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  • California Democrats Revive Universal Health Plan

    01/22/2010 7:13:17 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 45 replies · 1,544+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 21, 2010 | Jesse McKinley
    Democrats in California revived a bill on Thursday that would create a single-payer, universal health care system in the state. While the move came as questions arose over the prospects of Congress adopting national health care legislation, the author of the California bill, State Senator Mark Leno, said that the timing was coincidental. Mr. Leno said it was basically a long-planned reintroduction of a 2009 proposal that was effectively tabled because of its potential cost. But he did concede that Tuesday’s special Senate election in Massachusetts, in which Democrats lost their filibuster-proof 60-vote majority, was not completely lost on him....
  • Democrats move to revive single-payer insurance in California

    01/21/2010 7:37:37 PM PST · by Schatze · 34 replies · 839+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 01/21/2010 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    With federal health care reform on life support, California Democrats on Thursday resurrected a $200 billion-a-year state-based single-payer health insurance bill. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 6-3 on party lines and without comment to lift from suspense the dead file, Senate Bill 810 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco. It calls for merging the state's public and private health insurance systems into a single California-run agency. All Californians would be eligible for insurance coverage with the poor receiving subsidized benefits. The bill does not spell out how California would pay for a program that would cost more than twice the...
  • Dems Double Down

    01/20/2010 4:11:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 995+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 20, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Health Care: Will the administration seize the moment of Scott Brown's victory to work out real solutions, or will it follow Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid over the cliff? Or is it just about government control? Before Sen.-elect Brown became the Scott heard 'round the world, House Speaker Pelosi was asked what his victory in the bluest of blue states would mean. "Certainly the dynamic will change depending on what happens in Massachusetts," she replied in a bit of an understatement. The dynamic has changed, yet the Democrats, as the country song goes, apparently don't know when to hold them...
  • Glenn Beck Talks Unions, Health Plans, Socialists

    01/12/2010 4:30:55 PM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 389+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 1-12-10 | Bob McCarty
    I was so happy to see Glenn Beck talk about labor unions, "Cadillac Health Plans" and the socialists involved in each during his show today on Fox News Channel. Why? Because, two months ago, I captured a half-dozen liberal heavyweights talking about those very subjects on video.
  • Is Obama Giving Up On So-Called “Health Insurance Reform” (AKA Socialized Medicine) ?

    12/23/2009 8:28:42 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 26 replies · 1,301+ views
    Some thoughts | MB26
    I realize this may be a radical concept, but is the TOTUS giving up on Obamacare? Tonight’s Politico carries the story that the WH has given up on a getting a final deal on Obamacare this year. Obama’s inner circle is reported ready to accept final passage of a combined Senate – House Reconciled Bill “sometime after the State of the Union message. The concentration on Obamacare would be replaced with public push for a “jobs” bill. (More “bread and circuses" for the Great Unwashed.) In Washington, “sometime” is no time. Look at the “between the lines thinking” on this....
  • The Communists Behind Obama’s Health Care Goals

    12/22/2009 9:40:20 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 40 replies · 1,395+ views
    Front Page Mag ^ | 12-22-09 | John Perazzo
    The polls have been clear for quite some time: By a substantial margin, Americans oppose the efforts of Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats to enact a massive overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system, one that would greatly expand the federal government’s role. Significantly, the President’s deeply held positions on healthcare were derived largely from the influence of a politically aggressive group of longtime Marxists whose worldviews were consistent with those Obama had already developed from other radical influences in his life. But before we examine who those particular Marxists were, let us establish, with certainty, what Obama’s long-term objectives for...
  • Has Obama lost his liberal base?

