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Dems Pass Mandatory Health Insurance

From a positively hysterical Associated Press:

Senate OKs health care measure, reaching milestone

By Erica Werner, Associated Press Writer

December 24, 2009

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history.

When the AP says “usher in” they mean “mandate.”

"We are now finally poised to deliver on the promise of real, meaningful health insurance reform that will bring additional security and stability to the American people," Obama said shortly after the Senate acted.

"This will be the most important piece of social legislation since Social Security passed in the 1930s," said Obama, standing with Vice President Joe Biden in the State Room of the White House.

The 60-39 vote on a cold winter morning capped months of arduous negotiations and 24 days of floor debate.

And by “arduous negotiations” the AP means “carve-outs, kickbacks and other bribes.”

By “debate” they mean the Republicans, who after all represent nearly half of the US citizenry, were completely frozen out.

It also followed a succession of failures by past congresses to get to this point. Biden presided as 58 Democrats and two independents voted "yes." Republicans unanimously voted "no."

An exhausted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., initially cast a "no" vote by mistake, then quickly corrected himself as fellow senators burst out laughing

How hilarious, huh?

We would suggest it may have been Freudian, but that would entail Mr. Reid still having some concern for this country.

The Senate’s bill must still be merged with legislation passed by the House before Obama could sign a final bill in the new year. There are significant differences between the two measures but Democrats say they’ve come too far now to fail.

Both bills would extend health insurance to more than 30 million more Americans…

This is simply a lie.

These bills merely require the uninsured to buy insurance or pay a fine or go to jail. Nothing is being “extended” except the government’s power over every aspect of our lives.

However, this is undeniably an historic moment.

Either the Democrats have inexorably moved our nation to totalitarianism, or they have laid the groundwork for a political uprising that will bring a new birth of freedom.

Sadly, we suspect it is the former. But only time will tell.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 24th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

33 Responses to “Dems Pass Mandatory Health Insurance”

  1. sheehanjihad says:

    I just watched that smarmy corrupt POS Harry Reid smirking for the cameras…..saying in effect that they passed the health care bill.

    I cannot in good conscience state my feelings on him and his bought and paid for lapdogs because the post would have to be deleted purely for it’s expletives alone.

    But to be sure….this corrupt thieving rotten traitorous socialistic mini Stalin deranged walking anus and his counterpart in the House…

    that botox ridden board fence ugly leftist power mad perpetual moron morally bankrupt douchebag…..

    they are going to be held directly accountable for the potential destruction of our society as a whole. I have literally had it. And since I am going to be denied any treatment for any future illness due to my age….I have nothing to lose. They do.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Really SJ……….don’t sugar coat it.
      Vent it big boy!!

    • BillK says:

      Passed 60-39 as expected (who’s the Republican holdout?)

      The better question is they will be responsible, but who will hold them responsible.

      Most Americans see a big new shiny present under the Christmas tree that only “business owners” and “the rich” will have to pay for.

      Who cares if Grandpa has his health care withheld – he’s lived long enough anyway…

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      This is depressing. Monumentally and overwhelmingly depressing. The wheels put into motion will never affect the perpetrators of this criminal act, and they know this. If it was a “kamikaze” action, I fail to see the motivation. For one thing, they cannot truly believe they are doing a good thing for the people of the country; They have said as much.

      I hate them all with every fiber of my being. To me there is nothing worse than an evil person conducting evil in the open with the attitude knowing that nobody can do anything to stop them. That particular brand of arrogance is especially disgusting to me and to most others.

      Yet, the real insult to the whole thing is a complicit public that thinks they get “free stuff” and to that end, we were socialist long before this vote ever took place simply based on the lack of argument against it. They enjoy a majority of some kind, otherwise there would be trouble in the streets.

      Sure, it’s historical alright. It’s the worst piece of legislation to happen since social security and medicare. And, will be as equally un-retrievable the minute it goes into effect. We will become the sheeple that Great Britain is, that all of Europe is…for if the government enacts to take away “free stuff” the people truly will revolt…not that I don’t find many of them revolting anyway, on general principle alone.

      Mitchell Obama may be proud of this nation for the first time in its life but for me, Today I am disgusted and angered at my government. I might even have accepted such a thing had there been true discourse and debate. They shut out ALL debate, ALL input and only allowed those who agreed with their warped ideas for a socialist state.

      Assholes, all of them. Every single last one. And again, they know they will never be affected by any of it. I wish them all to Hell.

