Secrecy, bribes and lies guide health care bill to passage 

No one should be surprised that congressional Democrats and the Obama administration continue to hide their health care bill from the American public, choosing instead to write the legislation behind closed doors. Their playbook has been nothing but secrecy, lies and bribes since day one.

They hid a bill that even they had not even read from the public eye — and from the eyes of their Republican colleagues — and then forced a vote on it. They bought off members of their own party — members who already supported the bill — with hundreds of millions of dollars in pork.

And when that wasn’t enough, they looked the American people in the eye, and, in Clintonesque finger-wagging fashion, dared anyone to challenge their "truths."

Recall that President Barack Obama repeatedly blasted Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary for her support for an individual health insurance mandate that would force all Americans to either buy insurance or face a fine.

"If a mandate was the solution, we could try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house," Obama taunted his rival. "The reason they don’t have a house is they don’t have the money."

Yet shortly after taking the oath of office, when he no longer needed to worry about public approval for votes, Obama endorsed the same individual mandate that he had spent months holding over the head of his opponents. And now that exact same mandate is included in both the House and Senate passed versions of Obamacare.

President Obama also claimed that his health care overhaul wouldn’t require taxpayers to pay for elective abortions.

"You’ve heard that this is all going to mean government funding of abortion. Not true," said Obama just a few months ago. "These are all fabrications that have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation."

Yet the Senate version of Obamacare includes a provision whereby Americans would be taxed to pay for abortion coverage. And it is all a part of the plan, as Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius recently explained:

"The Senate language, which was negotiated by Sens. Barbara Boxer and Patty Murray, who are very strong defenders of women’s health services and choices for women, take a big step forward from where the House left it with the Stupak amendment. Everybody in the exchange would do the same thing, whether you’re male or female, whether you’re 75 or 25, you would all set aside a portion of your premium that would go into a fund, and it will not be earmarked for anything, it would be a separate account that everyone in the exchange would pay. It’s really an accounting measure that would apply across the board and not just to women and certainly not just to women who want to choose abortion coverage."

Of course, there are many other lies that will be exposed in due time, including: Obamacare won’t cost more than $1 trillion; it won’t add to the soaring budget deficit; it won’t cover illegal immigrants; it won’t lead to government-run health insurance and health care rationing; and it won’t cripple small businesses by making them pay steep fines if they don’t offer their employees health insurance.

Unfortunately, by the time these lies come to fruition it will be too late. Obamacare will be a fact of life, not a debate or an option. Future generations will suffer greatly, and the people who gave us this misery will offer new lies to cover for the old ones.

Brad O’Leary is publisher of "The O’Leary Report," a bestselling author, and is a former NBC Westwood One talk show host. To see more, go to

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