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AP Spins Dems ‘Reconciliation’ Problems

From those whirling dervishes at the Associated Press:

Democrats pare differences over health overhaul

By Alan Fram, Associated Press Writer

March 12, 2010

WASHINGTON – Top Democrats say they are resolving disputes over President Barack Obama’s health overhaul plan, but they face decisions on subsidizing coverage and are still hunting votes to push the vast package through Congress.

House Democrats were meeting again Friday to discuss the still-evolving plan and for leaders to try to soothe lawmakers worried about the price they might pay in November’s congressional elections for supporting it. After a day of meetings with rank-and-file lawmakers and among House, Senate and White House bargainers, leaders expressed confidence Thursday evening that this stage of their labors was nearly complete.

"We made a lot of decisions. We’re getting toward the end," White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told reporters as he left the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev

At least now we know who is really calling the shots for those ‘effin’ R-words.’

Even with initial votes possible next week, few were claiming that Democrats had the votes in hand to prevail — especially in the House, where the roll call is expected to be a cliffhanger. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conceded that even once details of the package are complete, leaders will need time to sell it to lawmakers

And yet Ms. Pelosi said just the other day that she had the votes. It’s almost as if you can’t trust a thing she says.

The seemingly endless string of meetings and negotiations is aimed at finally wrapping up Obama’s top-tier domestic goal of revamping the way many Americans get health care and how they pay for it.

How will this bill change how Americans pay for health care?

The legislation would restrict how insurance companies dole out coverage to customers,

Do insurance companies "dole out coverage"? We thought you had to buy it? And you got to choose what kind of coverage you got?

[R]equire most people to carry policies and extend coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans,

Not exactly. The legislation will merely tax uninsured people. Which is a little different from extending coverage to them.

[F]inanced by slowing the growth of Medicare and raising some taxes

Notice how the AP now calls Medicare cuts “slowing the growth.” What an ironic reversal of years of practice, when they screamed that any ‘slowing of growth’ were ‘cuts.’

"We’re pretty much in line with what the president asked," Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee, said of the emerging deal…

In their talks, Democrats said they have decided how to close a gap in prescription drug coverage for Medicare recipients and to ease a costly new tax on high-cost health insurance plans that the Senate has approved.

But in part because they haven’t received final cost estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, some moving parts remain. These include how generous federal subsidies for low- and middle-income earners would be, how much extra Medicaid assistance to give states that are providing richer benefits and how much to boost a payroll tax on upper income people

To pay for all of the additional ‘freebies’ they are giving away to the AARP and the unions? Like every other Obama initiative, ‘healthcare reform’ is about income redistribution — and gaining more power over our lives.

[T]he White House is pressuring the Senate to remove some specific deals in the legislation, including money for asbestos-disease sufferers in Montana and to build a hospital in Connecticut.

That is to say, the White House wants to take back the very gifts they gave Senators to buy their votes, now that the bill has passed the Senate. Isn’t that a new low in double-dealing, even by Washington standards?

One of Democrats’ biggest hurdles is easing House concerns that the Senate won’t approve the second "fix-it" measure. House Democrats worry that would leave them vulnerable to GOP campaign attack ads blaming them for unpopular items in the Senate bill, like the higher tax on expensive insurance policies

What a laugh. In reality, the House members have to placate their union thug masters at the UAW and SEIU. But the AP will sugarcoat anything to get this passed.

Top House Democrats said they have given up trying to win over some conservative Democrats demanding that the bill strictly bar federal aid for abortion. That means they likely will have to win converts from among 39 House Democrats who voted against the House’s initial health bill in November.

Perhaps they can buy their votes with millions of dollars in kickbacks earmarks for their districts.

After all, they can always take them back once the bill is safely passed.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 12th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “AP Spins Dems ‘Reconciliation’ Problems”

  1. proreason says:

    If they do not pass it, all that will happen is that they will be defeated in November and 2012.

    If they do pass it, the Democratic party as we know it today will come to an end.

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    Never before in my life, have I seen a bigger collection of incompetent, devious, and anti-American boobs that are gathered in this administration and Congress!!! I’d also include the media in that sludge.

    These folks are shameless and completely disgusting and NEED to be GONE!!!

    • Right of the People says:

      Right you are MR. We need to flush the entire group, especially the cabal in the White House. People need to cancel their subscriptions to all of the various outlets like the NY Slimes and refuse to watch the drivel on the boob tube.

      We need to put the Republicans on notice if they win back the House and Senate this fall that this is just an audition and present performance will be the deciding factor for future employment.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Right. I agree, going back 40 years.

      But the only way to really do it, really fix this disease (and trying to negotiate with cancer is useless) I cannot type here. Steve will delete it, as he should and my comment will be run down by authorities through ISPs until they find me and beat my kidneys until I’m capable of standing trial.

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    “If we don’t vote on it, we can say we deemed approved!”

    FYI – my furniture co contract says if a customer doesn’t inspect the furniture in 1 week it is “Deemed Approved”. So! What we have is some sophmorons googling law for 17% of the US economy.

    So, how long until Palin gets to say to the dems “I’m the only thing between you & the pitchforks”?

  4. Clownzaround says:

    If they pass this Bill and add all the things in it they say they are there won’t be any elections they will over run us with aliens and they will have the votes to keep Obama in .

    SEIU will be in charge of 1/6th of OUR wealth George Soros destroyed th UK and France and Germany he is the powerhouse behind this and we will be in the pay to work .
    If you do not belong to the government you will not work it will be the Hitler Brownshirts.

    This is not about health it is about the Overthrow of the United States of America and This is the most Unconstitutional Act we have ever seen.

    The President has issued that the Federal Government preceeds the Governor with the National Guard so it if Civil War breaks out we will be at odds but the Government is Overthrowing Democracy and Freedom so that to me is treason.

    Obama signs this bill he needs to be Impeached and George Soros needs to be elimanatied from anykind of dealings with the United States.

    Wen need to get out of the UN and Start Shoreing up the UInited States we need to help Ourselves instead of the World that hates us let them take care of themselves.



    If this is not stopped there will be consequenses that will be violent in content

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