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Posted on Dec 21, 2009
AP / Harry Hamburg

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., before the cloture vote Monday that cleared the way for the Senate health care bill.

The Senate health care bill found 60 votes and cleared a major obstacle Monday morning. The diluted bill—which is expected to win final approval in the Senate this week—is a far cry from the public option-based draft initially proposed months ago. Nonetheless it aims to provide health coverage for 30 million who are now uninsured.

There are several more procedural hurdles before a final vote, which is tentatively scheduled for Christmas Eve—JCL

The Guardian:

US healthcare reforms backed by Barack Obama passed a vital vote in the Senate , clearing the way for a bill to be passed before Christmas.

In the early hours a procedural measure to block Republican delaying tactics was passed in a 60-40 vote, with unanimous Democrat backing.

The vote all but assures the passage of healthcare reforms through the Senate, a feat that eluded generations of Democrats.

“We’ll get this passed before Christmas and it will be one of the best Christmas presents this Congress has ever given the American people,” Democratic senator Tom Harkin said.

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By Softswine, December 21, 2009 at 9:46 pm Link to this comment

Private industry canNOT provide a genuine care for health without running itself out of business… bottom line! As much as I firmly believe in free enterprise I do not believe that it takes priority over humane treatment.

  There are terribly inhumane crimes being committed in this current structure and although change is being offered in these bills, the changes are NOT with the best interest of humanity in mind.

  It’s time to reflect on the birth of this country and hold accountable all of the political, corporate and industrial criminals responsible for this holocaust. They have engineered 300 million “captive” consumers through methods of deception and intimidation with no more than their own financial gain as their concern.

  The country which claims to be the protector of human rights and freedom has turned out to be the worst of all violators. I have routine nightmares about what it will take to free ourselves from this abuse.

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By gerard, December 21, 2009 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment

Any congress that has to argue this long to come up with a health care bill for its people that is this complicated and hedged round with exceptions and provisos ought to be ashamed to call itself a governing body and collect its salaries.

It is perfectly possible to come out with a fair bill that servess the basic health care needs of a population without ifs, ands and buts that disqualify and limit to the point where its citizens are reduced to arguing over whether it is better than nothing, or not. 

How about, grassroots citizens get together immediately and agitate locally for a select committee of the best known doctors, nurses and medical technicians, all of whom deal daily and nightly with desperate emergency ward patients who lack basic needs and come to them too late or in serious delayed circumstances.  Ask these professionals to draw up minimum recommendations for the basic requirements of a fair and balanced health care bill that does not throw people back onto the mercies of “health insurance agencies” whose primary interest is in NOT paying out benefits.  Let the most effective of these professionals lay it out for Congress and the public.

The system it screwed otherwise.  Those who see the needs up close and personal, and who can sympathize with sick people, need to have a primary position in formulating health care laws.  To allow insurance agencies and corporations to dictate peoples’ care in order to gamble and make money off of sick people is disgusting. It has nothing to do with “free enterprise”.  It’s cheating, pure and simple, kicking people when they are down.

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By Candice Cameron, December 21, 2009 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment
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“Nonetheless it aims to provide health coverage for 30 million who are now
Because those 30 million will now be REQUIRED TO PURCHASE insurance,
regardless of their inability to pay!
Why is this never mentioned? It always sounds like the uninsured are going to
be magically covered for free. Or even for a reasonable amount. But it is
spelled out in the so-called health bill that those who “refuse” to carry
insurance will be fined by means of a tax penalty of $1500 or a percentage of
their income. And the penalty will NOT be used to buy insurance for them.
Do the fools on the Hill really believe that people who don’t have insurance are
“refusing” to purchase it? That’s like believing that homeless people “refuse” to
buy a house.


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By FreeWill, December 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment

The greatest X-mass present the Obama administration could give the Insurance Industry is more like it. 

This bill is clearly designed to scuttle any chance of ever getting meaningful health care in this country.
We need to begin a 3rd. party alternative to these corrupt Corporate Bastards NOW!

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By voice of truth, December 21, 2009 at 1:38 pm Link to this comment

Does anyone even know what is in this bill that constitutes “health care reform”?

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By Steve E, December 21, 2009 at 1:38 pm Link to this comment
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So this article explains the difference between a shit sandwich and a shit sandwich
with lettuce. Thankyou.

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By Thomas T, December 21, 2009 at 11:25 am Link to this comment
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The only difference between Bush and Obama is one can speak english.

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By NYCartist, December 21, 2009 at 10:19 am Link to this comment

leaping backwards….See for Glenn Greenwald this morning.

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