical procedures that were longer than for people on private plans. The amendment was defeated by the Democrats on a straight party-line vote.
- An amendment was offered that would ensure that illegal immigrants would not gain access to Obama care. The ammendment was defeated by the Democrats on a straight party-line vote
- An amendment was offered that would require members of Congress to forfeit their coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. This amendment was defeated by the Democrats.
- An amendment was offered that would guarantee that HSA plans would be private plans that would be eligible for future enrollment. The amendment was defeated by the Democrats
- An amendment was offered that would keep abortions from being mandated as required coverage in Obama care. A separate amendment was offered that would prevent tax money from being used to provide abortions. Both amendments were defeated by the Democrats.
There were several other amendments offered, all defeated by the Democrats.
Funny, when challenged with their own language the Congressional cowards hide behind the notion that the language “could change.” When challenged in committee to clarify the language and say specifically what they mean, they just hide.