DEMOCRATS MAY PASS HEALTHCARE REFORM WITHOUT REPUBLICANS…

Posted on August 19, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

 
No longer do we have a government who listens to the American people (story follows the video I posted).  They have forgotten that they are our servants, not our masters.  Now, the Democrats may go ahead and push Obama[I don’t]Care on us even though most of the American people and some Rebublicans are opposed to it.  If they think Obama’s healthcare bill is so great why aren’t they participating in it themselves?  Why not put Ted Kennedy on it and see how he fares?  Chris Dodd had a record-fast surgery for his prostate cancer.  Had he been on Obama’s universal healthcare, do you think he would have gotten the operation as fast, or even at all?  I think not.  He’s an old guy, after all.  According to the Democrats, if you’re over 50 (as Dodd is), you don’t matter, unless, of course, you’re a member of Congress.  Only the political jerks get the perks!  Nowhere in the Constitution or the Declaration is it written that health care is a right.  Why is it that people who have universal healthcare in their own countries come to America?  Because we have the best healthcare that money can buy.  With the healthcare package that Obama is trying to ram down our throats, it will be the beginning of a major catastrophe, and if you think that there is a lot of corruption in the healthcare industry, just wait for ObamaCare.  There will be so much corruption that the government won’t be able to stop it.  See what they’ve done with Medicare and Medicaid?  ObamaCare will be 1 trillion times worse than that, and we won’t be able to reverse it once it’s started, and they know it.  They will be rationing healthcare big-time and raising our taxes just to pay for it.  Notice they’re not saying how they’re going to pay for it.  My God, this is just insane.
 
The way the Democrats are strong-arming us onto their healthcare disaster of a plan, they could certainly learn a thing or two from geese about working as a team.  When you work as a team, everybody wins…
 

"The way a team plays as a whole determined its success.  You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime."

—Babe Ruth

 
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White House may push through health care without Republicans

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Obama administration is looking hard at pushing through a health care reform bill without Republican backing, top Democrats close to the White House told CNN.

The Democratic majority in the Senate has been stymied in the health care debate by Republicans and conservative Democrats, leaving them short of the 60-vote filibuster-proof margin needed to pass the bill.

Democratic success could depend on an obscure tactic called reconciliation, a type of budget maneuver that requires only a simple majority — 51 votes — to pass.

Congressional Democrats authorized the maneuver specifically for health care reform legislation during the debate over the 2010 budget, which passed in April.

One top Senate Republican warned at the time that using reconciliation to pass such a measure would be "like a declaration of war."

Going it alone could be risky for Democrats, not because they couldn’t raise the votes, but because Republicans could cast it as a power play, accusing them of failing to win bipartisan support. A Quinnipiac University survey released two weeks ago showed that 59 percent of registered voters nationwide oppose passage of health care legislation if the bill fails to win bipartisan support.

But it’s a fight Democrats might nevertheless be willing to enter.

"If we have to push it through this way, no one is going to remember how messy it was," a top White House adviser told CNN. "At the end of the day, they’ll remember we got health care reform done. A win is a win."

White House officials are beginning to lay the groundwork for such a move, telling CNN that they’ll have to take drastic measures if there’s no movement.

Sources from the administration and the Democratic side of Capitol Hill have told CNN that they’re becoming increasingly convinced that Republicans — particularly Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley — involved in the negotiating process aren’t serious about striking a deal.

Grassley is one of six members of the Senate Finance Committee — three Democrats and three Republicans — negotiating the only bipartisan health care legislation so far.

The six negotiators are not considering a government-funded public health insurance option favored by President Obama and Democratic leaders but are looking at nonprofit cooperatives that would negotiate collective polices for members.

Grassley warned at a weekend town hall meeting that the months of negotiations may fail to produce a bill he can support.

"I’ve said all year that something as big and important as health care legislation should have broad-based support," Grassley said Wednesday. "So far, no one has developed that kind of support, either in Congress or at the White House. That doesn’t mean we should quit. It means we should keep working until we can put something together that gets that widespread support."

If Democrats choose to go it alone, the public health insurance option is likely to be back on the table because there would be no need to win the votes of Republicans or conservative Democrats. But it would be a change in tactics after the White House appeared to shift its stance on the issue over the weekend.

On Saturday, Obama said the "public option, whether we have it or we don’t have it, is not the entirety of health care reform."

Then on Sunday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said a public option is "not an essential element" of overhauling the health care system.

Their comments were interpreted in media reports as a softening of the administration’s support for the public insurance option.

However, Sebelius denied Tuesday that anything had changed in Obama’s policy.

"Here’s the bottom line: Absolutely nothing has changed," she said at a Medicare conference. "We continue to support the public option. That will help lower costs, give American consumers more choice and keep private insurers honest. If people have other ideas about how to accomplish these goals, we’ll look at those, too. But the public option is a very good way to do this."

Earlier, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama and Sebelius have consistently called for making health insurance affordable to all in a competitive market, and that they think a public option is the best way to do so, but were open to other ideas.

 
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