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Obama: HELP Vote 'Should Give Us Hope'

President Obama hailed legislators on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for voting the "Quality, Affordable Health Coverage for All Americans" health care reform bill out of their committee today by a vote of 13 to 10. His statement follows:

Today, thanks to the unyielding passion and inspiration provided by Senator Edward Kennedy, the HELP committee he chairs has produced a proposal that will finally lower health care costs, provide better care for patients, and ensure fair treatment of consumers by the insurance industry.

Like the legislation produced by the House of Representatives, this proposal would offer Americans quality, affordable health care that is there when they need it. No longer will insurance companies be able to deny coverage based on a pre-existing medical condition. No longer will Americans have to worry about their health insurance if they lose their job, change their job, or open a new business.

This proposal will bring down costs, expand coverage, and increase choice. Through a health insurance exchange, families and small businesses will be able to compare prices and quality so that they can choose the health care plan that best suits their needs. Among the choices that would be available in the exchange would be a public health insurance option that would make health care affordable by increasing competition, providing more choices, and keeping the insurance companies honest.

This proposal would also control rising costs by investing in preventive care and wellness programs, rooting out waste and fraud in the system, and changing the incentives that automatically equate the most expensive care with the best care.

When this proposal is combined with other proposals that the Senate Finance Committee is working on, it's estimated that health reform will cover 97 percent of all Americans.

The HELP committee's success should give us hope, but it should not give us pause. It should instead provide the urgency for both the House and Senate to finish their critical work on health reform before the August recess. I want to commend Senator Kennedy, Senator Dodd, as well as Senators Harkin, Mikulski, Bingaman, and Murray on the leadership they've shown and the foundation they've laid to reform our health care system.

Posted at 11:07 AM ET on Jul 15, 2009  | Category:  Primary Source
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The House bill is an excellent product it contains everything Pres. Obama ran on ... why don't the Senate Dems. rally behind it ... the American people will thank them.

The Republicans in the Senate will never vote for Health Reform, I am sorry to say this, but it is the truth.

The Dem. Senators need to rise above any local interests and vote for Health Reform for the Nation as a whole ...

History will treat them as "Profiles in Courage".

Posted by: cautious | July 16, 2009 4:31 AM

In order to save on health care costs and to save other government programs, the Obama Administration has begun offering the public health care option via the following new health care delivery methods:

* All Primary Care Physicians will be offering care and treatment at every local US Post Office in order to better support Postal Reform. Postal delivery on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Medical care on Tuesdays and Thursdays; no Tuesday care if Monday is a Federal Holiday.

* All recently closed auto factories of Chrysler and GM will be converted into Health Care Surgerical Assembly operations for assembly line type healh services, with separate assembly departments for:

Waiting Line for Waiting Line, Triage, Intake/1040-type form, Waiting Line, Government Assessment, Waiting Line, Prioritization, Stamping, Waiting Line, Fluids Flush, Waiting Line, Body Work, Test Walk, Waiting Line, New Fluids Insertion, Collection of Large Co-pays

* All Medical transportation from one smaller medical assembly plant to a more specialized medical assembly plant will be offloaded to Amtrak. All non-ICU patients will be offered coach service without specialized medical assistance.

All ICU patients will be transported in Stimulus funded, newly refurnished Amtrack high speed Mail Cars, recently purchased on eBay from the former USSRs Trans-Siberian Socialist Medical Mail Car stock. (USSR-TRS-MMC)

* Consumer financing for the enormous co-pays, out of network payments, cost of all specialized tests, cost all overnight hospital stays, and Amtrack transportation will be available through a government-run Fannie/Freddie funding pool (FFFP), financed by consumer taxes, business taxes, soda taxes, haircut and nail taxes, internet taxes, breath taxes, personal co2 emissions taxes, public restroom stall taxes, hetero-sex taxes, Fox Channel viewing taxes, death taxes, life after death taxes ( pre-dated and payable before death).