    12/16/2009 11:37:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 1,564+ views
    The Examiner ^ | December 16, 2009 | Brad Templeman
    President Obama is about to accomplish what many previous Democratic presidents have tried to do, and failed. At least that's what the White House spin would be, and it will largely be echoed throughout the Democratic Party. No, they will say, the health care reform bill won't have a public option, but it will extend coverage to millions of people and provide a framework to build on for the future. You would expect the liberals who put him in office to be thrilled. They're not. Here are a couple of highlights from the liberal blogosphere: Taylor Marsh (Huffington Post) "Pres....
  • Labor Leaders Mull Strategies on Health Bill("Their goal is to fight for a better bill... ")

    12/16/2009 3:43:50 PM PST · by mdittmar · 239+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 16, 2009 | Katharine Q. Seeleye
    The scuttling of the public option from the Senate health care bill has infuriated organized labor and left their leaders in a bind about how to proceed. Top labor officials of several unions are meeting with their executives today, and some plan to meet on Thursday, to devise their strategies, now that the Senate has dropped the public option, a government-run health insurance plan to compete with private insurers. It was the central provision for which labor has been fighting. A sense of urgency was building, as a deadline bears down on the Senate. In order to pass a bill...
  • President Obama Defends Senate Health Care Bill, Says It Will Pass

    12/16/2009 4:05:31 PM PST · by pissant · 12 replies · 572+ views
    ABC ^ | 12/16/09 | Karen Travers
    President Obama pushed back against critics, including the former head of the Democratic Party, who have said that the health care bill in the Senate is fatally flawed and should be scrapped altogether. In an interview with ABC News' Charles Gibson, the president said he laid out for Congress specific things he wanted to see in the health care legislation -- including providing insurance for millions of uninsured and not driving up the deficit -- and that the current bill still has those benefits. "Now, if you can tell me that those things are not worth it, then you and...
  • Coburn Forces Reading of 767-Page Single Payer Amendment

    12/16/2009 10:10:26 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 309 replies · 18,511+ views
    http://spectator.org/ ^ | 12.16.09 | By Philip Klein
    Sen. Tom Coburn has just demanded that the Senate clerk read the single-payer amendment offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders -- and it's 767 pages. Typically, Senators offering amendments will ask for unanimous consent to avoid reading the entire meausure, but all it takes is one Senator to object to demand its reading, and Coburn objected to Sanders attempt to dispense with the reading of the amendment. To give you a sense of how this could delay things, it took the Senate clerk 18 minutes to get through the first 6 pages of the amendment, which were the table of contents....
  • Sanders withdraws single-payer healthcare bill amendment

    12/16/2009 1:45:30 PM PST · by Outlaw Woman · 49 replies · 1,477+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/16/09 02:55 PM ET | By Jordan Fabian
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday withdrew his single-payer healthcare amendment after Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) initiated a procedural maneuver to shipwreck the measure. Coburn earlier in the day forced the Senate clerk to read aloud Sanders’s 767-page amendment to the Senate healthcare bill in an effort to halt the healthcare debate.
  • Single-payer health care plan dies in Senate

    12/16/2009 3:21:05 PM PST · by jessduntno · 47 replies · 1,269+ views
    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...
  • Single-payer health care plan dies in Senate

    12/16/2009 3:01:13 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 26 replies · 1,463+ views
    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...
  • Oh my: It’s time to kill the Senate ObamaCare bill, says … Kos

    12/14/2009 7:35:02 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 1,644+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Dec.14, 2009 | Allahpundit
    This is how the 2007 amnesty bill died, you may recall. It wasn’t Republicans who killed it, it was Republicans plus big-labor Democrats plus a few pro-amnesty liberal Dems who thought the bill didn’t go far enough. Ultimately, the 60-vote needle was simply too narrow to be threaded. And now here we are again. From Kos’s Twitter feed: Insurance companies win. Time to kill this monstrosity coming out of the Senate.Remember, the overwhelming nutroots CW to this point has been that something must be passed. What, precisely, gets passed is important but ultimately secondary to the task of passing something...
  • Howard Dean: Kill the Senate Health Bill (video)

    12/15/2009 8:03:07 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 2 replies · 336+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Dec.15, 2009
    Politico: “The Senate version is not worth passing,” former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean told POLITICO, referring to plans to strip the latest compromise from the bill, a Medicare buy-in. “I think in this particular iteration, this is the end of the road for reform.”
  • Feinstein critical of Dean's 'kill the bill' hee-yah

    12/15/2009 8:03:22 PM PST · by paltz · 4 replies · 439+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 12/15/09 | Kerry Picket
    Former Democratic leader Howard Dean dealt a blow to Senate Democrats today, when Greg Sargent at The Plum Line reported that Mr. Dean called for the Senate health care bill to be killed. The interview was conducted on Vermont Public Radio with host Bob Kinzel.:(bolding is mine) (Dean) "This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate. And, honestly, the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill and go back to the House and start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler...
  • Howard Dean: Kill the Senate Health Bill!

