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Health Care Overhaul Bill Is 'Hanging by a Thread': Dodd
CNBC ^ | 01/11/10

Posted on 01/11/2010 9:37:15 AM PST by MissesBush

Health care reform is "hanging on by a thread," and one or two votes could determine the outcome of the heavily-debated bill, Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd told CNBC Monday.

"Everyone feels, I guess, to some degree who have been for this, that they would have liked something different, and that's not uncommon when you're considering an issue of this magnitude," Dodd said.

Some progressives, for example, are disappointed that the Senate bill, unlike the House version, does not include a public option, he said. Senators Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas are two people who voted for the bill in its original form and are now carefully watching what changes are being made.

President Obama's administration has come under fire lately for putting too much emphasis on health care reform, causing many to question whether Democrats will retain their majority control come November. But Dodd, who is retiring this year, said it's an issue that needed to be dealt with — otherwise it would "strangle our economy," he said.

"If this is all about surviving politically, then we're missing the whole purpose of what we're supposed to be doing," he said.

Last week, Dodd, 65, announced that he would not run for reelection in November. His announcement was seen by many as a concession that he and the Democratic party are facing an uphill battle. But Republicans have said that as a result of his retirement, Democrats have a much better chance of holding onto his seat.

As chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Dodd said he is also moving forward with the financial reform bill, and that the committee is closer to answering fundamental questions, such as too big to fail.

He hopes the legislation will more strictly regulate derivatives and consolidate the number of financial regulators, and he hopes to mark the bill up in the committee by the end of the month.

RELATED LINKS Current DateTime: 07:57:58 11 Jan 2010 LinksList Documentid: 34804318 Dodd to Keep Pushing Financial ReformPolitical 'Retirements' Add Up for Both PartiesIs a Global Financial Overhaul Coming?Government and Economy Top News He said the committee is in agreement that there should be an independent agency to protect consumers, but there is still debate over which form it will take.

Dodd also said he thinks it would be a "travesty" not to confirm Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's nomination, and that in the absence of taxpayer money, the government should have no say in banks' compensation practices.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: 111th; bhohealthcare; chrisdodd; connecticut; democrats; dodd; healthcare; healthcarereform; obamacare; socializedmedicine
Cut the thread! Looks like calling our reps. and senators still might do some good. Emphasis on might. The Dems don't seem to give a rip what we the voters want. But it's worth one last effort to kill this beast.
1 posted on 01/11/2010 9:37:16 AM PST by MissesBush
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To: MissesBush

So what is the difference between public option and the term they are now going for ..... national exchange??


2 posted on 01/11/2010 9:39:06 AM PST by acoulterfan
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To: MissesBush
Health care reform is "hanging on by a thread,"

And the dems who wrote it should be hanging by a rope. JMHO
3 posted on 01/11/2010 9:40:58 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: MissesBush
Chris Dodd...yeah, I'll believe him.
4 posted on 01/11/2010 9:41:17 AM PST by clintonh8r
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To: GonzoGOP

“And the dems who wrote it should be hanging by a rope. “

Agreed.


5 posted on 01/11/2010 9:43:37 AM PST by RedMDer (Recycle Congress in 2010, 2012...)
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To: MissesBush

I wasn’t aware of this Exemption from Obamacare were you?

HEALTH REFORM: People with religious objections can opt out Federal health care reform will require most Northern New Yorkers — but not all, it turns out — to carry health insurance or risk a fine. Hundreds of Amish families in the region are likely to be free from that requirement.

http://bluelori.blogspot.com/2010/01/change-your-religion-get-exemption-from.html


6 posted on 01/11/2010 9:44:51 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: MissesBush

7 posted on 01/11/2010 9:44:57 AM PST by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: MissesBush

Don’t trust the democrats. They will do anything and say anything to get their way.


8 posted on 01/11/2010 9:45:10 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: MissesBush

As liberals are predisposed to do, they should take a
coathanger to it.


9 posted on 01/11/2010 9:45:15 AM PST by Gaffer ("Profling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: MissesBush

I read the article, but I’m unsure what Dodd’s intentions were in making this curious statement. He still won’t admit that the reason it’s hanging by a thread is that it’s a truly destructive bill that a large majority of the people strongly oppose.


10 posted on 01/11/2010 9:46:51 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Wyatt's Torch

Exactly. Clip it!


11 posted on 01/11/2010 9:47:06 AM PST by Never on my watch (You can leave now Mr. Steele. Bu bye.)
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To: MissesBush

If the legislation is ‘hanging by a thread’ I think that just means that another Democrat hasn’t been promised his payoff yet.

I’ll try a few more calls though.


12 posted on 01/11/2010 9:49:06 AM PST by Made In The USA (The only thing better than bacon, is bacon wrapped in bacon.)
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To: Cicero

Two Senate democrats, Webb and Nelson, orginially warned the House that if changes were made they could back out. Given that Nelson is now in trouble, this may give him cover to keep it from being advanced.