* All new doctors will be government employees, that will be eligible for repayment of government education loans after at least 20 years of service in the Postal Medical Offices (PMO's), and 10 years service in Soviet style Amtrack Postal Mail ICU Service cars.

* All Government Run Universal Wellness and Preventation Act programs will feature the more popular programs such as forced marches once a week, polar swim once a month, daily 10 mile walk to work, manditory cap and trade for personal co2 emissions, no sugar, no bacon, no smokes, no drink, no running, non-co2 breathing, no BO, no iceberg lettuce, no racing, no red meat, no fries, no potatoes, no milk shakes, no fun, no hetero sex, and no internet.

Posted by: bamvol | July 15, 2009 11:35 PM

bz11,

I am sure that your house will be exempted from that responsibility. Even homeless people should not have to live with a pig.

It is comforting when those without grace make a fool of themselves. I hope you enjoy being the fool as much as I do watching you.

Posted by: Gator-ron | July 15, 2009 7:31 PM

Obama and the liberal Democrats making up 80% of the Democratic Pary today are well on their way to bankrupting America. It is a stunning thing to watch...hard to believe. I have never seen a more dogmatic and partisan crowd in over 35 years in Washington. They care not a bit about the financial welfare of the country---and the reason we have wealth which is the hard workers and productive citizens who create jobs and employ people. This is a disaster of immense proportions. America will be paying a price for this recklessness for decades if these bills become law.

Posted by: ww1123 | July 15, 2009 5:57 PM

Obama is just happy to hear that he won't dangle for fruad and treason alone.

Posted by: dottydo | July 15, 2009 5:11 PM

The richest 2 million U.S. taxpayers - which own the businesses and corporations --- should immediately slash their payrolls, to make up for any lost income.

Posted by: hclark1 | July 15, 2009 3:24 PM

I'm now convinced that Obama cannot read a balance sheet. Currently, Medicare is running a $3.7 trillion deficit. China owns $744 billion of U.S. Treasury securities, and $3.2 trillion of these securities are owned by other foreign countries. And now Obama and Congress want to pump trillions into a health insurance program because 6% of Americans are not currently covered. Where is the common sense? Is Obama bankrupting this nation just to massage his egotistical "I won" syndrome? He needs to stop spending until he can prove those 3 million jobs have been "created or saved" by his oh-so-urgent stimulus bill that neither he nor Congress took the time to read.

Posted by: judithod | July 15, 2009 2:57 PM

The richest 2 million U.S. taxpayers - which own the businesses and corporations --- should immediately slash their payrolls, to make up for any lost income.

Posted by: hclark1 | July 15, 2009 2:51 PM

Common-cents....There is no chance for a national health care plan having success without the concent of the people. Passing the current version of a NHCP is duely noted as taxation without representation. Our country is a nation of individuals and private business not a nation state controled by a a uber-government.

Posted by: mikanh | July 15, 2009 12:50 PM

Common-cents....There is no chance for a national health care plan having success without the concent of the people. Passing the current version of a NHCP is duely noted as taxation without representation. Our country is a nation of individuals and private business not a nation state controled by a a uber-government.

Posted by: mikanh | July 15, 2009 12:48 PM

The White House further announced, "Now that we have established that health insurance is a right and not a privilege, we are moving forward with our next bold move to restructure America. We have millions of homeless and illegals in America barely able to survive in our harsh, discrimnatory, capitalistic society. We are mandating that anyone who lives in a house or apartment larger than 1200 sq ft must house and feed one homeless person since there is plenty of room to spare. Anyone in a home larger than 1500 sq. ft. must also take in one illegal immigrant. Anyone refusing to participate in this plan will have a surtax of 10% placed on their property tax. If we can spread the wealth around a little, we can certainly mandate that living in a home is also a national right."

Posted by: bz11 | July 15, 2009 12:04 PM

When Obama states unequivocally that he won't sign a bill without a strong public option then I will start to have hope.

"Reform" without a public option is just entrenchment of the cost spiraling status quo. We're achieving universal coverage by subsidizing the insurance companies.

Posted by: HuckFinn | July 15, 2009 11:54 AM

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