Democrat’s infighting continues over Healthcare

It is amazing with the majority the Democrats have they cannot even come to an agreement themselves. They have carte blanche to pass anything but are stuck because they understand the yare not changing healthcare in the US, they are only changing healthcare insurance. The strategy to push a health care overhaul through the Senate and wind up with a bill on President Barack Obama desk by year-end is still eluding them. Majority Leader Harry Reid Democratic bill includes the option of a government insurance plan, which caused the moderates in his own party to oppose. They also know that every Democrat is needed to break the filibusters Republicans are vowing to mount. Yesterday we heard a quote from Democrat Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, “We are a long way from reaching conclusion.” The House is even worse as for two weeks Speaker Nancy Pelosi efforts to draft a consensus health care bill for a vote have been stalled because of disagreements among Democrats. They are struggling with how to set fees for doctors, hospitals and other health care providers participating in the public insurance plan. The other internal disagreements are relating to abortion services and health care for immigrants. Because of these issues even Pelosi admits she does not have 218 votes needed. Check your calendar there are only nine weeks left of 2009. There is so much going here behind the scenes that will affect so much, including cutting Medicare, raising taxes and increase health insurance premiums. The rubber will meet the road soon as Majority Leader Harry Reid Democratic bill is close to the Senate floor, then the question becomes where are Senators Nelson of Nebraska, Landrieu of Louisiana, Bayh of Indiana, Lincoln of Arkansas, and Snow from Maine going to vote.

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