The First Draft: H-Day

October 13, 2009

CHINADrum roll please…

Will Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, a moderate from Maine, become the first Republican in Congress to back a healthcare reform bill?

Will one or more Democrats defect from President Barack Obama’s signature issue?

The suspense is almost too much to bear… USA-HEALTHCARE

The Senate Finance Committee meets at 10 a.m. to vote on its version of sweeping healthcare reform.

While the panel is expected to approve it, the drama is all in the HOW and WHO…

Of course today’s vote is still some steps away from when a bill would go before the full Senate for consideration, but it will offer some insight into how the rest of the journey will progress (or not).

Speaking of political football… much ado on morning television shows about conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh quest to own the St. Louis Rams football team.

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I wonder why the Republicans are so worried about competition. We were bombarded with the idea that competition is good for business and manufacturing to keep prices down. If fact this competition has resulted in the moving of our manufacturing to offshore countries where the wages and enviroment requirements are much lower than our own. According to the above theory, this is good. So why isn’t a public option for healthcare not good when it comes to competition within the sphere of insurance companies?

Posted by Reba Burris | Report as abusive

This is not the type of “reform” the health care industry needs. It needs a swift dose of freedom and liberty.

Posted by jason | Report as abusive

Obama today stated that the passing of the senate finance bill was a bi- partisan success,even though only one republican voted for it.What is worrying Americans is government stagnation,no matter how competitive we get the different providers to be ,the government contingency will purposely misinform the public and alter the results of their plan to disguise the truth like they did with Fanny and Freddie.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

i like the idea of health care for everyone. I disagree with the government backing it and REQUIRING everyone to have some form of ins. or they will be fined xxxx.xx amt. of money. I’m healthy and shouldn’t have to pay for someone’s smoking or fat habit in the long run. Competition is a good thing, but it’s not the government’s job to be the competition. Put regulations on health ins. companies sort of like auto ins. comanies and require them to go from state to state. This isn’t that difficult

Posted by ryan | Report as abusive

A classic example of what will happen with a government single payer system was amplified for me today.I walk my dogs in a park which has it,s upkeep contracted out to a private company.They employ a young man who on his own manages the park and does a great job in the process.Occasionally the city “Parks and Recreation”crews show up and no one seems to know what they do! Today two trucks pulled up and 6 city employees got out,and the 2 hours i was there all they did was lean against their trucks doing nothing apart from the occasional “high fives”.Welcome to government heath care!

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive