Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Posted by Roxxanne Roxxanne
According to the Huffington Post,
Sen. Max Baucus of Montana says a health care overhaul will happen this year even if Republicans back out of bipartisan talks under growing public pressure and that the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy could help hold together a compromise deal.
Baucus is leading a panel of two other Democrats and three Republicans that is being watched closely by everyone from the White House and beyond. Chances of a bipartisan breakthrough appear to be diminishing in the face of an effective public mobilization by opponents during the August congressional recess.
But Baucus says the bipartisan deal is still alive. He said he still speaks frequently with Republican Senators Charles Grassley of Iowa, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Michael Enzi of Wyoming. "I think the chances are still good," Baucus told The Associated Press in an interview Monday. "I talked to them, and they all want to do health care reform. But the sad part is a lot politics have crept in. They are being told by the Republican Party not to participate."
If it falls apart, Democrats will have to turn to the "nuclear option" – forcing through an inferior bill through a process that only requires 51 votes instead of 60, Baucus said.
Baucus' panel has not released a proposal yet but is looking at a package of reforms that makes it easier for people to get insurance, including banning exclusions for pre-existing conditions, and makes it more affordable with tax credits and other benefits.
Baucus has taken heat from the left, which wants more liberal ideas considered, such as a Medicare-like public option for the uninsured, and suffered angry criticism from the right, which opposed any of the ideas amid concerns over the costs. He promised constituents in meetings and in sidewalk encounters Monday that the bill will not increase the deficit, pays for itself over time and is necessary to rein in costs.
Baucus agrees the proposals are hard to explain, especially since most people focus on the more liberal House plans that have been publicly disclosed. Even in his home state, Baucus finds most critics focusing on the House legislation with little understanding of Senate plans.
Baucus said he will know by mid-September if a deal can be worked out. Baucus said a bipartisan panel deal would be far better than any bill that could be pushed through by Democrats in the reconciliation process, a parliamentary move that restricts the expansiveness of legislation. "All three Republicans really want to do it, and know it's the right think to do," Baucus said.
The Democrat said lawmakers will be thinking about the issue differently in the wake of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy's funeral. "I think the death of Ted Kennedy is a factor here. How much? I don't know," Baucus said. "It causes everyone to pause and to think that maybe we should find a solution after all."

*mimicking* Rihanna…How about a round of applause…standing on ovation…I mean every time I turn on the (Fox) news, someone is either: a) JOSEIN’ (Editor’s note: Here at The Chick Fix, J.O.S.E.IN’ (Jealous Ones Still Envy—Fat Joe ©) is our term for hating…get familiar!) on Obama’s healthcare plan;
b) talking greasy about his approval rating slipping (every President’s approval rating has slipped); or
c) commenting about Obama not keeping his promise since he got in office.
It’s like PHUCKOUTTAHERE WITH ALL THAT JAZZ! The man has only been in office for 8 SHORT months and many people expect him to part the Red Sea!
Bush raped America like a two-bit whore for 8 straight years…It’s going to take more than 8 months (heck more than 4 years) for Obama to restore America back to its glory…So cut the man some slack!
And as far as people JOSEIN’ on Obama’s healthcare plan…Jay-Z said it best, “but one of us cats ain't playing right, I let you tell it.”
Food For Thought: The main opponents of Obama’s healthcare plan are members of Congress who are being paid LARGE amounts of money by lobbyist working for insurance companies to oppose the plan.
These members not only have an OBVIOUS ulterior motive, BUT they also got that GOOD GOB’MENT (yes I said gob’ment) INSURANCE.
The average American (like myself) does not have that GOOD GOB'MENT INSURANCE and we need this healthcare plan passed MORE than Superhead needs to go visit the clinic…MARINATE ON DAT!!!

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