The First Draft: More is Less

November 19, 2009

The Senate has spoken — for the moment. But it’s definitely not in one voice.

Senator Harry Reid, the leader of Democrats, last night unveiled a healthcare bill cobbled from two Senate versions.  USA/

At 2,074 pages, it is longer than the 1,990-page House bill. But the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office put the plan’s 10-year cost at $849 billion, which is below President Barack Obama’s $900 billion goal and the House bill which came in at more than $1 trillion.

So apparently when it comes to legislation, more pages mean lower cost.

Republicans are gearing up for a fight including possible delay tactics such as forcing the whole bill to be read out loud on the Senate floor. “It’s going to be a holy war,” Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, tells the Los Angeles Times.

Offerings from morning TV shows: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell is following Sarah Palin’s book tour and reported from Fort Wayne, Indiana, in front of a long line of people waiting for the former Alaska governor turned former Republican vice presidential candidate turned current author. USA/

NBC’s “Today” show also had Twilight’s Robert Pattinson ahead of the movie release of “New Moon” — this is one of those if you have to ask (as I did) moments… One woman in the crowd outside the NBC studio was excitedly showing Pattinson a doll and telling him it was of him — that’s real star power.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in October), Reuters/Fred Prouser (Pattinson at Los Angeles premiere)

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What started out as a hopeful endeavor, and been perverted into a massive clusterf**k of corporate whoring, the likes of which I have never seen before. We should stop pretending Congress represents anything other than their corporate owners. Democracy? What a complete farce – we should just allow corporations to openly buy seats in Congress.

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