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Senate healthcare proposal includes mandates, public option

July 16, 2009 by  

Senate healthcare proposal includes mandates, public option The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 13-10 along party lines on Wednesday to approve a $615 billion healthcare reform proposal.

It requires businesses with at least 25 employees to offer health insurance or pay a penalty, and contains provisions requiring individuals to obtain coverage, according to Bizjournals.com.

The bill also includes a government-run public option that would compete with private insurers, a provision opposed by congressional Republicans and groups such as the National Federation of Independent Business.

Senator Chris Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat, who presided over the committee vote, said it was more important to get what he believes is the right bill than to get GOP votes.

"There is a value in achieving bipartisanship but I will not sacrifice a good bill for that," he stated, quoted by the Associated Press.
The Democrats may indeed not need the GOP support as together with two independents they have at least 60 seats – the absolute majority – in the Senate.

On Thursday, it was House Democrats turn to work on their version of the legislation, which reportedly seeks to provide coverage to nearly all Americans by subsidizing the poor and penalizing individuals and employers who do not purchase health insurance.

Meanwhile, the National Center for Policy Analysis has called the bill a "1,018-page nightmare" that will force as many as 119 million people to lose their private health insurance and be forced into a Medicare-like plan.
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  • s c

    Get this straight. We have a prez who worships at the altar of popularity polls even more than Bubba Clinton (is that possible?). He wants to ram this scheme down our throats because he ‘cares’ so much about America. Without a doubt, this legislative nightmare will NOT be read by Congress, and B O wants this swill passed before August. WHAT ARE YOU HIDING THIS TIME, B O? This is yet another economy-busting Trojan Horse. Any ‘leader’ who specializes in passing legislation that has NOT been read or understood by Congress has a hidden agenda that come BEFORE protecting Americans. If it looks and smells like crap, it’s crap!

  • James Corbin

    sc you are right!

  • D Mitchell

    I’m totally mortified by what is happening to our country and the prospect of Obama care being implemented. Most people I talk to don’t know much about what’s going on and say they just don’t have time to worry about it. How does one reach such people?

  • s c

    This damned legislation must not pass. Everyone who loves freeedom will do well to write down and remember the names of ‘conservative fence-sitters’ who sell themselves to b o and his progressive insanity. You know b o will line up every lib, to remind them that another election is not far off. Most Americans do NOT want this economic disaster. The media, as usual, lies to the public to protect another FDR. We can’t pay for it, we don’t want it, it will destroy the economy,
    and yet we have Washington vermin who refuse to listen to the American people. They are beyond immoral to ignore us and get rich at our expense. They deserve whatever happens to them.

  • Morris

    May I strongly suggest that as we Americans who write our comments here, also write to those Congressmen who support this legislation and express our strong opposition to it. I believe the more that we Americans express our opposition to such BAD legislation by writing to those who support it will have a much greater impact in swaying them from their position. There are a number of other pieces of legislation that need strong opposition to including H.R. 45 and the Cap and Trade Bill that is now in the Senate. Congressional addresses can be found on the House and Senate websites. It’s time to act or we’ll lose our country.

  • mindy rodriguez

    people think old bernie was a big thief…americans! wake up! obama is ready to steal $600 BILLION from your medicare so he can get what he wants when he wants it; if you study what is in those bills you will understand they are nothing but DUTY TO DIE programs…totally the opposite of what we have today! americans have tried to email and call congressmen, senators and the president to no avail…they only communicate with each other because they do not want to hear from us! so some of us are getting ready to drive to the capitol next friday and surround the building with our cars until the elected officials come out and listen to us! this is one sad state of affairs for a great country like America…but if Iranians can fight for their freedom we better get some courage to fight for ours!

  • Lynn

    It shouldn’t be called Obamacare, when it’s really ObamaNOcare.

  • http://charter howe

    The drive for power and a socialist government run health care seems to be more important than what WE THE PEOPLE want. Why do these Congress people continue to fail the opportunity of passing legislation yesterday to deal with fraud waste and abuse, tort reform, penalties on insurers who engage in Bernie Madoff coverge and some of the Republican amendments like the bill Senator McCain proposed for no cuts in medicare, nursing homes,or rehab centers etc. Why is it necessary to replace a health care system which is not all that bad for 80% of the population, when the uninsured and some of the other problems could easily be fixed incrementally without creating more huge deficits. People the growing deficit could drive our economy into the ground and that would cost all of us health care and turn us into a banana repulic. This is not a scare summary, think about it and do some research on your own. Your country and your family are at stake, thanks to these mindless fools who tax and spend and crave power in our Congress and Whitehouse.

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