  2. sheehanjihad says:

    This Democrat Government will reap what they sow. When they are tasked with trying to save themselves from the angry mobs, they will demand the open debate and fairness that they so callously snatched from everyone else.

    It does me good that the fate of these filthy bastards is being determined as we speak behind closed doors and in secret. They will all get what they deserve….well, they wont get what they deserve, but they will be successfully stopped.

    We, the People, will not stand idly by and allow these power mad psychopaths take our liberty and freedom from us. THAT is what, in their incredible hubris, they dont understand. Their leftist liberal backers will not do a damn thing to protect them. They will be running for their own lives.

    I honestly hope it doesnt come to that…but if past history serves me correctly, I dont look forward to being able to vote them out simply because of the massive voter fraud that they depend on to remain in power.

    I would rather it be a battle of the ballot box, but unfortunately, our elections have become so corrupt and fraudulent that they are fast becoming a mere formality. So I hold out little hope that the inevitable will not occur.

    The left, the democrats, the administration are depending on it. I wish I had the answers. I dont. But to the turncoat traitors who reside in Washington, I wish you a not so Merry Christmas, and hopefully…a final last year.

    • BillK says:

      You say that, but let me ask:

      What did Democrats reap for the “New Deal” that drove the country deeper into the Great Depression?

      What did Democrats reap for creating Social Security?

      What did Democrats reap for creating Medicare?

      Yep, no negative consequences whatsoever.

      But this time, the American people will rise up and… What? American Idol‘s on?

      Never mind.

    • proreason says:


      FDR and LBJ were a long time ago.

      FDR got away with it because there were no precedents in this country for Socilism. Yes, people could have looked at Soviet Russia, but it had only been in place for 20 years, and it was easy to argue that the jury was still out.

      And the “great (sic) society” came after 20 years of prosperity and American power. Things were going so well that it was easy to argue that we had surplusses of wealth and capabilities that would never be depleted.

      Things are much different now. The anger in this country is PALPABLE.

      When these political stalanist criminals are overthrown, and they will be soon, it will be decades before thay can get a toehold again.

      From a lifeong democrat in todays WaPro, no less:

      “The announcement by Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith that he is switching to the Republican Party is just the latest warning sign that the Democratic Party — my lifelong political home — has a critical decision to make: Either we plot a more moderate, centrist course or risk electoral disaster not just in the upcoming midterms but in many elections to come.

    • BillK says:

      proreason, you foolishly associate “anger” with elections.

      No matter how angry people are, they believe their representative is good, it’s all the others that are wrong.

      For example, I suspect most Nebraskans are proud of Nelson, because it was clear the President was going to get his health care plan and he just saved the state $100 million with his sweetheart deal.

      That’s what being a Congressman or Senator is all about – not the good of the country, but bringing up Federal dollars.

      By that measure, Nelson and Landreau will be hailed as heroes by their constituents.

    • proreason says:


      I’ll just forget about Virginia and New Jersey then.

      Those elections must have been influenced by global warming or something..

  3. sheehanjihad says:

    They should change the name of that show to “Americans Idle”.. there will be a large percentage who will just sit on the fence, and fall in with whoever prevails. They are the reason Obama and the Democrats succeeding in their coup. There will be a tiny minority who will try to maintain the left’s idea of anarchy….but there will be a good percentage of Citizens who will carry the weight for the rest. I agree BillK….most fear direct conflict and will do anything to avoid it, including being on their knees. Fortunately….there are those who will not. Hopefully, they will inspire others. Maybe so, maybe not. By then, it wont matter. But at least those who believe in freedom and liberty will go down fighting….regardless of the sheep. It’s really too bad too…but that is what we have been dealt, and I am positive that there are more who will do what is necessary when they find out that the fence they are sitting on has fallen. No more gray area….it will be for America, or against America…bottom line.

  4. proreason says:

    “Eleven Months On”

    The choir sings less sweetly now.
    Their gossip isn’t quite the same.
    Sarah stays at home most days.
    Anna asked if life’s a game.

    The lumber men skipped jokes today.
    Max is drinking more at night.
    The poker game was stopped last June.
    And Sammy, all he does is fight.

    I still walk the dog at dusk.
    It’s quiet, but I feel the crowd.
    We still go to Soccer Saturdays.
    The cheering there’s less loud.

    We have a TV at the shop.
    He’s always got some brand new shout.
    I watch the faces as they glare.
    Someone always tunes him out.

    I grew up hating liars.
    We want good lives for everyone.
    Mama taught us peace and love.
    Dad taught that teams are stronger.

