Skip to comments.Democrats eye big victory on health care
Posted on 11/07/2009 8:08:24 PM PST by SmithL
Washington - -- President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were poised to win a stupendous - but still incomplete - victory Saturday, predicting House passage of the biggest expansion of health care coverage since Medicare's creation in 1964, in the face of unanimous Republican opposition.
As a matter of policy and politics, the 10-year, $1.05 trillion legislation is among the most complex and difficult Congress has ever considered. Enactment would prove the signal achievement of Pelosi's speakership. Success or failure will define Obama's presidency. In the hours before the vote, Obama traveled to Capitol Hill to urge fellow Democrats to answer a "call to history" and fulfill last year's voter mandate for change.
"This bill is change that the American people urgently need," Obama said Saturday in a Rose Garden speech. "This is their moment, this is our moment to live up to the trust that the American people have placed in us - even when it's hard; especially when it's hard."
Yet for all its significance, House passage would be but one step along a path to a White House signing ceremony that remains fraught with uncertainty. Senate action has stalled, and if it restarts, a long debate could widen already deep differences between the two chambers over new taxes and mandates on individuals to buy coverage and employers to offer it.
The House bill promises to expand coverage to 96 percent of Americans, but many key provisions, including a new insurance exchange where those without insurance could choose between a government option or private plans, would not take effect until 2013, after next year's midterm elections and after the 2012 presidential election.
In the interim, those denied insurance due to pre-existing conditions would have access to a government-subsidized high-risk pool
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"in the face of
unanimous Republican BIPARTISAN opposition"
So, for $1,000,000,000,000.00 they still can't cover the last 4%?
Big victory? It passed by a two vote margin.
They have mandated that you must have health insurance companies. If you don't, you will be fined. If you don't pay your fine you can go to jail for 5 years.
I was watching Fox News and that #$$%% Rivera with that Sh-t eating grin who could not contain his glee. I will see that pos in Hell and wipe that grin off his #$#%#$% face with my combat boots and shove his glasses where the sun doesn’t shine. FOX GET RID OF THAT POS!!!
Before it passed, he bragged it was going to pass with 240+ votes!
One of the best posters ever!
Maybe we should all drop our insurance and enroll in theirs and use is constantly for every little minor ache and pain. See how fast they back peddle.
They have mandated that you must have health insurance companies. If you don’t, you will be fined. If you don’t pay your fine you can go to jail for 5 years.
Pfft, such bullsh*t. As if they can enforce that without causing a civil war
‘ve just about reached my limit.
I already reached mine. I’m not paying sh*t. I’m not participating. He’s not my president, they can KMA.
The last place I want to be is in hell with Whorealdo.
Yeah, and Nero thought his poetic declamation of the great fire would be a big success.
Yeah, and the magic negro pOTUS (small case p = 0) is pucking up at golf, shooting hoops and choking his chicken.
That SOB is without a clue. He has 60 so-called czars to tell him what is going on. He needs to go back to acorn and figure out how to get prostitution legalized. I’m sure his articulate words can work for them. He is worthless as CIC.
This is only the 1st touch down in a LOOOOnnng game.
It still has to pass the Senate, then the two bills have to be reconciled then pass both Houses again then
pass the Courts.
This is a long way from done.
I’m holding off buying any big ticket items until at least after the 2010 elections. I absolutely will not support the economy of the current regime and politburo in power.
This act will galvanize people more than ever.
I don't buy the abortion restrictions either. These peopls cannot be trusted.
Appropriate for 1976 and for 2009
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