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Obama Considers Adding GOP-Generated Ideas to Health Bill

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Posted on Mar 2, 2010
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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden cross Pennsylvania Avenue as they walk from the White House to Blair House for a meeting with House and Senate leaders to discuss health insurance reform on Feb. 25.

It doesn’t seem possible, but it could maybe perhaps be the case that some kind of resolution in the health care reform saga might be achievable soon. At least that’s the tone President Barack Obama struck in a letter he sent Tuesday to prominent members of Congress that included conciliatory language on the subject of four ideas advanced by Republicans at last week’s health care summit.  —KA

“The Oval” in USA Today:

The GOP ideas—discussed at last week’s bipartisan health care summit—include expanding the use of fraud investigators disguised as patients to uncover waste and abuse in federal programs such as Medicaid, a proposal made by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. Obama also says he’s open to bigger pilot programs on possible changes to the rules governing medical malpractice lawsuits, a longtime GOP issue.

Obama also wrote that he is open to the idea of higher Medicaid reimbursements for doctors, as proposed by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. And the president pledged to look at expanded use of health savings accounts, as discussed last week by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. Barrasso and Coburn were among the medical doctor-lawmakers who participated in the summit.

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By zeroinfinity, March 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm Link to this comment
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So the President is going along with what the GOP wants and they in turn call the President a foreigner and a socialist.  Am I missing something here?

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By liecatcher, March 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment

OBAMA CONSIDERS ADDING GOP-GENERATED IDEAS TO HEALTH
BILL

DUH !  ! !

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By yours truly, March 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, of course, one would expect that a sell-out President who’s beholden to Wall Street would go for the health saving account, since it’s nothing but a trojan horse for insurance companies to take over publicly supported health care.  What’ll happen is that the young and healthy will go for HSA, thereby shrinking the money pool for the elderly and sick, such that, the care that they get will have to be drastically reduced, whereupon, the anti-people conservatives will jump up & say “Told ya so, told ya so, government’s the problem, not the solution”, and that’ll be it for Medicare & Medicaid.  And how’s that for shrinking government down to the size where it can be drowned in a bathtub?

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By Vic Anderson, March 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm Link to this comment
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This Infirmary Roster of further Miserepubilkan DEFORMS from the Big 0 sure ain’t
generating any POWER for We, the People’s DEM-PROMISED single-payer
SOLUTION!

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, March 2, 2010 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment
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Why doesn’t he and the 59 democratic senators just
switch parties and have done with it?  That way they
won’t have to pretend that there’s a difference
anymore.

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