The Democrats’ Tower of Babel

Each of the two ratified versions of the health care bill currently waiting in Congress was barely passed, by virtually the slimmest margin possible, in a hectic last-minute stampede. Dozens of harsh compromises had to be hammered out to cobble together the fragile framework now standing in each chamber.The two bills are like delicate Jenga towers, swaying nerve-wrackingly in the breeze, that must now be reassembled by a team of 535 clumsy attention-seekers into a tower twice as tall. But legislators across the two chambers-and even within them-are not even speaking the same language.Here are a few of the myriad discrepancies legislators must reconcile to ensure that their monument to Obama’s greatness doesn’t fall:In the House version of the bill, a government-run insurance exchange is created on a national level and includes a public option. In the Senate version, exchanges are created on the state level and do not include a public option. Virtually identical!The House completely bans the practice 0f charging those with preexisting conditions higher premiums. The Senate allows insurers to offer unlimited discounts for customers who engage in subjectively defined wellness activities: say, exercising, eating healthy, “not having contracted lung cancer”…Insurance exchanges are implemented in 2013 in the House bill and 2014 in the Senate bill.In the House version, employers are forced to provide insurance for their employees and pay a fine if they do not. In the Senate version, employers are not required to provide insurance, but pay a fine for employees who opt for government-run insurance and receive federal subsidies. The House has higher penalties than the Senate.The House version funds the bill by imposing a surtax on families making over $1 million a year. The Senate version establishes a tax on those with “Cadillac” plans, which includes not only many union members, but millions of families who will unexpectedly find themselves unlucky Cadillac owners over the next 10 years due to the non-inflation-adjusted nature of the provision.The House version does not tax insurance offered by employers; the Senate version taxes employer insurance above a threshold.The House version charges older people a maximum of twice the premiums as younger people; the Senate version sets a maximum ratio of three-to-one. The House offers fewer insurance subsidies for the middle class than does the Senate. The Senate offers weaker measures to limit out-of-pocket costs than does the House.The House bill covers 5 million more people than the Senate bill by expanding Medicaid to those earning up to about $2,000 more than in the Senate bill.The Senate version gives $100 million to Nebraska for indefinite coverage of all new Medicaid enrollees in the state (to buy Ben Nelson’s vote). The Senate bill gives $300 million to Louisiana for Medicare increases (for Mary Landrieu’s vote); $10 billion to Vermont for new public health centers (for Bernie Sanders’ vote); billions to Nebraska and Michigan to waive nonprofit insurers’ excise taxes (for Ben Nelson and Carl Levin’s votes); millions to Massachusetts and Vermont for Medicaid; and millions to Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania for Medicare Advantage. None of these provisions is in the House bill.The Senate version includes, per the insistence of construction unions, an important exception to the employer mandate. As an article in the New York Times titled “In Health Bill for Everyone, Provisions for a Few” reports, “Under the Senate bill, businesses with fewer than 50 employees would be exempt from the penalties in every industry but construction.” In the construction industry, the mandate holds for employers with as few as 5 employees. The House includes no such provision.Restrictions on abortion funding are tight in the House, with no federal funding allowed; and loose in the Senate, with mere separation of federal and private money, and states allowed to make up whatever rules they want regarding abortion funding.Coverage for illegal immigrants is not disallowed in the House; it is explicitly banned in the Senate.It should be sobering for Democrats to realize that if just one Senator or two Representatives decide they can’t tolerate the alternative version of even one of these provisions, that will be enough to topple the whole health care reform edifice.It’s no wonder, then, that Congressional Democrats now plan to merge the bills behind closed doors, shutting out all Republicans from discussion of the reconciliation process and preventing them from using parliamentary procedures to slow consideration of the bill and allow the public to digest the proposed changes. Talking Points Memo cites one Democratic House aide who proudly admits, “This process cuts out the Republicans.” The House will simply take the Senate’s bill, amend it, vote on it, and send it to the Senate; who will then amend the bill, vote on it, and send it to the House; and back and forth until some hideous, lopsided, structurally unsound blueprint garners enough votes in both chambers.If Democrats had to merge these two bills in a public conference committee-never mind on C-SPAN, as previously promised and recently offered by the network’s CEO-it would take about five minutes for the cacophonous clatter surrounding their health care Tower of Babel to bring it crashing down.

Robinson Racing Products 4346 Alum Pro Pinion Gear 64P, 46T

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“Pro” Pinions are precision machined from aircraft grade aluminum, lightened and coated twice with a super hard, black anodize. Recommended for onroad, but they can be run off road. Tooth number stamped on each pinion. 1/8 inch bore. One 5-40 set screw included. 1/16 inch allen wrench (not included) fits the 5/40 set screw.

