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WASHINGTON--President Obama on Wednesday called for Democrats to pass health care with the controversial legislative manuever known as reconciliation. That means in the Senate a simple majority, 51 votes would be needed instead of a filibuster-proof 60 votes and the Democrats could move a bill without needing any GOP support.

Patricia Murphy over at PoliticsDaily.com explains how reconciliation tactics could work. Read her report here.

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I'm so tired of Republican B.S. arguments. They misuse polls and the facts to distort the truth. By now, the Republican's should know Americans are sick and tired of hypocritical politicians who make $176,000 a year and get the best govt run health insurance via our tax dollars. Hypocrites!

Polls. What the Republicans are doing is clumping the poll stats together for their own personal agenda. The truth is, many said they did not want this bill not because they do not want reform, but because it did not go far enough. If the Republicans cared for the truth, they would find many polled said no to this bill because it did not have the public option, but the Republicans try to use those stats as if all of America is against Obama health care agenda. Simply not true. I'm tired of out of touch Republicans who should be wearing ties with the insurance company lobbyists name they represent on it.

Party of NO. Repukes new matra is yes we are the party of No when it comes to higher taxes and more spending....once again, distortion of truth. I guess we need to clarify. Republicans you are the party of Yes when it comes to giving tax breaks to the rich, un-regulating wall street to ruin our economy and distorting the truth about WMD to fight a war. But when it comes to middle class and spending our tax dollars on laws that will help middle class families you are indeed the party of NO. After all, middle class can't give Republicans million dollar campaign contributions like your insurance lobbyists gronies can. Hypocrites, liars and full of out of touch B.S. is what the Republicans are.

If you are so against Govt run health care, Mr Republican politician, why not give up the health care our tax dollars pays for to give you and your family the best care in the world. Hypocrites,

People may decide to vote on Obama's health care reform and express their views and doubts on the said reforms. That was freedom all about. March 2nd is Texas Independence Day – alternatively known as International White People Stealing from Mexico Day. (I'm not judging.) The Republic of Texas declared it's independence from Mexico on March 2nd, 1836, and was annexed by the US as a state 10 years later. You don't necessarily need to get payday loans to celebrate, quote unquote Texas style – just get some Shiner Beer (a German Bock style lager) and barbecue – Texan BBQ is famous (rightly so) for slow cooked beef brisket, and relies on correct cooking to seal in flavor instead of sauce.

Thanks Jason for that very excellent observation of the hypocrisy that is so prevalent in our government. My personal opinion is that the media has made this as well as most issues into a football game and most people take sides like you have done. Red vs. Blue if you will. Both sides are working and receiving money from the same people in round about ways. Big business wins either way that things turn out and the middle class pays. The solutions that are proposed by the democrats will create monopolies for the insurance companies and drug companies that remain standing after all is said and done and the solutions that the republicans tout will never be implemented as the last 50 years so effectively reveals. The democrats always win in some form or another and the republicans are always impotent, but the republicans are needed to create the illusion that we have two points of view in this country. It would please me to no end to see all the bums thrown out. At the same time we need to repeal the 17th amendment which would give the states the right to appoint senators to congress instead of having two houses of representatives elected by the people as we now have(by the way the people are so easily controlled by the media). If this were done it would become impossible for big business to buy up all the senators because they would have to buy up the state legislatures as well. As it stands now they just buy all or who ever they need and they get they get what they want. Health care is not this nations biggest problem, it is government run a muck.

Most of America just wants this to be over so we don't have to see Nancy "The Barking Seal" Pelosi's mug everyday. That's enough to spike the sales of Nexium.

Monty, we need term limitation in the worst way. We also need publicly financed campaigns, so that NO special interests can buy our government. We will never see it in our lifetimes. There are too many people drinking the Kool-Aid from our only two political parties. There is too much dishonest money being made from our current political system. How much do you think the media perpetuates this dysfunction? How much do you think our institutions of higher learning help to perpetuate the dysfunction? It is a comedy of tragic proportions. The mice are running to the other side of the sinking ship now. If people want to right government (the ship) they need to throw the Captain and the officers overboard. Vote out all incumbents in every election.

If you had no insurance because you lost your job, had a major illness that took all your funds or simply could not afford to pay for insurance, and you got cancer or some other major illness, we should just let you die right?
After all you're just a small percentage of Americans that should be able to look out for themselves, right

I hope they put the public option back in. I also would like to see insurance companies only insuring the things they’re good at like over the counter meds, preventative care, and outpatient procedures.

Let the public sector handle coverage for “heavy” care like trauma, chronic care, and major surgery. The insurance sector for years has been allowed to cherry pick the healthiest individuals to cover and left those of “high risk” in the hands of the government. That’s why government care costs so much. It’s not like they can’t handle finances. Rather, since the insurance companies have the healthy people, the premiums they pay go to improving the lifestyles of the business owners.

In a single payer system the money generated by premium paying healthy individuals goes to covering those without, and the costs are spread and made easier to carry.

It’s not like doctors work for the government. They just bill the government for your care. An insurance company will fight you over what is covered and not covered. A system created for the public interest will not.

Let the insurance companies profit from preventative care and by encouraging people to live healthier. But they should not take center stage on the health issue. And they must not be allowed to steer the discussion.
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"Let the public sector handle coverage for “heavy” care like trauma, chronic care, and major surgery. The insurance sector for years has been allowed to cherry pick the healthiest individuals to cover and left those of “high risk” in the hands of the government. That’s why government care costs so much. It’s not like they can’t handle finances. Rather, since the insurance companies have the healthy people, the premiums they pay go to improving the lifestyles of the business owners." - I absolutely agree with this statement.

The health care plan will definitely cost too much for the majority of Americans.

-Bob
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Polls. What the Republicans are doing is clumping the poll stats together for their own personal agenda. The truth is, many said they did not want this bill pneumonia symptoms not because they do not want reform, but because it did not go far enough. If the Republicans cared for the truth, they would find many polled said no to this bill because it did not have the public option, but the Republicans try to use those stats as if all of America is against Obama health care agenda. Simply not true. I'm tired of out of touch Republicans who should be wearing ties with the insurance company lobbyists name they represent on it.

Let the public sector handle coverage for “heavy” care like trauma, chronic care, and major surgery. The insurance sector for years has been allowed to cherry pick the healthiest individuals to cover and left those of “high risk”

I don't believe in this reform and will never vote for Obama again! I feel cheated!


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