Skip to comments.Single-payer health care plan dies in Senate
Posted on 12/16/2009 3:21:05 PM PST by jessduntno
WASHINGTON -The liberals' longtime dream of a government-run health care system for all died Wednesday in the Senate, but Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont vowed it will return when the realization dawns that private insurance companies "are no longer needed." Sanders, an independent and socialist, said his approach is the only one "which eliminates the hundreds of billions of dollars in waste, administrative costs, bureaucracy and profiteering that is engendered by the private insurance companies." His remarks drew handshakes and even a hug or two from Democrats who had filed into the Senate to hear him. Sanders acknowledged the proposal lacked the votes to pass, and he chose to withdraw it after Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., exercised his prerogative and required Senate clerks to begin reading the 767-page proposal aloud to a nearly empty chamber. After three hours, they were 139 pages into it. The political theater came as the White House and Senate Democrats sought an agreement with Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., to become the 60th supporter of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul the number needed to overcome a Republican filibuster. The Nebraska lawmaker told reporters he was reviewing a proposal to toughen abortion restrictions in the legislation, one of the changes he is seeking. Nelson said the compromise negotiated by anti-abortion Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., involves attempt to separate private and public funds, an approach that in the past failed to sway the Nebraska moderate and Catholic bishops. Asked whether the new language was satisfactory, Nelson said, "I don't know at this point in time. Constituency groups haven't responded back yet." Nelson emerged as the lone known holdout among 60 Democrats and independents earlier in the week after Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., forced supporters of the bill to remove a proposed Medicare expansion.
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A classic. I saved it .
I really like the (AP) thing, nice touch.
Unfortunately it isn't true-to-form, my friend.
Calls for an edit, and, *I'm* just the one to do it.
"(AP) In an unexpected but bold move, President Obama attempted to hang the bad economy on Tiger Woods and Ronald Reagan."
Hate to be a prig ol' man, but right is right. LOL!!! ;^)
Okay Okay !!
He's voting to get rid of the federal goobermint? How -- he's a socialist?
"He's voting to get rid of the federal goobermint? How -- he's a socialist?"
Heh, heh...you really ARE Still Thinking...good one...
Will be off line for a couple days.
Have a great weekend!