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Health Care is Topic A at Biden Task Force Meeting in Virginia

By Yamiche Alcindor
Vice President Biden convened a meeting of the administration's Middle Class Task Force in Alexandria today to discuss how Obama's health care reform proposals will affect older Americans, taking questions for an hour before an audience of more than a hundred senior citizens.

Today's meeting, held with AARP, took place at the Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center, where Biden was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, White House Office of Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle and Barry Rand, CEO of the AARP.

Biden emphasized the reform proposals' focus on cutting health-care costs for middle and lower income Americans. "We've never been so close," Biden said. "Everyone sees that we need it and we are going to get it right this time."

Biden called the current health care system sick, saying that, as someone who has himself received over $100,000 in medical care, he understands the need to reform the system. If healthcare reform isn't passed soon, the amount of money spent on health care may one day exceed every other U.S. expense combined, the vice president warned. Biden also discussed the need to adjust pay scales for primary care doctors in a way that will make individuals want to go into the profession.

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Posted at 4:31 PM ET on Jul 16, 2009  | Category:  Health Care
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Mr. Vice President, whatever it is that you've got, we here in Alexandria don't want any of it. We'd appreciate it if you and Obammie would stay on your side of the river.

Posted by: flintston | July 17, 2009 3:30 PM

Poor Mr. Biden doesn't have a clue what he is talking about. I doubt he has read 10 pages of this 1000 page plus bill. In the first place if he listened to the figures given out by the CBO he would have some idea of the monumentous cost of this boondoggle of a bill.

I work in healthcare and have for the past 20 years. Yes things are expensive, yes there are overruns, yes there are abuses. However, lets take things in order, i.e., get the abuses plugged, stop the waste in Medicare and Medicaid and all of the fraud; stop the fraud in Medicaid as it is rampant. As for Social Security - Absolutely cut out the frivilous trips for employees of this agency like the recent one where the government (YOU AND ME) paid $700,000 plus for a trip in this time of depression/recession/job cuts and high and climbing higher unemployment. Wake up - they are using a bulldozer on something that needs a few shovels -- It is total overkill and we are going to rue the day if this mess is passed. What in the .... is the rush? Mr. O is again crying that the 'sky is falling.'

Posted by: nancycrichton | July 17, 2009 12:35 PM

The Vice President's just happy because he will now be able to get that brain transplant he's been needing.

Posted by: flintston | July 17, 2009 10:15 AM

VP Joe Biden is so very right, and I'm glad he is standing up strong for healthcare reform. Today's industry is insurance companies are businesses, period. Their goal is to make money, not care about your health. It's just a fact, sorry. In order to make the most money, insurance companies find the cheapest way they can get away with when dealing with your illness. Please listen to Mr. Biden, do your own research, read and listen to various sources of information, and by all means, ask your healthcare provider: your physician and nurse, about the public option. You will be surprised by their answers. Please take insurance and pharmacy industries faux concern with a grain of salt. And yes, we will be able to pay for coverage, and it will actually save money longer term. I just ask that you continue to ask questions, please. Public option.

Posted by: NBSsacramento | July 17, 2009 6:32 AM

From various articles in the Washington Post it appears certain that they are pushing for insurance industry and drug company solutions for health care. Public plans are dismissed as unreasonable or unattainable in several stories. I guess WAPO really is unprofitable. Someone must have shown them the money.

Posted by: seemstome | July 17, 2009 5:03 AM

V.P. Biden is right, the current healthcare system is sick.
They've been killing off seniors for profits at Sun Healthcare Group Inc nursing homes. In a Sunbridge in Newport Beach California my mother Evelyn Calvert died due to their blatant disregard for human life.
Sun's own medical Director, Dr Stoney, wrote an opinion SUN killed her after he and families complained SUN was breaking the law by understaffing with broken equipment while committed to a state injunction. I sued SUN but my attorney was apparently working for them. After major surgery he rushed me into mediation, threatened, coerced and intimidated me, saying it was directly from the CEO of SUN, on the phone in the other room, forcing me to sign for only fraud, having dropped the wrongful death while I was distracted and ill. When I regained my strength I sued for malpractice, he died 2 wks later sadly.
SUN didn't pay me treble damages for misconduct nor the state fines for violating the injunction.
This isn't rocket science, Buzz would say.
Deborah Calvert, Newport Beach, California
former assistant to Buzz Aldrin

Posted by: DeborahCalvert | July 16, 2009 11:33 PM

"It is not in Joe Biden's DNA to submit to tyranny; I speak with some insight as to how his mind works.

"I don't know this for a fact, but I'm betting that for him, as for me, the events of Nov. 22nd, 1963 left our generation with some unfinished business, a fact that may be lost on the Machiavellians in his midst."

-- From comments section, "Bush Torture Memos OK'ed Radiation Weapons Use..."

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 16, 2009 7:33 PM

Ronald Reagan, the republican shining star, had higher taxes and higher unemployment (and less social programs) two years into his first term, and you want to dump Obama and Biden after 6 months of a plan that is supposed to take two years to feel its full effect?

Try to see past your hatred and get real.

Or canonize Obama with Reagan.

Posted by: JRM2 | July 16, 2009 7:20 PM

Cantor vs stimulus package...this was sold as a jobs bill...we now know it was full of pork, rushed through, nobody read it. Go ahead Biden defend that. Unemployment numbers increased and we should trust Biden? Who really believes or trusts him......Dems distance themselves and confirm he's the biggest joke to this administration. Go ahead Jo, open your mouth so Cantor can put his foot in it, before you do.

Posted by: MOMLEE | July 16, 2009 6:35 PM

Should Health Care be rationed?


Posted by: usadblake | July 16, 2009 4:56 PM

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