    12/16/2009 4:50:39 AM PST · by iloveamerica1980 · 4 replies · 374+ views
    Dittos Rush! ^ | 12-16-09 | James
    Politico: “The Senate version is not worth passing,” former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean told POLITICO, referring to plans to strip the latest compromise from the bill, a Medicare buy-in. “I think in this particular iteration, this is the end of the road for reform.” Is this for real folks? Has Deam turned from the dark side into the light or are they up to something else? Rest assured, no and yes! Dean's comments are about four minutes into this clip:
  • Howard Dean Shock : ObamaCare Is a Trillion Dollar Bailout, No Reform and Isn't Very Strong

    11/25/2009 4:15:07 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 9 replies · 985+ views
    Hot AirPundit ^ | November 24, 2009 | Hot AirPundit
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  • Howard Dean: “Kill The Senate Bill”

    12/15/2009 12:27:51 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 115 replies · 4,908+ views
    Plumline ^ | 12/15/09
    In a blow to the bill grinding through the Senate, Howard Dean bluntly called for the bill to be killed in a pre-recorded interview set to air later this afternoon, denouncing it as “the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate,” the reporter who conducted the interview tells me. Dean said the removal of the Medicare buy-in made the bill not worth supporting, and urged Dem leaders to start over with the process of reconciliation in the interview, which is set to air at 5:50 PM today on Vermont Public Radio, political reporter Bob Kinzel confirms to...
  • Lefties to Reid: Kill the Bill; Is it over?

    12/15/2009 12:46:40 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 32 replies · 1,952+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | December 15, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    But the coup de grâce may happen very soon and may be coming from the left, not the right. Howard Dean will be dropping this bombshell today. In a blow to the bill grinding through the Senate, Howard Dean bluntly called for the bill to be killed in a pre-recorded interview set to air later this afternoon, denouncing it as “the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate,” the reporter who conducted the interview tells me. Dean said the removal of the Medicare buy-in made the bill not worth supporting, and urged Dem leaders to start over...
  • Oh my : Kill the bill, says … Howard Dean

    12/15/2009 5:00:06 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 2 replies · 466+ views
    The only thing that can save us from final passage now is the insane bitterness of “principled liberals” at seeing their dream of true socialized medicine smashed. Help us, Dean-o, you’re our only hope! The gauntlet from Dean — whose voice on health care is well respsected among liberals — will energize those on the left who are mobilizing against the bill, and make it tougher for liberals to embrace the emerging proposal. In an excerpt Kinzel gave me, Dean says: “This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate. Honestly the best thing to...
  • MUST LISTEN: Howard Dean Says Obamacare Costs Trillions Dollar, No Reform, Not Maintainable

    11/27/2009 7:54:33 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 616+ views
    Naked Emperor News/The Lid ^ | 11/27/09 | The Lid
    Howard Dean had a rare Lucid Moment during an interview on the Liberal Air America Network's Bill Press Show on Tuesday. He Said that Obamacare was a lousy bill that wouldn't help reduce the cost of health care. The only good thing about it is the public option which will put America on the road to a single payer system. This is a harmful bill to the nation without a public option, because it’s going to take trillions of dollars, billions, well, trillions over several decades from our kids. The Republicans are right about the rhetoric of the bill. But...
  • Howard Dean Says it is "Irrelevant" if a "Public Option" is in the Senate Health Care Bill - Video

    12/10/2009 1:31:05 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 7 replies · 300+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 10, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of Howard Dean on CBS This Morning saying it is really "irrelevant" whether or not the Senate Health Care Bill has a "public option." For Dean, what matters is that it "moves things forward," and moves in the right direction. Essentially, Dean admits he does care whether this bill has a "public option" because the passage of any kind of Democrat Health Care Bill will eventually lead to what they really are after - a Government takeover of Health Care. They just want to get the "foot in the door," and later they can add to it...
  • White House Throwing Howard Dean Under the Bus; Official Calls Him "Irrelevant" - Video 12/16/09

    12/16/2009 6:58:32 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 17 replies · 838+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 16, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of NBC's Savannah Guthrie saying today that a senior White House official is calling Howard Dean "irrelevant" in his views on Health Care because he is calling for liberal Democrats to "kill the bill" because it does not have a "Public Option." They also are apparently characterizing Dean as "having a tantrum." Howard Dean is the former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. . . . . (VIDEO)
  • Will Progressives Kill Obamacare?

