Update: Passes 14-9 Health Care: Baucus about to pass bill out of SFC

2:54 pm EST: Passes out of SFC 14-9

Snowe only GOP vote for bill

Probably 14-9 or 13-10 of they count Lieberman as a Dem in the 13 Dems to 10 GOP ratio

Sen Kyl just revealed that the CBO score is based on a sheet of assumptions that SFC staff gave to CBO that are NOT voted on in Cmte. WTH!

Blanche Lincoln D NE indicates she will vote YES – big surprise, say goodbye to Blanche as she is booted out of office! Bob Beckel was on FOX a bit ago claiming she can keep her seat by voting yes for cloture to end debate on the bill (when it gets to the floor) and then vote no on passage when only 51 is needed to pass. Uhm no Bob, she is facing her constituents after this vote right here. That is enough to see where she stands.

Snowe R ME just said she will vote yes NOT a big surprise.

Well they are passing it. Let the truth and consequences begin. This should encourage healthy people to drop their coverage since insurers are now forced to cover them even if sick without the cushion of the universal mandate to spread the risk pool (no mandate until 2013). Totally counter-productive IMO.

2010 baby, it cannot come soon enough. AZ has a question on our 2010 ballot to protect us from the Federal mandates (in the event the opt out doesn’t make it into final legislation)

Let this be a lesson to those in American business who would deal with Team TOTUS. No deal is set in stone. Personally, I still await Billy Tauzin and big phaRma getting rolled, once they flip on that deal Seniors can reimport their rxs from Canada, and it will be sweet karma. Of course, Senior may find themselves on an American version of the NHS Liverpool Pathway soon enough anyway, God Bless.

Another apropos tune with the completely anti-health conscious Keith Richards, look at he and Ron smoking away, and they are living well today, go figure, rock on:

Jennifer Rubin on what’s to come:

As the New York Times reports, there is a jumbo fight brewing among Democrats over just how much they’re going to tax the middle class in the name of health-care reform. Senate Democrats want to tax so-called Cadillac health-care plans to pay for the gargantuan health-care bill, while House Democrats don’t think it’s a good idea to whack middle-class voters, and especially union members. Well, on this one, House Democrats have a point:

In a preliminary estimate, the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation calculated that absent any such employer efforts, 14 percent of family health policies and 19 percent of individual policies would be hit by the tax in 2013. By 2019, according to the estimate, 37 percent of family policies and 41 percent of individual policies would be affected. Those numbers rise over time in these calculations because although the initial tax threshold would increase with the economy’s overall inflation, premiums would be expected to rise even faster.

The tax really won’t be paid, because employers will start cutting back on health-care benefits, say supporters of the scheme. Turning Cadillac health-care plans into Yugo health-care plans won’t be so easy for unionized employers with collective bargaining obligations. But the idea that the problem will be “solved” by taking away current health-care benefits runs smack into Obama’s promise that we’ll all get to keep the health-care benefits we have. Apparently we won’t.

…You can’t help but marvel at what’s going on here. The Democrats are fighting among themselves on how to tax and slash health-care benefits for their own constituents…

Their solution to the made up health care ‘crisis’ is to force our benefits down and taxes up.

Idiocy AND a disgrace.

October 13, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Unemployment Statistics.

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