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Senate begins health care 'vote-a-rama'

By Shailagh Murray
The Senate has rejected the first four Republican amendments to the health-care "fixes" bill, but lawmakers face at least 19 more votes as they embark on a marathon "vote-a-rama" to complete the legislation either tonight or on Thursday.

The defeated provisions would have altered key elements of the legislation signed by President Obama on Tuesday. One amendment would have rescinded over $500 billion in Medicare savings included in the bill to fund a massive coverage expansion. Another would have killed an array of smaller measures that benefit particular states or regions. Others would have scaled back tax increases that target individuals with adjusted incomes of under $200,000 and struck a requirement that employers offer affordable coverage to their workers or face penalties.

Only a handful of Democrats defected on each provision, suggesting the fixes package would eventually be easily approved. Because it was written under special budget reconciliation rules, just 50 Democratic votes are needed for passage. Although much smaller than underlying legislation, the "fixes" bill includes major changes to the original bill, like an increase in federal subsidies for uninsured people, higher Medicare tax for wealthy individuals, and new rules for insurance companies that hinder their ability to deny coverage.

By Shailagh Murray  |  March 24, 2010; 7:07 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Capitol Briefing , Health Care  
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Ammend chapter48 section 5000a

SEC. 5000A. REQUIREMENT TO MAINTAIN MINIMUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE.

`(a) Requirement To Maintain Minimum Essential Coverage- An applicable individual shall for each month beginning after 2013 ensure that the individual, and any dependent of the individual who is an applicable individual, is covered under minimum essential coverage for such month.

`(b) Shared Responsibility Payment-

`(1) IN GENERAL- If an applicable individual fails to meet the requirement of subsection (a) for 1 or more months during any calendar year beginning after 2013, then, except as provided in subsection (d), there is hereby imposed a penalty with respect to the individual in the amount determined under subsection (c).

A penalty for being an American
this is not car insurance they dont make people who choose not to have cars pay for auto insurance

The small amount of good in this bill cost us alot of our freedom

Posted by: Donald03 | March 24, 2010 11:25 PM
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Yep. The IRS is authorized to collect from your private bank accounts so they could take every last dollar up to the maximum penalty.

It's too bad all liberals hear is "free" and don't truly understand the costs both monetary and not.

Posted by: Cryos | March 25, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Ammend chapter48 section 5000a

SEC. 5000A. REQUIREMENT TO MAINTAIN MINIMUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE.

`(a) Requirement To Maintain Minimum Essential Coverage- An applicable individual shall for each month beginning after 2013 ensure that the individual, and any dependent of the individual who is an applicable individual, is covered under minimum essential coverage for such month.

`(b) Shared Responsibility Payment-

`(1) IN GENERAL- If an applicable individual fails to meet the requirement of subsection (a) for 1 or more months during any calendar year beginning after 2013, then, except as provided in subsection (d), there is hereby imposed a penalty with respect to the individual in the amount determined under subsection (c).

A penalty for being an American
this is not car insurance they dont make people who choose not to have cars pay for auto insurance

The small amount of good in this bill cost us alot of our freedom

Posted by: Donald03 | March 24, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

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