    12/16/2009 7:29:09 AM PST · by Neoavatara · 16 replies · 673+ views
    neoavatara ^ | December 15, 2009 | neoavatara
    A major threat is developing to Barack Obama's dream of universal health care...and surprisingly, it comes from the left. After acceding to all of independent Joe Lieberman's demands, including nixing the public option and the early Medicare buy-in, progressives are in an uproar. They have already lost a lot of faith in this President on other issues, most importantly the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But they thought they had a true believer in the Oval Office. If Obama is a true believer, he surely isn't fighting for his beliefs.
  • Roland Burris May Put Kink in Obama-Democrats' Plan for 60 Votes on Health Care

    12/15/2009 5:16:08 PM PST · by malkee · 25 replies · 2,344+ views
    lifenews.com ^ | 12/15/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- On a day when Democrats emerged triumphantly from a meeting with President Barack Obama appearing to have won the vote of Joe Lieberman for their pro-abortion health care bill, they may not be ready to celebrate yet. The Lieberman vote appeared to allow Democrats and Obama to secure 59 votes. The only holdout left appeared to be pro-life Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska who says he won't vote for the bill because it funds abortions. Political observers need to hang on to their hats because pro-abortion Sen. Rolland Burris of Illinois, ironically the lawmakers appointed to...
  • Senate Democrats Wheeling & Dealing To Get ObamaCare Passed

    12/15/2009 9:10:10 AM PST · by Starman417 · 21 replies · 1,165+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-15-09 | Curt
    According to all reports Sen. Harry Reid has caved to Lieberman and will now cut out pretty much everything important to liberals in ObamaCare to get him on board and get this POS passed. Reporting from Washington - Senate Democratic leaders, scrambling for the 60 votes they need to pass the healthcare overhaul bill, moved Monday to strike a controversial proposal for expanding Medicare and proceed without a new government insurance program, the so-called public option. So now Reid needs to get to 60 votes to pull the public option crap out of the bill just to get it passed....
  • Poll: 81 percent of Democrats want Lieberman punished

    12/14/2009 10:08:39 AM PST · by mgstarr · 46 replies · 1,755+ views
    Digital Journal ^ | 12/14/09 | Oliver VanDervoort
    More than 80 percent of Democrats say they believe Sen. Joe Lieberman should be stripped of his chairmanship in the Senate if he ends up supporting a Republican filibuster of health care reform. According to the Huffington Post, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America ordered a study a few days ago, in which they polled over 800 voters. The main question in the poll was whether Lieberman - an Independent who usually caucuses with the Democrats - should lose his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. 81 percent of Democrats responded that they...
  • Blog Wants to Oust Lieberman's Wife From Susan Komen Ambassadorship - (MORE LIBERAL FASCISM)

    12/14/2009 1:44:03 PM PST · by thefoundersrock · 7 replies · 563+ views
    Fox News ^ | FOXNews.com
    A liberal Web site is trying to enlist celebrities to persuade a top breast cancer research group to dump Sen. Joe Lieberman's wife as its "global ambassador," saying Hadassah Lieberman's health care lobbying work and her husband's opposition to the so-called public option make her unfit for the role.
  • Lieberman supported Medicare expansion

    12/14/2009 2:15:57 PM PST · by mdittmar · 37 replies · 2,493+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 12/14/09 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Lieberman was for a Medicare expansion before he was against it.Democrats circulated video Monday from a Connecticut newspaper's interview in September showing Lieberman voicing support for a so-called Medicare buy-in allowing uninsured people as young as 55 to purchase coverage.The Connecticut independent, whose vote is critical to the health care reform bill's prospects, had threatened Sunday to join Republicans in opposing health legislation permitting a buy-in.Lieberman's spokesman Marshall Wittmann said Lieberman's comments were made before the Senate health care bill, which includes health insurance subsidies, was finalized. Wittmann said Lieberman believes the subsidies make a Medicare...
  • Barack Obama health care bill dealt blow by Joe Lieberman

