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A Cloudy Forecast for Health Care Reform

By Ben Pershing
The weather outside is frightful, so it's the perfect morning to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and consider the prognosis for health care reform.

President Obama's official nomination of Kathleen Sebelius to be Health and Human Services Secretary today will give the president a full complement of Cabinet nominees for the first time since an hours-long stretch on Feb. 3, when Obama announced Judd Gregg was his pick for Commerce just before Tom Daschle withdrew from consideration for HHS.

What work awaits Sebelius? As Federal Eye points out, she faces tough managerial challenges at the FDA and administering Medicare. But the No. 1 priority for her -- and, arguably, for Obama's first term -- is comprehensive health care reform. The soon-to-be-former Kansas governor was unable to push through an increase in tobacco taxes to expand government health coverage back home, and now she will be working on an exponentially larger scale.

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Posted at 8:20 AM ET on Mar 2, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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ah, parkerfl1: Hmm..........How about the fact that we are in a huge recession.. or maybe even DEPRESSION?

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | March 2, 2009 7:05 PM

Health-care reform should fail, and Gov. Selebius should pay her taxes.

Posted by: JakeD | March 2, 2009 6:11 PM

mikeinmidland:

Self-serving? And just who are YOU serving with your "directed messaging psy ops"?

Here's a clue for you all:

http://blog.aclu.org/2009/01/26/internet-filters-voluntary-ok-not-government-mandate/#comments

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 2, 2009 3:06 PM

Ah, yes, our old friends JakeD and Scrivener50.

Jake, who continues to ignore the fact that independent observers have verified President Obama's original Hawaii birth certificate.

And Scrivener, who adds a single tie-in line to otherwise identical posts and the same links to his own online "articles."

I would invite either of you to actually state an opinion about health-care reform or Governor Sebelius, instead of your own self-serving garbage.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | March 2, 2009 2:30 PM

The delusional initial poster can rest assured that President Obama is making legally conforming and binding decisions daily. The deluded one can continue to shriek all he wants about '... Obama is not legally the President." But by doing so he ensures that people will disregard ALL his chatter as screwy.

Posted by: sperrico | March 2, 2009 1:42 PM

WHY did the CONSERVATIVES under BUSH spend like there’s no tomorrow and wreck the economy, and now the US is producing less than ever. With the lowest tax rates on the wealthy in history, why did the economy collapse? CNBC’s hypocritic stance by ignoring what they helped create through their supporting the GOP and BUSH’s insane spending has caused a depression! Remember the 2 Fools on the Hill? Bush: It must be a budget, see there’s numbers on it. — Cheney, “Deficits don’t matter.” Sometimes its not HOW much you spend that wrecks an economy, it’s WHERE you spend it! You spend a million on a bridge in the US, the accounting is balanced. You don’t have a million dollars but you have a million dollar bridge, hence balanced accounting. If you spend a half million to blow up a bridge then spend a million to rebuild it in a foreign country, you are immediately in the red!
Suddenly the GOP CNBC pundits are feigning worry about the middle class?, blue collar workers? UNIONS? They certainly have been the enemies of the middle class since Reagan, as the middle class is disappearing before our eyes, and the poverty classes growing faster than ever under CONservative failed ideologies! Industrial production is plunging, and partly due to CONservative corporations fleeing the USA to build factories where they can pollute unrestrained. These corporations under a common sense government should never be allowed to do business in or with the United States ever again! The current lame efforts diluted by the GOP have only allowed pollution to increase. The answer to industrial production and corporations is clean up your act, here and abroad, to continue doing business in the United States.

http://hiddenmysteries.net/geeklog/article.php?story=20090301131215108

Now that I said the above, we can get healtcare passed once we get more Democratic senators elected. The party of No will continue to obstruct and deny any constructive and positive social changes for this country.

Posted by: dsoulplane | March 2, 2009 11:04 AM

Give me one good reason why Obama’s plan to remodel health care will end any better than the Clintons similar efforts in the 90’s…

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | March 2, 2009 10:16 AM

There can be no system of federal health care until Team Obama stops an ongoing "Silent Genocide" enabled by federal agencies...

TO: PRES. OBAMA, VP BIDEN

cc: OBAMA CABINET; SPECIAL ATTENTION, ATTY. GEN. ERIC HOLDER/DOJ STAFF; HHS SEC. SEBELIUS; DOD SEC. GATES; DHS SEC. NAPOLITANO; TREAS. SEC. GEITHNER; DNI BLAIR; CIA DIR. PANETTA; S. SERVICE DIR. SULLIVAN (please forward)

We will continue to be "a nation of cowards" until the federal government stops enabling the TORTURE innocent but "targeted" citizens with microwave radiation weaponry in what is a horrific but silent "American Genocide."

WHY ARE YOU PERMITTING MICROWAVE RADIATION WEAPONRY TO BE USED AGAINST U.S. CITIZENS...

RADIATION WEAPONS DEPLOYED TO POLICE, SECURITY/INTEL AGENTS, AND TO 'COMMUNITY WATCH' VIGILANTES?

THESE ARE "WMD" AND SHOULD BE BANNED, NOT PROLIFERATED.

Victims have asked the FBI/Justice Department to launch a civil rights investigation, because local police appear to countenance these covert, federally-enabled crimes against humanity.

Victims have been told by federal and local authorities that "there is nothing we see to investigate."

AND THE ATTACKS CONTINUE. AS RECENTLY AS SUNDAY NIGHT IN BUCKS, COUNTY, PA., AT THE HOME OF A NATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED PRINT AND TV JOURNALIST, THE AUTHOR OF THE ARTICLES LINKED BELOW.


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TEAM OBAMA: WHAT DO YOUR BUSH HOLD-OVERS KNOW ABOUT THIS?

The ONGOING Bush/Cheney- initiated American social genocide via the "extrajudicial punishment network" :

• Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

• Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking, surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

• Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction."

MONDAY IS DAY 42 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU R*E*A*L*L*Y KNOW WHAT YOUR SECURITY MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER IS UP TO?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 2, 2009 9:58 AM

Regardless, I hope he fails to reform health care.

Posted by: JakeD | March 2, 2009 9:18 AM

Obama is not legally President of the United States.

Posted by: JakeD | March 2, 2009 9:05 AM

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