WOW!! Lets hear it for the Judge! The article is in the Marble Falls ,
> > Texas
> > newspaper. It was written by our former county judge, David Kithil. He
> > voiced his opposition to HB 3200, and gave EXACT SPECIFICS, to include
> > page
> > and paragraph in the bill on why this Health Bill is BAD.
> > I called Thomas Edwards, Editor of the River Cities Tribune, to get legal
> > permission to quote David Kithil's comments. He gave me that permission,
> > so
> > I can quote him. Here are excerpts from the article, giving EXACT pages
> > and
> > paragraphs in the bill and why it is so bad. You can forward this to all
> > of
> > your addressees. I think he hits everything right on the head and the
> > opposition you may encounter cannot argue over these points:
> > JUDGE KITHIL: "I have reviewed selected sections of the bill and find it
> > unbelievable that our Congress, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, could come
> > up
> > with a bill loaded with so many wrong-headed elements. We do need to
> > reform
> > the health insurance system in America in order to make coverage
> > affordable
> > and available to everyone. But, how many of us believe our federal
> > government can manage a new program any better than the bankrupt Medicare
> > program or the underfunded Social Security program? Both Republicans and
> > Democrats are equally responsible for the financial mess of those two
> > programs.
> > I am opposed to HB 3200 for a number of reasons. To start with, it is
> > estimated that a federal bureaucracy of more than 150,000 new employees
> > will be required to administer HB3200. That is an unacceptable expansion
> > of a government that is already too intrusive in our lives. If we are
> > going
> > to hire 150,000 new employees, let's put them to work protecting our
> > borders, fighting the massive drug problem and putting more law
> > enforcement/firefighters out there."
> > NOW, here comes the good stuff: "Other problems I have with this bill
> > include:
> > Page 50/section 152: The bill will provide insurance to all non-U.S.
> > residents, even if they are here illegally.
> > Page 58 and 59: The government will have real-time access to an
> > individual's bank account and will have the authority to make electronic
> > fund transfers from those accounts.
> > Page 65/section 164: The plan will be subsidized (by the government) for
> > all union members, union retirees and for community organizations (such
> > as
> > the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now - ACORN).
> > Page 203/line 14-15: The tax imposed under this section will not be
> > treated
> > as a tax. (How could anybody in their right mind come up with that?)
> > Page 241 and 253: Doctors will all be paid the same regardless of
> > specialty, and the government will set all doctors' fees.
> > Page 272. section 1145: Cancer hospital will ration care according to the
> > patient's age.
> > Page 317 and 321: The government will impose a prohibition on hospital
> > expansion; however, communities may petition for an exception.
> > Page 425, line 4-12: The government mandates advance-care planning
> > consultations. Those on Social Security will be required to attend an
> > "end-of-life planning" seminar every five years.
> > Page 429, line 13-25: The government will specify which doctors can
> > write
> > an end-of-life order."
> > HAD ENOUGH???? Judge Kithil then goes on: " Finally, it is specifically
> > stated this bill will not apply to members of Congress. Members of
> > Congress
> > are already exempt from the Social Security system and have a well-funded
> > private plan that covers their retirement needs. If they were on our
> > Social
> > Security plan, I believe they would find a very quick "fix" to make the
> > plan
> > financially sound for the future."
> > Honorable David Kithil Marble Falls , Texas