The Washington Democrats’ Machiavellian handling of health-care reform is dishonest, irresponsible and misguided. Because of the significance of health care in our country, there is no excuse to hold secret meetings behind closed doors. 

The Washington Democrats’ Machiavellian handling of health-care reform is dishonest, irresponsible and misguided. Because of the significance of health care in our country, there is no excuse to hold secret meetings behind closed doors. 

After the people clearly voiced their opinion by electing a Republican senator in Massachusetts for the first time in more than 30 years, it is simply inappropriate to incorporate underhanded parliamentary techniques to pass this legislation that Americans so overwhelmingly oppose. 

The idea of passing a 1,300-page bill that the President, the Speaker, and countless members of Congress have admitted to not reading is preposterous. The American people deserve a responsible government.

 Most Americans don’t sign a contract when purchasing a car or a house without reading every word and understanding what the agreements actually sayaccomplishes. Yet this is the very faulty logic and abandonment of prudent decision making we saw the Democrats use in this process. It appears Congress finds it less important to understand the laws they force on Americans than to blindly pass legislation that “sounds good.” Congress cannot make informed decisions on health-care reform if they do not even read the legislation they are imposing. The past has shown us that government can never do something as well as the private sector. 

A bill that affects a large portion of our economy, directly opposes the will of the people, and intentionally tests constitutional lines is the epitome of reckless.  For government to get involved in such a large portion of our economy, and against the will of the people, is reckless. 

The federal government should not raise taxes on Americans, nor should it mandate purchases for taxpayers based on what Washington says is best.  According to estimates, the cost of this legislation to Missouri taxpayers will be up to $500 million. That high cost is unacceptable at any time, especially while attempting to recover from a recession. 

Last month, the Missouri House debated a resolution to reject the federal health-care bill. I gave a passionate speech urging my colleagues to reject the federal health-care bill. Every Republican and almost half of Democrats voted to reject the federal health-care bill. The Washington Democrats should listen to their constituents – the health-care bill hurts our country! 

The government passed a trillion dollar “stimulus” bill, took over the banks, took over the automobile industry, and now the health-care industry – when will it end?

The government takeovers and dramatic spending increases need to stop – we owe it to our children and grandchildren!