Waxman “Let’s Cat Out of Bag” Says ALG’s Wilson, Current Healthcare Legislation a “Trojan Viper”  

November 20th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Terming the current Obama healthcare legislation a “Trojan Viper,” Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today said that Democrat Congressman Henry Waxman “let the cat out of the bag,” when he told a Washington news bureau, “If we get it in place, we can build on it later.”

“That,” said Wilson, “is the liberal MO: get any big government program in place, and then expand on it later until it costs trillions and dictates every move Americans make. It’s all intentional. Obamacare is their next Trojan Viper.”

“They will make whatever deals they have to make now just to get this in place, and then just ‘build on it later,’ costing taxpayers trillions of dollars,” Wilson explained. “In the Senate, they might offer the so-called ‘trigger’ tied to escalating health costs, only to later simply pull the trigger themselves and implement the government takeover. It’s an example of a ‘compromise’ to win enough votes, along with state “opt-outs,” or restricting abortion funding in the House bill.”

“As bad as the current healthcare legislation already is, it is really intended to be a Trojan Viper. It will open the door a total government healthcare takeover—even if as Waxman says he doesn’t get everything he wants right away,” said Wilson. “Then they’ll just ‘build on it later.’”

Wilson said that, like other government programs, “The costs are radically understated at first, and then they are phased in later with a vengeance.”

In the interview, Waxman told the Washington News Observer broadcast news bureau that he thought it was vital to get the bill passed “by the end of the year.”

“There are going to be so many pressures next year, especially with the elections looming, that this is our opportunity,” said Waxman. “When the Clinton Administration tried to do it, they pushed it off into the second year, and the closer it got to the election, the special interests were able to bring it down.”

Wilson agreed that time was not on Congress’ side. “The more the people learn about the the government health care takeover, the less they like it, and so Waxman wants the bum’s rush,” Wilson said. He called on members of the Senate to delay procedural votes on the bill “for as long as they possibly can. The final text of the Senate bill is still not available, and a complete analysis of its contents should be made publicly available prior to any votes.”

The Senate is expected to vote on proceeding to the bill tomorrow night at 8PM. “This is an opportunity for the Senate kill this bill. If the vote to proceed passes, then at least 41 Senators must filibuster. It’s the only way to stop this madness,” Wilson said.

The Senate version of the “public option” will start operating at massive budget-busting deficits starting in 2015, according to an Americans for Limited Government analysis of Congressional Budget Office data. By 2019, the “public option” will have spent some $361 billion more than it took in via new taxes.

“The ‘public option’ will be losing billions within 5 years,” Wilson said, concluding, “and when it’s fully implemented, this Trojan Viper government takeover will be losing trillions of dollars, ration health care away from seniors, raise the cost of premiums, drive the American people off of private health options, and bankrupt the Treasury.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Alex Rosenwald at (703)383-0880 or at arosenwald@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.