Nice cadillac (plan) you have there….I have a deal for you
The White House has reached a deal with health care negotiators (READ: Democrat negotiators) and labor unions (READ: Democrat base) on taxing the so-called high-level “Cadillac” plans that workers with high-risk jobs often purchase. The excise tax on high-cost insurance plans has been one of the biggest sticking points in the negotiations, as President Obama has favored the Senate plan, which calls for the tax, while House Democrats have preferred raising taxes on high-income earners. Read More....
9:00AM Wednesday December 23rd
WASHINGTON – Exultant Senate Democrats prepared to deliver a Christmas Eve win to President Barack Obama with passage of landmark health care legislation that would extend coverage to 30 million Americans.
From The Detroit News
GOP offers cheaper approach to health reform
November 6, 2009
Republicans are offering an alternative health reform plan that should at least be debated before Congress rushes to turn the nation's health care system inside out.
But that likely won't happen. The House is poised to vote today or tomorrow on a health care package that, despite fierce objections from moderates and conservatives who fear it will result in higher taxes, bigger deficits and lesser coverage for most Americans, still contains most of the egregious elements of the initial proposal.
Republicans recognize that they have to do more than say "no" to the Democratic ideas. So they've put together a bill, with the help of Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, containing less costly and disruptive reforms.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a coup for House Democrats, AARP will endorse sweeping health care overhaul legislation headed for a history-making floor vote, officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
An endorsement from the seniors' lobby was critical when then-President George W. Bush pushed the Medicare prescription drug benefit through a closely divided Congress in 2003. House Democratic leaders are hoping it will work the same political magic for them as they strive to deliver on President Barack Obama's signature issue.
An announcement from the 40-million member group is expected Thursday, said officials with knowledge of the group's decision. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the endorsement is not official yet. Read More.....
WASHINGTON (AP) — "The health care overhaul bill produced by House Democrats would impose an array of new taxes, fees and government mandates on major players in the health industry, including insurers, doctors and drugs and medical devices makers." Read More....
Washington, Oct 29 - WASHINGTON, D.C. "House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Democrats unveiled their 1,990-page trillion-dollar government takeover of health care bill: The American people have spoken. Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats have ignored them. Through the month of August, the American people let Members of Congress from both parties know that they didnt want a government takeover of health care.
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House Republican Leader John Boehner Speaks Out
In an appearance on Fox's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) outlined the impact of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) 1,990-page government takeover of health care that costs Americans at least $1.1 trillion. Boehner noted that Speaker Pelosis health care bill will raise the cost of health insurance for most American families, kill jobs with new tax increases and new mandates, and cut seniors Medicare benefits. Boehner also highlighted the better solutions House Republicans are offering to lower health care costs for seniors, working families, and small businesses.