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Democrats eye big victory on health care
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/7/9 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau

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

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; bhohealthcare; communism; obamacare; pelosi; ratbastards; yourtaxdollarsatwork

1 posted on 11/07/2009 8:08:26 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL
Correction:

"in the face of unanimous Republican BIPARTISAN opposition"

2 posted on 11/07/2009 8:10:13 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (America, 1776 - 2009. R.I.P.)
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To: SmithL

3 posted on 11/07/2009 8:10:36 PM PST by MamaLucci (It's Mourning In America........)
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To: SmithL
"The House bill promises to expand coverage to 96 percent of Americans"

So, for $1,000,000,000,000.00 they still can't cover the last 4%?

4 posted on 11/07/2009 8:11:40 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (America, 1776 - 2009. R.I.P.)
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To: SmithL

Big victory? It passed by a two vote margin.


5 posted on 11/07/2009 8:20:18 PM PST by Jeff Gordon (Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Uncle Miltie
"The House bill promises to expand coverage to 96 percent of Americans"

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.

6 posted on 11/07/2009 8:22:11 PM PST by Jeff Gordon (Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

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!!!


7 posted on 11/07/2009 8:22:21 PM PST by jesseam (Been there, done that)
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To: Jeff Gordon
Come and get me. I've just about reached my limit.
8 posted on 11/07/2009 8:28:38 PM PST by Lexinom
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To: jesseam
...and I'll pay good money to see you do it now!

Before it passed, he bragged it was going to pass with 240+ votes!

9 posted on 11/07/2009 9:10:41 PM PST by top 2 toe red (Not supporting a corrupt, Marxist, Socialist President makes me a racist?!? Then a racist I am!!!)
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To: MamaLucci

One of the best posters ever!


10 posted on 11/07/2009 9:12:00 PM PST by top 2 toe red (Not supporting a corrupt, Marxist, Socialist President makes me a racist?!? Then a racist I am!!!)
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To: SmithL
where...

Where will we draw the line?

When will we say enough??

What will finally provoke spontaneous direction action???

11 posted on 11/07/2009 9:14:56 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: SmithL

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.


12 posted on 11/07/2009 10:20:18 PM PST by mojitojoe (“Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.” - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Jeff Gordon

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.
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Pfft, such bullsh*t. As if they can enforce that without causing a civil war


13 posted on 11/07/2009 10:21:10 PM PST by mojitojoe (“Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.” - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Lexinom

‘ve just about reached my limit.
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I already reached mine. I’m not paying sh*t. I’m not participating. He’s not my president, they can KMA.


14 posted on 11/07/2009 10:22:13 PM PST by mojitojoe (“Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.” - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Lexinom

http://tinyurl.com/yjqam5y


15 posted on 11/08/2009 12:15:15 AM PST by plinyelder
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To: jesseam

The last place I want to be is in hell with Whorealdo.


16 posted on 11/08/2009 12:37:58 AM PST by whatisthetruth
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To: SmithL

Yeah, and Nero thought his poetic declamation of the great fire would be a big success.


17 posted on 11/08/2009 2:04:31 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (www.publishedauthors.net/benmaxwell/index.html, http://sites.google.com/site/thevuzvuz/)
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To: Eleutheria5

Yeah, and the magic negro pOTUS (small case p = 0) is pucking up at golf, shooting hoops and choking his chicken.


18 posted on 11/08/2009 2:18:42 AM PST by tiger63
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To: tiger63

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.


19 posted on 11/08/2009 2:30:57 AM PST by eyedigress
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To: SmithL
Before the Democrats and the Junk Media get rolling on their inevitable orgy of self congratulatory bs, they need to remember this.

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.

20 posted on 11/08/2009 4:42:41 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Note to the GOP: Do not count your votes until they are cast.)
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To: SmithL

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.


21 posted on 11/08/2009 4:43:59 AM PST by ScottinVA (The arrogance of this Congress is staggering. November 2010 can't get here quickly enough.)
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To: MNJohnnie
Exactly right!

This act will galvanize people more than ever.

I don't buy the abortion restrictions either. These peopls cannot be trusted.

22 posted on 11/08/2009 5:02:50 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: plinyelder

Appropriate for 1976 and for 2009


23 posted on 11/10/2009 12:38:13 AM PST by Lexinom
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