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Health Care Slows in the Senate, Inches Forward in the House

By Ben Pershing
When it comes to health-care reform, the world's greatest deliberative body is living up to its name.

With Republican negotiators urging that the pace of talks in the Senate slow down, Max Baucus announced Thursday night that his Finance panel would not mark up a bill next week, robbing Democrats of the ability to brag that health-care reform will at least clear committee in both chambers before recess. (In a move that surely will further endear him to liberals, Baucus mentioned Thursday that he had "no idea" how he would vote on Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination.) Mike Enzi said a race to finish a bill by next weekend would result in a "train wreck," and the six primary negotiators plan to keep talking through August.

In the House, a coalition of liberals denounced the deal between Henry Waxman and Blue Dog Democrats as unacceptable, but don't appear to have the votes within the Energy and Commerce Committee to derail the bill. That panel worked steadily through a draft of the measure Thursday, defeating an amendment to remove the public insurance option and approving an amendment setting forth guidelines on funding abortions. The committee hopes to finish its markup today or tomorrow.

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By Ben Pershing  |  July 31, 2009; 8:31 AM ET
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The more we learn about Obamacare, the scarier Obamacare is. If Obamacare is imposed on us, we may be forced to pay not only for abortions, but also for late-term abortions (infanticide) and euthanasia. Keep in mind pages 425-430 of the bill, which MANDATE that we receive end-of-life (death) counseling when we turn 65. Keep also in mind that Obama’s "Science Czar," John Holdren, has called for population-control policies such as forced abortions, mass sterilizations, and mandatory population controls.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | August 1, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

We all would like to IMPROVE our health care system. Obama's bill, however, has NOTHING to do with improving our health care system. It's only another step to further destroy the U.S. and impose Marxism through lies, manipulation, intimidation and coercion. Imitating Hugo Chavez, Obama wants to nationalize everything, including our health care system! "Hey, Obama has just nationalized nothing more and nothing less than General Motors. Comrade Obama!" Chavez cheered on Venezuelan TV a few days ago. He added that he and Cuba's Fidel Castro would now have to work harder just to keep up.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | August 1, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Stop the abomination of Obamacare! Join the Recess Rally. At noon on Saturday, August 22, 2009, citizen rallies will take place outside congressional offices across the country. If you would like to participate, go to to find your Congressman's local office and get more information. Send the link to everyone we know. The future of our country is at stake!

Posted by: AntonioSosa | August 1, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Please raise your hand if you're willing to die for your country????Any takers out there????Haven't you noticed our president is looking to save money, (ha,ha,ha,). He spends money by shoveling trillions out the back door and brings in pennies thru the front door. He wants this health care bill to pass so he will be able to credit for saving america. Yes we need reform, why 4000 pages. If it's so wonderful why is it good for us but not our senators and the president. Are you all buying this recession is winding down jargen. I see empty stores, over the top unemployment and real estate that's not selling. When he walks the halls of the white house with gillions of servants it may appear this recession is over.

Posted by: MOMLEE | August 1, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

sperrico says;
"The Health Care "Reform" legislation is to blame.If '92 was "The Year of the Liberal Women", 2010 will be the "Year of the Resurgence of the GOP"."

Resurgence is when what you flush down the toilet comes back up. People are tired of the same old sh1t. The republicans are going down the drain for good.

Posted by: seemstome | July 31, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Here in California Barbara " The Maam" Boxer is in big trouble poll-wise. According to a census of polls the Box is even-money and declining in popularity. The Health Care "Reform" legislation is to blame.If '92 was "The Year of the Liberal Women", 2010 will be the "Year of the Resurgence of the GOP".

Posted by: sperrico | July 31, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Would you prefer government regulated or unregulated private health care insurance?


Posted by: usadblake | July 31, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Lumbar spinal fusion for low back pain costs $140,000 per case when all costs are added up. It doesn't work any better than comprehensive rehab which costs $2,000. Exact same outcome. So why are we borrowing millions to buy this ineffective surgery? Who is going to put a stop to the hundreds of billions spent on uneccessary, ineffective and inappropriate care?

Posted by: physicianexec | July 31, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse


* Fed-funded, nationwide vigilante "Gestapo" has co-opted and compromised local law enforcement -- using warrantless, covertly implanted GPS devices to stalk, harass unjustly targeted American citizens.

* Microwave/laser radiation "directed energy weapons" deployed to silently TORTURE and degrade the health of the "targets."

* "Intelligence-based policing" a pretext for a security/military/intel social purge executed at the GRASSROOTS with the cooperation of local law enforcement.

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 31, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

We need tort reform, tort reform, tort reform,tort reform, tort reform, tort reform,tort reform, tort reform, tort reform,tort reform, tort reform, tort reform and health care costs will be reduced.
Kill obamacare before it kills us.

We need tort reform, tort reform, tort reform,tort reform, tort reform, tort reform,tort reform, tort reform, tort reform,tort reform, tort reform, tort reform and health care costs will be reduced.
Kill obamacare before it kills us.

Posted by: bobojake | July 31, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Congress is working hard, but we need to find a way to include a provision that all Federal Officials, especially those in Congress and Obama's office have to be included under whatever health plan they push on the general public. This should also include those retired officials.

Posted by: bordertwo | July 31, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

It is a useless piece of profit for blue dogs, doctors, insurance companies, and pharmacuticals. O needs to veto it, and put them back to work on the right stuff.

Posted by: linda_521 | July 31, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

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