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Feds Post Monster Obamacare Bill: Complete Takeover Of Healthcare!

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Kurt Nimmo / Infowars – October 30, 2009

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants you to read all 1,990 pages of the Obamacare plan. “We are putting it online for all Americans to see,” she announced. Most Americans will probably not read the bill. You’ll need a Washington-ese decoder ring to plow through the monstrosity.

If you are adventurous, however, here is a  link to Pelosi’s “transparent” bill.

Republican John Boehner has posted the details of this boat anchor tribute to coercive government on his website. According to Boehner, the government take-over of health care includes: a plethora of new taxes on middle class families, massive cuts to Medicare benefits, no protections for small business, increased costs in the form of higher premiums, budget gimmickry to hide the massive total cost for future generations, imposes job-killing employer mandates, rigs the health care game in favor of a government-run insurance company, forces unfunded mandates on the states, adds more arcane gobbledegook to the tax code, and much more.

In fact, the bill — excluding the creation of the Federal Reserve and confiscatory income taxes — is the largest and most egregious intervention of the government into the private lives of Americans in history.

Americans for Tax Reform have posted the following points taken from the bill:

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Mysterious Virus Kills 30 People In Ukraine With 40,000 Now Infected

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Radio Netherlands Worldwide – October 30, 2009

Radio Netherlands Worldwide reports: A viral infection has killed 30 people in Ukraine.

The illness begins as an ordinary bout of flu, but after a week the symptoms get worse. Almost 40,000 Ukrainians have contracted the disease. Around 100 are in hospital.

In the west of the country there has been a run on virus inhibitors and surgical masks. Schools and childcare centres in the city of Lvov are closed.

Tests are being carried out to establish what kind of virus is causing the sickness. The H1N1 virus which causes Mexican flu has been ruled out.

Russia Today puts the number closer to 40 and says it is H1N1:

Russia Today

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US Home Vacancies Rise To 18.8 Million On Defaults In Third Quarter

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Kathleen M. Howley / Bloomberg – October 29, 2009

Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) — About 18.8 million homes stood empty in the U.S. during the third quarter as banks seized properties from delinquent borrowers and new home sales fell in September.

The number of vacant properties, including foreclosures, residences for sale and vacation homes, rose from 18.4 million a year earlier and 18.7 million in the second quarter, the U.S. Census Bureau said in a report today. The record high was in the first quarter, when 18.95 million homes were vacant. The homeownership rate, meaning households that own their own residence, stood at 67.6 percent.

The worst U.S. housing crash since the Great Depression has led to a record number of foreclosures and shaved almost a third off property values. The S&P/Case-Shiller Index of 20 cities in August was 29 percent below its 2006 high, after rising for four consecutive months.

“We are bumping along the bottom of the housing market,” said James Lockhart, vice chairman of WL Ross & Co. and the former director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. “There is the potential for another swing down.”

Sales of new U.S. homes fell 3.6 percent in September to an annual pace of 402,000, the Commerce Department said yesterday. That was lower than the 440,000 median forecast of 75 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.

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