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House health bill ready for its closeup

By Ben Pershing
After months of closed-door negotiations and irritated lawmakers parading in and out of Nancy Pelosi's office, the House's health-care reform bill is finally ready for its closeup.

The measure will be unveiled at 10:30 am Thursday at a pomp-and-circumstance event on the West Front of the Capitol. The Washington Post writes that the bill "includes a government insurance option and a historic expansion of Medicaid, although sticking points in the legislation involving abortion and immigration remain unresolved." Politico gets more details of the work in progress: "The CBO analysis will show that the bill runs surpluses in the first five years and deficits in the second, making it deficit neutral during the first decade. ... A permanent doc fix will be carved out of the reform bill and introduced separately today without pay-fors. ... Drug makers are also getting shellacked. They're looking at between $125 billion and $150 billion in cuts - almost twice the $80 billion they agreed to under the White House deal. ... There's also a 2.5 percent tax on device manufacturers. The bill covers 36 million additional people and, depending on how it's counted, comes in under $900 billion." The Associated Press adds, "The bill would require nearly everyone by 2013 to sign up through their employer, a government program or a new kind of purchasing pool called an exchange. ... During the transition years from 2010-2013, a temporary government program would help people turned down by private insurers because of medical problems, lawmakers said."

As for the bill's offsets, it will include the so-called "millionaire's tax" -- the New York Times says "the tax would hit married couples with adjusted gross incomes exceeding $1 million a year and individuals over $500,000." And the Wall Street Journal notes that "The legislation would require companies with a payroll of $500,000 or more to offer health coverage to employees, or pay a penalty of at least 2% of payroll." The Los Angeles Times contrasts the House's coverage numbers with those of the Senate Finance Committee bill, with would only cover 29 million additional people, and explains that the House measure "will include a complex mechanism for limiting the use of taxpayer subsidies for abortion services: Insurance companies that offer abortion coverage would be required to segregate funds received from consumers from subsidies provided by the federal government."

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By Ben Pershing  |  October 29, 2009; 8:26 AM ET
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Does the promised 72 hours include the holiday weekend?

Posted by: JakeD | October 29, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's on-line and Obama indeed lied (from page 110):

http://docs.house.gov/rules/health/111_ahcaa.pdf

"(B) ABORTIONS FOR WHICH PUBLIC FUNDING IS ALLOWED"

As long as "abortion" was provided for at least 6 months before the beginning of the plan year involved, then government funds WILL be allowed. Will Obama veto this if it passes?

On to illegal aliens being covered ...

Posted by: JakeD | October 29, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

The constituency allowed a chance to read it!

LOL! :-D

LMFAO!!!! :-D

JakeD!

THAT, was a good one!

Peloser will be calling for a vote before it even makes a public appearance! :-(

Thank God(Again) for the Senate!

Or, at least the America Loving and concerned about, Minority that are just enough to stop the Socialists!

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 29, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Also, the House health bill is NOT yet ready for its closeup (won't be posted on-line until next week), but we'll see if they give us 72 hours to read it as promised.

Posted by: JakeD | October 29, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

"There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false – the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally. And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up – under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions".

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/us/politics/10obama.text.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

Obama lied, Wilson was right.

Posted by: JakeD | October 29, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

For anyone who thinks that we spent more for a "useless" war in Iraq:

A trillion dollars were NOT "wasted" in Iraq -- we haven't had a terrorist attack on the homeland since 2001 -- the federal government is SUPPOSED to ensure that, under the U.S. Constitution. Please point to me where in that same Constitution where universal healthcare is a power granted to the federal government?

Posted by: JakeD | October 29, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

But First, Do No Harm. End Covert Gov't Torture/Impairment of Americans with Microwave/Radiation Weapons

COVERT FED DEPLOYMENT OF MICROWAVE/LASER RADIATION 'DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS' AGAINST U.S. CITIZENS -- AND OUR NATION'S POLITICAL LEADERS?

Thousands of unjustly targeted Americans are being physically harmed, their health degraded by the devastating physiological effects of being silently irradiated by microwave and laser radiation "directed energy weapons"...

...the WEAPONIZATION OF THE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM, CAMOUFLAGED AS CELL TOWERS and in portable and hand-held weaponry supplied to security/military/intel and law enforcement...

... a silent Bush-Cheney- spawned "final solution" that may have the nation's political leadership in its ideologically-driven cross-hairs.

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

And key elements of the federal bureaucracy -- chief among them the defense/security/intel establishment -- are proliferating these technologies by various modalities -- reportedly, from hand-held weaponry to satellite and terrestrial cell tower based delivery systems.

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 warrantless 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.

PRESIDENT OBAMA/CONGRESS:

BAN the use of microwave/laser radiation directed energy weapons against the American people (including experimentation); and

BAN the warrantless tracking of individuals via GPS or cellphone technology -- the electronic backbone of an American Gestapo now operating on YOUR watch.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled): http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 29, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The "sticking points" in the legislation involve abortion and illegal immigrants getting paid for, huh? Just like Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) said ...

Who should apologize to whom now?

Posted by: JakeD | October 29, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Today's economic good news will make the road to reform much easier for the Dems. The GOP criticism that the economy is being ignored falls flat, while the public will continue to shift attention from the economy to health care - and continue to boost the president;s proposals.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | October 29, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

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