    Now all I see are fists and rage.
    That finger always points at me.
    My life has been a peaceful one.
    But I won’t live in poverty.

    Stop it.
    There’s anger at the lumber yard.
    Stop it now.
    Their hearts are turning hard.

    We heard your boasts of victory.
    “Never waste a crisis”
    But now hear ours, and don’t forget
    that you were warned of this.

    “He has loosed the fateful lightening of the terrible swift sword.
    His truth is marching on.”

  5. Howard Roark says:

    Merry Christmas to everyone here at S&L.

    I’ve never met any of you, but feel as if I have. Often times I’ve mentioned you as individuals to my fiance’, describing the latest contribution you’ve made here. Whether it’s Catie’s latest brush with hostile relatives, Canary’s recolections about an America that is long gone, or even the Colonel’s sports car, I have found myself reading your words and finding unexpected comfort and camaraderie. Thank you all for that, and may we all find each other in a better life on the other side.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Let the Revolution start with me going to jail as for I will not pay one thin dime for a system that will ‘NEVER’ work!!

    I’ll go kicking and screaming!!!
    (for starters)

  7. joeblough says:

    Can we stop calling them “liberals” now?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I’m game ….. hows about we label them “criminal”?

    • joeblough says:

      “Criminal” works.

      I was thinking along the lines of nazis, fascists or totalitarians, but hoping for something a little less commonly used. There’s too much static around the word Nazi, although as national socialists, that is certainly what they are. Same for fascist.

      Perhaps something suitably creepy from the dystopian literature, 1984, Animal Farm, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451 and such.

      There is, after all, NOTHING liberal about those people.

      Even the term “progressive”, while it places them in their proper historical and theoretical context, is rather false and misleading.

      The word progress implies going somewhere you haven’t been yet. Whereas the only place those people are likely to take the nation is BACK into the pits of totalitarianism and pre-enlightenment oppression, autocracy, oligarchy and slavery.

      They are, in truth, deeply reactionary and regressive.

      I do think we need an appropriate descriptive term that’s easy to understand and remember.

    • proreason says:

      Oligarchs may be the best one-word description for them.

      oligarch: A member of an oligarchy, someone who is part of a small group that runs a country; A very rich person (especially in Russia)

      “running the country” is really what they want to do. It’s in direct opposition to the vision of the Founding Fathers who REVOLTED against an aligarchy.

      There are a several problems with that word though. a) it doesn’t capture their manic desire to literally control the breaths we take. b) it doesn’t convey their love of corruption that these people wallow in. c) it doesn’t illustrate the extent of the deception that they routinely practice to impose their will on others. d) it doesn’t portray their overwhelming arrogance and narcicism

      So an entire phrase is called for: Lying, arrogant, criminal, control-freak Oligarchs

      update: on second thought, I like SlaveMasters. In addition to conveying what they want to do, it has the additional benefit of pointing out who the real racists are.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      pro……you got the angle but I believe that we are dealing with “OVERLORDS”.
      Course…..I’m just thinkin’ here!

    • JohnMG says:


      OK, fair enough. Starts with an ‘S’ and ends with an ‘S’. So does ‘Sonsabitches!

  8. RightWinger says:

    The Demorats say everybody has to have health insurance. It’s their mission to make sure everybody is covered. So you are required to purchase health insurance or face a fine for starters.

    Of course, a lot of young people out of college who don’t buy health insurance to begin with, are going to figure out when the time comes it will be cheaper to pay the fine than actually spend $1000’s more on insurance. So they will pay the fine and then they will continue to be uninsured.

    So the point of all this is? (rhetorical question)

  9. joeblough says:

    Just out of curiosity …

    Do Americans still HAVE a breaking point?

    What might that be do you think?

    • BillK says:

      If you took away their American Idol or Dancing with the Stars

      Freedom? Who cares about that.

      Founding Fathers? Is Jerry Springer one of them?

    • joeblough says:


      Your cynicism is inspiring.

      That said, I devoutly hope you are wrong. Which is not to say that I have a convincing counter argument.

  10. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    A milestone achievement? More like a millstone placed around our necks. If they want this to be remembered as their legacy then someone needs to point out to the Dem’s that not all legacy’s are positive ones.

  11. pharaohjoe says:

    “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    Just sayin’.

  12. tranquil.night says:

    “Either the Democrats have inexorably moved our nation to totalitarianism, or they have laid the groundwork for a political uprising that will bring a new birth of freedom.”

    Bwah, I’m blown away! I defer to thee, sir!

