Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter we're cheering Saturday after the Pelosi-Care bill passed, but before they voted in favor of that abomination, they tossed seniors under the bus in exchange for future favors (and no doubt campaign contributions) from trial lawyers.
Prior to the final vote the minority party offered up the traditional motion to recommit with instructions, which provided an opportunity to make sure that seniors would not have to suffer plans to gut Medicare as part of what Paul and Carol and Nancy (and the rest) like to call reform. This comes courtesy of RedState.
The Republican Motion to Recommit H.R. 3962, Speaker Pelosi’s Government Take-Over of Health Care, would amend the bill to add medical liability reform (savings of $54 billion) and use the savings achieved to create a “Seniors Protection and Medicare Regional Payment Equity Fund.”
The fund would require the Secretary to prioritize funding to protect those seniors hit hardest by the cuts to Medicare under Speaker Pelosi’s bill. Specifically, the purpose of the fund would be to:
- Preserve seniors’ access to Medicare Advantage,
- Protect seniors’ access to medically-necessary care (including seeing doctors and hospitals without waiting in lines, and preventing coverage determinations based on cost), and
- Address payment inequities and geographic variations in Medicare that hurts seniors who live in areas with high-quality, low-cost services.
The Pelosi Government Take-Over of Health Care cuts more than $500 billion from Medicare, leaving seniors with reduced benefits and fewer choices. While at the same time, the Pelosi bill protects trial lawyers by not addressing real medical liability reform, a critical reform that would reduce health care costs for all Americans. The Republican motion to recommit offers Members a choice on who to protect: seniors or trial lawyers.
The vote to preserve care and choice for people who probably need it most went down in smoke.
The "Distinguished" Gentleman and Lady from New Hampshire, Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter got their instructions and marched, voting to kill the motion. So Paul and Carol screwed seniors to protect trial lawyers. And while the tyrannical abomination known as Pelosi-ObamaCare will probably never survive to see the light of day, the vote is very real, and votes last forever.