    12/14/2009 1:05:13 PM PST · by Schnucki · 36 replies · 1,515+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | December 14, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    President Barack Obama's hopes of achieving health care reform have been dealt a body blow by Senator Joe Lieberman, once a Democratic vice-presidential candidate but now one of the party's bętes noire. The new threat to the centrepiece of his agenda came as Mr Obama's popularity sunk to its lowest level yet with a Rasmussen poll that gave him an approval rating of just 44 per cent – the lowest for any president at this stage of his first term. Mr Lieberman, who became an Independent in 2006 after he failed to win the Democratic party primary but retained his...
  • Harry Can't Find 60: Lieberman resists Medicare buy-in plan

    12/14/2009 12:30:31 PM PST · by Senator Goldwater · 15 replies · 923+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 14, 2009 | Calvin Woodward
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Risking the wrath of Democrats, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., threatened Sunday to join Republicans in opposing health care legislation if it permits uninsured individuals as young to 55 to purchase Medicare coverage. Lieberman, whose vote is critical to the bill's prospects, expressed his opposition twice during the day: first in an interview with CBS, and more strongly later, according to Democratic officials, in a private meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid, who is hoping to pass the legislation by Christmas, needs 60 votes to overcome Republican objections, and has been counting on Lieberman to provide...
  • Iowa GOP rivals using pathetic attacks in race for governor

    12/14/2009 10:00:13 AM PST · by bigred08 · 8 replies · 498+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 12/14/2009 | Kevin Hall
    In the end, it could be Ben Nelson who thwarts ObamaCare. At the very least, he will play a key role in preventing passage of the public option. If that happens, will Bob Vander Plaats then issue a statement praising Terry Branstad for supporting Nelson a decade ago? It would be hypocritical not to.
  • Lieberman opposes Medicare at 55

    12/14/2009 4:53:52 AM PST · by malkee · 13 replies · 814+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/14/09
    Washington (CNN) -- Dashing the hopes of Democratic lawmakers Sunday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman signaled he would oppose a health care bill that includes a proposal to expand Medicare to people as young as 55. The independent Connecticut senator has told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, that he would vote against the Medicare at 55 proposal. He also said he would oppose cloture and work with the GOP if it ends up in the final version of the bill, two Democratic sources told CNN Sunday. Unanimous Republican opposition so far means Senate Democrats need all 60 votes in their caucus,...
  • Why Dems Are Obsessed by Health Reform

    12/05/2009 6:11:49 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 38 replies · 1,984+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-05-10 | John Fund
    They believe the liberal base expects them to deliver and will punish them if they don't. Voters are increasingly worried about unemployment, but Democratic leaders in Congress remain obsessed with passing health- care reform. Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin was asked recently if a health-care bill would pass the Senate by the end of this month. "It must," he said. "We have to finish it." Still, many in the trenches are uneasy about the sprawling, complex bill they privately acknowledge has no bipartisan support, doesn't seriously tackle soaring costs and will increase insurance premiums. That may explain Majority Leader Harry...
  • CEOs and ObamaCare, An internal revolt at the Business Roundtable over support for ObamaCare.

    12/06/2009 6:38:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies · 1,105+ views
    wsj ^ | 12/6/09 | staff
    One lesson that Democrats learned from the failure of HillaryCare in 1994 is that they had to buy the silence, if not the outright support, of the business class. They've done this brilliantly by peddling the illusion that ObamaCare will "lower costs" for employers. But slowly as the legislative details become clear, it is dawning on executives of businesses large and small that reform is boiling down to a huge tax increase to finance a gigantic new entitlement. The cost and quality of care are afterthoughts that will both suffer, as a growing roll of medical experts have been writing...
  • The sad story the Democrats would rather not tell

    12/07/2009 2:55:16 AM PST · by Scanian · 22 replies · 1,573+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 07, 2009 | Carol Brown
    As Senate Democrats hung together last week on a "test" vote on health care reform, their willingness to cut Medicare to fund their colossal plan revealed their willingness to abandon the most vulnerable among us - the frail and elderly. Many among the oldest of the old receive in-home care, something that is essential as it helps reduce hospital admissions or winding up in a nursing home. It also provides access to medical services for those with the added challenge of living in rural communities. Home health care will be a casualty of the current bill as it is slated...
  • Dems ditch public option

