Dear Readers: I had the pleasure of listening to my friend, and fellow founder of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition, Lipstick Underground, chat with a freelance reporter in front of the Senate Offices as part of the July 17th nationwide protests on Cap-and-Trade and Obama’s “single payer” proposals.
One of the things she reported is that the Senate version of the proposed healthcare reforms had bureaucratic organizations to implement “Community Transformation Plans”. Teams that would assess the individuals that make up each community and begin drafting plans for healthier living. The bill, with the Orwellian name of the Affordable Health Choices Act, would direct money to “community organizations” so they could promote government health care and tailor citizens’ diet and exercise programs healthy lifestyles — based on their opinion of what constitutes such lifestyles. In a nutshell, American lifestyles would be dictated by “Community Transformers”.
Buried on pages that start about halfway through the 600 plus page legislative hydra is the following requirements:
“Activities within the plan shall focus on (but not be limited to)— (i) creating healthier school environments, including increasing healthy food options, physical activity opportunities, promotion of healthy lifestyle and prevention curricula, and activities to prevent chronic diseases;
“(ii) creating the infrastructure to support active living and access to nutritious foods in a safe environment;
“(iii) developing and promoting programs targeting a variety of age levels to increase access to nutrition, physical activity and smoking cessation, enhance safety in a community, or address any other chronic disease priority area identified by the grantee.”
The proposals continue, giving the “community transformers” the ability to monitor citizens’ compliance with the plan, in terms of weight loss, exercise, and diet. The community transformers report back to government administrators on the progress their neighborhoods are making and then develop plans and training courses so that these transformation goals can be implemented elsewhere.
This act has an analogy to something carried out in China — The One Child Policy. I just read a wonderful book, Out of Mao’s Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China. One of the themes was how teams of Chinese “population transformers” would monitor couples, and harass pregnant women into terminating their pregnancies. They would report back to their “superiors” on the success of their population reduction plans. A great deal of evil has been perpetrated on Chinese men and women by bureaucrats who want to meet their numbers so that they may be rewarded by the government.
This video is a great look into the future under this vision:
Because I am a Democrat, I offer his observation from my party’s founder, Thomas Jefferson:
Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?
We Americans cannot allow such legislation to pass.
Many Obamacare supporters say they do not want CEO’s to decide on the healthcare of patients. I agree; I would prefer to go to free market systems in which doctors with whom patients have histories are able to decide on treatment regimens. Healthcare providers are usually in the business because they are compassionate. My mom’s dentist, for example, lowered his fees and altered his payment schedule so she could have major and needed dental work expedited.
Americans are also compassionate. My mom needed money to go forward, and I loaned her the funds to pay a reasonable rate for first rate care. No government agent was needed.
Furthermore, I would expect much more compassion from a family man and a CEO than an ACORN-style activist — ask yourself if you want your life directed by one of these people. Furthermore, recall that it was ACORN-style activism that helped create the conditions for the banking system collapse that created the bad economic environment we now face.
Obama is attempting to take the Jedi-Mind-Trick approach to the presidency, and has informed “his subjects” that healthcare will pass. In fact, my blog patron The Anchoress has an exceptional summary of the imperial manner in which President is handling the healthcare revolt. She uses the word “FINK” (if you don’t recall the term, then please read her post — it suits!). Michelle Malkin notes that the Obama magic is fading, and his poll numbers are heading south as he tries to enforce his grand visions.
My fellow Americans, do we really want Community Transformers dictating that we can’t have a steak, with a bottle of wine, and must eat organically grown potatoes — only if we jog 5 miles daily? If you don’t, you need to contact your representatives TODAY!!!!! A complete list of Blue Dog Democrat Congress and Senate numbers can be found by clicking HERE.
Happily, many of you have been agitating to protect our imperfect, but still highly functional healthcare system. Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey reports links to a video that shows that centrist democrats are trying to team up with Republican counterparts because of the astonishing costs This coalition will also help empower centrists, too — so that Pelosi and minions no longer hold such sway over the Congress.
I will remind my fellow Tea Party goers that we NEED Democrats if we are to stop the big power grabs. Not all of us are ignorant about basic economics! Or poll data!
I will conclude with this quote from another famous Democrat: Andrew Jackson. I think it is an apt description of the proposed legislation.
“A lot of people are concerned about what’s in these things because it says one thing and means another. You’ve really got to research it.”
Mut’s Money Links:
FIRE ANDREA MITCHELL (God, I love that blog name!): As more people learn about ObamaCARE, the less people support it. 83 million would lose their private coverage under ObamaCARE
ROSITA THE PROLE: Petty Tyrants of the Every Day
JAMMIEWEARINGFOOL: Democrat Operative: I’m Nervous.
BIG HOLLYWOOD: U.S.A. vs. Canada: The Healthcare Debate
FOUNDING BLOGGERS: Ghost of Obamacare Future!
LITTLE MISS ATTILA: As a member of the real media, I have held the CBS News Crew in contempt for as long as I remember. In an outstanding post, Miss Attila reminds readers how the new media would have handled the Tet Offensive. Brava!
ALLAHPUNDIT/HOT AIR: A special video of our dear leader explaining: In some ways, African-Americans are more fundamentally rooted in the American experience because they don’t have a recent immigrant experience to draw on. Yes, this is the man that wants to Transform Our Communities!