Senate Panel Backs Health Care Plan

Lets ramp this much needed issue up, and make history!

A Senate panel on Wednesday became the first congressional committee this year to approve major health-care legislation, marking a milestone in Democrats’ efforts to overhaul the health sector.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee bill would create a controversial government-run health insurance plan and require employers to provide health coverage for workers or face stiff financial penalties. The bill has gotten heavy criticism from business groups and Republicans, who say it would come at too high a cost to taxpayers and the private sector.  (Don’t you love how the conservative press covers this.  How about mentioning the millions who will have health care coverage that are now not able to do so, and the curtailing of run-a-way prices that impact all.  How about the moral element that we are looking out for our fellow man.  Or is that compassionate issue one the conservatives have jettisoned once and for all?)

The bill was approved along party lines in a 13-10 vote.

5 thoughts on “Senate Panel Backs Health Care Plan

  1. Who were the 10 on the committee who opposed it? Were they all republicans with Baucus or something? But it should not be surprising how republicans respond these days. They have guys like Limbaugh and Palin as their representatives and the fact is they are not fighting against them. If they want to be seen as a party that can represent the American people they have to get rid of those two idiots from their party. If not they will see Obama cruise to a second term which I definitely would not mind.

  2. Ferrell Gummitt

    “How about the moral element that we are looking out for our fellow man.”

    Shouldn’t looking out for our fellow man include the men and woman who will come along in 20 to 25 years to clean up this potentially messy, multi trillion dollar, bureaucratic, boondoggle, debacle called ObamaCare and ask them to now pay for it?

    Or do we ask them to turn over their paychecks for the first 5 years or so of their working life to pay for this administration’s Drunken-Sailor spending?

    1. How about the 60 plus percent of those who went bankrupt, doing so due to medical bills that pushed them over the edge.

      Is their plight less of a concern, if one wants to look at the money end of this issue?

      1. Ferrell Gummitt

        Then you tell me, what is moral about the administration running this down everyone’s throat? Nobody has a chance to read it, understand it whom and what is getting involved. What is the big hurry? Afraid we might find out what is the meat and potatoes of this bill?

        Would you vote for someone put on the ballot at the last minute, not knowing whom and what they are about but all you saw was the word “Democrat” next to their name?

        Again, if Bush 43 had put something together of this magnitude in this short of time, you would have been after it with post after post of how the “Dark Side” was trying to blind us.

        But it’s Obama, the change we need and of course naturally gets the stamp of approval, no ups, no extras.

        This monstrosity of a program if run through the house and approved like the stimulus plan with no chance to review will prove that this administration is steering this country toward a Banana Republic and that we may as well change our national anthem to “Day-O”.

        1. I see things much differently.

          First there has been a multi-decade assessment of the problems with health care. We are far behind that of the rest of the world, and it is embarrassing.

          To be more specific to the actual bill that is taking shape one can make the following points. Over the past weeks there has a been a continuous series of articles in news papers, and long term segments on radio and such TV show such the Newshour, about the type of solutions that need to be implemented. There has been, I would argue, much debate and focus on this matter, and the type of possible elements that would be included in a final bill to address the health care needs of the nation.

          The nation voted for health care reform last November. There will be a bill that will propose the scope of changes, and the means of financing such ideas. But I suggest the actual reading of the bill is not your true concern. It is rather that you wish to see no government involvement in the health care crisis. Please recall that had the private sector been able to handle the needs of the citizens then there would not have been a powerful reaction to this matter over the past many years, nor a rejection of the GOP in the last elections in favor of the party that wants to resolve the matter. But the private sector, based in part on greed, will not cover all Americans with health insurance protection. Therefore, the government must step in.

          As an example, would it not make more sense for one to get preventative care at the outset then have the patient go to the emergency room for much costlier care and more advanced problems, and then have ‘the system’ as it is designed currently pick up the tab. You are comfortable paying higher premiums, but not paying for a Democratic plan that will make sure all are covered? Why should anyone not be able to see a doctor when they know they need one, but instead be forced to suffer? Look around your church and community and think about whom you are neglecting of their health rights because you have a political point of view that can’t blend the moral compass with your economic ‘well-being.’ And let us not forget most Americans are very close to the edge of not having the coverage they now have. One job away. We should never have allowed it to be this way for so long. This is a most dreadful way to provide health care coverage…..through the work place……grrr…..think about it.

          To try and slow down those wishing to get a health care bill passed is immoral. I think that health care is a right, and not something only for those with the deep pockets to pay for it. To frame oneself as for ‘family values’ and then shy away from all-out support for national health care is a most precarious position to try and defend. There is no way to do it.

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