    12/09/2009 3:13:13 AM PST · by Scanian · 28 replies · 1,073+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 9, 2009 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- After days of secret talks, Senate Democrats tentatively agreed last night to drop a full-blown government-run insurance option from sweeping health-care legislation -- a concession to party moderates whose votes are critical to passage of President Obama's top domestic priority. In its place, officials said, Democrats had settled on a private insurance arrangement to be supervised by the federal agency that oversees the system through which lawmakers purchase coverage, with the possibility of greater government involvement, if needed, to ensure consumers enough choices.
  • New Video Reveals Expansion of Medicare is Long-time Obama Plan for Socialized Medicine - Video

    12/14/2009 6:50:29 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 4 replies · 442+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 14, 2009 | Brian
    It could not be more clear. Here is new evidence uncovered by Naked Emperor News that reveals President Obama has planned all along to move the United States toward a "single-payer," Universal Health Care System, by expanding Medicare to include people age 55 and up. This video points out that Obama went to Capitol Hill on December 7 to meet with Senate Democrats. Just two days later, Harry Reid announced his grand "compromise" to supposedly drop the "Public Option" but expand Medicare to include those 55 and up. The proof that this "compromise" comes straight from Obama is in the...
  • Harry Reid Slips Lifetime Limit Into Senate Bill

    12/14/2009 3:51:44 AM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies · 1,628+ views
    firedoglake ^ | Dec. 11, 2009 | Jane Hamsher
    When President Obama gave his speech on health care on September 10, he promised that there would be no limit on lifetime benefits under the health care bill: "They will no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or a lifetime. We will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they get sick." Harry Reid didn’t agree evidently. Reid, who is solely responsible for crafting the bill that...
  • Obamacare: 50 Million Patients Up - Docs Lack!

    12/14/2009 5:36:47 AM PST · by freedomyes · 7 replies · 451+ views
    The Magic City Morning Star ^ | Nov 13, 2009 - 12:07:35 AM | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    If Obama's Whacko Health Blanket smothers America, the US will not have enough doctors.
  • Senate GOP Does “Masterful” Job in Derailing ObamaCare!

    12/14/2009 6:25:48 AM PST · by Starman417 · 12 replies · 1,588+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-13-09 | Mike's America
    As a panelist on Fox News Sunday, Liz Cheney, a potential bright future star of the conservative movement, declared that the job Senate republicans have been doing to derail ObamaCare was "masterful." I agree. I realize there are some conservatives out there who are disappointed that our GOP Senators aren't initiating legislative Armageddon to stop this latest Obamination. They don't want the Senate GOP to be the "party of no" they want the GOP to be the party of HELL NO! I have a great deal of sympathy with that point of view and did have the chance to express...
  • Tottering

    12/12/2009 8:59:17 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 40 replies · 2,325+ views
    National Review / The Corner ^ | December 11, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    The Reid bill is really tottering now. "If this thing falls apart, you can look back to today as the tipping point," says a Republican aide in the Senate, echoing what Lamar Alexander notes in the Costa post below. First, there was last night's CNN poll showing 61 percent opposition. Then, there was the devastating CMS report today. "Nobody went to the floor that I could see to defend it on the Democratic side," says the aide. The back-drop for all this is the non-deal that Reid hyped as a break-through earlier this week, only to have it unravel almost...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 12-12-09 (DUmmies Suddenly Discover ReidCare is a SCAM)

    12/12/2009 5:02:05 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 64 replies · 2,260+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | December 12, 2009 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    Remember all the excitement over the "unveiling" of ReidCare in the Senate a few days ago? Harry Reid came as close to gleeful as he ever gets (which means a bit less gloomy than usual) when he announced his new "consensus" healthcare bill which entails expanding MediCare coverage to folks as young as 55? He made it appear that there was a new momentum on a health bill. Only one problem. The Associated Press revealed that ReidCare contains rationing. So if you need end of life care, forget it. Too expensive. This was the argument against the death panels...
  • Harry Reid Inserts Lifetime Limits (Death Sentence?) in Health Care Bill