    There’s a glimmer of hope, and a glimmer for us is more than a glimmer. When, during the dark times, are the odds ever in the good guys’ favor?

    I just don’t get what happens when the reality sets in on everyone that all this bill meant was that they have to buy insurance or face a fine/jail. I’m/we’re all so confused about what we’re actually dealing with here; from all those hidden House negotiations, to those hidden Senate ones, and 1am votes. What the heck happened to the Stupak Ammendment? Remember how the House only passed the bill because of the anti-abortion legislation and literally like a few hours later some dingleberry Democrat Senator came out and said it was all irrelevant? Well he was right and hilariously Ben Nelson used that fact against them to load the thing up with cornhusks. Now they’re clamping down on Stupak to get the dumb thing out of conference. It’s absolute tyranny.

    This whole thing spells imminent disaster, not just 2010 election revolution. If this monstrosity somehow makes its way to the pen we may in fact be hearing our first State of the Motherland speech from our dear leader, that’s how quick I think some of the paradoxes of the taxes, lack of benefits, and illegal mandates are going to cause a rift. So yes, to sum it up brilliantly I once again defer to Steve’s bold quoted summary.

  13. proreason says:

    For those convinced they must now lie on their stomachs and enjoy the Fascist Health Care suppository, read what Michael Barone has to say about it:

    “…the precedent for Congress passing an unpopular bill is an old one, and the issue it addressed has long been settled, though not by the legislation in question.

    That legislation was the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. Its lead sponsor was Stephen A. Douglas…

    The issue that Douglas said the Kansas-Nebraska Act would settle forever was slavery in the territories. His bill repealed the 34-year-old Missouri Compromise prohibiting slavery in territories north of Arkansas and substituted popular sovereignty — territory residents could vote slavery up or down….

    the results of the next election were pretty convincing. The Republican Party was suddenly created to oppose the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the 1854-55 elections transformed the Democrats’ 159-71 majority to a 108-83 Republican margin. Democrats didn’t win a majority of House seats for the next 20 years. …

    Nor did the Kansas-Nebraska Act settle the issue it addressed. Pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers fought it out in “bleeding Kansas,” ……The issue roused a former congressman named Abraham Lincoln to re-enter politics.

    Kansas-Nebraska was an attempt to settle a fundamental issue by legislative legerdemain and political trickery. The Democrats’ health care bills are an attempt to settle a fundamental issue by partisan maneuver and cash-for-cloture. As Stephen Douglas learned, such tactics can work for a while, but the country — and the Democratic Party — can end up paying a heavy price.”

    Mr Barone also says that the health care debate is not as serious as the slavery debate.

    I’m not sure I agree with him on that part. Losing our freedom strikes me is pretty significant, even if the fascists don’t allow it to be called “slavery”.

    Read it all….. http://townhall.com/columnists/MichaelBarone/2009/12/24/when_legerdemain_is_used_to_pass_an_unpopular_bill?page=full&comments=true

  14. pdsand says:

    Well let me just say that it gives me great honor to say on behalf of all americans that I sure am glad the democratic party is looking out for us and is willing to grant us this legislative grace. Oh wait only democrats and journalists know what’s best for all Americans. Well anway, up until now there was no federal law in place that assured me that I would have health insurance. What you mean that as long as I kept working my same job I was going to keep my same insurance I always had? But at least I know there’s some kind of big government pot of money out there that the federal government will use to pay for all of this. Oh wait, you mean we’re all going to have to pay for this out of our tax money? Well at least that doesn’t mean I’ll have to pay for it personally. Oh you mean our taxes come right out of our paychecks? Well this sucks! So now I’ll have to keep paying for the insurance I had, as well as now pay for insurance for a bunch of able-bodied (even in the lax eye of the Social security disability administration) people who don’t work, and voted for the same people whose economic policies prevent them from finding work to have health insurance as well? I don’t know about this. Well at least I know the senate in its wisdom passed this bill on its merits and those that doubted its merits didn’t just get bought off for a few little pork barrel funding projects. Aww CRAP!

    • pdsand says:

      It gives me great comfort to know that once again democrats have known what was best for me even when I was too dumb to ask for it. Well at least we all know that this healthcare is an important issue and that there will be lots of safeguards in place to allow us to face an uncertain future with the certain knowledge that nothing can possibly go wrong. Dangit Timmy, that’s no way to think. Just because the government’s screwed up everything it’s touched in the past doesn’t mean they’re going to do it again. Nothing can POSSIBLY go wrong.

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