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Senators Make Progress On Healthcare Bill, Talk Of Discarding Public Option

December 15, 2009 by  

Senators make progress on healthcare bill, talk of discarding public optionLast week, after months of impassioned debate and public derision, liberal and conservative members of the Senate seemed to have come closer to a compromise on the proposed healthcare bill.

Several Democratic officials said that the deal now includes a proposal that would replace the public insurance option with a not-for-profit private option that would be overseen by the federal Office of Personnel Management, according to CNN.com.

The plan would also allow people 55 years of age or older to buy into Medicare coverage that is currently only available to people who are 65 years and above.

However, Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) one of the senators working on the deal, said that he would not support any proposal that would replace the public option with a purely private insurance program.

"We need to have some competition for the insurance industry to keep rates down and save taxpayer dollars," he said.

Meanwhile, Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) expressed concern over the idea of broadening the Medicare program to include people over the age of 55.

"I want to make sure we’re not adding a big additional burden to the Medicare program, which we need to figure out how to save, because it’s going bankrupt," said Lieberman.
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  • hunter

    These bozos have come up with everything except getting to the root of the problem, which is healthcare is too expensive. The answer is how to make healthcare more affordable. This would require at least a five prong approach, Doctors, insurance, hospitals, drug companies, illegal aliens. Doctors: We need more of them, universities and the AMA (union) won’t allow enough doctors to graduate (monoply). We need for nurse practioners to be more visible, with or without doctors direct supervision. Insurance: I can’t afford to pay medical bills, so I hire someone to pay them for me. That will be cheaper? Now that aside how about letting insurance cross state lines? Hospitals: Need to expand emergency rooms to have doctors on staff 24/7/365 for regular weekend holiday unexpected sick kid type doctor visits. My kids always got sick over the weekend. Drug companies: We need shorter times for drugs to go to generic. Ohh spare me the R&D crap, federally funded universities do a large portion of R&D for these companies, plus the drug companies don’t use anything not already available on the earth. Plus we need to be able to import drugs from reliable suppliers and manufactures. Illegal aliens: Deportation would send a sharp message to those thinking about crashing our borders, Don’t! Using our unemployed to help find, roundup and deportation of these illegals would open jobs they have stolen from Americans, lessen the demand on all our utilities, our schools, our healthcare system, our highways. This country and citizens would be safer without the illegan criminal bringing in drugs and raising the homicide rate in our cities. This is just a start, but I belive it to be a better answer than doing what our lawmakers are attempting to do, which is leave everything the way it is, only just make someone thru tax oc coersion pay for it.

    • J C

      Good observation Hunter. People don’t realize that government already subsidizes the medical industry by far too much. The effect is that government has too much control and we all know how well governments run business. Get the lobbyists out of Congressmen’s pockets and we’d be off to a good start. But…as usual we’re supposed to buy into the idea that the mess created by government intervention can be cleaned with…more government intervention. Insanity at its finest.

    • Robert

      You hit the solution right on the nose. Too bad the bums in Washington wont listen.

  • Kirk

    Wisconsin State Journal printed in the Sunday, December 13,2009 Congressional Roll Call. Quote “Lawyers’ Fees: Senators defeated, 32-66, a bid to limit the contingency fees received by plaintiffs’ lawyers in medical malpractice cases. A yes vote backed a measure to cap fees at one-third of the first $150,000 of any judgment and one-quarter of the amount over $150,000. (HR 3590)”
    Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold a Democrat and a lawyer voted No. Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl a Democrat, Owner of the Milwaukee Bucks and Business owner voted Yes. I had written Senator Kohl on this very subject on tort reform. Thank You Senator Kohl even though this proves we are electing way too many lawyers.

  • s c

    We’ll never run short of power-mad bozos. The idea that they have access to so much undeserved power will keep Washington the Twilight Zone of politics.
    It’s no secret that one of comrade obama’s main purposes for ramming his health care reform INSANITY down out throats is to DESTROY private insurance. Dead voters sure can be proud of him.
    The standard defense for this mindset is the idea that it will make America ‘better.’
    While comrade obama creates diversions to placate the dumbed-down masses, he is hard at work doing his worst to implode America.
    He was born way too late. He should have been born in Russia when the Bolshevik Revolution gave the world its peculiar slant on ‘enlightenment’ and ‘social justice.’ He would have fit in there perfectly.
    So what are that odds that he’ll move there NOW? Better late than never, eh?

  • http://Americanwelder@luckymail.com Robert L. Wiltfong

    For the senators to disregard what the people wont is not a new thing . They have been telling the american people to go to hell and doing what they wont for the last fifty or more years.They have used this health reform to hide other sneeky laws like passing this new list of gun laws. Its time that the american people took our government back.When I go to the poles this next election I will not vote for any incumbant. It is time to get rid of these dominating anti americans that we the people wonce trusted. It is plain to see that all they wont is to take every rite that we have away.The American people better wake up and put these senators out of office.

  • http://ckraushar@cox.net CARL KRAUSHAR

    DEC 16th 2009
    Dittos to Robert wilfong, what this country needs is some
    real pro-AMERICAN leaders not money grubbing politicians who appease
    the lobbyists and tell the American people to go to hell.WE NEED TO
    instgate term limits and get the old foggies out of office and take our country back.Its up to the AMERICAN people to go to the polls and
    vote them out.

  • Robert

    I believe it’s way overdue for all the senators to take a laxative since they are so full of it.

  • http://bit.ly/beDEbP Jacques Seligmann

    Awesome article!! I just had to comment.

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