Healthcare

What yesterday's healthcare vote means for America's pocketbook (Rep. Mike Honda)

Yesterday's historic vote gives us the road map to reform. Americans have been vocal and consistent in their calls for changes to our health care system that will stop the abuses of insurance industries, bring down costs, increase quality and access and provide a measure of stability to their families.

Without health reform, our employment-based health insurance system frequently meant that the loss of a job led to the loss of health insurance coverage and raised very real possibility of bankruptcy and financial ruin for families unfortunate enough to experience health crisis during that vulnerable time.

Without health reform, small businesses and individuals would continue to face skyrocketing, unsustainable increases in the cost of their plans.

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The Big Question: Will healthcare votes hurt Dems in November?

Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer insight into the biggest story burning up the blogosphere today.


Today's question:

Will passage of healthcare reform help or hurt politically vulnerable Democrats who voted yes? How will the bill affect Democrats who voted no?

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Single payer/government-run health care (Rep. John Campbell)

Wednesday, Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) publicly announced that he will switch his vote on the Health care bill from “no” last time to “yes” this time. With Kucinich’s vote, now all of the most liberal Democrats in Congress are supporting the bill. 87 Democrats co-sponsored a bill to immediately have full blown socialized medicine like Canada or Britain. It appears now that all of those Democrats are supporting this bill that the President and Democratic leadership say is not government-run health care.

Hmmm. So if it’s not government run health care, how did you get 100% of the votes of those who publicly support government run health care and you are having trouble only with the moderates who oppose it?

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Chutes and ladders (Rep. Anthony Weiner)

Health care opponents don't have any more excuses.

Yesterday's Congressional Budget Office "score" shows the health care bill would be even better than expected at reducing the deficit. If you're serious about cutting spending, you have to be supporting this bill.

Sometimes it feels more like we're playing a game of "Health Care Chutes and Ladders" - climbing forward one day, slipping back the next - but we're getting near the top of the board.

To finish the job, I challenged 5,000 grassroots donors to show Congress that Americans want real reform. I need your help to meet that goal before the health care vote this weekend.

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Healthcare takeover will prevent job growth (Rep. Joe Wilson)

For the better part of 2009, hardworking Americans were able to put a serious wrench in plans to rush passage of an irresponsible bill.  They succeeded by using new media tools, community meetings, and rallies to inform their friends and neighbors about the job-killing tax increases and mandates that stockpiled the bill.  As the 11th hour of the countdown to a vote begins, we need concerned citizens across the country to channel the energy they had this summer to stop this health care takeover. We must spread the message that this job-killing health care takeover could not come at a more irresponsible time as unemployment still hovers double digits across the nation.

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March Madness (Rep. Paul C. Broun)

March Madness has taken over the nation. As sports fans across America gear up for the NCAA basketball tournament this month, liberal Democrats are playing their own games with the future of our health care system.

Speaker Pelosi has declared that a government takeover of health care should become the law of the land without taking a vote on the actual bill.  If Democrats are confident that the American people want this new, multi-trillion dollar program, then why are they avoiding an up or down vote?

The simple truth is House Democrats don’t want to vote on the Senate bill because then they will have to go on record for supporting taxpayer funded abortion and special deals for Louisiana, Nebraska, Florida, Vermont, Michigan and labor unions.   Another simple truth -- House Democrats don’t want to defend their vote for supporting billions of dollars of tax increases that will increase health care costs for families and small businesses.

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The Big Question: Should Dems 'deem and pass' healthcare?

Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer their insight into the biggest news story burning up the blogosphere today.




Today's question:

House Democrats are set to "deem" the Senate healthcare bill passed. Is this an appropriate maneuver? Is it any different from Republican tactics?

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HR 4789 and the public option: the way forward (Rep. Alan Grayson)

Health care reform -- here's where we are. The House of Representatives is about to vote on a Senate bill without a public option. It looks like the reconciliation amendment will not have a public option. The House bill had a public option, but once the House passes the Senate bill, that's history.

Which is why I introduced H.R. 4789, the Public Option Act. This simple four-page bill lets any American buy into Medicare at cost. You want it, you pay for it, you're in. It adds nothing to the deficit; you pay what it costs.

Let's face it. Health insurance companies charge as much money as possible, and they provide as little care as possible. The difference is called profit. You can't blame them for it; that's what a corporation does. Birds got to fly, fish got to swim, health insurers got to rip you off. And if you get really expensive, they've got to pull the plug on you. So for those of us who would like to stay alive, we need a public option.


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The Big Question: Do Dems have to finish healthcare by Easter?

Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer their insight into the biggest news story burning up the blogosphere today.




Today's question:

What will the fallout be if Congress does not pass healthcare reform by the Easter/Passover recess?

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