Senators McCain and Kyl on Wrong Side

I’m disgusted that Arizona Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl voted against the Franken Amendment. The Franken amendment was very simple, clear, and quite fair: Haliburton, or subsidiaries, (and any other similar contractors) would receive no federal funds if they require employees or subcontractors to sign mandatory arbitration clauses (e.g. sign away their right to bring their case before a court). This is quite reasonable given Haliburton and its subsidiaries problems with employees being raped, assaulted, discrimination, and otherwise harassed by their co-workers and employers and then being denied justice or evn a hint of impartial review.

I want to know why the Senators from Arizona seem to condone these illegal activities? Why are they trying to protect such abusive companies? If they voted against it simply because a Democrat made the amendment then I am disgusted with their partisanship. If they voted against it because they are protecting Haliburton and others, then they are complete idiots. Such actions as these make me wonder if both are simply “good ol’ boy” misogynists.

Fortunately the Franken amendment passed anyway.

CBO Estimate of Baucus Plan

The new CBO “estimate” is out on the Baucus Plan: Budget Report: Senate Finance Panel’s Health-Care Bill Wouldn’t Raise Deficit – washingtonpost.com

Normally I’m more trusting on CBO estimates than claims made by either party on their own, but this is one of those times I really don’t trust the estimate, mainly because it’s based on conjecture because the authors of the bill won’t allow the CBO time to analyze it properly when it has been finalized. So how can it be an accurate assessment? Additionally, I can’t recall offhand any government program that has ever been deficit neutral, and certainly nothing related to health care. So yes I am skeptical. Very skeptical.

Reduce the Deficit by Spending $829 Billion. Huh? – Prescriptions Blog – NYTimes.com

Regardless, my biggest complaint still remains taxing businesses and individuals and most especially fining and potentially imprisoning those who chose not to have insurance. How, exactly is it that a supposedly free and democratic government can impose a mandate for insurance without consent of the citizenry is beyond me. Is the Federal  Government even constitutionally allowed to impose mandated insurance? Obviously not to anyone with common sense. But then common sense doesn’t exist in Washington and all of America is suffering because of it.

This morons still don’t get that they won’t be fixing anything. They’ll just be replacing one stumbling system for one complete failure of a system. A system that rewards Big Pharma with protectionist policies and unfettered price fixing, while crippling U.S. health care practitioners, hospitals, medical research, medical device manufacturers, and most important, the ability of Americans to even receive prompt, competent and quality medical care.

I’ll still hold off on my final opinion when they actually have something concrete, though I suspect Congress will try to force it through so people won’t be able to read it and issue an opinion before they attempt to impose it on the citizenry.