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Ear to the Ground

Snowe Helps Baucus Bill Pass Committee Hurdle

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Posted on Oct 13, 2009
Olympia Snowe
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Sen. Olympia Snowe places her name plate before voting for the Senate Finance Committee’s health care reform bill.

Maine’s Olympia Snowe explained her vote for health care reform by saying “when history calls, history calls.” It called, she answered, and now the Senate Finance Committee’s Baucus bill, which would force Americans to buy health insurance without offering a public option, is off to get married to the more progressive Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee committee bill.

Majority Leader Harry Reid will preside over the union, with input from the White House. Here’s hoping the result fares better than most American marriages.

Any legislation that passes the Senate will have to be reconciled with bills in the House, which has three measures of its own to merge.  —PZS

Los Angeles Times:

Despite the committee’s approval, key provisions of the legislation remain to be resolved, including whether the bill ultimately will include some form of a government-run health insurer, the so-called “public option.” Some senators favor a provision that would allow states to exempt themselves from providing a government option to consumers—a bid to sway moderates who otherwise might oppose a mandatory plan.

It’s unclear whether Reid will include any sort of a public option in the bill during the merger process or instead invite an amendment during the Senate floor debate. Also, there remains some significant disagreement about whether to pay for the expansion of healthcare coverage to millions of uninsured Americans with an excise tax on high-end insurance plans—as well as the threshold at which that tax would take effect. Furthermore, the insurance industry has objected strenuously to the finance committee’s loosening of the requirement in the bill that all Americans purchase health insurance. The committee approved an amendment that weakened the penalties for failing to buy a plan.

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By chris brown, October 14, 2009 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment
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Im glad a republican see’s some good in the health plan. Way to go who ever the hell you are…

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By altara, October 14, 2009 at 9:06 am Link to this comment
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              INTERNATIONAL GROUP GIVES AWARD TO OBAMA

The International Agency for Global Cooperation has given its prestigious Annual Bipartisanship Award to President Barack Obama of the United States. The grant includes the historic Jimmy Carter Silver Cup and $5000 in cash.

In its announcement, the Award Committee cited President Obama’s tireless sfforts to obtain Republican cooperation for health care reform. Mr. Obama had countless meetings and social events with opposition leaders and refrained from forceful imposition of his own views. 

President Obama’s wise and inspiring work culminated in obtaining the vote of Senator Olympia Snowe

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By MarthaA, October 14, 2009 at 12:22 am Link to this comment

Snowe may have helped, but the bill would have passed without her.

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By yours truly, October 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment
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When It Comes To Health Care Government Is The Solution, Private Insurance Companies The Problem

“Based on?”

“Only a government single payer plan such as Medicare for all can generate the savings necessary for providing universal health care.”

“Generated how?”

“Insurance company overhead/profit of upwards of 30% minus nonprofit Medicare overhead of less than 5% = a savings of at least 25%.”

“Otherwise?”

“Thousands of Americans with no or insuffient health coverage will continue to die every year.*”

“Cause of death?”

“Insurance companey greed.”

*Harvard University report published online last month

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By KISS, October 13, 2009 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment

Ahh those clever Repugs..they beat the dimmos again.
Single payer disappears and joyfully the dimmos drink the victorious hemlock. Another screwing of us citizens. Healthcare for all will be in name only and the quality will be in the profit bonuses for the CEO’s of the health industry.
Why are we cheering?

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By Emma Jackson, October 13, 2009 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment
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Welldone Olympia Snowe.
That is what that contry needs.
maybe in a few years she will be next obama…

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By Amy, October 13, 2009 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment
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I hope that the matter is resolved soon and it can help people.

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By ardee, October 13, 2009 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment

I really am puzzled by this need to “force” folks onto a health care system. I do favor 100% coverage for several reasons; cost effectiveness and a healthy nation being two such.

If a single payer system were invoked one would not have to mandate coverage, everyone who needed care would simply use it.

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