Nevada Governor Slams Harry Reid for Obamacare

Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons slams Harry Reid, D-NV, for Obamacare and calls it a “Knife in the back”.


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  1. Carl Says:

    Obama’s White House Behind “Perpetuity” Clauses in Nazi Health Bill

    December 29, 2009 (LPAC)—President Obama and his top aides were directly involved in drafting the clauses in the Senate health bill which attempt to prohibit any future Congress from ever altering the Nazi “T-4” cost-cutting policies emitting from the Independent Medicare Advisory Board.

    As EIR’s investigations have revealed, the secret clauses were inserted into the Senate bill during secret negotiations that took place behind closed doors in Harry Reid’s office between October 14 (the day after the Senate Finance Committee approved its version of the health bill), and October 26, when it was announced that negotiations had concluded. The Reid bill was filed in the Senate on November 19, at the point where Reid was certain he was close to having 60 voters to overcome a Republican filibuster.

    On October 13, the Senate Democratic website announced that “senior White House officials” would be joining Senators Dodd, Baucus, and Reid in an effort to merge the bills coming out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee headed by Chris Dodd, and the Senate Finance Committee headed by Max Baucus. The next day, it was reported that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, OMB Director Peter Orszag, Health “czar” Nancy-Ann DeParle, and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius were seated at the conference table in Reid’s office along with the three Senators.

    On Sunday, Oct. 18, the Washington Post ran a story entitled “Small Group Now Leads Closed Negotiations on Health-Care Bill,” noting that despite Obama’s campaign promises to conduct negotiations on health-care reform legislation in an open, transparent manner—even televised on C-SPAN—three Senators and top White House officials were meeting behind closed doors to hammer out the final Senate bill. The Post noted that the White House team was being led by Rahm Emanuel, and it said that the tie-breaking votes would be cast by Reid and by Emanuel, the latter acting on Obama’s behalf.

    According to various accounts, this group met continuously up until Oct. 26. The Reid bill was first made public on Nov. 19, with many Senators, Democrats included, complaining that they were in the dark over the revised bill.

    While the news media and commentators fixated on the so-called “public option,” buried in the Reid bill was one of the most sinister provisions ever written into Congressional legislation: clauses asserting that the provisions concerning IMAB and its Nazi policies could never be changed by a future Senate or House of Representatives.

    Exemplary is a clause, part of Section 3403 creating the IMAB, that reads: “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.” (Subsection (d)(3)(C)). Immediately preceding this, are two clauses stating that “It shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, or amendment” that would repeal or change the IMAB legislation or an IMAB recommendation unless it meets the genocidal, cost-cutting criteria specified earlier in the bill. And any waiver of this requires a three-fifths vote of the full Senate. Who stuck this in?

    As EIR’s investigation has shown, these “perpetuity” clauses were not in the IMAB section as voted out of the Senate Finance Committee, although most of the language in the IMAB section in Reid’s bill was taken, often word-for-word, from the Baucus bill. The fingerprints of Obama, Emanual and Orszag are all over this unconstitutional, fascist provision. From the outset, Obama was promoting an expanded version of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), what Obama called “MedPAC on steroids,” as a means of slashing medical costs, or “bending the cost curve” as he repeatedly put it. Obama suggested this be modeled on the BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) Commission, whose recommendations cannot be altered, only voted up or down by a joint resolution of Congress.

    In June, Orszag himself drafted legislation to create an Independent Medicare Advisory Commission (IMAC). On July 17, he sent his draft to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with a cover letter stating that either his version, or the approach being put forward by Sen. Rockefeller to expand MedPAC and make it an independent agency empowered to “improve efficiency and performance throughout the Medicare system,” would be acceptable. A senior Congressional source later told EIR that Emanuel and Orszag were hammering top House leaders and insisting that the IMAC issue was the only non-negotiable issue in the entire health bill, as far as the White House was concerned.

    Going into the Reid secret negotiations, the Senate HELP bill had no IMAC/IMAB provision, (nor did the House bill), and the Baucus bill had an IMAB section which was said to have closely followed the White House’s demands. But obviously it was still not enough for Emanuel, Orszag & Co. What emerged from the secret conclave in Reid’s office, is a moral and constitutional affront to our Republic and the American people.

    Briefed on the EIR investigation-to-date, Lyndon LaRouche observed that the “in perpetuity” language conformed to “what I’ve observed in Rahm Emanuel’s method of speaking. Only an impassioned illiterate would insert such an obvious British formula. It read more like a text that was dictated, than something composed. The illiteracy of the text suggested that Rahm Emanuel played a decisive role. I came to that conclusion, based on profile, even before the evidence was assembled.” LaRouche denounced the Senate formula as “worse than Hitler. Hitler only sought a dictatorship for life.”

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