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Health Care – Political Chess or Health Care – Call My Bluff

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on March 3, 2010

Pres. Obama laid out his new health care proposal today:  “Everything there is to say about health care has been said, and just about everybody has said it,” he said. “Now is the time to make a decision about how to finally reform health care so that it works, not just for the insurance companies, but for America’s families and America’s businesses.” this of course  followis the Health Care Summit.  Do you see a steady progression here?

He went on to say…”At stake right now is not just our ability to solve this problem, but our ability to solve any problem,” he said. “The American people want to know if it’s still possible for Washington to look out for their interests and their future. They are waiting for us to act.”

He has incorporated some GOP ideas:

Commit $50 million to fund state initiatives designed to reduce medical malpractice costs

Allow undercover investigations of health care providers receiving Medicare, Medicaid and other federal programs

Boost Medicaid reimbursements to doctors in certain states

Include language in the final bill ensuring certain high-deductible health plans can be offered in the health exchange

The president said his decision to consider the GOP ideas was a result of last week’s health care summit.

“The meeting was a good opportunity to move past the usual rhetoric and sound bites that have come to characterize this debate and identify areas on which we agree and disagree,” he wrote. “I left convinced that the Republican and Democratic approaches to health care have more in common than most people think.”

He said he doesn’t “know how this plays politically,” but knows that “it’s right.”

In a not so surprising move… he indicated that he was in favor of  the controversial legislative maneuver known as reconciliation, which would allow changes to the health care bill to be passed by the Senate with only 51 votes — a bare legislative majority.

The Republican Response:

GOP leaders were unsatisfied with Obama’s concessions. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said the president’s ideas were little more than a few items “inadequately addressed in a 2,700-page bill.”

McConnell repeated GOP calls for Congress to re-start deliberations from scratch. “If the majority manages to jam this [bill] through … it will be the issue in every single race in America this fall,” he promised.  “I am disappointed that Democrats are moving ahead with the nuclear option,” said Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Call his bluff boys…I think he’s holding all aces!


One Response to “Health Care – Political Chess or Health Care – Call My Bluff”

  1. Forest Rockman said

    my mother in law would absolutely love your healthy blogging

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