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"Death panels" in health care bill can't be repealed; ACORN and others can get funding

The latest news on the Obama healthcare front is that the "death panels" part of the legislation - the part that doesn't exist even though it does exist - cannot be repealed per language inserted by Harry Reid (link). The subsection about the "Independent Medicare Advisory Board" says:

it shall not be in order in the senate or the house of representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.

According to an update however, it could be effectively repealed by refusing to fund it.

In related news, Roland Burris inserted language in an amendment that could be used to fund ACORN, the National Council of La Raza, and a whole host of other groups (weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/12/exclusive_acorn_qualifies_for_1.asp). From the amendment:

In carrying out this subsection, the Secretary, acting through the Deputy Assistant Secretary, shall award grants, contracts, enter into memoranda of understanding, cooperative, interagency, intra-agency and other agreements with public and nonprofit private entities, agencies, as well as Departmental and Cabinet agencies and organizations, and with organizations that are indigenous human resource providers in communities of color to assure improved health status of racial and ethnic minorities, and shall develop measures to evaluate the effectiveness of activities aimed at reducing health disparities and supporting the local community. Such measures shall evaluate community outreach activities, language services, workforce cultural competence, and other areas as determined by the Secretary.’’

If you don't like this turn of events, here's how to block or modify the healthcare reform bill.

Tue, 12/22/2009 - 11:46 · Importance: 4

Wed, 12/23/2009 - 01:15
Fred Dawes
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it is time for people to get mad and start a real march on washington with some real ideals the political maoism monkeys rats can understand, if you know what i mean?

Wed, 12/23/2009 - 02:30
George

"it shall not be in order in the senate or the house of representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection." They might as well have written a bill that said that the Democrats would be the sole leaders of the nation in perpetuity. It can't be done, and for them to try it shows an arrogance rivaled by none. There is no way constitutionally that one Congress can effectively hamstring a subsequent Congress in this way.

Wed, 12/23/2009 - 05:15
Fred Dawes
myspace.com/freddaerd1776/

George it has been done, do you think we live in a land of laws?