The Twelve Days of Health Care Reform

by Karoli on December 21, 2009 · 26 comments

On the first day of Christmas,
the Senate sent to me
A smackdown of the GOP.

On the second day of Christmas,
the Senate sent to me
Two cloture motions
And a smackdown of the GOP.

On the third day of Christmas,
the Senate sent to me
Three filibusters,
Two cloture motions,
And a smackdown of the GOP.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
the Senate sent to me
Four giant posters,
Three filibusters,
Two cloture motions,
And a smackdown of the GOP.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
the Senate sent to me
Health Care Reform,
Four giant posters,
Three filibusters,
Two cloture motions,
And a smackdown of the GOP.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
the Senate sent to me
Six hours debating,
Health Care Reform,
Four giant posters,
Three filibusters,
Two cloture motions,
And a smackdown of the GOP.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
the Senate sent to me
Seven days of process,
Six hours debating,
Health Care Reform,
Four giant posters,
Three filibusters,
Two cloture motions,
And a smackdown of the GOP.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
the Senate sent to me
Eight hours of reading,
Seven days of process,
Six hours debating,
Health Care Reform,
Four giant posters,
Three filibusters,
Two cloture motions,
And a smackdown of the GOP.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
the Senate sent to me
Nine bloggers bitching,
Eight hours of reading,
Seven days of process,
Six hours debating,
Health Care Reform,
Four giant posters,
Three filibusters,
Two cloture motions,
And a smackdown of the GOP.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
the Senate sent to me
Ten prayers for absence,
Nine bloggers bitching,
Eight hours of reading,
Seven days of process,
Six hours debating,
Health Care Reform,
Four giant posters,
Three filibusters,
Two cloture motions,
And a smackdown of the GOP.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
the Senate sent to me
Eleven hours of speeches,
Ten prayers for absence,
Nine bloggers bitching,
Eight hours of reading,
Seven days of process,
Six hours debating,
Health Care Reform,
Four giant posters,
Three filibusters,
Two cloture motions,
And a smackdown of the GOP.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
the Senate sent to me
Twelve secret deals,
Eleven hours of speeches,
Ten prayers for absence,
Nine bloggers bitching,
Eight hours of reading,
Seven days of process,
Six hours debating,
Health Care Reform,
Four giant posters,
Three filibusters,
Two cloture motions,
And a smackdown of the GOP!

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rickydee1955 December 22, 2009 at 1:05 am

and to alla Good Night!

2 So Sad December 22, 2009 at 7:04 am

Wow. Christmas is Good News for All. And you use it to “Kick 'em when they're down”. Maybe you missed the point?…. just a little?… a bit?

Classless. No gracious winners here folks…

3 Karoli December 22, 2009 at 11:13 am

Nah, you’re not down. You just think so. That’s the thing here. The outcome is win-win. Don’t believe? Look at the stock prices for insurers right now. This isn’t about winning. It’s about defeating absolutism that threatens the general welfare of this nation. Ultimately, it’s a win for you and me.

4 Original December 25, 2009 at 7:27 am

The Twelve Days of Health Care
On the first day of Health Care
Obama gave to us:
A Fine for no Health Coverage

On the second day of Health Care
Obama gave to us:
Two Backroom Deals
and a Fine for no Health Coverage

On the third day of Health Care
Obama gave to us:
All illegals covered
Two Backroom Deals
and a Fine for no Health Coverage
…………
On the twelfth day of Health Care
Obama gave to us:
No C-Span Debating
Budget deficits a rising
Slimy Lawyers suing
Nancy Pelosi Taxing
Bans on drug imports
Health Costs still rising
Massive cuts in Medicare
Five…Big… Fat… Lies
Big Pharma payoffs
All illegals covered
Two Backroom Deals
and a Fine for no Health Coverage

5 So Sad December 25, 2009 at 9:47 am

Thank you for editing!! You got it right.

6 Karoli December 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm

group edits. love it. :) thanks for stopping by.

