P.L. 111-3, The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (14 comments ↓ | 12 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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January 15, 2009, 5:17pm (report abuse)

Does it make any sense for the United States Congress to shut down over 200 of America's best and safest hospitals just because physicians own and operate them instead of the bureaucrats? (see www.thehospitalfiles.com for more information) The bureaucrats have hired a small army of big-shot Washington lobbyists to work over our Congressmen and Senators. This is just old-fashioned, Washington insider stuff: bureaucrats buying political influence to stop the hospital reform movement started by physicians acting on their medical oath to put patients first. U.S. Rep Pete Stark, champion for American Hospital Association, wants bureaucrats, not physicians, controlling every hospital in America. We have learned from the past that we can't wait for Congress to do the right thing. Barack Obama said he could bring change and reform to Washington, but he needed our help to do it. President Obama realizes we have to work together for change and reform. Starting right now!

Jeff G

January 17, 2009, 12:57am (report abuse)

Why would tobacco users be singled out to pay for children's health care....Roll your own tobacco is a product used by the poor, and elderly on fixed incomes, who can't afford manufactured cigarettes, and will not stop smoking...this bill raises their tax from $1.09 to $25.62 on a pound of tobacco ....2500 Percent.....If everybody wants health care for kids ( I do) everyone should pay for it.....Not 20%a o the nations adults who have an unpopular yet LEGAL habit


January 26, 2009, 10:28am (report abuse)

One group of people or one industry should not be singled out to pay for a government program. Everyone should pay equally. They are assuming that people will continue to buy tobacco even though it's use is restricted more and more every day. Of course Congress doesn't care what we think, they have already been elected and they know they will be re--elected.


January 26, 2009, 11:53am (report abuse)

Dumber than dumb Congress. When you succeed, you then have no funding for this health care boondoggle, so then how do you pay for it? Non-smokers will then see the stupidity of their ways and cry foul.

Doubtful Avenger

January 26, 2009, 12:00pm (report abuse)

OK, let's spend millions on health care for those who already have it, and encourage them to drop the coverage they have, and let's pay for it with tobacco taxes, which will discourage tobacco use, but if successful, will dry up the funds for the bill. That's OK, though because we already owe 10 trillion, over 4 trillion of which is owed to foreigners, so it won't make a dent. And we can always print money, thereby devaluing our currency while "stimulating" the economy and causing rampant inflation. My God, it's Jimmy Carter! I don't know why you people can't understand the brilliance of our Congress. I guess their wisdom is just over your heads.


January 27, 2009, 8:00pm (report abuse)

"Doubtful Avenger" hit the nail on the head with this one. It is impossible for this bill to persist in funding itself. Short-sightedness has caused a lot of problems for this country, especially in regards to social programs.


January 30, 2009, 12:23pm (report abuse)

You are all right but missing the ultimate point. Of course the tobacco funds would dry up, this is what they want. Once the tobacco funds dry up they will then be able to justify payroll tax increases to replace the dried up funds and since millions of people will be insured by this ludicrous program the resistance to the tax increase will be minimal. This ultimately is all about redistribution of wealth and the furthering of other such 5th column socialist and marxist reforms.


February 2, 2009, 5:56pm (report abuse)

I have not read the full Bill but I can say that Brandon is living in the 50s not in 2009. To mention marxism in this stage and age, is simply idiotic.

Michael M

February 5, 2009, 4:32pm (report abuse)

Not to stray off topic, but Marxism wasn't an era or period of time, la_gioconda, it's an ideology, and a dangerous one that's rearing its head again through our current Congress and Administration. Brandon is correct in pointing that out.

Frustrated in MO

February 7, 2009, 6:31pm (report abuse)

Not to mention the millions more added insured by granting citizenship to the illegal aliens. But what the heck, they are already receiving free healthcare.

Rainattle Rat

February 10, 2009, 12:15pm (report abuse)

"I have not read the full Bill but I can say that Brandon is living in the 50s not in 2009. "

Hey la_DoucheBag, RTFB.

Quiero Fumar

February 10, 2009, 3:27pm (report abuse)

Yo... giaconda ... time will show that you are wrong. Have you noticed that during the campaign, Obama was all about Hope & Change, but now he's all Gloom & Doom. He's hedging his bets. If he fails it's "Bush's Fault", the mantra of the Democratic Party, if he succeeds, he's a hero. I think this bill is the beginning of a nightmare. but as I said time will tell.

the Hud

February 17, 2009, 11:31am (report abuse)

....as a former police officer, they will keep raising the tax on cigarettes and this country will have a black market situation that will blow ones mind away. Incidentally, I don't smoke....


April 5, 2009, 11:42am (report abuse)

Brandon, is absolutely correct, and la_gioconda obviously doesn't know what he/she is talking about.

This is an obvious and blatant violation of the US Constitution. The legislature knows it, the executive knows it, and the courts know it. They do it anyway, because they know they can get away with it. Although there are those non-smokers who disagree with it, the majority support it out of ignorance or complete lack of interest.

Our "government" EMPLOYEES should be prosecuted criminally for such blatant violations of our rights. And, if they claim it was not obvious to them it is unconstitutional, they should be impeached and removed from office for incompetence.

Unfortunately, far to many people in this country either don't care about their liberty, are unaware of or do not understand it, or are simply ignorant. Until and unless the people of this country wake up to the socailistic movement happening right under their noses, America is doomed.


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