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The ‘Public-Option’ is gone from the Senate Healthcare Bill….

We all knew it was dead on arrival….even the liberal’s knew it would not survive……the ‘Public Option’ is gone

It will be replaced by  private non-profit companies that will run a national health plan…..And Medicare will become available to younger people 55 to 64……the agreement must be checked by the Congressional Budget Office ….A call of being budget neutral or producing savings will get the agreement thru the Senate….

The Senate held the line against limiting abortion coverage in the bill…but that will probably lose out in the final conference bargaining between the Senate and the House before the bill goes to the President for his signature……

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Health, Healthcare, Politics, The Economy | , , , , | Leave a comment

The 'Public-Option' is gone from the Senate Healthcare Bill….

We all knew it was dead on arrival….even the liberal’s knew it would not survive……the ‘Public Option’ is gone

It will be replaced by  private non-profit companies that will run a national health plan…..And Medicare will become available to younger people 55 to 64……the agreement must be checked by the Congressional Budget Office ….A call of being budget neutral or producing savings will get the agreement thru the Senate….

The Senate held the line against limiting abortion coverage in the bill…but that will probably lose out in the final conference bargaining between the Senate and the House before the bill goes to the President for his signature……

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Health, Healthcare, Politics, The Economy | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Senate Healthcare Bill will go to the whole Senate for a vote…..

The Unites States Senate has voted to send the proposed Healthcare Bill to the Senate floor by a vote of 60 to 39 (Sen. George V. Voinovich(R-Ohio) was not present and did not vote. The bargaining will now be over the public option and  if it will stay in…or be triggered…..

Stay tuned……

November 22, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Politics | , , | Leave a comment

Democrats and President Obama fighting among themselves for final version of the Healthcare Bill?

Jerome Armstrong over mydd.com blogs about the bargaining between the White House and Senate Democrats on the ‘public option’ in the upcoming Healthcare Bill…..Armstrong (who wants the ‘option’ period) posts that Obama has decided that he want’s a trigger for the ‘option’ to come in effect as a preference over an out and out option for the bill……something Armstrong feels is being pushed by the insurance industry…..

Back in July I posted a piece in which I pointed out that a major part of this thing has been democratic political in fighting among different groups for votes and status going into the 2010 elections…..

October 25, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama and Healthcare promises………

Jerome Armstrong over at mydd.com posts a list of promises that President Obama made out on the campaign trail and has not apparently kept…..and I’m not really surprised….at the end of August of this year I did a post in which I pointed out that Obama really wanted a Healthcare Bill period……Obama has had experience as an Illinois legislator and a US Senator…..he knows the game….there was no way in hell that he would stake his bill on concrete promises he made during the campaign….he knew when he made those statements that he would not have too much control on what would come from the congress as a bill for him sign………

So…..I really don’t see what the crying is about from p[progressives and the left of the democratic party…..Barack Obama is the president…presidents are politicians…and politicians practice politics which is the art of compromise…..And the final bill will be a compromise between literally thousands of people and political, business and people interests…..

As much as I wanted a bill to make sure that every person in America can get quality healthcare, I am a realist…it is just not gonna happen that way…..

This is the American way…..and this what we have to work with……

October 18, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The ‘real’ battle begins on Healthcare…60 votes in the senate……

With comfortable numbers in the House…the action now moves to the US Senate where Majority Leader Reid (who is up for reelection) must carve out a majority of 60 votes to give the President a Healthcare Bill……..Reid will have to make promises, compromise and give goodies to get enough Democrats, and the few Republicans ( Snowe and Collins?) to approve a bill…….

As I’ve said before, I think the President doesn’t really acre if gets a’ public option’ or something else., as long as he gets at least a few republicans…..But that issue  of the option will be the tipping point for liberal,  blue dog Democrats and the Republican party….Reid, a former boxer…has his work cut out for him……..

October 14, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The 'real' battle begins on Healthcare…60 votes in the senate……

With comfortable numbers in the House…the action now moves to the US Senate where Majority Leader Reid (who is up for reelection) must carve out a majority of 60 votes to give the President a Healthcare Bill……..Reid will have to make promises, compromise and give goodies to get enough Democrats, and the few Republicans ( Snowe and Collins?) to approve a bill…….

As I’ve said before, I think the President doesn’t really acre if gets a’ public option’ or something else., as long as he gets at least a few republicans…..But that issue  of the option will be the tipping point for liberal,  blue dog Democrats and the Republican party….Reid, a former boxer…has his work cut out for him……..

October 14, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

President Obama….the ‘public option’ will not be a deal breaker…………….

I just checked the Sunday front pages and what do I see?…………Several pieces on how the \’public option\’ has been pushed aside for non-profit health insurance co-ops by President Obama along with the House and Senate leadership……..

SURPRISE…..not really!….

I have argued here since the beginning that Obama NEVER really bought  in the ‘public option’ thing…..and he didn’t…..after pointing that fact out in his speech, everyone has finally realized that he was serious about  that…….So, this morning I see the President’s marching orders pasted all over the place……….and they seem to be……

We want a Healthcare bill….Period…..We will make the bill palatable for some republicans to cast their votes for it. This the party line folks…….Either you are with us…or against us…….

September 13, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , , | 13 Comments

President Obama….the 'public option' will not be a deal breaker…………….

I just checked the Sunday front pages and what do I see?…………Several pieces on how the \’public option\’ has been pushed aside for non-profit health insurance co-ops by President Obama along with the House and Senate leadership……..

SURPRISE…..not really!….

I have argued here since the beginning that Obama NEVER really bought  in the ‘public option’ thing…..and he didn’t…..after pointing that fact out in his speech, everyone has finally realized that he was serious about  that…….So, this morning I see the President’s marching orders pasted all over the place……….and they seem to be……

We want a Healthcare bill….Period…..We will make the bill palatable for some republicans to cast their votes for it. This the party line folks…….Either you are with us…or against us…….

September 13, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Obama reinforces his Brand…….

I already wrote that I didn’t see the speech…and since NOBODY has written in any comments here…… I  took a look at a piece in the New York Times that sampled reaction from all over the country.…..what I seem to get was the fact that President Obama shored up his ‘brand’ last night.

As I thought……nothing really changed. He wants a Healthcare  bill…….. Period……the more comprehensive….the better…but he’ll take it with , or with-out the public option (something I have pointed out from the beginning), he’ll even take it with a threshold ‘trigger.

But , after reading the piece, I understand that the president reset the discussion back from the misinformation, shout downs and  basic adversarial direction that the Republicans had things going since congress took its summer vacation……

While doing that in the speech…he also put himself back in good graces with the left, and progressives, in his party, (who still will probably not get the option, but have the president at least looking like he’s fighting for it )….accordingly, Obama\’s number have risen again in the polling…….I said before….. he’s listening and his people are good……but in the end he’s gonna need the Republicans and the Blue Dogs….with the liberals, and progressives in his party having to join him, lest they be left behind…….

September 10, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment