Another problem that I have will this bill and all congressional bills in general is that they contain 500 different earmarks for special interests or have misleading titles. Make a bill that focuses on the title of it and the title alone!!
Before being called the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," it's title was "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the first-time homebuyers credit in the case of members of the Armed Forces and certain other Federal employees, and for other purposes." And other purposes, huh? Gee, that's not misleading. You'd think the title would reflect the central theme of the bill!
In addition to amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the first-time homebuyers credit in the case of members of the Armed Forces and certain other Federal employees, and supposedly protecting patients and somehow providing affordable care, the Wall Street Journal also reports that it also 'overhauls the federal student-loan program... [by] shifting lending responsibilities to the federal government' (more socialism and big government), gives $655k for the Institute for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (I'm not making this up!) and has 5,223 additional earmarks. Remember, this bill is over 2000 pages long (as if a congressman is actually going to read something of that size!).
Earmark-laden legislation should be an end to the old way of doing business, and the beginning of a new era of responsibility and accountability. But don't quote me, quote Obama, since that is what he said about a year ago.