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On Every Major Issue, D.C. Divided

By Ben Pershing
Can't we all just agree on something? The first full week of September begins with Hill Democrats divided on health care, the Obama administration divided on Afghanistan and the business community divided on climate change.

In the Senate Finance Committee, the amendment process is complete but the finish line for health-care reform is still off in the distance. Ron Wyden and Jay Rockefeller have refused so far to pledge to vote for the measure, and at least one of their votes is necessary to move the bill out of committee unless Olympia Snowe decides to back it. Jill Lawrence writes that Rockefeller has been waiting 45 years for this moment, and that the strong public-option supporter is contemptuous of insurance co-ops as well as compromise ideas like a trigger or a state-run pilot program.

Though it has become conventional wisdom that the combined Senate bill will not include a public insurance option, "the Obama White House has launched a behind-the-scenes campaign to get divided Senate Democrats to take up some version of the idea," the Los Angeles Times reports, courting moderates and monitoring the progress of potential compromises. Roll Call writes that most centrist Democrats "appear prepared to fall in line with Democratic leaders -- provided they are presented with a bill that can withstand public scrutiny in their home states." That means packaging whatever form of public option does end up in the bill as something more palatable to wary Democrats like Blanche Lincoln.

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Posted at 8:30 AM ET on Oct 5, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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"On Every Major Issue, D.C. Divided" This is the most divisive administration I've lived through. It has pitted the successful against the worthless, the educated against the illiterate, the "rich" against "the poor," the healthy/fit against the sick/obese, and the young against the old. And, just imagine - all of above in just 9 months. We have 3 years, 3 months for further destruction. Incredible.

Posted by: IQ168 | October 5, 2009 10:40 AM

"On Every Major Issue, D.C. Divided" This is the most divisive administration I've lived through. It has pitted the successful against the worthless, the educated against the illiterate, the "rich" against "the poor," the healthy/fit against the sick/obese, and the young against the old. And, just imagine - all of above in just 9 months. We have 3 years, 3 months for further destruction. Incredible.

Posted by: IQ168 | October 5, 2009 10:39 AM

The question in Washington is how will the health care bill be paid for?

How about a new confiscatory tax on the trust funds of the super-rich?

Some of those who would be required to pay their fair share would include Jay Rockerfeller, John Kerry, Herbert Kohl, Russ Fiengold and the entire Kennedy family.

This is a tax increase that most in the country would support.

Posted by: mwhoke | October 5, 2009 9:32 AM

While the 'Issue du Jour' Distracts the Mainstream Media...

...A MILITARY/SECURITY 'MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATED ACTION PROGRAM' DEPLOYS INJURY- AND ILLNESS-INDUCING, MIND-ALTERING, 'SLOW-KILL' MICROWAVE AND LASER DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS SYSTEMS AGAINST 'TARGETED' AMERICAN CITIZENS...

...AN AMERICAN GENOCIDE HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT.

The Obama administration's greatest flaw is also mainstream media's:

A failure to recognize that crimes against humanity and the Constitution are being committed by an ideologically-driven cabal within powerful military, security and intelligence agencies...

...targeting many thousands of innocent Americans on the basis of their political activism, their whistle-blowing, their lifestyles, or their ethnicity.

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 links are corrupted): http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 5, 2009 9:06 AM

look, obama is another corporate puppet, he doesn't care about the public option, he'll say he does, and then he'll make certain that the insurance companies are happy, happy, happy.

Posted by: tru-indy | October 5, 2009 8:51 AM

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