Well now you knew that was going to happen. Two pieces of sound before I get into some details … although I am not sure why I am bothering. This bill will be decided behind closed doors, the language will change … and clearly, from Obama to Baucus, truth telling and nothing but the truth telling, is not their forte.
First Florida Senator Bill Nelson, smiling from ear to ear, says now we can get down to the stuff we really want … government run health care. It’s alive! Oh … and listen to Shep go after Nelson. Yowzer!
Interesting, but I will believe it when I see it. Still, a Florida Senator talking about this must feel pretty secure. Shep is right. The bill does nothing Obama outlined. Doesn’t insure everyone, no government health care, a minimal insurance mandate penalty. All better in my view but its still a crappy bill.
The real Snowe job took place just a bit later when the President tried to portray this as a bi-partisan bill. Well if one Republican (Olympia Snowe, R-ME) makes this is bipartisan … will Democrats joining Republicans makes the fight against this crummy bill bipartisan?
Just wanted to take on a couple more items the President spoke to. First, his portrayal of this bill as bi-partisan. The doctors are his doctors (Physicians for America), Big Pharma cut a money deal, and while its still unclear where business as a whole stands, there is little question business would love to jetison health care as a perk.
Finally, he hammered insurance companies for the “worst practice” of denial for pre-exisitng conditions, which is just nonsense. Insurance companies would be bankrupt if they were forced to “insure” people who are already sick … which is the same thing that will happen with Government intervention.