Senate Dems hang together to move health bill forward, GOP’s Coburn and Dems Whitehouse under fire for their statements on the Senate floor, Senate Dems warn House Dems not to tinker with their bill.
Archives for December 2009
Health care expert Grace-Marie Turner explains why every conceivable demographic will be worse off if the Senate health care bill becomes law. From seniors to the young, and employees to employers and doctors, everyone will deal with higher costs, government intrusion and a lower quality of care.
National Right to Life Committee Legislative Director Douglas Johnson says the Senate health bill actually got worse for the unborn as a result of the new language added at the last minute – and agreed to by the supposedly pro-life Sen. Ben Nelson. He also explains what to look for in the House-Senate Conference and how this bill and its abortion provisions can still be derailed.
Pro-life leaders in Nebraska and around the country are furious that Sen. Ben Nelson would sell his vote and his ardent support for the unborn in exchange for $500 million in political favors. Nebraska Right to Life Executive Director Julie Schmit-Albin says Nelson ‘threw unborn babies under the bus’. She also describes the frustrating call she had with Sen. Nelson the night before he announced his support for the Democratic health bill.
Senate Democrats and Republicans tangle over content and tactics as health debate continues, GOP outrage over Democratic treatment of Lieberman, President Obama demands the world unite to stop climate change.
Louisiana Sen. David Vitter discusses the marathon health debate in the U.S. Senate, how hardly any members have seen the bill and the accusations being exchanged between parties. We also get his reaction to remarks from President Obama and Hillary Clinton at the Copenhagen climate conference.
Arizona Rep. John Shadegg says even without the public option, the Senate health care bill is still a ‘massive government takeover’ that will crush the private health insurance industry. He explains how and says President Obama is desperate to pass anything. He also rips Harry Reid for not making the bill public and for trying to buy and bully votes.
In their latest Christmas parody, The Capitol Steps examine the push for Americans to buy more fuel-efficient cars in their song “Little Hummer Boy”.
John Gizzi of Human Events says the Democratic efforts to pass a health plan in the U.S. Senate will fail – before Christmas and after the New Year. He also calls the Copenhagen climate change conference a failure, sees a growing trend of Democrats who will retire rather than face the voters again and offers a report on the White House Christmas party.
Missouri Sen. Kit Bond says President Obama is engaging in the ‘worst kind of Chicago politics’ by threatening to close Air Force base in Nebraska to win the final Democratic vote for health care. He also says Harry Reid is trying to ram through a bill that no Republican has even seen. He also says the real vote is on cloture, and anyone who votes for cloture ‘owns it’ even if they vote against it on final passage.