13 posted on 01/11/2010 9:51:20 AM PST by Perdogg ("Is that a bomb in your pants, or are you excited to come to America?")
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To: MissesBush
Cut the thread! Looks like calling our reps. and senators still might do some good. Emphasis on might. The Dems don't seem to give a rip what we the voters want. But it's worth one last effort to kill this beast.

Yes, I think it is certainly worth continuing to fight this monstrosity.

14 posted on 01/11/2010 9:55:31 AM PST by snowsislander
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To: GonzoGOP

hanging by the rope and chain


15 posted on 01/11/2010 9:57:30 AM PST by calico_thompson
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To: Perdogg
Given that Nelson is now in trouble, this may give him cover to keep it from being advanced.

I'm also thinking the RATS have information that they are on the verge of losing Kennedy's old seat in Massachusetts, which would be a horrific embarrassment. Reid's comments this weekend and Bill Clinton campaigning for Coakley are not good signs.

16 posted on 01/11/2010 9:58:38 AM PST by 11th Commandment (History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme - Mark Twain)
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To: MissesBush

Ubama needs to make a decision, and soon.

Ubama can either get out in front of the health care debate and proclaim that, “I have decided that I cannot sign a health care bill that has no bipartisan support. A major undertaking of this importance deserves input and ideas from all sides.” Etc. He will do this only after breaking arms, shooting kneecaps, and threatening families, and ONLY if he knows the current bill is doomed, and he will do this in order to put himself high above the “petty bickering and rancor”. He will endeavor to project magnaminity and good common sense. ...A President for ALL the people, not just the Democrats.
Etc.

But if he waits until congressional leaders pronounce the bill dead, he takes the hit.
Then, it is Ubama who is the failure.

This will be an interesting few weeks leading up to Ubama’s SotU teleprompter extravaganza.


17 posted on 01/11/2010 9:58:38 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: MissesBush

They pull this crap everytime they are going to vote.


18 posted on 01/11/2010 10:01:28 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Wyatt's Torch
Hey! Where'd you get my wife's sewing stuff? Especially that little birdie thinghie second from the top!
19 posted on 01/11/2010 10:03:56 AM PST by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: MissesBush

Dodd says this to give us a warm fuzzy so we’ll quit calling.

He’s lying...again.


20 posted on 01/11/2010 10:08:59 AM PST by hattend (Once we had Reagan, Johnny Cash and Bob Hope. Now we have Obama, no Cash and no Hope)
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To: MissesBush
But Dodd, who is retiring this year, said it's an issue that needed to be dealt with — otherwise it would "strangle our economy," he said.

Oh - so now we're worried about issues that "have to be dealt with". . .where the heck was he when Bush was trying to deal with Social Security -- that will also strangle our economy, and very likely much sooner than health care ever will.

21 posted on 01/11/2010 10:09:48 AM PST by USNA74
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To: MissesBush

Times are tough but I would definitely be willing to contribute a pair of scissors to the cause.

If this abomination fails, we should all recognize that a miracle has taken place and thank God Almighty.


22 posted on 01/11/2010 10:17:57 AM PST by Brouhaha
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To: MissesBush

Praise the Lord and pass the scissors!


23 posted on 01/11/2010 10:23:04 AM PST by headstamp 2
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To: MissesBush
I do not believe a word he says!!
24 posted on 01/11/2010 10:24:31 AM PST by ColdOne (ColdOne)
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To: Perdogg

Everyone keep the pressure on Reid and call your senators to denounce him.

1. Creates a distraction.
2. Buys time for Scott Brown.
3. Strengthen the hand of House liberals for their version, which is unacceptable to several Senate RATS.

This is why you see House Progressives coming to Reid’s defense - it means more concessions to Pelosi in order to save Reid’s rear end.


25 posted on 01/11/2010 10:31:02 AM PST by mwl8787
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To: Cicero

Reid said most of the fall that they wouldn’t be tackling the health care bill until after Christmas and then, voila. We see that it’s been incubating in secret, dark places. So now I see any such declarations in a similar way. I assume it’s a lie. However, you would think that it being so close would give conservatives and others who despise this bill all the more reason to call and confront their congresspeople, which they hate. Maybe this is secret language and somehow a signal to get a larger personal payoff when he leaves the Senate. Only the principals involved understand the message. Don’t know.


26 posted on 01/11/2010 10:32:05 AM PST by twigs
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To: MissesBush

It’s been “hanging by a thread” since they put the first sentence on a page.

And yet, here we are. :)


27 posted on 01/11/2010 10:38:58 AM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Perdogg

Everyone keep the pressure on Reid and call your senators to denounce him.

1. Creates a distraction.
2. Buys time for Scott Brown.
3. Strengthen the hand of House liberals for their version, which is unacceptable to several Senate RATS.

This is why you see House Progressives coming to Reid’s defense - it means more concessions to Pelosi in order to save Reid’s rear end.


28 posted on 01/11/2010 10:39:17 AM PST by mwl8787
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To: MissesBush
"If this is all about surviving politically, then we're missing the whole purpose of what we're supposed to be doing," (Dodd) said.

