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“Freedom Dies a Little Bit Today”


Posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 by Deb Phillips | 8 Comments 

HEALTH-CARE BILL SIGNED INTO LAW: President Obama signed historic health-care legislation shortly before noon on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

A sign showing a portrait of George Washington is lifted high by a citizen in protest of the assault on liberty.

A sign with George Washington's portrait is raised high above the crowd gathered in front of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. on March 20, 2010. The teary-eyed President Washington represents concerns about unconstitutional overreaching by the federal government.

More than Health Care is at Stake

In the final hours of debate on health-care reform legislation on Sunday, March 21, 2010, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) gave a stirring one-minute pronouncement from the House floor. Below is an excerpt from Congresswoman Blackburn’s statements:

My colleagues are overjoyed that soon their goal of having Americans dependent on the federal government for mortgages, student loans, retirement, and health care will be realized. That is a chilling goal.

My colleagues cheer that this bill is paid for. They ignore the fact that it is our children who will pay for their greed.

My colleagues shame us for scaring the American people about the contents of this bill. We know the consequences of this bill will be frightening and horrible.

Freedom dies a little bit today. Unfortunately, some are celebrating….

Let’s review below just some of how — with the President’s signing of the Democrats’ health-care bill — “Freedom dies a little bit today.”

Tea Party participants showed up on the West Lawn of the Capitol on Saturday, March 20, 2010.

Tea Party participants lift signs expressing their concerns about corruption and the expansion of government powers.

The Process

  • Budgetary gimmicks were employed in order to give the appearance of a health-care bill that would be “deficit neutral.” Three major gimmicks: 1) Double-counting revenues; 2) Not including the doctor fix by moving nearly a quarter-trillion dollars off the books; and 3) Perhaps the craftiest budgetary method employed — in order to keep the CBO’s preliminary cost estimate below $1 trillion — is in requiring Americans to begin paying taxes on health-care reform at least four years before it will be fully implemented. That is, taxes will begin in 2010 — full “benefits” will not take effect before 2014.
  • Backroom deals were standard operating procedure: i.e., the “Cornhusker Kickback,” the “Louisiana Purchase” and the “Bismarck Bank Job” — to name just a few.
  • House and Senate procedures were blatantly abused in order to pass the health-care bill. Through the misuse of the reconciliation procedure, the Senate arrogantly overruled the message sent by the people of Massachusetts who voted Scott Brown into Ted Kennedy’s seat as the forty-first vote, arguably to stop the passage of the disastrous health-care bill. Will the Senate’s reconciliation procedure now be their shameful and arrogant tactic for every piece of legislation the Democrats want to force upon the American people?
Tea party protesters show up at the Capitol on March 20, 2010.

The ends do not justify the means. The unscrupulous legislative process — with its bribes and backroom deals — created a bill that is more about grabbing power than it is about health-care reform.

The Products

  • In essence, your doctor will become a federal government employee.
  • 30+ million new patients will be brought into the health-care system. A doctor shortage cannot be avoided. Longer lines and rationed care are inevitable. In addition, many doctors have expressed their intent to leave the health-care system in the face of unprecedented governmental regulations.
  • 16 million people will be added to Medicaid, which already has low doctor participation due to inadequate doctor reimbursements. Additionally, states will incrementally bear the cost of the expanded Medicaid program.
  • More than $500 billion will be cut from Medicare. All senior citizens should be concerned about the inevitable restrictions that will be placed on their care.
  • Committees will be formed under the auspices of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish yet-to-be-determined regulations outlining how medical coverage will be applied — and denied.
  • According to the Democrats’ health-care plan, insurance premiums will increase 10-13 percent. New taxes will also be imposed on insurance policies and products.
  • Federally mandated taxes will increase by $500 billion over 10 years in order to pay for health-care entitlement. Get ready for taxes on almost everything imaginable. (Is a national European-style VAT — “value added tax” — or a national sales tax next?) Moreover, the new federal mandates to states will result in yet more taxation initiated by state governments, who — unlike the federal government — cannot print money to cover costs and must balance their budgets. Trickle-down taxation is the new unwanted prescription for the American people.
Thousands of American citizens showed up in Washington, D.C. to protest the health-care legislation.

Other "Kill the Bill" rally participants express their sentiments about the state of our nation.

The Encroachments

  • Student loans will be taken over by the federal government. Yes, the new “health-care” legislation takes over student loans! There will no longer be competition in the student-loan market. The government alone will set the interest rate and will use the student-loan program to fund health care. In addition, an estimated 30,000 jobs will be lost in the private student-loan industry.
  • 12,000–16,000 IRS agents will be hired to enforce the federally mandated health-care program, much as the IRS was employed during Prohibition. More power granted to the IRS.

The Omissions

  • There is no tort reform — changes in laws imposing civil liability — in this health-care legislation.
  • Competition will not be implemented by allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines.
  • Unions are conveniently exempted from a tax on “Cadillac” health plans until 2018 — if ever.
Protesters raised signs on the West Lawn of the Capitol.

