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Virginia Right! Conversation With US Senator John Thune (R-SD)

Senator John Thune (R-SD)

Senator John Thune (R-SD)

Virginia Right! had the opportunity to speak with Republican US Senator John Thune of South Dakota this afternoon on a conference call concerning the Health Care bill that just passed and the Senate Reconciliation votes taking place this evening.

On the bill itself, Senator Thune said:

“First off, this is a disaster. It’s passage is tragic for the future of America. Not only because it’s bad Health Care policy, but because of all of the debt we are going to pile on, the games that were played to understate the true cost of this and the tricks and gimmicks that were used betrays the future generations because it’s going to cost us trillions and trillions of dollars more than anybody anticipated.”

Q. Where do we go from here?

“We have the reconciliation bill in front of us, and I’m not optomistic we are going to have a lot of success changing it. The Democrats are going to stick together on most of these amendments and try to block them, but we are going to make them make some really hard votes. And the other thing I don’t like about this reconciliation bill is it has that whole student loan takeover in it as well. They are pulling the loans into the Federal Government and we all know that is going to cost the taxpayers a whole lot more. They are now using revenue from that program to finance the health care plan. We are not only taxing small businesses, and Seniors and individuals and families, and cutting Medicare recipients, now we’re going to tax students to pay for this too. We are going to do everything we can, but this is an issue we are going to have to take to the voters. And if they give us a chance, we can actually repeal and replace this with something that actually drives health care costs down, as opposed to increasing costs which is what this bill does.”

On taking money out of Medicare:

“There is a lot of sleight of hand going on here. The way that these trust funds inter-operate with each other is very misleading in my view. Essentially, all of the so called Medicare savings and medicare payroll increases are going to get credited to the Medicare trust fund, which is why the Democrats have argued that this extends the life of Medicare. But we finally got an answer in response to a question to the CBO ‘Isn’t this double counting?‘, and the answer is yes. Because they are using these “new revenues” to pay for the new health care entitlement program and at the same time crediting that to the Medicare Trust fund. What that does is put an IOU in the [Medicare Trust fund] that will have to be borrowed when it comes time to pay Medicare benefits. So they are basically spending the same money twice. They are also using Social Security revenues to understate the cost of the bill.”

What are your thoughts on the Legislation Virginia AG Cuccinelli has filed?

Depending on how these law suits go, and our state [South Dakota] is one of them that are entering into this litigation, I hope that this will eventually get in front of the Supreme Court, and we answer these questions about how much the government can mandate on the American people. I hope that these states that are filing legislation at least get their day in court, because these are issues that need to be decided.”

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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