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The Supreme’s will get the Healthcare Mandate Case this Spring……

They figure a decision could come out in June…..

I’m gonna say……

That under no circumstances will the court make a decision that the WHOLE Law is no good…..

Will be the Administration’s guess…

It’s a risk….

But a good call for Obama will be a shot in the arm politically for the President…

A call against the mandate would give the President some time to absorb the blow…..

Supreme Court Could Hear Health Care During Election

Bloomberg reports that the Department of Justice has announced that it will “forgo further review at the federal appeals court” that ruled the health care reform law unconstitutional, instead seeking an appeal before the Supreme Court.

“A Supreme Court ruling striking down parts of the law would transform the campaign, forcing the candidates to refashion their messages… A decision would probably come in late June, at the end of the court’s nine-month term.”

James Hohmann: “It is a contrast both sides will welcome. A decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of an individual mandate before the fall campaign would undercut a central conservative criticism of the landmark legislation and give Obama freedom to tout his law’s benefits without the cloud of an impending legal challenge. If the court ruled the mandate unconstitutional, it would unravel Obama’s signature domestic achievement and remind voters of the White House’s overreach in the first two years.”

Alaska Republican Senator Murkowski asks the GOP….When are we going something about JOBS?…

File photo (Getty Images)

If Mitch McConnell and crew thought Lisa Murkowski was gonna tow the GOP line after being thrown under the bus in favor of the  Tea Parties Joe Miller…..

They were sadly mistaken….


Let bygone’s be bygones…

Ok…

But women don’t forget when you stand them up….


Murkowski’s right of course..

Why all the bullshit with Healthcare when you know it’s here to stay..

And …

Most of the public likes the Healthcare law  benefits in one form or another…


Well guys…

Like the lady says…

What about Jobs?

Critical of GOP on jobs, Murkowski a thorn in McConnell’s side


Sen. Lisa Murkowski says Republicans have spent too much time in a healthcare repeal “messaging” battle rather than on unemployment.…

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) has leveled a stinging criticism at fellow Republicans by charging they are not focusing enough on job creation. 

In Washington, where “jobs” has become the principal buzzword in partisan political arguments, Murkowski’s charge hurled back at her own side really stings.

Murkowski said GOP leaders have been spending too much time and effort on a “messaging” battle with Democrats over repealing healthcare reform when the issue most voters care about is high unemployment. 

“I don’t believe that there are votes sufficient in the Senate to repeal healthcare reform,” Murkowski said Thursday in an interview with an Alaskan television station. “We’re in this situation where there is some messaging going on.

The ‘Lame Duck’ 111th Congress was busy…..

No Congress Since 1960s Makes Most Laws for U.S. as 111th

The Capitol building stands in Washington, D.C.

(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

While the US Congress took almost all of it’s last year wrestling with Healthcare…

The last few days have been feverish……

The list of accomplishments have been surprisingly good…

Here’s the few I can remember….

Feel free to add more to my list which I will update…..


The Stimulus….

The Wall Street Economic Reform Bill…

The Healthcare Bill

The Obama Tax Deal …..

Don’t Ask…Don’t Tell Repeal….

The Defense Budget….

The 9/11 Healthcare Bill…

The START Treaty ratification…

Two Supreme Court Justices ……

The Food Inspection Bill….

The College Education Bill……

The Pay Equity Bill…

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However history judges the 535 men and women in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate the past two years, one thing is certain: The 111th Congress made more law affecting more Americans since the “Great Society” legislation of the 1960s.

For the first time since President Theodore Roosevelt began the quest for a national health-care system more than 100 years ago, the Democrat-led House and Senate took the biggest step toward achieving that goal by giving 32 million Americans access to insurance. Congress rewrote the rules for Wall Street in the most comprehensive way since the Great Depression. It spent more than $1.67 trillion to revive an economy on the verge of a depression, including tax cuts for most Americans, jobs for more than 3 million, construction of roads and bridges and investment in alternative energy; ended an almost two-decade ban against openly gay men and women serving in the military, and today ratified a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia.

