No doubt you’ve heard that the Senate Democrats have cut a deal under which the public option would takre effect only if Big Insurance doesn’t deliver.
After days of secret talks, Senate Democrats tentatively agreed Tuesday night to drop a government-run insurance option from sweeping health care legislation, several officials said, a concession to party moderates whose votes are critical to passage of President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.
In its place, officials said Democrats had tentatively settled on a private insurance arrangement to be supervised by the federal agency that oversees the system through which lawmakers purchase coverage. Additionally, the emerging agreement calls for Medicare to be opened to uninsured Americans beginning at age 55, a significant expansion of the large government health care program that currently serves the 65-and-over population.
At a hastily called evening news conference in the Capitol, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., declined to provide details of what he described as a "broad agreement" between liberals and moderates on an issue that has plagued Democrats' efforts to pass health care legislation from the outset… [emphasis added]
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My first reaction is to feel very, very angry. However, I’m going to bite my tongue and refrain from making any suggestions about what Harry Reid might do his nether regions with a cactus. Before I should render an opinion, I need to know exactly what’s in this deal.
On a more positive front, The Ben Nelson Coat-hanger Amendment went down.
The amendment barring federal funds from being used to pay for abortion, directly or indirectly, was defeated by a 54-45 vote.
It was supported by Democrats Robert Casey and Ben Nelson, author of the amendment, and eight Republican senators, including amendment co-author Orrin Hatch.
Nelson's measure would prohibit Americans who receive government subsidies to pay for health care from buying into an insurance plan that covers abortion, and would ban a government-backed insurance plan popularly known as a "public option" from covering the procedure.
The measure includes exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or where a doctor certifies that the woman is "in danger of death unless an abortion is performed."
Tuesday's vote could complicate Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan to muster the 60-vote margin needed to pass the health care bill before the end of the year.
Some lawmakers have already said they will not vote in favor of the reform legislation unless it includes an anti-abortion measure…
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I’ll pass along the names of the DINOs who voted for it when I have them.
In closing, here’s the the health care plan of the man voted by Republicans as the most influential man in their party.