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Health Care Reform Before The Holidays?

December 18, 2009 - by David Moore

Photo, right: Sens. Lieberman & Collins w/ Alan Greenspan last Thursday before committee testimony (via Daylife).

“Congress Links”, Friday edition ::

  • The hottest Congressional “viral” video on the Web right now is a loaded exchange between Sens. Lieberman & Franken — what a world, right? Ezra Klein posts the clip everyone is watching & wowing over: WaPo.

  • Memeorandum rounds up the analysis of the tête-à-tête (to what extent was it parliamentary efficiency vs. political signaling etc.?) — everyone from RedState to FireDogLake to The Awl, lots of buzz

  • The must-read Brian Beutler does the diligent journalistic legwork every day for us all in a gratifyingly readable & informative & accessible style: “No Room For Error If Senate To Pass Health Care Before Christmas” (TPM-DC).

  • Former Sec. of Labor Robert Reich: Slouching Toward Health Care Reform (HuffPo). Ben Smith says SEIU President Andy Stern sez, “Pass the Bill” (Politico).

  • “Senate invokes cloture on defense bill in wee hours of the morning” (The Hill). Bold, Politico’s write-up calls the vote “poisonous”.

  • Sen. Feingold takes a strategic stand to advance the cause of health care reform (Politico).

  • Paul Krugman: “Pass The Bill”. Reactions from Bill Kristol, Matt Yglesias, Hot Air, Think Progress, and many more bloggers & news outlets: Memeorandum.

  • Ezra Klein tackles & articulates what Lieberman has done (PoliticalWire excerpt).

For handy reference, here again are the Senate and House versions of the health care reform bill, and previous OC Blog coverage of the debate.

Follow along with OC’s uniquely-aggregated news & blog coverage from around the web on key Senators in the health care wrangling: Lieberman (I-CT), Nelson (D-NE), Snowe (R-ME), Reid (D-NV), McCain (R-AZ), Collins (R-ME), view all.

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  • BenjaWiz 12/18/2009 8:05am


  • LucasFoxx 12/18/2009 8:53am

    It will be interesting to see the final bill and see what happen when the House and Senate reconcile their bills. Keep in mind, any problems with this bill can be fixed with subsequent legislation that could be passed on its own merits and without the circus that this current push has elicited.

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  • ewamk2003 12/18/2009 12:02pm

    Well, I would much rather have Big Government control my life when I get sick than an insurance company. BIG GOVERNMENT MIGHT do things right. BIG INSURANCE certainly won’t.
    Isn’t it time for us all to finally realize that the pulp we are fed from TV screens has nothing to do with what is really good for us? US is the only rich country without affordable health care system. The only country when so many are uninsured. It’s better to have everyone enrolled now, than face paying ER bills from thousand of low income patients at inflated future prices.

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    swilliams8251 12/18/2009 12:12pm

    Don’t you think the President knows already that he is fighting the losing
    battle? Again, the stockholders, CEO’s and insurance companies win.

    My sister works for a ‘Private’ insurance company, they had a $75,000.00
    Christmas party. This is a year we are not able to buy one holiday gift for

    I call it denial of medical treatment, and the health care providers say,
    “you have to meet your deductible”.

    I was shown the door at our health clinic because I didn’t have the $27 to
    pay for the shoddy treatment I was going to receive anyway. Hey, how far
    is Canada from us? Not that far, might be worth a trip for a doc visit.

    Sheri PS I hope someone beside us “sheep” read this and weep

  • catfarmman 12/18/2009 3:15pm
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    The middle class of this country have to suffer at the hands of those in D.C. once again.

  • craines 12/18/2009 4:52pm

    Let them pass this bill, we need it, support them don’t try and stop this, They can change some things when they merge the two together before they send to the president to sign.

    This bill is for the uninsured REMEMBER that. The people WITHOUT

  • craines 12/18/2009 5:01pm

    Let them pass this bill, we need it, support them, don’t try and stop this, They can change some things when they merge the two together before they send it to the president to sign.

    This bill is for the uninsured REMEMBER that. The people WITHOUT INSURANCE need this. Anybody that is against this bill more than likely has a good paying job and insurance. You wouldn’t understand whats it like. Everybody REMEMBER who this bill is for. Get it done. WE haven’t had a voice until now, and it looks like there doing every thing they can to silence it. This chance will not come around again, We are close, don’t stop, keep going,
    There’s people in bad shape out here,


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  • craines 12/19/2009 4:42pm

    Go Harry Reid!


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