Before adjournment today, Congress approved legislation to help rescuers and clean-up crews suffering from illnesses linked to the wreckage caused by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City. The Senate approved it on a voice vote, the House by a vote of 206-60. New York Senators Charles Schumer andKirsten Gillibrand, in a statement, called it a “Christmas miracle.”

For all of its ambitious achievement, the 111th Congress, which may adjourn this week, also witnessed a voter-backlash driven by a 9.6 percent unemployment rate that cost Democrats control of the House and diminished their Senate majority.

“This is probably the most productive session of Congress since at least the ‘60s,” said Alan Brinkley, a historian at New York’s Columbia University. “It’s all the more impressive given how polarized the Congress has been.”

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Thank You Bill Clinton for gettting the ball rolling on Healthcare and Don’t Ask…..

In a piece in the Washington Post we are reminded that President Clinton started out on changing both and got ran over…….(Hillary did actually Healthcare)…..

Truly momentous legislation that changes policy takes a long time…..

To get things done requires heavy lifting and persistence….

President Obama has done both more a decade later because American’s have also changed….

And despite fear, politics and egos….

This is all good for America…..

At a highly unusual news conference more than two weeks ago, President Obama introduced former President Clinton, then left the briefing room to go to a Christmas party whileClinton touted a tax agreement the White House was pushing.

But for most of the last two years, the opposite has happened: Obama has campaigned to enact goals Clinton failed to achieve.

On Wednesday morning, Obama will signed into law a repeal of the ban on people who are openly gay from serving in the military – a ban that Clinton tried to get rid of in the early 1990’s before settling on “don’t ask, don’ tell'” as a compromise.

In the afternoon, the Senate is likely to give final approval to a major nuclear weapons treaty with Russia that the Clinton administration unsuccessfully pursued more than 10 years ago.

And most famously, Obama earlier this year signed a massive health care expansion that had eluded his Democratic predecessor.

These policies and priorities are of course not unique to either man; most Democratic presidents would likely have pushed them. And their successful passage during Obama’s second year in office has as much to do with timing as either president’s legislative skill.

Support for gay rights, for example, has increased dramatically since Clinton tried to change the military’s policy on gays almost two decades ago. Many of the people who helped push Obama’s health-care law through Congress, such as then-chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, personally participated in and learned from the 1993-94 experience.

The former president does not sound envious when he talks about his successor’s achievements. Tensions from the 2008 campaign have cooled, as the two have praised each other publicly and Obama has sought the advice of both Clinton and his wife, the highly regarded Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“I was in the Oval Office talking to the president about a number of things,” Bill Clinton said in an interview last week on Larry King Live, recalling his meeting with Obama earlier this month…..

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House GOP acknowledges it can’t stop the Healthcare Bill…They will work to defund it….

Finally acknowledging what every person that understands how the US Government works….

The Republicans will NOT be able to cancel the Healthcare Bill….

They have the Democratic Majority Senate and President’s veto firmly in their way….

But the US House introduces all financial legislation……

So the GOP is looking to De-Fund any government ability to enforce certain parts of the bill….

They can’t change the Bill without the Senate ok…but they can withhold funding

The House has this ability…..

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By attaching the restrictions to appropriations bills, House Republicans can force negotiations with the Senate. The Hyde amendment, restricting the use of federal money to pay for abortion, began as such a rider more than 30 years ago.

House Republicans said their efforts were inspired, in part, by the words of Senator Robert C. Byrd, the West Virginia Democrat who died this year. Mr. Byrd described the power of the purse as “one of the most effective bulwarks ever constructed” to shackle the hands of an overreaching executive.

Even if judges uphold the constitutionality of the law, federal officials will still need money to administer and enforce it. And that is where House Republicans see an opportunity to assert their influence, with a real possibility of a stalemate.

