I have not yet read one single blog post, news story or board post that even mentioned the real purposes of the health care reform legislation currently in limbo in Congress. Which surprises me because it really isn't that difficult to see the first purpose. Why is it that the bills are projected by the Congressional Budget Office to cost $878 billion and yet still reduce the deficit by $150 billion over 10 years? The answer is because dramatic savings in Medicare costs are part of these bills. There are your death panels. As if we don't already have death panels in the form of insurance company refusals to pay for treatment. The first and most rational purpose of the HCR bills is to save Medicare from the $37 trillion liabilities shortfall that is looming over the next two decades. To do that costs must be cut and a management mechanism must be established that has the authority to manage Medicare costs, these bills do both. How? Easy. They create a new government agency with nearly irrevocable powers to manage medicare treatments and dramatically reduce the price that the government will pay for health care services that medicare recipients receive. So why would healthcare providers be able to accept dramatic cuts in the fee schedule for Medicare recipients? Easy again, there is a backstop. Every American will be required to pay for health care insurance regardless of whether they need it or not and at prices that are going to be far higher than market value. Non medicare citizens will be paying far too much for health insurance so that Medicare citizens can pay far too little. Between both extremes medical care services overall will be priced approximately at market value. And Medicare might not go bust due to a $37 trillion liabilities shortfall. Or not. That is the basic reason why this whole health care debate is happening. But there is a second reason. Ever hear about the "K"street project? It was a plan to extend the GOP majority in the federal government forever. Well Team Obamuel has their own version. And this health care reform package is the lynchpin. 30 million folks will receive health care courtesy of this legislation and at costs far less than your's or mine. I suspect those may turn out to be loyal democrats for decades to come. But wait there is more! A bill is already in Congress that will eventually grant citizen status to 12 million or 20 million currently illegal aliens. Provided that bill passes the dems can again be assured of another 10-20 million loyal democrats in perpetuity. Then as demographic trends develop white people will become a minority in the USA about 20-30 years from now sealing the democrat's majority for a long, long time. All the dems have to do is pass these two bills, survive 5-10 more years and be the party that buys the votes of the present ethnic minorities/illegal aliens and they have a century of unchallenged federal power to look forward to. Buy the elderly white vote today, buy the poorest's vote today, buy the illegal alien vote next year and buy the minority vote forever. Game, set, match.