ObamaCare's New Public Health Workforce Corps

Lurking within the recently-released Reconciliation bill is a brand new corps of government workers.

Page 911 of the 2010 Reconciliation PDF. Section 2231.

‘‘Subpart XII-Public Health Workforce

2 ‘‘SEC. 340L. PUBLIC HEALTH WORKFORCE CORPS.

3 ‘‘(a) ESTABLISHMENT.-There is established, within

4 the Service, the Public Health Workforce Corps (in this

5 subpart referred to as the ‘Corps'), for the purpose of en-

6 suring an adequate supply of public health professionals

7 throughout the Nation. The Corps shall consist of-

8 ‘‘(1) such officers of the Regular and Reserve

9 Corps of the Service as the Secretary may designate; ...."

It's not Nationalized Health Care. It's a Health Corps!

I'm probably embellishing, but given that Nancy Pelosi and her indefatigable army of legislative word processors would have to invert their language through the Scwarschild Radius of a black hole in reverse entropy just to approximate honesty, I figure I'm not far off labeling this "Health Corps" provision as approaching mandatory volunteerism.

It sounds like the tactics of Huey Long, who said -

"Them what comes in with me now, get a big piece of pie.
Them what come in with me later, get pie.
Them what don't come in with me, will get good government."

In Nancy Pelosi's vision of America, I can see how volunteering for a hitch through the Health Corps gets you access to all sorts of goodies; Federal Bonus Points, credit and privilege, etc. but if you don't volunteer then you're going to get good government.

A trusted blogger emailed me the PDF of the reconciliation bill above, which we now know is but a placeholder. The Universe turns out to have a wicked sense of humor; the Corps begins on page 911 of the Bill.

It speaks of regular and reserve Officers, scholarships, loans, obligated service, individual contracts, training centers, the traditional income redistribution scheme of grants and grant proposals, etc. The debt repayment provisions are especially attractive to certain sectors of our population. It appears to be an indentured servitude gig. You sign up, do your part for nationalizing health care and the Corps will get the American taxpayer to foot the bill for your training and educational costs and retire your debts. Of course, if pinned down, I'm sure this will be characterized as a draft, a proposal, need to modify, hasn't been reconciled yet or any of a number of ways to weasel the simple truth that until Nancy Pelosi votes on it she won't have any idea what's in this 'Bill'.

Read more of this thing at your own discretion. The next heading after the Public Health Corps is Adapting The Workforce to Evolving Health Care Needs, which I take to mean, in the double speak legal jargon of phraseology and policyspeak, that you and your job skills will adapt to the needs of the Health Care Corps, not the other way around. We are living, after all, in the era Hunter S Thompson labeled as The Age of Confusion, Ruled By The New Dumb.

In any event, here it is in all its Constitutional Gore and Socialist Glory. The 2010 Reconciliation and whatever the heck else it's titled. Good Luck.
Lurking within the recently-released Reconciliation bill is a brand new corps of government workers.

Page 911 of the 2010 Reconciliation PDF. Section 2231.

‘‘Subpart XII-Public Health Workforce

2 ‘‘SEC. 340L. PUBLIC HEALTH WORKFORCE CORPS.

3 ‘‘(a) ESTABLISHMENT.-There is established, within

4 the Service, the Public Health Workforce Corps (in this

5 subpart referred to as the ‘Corps'), for the purpose of en-

6 suring an adequate supply of public health professionals

7 throughout the Nation. The Corps shall consist of-

8 ‘‘(1) such officers of the Regular and Reserve

9 Corps of the Service as the Secretary may designate; ...."

It's not Nationalized Health Care. It's a Health Corps!

I'm probably embellishing, but given that Nancy Pelosi and her indefatigable army of legislative word processors would have to invert their language through the Scwarschild Radius of a black hole in reverse entropy just to approximate honesty, I figure I'm not far off labeling this "Health Corps" provision as approaching mandatory volunteerism.

It sounds like the tactics of Huey Long, who said -

"Them what comes in with me now, get a big piece of pie.
Them what come in with me later, get pie.
Them what don't come in with me, will get good government."

In Nancy Pelosi's vision of America, I can see how volunteering for a hitch through the Health Corps gets you access to all sorts of goodies; Federal Bonus Points, credit and privilege, etc. but if you don't volunteer then you're going to get good government.

A trusted blogger emailed me the PDF of the reconciliation bill above, which we now know is but a placeholder. The Universe turns out to have a wicked sense of humor; the Corps begins on page 911 of the Bill.

It speaks of regular and reserve Officers, scholarships, loans, obligated service, individual contracts, training centers, the traditional income redistribution scheme of grants and grant proposals, etc. The debt repayment provisions are especially attractive to certain sectors of our population. It appears to be an indentured servitude gig. You sign up, do your part for nationalizing health care and the Corps will get the American taxpayer to foot the bill for your training and educational costs and retire your debts. Of course, if pinned down, I'm sure this will be characterized as a draft, a proposal, need to modify, hasn't been reconciled yet or any of a number of ways to weasel the simple truth that until Nancy Pelosi votes on it she won't have any idea what's in this 'Bill'.

Read more of this thing at your own discretion. The next heading after the Public Health Corps is Adapting The Workforce to Evolving Health Care Needs, which I take to mean, in the double speak legal jargon of phraseology and policyspeak, that you and your job skills will adapt to the needs of the Health Care Corps, not the other way around. We are living, after all, in the era Hunter S Thompson labeled as The Age of Confusion, Ruled By The New Dumb.

In any event, here it is in all its Constitutional Gore and Socialist Glory. The 2010 Reconciliation and whatever the heck else it's titled. Good Luck.