The White House has provided money to states to help them get ready — to scrutinize increases in insurance premiums and to set up regulated markets known as insurance exchanges. In addition, the law provided $1 billion for “federal administrative expenses.” But that is far less than will be required.

The Congressional Budget Office says the Internal Revenue Service will need $5 billion to $10 billion over 10 years to determine who is eligible for tax credits and other subsidies intended to make insurance affordable. The Department of Health and Human Services will need at least that much to carry out changes in MedicaidMedicare and the private insurance market, the budget office said.

The law provided $11 billion for community health centers to serve 20 million more low-income people, including many expected to gain coverage under the law. Many Republicans, including President George W. Bush, have supported such clinics.

But Daniel R. Hawkins Jr., senior vice president of the National Association of Community Health Centers, said, “It’s unclear how we will fare in the new climate.”

The House Republicans’ campaign manifesto proposed “strict budget caps” that would cut spending for most domestic programs subject to annual appropriations.

The conflict over health care may be the biggest obstacle to cooperation between Mr. Obama and Republicans in Congress.

“House Republicans cannot enact legislation the president won’t sign,” said R. Scott Lilly, a former Democratic staff director of the House Appropriations Committee. “But the president cannot force them to appropriate money they don’t want to appropriate.”

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We’ll see how the GOP does with this policy in the media….

What’s This???…..Poll: Many voters think healthcare reform didn’t go far enough?

FAR ENOUGH???

Oh no!

They must have spoken to the wrong people….

Surely there is a mistake there in the  AP/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Stanford University poll….

We’ve been led to believe that the Healthcare Bill isn’t popular AT ALL…

It a plot to bring SOCIALISM TO AMERICA!


I know the poll is correct….

Ever since the bill was passed polling has revealed that the majority of American’s see the bill as a

GOOD THING….

May not be perfect…

And will be adjusted in parts for sure…

But when everything is said and done…

President Obama and the Democrats will get props for doing the right thing for

ALL of us  American’s…

That IS change for the better….

Sure nuff!


Voters who say the new health reform law was too conservative outnumber by 2 to 1 those supporting repeal, according to a poll released Saturday.

About 40 percent of respondents said the law was too timid in overhauling the nation’s healthcare system, while 20 percent said they’d like to see it scrapped,according to the survey, commissioned by The Associated Press (AP).

Republicans, who voted unanimously against the health reforms, have molded their campaign message around the idea that opposition to the law comes overwhelmingly from voters who consider it an intrusion on time-honored liberties.

“When you said you didn’t want a government takeover of health care, we heard you,” Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Saturday during the Republican’sweekly radio address.

But the poll suggests dissatisfaction with the new law is much more nuanced than that, with more voters indicating frustration that the Democrats didn’t go further…..

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For Many, Health Care Relief Begins Today…..

Steve Hebert for The New York Times

Mary Thompson with her daughter Emily, 11, who had not been covered by her parents’ insurance because of pre-existing conditions.

Amen….

Sometimes lost in the partisan clamor about the new health care law is the profound relief it is expected to bring to hundreds of thousands of Americans who have been stricken first by disease and then by a Darwinian insurance system.

On Thursday, the six-month anniversary of the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a number of its most central consumer protections take effect, just in time for the midterm elections.

Starting now, insurance companies will no longer be permitted to exclude children because of pre-existing health conditions, which the White House said could enable 72,000 uninsured to gain coverage. Insurers also will be prohibited from imposing lifetime limits on benefits.

The law will now forbid insurers to drop sick and costly customers after discovering technical mistakes on applications. It requires that they offer coverage to children under 26 on their parents’ policies.

It establishes a menu of preventive procedures, like colonoscopiesmammograms and immunizations, that must be covered without co-payments. And it allows consumers who join a new plan to keep their own doctors and to appeal insurance company reimbursement decisions to a third party.

The arrival of the long-awaited changes propelled President Obama, whose Democrats have struggled to exploit their signature achievement, into the backyard of Paul and Frances Brayshaw of Falls Church, Va., to explain his decision to pursue health care.

