House Dems move to votes on health bill
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Democrats on Thursday pushed ahead with legislation that would deliver on President Barack Obama’s promise to remake the health care system and cover some 50 million uninsured, despite concerns from their own party’s moderate and conservative lawmakers that the $1.5 trillion plan costs too much.
Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf warned lawmakers the legislation that he has seen so far would raise costs, not lower them. Elmendorf was asked by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.S., if the bills Congress is considering would “bend the cost curve.” The budget director responded: “The curve is being raised.”
Subsidies to help uninsured people would raise federal health care spending, which is already growing at an unsustainable rate, Elmendorf explained at a hearing. The Medicare and Medicaid cuts that lawmakers have offered to pay for the coverage expansion aren’t big enough to offset the cost trend, particularly in the long term, he said.
Congress is moving forward nonetheless. On the heels of the Senate health committee’s approval Wednesday of a plan to revamp U.S. health care, three House committees with jurisdiction over the issue shifted into action.
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House Dems move to votes on health bill
We are being led down the path to destruction America! Many of our elected leaders are nothing more than HATERS of the American way and have become destructionists in the way they conduct the business of governing America.
This time around it appears that Texas Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison are on the same page and WILL stand against this debacle that the Obama REGIME in attempting to foist off on the American people. This is from an email message from Hutchison.
We can and must do more to address this trend. Nationalized health care is not the answer. We must make it more affordable for those who are not covered through their employers to purchase their own health insurance. Tax benefits are given to employers for providing health benefits, so I believe that they should also be available to those who purchase health insurance from the individual market.
You are among thousands of concerned Texans who have written to express their views on this topic. You may be assured that as issues regarding health care reform and health insurance come before the Senate, I will keep your views in mind. I appreciate hearing from you, and I hope that you will not hesitate to keep in touch on any issue of concern to you.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator
I have, on many occasions, accused Sen. Hutchison of being nothing more than a RINO, and have made it clear that I will work against her if she comes home and runs for Governor. Nothing has changed in that area, but Sen. Hutchison has said the right words this time. Let’s hope she has the integrity to actually stick with them.
Now I present the epitome of political integrity, Mr. Sam Johnson, my Congressman, and one of the very best this nation has EVER had. Sam Johnson believes that Members of Congress who vote for a public, government-run health plan should be the first to enroll, and I couldn’t agree more. From yesterday’s press release by Rep. Johnson’s office:
“Members of Congress should stop asking the American people to make sacrifices they are not willing to make themselves,” said Johnson.
“As we debate the best way to reform our health care system and ensure that all Americans have access to quality health care, some in Congress insist that a government-run public option must be included.” Yet in one proposal, Members of Congress are curiously exempt from participation in the public plan.
“For those who are convinced that government run health care won’t sacrifice quality and won’t lead to rationing, I back a resolution saying that if a Member of Congress votes to support the government-run option, then the Member must be automatically enrolled in it.
“If Members of Congress are convinced that the government-run option will deliver the same quality of care as their Congressional health plans, then they should be the first in line to enroll.
“Members of Congress should stop asking the American people to make sacrifices they are not willing to make themselves.”
That my friends, is the best Put Up or Shut Up statement I have ever seen.
Many voters are fed up with our elected officials and feel that we need to sweep them ALL out. I have to disagree with that assessment. We need to sweep out about 95% of them, not ALL of them.
Sam Johnson always stands for what’s right FOR America and the American people. I have always received a prompt response from Mr. Sam, or his office, regarding any issue I have asked about. I have never had ANY disagreement with ANY vote cast by Mr. Sam Johnson.
Take a look at YOUR Congressional representatives folks, and if you can’t honestly say the same about them, you need to be working against them in a serious effort to put men and women in Congress that WILL do what’s RIGHT for this nation.
And at the risk of becoming repetitive, ANY Senator or Congressman that supports Cap and Trade, the ObamaCare program or the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court needs to be voted out and replaced post haste!