Tuesday, January 24, 2006

GOP Shoves $22 Billion Health Care Emema Up the Asses of Senior Citizens

Closed-Door Deal Makes $22 Billion Difference

GOP Negotiators Criticized for Change in Measure on HMOs


House and Senate GOP negotiators, meeting behind closed doors last month to complete a major budget-cutting bill, agreed on a change to Senate-passed Medicare legislation that would save the health insurance industry $22 billion over the next decade, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

That change was made in mid-December during private negotiations involving House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and the staffs of those committees as well as the House Energy and Commerce Committee. House and Senate Democrats were excluded from the meeting.

The change in the Medicare provision underscores a practice that growing numbers of lawmakers from both parties want addressed. More than ever, Republican congressional lawmakers and leaders are making vital decisions, involving far-reaching policies and billions of dollars, without the public -- or even congressional Democrats -- present.

Full slime-infested story here.

So, we now have a corrupt Republican President who uses “Signing Statements” to create laws he knows even his own party-controlled Congress wouldn’t pass, and a corrupt Republican Congress that creates laws that benefit special interest groups without the knowledge of the minority party.

And the band plays on.


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