Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Senate Has A Healthcare Bill

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has brought forth a bill for consideration by the Senate that blends the two major committee-born bills that had previously been wending their way through the Senate.

This bill has the primary advantage of being only slightly better than the House version, though this relative difference is akin to a choice between Maoism and Stalinism.

At $848B, the bill is indeed less expensive than the House version, and as we'll hear repeated over and over in the coming days, CBO projects it will cut the deficit by $130B. Of course, CBO is required to score bill as they are written, and for any of the "deficit reduction" to actually occur, the Congress would have to behave quite differently than it has for the last--oh, forty plus years of quasi-socialist medicine known as Medicare and Medicaid.

Reid has a less-onerous public option in his bill (state based "exchanges", from which states may "opt out"--though they may not "opt out" of the cost), and it is paid for with cuts to Medicare and through a tax on "gold-plated" health insurance policies (as opposed to the House bill, which levies a direct surtax on income above $500,000 for individuals and $1,000,000 for families (a 5% surtax, in addition to Medicare cuts).

Reid has done everything he possibly can to hold his fractious caucus together on this, but it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to convince his "moderate" Democrats from Red States to go for this.

So now we have the other side's playbook--the House as expected, has come forward with a horrific, expensive, and socialist takeover of the American healthcare system. The Senate has come forward with something just short of that. Republicans and Conservatives must align themselves against these bills even as they continue to advocate for positively messaged reforms--greater choice, greater market access, and lower costs.


The Anvil said...

Just wanted to comment on something before the Hammer does.

Greg "The Hammer" Dail said...

Anvil, blow me!

Greg "The Hammer" Dail said...

Look, sorry for the insult Anvil (by the way, I know who you are) but this is not healthy. You come at me not by attacking my views but with a lot of vitriol. It seems you don't have the erudition or debating skills to really keep up so why not go somewhere else? This blog tends to be conservative and you're obviously an angry liberal and there are plenty of blogs out there for guys like you. Try Might be a better fit for a guy like you.

Pedro Delgado said...

I don't see what the big hold up is they should have already passed the damn Health Care Bill these people are out of control and need to get a life lesson of how other people are depending on having some type of hope for a better health care system America is so jacked up I swear.

Anonymous said...

Better watch it Hammer. If Anvil is a liberal, your initial comment may be construed as an invitation, not an insult.

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