Daily Archives: March 10, 2010

Where is the health care bill? Is there a health care bill?

So where does the health care reform bill stand at this time?  It’s difficult to understand where it is.

I thought the House was poised to vote on Senate bill (HR3590) which was passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve. See full text here.  I believe the bill consists entirely of amendments.  But while we are waiting to see if they have the votes to do this, there’s another process taking place.  They are writing a Reconciliation bill and may attach the Senate bill to it, so there is never a vote per se on the Senate bill.  Confusing? Yep.

So what is going to be in the Reconciliation Bill?  That’s a good question.  And who is in on the construction of this new bill?  Rahm Emanuel is in on it, for one, the democrats for sure, but are there any republicans in the room?

OR will they do what I thought would happen:  If they could get the votes on the Senate bill with no changes, it would go directly to the president and he would sign it into law.  Bam.  We’d have health care reform.  Then, maybe, a Reconciliation bill would be written to make changes demanded.

Interesting side note is that one idea being talked about is including changes in the way student loans work within the health care reform bill.  They are going to stuff it with God knows what.  What do student loans have to do with health care?  What is meant by the health care reform bill?  Is it the Senate bill, is it the Reconciliation bill, is it the Senate bill attached to the Reconciliation bill?  God knows.  Seems like too much monkey business to me.

I heard that Nancy Pelosi said we need to pass the bill so we can find out what’s in it.  I guess truer words have not been spoken.  Because nobody who votes on it will know exactly what’s in the bill.  Makes you crazy.

Just thought of something funny, imagine attaching over 2000 pages to another some 2000 pages.  This is our government at work.

Take a couple aspirin and read this Politico piece explaining the “dizzying array of options”. 🙂

Obamacare:  Bringing to health care the inefficiency of the post office and the compassion of the IRS.

Posted: 03.10.10


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Protests Against Obamacare being held this week – Update X2 (New Pics and video)

Scroll to the bottom for video and updates from St. Louis yesterday.

While you cannot depend on regular news sources to tell you about what  is happening, there are protests across America in opposition to Obamacare.  Here are just a few examples.
Today, Obama is scheduled to appear in St. Louis, and this event has been closed to the public.  (I am watching him now in Washington, D. C. introducing the president of Haiti, so I supposed he is still going to St. Louis, or not?)   It is later this evening and I guess it doesn’t take long to get there on Air Force One.

There are protests scheduled in St. Louis for today.

“This Is Your Last Best Chance to Show the President You Don’t Want Obamacare—
2 Protests Are Planned……….
–The first protest is at 9:45 AM at the St. Charles Convention Center
–The second protest is at 5:30 at the at the Renaissance Grand hotel in downtown St. Louis.”


Scenes from Monday in Philadelphia on the outside of Arcadia University where Obama was speaking:


Below is a video of a rally which was on Monday, I believe, from North Carolina protesting in front of the office of Kay Hagan, (D) N. C. Senator. This is likely representative of other locations, so all is not as cheery as they want us to believe.

I believe it all hinges on the House vote.  If it doesn’t pass the House I think it’s all over.  If it does pass the House, Obama will sign it and we have health care reform.  It may never get to the Senate for the “reconciliation.”

(Monday in North Carolina)


UPDATE 1: From Michele Malkin:  Large crowd of about 2000 people were at the morning protest in St. Louis., actually St. Charles I believe it is.
See some great pictures Here.

UPDATE 2:  Tea Party welcomes Obama to St. Louis yesterday/last night!!

See “2300 Greet Obama at St. Louis Fundraiser”.


Photos from Dana Loesch (Pronounced Lash – I recently read an article about her. She’s a young mother and one of the original tea partiers or a tea partier before there was a tea party.)

There are lots of young people in this movement. Just check out the pictures.

Huge array of pictures Here.

Posted:  03.10.10  Updated:  Yesterday and 03.11.10 @ 11:45 a.m.

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