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Dee Zee | 1001 | GMC | K1500 Pickup | V8, 5.7 | Running Boards

Dee Zee, Inc, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is celebrating over 28 years as a leading supplier of aftermarket truck accessories. Dee Zee announced their arrival with the introduction of 12 custom fit britetread or extruded aluminum running board applications at the 1977 Sema Show in Las Vegas. From that November to today, Dee Zeesâ mission is to market the highest quality truck products while satisfying the needs of their customers. Dee Zee has expanded the initial offering of 12 boards to over 120 running boards and accessories. Their product lines now boast over 80 different toolboxes, 20 tube products, 34 Mossy Oak® Break Up ⢠CAMO products, and 32 heavy-duty products. The various product lines account for over 2,000 total SKUâs.
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2003 Suzuki VS 1400 GLP Intruder – S83 Rear Axle W/ Nut And Spacers

2003 Suzuki VS 1400 GLP Intruder – S83 Rear Axle W/ Nut And Spacers

The Rear Axle holds the Rear Wheel to the motorcycle. The Condition of this part is Used.

A used Rear Axle will be straight and in good condition. Threads will be clean and undamaged. Spacers and Axle Nut will be included as applicable for your motorcycle.

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Dee Zee | 150039 | GMC | K2500 Pickup | SIERRA, V8, 7.4 | Truck Steps

Dee Zee, Inc, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is celebrating over 28 years as a leading supplier of aftermarket truck accessories. Dee Zee announced their arrival with the introduction of 12 custom fit britetread or extruded aluminum running board applications at the 1977 Sema Show in Las Vegas. From that November to today, Dee Zeesâ mission is to market the highest quality truck products while satisfying the needs of their customers. Dee Zee has expanded the initial offering of 12 boards to over 120 running boards and accessories. Their product lines now boast over 80 different toolboxes, 20 tube products, 34 Mossy Oak® Break Up ⢠CAMO products, and 32 heavy-duty products. The various product lines account for over 2,000 total SKUâs.
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Sony 100 watts Hi-Fi Stereo Audio Sound System with iPod & iPhone Dock, CD Player, AM/FM Receiver with 30 Station Presets, Sleep Timer, Play Timer, DSGX Bass Boost, 7 Preset Equalizers, 2-way Bass Reflex Speakers, Alarm Clock, Child Lock & Remote Control with Full iPod/iPhone Menu *BONUS* DBsonic CD Player Lens Cleaner Included

  • This hi-fi stereo sound system is compact yet powerful and sounds great in any room in the house or workplace. Featuring a powerful 100 watts and a 2-way bass reflex speaker system, impress everyone with its rich and accurate sound grounded by deep, full-bodied DSGX boost bass. Dock your compatible iPod or iPhone and charge it while it plays. Listen to any of your favorite CD’s or tune into the radio of your choice easily with the 30 station presets.
  • Alarm Clock with Sleep Timer – have the time always displayed, plus set your wake up alarm to any Radio, CD, or iPod Tunes or talk shows you like. Imagine awaking or falling asleep casually with sweet classical music or some interesting conversation from your favorite talk show host, or the latest news. Falling asleep or awakening to the sounds of your choice just makes the day better.
  • Remote Control Included – Control all the basic functions of the stereo system, CD, Radio, or iPod/iPhone playlist navigation, with the included compact and easy to use, remote control from the comfort of your couch, favorite chair, bed or anywhere in the room.
  • Child Lock function lets you keep the children away from using the sound system without permission or from arguing about what to listen to. Most important, it makes sure that the baby won’t turn the volume up to the highest level, especially when others are sleeping.
  • Total Dimensions: 23.5″W x 12″H x 13.25″D – Total Weight: 17 lbs – Compatible with iPod touch 2nd, 3rd & 4th generations – iPod nano 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th generations – iPod Classic – iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 & 4S

This Sony sound system is great for any room in the home or office. It has all the basic features, easy to use, just the right amount of power with amazing sound, and the price is extremely reasonable for a shelf system.

100 Watts Bass Reflex 2-Way Speaker System the 1.6″ horn tweeter and 6.3″ woofer speaker allows for more accurate sound, while the 100 watts output and DSGX boost fills any room with powerful and responsive bass performance.
AM/FM Radio Enjoy drift-free tuning of your favorite AM and FM radio stations with crystal clear accuracy and reception. Program your 30 most favorite stations easily with the programmable preset stations option, and select 20 FM and 10 AM with the quick touch of a button.
CD Player Playback any factory-pressed Audio/Music CD or consumer-recorded CD-R and CD-RW discs. Also decodes and plays back MP3 files that have been recorded on CD-R/RW discs. CD Play Modes include: Normal, Shuffle, Program & Repeat.
Clock with Sleep and Wake Timers allows you to awake to, or fall asleep with your favorite music or talk shows from the Radio, CD player or your iPod.
iPod & iPhone Compatibility Allows you to play & control music and video content stored on your iPhone & iPod, and charge it while it’s docked. Compatible with all current iPods and iPhone.
Remote Control Controls all basic functions of the stereo system, CD player, Radio Receiver and allows for iPhone & iPod playlist navigation.
Preset Equalizer lets you change the sound to 7 different styles to customize for your musical enjoyment and listening pleasure, by simply pressing one button.
Child Lock lets you keep the children away from using the sound system without permission.

Dimensions:
Main Unit:
8″W × 12″H × 13.25″D
Speaker: 7-5/8″W × 12″ × 7.75″D

Weight:
Main Unit:
8 lb 3 oz
Speaker: 4 lb 11 oz