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Hoyer: House Dems Will Pass O-Care

From an elated Associated Press:

Majority leader: House will pass health bill

By ERICA WERNER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR (AP)

WASHINGTON — The second-ranking House Democrat predicted that historic health care legislation will be passed Saturday as the AARP, the nation’s premier lobbying group for the elderly, announced it was signing on to the bill.

Rep. Steny Hoyer said House leaders expect to have the 218 votes needed to pass the sweeping bill, which would extend coverage to tens of millions of uninsured people and ban insurance companies from turning people away. President Barack Obama has the health care overhaul the defining social goal of his young administration. Hoyer acknowledged that the vote could be tight, and he said his prediction of passage is predicated on the expectation that a couple remaining obstacles can be surmounted…

"We certainly have well over 218 people who say they want to vote for the bill," Hoyer said in an interview with wire service reporters.

"The trick is making sure they have a comfort level with the provisions they are particularly focused on to allow them to do so," he said. "So I think that’s what we’re in the final stages of trying to get to." …

Hoyer said the bill’s endorsement by the powerful seniors’ lobby AARP, announced Thursday, was a significant boost…

The House bill would provide government subsidies beginning in 2013 to extend coverage to millions who now lack it. Self-employed people and small businesses could buy coverage through the new exchanges, either from a private insurer or a new government plan that would compete. All the plans sold through the exchange would have to follow basic consumer protection rules.

What a laugh.

Of course the Democrats have the votes. All they need to decide is who is going to vote for it, and who will be allowed to be re-elected next year.

They also have to figure out how close they can make it without that strategy being too obvious.

Rep. Steny Hoyer said House leaders expect to have the 218 votes needed to pass the sweeping bill, which would extend coverage to tens of millions of uninsured people and ban insurance companies from turning people away…

The House bill would provide government subsidies beginning in 2013 to extend coverage to millions who now lack it. Self-employed people and small businesses could buy coverage through the new exchanges, either from a private insurer or a new government plan that would compete. All the plans sold through the exchange would have to follow basic consumer protection rules.

That’s certainly an accurate an unbiased description of the bill.

What media bias?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Hoyer: House Dems Will Pass O-Care”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    Step Right Up – Vote Yes & Start Packin – You’ll be goin home soon!

    • BillK says:

      Seriously, why do you think this?

      For example, Pelosi’s nutjob constituents have been threatening to run a candidate against her because she hasn’t already forced this through.

      “What’s wrong with San Francisco values?”

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      San Francisco’s got values?

  2. Tater Salad says:

    As we have said many, many times before, I hope you Congresspeople have a big bank account because if you are supporting “any” type of healthcare reform that has a government option attached to it, you will become what most of the Obama economy is…..unemployed. Have a nice day!

  3. proreason says:

    This way to the highway.

  4. BillK says:

    Was there ever a doubt they’d pass this on a party-line vote?

  5. wardmama4 says:

    Obama was Immaculated in January – we have known for about the entire time that Obamacare was going to be ‘his’ legacy – the Dems have the majority in the House and the Senate – and of course they had the Big One (my bad) – the death of the Liberal Lion to force a vote ‘to win one for the Sipper’ – and here we are in November – and the damn thing hasn’t been passed?!?

    Now, why is that? Perhaps they might have the majority but not the votes? And why is it that when things look the worse – the Dems claim it is going pass, they have the votes, everything is hunky, dory A OK? And then it just goes on and on again and again – without a bill, without a vote, without passing?

    Perhaps it is because Obamacare has almost nothing to do with healthcare. Perhaps because like all the previous bills passed, Obamacare is just another massive taxation bill. Perhaps because – Obama does not have the votes to get ‘his’ legacy passed – and at least he won’t force a vote – until he can assure himself that he won’t have the humiliation of Hillarycare – to be the brunt of a failure and no legacy.

    Hopefully We The People can keep this going for just another 12 months – so that Obama will no longer have the ‘majority’ – and this will not be an issue at all.

    He can pretend that this was never his legacy and work on how to become Master of the Universe and leave this disappointing job behind him (as he has done repeatedly in the past). And once again – accomplishing almost nothing at great cost to the people he leaves in the dust.

    God Help America.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Oh I beg to differ about Obama’s legacy … right now I am editing a publication of a transportation organization proceeding and every single dem boot-licking talking head who took part in the proceedings says high-speed rail is going to be Obama’s legacy. He said so!

      He can’t have two! LOL *Caligirl is stomping feet like angry child*

  6. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    The more and more I read of the Dem’s actions the more I’m convinced that they should be held accountable for their abuses of power and violations. The left often accuses George W. for the things he did in eight years. But none of this can match what the present gang of idiots on capitol hill have done in less than a year. The irony of it all is that they feel indignant towards the American voters who express outrage at their behavior.


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