That's rich, coming from a guy who is retiring solely because his replacement will have a better chance at political survival.

29 posted on 01/11/2010 10:39:38 AM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: MissesBush

Pass the scissors.


30 posted on 01/11/2010 10:47:29 AM PST by nina0113
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To: socialismisinsidious


Socialized Medicine aka Universal Health Care daily digest PING LIST

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31 posted on 01/11/2010 10:57:40 AM PST by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: Wyatt's Torch
Every sewing machine should have a pair of these These are good for your pocket. Slip n Snip. Very good quality. Made in USA.
32 posted on 01/11/2010 11:12:58 AM PST by shooter223 (the government should fear the citizens......not the other way around)
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To: GonzoGOP

“And the dems who wrote it should be hanging by a rope. JMHO”

That is a racist statement. :-)


33 posted on 01/11/2010 11:13:46 AM PST by safetysign
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To: MissesBush

The Obama voters are screaming because their prescriptions went up on Medicare D from $14 to $90 after Jan 1.

Hey guys; you voted for this. Just think the bill’s hasn’t even passed. Think of the horrors you are going to endure if it does?


34 posted on 01/11/2010 11:19:27 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

Their co-pay doubled too.


35 posted on 01/11/2010 11:21:37 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: safetysign
That is a racist statement. :-)

You just can't make people happy these days.
* Burn them at the stake (The Wickans won't like that)
* Shoot them (No the gun grabbers will be up in arms)
* Throw them to the wolves (PETA objects. Although I must admit feeding Pelosi's plastic face to a canine would be cruelty to animals)
* Hurl them off a cliff (FAA objects to unauthorized flights)
* Cut off their heads (Too French)
* Lethal Injection (Oh like a massive injection of drugs is going to cause any noticeable change to Barbra Boxer)
36 posted on 01/11/2010 11:24:07 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: FromLori

Wow! Great find!


37 posted on 01/11/2010 11:48:38 AM PST by cvq3842 (A fool and his liberty are soon parted.)
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To: MissesBush

Thread? I prefer to think of it as a couple of bloody misshapen and frayed surgical gauze strips, one from an abortionist’s floor, and the other from the floor of a room where U.S. Citizen’s will soon die due to the health care system our government is about to destroy.

Hang in there Dodd. You may yet be able to foist this morbid reality off on the citizens of the United States.


38 posted on 01/11/2010 1:02:20 PM PST by DoughtyOne (God, Family, Friends, Home, Town, State, the U.S., Conservatism, Free Republic & a dollar a day...)
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To: MissesBush

Thread? I prefer to think of it as a couple of bloody misshapen and frayed surgical gauze strips, one from an abortionist’s floor, and the other from the floor of a room where U.S. Citizen’s will soon die due to the health care system our government is about to destroy.

Hang in there Dodd. You may yet be able to foist this morbid reality off on the citizens of the United States.


39 posted on 01/11/2010 1:02:35 PM PST by DoughtyOne (God, Family, Friends, Home, Town, State, the U.S., Conservatism, Free Republic & a dollar a day...)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet; MissDairyGoodnessVT; Combat_Liberalism; Terry Mross; mogulskier; ...
Election January 19
Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate Seat
Goes Republican!!

Can we imagine 41 votes on the Republican side, which means filibuster, which means No cloture, which means Stop The ObamaNation?!?

Imagine Scott Brown!

TO-DO LIST

(If I pinged you before, please forgive me: I'm trying to get good coverage for this very hopeful--- and significant --- challenger.)
40 posted on 01/11/2010 1:38:42 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Gimli to Aragorn: "Certainty of death. ..Small chance of success.... What are we waiting for?")
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To: MissesBush

Democrats need to stop lying. This bill is nothing more then an attempt to usurp Power. Bush had it right with pushing the Ownership society the more invested and individual is the more involved and harder they work for the outcome. The Democrats version is to take from hard workers and give to the lazy.... Nothing remotely American in that. The problem is once you give so much it becomes impossible to wean the masses from the nanny state.

Their entire philosphy needs to be challenged.


41 posted on 01/11/2010 2:21:39 PM PST by Typical_Whitey (Eric Holder and Obama are making a mockery of our justice system.)
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To: MissesBush

And why would I believe anything that Senator Dodd says?


42 posted on 01/11/2010 3:12:17 PM PST by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: MissesBush

43 posted on 01/11/2010 6:55:16 PM PST by Pilsner
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To: Pilsner
Stop Lieing, you rat-bast**ds! Dodd is a doddering fool who is retiring to bask in our money that he has stolen through “public service”. One can only hope that everyone who comes into contact with he and his family disrespect them, shun them and call them out for their corruption. Who gives a damn what he says.
44 posted on 01/11/2010 7:16:42 PM PST by hal ogen
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To: acoulterfan

“So what is the difference between public option and the term they are now going for ..... national exchange??”

Only the number of voters they can scam by calling one the other...


45 posted on 01/11/2010 7:18:51 PM PST by mo
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