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Prognosis for Reform Improves

By Ben Pershing
The Senate Finance Committee begins its slog through the chairman's health-care bill Tuesday, as the effort to pass reform looks healthier but still in need of intensive care.

Max Baucus spent the final hours beforehand revising the bill to make it easier for people to afford the insurance that they would now be mandated to buy. Baucus' revisions "have left insurance executives anxious while continuing to trouble liberal groups that want even more federal assistance for some individuals," writes CongressDaily. Baucus sought simultaneously to appeal to concerned liberals and wary Republicans. "All of his changes, though, would add billions to the cost of a bill whose chief accomplishment was its relative austerity," the Washington Post writes. And senators are seeking even more alterations to the bill that would further reduce taxes and boost subsidies, with the potential result being a measure that is much more generous to consumers but does not meet Obama's requirement that it be deficit-neutral. Politico notes that among the 564 amendments are politically expedient GOP proposals to ban ACORN from getting federal funding from the health bill and prevent the measure from being administered by a "czar" unconfirmed by the Senate.

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By Ben Pershing  |  September 22, 2009; 11:20 AM ET
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Now come perhaps weeks of distilling the bill down to something that gets past 60 Senators. It inly has to pass cloture and the victory is assured, and, surprise, the end product will certainly include at least hair trigger public option, (possibly as some insurer of last resort provision that Insurance companies will buy off on to help deal with the anti prior condition provisions.

All that needs happen is to get a Senate bill out there to take to conference. The history of bills in conference over the last several decades is such that we may expect two bills to go in and a compromise, much more to the left's liking that bears little resemblance to either come out, and THAT bill needs a majority of Senators and representatives voting to pass.

Of course, from this point on Republicans will have to stay in D.C. and close enough to the Capital to respond instantly to every cloture call, and after that every call of the final question, because the 60% for cloture, and the majority for passage is of Senators, (and Representatives) PRESENT and VOTING.

Posted by: ceflynline | September 22, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Its about time the 'prognosis' improved. Enough people have had their say.

Still have some concerns about persons being forced to join-- and what really happens for those who are really too poor do so. While I await that answer-- its full time to develop a mould-- to shape something.

By the way, how did ACORN become a part of the dialogue on Health care? Politicking for 2010 is in full gear. What am I missing?

Clearly on this, we are now talking apples and oranges! http://www.vernasmith.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | September 22, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Its about time the 'prognosis' improved. Enough people have had their say.

Still have some concerns about persons being forced to join-- and what really happens for those who are really too poor do so. While I await that answer-- its full time to develop a mould-- to shape something.

By the way, how did ACORN become a part of the dialogue on Health care? Politicking for 2010 is in full gear. What am I missing?

Clearly on this, we are now talking apples and oranges! http://www.vernasmith.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | September 22, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

COVERT USE OF MICROWAVE/LASER RADIATION 'DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS' ON U.S. CITIZENS MAKES HEALTH CARE REFORM A CRUEL JOKE

Access to health care doesn't help untold thousands of unjustly targeted Americans recover from the devastating physiological effects of being silently irradiated by microwave and laser radiation "directed energy weapons"...

...the weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum, a silent "final solution" that may have the nation's political leadership in its ideological cross-hairs.

This technology is capable of altering moods, emotions, inducing fatigue, weakness, exhaustion, confusion, life-altering injury, disease and a slow-kill death.

And key elements of the Obama administration -- chief among them the defense/security/intel establishment -- are proliferating these technologies by various electronic modalities.

American citizens and families targeted by this covert torture matrix also are subject to financial sabotage that decimates their livelihoods and financial resources...

...and relentless "community stalking" -- harassment, surreptitious home entries and vandalism by government-enabled vigilantes affiliated with federally-funded community policing and anti-terrorism organizations.

Warrantless, covert placement of GPS tracking devices and misuse of cell phone technology to hunt down the unjustly targeted enables this grassroots terrorism.

But the Obama administration continues to allow these warrantless intrusions into the lives of unjustly targeted American families.

By its naivete -- its unquestioning rubber-stamp approval of the deployment of these destructive technologies and programs -- the Obama administration risks presiding over the destruction of democracy, the rule of law, and personal liberty.

The bureaucratic saboteurs and Dr. Strangeloves behind these multi-agency crimes against humanity and the Constitution must be removed from power, immediately, before this silent genocide claims more victims -- endangering the Obama presidency while making a mockery of the rule of law.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
http://nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 22, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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