Sen. DeMint (R-SC) brought it to the floor of the Senate trying to get parliamentarian clarification, but was informed it was merely procedural and not really a rule. How does this sound to you?
Section 3403 of Senator Harry Reid’s amendment requires that “it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.” The good news is that this only applies to one section of the Obamacare legislation. The bad news is that it applies to regulations imposed on doctors and patients by the Independent Medicare Advisory Boards a/k/a the Death Panels.
What this means is the IMAB, the Medicare review board (I won't call it the Death Panel...) will now be permanently entrenched with no future Senate able to amend or dissolve it.
While I don't believe the IMAB will actively be something like the so-called Death Panels, I do believe they will be active in deciding what is the preferred treatment or what is considered acceptable treatment and will not allow payment to treatment they don't prefer. Remember the outcry recently concerning mammograms? These folks will issue guidelines along this line. Granted, there is always some 'rationing'. The insurances do that NOW. But to have it written into law that the IMAB cannot be amended is frightening.
Is this constitutional? If this goes through it will truly be frightening! Imagine the next Republican Senate inserting language that prohibits future Senates from modifying or amending a permanent tax rate of 10% or prohibiting (insert ANYTHING here) from considering any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.
The dissatisfaction with Congress is at an all time low and rightly so. These folks are using our money as Monopoly money, spending it like there's no tomorrow. Know what? If we don't get these people under control, we'll NEVER pay off the $14 TRILLION we now currently owe. Our children's lifestyle will be considerably lower than ours and that's a sad testament to our responsibility to provide for them to the best of our ability.