Thursday, July 9, 2009

Health Bill?

From the "here we go again" department.

In health bill, billions for parks, paths

WASHINGTON - Sweeping healthcare legislation working its way through Congress is more than an effort to provide insurance to millions of Americans without coverage. Tucked within is a provision that could provide billions of dollars for walking paths, streetlights, jungle gyms, and even farmers’ markets.

The add-ons - characterized as part of a broad effort to improve the nation’s health “infrastructure’’ - appear in House and Senate versions of the bill.

Critics argue the provision is a thinly disguised effort to insert pork-barrel spending into a bill that has been widely portrayed to the public as dealing with expanding health coverage and cutting medical costs. A leading critic, Senator Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican, ridicules the local projects, asking: “How can Democrats justify the wasteful spending in this bill?’’

But advocates, including Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, defend the proposed spending as a necessary way to promote healthier lives and, in the long run, cut medical costs. “These are not public works grants; they are community transformation grants,’’ said Anthony Coley, a spokesman for Kennedy, chairman of the Senate health committee whose healthcare bill includes the projects.

“If improving the lighting in a playground or clearing a walking path or a bike path or restoring a park are determined as needed by a community to create more opportunities for physical activity, we should not prohibit this from happening,’’ Coley said in a statement.

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There was no word as to whether Sen Kennedy's spokesman was actually able to keep a straight face while making this statement.


Randy said...

Amazing. If this is to be a NATIONAL health care bill, why does it have LOCAL pork? - Oh, maybe I'm not supposed to ask that question...

shoprat said...

Pork is political welfare.

Normal welfare: Vote for me and I'll give you other peoples' money.

Political Welfare (Pork): Vote for my bill and I'll give you something your voters will thank you for.

LomaAlta said...

First, everyone who wants it now has access to health care. For example, all 911 calls are answered and anyone who asks will be taken to an ememgency room. By federal law emergency rooms have to treat anyone who requests it. And on an on.

Bill not needed, attached pork not needed with one exception. Swimming lessons should be mandatory for anyone who works for the Kennedys or lives within striking distance of them.

MK said...

“These are not public works grants; they are community transformation grants,"

Yeah, transforming them into the hippie commune that you really want.

What a sniveling bastard, every where you turn with these parasites, big government must get involved by stealing other people's money and spending it on useless shit.

Always On Watch said...

Don't get me wrong. I do enjoy the local parks and various bike paths here.

But the bill for maintaing them -- with taxpayers' funds, of course -- become oppressive and end up causing much higher real-estate taxes.

And, just for grins, also realize that CEO's are hired to run various parks departments. Most of these CEO's have PhD's, so they command high pay.

Putting in more parks, etc., so as to promote "health and welfare" smacks of Hitler or some other totalitarian state.

Chuck said...

Randy, all politics is local?

Shoprat, payola

LomaAlta, yes and easy open car doors

MK, nuff said

AOW, I actually agree with the notion of developing parks to promote health, but...

it should not be in a health bill


should be paid for locally