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Senate Finance Committee passes a health plan - still a long road to go

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Today, in a sounding victory for President Obama, the Senate Finance Committee passed a health plan in a key congressional committee, that would extend coverage to as many as 29 million more Americans. The $829 billion plan was passed with a 14-9 vote. The lone Republican that voted for the bill was Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine as she crossed party lines. She is not totally on board, as she says that the bill still has a long way to go. The main reason why she voted for it at this time is because she didn't want it to be derailed. The bill if passed would cut the national deficit for 80 billion in a time period over the next ten years.  As expected, all of the committee's Democrats supported the bill. Next on the agenda will be a formal debate in the full House and Senate. Most likely, the earliest that a Health Care Reform plan could take effect would be near Christmas, that's if everything goes right.
Still, there are many hurdles to jump, as President Obama expressed his satisfaction for the bill, but he knows as much as everyone involved that there is much more to do before a bill of this nature could become law.
With this bill, President Obama claims that it in itself would actually help lower the national deficit. Republicans on the other hand believe that such a bill could only work if taxes went up. Even with the victory, President Obama stated "Instead, it is time to dig in and work even harder to get this done." President Obama outwardly expresses his resolve, and never seems to let talk from the opposition or Republican party affect his demeanor. He always seems to be cool, calm and collected. He definitely works great under pressure, even at a time when his popularity is dropping because of the stepped up war in Afghanistan.
The health care plan, undoubtedly is the main topic in President Obama's agenda this year, and he shows no signs of giving up.
The plan that passed in a key congressional committee, is the only one under serious consideration that excludes a government-run public health insurance option. Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi including several top Democrats, have questioned whether it is possible to contain costs without creating a public option to serve as a check on private insurers.
Republicans and some conservative Democrats oppose the government-run insurance option, saying it would drive private insurers from the market and eventually bring a government takeover of the health care system.
The Republican party does have legitimate concerns, but talk show hosts such as Rush Limbaugh seem to over-dramatize the issue, claiming that President Obama is destroying the country. Actually, it makes no difference what the topic of the day is, Rush and his crew will condemn any bill that is sponsored by Democrats.


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