Evidently, they do. And it's super impressive if that person has an "Rev." before his name or a luminous "J.D." after it. The fact that congressmen have to explain H.R. 3200, the Health Care Bill, is bad enough, but that people would believe what their pastor "translates" is idiotic in the extreme. Sure the bill is 1000+ pages, but those pages consist of less than 175 words each and the margins are big enough for your doodles in crayon. No, it's not Gone With The Wind and they won't make a film out of it starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, but it's IMPORTANT. It concerns health care for the entire nation!
Over the web I've been reading about all of the protesters' objections to the bill which they proffer as "the truth." Ask any one of them if they've actually read the bill and especially the questionable clauses and they will say that someone else told them. Someone very trustworthy.
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Right. Okay, so here's where I go head-to-head and toe-to-toe with all the "Men of God" who say that this bill is "evil." With all the conservatives who want to see President Obama fail at a major proposal. With all the pundits whose income is derived from as much fear and loathing as they can muster.
This is the first part of a three-part post that annotates the screed of one such person, Professor Mat (only one "t" - so maybe he knows Michele-one-"l"-Bachmann) Stevor, Dean of Liberty University School of Law (Jerry Falwell's ghost resides there) and founder of Liberty Counsel (a "we-defend-only-persecuted-Christians" kind of legal aid association).
Before reading the sturm und drang referred to as a "brief" I want to set forth some points:
Much of the Bill consists of amendments to Medicare. Medicare is run by our government. It is not something SEPARATE from the government. Much of what this bill does is EXTEND Medicare. To harp on the fact that any proposed health care program will be run by the government, therefore Orwellian is ludicrous.
Decide for yourself whether or not Prof. Stevor's points are fact or mere conjecture. Prof. Stevor's favorite word is, without a doubt, "MANDATORY." When you look at the document, however, you will be hard-pressed to find the word or anything close to it. His other favorite word is ACORN, because, as we all know, ACORN was the evil organization that helped Pres. Obama get elected. ACORN is the root of all evil!
There will be sections where I will vent my frustration in an unseemly manner. Sorry. Get over it.
Prof. Stevor makes too many of his assumptions look like obvious fact. They aren't. Writing comments like "Can you say ACORN?" is ridiculous coming from someone who supposedly has a legal mind. In a debate, I would simply say, "Prove it!"
Okay. Let's look at the first 100 pages. Ready? Let's GO!!
Pg 22 of the HC Bill MANDATES the Govt will audit the books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!! Huh? It requests that a STUDY be done of self-insured vs. other kinds of health insurance. It doesn't even say that all employers will be studied. It says NOTHING about "auditing" books!