Obama: Senate Will Pass Health Bill By Christmas


President Barack Obama said he expects the U.S. Senate to pass by the end of next week legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system [. . .] "I think it's going to pass out of the Senate before Christmas (December 25)," Obama, who has made healthcare reform legislation his top domestic priority, said in an interview aired on CBS's "60 Minutes."

I guess Lieberman, Ben Nelson, Blanche Lincoln and Olympia Snowe will be putting the finishing touches on their bill in time to meet Obama's deadline. That will be fun to watch.

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    President Obama (5.00 / 5) (#5)
    by MO Blue on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 08:50:30 AM EST
    announcement on the new HCR legislation passed by Congress. :-)

    I'm proud to announce the passing of our history making legislation on HCR. In an effort to simplify the reform, we have stripped it down to include the mandates, penalties for non compliance and a reduction in the Medicare budget. Once we get 90 Democrats in the Senate and 350 Democrats in the House, we will add subsidies and regulations. God Bless America.

    LOL (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by cawaltz on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 09:00:24 AM EST
    The shorter version, we need a Superty-dooper majority before we will actually believe that Americans want some sort of safety net for anyone other than their duly elected representation.

    A better holiday gift for the jobless (5.00 / 3) (#6)
    by Cream City on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 08:51:05 AM EST
    and their health insurance situation would be for the Dems in Congress to take a moment to renew subsidies for COBRA insurance.  The bill is stalled, on the back burner, while all this posturing is playing out.

    Doing nothing about the government health insurance that we've got for the jobless will mean millions more without insurance at all by the end of December (and some already were cut off at the end of November).

    Without the subsidies, COBRA costs an average of more than $1,100 a month -- 83 percent of the average unemployment compensation check.  I know several people who will not be able to continue to afford it or any health insurance at all, if the Dems in Congress -- and in the White House -- continue to be so removed from the reality of the economy.  

    They are worthless, and with every day, I am more determined to do as little for them as they do for us.  Go get your campaign donations and your votes elsewhere, fools.

    Or Jim Webb (none / 0) (#1)
    by jbindc on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 08:10:07 AM EST

    Jim Webb (none / 0) (#2)
    by cawaltz on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 08:26:05 AM EST
    actually did pretty good on his votes so far. He actually voted for tabling the amendment that would have taken choice away from women and against an amendment that took away funding from Medicare. Frankly, I prefer his version of health care to what I worry Nelson's version is gonna look like.

    Well (none / 0) (#8)
    by jbindc on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 09:17:20 AM EST
    The Republicans have been pretty happy with Webb's votes too ("pleasantly surprised") and are hoping to "smoke him out".

    Webb, who won his seat in 2006 in a cliffhanger race against Republican George Allen, has taken a low-key role in the debate so far. It's far from clear whether he'll vote for the bill in the end, although Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is "confident" that Webb's concerns will be addressed and that he will ultimately back the bill, a Reid spokesman said.

    "Jim's gone his own way on several things -- he's independent, and I respect it," said Reid's deputy, Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). "But he's been very honest with us throughout, and I count him as an important and valuable member of our caucus."

    Still, his early votes have given party leaders pause. He voted for GOP efforts to send the bill back to the Senate Finance Committee as well as to restore proposed cuts to Medicare -- a move some in the GOP said was intended to keep entitlement programs from being "raided" to pay for the new health care initiatives, a label most of Webb's party strongly rejects.

    In an interview, Webb said he's "rather skeptical that those cuts [to Medicare] are sustainable," given the increasing number of people from the baby boom generation eligible for the entitlement program. He also said Medicare Advantage programs have improved services in rural parts of Virginia.

    "I'm voting my conscience, which Harry Reid wants all of us to do," Webb said. "I have a lot of concerns about Medicare. I think it's important to express those views on these votes."

    But the amendments to restore the proposed cuts failed on the floor -- meaning that whatever bill emerges in the end may very well include the Medicare cuts that worry Webb. Asked if that meant he might oppose the underlying bill, Webb said: "I'll see what the bill looks like when we get to the end of it."

    I'm guessing they were happy (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by cawaltz on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 09:26:42 AM EST
    with his Medicare vote. Meh, I still am not convinced that they are going to wring out the money they need for health care with savings in Medicare from "waste." If it were that easy then they would have eliminated it before now.

    Frankly, with the bill being what it is I'm rooting for the GOP to tank it.


    Oh and his vote on Medicare (none / 0) (#10)
    by cawaltz on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 09:29:11 AM EST
    shouldn't be that surprising. He represents a large military retiree community. It would have been suicide to have voted differently then he did particularly since he's already in fundraising mode(yeah, I got my if you could spare a dime letter from him).

    I get that (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by jbindc on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 09:57:15 AM EST
    (I live in Virginia).  But it's interesting that no one has been talking about him.  I think there are more conservative Dems out there who are also nervous about this bill.

    I guess this means we can (none / 0) (#3)
    by Anne on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 08:28:38 AM EST
    all expect some nice lumps of coal in our stockings on Christmas morning...I guess I should practice being grateful now so my "gee, this is the best present EVER!!!" sounds sincere.  Not sure there is enough time, but I'll do my best.

    Which will probably be more of an effort and take more energy that what Obama has applied to his "top dpmestic priority," which means we are in far worse shape than I thought.

    It's s nice pair of woolen socks! (none / 0) (#4)
    by Salo on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 08:35:21 AM EST
    Lieberman Size.