CNN reports that House Dems have the necessary 216 votes to pass the bill. Barely. Keep the pressure on. There’s a good chance an “unfaithful elector” might be hiding out in the Dem ranks, expected to vote Yes, who goes ahead and votes No to Nancy’s everlasting consternation. obama’s approval numbers are up a bit today. My guess is that people are willing to give the guy credit for standing and fighting rather than running off on another Presidential junket. There will be a siphon effect however if this bill does, in fact, pass. Expect his number to break the -21 point next week.
Kat brought up several good questions and points about the bill this morning. Most importantly, that people really have no idea what the hell it all means. Will those of us who have insurance be forced to pay an excise tax? Will the insurance companies REALLY be prevented from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions?
I don’t trust this Congress or this president as far as I can kick them. So leaving the Stupak Abomination out of the equation entirely, I still whole heartedly want this bill to die.
What are you worried about with this legislation? What do you think it does right, if anything? That’s an important question because if, please goddess, this piece of crap legislation DOES die today, we still need to reform the health care/insurance mess in this country. There are millions of hard working, upstanding American citizens who are a credit to their communities and either cannot afford or have zero access to health insurance. If the bill dies we can’t just declare victory, brush the problems under the carpet, and move on. We need to know what a good reform bill would look like? What are the top 5 priorities for reform? If we know that then we can make good choices in November about whom to vote for without being vulnerable to the panic-mongering from the Right and the straight-out lying from the Left.
What’s on your mind about health care? This bill as well as what might come after it if it fails?
We’ll be live blogging the actual voting later on today, but in the meantime, let’s discuss. And for those of you watching the debates on TV, please post updates and/or links.