7 So Sad December 26, 2009 at 7:37 am

Mark Steyn regarding regarding Free Societies:

So either that privilege will be extended to all, or to favored others, or its asymmetry will be balanced by other precisely targeted lollipops hither and yon. Whatever happens, it’s a dagger at the heart of American federalism, just as the bill’s magisterial proclamation that the Independent Medicare Advisory Board can only be abolished by a two-thirds vote of the Senate strikes at one of the most basic principles of a free society – that no parliament can bind its successors.

8 So Sad December 26, 2009 at 7:39 am

Mark Steyn summing up Karoli's 12 Days of Christmas Blues:

These details are obnoxious not merely in and of themselves but because they tell us the truth about where we’re headed: Think of the way almost every Big Government project bursts its bodice and winds up bigger and more bloated than its creators allegedly foresaw. In this instance, the stays come pre-loosened, and studded with loopholes. Because the Democrat operators – the Nancy Pelosis and Barney Franks – know that what matters is to get something, anything across the river, and then burn the bridge behind you. My Republican friends often seem to miss the point in this debate: The so-called “public option” is not Page 3,079, Section (f), Clause VII. The entire bill is a public option – because that’s where it leads, remorselessly. The so-called “death panel” is not Page 2,721, Paragraph 19, Sub-section (d), but again the entire bill – because it inserts the power of the state between you and your doctor, and in effect assumes jurisdiction over your body. As the savvier Dems have always known, once you’ve crossed the Rubicon, you can endlessly re-reform your health reform until the end of time, and all the stuff you didn’t get this go-round will fall into place, and very quickly.

9 So Sad December 26, 2009 at 7:50 am

Maureen55 writes:
All we talk about in Canada is health care – it is the political football that no one will ever be able to score with. The fact is that even if all the taxes collected for any purpose in Canada – not just federal income tax, but every tax – went to support health care, it still would not solve the problem. There is no incentive to create an effective system since everyone getting paid in the current system benefits from more money being put into it. The same will happen in the US – as a Canadian I pity you guys. This new approach will create nothing that will get you better care.

10 So Sad December 26, 2009 at 8:16 am

No comments of support on this blog. Your true color are shine brightly. Progressives have turned the Spirit of Christmas on its head.

11 So Sad December 26, 2009 at 8:31 am

Mark Steyn of Canada summs up a few of the results of Obamacare below:

On the other other other other hand, if you’re already enjoying government health care, well, you’re 83 years old and, let’s face it, it’s hardly worth us giving you that surgery for the minimal contribution you make to society, so in the cause of extending government health care to millions of people who don’t currently get it we’re going to ration it for those currently entitled to it. Looking at the millions of Americans it leaves uninsured, and the millions it leaves with worse treatment and reduced access, and the millions it makes pay significantly more for their current health care, one can only marvel at Harry Reid’s genius: government health care turns out to be all government and no health care. Adding up the zillions of new taxes and bureaucracies and regulations it imposes on the citizenry, one might almost think that was the only point of the exercise.

That’s why I believe America’s belated embrace of government health care is going to be far more expensive and disastrous than the Euro-Canadian models. Whatever one’s philosophical objection to the Canadian health system, it is, broadly, fair: Unless you’re a cabinet minister or a bigtime hockey player, you’ll enjoy the same equality of crappiness and universal lack of access that everybody else does. But, even before it’s up-and-running, Pelosi-Reid-Obamacare is an impenetrable thicket of contradictory boondoggles, shameless payoffs and arbitrary shakedowns.

That’s why Nebraska’s grotesque zombie senator Ben Nelson is the perfect poster boy for the new arrangements, and not just another so-called Blue Dog Democrat spayed into compliance by a massive cash injection. There is no reason on earth why Nebraska should be the only state in this Union to have every dime of its increased Medicare tab picked up by the 49 others.

12 So Sad December 26, 2009 at 8:40 am

Mark Steyn understands as he closes below:

As I’ve been saying for over a year now, “health care” is the fast-track to a permanent left-of-center political culture. The unlovely Democrats on public display in the week before Christmas may seem like just a bunch of jelly-spined opportunists, grubby wardheelers and rapacious kleptocrats, but the smarter ones are showing great strategic clarity.

