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Obama to sign health-care 'fixes' bill Tuesday in Alexandria

By Anne E. Kornblut
President Obama will sign legislation making fixes to his sweeping health care bill -- and enacting sweeping changes to higher education financing -- at a ceremony in Alexandria next week, the White House announced Friday.

Obama's Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, as the bill is known, will be signed into law on Tuesday morning at Northern Virginia Community College.

While the legislation includes changes that House Democrats insisted upon before passing the Senate bill, the administration is eager to emphasize the education components, which include making it easier to repay student loans and significantly more funding for Pell Grants.

In its announcement about the event, the White House declared that the bill delivered a "significant down payment on the president's ambitious agenda to make higher education more affordable and help more Americans earn a college degree."

By Anne E. Kornblut  |  March 26, 2010; 5:44 PM ET
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How much of the so-called Bank-subsidies for Pell Grants will go into the gigantic slush fund the POTUS needs to have the numbers come out for our new Obamacare package? ...and while I am at it, I notice that some of the dough will go to help out minority colleges...I guess majority colleges have no financial needs.....and that some of the new, your federal government in action student loans will be be directed to folks in lower income brackets..........our President and his Gang should realize by now that the economic crisis they partially helped to create, AMERICANS are in need...NOT JUST LOWER help ALL Americans, Mr. Obama, as it was ALL Americans who rightly or wrongly put you in Office.

Posted by: connyankee1 | March 31, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Your missing the point. The Health Care bill was rammed through one side of congress with little regard for the affects on business and the vast majority of people. The one thing reform was suppose to do was lower cost. Instead premuims are going to rise. The short fall of these coorperations such as AT&T will be passed on to their employees; which they are already threatening to do, the very people health care reform is suppose to help? Premiums are going to rise, health care cost are going to go up. Our pocket books will be dinged again, oh but this isn't a rise in taxes, so don't blame the goverment, its a rise in premiums to cover the cost burden of this weighty health care reform package. And we're suppose to like it and be thankful? Just as thankful as congress and Obama is who exsempted themselves from participating. That's just great. So no thanks, this thing stinks, and sucks. More government control the more it cost us. My net pay continues to shrink, and it appears to me on my payroll statement that the shrinkage is now all government driven.

Posted by: hanocul6 | March 30, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I am wondering if all of our Government elected people wiil adopt the same health care bill that every Americian has to do. If this health care law is good enough for us then all Government elected officals have to accept the same kind of health care that we all have. Right?

Posted by: randykree | March 30, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I have found it funny and appalling that people are upset about Obama and the health care issue. Some people are even trying to use a large corporation losing money as their platform to run on. Please tell me that AT&T hasn't outsourced any of its jobs overseas before they had to pay this big windfall amount! Outsourcing has been going on for a long time. Corporations have always looked at the bottom line. It's cheaper overseas that over here. I will pay someone $1.75/hr to sew that shirt versus someone $6.75/hr(minimum wage) to do the same job. How much has people been paying AT&T prices for free airways? Only now since competition drove the price lower, do you see unlimited phone plans for X amount of dollars. If you hate the President and the poor(who by the way didn't ask to be poor or without a job. Most poor people I know really want a job, but lack the education or skills to get one. Going to school costs money), then keep up with the accusations. We, as a country, should support the President right or wrong. BTW, my company cancelled health care insurance for retirees 2 years before Obama ran for office. Why? Greed

Posted by: Shorttx | March 28, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Okay- we have the biggest Ahole COMMUNIST, Hugo Chavez, giving Barry a verbal High-Five for socializing American Health Care.

Anytime something is done, that a Communist agrees with, you know we are in trouble.

You need to take a look at this: Gaddifi supporting Barry also.

Look and weep and fear! We have been duped!!

Posted by: obamaalmighT | March 27, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Romney Struggles To Distance RomneyCare From ObamaCare: Ours Was ‘Bipartisan’

mitt-romneyThroughout the health care debate, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has had to do a delicate political dance. The legislation that Congress ultimately passed and that President Obama signed into law closely mirrors the health care reform measure Massachusetts passed when Mitt Romney was governor in 2006. Thus, Romney has had to embrace his plan while at the same time, attacking Obama’s in an effort to appease the GOP and the conservative base, who adamantly oppose it.

However, the similarities between the bills Romney and Obama signed into law coupled with the current staunch GOP opposition are proving to be difficult gaps to bridge for the former governor.

