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House Dems move to votes on health bill

July 16th, 2009 . by TexasFred

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

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