Alas for the rest of us, Euro-style government on a Harry Reid/Chris Dodd/Ben Nelson scale will lead to ruin.

13 So Sad December 26, 2009 at 8:52 am

Canuk57 of Canada explains:
If it weren't for deals between the Ontario Ministry of Health and a number of medical facilities in Detroit, citizens in Ontario would be dying in the streets over “ailments”.

“Agreements between Detroit hospitals and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for heart, imaging tests, bariatric and other services provide access to some services not immediately available in the province, said ministry spokesman David Jensen.”

Oh! – and thanks to the McGuinty Liberals of Ontario, I am now contributing an additional $750/year (on top of contributions through taxation) to the underfunded OHIP plan. A plan, I should add, that is so deficient – I have to purchase additional private insurance to extend beyond the limitations of OHIP to acquire adequate coverage.

For the Americans – This is NOT a step in the right direction.

14 So Sad December 26, 2009 at 9:10 am

In the True Spirit of the 12 Days of Christmas,
I pray that the left has an epiphany and sees the damage Obamacare is bringing to America!
I pray that they stop this Bill from going any further!
I pray that those like Karoli come to realize that we CAN continue to provide better, less costly Health Insurance in the Private sector.
I pray that those like Karoli come to realize that they are shooting their own interests in the foot while dismantling the basic principles of this Great Nation.
Amen

15 So Sad December 26, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Maureen55 of Canada writes:
All we talk about in Canada is health care – it is the political football that no one will ever be able to score with. The fact is that even if all the taxes collected for any purpose in Canada – not just federal income tax, but every tax – went to support health care, it still would not solve the problem. There is no incentive to create an effective system since everyone getting paid in the current system benefits from more money being put into it. The same will happen in the US – as a Canadian I pity you guys. This new approach will create nothing that will get you better care.
12/26/2009 6:28 AM PST on OCRegister.com

16 so sad December 26, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Ah there you go again. Stating, restating and implying the same old tired lie. And…there is nothing pure about this Obamacare Bill that you blather on and on about. We all saw the dirty deals that went down to get sixty votes. We will continue to see this as time goes on. Call them blowhards, but they do know what they are talking about.

17 Karoli December 26, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Mark Steyn is the Rush Limbaugh of Canada. It's a shame that Canadians have to suffer the influence of bombastic blowhards.

The progressives rail and scream because it's not a pure enough set of reforms. Conservatives rail and scream because it's any reform at all. It's immoral to deny others access to decent health care. Period.

18 so sad December 26, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Ah there you go again. Stating, restating and implying the same old tired lie. And…there is nothing pure about this Obamacare Bill that you blather on and on about. We all saw the dirty deals that went down to get sixty votes. We will continue to see this as time goes on. Call them blowhards, but they do know what they are talking about.

19 Karoli December 26, 2009 at 6:42 pm

It's not a lie. You may disagree with it, but you hold no more keys to truth than I do. I'll thank you not to call me a liar on my own turf.

20 Karoli December 26, 2009 at 6:42 pm

It's not a lie. You may disagree with it, but you hold no more keys to truth than I do. I'll thank you not to call me a liar on my own turf.

21 Karoli December 26, 2009 at 7:42 pm

It's not a lie. You may disagree with it, but you hold no more keys to truth than I do. I'll thank you not to call me a liar on my own turf.

22 Karoli December 27, 2009 at 12:12 am

Mark Steyn is the Rush Limbaugh of Canada. It's a shame that Canadians have to suffer the influence of bombastic blowhards.

The progressives rail and scream because it's not a pure enough set of reforms. Conservatives rail and scream because it's any reform at all. It's immoral to deny others access to decent health care. Period.

23 so sad December 27, 2009 at 12:47 am

Ah there you go again. Stating, restating and implying the same old tired lie. And…there is nothing pure about this Obamacare Bill that you blather on and on about. We all saw the dirty deals that went down to get sixty votes. We will continue to see this as time goes on. Call them blowhards, but they do know what they are talking about.

24 Karoli December 27, 2009 at 2:42 am

It's not a lie. You may disagree with it, but you hold no more keys to truth than I do. I'll thank you not to call me a liar on my own turf.

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