- 41 — that’s the number of leading economists — including three Nobel Prize winners — who sent a letter to President Obama and Congress yesterday urging the swift passage of comprehensive health insurance reform to curb skyrocketing health care costs. [Source]
- 41 — is also the percentage of adults under the age of 65 who accumulated medical debt, had difficulty paying medical bills, or struggled with both during a recent one year period. [Source]
UPDATE on the mis-information by Cable, Republicans and or FoxNews… Yesterday, it was reported that the Parliamentarian stated that President Obama had to sign for the Senate HCR bill first before it could be reconciled or fixed but … The Senate parliamentarian is telling hill staff that GOP aides misinterpreted his opinion on health care + reconciliation process.
The week may be over but … the talk about reconciliation, HCR and what it will do to Democratic Senators is just heating up on the Hill. Call your Senators and tell them we are not the Clinton voters; We want HCR with a Public Option through Reconciliation.
The President has delayed his trip to Asia in order to see the health care bill through and while the Speaker was quite happy she also decided that she would not put the Public Option on the table first, that they had done this unlike the Senate and when or if they do things could change; well im no journalist but im definitely a pissed off voter. and wonder just what has happened and can this be corrected before the vote happens next weekend. The Black and Latino Caucuses have made an attempt to be heard, Stupak and his group of maybe five want to change how Americans deal with abortions and thank goodness someone saw this and has put a halt to it, and last Democratic Blue Dogs have quietly decided to put their future elections ahead of the American people at this moment.
The vote is out on how this whole HCR will play itself out but im leaving room for Blue Dogs to rear what some in the Party think is an ugly head. It was quite a strange feeling to be let down, very disappointing to hear the Speaker back off the Public Option after Senator Durbin stated he would whip Senate Dems; unfortunately, it would be after the House voted yes to the Senate bill; i totally get how Pelosi and her fellow House Dems don’t trust Senate Dems …
Politics before the People … i get it
All this time those for Health Care Reform in general even without a Public Option through reconciliation assumed that the Senate would be a problem, that Conserva-dems might vote against HCR for all Americans; though 53% who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 knew exactly what we voted for … including health care & insurance reform, DADT, immigration with purpose, full throttle regulations for the banks and any or all big banks or AIG type agencies; now we hear at least for HCR the official vote counter stated the votes aren’t there … unbelievable; is this evidence of what’s to come ?
While i still completely support President Obama and the Democratic Party; voters are beginning to see that any vote is a heavy lift as Speaker Pelosi stated; question is what are the ramifications …
I would say we all need to call the White House …why not Public Option 202 456 1111
Other news …
Washington State legislators will be in session this weekend, they are about 200mil apart on a spending and tax plan
The push for Democrats in both chambers begins on Monday with a possible procedural vote after the congressional budget office scores the bill.
A motion to suspend the rules and pass as amended ..the appointment of Bankruptcy Judge vote was postponed
The Senate is not in Session today, next week the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message on H.R.2847, the legislative vehicle for the HIRE Act (Jobs I). At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the motion to concur in the House amendments to the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill, HR2847, HIRE Act.
and the House schedule is below … and will be updated after the chamber adjourns
| CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF MARCH 12, 2010
111TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION
and what’s on CSPAN.org
Sen. Reid Supports Reconciliation, House Preps For Mark Up
In a letter sent to Sen. Republican Ldr. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Maj. Ldr. Harry Reid (D-NV) said he will use reconciliation to pass part of the health care reform bill. Leaders in the House want to mark up a bill early next week, but are waiting for the CBO cost estimate on their planned revisions.
Reid Letter To McConnell Health Care Bill (H.R. 3590) CBO Revisions AP: Obama Postponing Asia Trip
Overhaul Bill Moves Forward Without Bipartisan agreement
Senate Banking Cmte. Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT) is expected to unveil his legislation for new financial regulations on Monday. Yesterday, Sen. Dodd said the Banking Cmte. will schedule a markup on the bill in Mid-March. Sen. Corker (R-TN) stated on Thursday the health care debate has forced Sen. Dodd to push forward with the legislation and expressed his disappointment with the decision. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) Remarks Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) Press Conference
Senate Filibusters debated at think tank forums
Two Washington, D.C. think tanks examine the Congressional usage of filibusters. An AEI Politics Watch panel analyzed how filibusters have affected modern U.S. Senate procedures and mechanics. Also, the Center for American Progress Action Fund is taking a look at how filibusters have become a tactical tool available to the minority. A filibuster is the term used for an extended debate in the Senate which has the effect of preventing a vote.