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Reality March 31, 2010

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There are people out there who do not like this. Let them pursue legislative and legal means if they disagree.

Votes, not violence!

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Happy Birthday Speaker Pelosi!


Free health care for everyone! March 31, 2010

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Today, it was announced in America that free universal health care would be available for everyone.

Oh-there was that bill that was passed recently. Ok, well it isn’t free, and it’s not for everyone, but it is a beginning.

Right, It is April Fools’ Day.

At least, in America, we have taken a step towards joining with the rest of the civilized world. It’s different than last year.

Happy April Fools Day. Today does that mean that everything in the Onion is true?

Seattle 5th Grader at the President’s Side March 24, 2010

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A Seattle 5th grader, age 11, was turned into a young lobbyist by his mother’s death. He was at the President’s side when the health care bill was signed on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010. Marcelas Owens turned the death of his mom Tifanny four years ago into a cause.

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Health Care Reform: The Hangover Begins March 22, 2010

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Well, that party was short lived! I feel like I drank too much last night and when I woke up, I had health care, but was married to a lobbyist or State Attorney General I met in Vegas.

Well, it hasn’t even been 24 hours, and we have 12 13 states joining in a lawsuit!

Let me begin again-I sound like someone I know who can’t celebrate for a minute before he wants to climb the next mountain.

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Yeeeeeeeees! Yiiippppppeeeee!

We did it-it was messy, took too long and the bill is like a spy in some sort of disguise , but the deed is done. 219 votes is bigger than 216.

Remember, what do they call the guy who graduates last in his medical  school class-Doctor! It’s a bill and will be signed tomorrow.

Next point According to the AP:

  • NEW YORK (AP) — Drug and hospital companies led stocks higher Monday after House lawmakers ended months of uncertainty and approved the health care overhaul bill.

So here’s how we stand, the currently insured plus 32 million more people (who is going to tell them?) have health insurance when the bill goes into effect. Plus your 401(k) had a few more pennies in it today.  We’ll need them, but let’s keep celebrating for a few more minutes.

What’s in it for me?  (WIFM) The Huffington Post has a list, but I went directly to the White House:

This year, thousands of uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions will have the opportunity to purchase quality, affordable health insurance.

  • Beginning in 2010, small business owners will no longer be forced to choose between offering health care and hiring new employees because they’ll be offered tax credits of up to 35 percent of premiums to help insure their employees.
  • Medicare beneficiaries will no longer wonder how they’ll afford their prescription drug bills because they’ll be given a rebate of $250 if they hit the prescription drug donut hole in 2010.
  • And early retirees will be provided help through the creation of a temporary re-insurance program to help offset the costs of expensive premiums.
  • This year, you will now have the security of knowing that insurers cannot deny coverage to your child because of a pre-existing condition.
  • You won’t have to live every day in fear of having your insurance taken away from you if you get sick.
  • And for new plans, there won’t be lifetime or restrictive annual limits on the amount of care you receive from your insurance companies.

Here’s three benefits touted by NPR:

Changes that would occur this year include:

– Dependent children could remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26. ([can you say unemployed college graduate?]

– Senior citizens would get more help paying for drugs in Medicare. [donut hole]

– People with health problems that left them uninsurable could qualify for coverage through a federal program.

Let’s hope these immediate benefits, or “early deliverables” get a chance to be implemented before the nation’s Attorneys General take them away.

Rep. John Dingell bats cleanup on C-SPAN March 21, 2010

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John Dingell’s father gaveled in the Medicare bill in 1965. Rep. Dingell (D-MI) arrived to the press conference tonight on crutches. He had his place in history by calling for the recorded vote this evening.

“Now, when Americans go to bed, they don’t have to worry about will they have health insurance, when they wake up…”.

Just prior to Rep. Dingell, the number 3 Democrat in the House, Rep. James Clyburn called this bill, “The civil rights act of the 21st century”.

This concludes this extraordinary day, brought to you by the House of Representatives, the President and the American people.

Random comments from the House floor [earlier] March 21, 2010

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“I am a physician and I’ve never operated on a Democratic or a Republican cancer in my life.” Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN)

Rep. Cantor (R-VA) “We feel this government must stop spending money it doesn’t have”. “We want to doctors to continue to provide the best health care in the world.” What he left out: [ only to rich people]

“Health Care is a very personal issue”

What he left out: [except if you are poor or need to terminate an unwanted pregnancy”.]

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) “Today I will vote to extend health care to those with pre-existing conditions”.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, (D-CT) “This will be the most historic vote we ever take. Remember that Social Security and Medicare were also considered “socialist” undertakings.”

Sartorial comments March 21, 2010

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Saw Rep Alan Grayson (D-FL) this afternoon at the mike. He was wearing a tie with red and white stripes-very flaggy looking. The R’s are all wearing the same button-but I can’t tell what it is. Doesn’t appear to be a flag pin-maybe it says “Just Say No” and we should thank them for recycling pins from the Reagan administration.

Women are wearing skirted suits today, some in royal blue (fab color for TV, I have been told). The Speaker wore a pale lavender jacket and a chunky necklace.

The President of the United States (POTUS) March 21, 2010

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(As close to actual quotes as I can type)

This bill will give you more control. It reins in the worst excesses by the insurance companies. You will be able to purchase quality medical care and the security that goes with it. This isn’t radical reform, but it is major reform.

This is what change looks like.

Tonight we answered the call of history. We did not fear our future-we shaped it.

220 House votes to pass Reconciliation Bill March 21, 2010

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This bill now goes to the Senate for their approval.

We did it! House votes to pass Senate bill March 21, 2010

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219 219 219 219 219

This bill goes to the President for his signature now.

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