Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Rules Protect "Death Panels In Obamacare"
The provision in the legislation forbids considering amendment changes to the regulations that would be imposed on Americans by the bill's Medical advisory Board, panels set up to make decisions about provisions for care. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at one point famously called the "Death Panels" because among the decisions they could make would be to withhold-life saving treatments for patients. The provision comes in section 3403 of Reid's "manger Amendment" to the health care takeover plan that is yet facing another vote in the Senate this week. The bill would mandate abortion funding nationwide. The bill states, It shall not be in order in the Senate and House Of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection. The subsection addresses rules and regulations that doctors would be ordered to follow by the "Independent Medicare Advisory Board A/k/a "The Death Panels,"Redstate reported. Sen. Jim Demint (R-South Carolina) jumped into the action, question whether the current vote should require two-thirds super majority because it changes rules. Sen. Demint argued, "As the chair has confirmed, rule 22 paragraph 2. of the standing rules of the Senate, that necessary affirmative vote shall be two-thirds of the Senators present for the voting. Let me go to the bill before us, because buried deep within over 2,000 pages of this bill, we find a rather substantial change in the rules of the Senate, this is clearly a rule change. This is not legislation, It's not law. This is a rule change. It's a pretty big deal. We will be passing a new law at the same time creating a new Senate rule rule that makes it out of order to amend or repeal the law. I am not sure that is constitutional, he continued According to the transcript, the rule change, however, was determined by the majority of Democrats in a "procedural" change instead. "We have included rules changes in legislation yet we are ignoring a rule that requires a two-thirds cloture vote to pass it. i believe it is unconstitutional. It subverts the principals that we have operated under the principals that we have operated under and it is very obvious to everyone that it does change the rule, Sen. Demint continued. It's clear that our rules mean nothing if we can redefine words that we use in them. Finally, the Average American and Conservatives are being steamrolled by this Democratic Congress. The worst part about this story is the average voter will pay no attention to any story about Senate rules and procedures and the media won't cover it, well they are the liberal socialist media.