Particularly troubling for Romney is the mandate to buy insurance in both reform measures. Republicans believe the individual mandate in the bill Obama signed is unconstitutional and stands as the raison d’etre for their efforts to repeal the bill. But Romney said in 2008, “I like mandates. The mandates work.” Now, it’s unclear where Romney stands on the federal mandate, and he won’t say whether it is constitutional, even though it is core principle of the health care reform bill he signed.

At the same time, Romney tries to embrace the bill he passed. “I think our plan is working well. And perhaps the best thing I can say about it, it’s saving lives. It is the ultimate pro-life effort,” Romney said this month, even though the Massachusetts plan covers abortions. During a book tour stop this week, Romney struggled to explain any substantive differences between the two plans:

“I like what we have in Massachusetts, despite some flaws,” Romney said. “But what I see in Obamacare is a very different piece of legislation — and one that followed a very different track. In our case, our bill was carried out in a bipartisan basis.”

Romney is exactly right. The only real difference between Obama’s bill and his is that Massachusetts Democrats worked with their Republican governor Romney to pass their bill. Congressional Republicans, however, refused to cooperate with the President.

Tufts University professor Jeffrey Berry noted that the mandates and penalties in both plans are “anathema to mainstream Republicanism” adding that “both involve a significant expansion of government. So, on all those counts, Mitt Romney is vulnerable.” Indeed, as the AP noted, “Mitt Romney has a problem with Obamacare. It looks a lot like Romneycare.”

Posted by: omaarsblade | March 27, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

The new health care law here in the U.S. is expected to have big benefits for India. The Christian Science Monitor reports the addition of 32 million Americans to insurance rolls here in the States is very significant for Indian outsourcers.

A number of Indian companies are already anticipating an increase in workload. Ananda Mukerji, CEO for Firstsource Solutions, says the extra work will include processing new enrollments, organizing bigger member databases, processing more claims, providing more support services and managing more revenue.

Posted by: Micholina1 | March 27, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

A hoot--those folks who complain about what they call "socialism." No one under 65 could really understand what that means; they wouldn't remember Norman Thomas, who died in 1968 and last ran for President in 1948, and they wouldn't know a real Socialist if one bit them.

There is a genuine problem ahead that the Post should be investigating. The deficit reduction estimated from Health Care Reform under HR 3590 and 4872 depends critically on Medicare reimbursement reductions going into effect--a long delayed consequence of the 1997 Balanced Budget Act (PL 105-33).

On March 2 the President signed HR 4691, the Temporary Extension Act of 2010, extending the effective date of the cuts from March 1 to April 1, but now Congress is on recess until April 12. The cuts become effective this April Fool's Day. HR 4851, the Continuing Extension Act of 2010, would have delayed the cuts until April 30. It passed the House in a voice vote March 17, but on March 25 it was hung up in the Senate on a cloture motion, not yet voted on. The lapse of the Extension Act is also going to stop federal unemployment and COBRA programs.

The Medicare reimbursement cuts currently pending total more than $200 billion. Without them an estimated $140 billion in deficit reduction from Health Care Reform, over 10 years, turns into at least a $60 billion deficit increase. This year Congress restored "paygo" restrictions (HJ Res 45, the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, signed February 12, PL 111-139). Now Congress cannot simply change the law to abolish the cuts, as the American Medical Association has been urging. It must find a way to offset the cost with revenues or spending reductions, or it must pass a waiver, originating in the House, with a 60 percent vote in the Senate.

Posted by: AppDev | March 27, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Chuckle for the day with Obamacare...


Posted by: rmirod | March 27, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

They need to do a Means Test, because there are well to do, and rich elderly people on Medicare, who can really afford their own care. These people are taking services and subsidies from the people who REALLY needs the help.

They won't do a means test because they are crooked. They know if this gets out, their plans to continue to rob hard-working Americans will fail once people really know what's going on with this Intergenerational Pyramid Scheme.

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Posted by: obamaalmighT | March 26, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: penniless_taxpayer | March 26, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Everyone should be able to receive Healthcare.

Posted by: justjumpalot | March 26, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

As expected, the Obamacare scam will kill millions of additional jobs in the U.S.

AT&T said Friday that Obamacare will cost them $1 billion. Earlier this week, AK Steel, Caterpillar, Deere and Valero Energy also reported that Obamacare will raise their expenses:

All other U.S. businesses can anticipate the same problem. And as most of them were already hurting, many will have to close or move to FREER countries.

As a result, millions of people are going to be left not only without insurance but without jobs. And the few lucky enough to have a job will become poor after paying for everyone else.

That’s what happens in every commie country, as the country Obama and his comrades are trying to create in the U.S. with “help-the-poor” scams like Obamacare.

Let’s do what we can to have this abomination repealed before it completely destroys our country and our future.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 26, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

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