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Ear to the Ground

Health Care Reform? What Health Care Reform?

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Posted on Jan 26, 2010
Original: Wikimedia Commons / Scrumshus

Democratic congressional leaders are hitting the pause button while they figure out how to press ahead—if at all—with comprehensive health care reform. The most conservative Democratic senators have made it clear they oppose budget reconciliation, but then the whole point of reconciliation is to avoid the votes of conservative Democratic senators.

Speaking of them, Joe Lieberman has easily the worst idea (but then that’s not very surprising). “The White House and Democratic leaders should reach out one more time to Republicans to see if they can find a common ground,” Lieberman is quoted as saying in The New York Times. Because that worked so well the first 36 times.

Perhaps the Democrats should try reaching out one more time to Joe Lieberman to see whether he wants to walk the plank, now that having 60 votes in the Senate is a non-issue.  —PZS

The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — With no clear path forward on major health care legislation, Democratic leaders in Congress effectively slammed the brakes on President Obama’s top domestic priority on Tuesday, saying that they no longer felt pressure to move quickly on a health bill after eight months of setting deadlines and missing them.

The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, deflected questions about health care. “We’re not on health care now,” he said. “We’ve talked a lot about it in the past.” He added, “There is no rush,” and noted that Congress still had most of this year to work on the health bills passed in 2009 by the Senate and the House.

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By Smudge Martens, January 27, 2010 at 5:53 pm Link to this comment

Question for the strategists out there:

If this bill really benefits Big Phrama and the insurance industry (I agree that it appears to do so), then why aren’t the republicans and blue dogs pressing for its passage?

Please education me - I’m stumped!

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By Leigh Warren, January 26, 2010 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment
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This bill is the country’s last and best hope for getting health care improved. It
does a lot of good, and I am urging the house to pass it, and send it to
reconciliation. I hope they have grown a pair.

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By the worm, January 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm Link to this comment

This bill is not a reform that will benefit the American people. It is a reform to
benefit big phrama and the insurance industry. It is a boondoggle from the get go
and the protracted machinations to massage it simply revealed the many many
ways in which it was tailored to corporate needs and anathema to the middle
class, as it combined corporate profits with higher premiums and less medical
care (note - under the bill only 80 of your health insurance premium had to be
spent on actual health care - does anyone in the middle class think that’s ‘change
you can believe in’?)

Death to this preposterous Democratic boondoggle.

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By stellarwinds, January 26, 2010 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment

we progressive don’t want this monstrosity.

plus, if it’s a political career killer for oreobama, all the better.

the sooner that neocon chosen instrument trojan is gone, the better.

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By republicanblack, January 26, 2010 at 5:10 pm Link to this comment

We need reform speaking as a republican and a conservative I thought at first that the health care legislation and reform effort was being forced down our throats and a debt to our children. But then I did some research and really took a look at our history, and decided to share my results with other conservatives and express how we conservatives have framed the debate has crippled our ability to see it for what republicans in the past would have seen it. Now I have changed my mind I hope you will take a look and think about it to0

http://keironjackman.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/health-care-the-road-to-washington/

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By Vic Anderson, January 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment
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Again, Duck FEM!

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