These citizens express a concern over government control, with a reminder to pray for the country.

The Deceit

  • Abortion: Taxpayers will fund abortions, based on the Senate’s version of the health-care bill. A presidential executive order restricting the federal funding of abortions is not law and cannot withstand legal challenge. Planned Parenthood, a leading abortion provider, will be one of the groups receiving millions of tax dollars as “community health centers.” Sadly and reprehensibly, our nation will continue to sanction — and eventually fund from taxpayer dollars — the murder of the innocent unborn.
  • Despite being publicly blackballed by the Democrats and the President, pharmaceutical and health insurance companies reap near-term benefits as a result of this health-care legislation: 30+ million new customers. No wonder their stocks are rising.
  • Mixing the good with the bad: The good components of this health-care legislation — such as eliminating pre-existing conditions, closing the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole” and allowing children to remain on their parents’ insurance policy till age 26 — do not negate the oppressive, overreaching and fiscally irresponsible mandates of this legislation. Apparently, true bipartisan health-care reform was never really what the Democrats had in mind. Their quest instead is for complete control over the American people’s lives.

The Question

In summary, the health-care bill signed into law on March 23, 2010 has forced a new government entitlement upon the American people — at a time when the existing entitlements (Medicare and Social Security) are themselves unfunded by over $100 trillion (see the U.S. Debt Clock).

Indeed, Freedom dies a little bit today,” and the real question is:

Which is more important to the American people:“Free” handouts — or freedom?

Visit the Photo Gallery

The edited collection of 145 images is available for online viewing in the 03/20/10 Washington, DC Tea Party photo gallery. Just CLICK on the “Slideshow” link on the gallery’s menu bar, and then sit back and enjoy a view of the Tea Party movement that’s been denied by the mainstream media.

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Deb Phillips is a freelance photographer and writer based in Lewisville, NC (USA). In addition to reviewing Deb's documentary coverage here at, check out her inspirational photo blog at and her personal photo portfolio at Deb Phillips Photography, where Art & Life Converge.


8 Responses to ““Freedom Dies a Little Bit Today””
  1. Mary Ann Stone says:

    Beautifully stated, illustrated and organized. I am forwarding to many friends. mas

  2. Deb Phillips says:

    Many thanks, Mary Ann.

  3. Jone Reid says:

    Deb, I’m glad I went on the bus trip, Saturday, March 20, 2010 to make my “Vote No on Healthcare” seen. My presence represented not only my opposition, but that of 10+ friends who couldn’t go to DC. The crowd on Saturday was very respectful, vocal and was a visible presence of citizens’ concern over government control. I hope many across North Carolina and the nation see your blog. You have done a great job summarizing and capturing the heart of why we felt the urgent need to protest. As one man told me getting off the bus, “This is just the beginning.” Our concern over government encroachment is not over. There will be more bus trips, e-mails, letters and campaigning against those who voted “Yes” for this bill.

  4. Deb Phillips says:

    I agree, Jone. We’ll keep writing, calling, showing up — and voting.

  5. Patti Zimmerman says:

    You’ve done it again, Deb! Great job from a GREAT ARTIST.
    Thank you, pz

  6. Deb Phillips says:

    Thanks, Patti, and thanks for stopping by.

  7. Laura says:

    This legislation is far from perfect – I don’t agree with a mandate without a public option. At the same time I am one of the many (who knows how many) people who can now consider leaving the jobs they hate because they don’t have to worry about not being able to get health insurance because they have pre-existing conditions. And my friends who own their own businesses or work freelance won’t see their premiums rise 35% or more EVERY YEAR. And, of course, there is my friend who committed suicide when her cancer came back because the insurance company, after raising her rates astronomically, would not cover much of her treatment – she saw her choices as commit suicide or leave her husband and child destitute (medical bills are the #1 reason people go bankrupt in this country) – so you’ll understand if I consider this a step in the right direction however flawed it is.

    Not to mention many ideas in this bills were ones Republicans had touted before they decided their main goal was making health care Obama’s waterloo.

  8. Deb Phillips says:

    Laura, I really appreciate your taking time to share your thoughts on the new health-care law. I actually have many of the same concerns as you regarding health-care, and I’m mindful that so many Americans are in difficult situations with their health and their health insurance. I’m a self-employed individual myself, and I understand the fear and the challenges of leaving a full-time position with good benefits.

    There are indeed some good components to the new health-care legislation, as I mentioned in the article. Having assessed many of the law’s requirements, though, it’s difficult for me not to believe that this legislation will actually do harm to our country’s health-care system, wreak havoc on our economy, and expand government control beyond what is healthy for a democratic republic.

    I personally think true reform could have been accomplished without a complete “overhaul” of our health-care system and what I consider to be a troubling power grab by the federal government.

    Nevertheless, I value real dialogue on this issue, and I do appreciate your expressing your own concerns, Laura. Please come back.

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