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Reform Backers Get Good News

By Ben Pershing
Two of the drivers of health-care reform in the House and Senate have reason for good cheer Friday morning, as the former got some good news on the price front and the latter is increasingly confident his party will stand with him.

Nancy Pelosi got a welcome report Thursday: The Washington Post writes that the all-powerful Congressional Budget Office has scored a pair of House health-care plans, and both are near the $900 billion price limit negotiators are using as a guide. One measure, using Medicare as a guide for reimbursement rates, would cost $905 billion, and the other, with negotiated rates, would cost $859 billion. (The latter bill would also shift more people onto Medicaid and provide a smaller subsidy for individuals to buy insurance.)

At a party caucus meeting Thursday, Pelosi "told fellow Democrats the time has come for all members of the party to say where they stand on the government-run health insurance program," the Hill reports. "Pelosi informed her caucus that she will be asking which of the various public options members can support, or if they cannot support any at all." A similar discussion happened in the Senate at Democrats' weekly policy lunch, where "liberals went after the Senate Finance Committee bill and made clear they won't roll over for legislation that doesn't include a public option," Politico writes. Newsweek looks at two conflicting polls on the subject, noting that support for the public option varies widely depending on how the question is framed.

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By Ben Pershing  |  October 16, 2009; 8:27 AM ET
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OK Mr. Pershing. Please answer without looking at someone else's work.

What DID Nancy Pelosi say to the Democratic caucus?

Your story says: Pelosi "told fellow Democrats the time has come for all members of the party to say where they stand on the government-run health insurance program,"

The quote is attributed to The Hill.
Which means that Nancy Pelosi didn't say it. The Hill did.

Do you know what she did say? If not, why are you passing a quote from an unqualified and unconfirmed source to your readers as if it were news?

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 16, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

The point of my previous post is that in addition to being for nothing in health care reform, they are for no change in banking reform. The Republican party is the anti-consumer party.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 16, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Republicans oppose reform of banking that will inspect banks for creating mortgages that are unsuitable for consumers (consumer protection agency). Presently regulators inspect banks to see that their banking operations meet proper banking safety rules but do not evaluate the appropriateness of the loans from the consumers standpoint. The people checking the banking practices had the power to check loan appropriateness but not the expertise. So the job never got done. Republicans want to keep it that way.

It will be more costly to do the job properly but of course this crisis was very costly to the banks in the last year. Republicans would rather talk about a member of the White House Staff quoting Mao then to talk about doing something to avoid a repeat of 2008. They say they were against the bailouts but not enough to do something to avoid it. For years Republicans have been good at playing politics. If they only had any knowledge of how to govern.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 16, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid admitted yesterday that the true cost of the health car bill will be close to 2 trillion dollars.

He also stated that tort reform would save 52 billion dollars but he is not going to allow any tort reform in the final bill.

I can only hope that he allows sufficient time for the CBO to score the final product and that he allows it to be posted on the internet for 72 hours so the media and the public can identify the earmarks that lobbyists and special interests insert into the bill in their back room wheeling and dealing.

Posted by: mwhoke | October 16, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Congress: "First, Do No Harm." Take Down the Bush-Cheney "Torture Matrix."


• Physical and Neurological Impairment Under the Cover of Telecommunications (faux cell tower installations), "Less-Lethal" Law Enforcement Weaponry

A federal-local multi-agency coordinated action program -- an ongoing legacy of the Bush-Cheney years -- is committing a quiet genocide on thousands of unjustly targeted Americans...

...via physiologically-damaging and degrading microwave/laser weaponry; covert financial exploitation; and a grassroots vigilante army fronted by community policing, town watch and anti-terrorism units who use covertly placed warrantless GPS devices and cell phones to stalk their targets...

... a GRASSROOTS GESTAPO protected by federal and local law enforcement who know all about it...

...a domestic "torture matrix" hiding in plain sight, unreported by a complacent, manipulated mainstream media, unquestioned by naive and apparently misinformed Obama officials.


BAN the use of microwave and laser weaponry against the American people; and

BAN the warrantless GPS/cell phone tracking of U.S. citizens -- the electronic backbone of a GRASSROOTS GESTAPO now operating on your watch.

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

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 16, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

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