“The amount of vulnerability that was out there was horrendous,” Mr. Obama on Wednesday told a gathering of people chosen to illustrate the law’s new provisions. He said he concluded that “we’ve just got to give people some basic peace of mind.”

Mr. Obama also responded to Republican Congressional leaders who have campaigned on a threat to repeal the act. “I want them to look you in the eye,” he told his audience, and explain their opposition to a law that is projected to cover 32 million uninsured and reduce the deficit by $143 billion over 10 years.

The Republican strategy “makes sense in terms of politics and polls,” Mr. Obama said, an acknowledgment that the electorate is divided and that many swing districts are hostile. “It just doesn’t make sense in terms of actually making people’s lives better.”

House Republicans continued to question Mr. Obama’s assertions, which he repeated Wednesday, that the law will lower premiums, pointing to double-digit increases recently announced by many insurers. A blog posting on the Web site of the minority leader, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, predicted the law would “raise health care costs, explode the federal deficit and create a byzantine bureaucracy.”

Democrats talk about the Healthcare Bill today with the media….

Bill Clinton and  DNC Chair Tim Kaine talk up the bill on ‘Meet the Press’ and ‘State of the Nation’….

Bill Clinton: ‘I Was Wrong’ That Health Care Law Would Become Popular Quickly
Appearing on
Meet The Press, former President Bill Clinton said he was wrong to have predicted that the health care reform law would be immediately popular after being signed into law: “Well, I was wrong about that for two reasons. First of all, the benefits of the bill are spread out over three or four years. It takes a long time to implement it. And secondly, there was–there’s been an enormous and highly effective attack on it. But I think it’s important. Let’s–forget about the politics. Let’s talk about the facts here. The real reason that the interest groups want to repeal, not fix health care, is that they like the way it’s going now. They’re dumping people every year and making the government pick them up.

Kaine: Dems ‘Proud Of The Accomplishment’ Of Health Care Legislation
Appearing on
State of the Union, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine said that the new health care law would be politically beneficial to the party. “I travel all over the country. I guess I’ve been in about 42 states, and most Democrats that I see on the trail are very proud of the accomplishment and they’re talking about it,” said Kaine. In response to Democrats who have touted their votes against the bill,

Healthcare gets more support from the public in latest poll…..

The support for the poll is now just under 50%…..

The feelings against the new bill bill have fallen by about 3 or 4%…….

Seems like the President fought a good fight…

And is selling the issue successfully……

At this rate the bill will not be an issue for the GOP to use against Democrats in the fall elections….

Daniel isn’t going to be happy on this movement by the public….

Since President Obama signed the law, Democrats and Republicans vying for advantage in the fall elections have been fighting to shape how the public perceives the historic legislation. The administration has been spotlightingpotentially crowd-pleasing elements as they are phased in, including a provision that will allow many parents to keep young adult children on their insurance policies until age 26, and another provision that is helping some Medicare beneficiaries narrow a gap in their prescription drug coverage.

“Overall, roughly a third of voters say that a candidate who voted for the health reform law will be more likely to get their vote, a third say less likely, and a third say it doesn’t really matter,” said the foundation, which studies and distributes information about health-care policy.

When voters were pressed to choose the issue most important to them, “economic concerns came out on top, with 29 percent naming either the economy or unemployment,” the foundation said. Thirteen percent mentioned dissatisfaction with government, 12 percent mentioned health care, and 9 percent each pointed to the Gulf Coast oil spill and the budget deficit, the survey found.

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The GOP is afraid that Democrats WILL pass a bill without them….

This from The Hill.…….

Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona on Sunday threw more cold water on the chances that his party would cooperate with a Feb. 25 healthcare reform summit at the White House, protesting that Democrats already seem poised to force a bill through Congress.

