Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Christian Science Monitor:  The battle for healthcare reform is shifting from open-field policy fights to the obscure trenches of procedural warfare, as House Democrats look to pass the Senate bill without a direct vote. It’s a procedure called a self-executing rule, and if it is used, the Senate healthcare reform bill will be "deemed" to have passed the House whenever the House passes a package of fixes to the Senate bill. Deeming is typically used as a convenience for issues that aren't controversial.
Rank-and-file Democrats did not talk about the details, but said that the CBO scores had come up short.  “They were less than expected” in terms of deficit reduction, said Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, who plans to vote for the bill.
Empty Suit Alert from the President who declared at one time that the US has 57 states! Powerline reporting on President Obama's speech in Ohio, gave us this Obama quote:  "How many people are getting insurance through their jobs right now?  All right. Well, a lot of those folks, your employer it's estimated would see premiums fall by as much as 3,000 percent, which means they could give you a raise." [Did this man ever study math?  Does he ever have an original thought?]
Dennis Kuchinich (D), Ohio just flipped his vote on health care to a YES.  Do you find it interesting that just yesterday or today, Michelle Obama appointed his activist wife to run a campaign with Michelle to reduce the number of obese Americans.  Me too.  Just one more bribe - or enticement- to add to their list.  Plus, our President has said he will refuse to campaign for any Democrat who votes NO.   
Here's another consequence of reducing Medicare reimbursements- first the drugstores and then the doctors?  Walgreens in the Seattle area said its decision to not take new Medicaid patients stemmed from a "continued reduction in reimbursement" under the state's Medicaid program, which reimburses it at less than the break-even point for 95 percent of brand-name medications dispensed to Medicaid patients.  I guess the government could FORCE drugstores and doctors to take Medicare patients. Would that be good for America?  We can't cover the enormous entitlements we now have, we are mired in enormous debt, and now we want to saddle ourselves (those 60% of us who actually pay taxes) with the largest entitlement yet?
From Politico:  Democrats might like to think that health care reform is all but a done deal if it clears the House, but the Senate is where Republicans have been plotting for months to sentence it to a painful procedural death.
But here is what gives Republicans comfort: Two-thirds of those reconciliation bills faced procedural challenges.

Every line in the bill must adhere to complex rules or risk being struck by the parliamentarian. If so much as a comma is changed in the bill, it will need to return to the House for a second vote. Depending on what is eliminated, passage in the House could be

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As liberal Sen. Dick Durbin jhas admitted, “Anyone who would stand before you and say well, if you pass health care reform next year’s health care premiums are going down, I don’t think is telling the truth.”
And that “anyone” would be the president.
The American Spectator informs us: Often the politicians who talk about health care the most believe in the Hippocratic Oath the least. Barack Obama falls into this category. He promises that his health care plan will protect the weak and vulnerable. This would be a little bit more credible if his policies weren't already killing and exploiting them.
He considers aborting unborn children "health care," has authorized the use of tax dollars for the exploitation of embryos in lab experiments, and his Department of Health and Human Services is now pushing the grotesque practice of harvesting organs from urgent-care patients in emergency rooms.
 Bioethicist Michael Grodin is quoted as saying: "When you do this stuff in such close proximity to treating the patient, the people in the emergency room will quickly start to think, 'This is a potential organ donor' even when they are treating the patient…People are going to wonder, if they are being treated in the ER, 'Are the transplant people going to swoop down to get my organs?'".
The Boston Herald is reporting" Even one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s floor whips, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, says a proposed parliamentary move to pass health-care reform would be “disingenuous” and harm the credibility of Congress.
In a sign of how tough it’s been for Pelosi to round up votes for the massive bill, Lynch - a South Boston Democrat who supported a House reform package last year - said he’ll probably vote against a key Senate version of the legislation, unless unexpected major changes are made soon.
Lynch, who serves as one of Pelosi’s key vote counters, said he also can’t support a proposed “deem and pass” procedure that would allow Democrats to vote to strip out controversial portions of the Senate bill and then “deem” that the entire package has passed without a second, directed vote."

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