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Sen. Reid: Health Care Reform Vote to be in the Fall

Sen. Majority Leader Reid said the vote for health care reform will take place in the Fall.   Reid also said the Finance Committee will get done with their mark up before the August Recess and be merged with the HELP.  That will mean the Senate will fall short of their goal to pass health care reform before the August Recess.  The Senate will have a unified bill ready to debate by September assuming that Sen. Baucus keeps his word and gets the Finance Committee bill done before the August Recess.

  1. Bill Prats
    July 23, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Reid: Common Sense in government? Wow, a break through. Ram and jam is not the answer, Health care is a huge issue so PLEASE give it some common sense thoughtfulness. PS, I cannot get my correct prescriptions under Medicare.

    Here is CNN’s example of waste: the $250 wheel chair that costs $1200 through Medicare. Why is government in the wheel chair business? FIX THIS and buy 3 wheel chairs! Make Sense?

    Common Sense says to CHECK out graft, theft and stupid stupid procedures. PRICE NEGOTIATIONS????

    Haste not Waste , geeesh …..

  2. Bill Prats
    July 23, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Polosi is not an answer to anything. Tooo radical for this democrat.

  3. senateagenda
    July 23, 2009 at 9:00 pm


    On the contrary, Speaker Pelosi’s views are in the mainstream. She wouldn’t have become Speaker of the House of Representatives otherwise.

    You know what’s radical, Bill?

    What’s radical is leaving 47 million people without insurance. What’s radical is allowing the dishonest health insurance companies to fleece the American consumer by denying care to maintain high profits. And what’s radical is for those who want to keep the status quo, which everyone knows is untenable, instead of wanting change in the health care system.

  4. Becky E
    July 23, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I agree….the cry of the people is not being heard. American’s want this sytem reformed NOW! I am tired of carrying the burden’s of the elite class and thank God we have a President who is willing to tell us the truth. I hope those public officials, Democrats or Republicans, who are blocking this vote are listening. American’s will vote them out………………………..

  5. Bill Prats
    July 24, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    I’m against stupid decisions that lead to overspending, waste and ommissions.

    How is it possible that the government can possible rewrite the Health Care plan in days? Who are the people that actually create the plan, what are their qualifications and who are the people that write the text of the plan in twisted legal mumbo jumbo? Who are the people who edit the plan and who does table top exercises to weed out plan problems???? Will there be a test group before the plan hits the masses?

    Remember this is a Trillion Plus dollar plan.

    1 Trillion = $1,000,000,000,000.00, thats a lot of money!

    So far governments, both state and Federal, have not appeared to be very good at planning. Being a politician does not make a person a good planner, Project manager or Chief Financial Officer, positions and skills needed for successful implementations.

  6. senateagenda
    July 24, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    The stupid decision is to keep supporting the status quo. The Congress has been working on health care reform for months with three out of the five of the relevant committees approving a health care reform bill.

    If you want the specific committees, they are:

    1. Ways and Means – Passed
    2. Energy and Commerce
    3. Education and Labor – Passed

    1. Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions – Passed
    2. Finance

    Finance will soon finish with their bill and so will the Energy and Commerce (or be bypassed)

    President Obama has said the bill will be deficit neutral, and he will not sign a bill that adds a dime to the national deficit. We can’t afford the status quo. We need health care reform.

  7. Bill Prats
    July 25, 2009 at 12:46 am

    I support a health plan and approve of Senator Reid proposing a delay in submitting / signing the bill.

    I am against rushing out a poorly constructed bill that needs to be amended time and time again while the public suffers in the wake.

  8. senateagenda
    July 25, 2009 at 1:28 pm


    I’m sure the final bill will be up to your liking.

    Also remember, the President guaranteed the bill will not add a dime to the national deficit, and health care reform is actually designed to be a deficit reduction tool because the skyrocketing costs of the health care status quo promises to break the budget.

    With health care reform, we are giving the American people increased choices for their health care needs and saving the budget.

  9. billp
    July 29, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Look at this news, funds will be squeezed from Medicare and funneled to finance the new health plan. NOtice the word ‘additional’ billions. This tells me the new plan is so expensive that money has to be funneled from Medicare recipients, mostly senior citizens who will end up paying more for their supplemental health insurance. This reminds me of corporations who stole money from Retirement funds. Sounds like the new Health Care Plan is on the edge of financial disaster already.

    From Yahoo.com 7/28/2009 11PM “”A bipartisan group of senators agreed tentatively Tuesday on a plan to squeeze an additional $35 billion out of Medicare over the next decade and larger sums in the years beyond, according to congressional officials, a step toward fulfilling President Barack Obama’s goal of curbing the growth of health care spending.””

    • senateagenda
      July 29, 2009 at 10:17 am


      You do know that MediCare’s not exactly in sound fiscal shape, right? That’s why we need health care reform to fix the whole system.

      What this compromise does is allow an advisory council’s yearly recommendations to be instituted without Congressional approval instead of the other way around.

      Also, what you say about “funnelling” is totally untrue because payroll taxes devoted to MediCare will stay with Medicare. The new health care plan will be paid for through savings in the wasteful system like technology improvements and either through a new surtax on people making over a million dollars a year and employer mandate like in the House plan or through a combination of means such as a tax on “Cadillac” health care benefits.

      The final product will have a variety of means to pay for the health care plan and will not add a dime to the national deficit.

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