The current health care bill in the House of Representatives refers to mentally disabled people as "retarded." As many know, this term has been dropped from the political vernacular as being inappropriately insensitive and politically incorrect. And yet, we find an excerpt in the current health care bill that reads,
"the individual would require the level of care provided in a hospital or a nursing facility or intermediate-care facility for the mentally retarded the cost of which would be reimbursed . . ."
The offensive language, at best, is a second rate story for the news industry, but the fact it wasn't removed or mentioned until now is a very good indication that nobody read that far into the bill to notice it. According to Fox News, the language is found near the 400th page in a 1000 page bill. It is apparent, therefore, that none of our representatives (especially those who plan to vote for it) bothered to see what they were voting for.
This raises a serious problem for all Americans. Congressman Paul Ryan has already criticized Congress for calling a vote on legislation they did not read completely. And now we find out that Congress didn't even read half of the legislation. The CBO estimated that the new health care proposal would cost a trillion dollars in the next 10 years. However, at the time they voted on the legislation, the CBO didn't yet publish those results. This means that many in Congress were giving Obama a blank check. It's like signing a contract with a home builder without knowing what he charges.This begs the question, what does Congress actually do if they aren't reading the bills they sign into law?