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Health-care showdown to start at 1 p.m. Sunday

By Paul Kane
It' will be close to a high-noon showdown on Sunday, as shortly thereafter the final debate on President Obama's health-care legislation is set to begin.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced the weekend debate schedule, with a 72-hour march culminating at 1 p.m. Sunday. Democrats expect a final vote sometime Sunday evening, Sunday night or possibly early Monday morning.

Hoyer also announced that the House will be considering legislation Sunday on protecting oceans and public lands -- one of which is likely to serve as the back-stop vote. On critical legislation such as this health-care vote, leaders usually place one bill to be voted on after the high-profile vote, as a way to force lawmakers to stay in the chamber after voting in case Democrats need to try to twist arms to get members to change 'no' votes to 'yes'.

Here's Hoyer's statement in full:

"After months of hearings, discussions and deliberations on health care reform, the House will remain in session this weekend as we move toward completing our work on this critical issue. To that end, the House will meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 19th, as planned. The House will also meet on Saturday, March 20th, at 9 a.m., and on Sunday, March 21st, at 1 p.m. In addition to health care reform legislation, the House will consider H.R. 3644, the Ocean, Coastal, and Watershed Education Act; and H.R. 1612, the Public Lands Service Crops Act."

By Post Editor  |  March 18, 2010; 9:17 PM ET
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We should all be "screaming" about the millions that health insurance companies have spent on lobbyists and the ads to defeat this bill. I can guarantee you that money came from our premiums!!!! Couple that with the millions paid to CEO's of those companies and you have a perfect reason for passing this bill. I would like to see the Republicans, just once, stand up for everybody.

Posted by: pgmichigan | March 20, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"A new 3.8 percent tax would be imposed on interest, dividends, capital gains and other investment income for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and couples making more than $250,000. The bill also would increase the Medicare payroll tax by 0.9 percentage point to 2.35 percent on wages above $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for married couples filing jointly."

So a married couple earning $350,000 per year would pay $900 in Medicare payroll tax. If the gobs of money they have invested happens to account for $100,000 of that income, they would pay $3,800 in Medicare payroll tax ($38 per $1,000). If I were rolling about in that sort of money, I would not consider those assessments scary, unfair or unreasonable.

Bush managed to cut capital gains taxes considerably in his continuing campaign to further enhance the life style of the wealthy--and the rest of us got nothing in the way of a trade-off, such as a little improvement on the health-care front.

Posted by: TomCamfield | March 19, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

In my opinion, I believe going for a health care reform is the best thing we can do. I don't personally want to continue putting my money in the health insurance company pockets so they will spend it without any limit buying politicians to be in the capitol so they can continue supporting them stealing money from people by over charging us and putting all kinds of conditions in order to receive certain services. They are the monstrous that we need to get rid of once and for all. The people should have power to elect our representatives, not insurance companies.

Posted by: lvasquez1 | March 19, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Roger9 | March 19, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

We need to tell these Congressmen that anybody who does not vote No against this monstrosity can count on not being re-elected.

Posted by: ZZMike | March 19, 2010 3:54 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: MitraJanine | March 19, 2010 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Vote NO !

This is NOT the reform we need it's an ego trip for this worthless egomaniac in the WH.

Posted by: Stan46 | March 19, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

HEALTH CARE REFORM? FIRST, DO NO HARM!

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

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Posted by: scrivener50 | March 18, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: haiku360 | March 18, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Congress has NO power to Mandate purchase of Health Insurance - It is a States Rights matter.

Quid-Pro-Quo agreements to buy VOTES is Bribery - And illegal.

Each One of us already works until August, to pay our Taxes now, How long when they add another layer of TAX?

INTEGRITY is no longer a requirement to be a member of congress. And CORRUPTION is the RULE... not the exception.

It is time for we common men to stand up for our REPUBLIC, if we don't, whatever is left of FREEDOM will be gone.

Posted by: btrask3 | March 18, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Melvin Polatnik for demonstrating the arrogance of the left and the entitlement attitude of the socialist.

You believe that all "rich" people are overpaid? So no one who makes a lot of money deserves it no matter how hard they worked or what sacrifices they made?

You believe that the American people are living too high on the hog? So I guess we will all be better off when the american people are knocked down a few pegs right? We don't deserve to have a high standard of living right?

And you believe that by virtue of being a citizen of the US you deserve to have "rich" people provide for you? No matter if you sit at home all day eating ring dings and watching Oprah, you deserve to get a piece of the hard-working public's money...right?

You sir, disgust me.

Posted by: steelhuevos | March 18, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

The chance of providing quality health care to the poor is now at hand. Nationalized health care will make sure that no person is left behind. We must thank the rich for getting it passed. They will have the power and compassion to raise the payroll tax, and pay medical costs for every sick person. It might anger some of the overpaid, but they have been living high on the hog for too long.

Posted by: melvin_polatnick | March 18, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The chance of providing quality health care to the poor is now at hand. Nationalized health care will make sure that no person is left behind. We must thank the rich for getting it passed. They will have the power and compassion to raise the payroll tax, and pay medical costs for every sick person. It might anger some of the overpaid, but they have been living high on the hog for too long.

Posted by: melvin_polatnick | March 18, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

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