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The president's health-care plan

Actually, it's not a plan. It's 11 pages of fixes, modifications, and small additions to the House and Senate plans. You can download it here (pdf).

By Ezra Klein  |  February 22, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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this era of health care reform reminds me of a complicated space journey that endured so much battering, misguidance failures, near misses...that one can only hope now that upon its descent home, it does not crash and burn, and by some miracle, makes a safe landing.
whatever the mission ultimately accomplishes, at this harrowing and exhausting point, if any part of it remains intact and survives with a safe landing, one is ready to declare victory.

Posted by: jkaren | February 22, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

its interesting that out of one side of his mouth (or document) the President states that he realizes healthcare costs are spiraling out of control as he wants to increase the threshold for the excise tax some $4500 for families and not start it until 2018 but yet he still feels that he needs to scold insurers with the political Health Insurance Rate Authority.

What will he say when costs are proven the true reason for increasing premium?

Posted by: visionbrkr | February 22, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

and on top of that he weakened the already weak individual mandate. At some points he gets it at others he defers to the left wing of his party.

How ironic is that he titles a section: IMPROVED INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY and yet he weakens the penalty even further than it was??? Shouldn't it be WEAKENED INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY?

Posted by: visionbrkr | February 22, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

The President neglected to address abortion. Does that mean he propose keeping the Senate's language? Good bye House?

Posted by: cprferry | February 22, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

My favorite line:

Under the heading:

"Policies to Contain Costs and Ensure Fiscal Sustainability"

#2 is "Delay and Reform the High-Cost Plan Excise Tax."

Gotta love it...

Posted by: wisewon | February 22, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Why were Medicare cuts ever included in this legislation to begin with. If Obama & Congress want to cut money out of Medicare so that it is less "in the red" than it would otherwise be, than do it!!!

Republcans should demand that this red herring be removed from the current debate on whether healthcare should be reformed through an increase of federal control vs. alternatives.

Cutting money from Medicare should be removed from THAT debate!

This is just a gimmick to hide the dramatic cost increase in Obama & Pelosi's plan!

Posted by: FastEddieO007 | February 22, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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