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Kyl echoed a claim that congressional Republicans have made for the past week, that President Barack Obama and House and Senate Democrats intend the summit as a public display and not a genuine dialogue. He quoted a recent Wall Street Journal article that asserted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has “set the stage” for using reconciliation to pass the bill. That controversial legislative tactic could allow the bill to pass the Senate with 51 votes instead of 60 as usually required to break a filibuster.

This from Politico.….

As the harshest critic of the White House health care summit, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Saturday released the second statement in two days sniffing at the attempt at fostering some bipartisanship on health care reform.

Boehner seems to be setting expectations — that the summit will be nothing more than a White House-scripted production masking a pre-determined outcome.

Boehner, however, does not suggest that either he or other Republicans plan to skip the event.

The Dog has been sniffing around and has come to the conclusion that several things are going on behind closed door…….First…..President Obama stung by criticism and tired of being portrayed as being soft has decided to finally ‘man-up’…he has made it be known that he us the Presidency’s ‘Executive Power’ to move ahead of some issues and from the signals being given by the Republican’s …….there will probably be a Healthcare Bill passed afterall based on the Senate’s version.…..

Once the Healthcare Bill is out of the way…..things will calm down and Obama will have to get out in the hustling to help the democrats in Congress patch up things and blunt the ‘Scott Brown’ effect…..

It has taken long enough…..

By the way….The GOP has its own problems between moderates and conservatives…..


Healthcare Bill update……..What's going on Here?

Are the Democrats trying to still get this done without the Republicans?……Do they have a few secret  GOP senator’s on board?

Are they setting this thing up as a blame game?

What’s going on here?


This from The Hill…..

White House hints Dems’ talks could be done before summit

House and Senate Democrats could complete negotiations on a final healthcare reform package before they sit down with Republicans for a bipartisan summit that will be hosted by President Barack Obama.

The White House formally invited congressional leaders to the summit, planned for Feb. 25, on Friday. Near the bottom the letter lawmakers received from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is this nugget:

Since this meeting will be most productive if information is widely available before the meeting, we will post online the text of a proposed health insurance reform package. This legislation would put a stop to insurance company abuses, extend coverage to millions of Americans, get control of skyrocketing premiums and out-of-pocket costs, and reduce the deficit.It is the President’s hope that the Republican congressional leadership will also put forward their own comprehensive bill to achieve those goals and make it available online as well. [Emphasis added]

Asked whether this indicated that Obama wants Democratic congressional leaders to wrap up their discussions about a House-Senate compromise package before the meeting, a White House official wrote: “We’ll have more details on this moving forward. Folks are continuing to work to bridge the differences in the House and [Senate] bills and we’ll have online a detailed and comprehensive proposal.”

If that comprehensive proposal amounts to a final healthcare bill, Congressional GOP leaders will howl. Earlier on Friday, the top three House Republicans wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)demanding their negotiations cease until after the summit.

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The State's jump into Healthcare…….To Try and stop any Bill…..

President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats may be stymied in their drive for health care reform. But state lawmakers in at least three dozen states are pushing ahead with a series of measures aimed at pre-empting whatever might come out of Washington.

On the left, Democrats in the California Senate recently approved a measure to establish a state-run, single-payer health care system favored by liberals on Capitol Hill.

And on the right, conservatives in Virginia and other states are pushing legislation to stave off federal efforts to mandate that individuals secure insurance coverage or require businesses to provide it.

“Duly noted,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who has had issues with the health care bill now in Congress. “They would be better off actually spending time on real problems, like transportation.”

And Connolly’s skepticism is not uncommon in Washington, where Congress has its own issues to resolve and the president just announced another bipartisan summit to find common ground in an increasingly partisan fight.

The problem here is some states want to actually try to prohibit the Federal Government from setting any kind of Healthcare program on them…..The Democrats leaving this issue to fester is not good……

Obama’s new tactic of trying to involve the Republican’s in a summit appears to the Dog to be grandstanding and setting up the argument to play against the Republicans inaction if the Healthcare Bill is scraped…..