    12/12/2009 12:21:47 PM PST · by Cecilia Trent · 34 replies · 1,471+ views
    FDL Action ^ | 12/12/09 | Jane Hamsher
    An alarming find comes to us via the inveterate investigative blogger Jane Hamsher, often seen on TV news programming. The Senate bill contains a lifetime limit placed on the care that ill patients can receive. The next time an Obamabot mocks your assertion that the legislation would ration care, or if you dare to use the incendiary phrase “death panels” — if a lifetime limit on treatments and drugs isn’t a death sentence, please tell me what is! — you can tell them that Jane, a very liberal blogger, cancer survivor and all-around fine person, has unearthed the following in...
  • Senate Hits New Roadblocks on Health Care Bill

    12/12/2009 6:51:00 AM PST · by mathprof · 12 replies · 1,158+ views
    new york times ^ | 12/12/09 | ROBERT PEAR and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    Democratic leaders hit a rough patch Friday in their push for sweeping health care legislation, as they tried to fend off criticism of their proposals from a top Medicare official, Republicans and even members of their own party. Slogging through a 12th day of debate on the legislation, the Senate found itself at an impasse over a proposal to allow imports of low-cost prescription drugs from Canada and other countries. Democratic leaders tried to kill or neuter the proposal, offered by a senior Democrat, Senator Byron L. Dorgan of North Dakota. The Medicare official, meanwhile, said that total national health...
  • Harry Reid's Healthcare Compromise, One Foot on the Banana Peel The Other in the Grave

    12/11/2009 8:30:21 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 11 replies · 785+ views
    Harry Reid's Healthcare Compromise-> One Foot on the Banana Peel The Other in the Grave Much has been said about "the great compromise" that was announced by Harry Reid on earlier this week, most of what has been said has been negative. Much of the negativity is coming from key democrats, the ones most likely to cross over and vote against cloture. Reid is having a very hard time finding the 60 votes he needs to cut off debate and allow an up or down vote on Obamacare. Now here's the fun part, there is no real compromise. that's why...
  • LEGISLATIVE SAUSAGE COULD LEAD TO SINGLE-PAYER INSURANCE

    12/11/2009 12:00:42 PM PST · by Signalman · 1 replies · 236+ views
    NCPA ^ | 12/11/2009 | unk.
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) latest "compromise" health care bill is 11th-hour legislative sausage that was made on the fly and includes ideas dating at least to the Clinton administration, says the Washington Post. Most significantly, though, Sen. Reid's bill is a dramatic step toward a single-payer health care system, even if the public option is not on the table, says the Post: * Sen. Reid's latest compromise allows uninsured individuals over 55 to buy into Medicare. * That policy brings with it numerous problems, the core of which are higher costs to taxpayers, squeezing individuals out of their...
  • What the health care bill means for you: Insuring more people, but at a much greater cost

    12/13/2009 2:57:05 AM PST · by Scanian · 9 replies · 590+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 13, 2009 | DAVID M. DRUCKER and MICHAEL D. TANNER
    With the House having passed its $1 trillion dollar-plus heath care bill and the Senate poised to approve its own $850 billion version as early as Christmas, a broad rewrite of America’s health care system — encompassing nearly 20% of the U.S. economy — could be close at hand. If the Senate approves its version, which is expected given the Democrats’ 60-seat majority, the package will have to be merged with legislation approved last month by the House. But similarities between the two bills are starting to emerge. Here, David M. Drucker of the newspaper Roll Call provides a rundown...
  • Pelosi Signals Support for Senate Medicare Deal

    12/11/2009 10:24:59 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 18 replies · 871+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/11/2009 | Wall Street Journal
    WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed support Thursday for a Senate Democratic proposal to expand Medicare, raising prospects that the two chambers of Congress can work out differences on health-care legislation. The proposal would open Medicare to some people ages 55 to 64, and is a key feature of a deal among senior Senate Democrats that would abandon efforts to enact a big government-run health-insurance program. The deal would also empower the government's Office of Personnel Management to contract with private insurers to offer new low-cost insurance plans. The deal is a key difference between the Senate bill and...