Bipartisan Summitry

Friday, February 26, 2010

Jackie Calmes, New York Times national correspondent, reports on Thursday's bipartisan White House summit and the prospects for health care reform.


Jackie Calmes

Comments [11]

hjs from 11211

mc Rlewis
"What is up with this comments page?"
i feel your pain!!

Feb. 26 2010 11:00 AM
RLewis from bowery

Buying across state lines is only in the bill for the Pooling option, not overal ins., and it can be done in such a way that it does not create a lowest common denominator state where all ins companies migrate.

I have yet to hear anyone say tort reform is already in the bill, but if it is, why not get a repub' vote or 2 from it?

At least, we can all agree that the Comments section SUCKS!

Feb. 26 2010 10:37 AM
mc from Brooklyn

I am completely on board with reconciliation now. It took me a while to get there. The process has played out, it's time to do it. The bill is not perfect and does not solve all of the problems (far from it), but the status quo is not an option.

By the way RLewis, tort reform is in the bill now. So is the ability to buy policies across state lines. It protects the consumers from the lowest common denominator when buying across those state lines.

What is up with this comments page? It is hard to submit.

Feb. 26 2010 10:31 AM
hjs from 11211

if the DEMS do reconciliation then they should go for the whole enchilada!
medicare for all!

I don't want my boss buying some cheap alabama health insurance

Feb. 26 2010 10:31 AM
JMD from New York City

Absolutely, go forward with Reconciliation as the Pres. has "pulled the plug" on the pool to expose the Republicans for what they are and have been: jingoistic patriots who merely "talk the talk", with no real moral compass to "walk the walk". I never thought I would long for LBJ's oratory skills in calling for Medicare and Civil Rights Legislation!!
Residual anger for Vietnam, rage over Irag and shame for bring the only (wealthy)industrialized country without Universal Health Care! In short, elections matter!!!

Feb. 26 2010 10:20 AM
sophia from Yonkers

Is reconciliation a legal issue or just a Senate procedural issue?

Feb. 26 2010 10:17 AM
RLewis from bowery

Why can't they add tort reform and competition across state lines, and then dare the Rethug's to vote against it?

Feb. 26 2010 10:16 AM
Jonathan from NYC

If anything, yesterday showed that these people should be the last we want with a hand in determining anything having to do with health care. They aren't concerned with public policy as much as they're concerned with two, four, and six year election cycles, and the requisite fund raising.

Feb. 26 2010 10:14 AM
Yosif from NYC

If Bush could give tax cuts to the rich through reconciliation, then Obama can expand medicare to the people and save us from the health care companies. This will get people to retire early and spur job growth, and put more money in employers hands. It's a win-win! Someone needs to tell Obama to act more like Bush.

Feb. 26 2010 10:12 AM
Don M from Brooklyn

The dems don't need reconciliation to pass the health care bill. They do need the House to pass the Senate's version. They need reconciliation to tweek the bill to the House's liking after it's been passed

Feb. 26 2010 10:10 AM

I can't believe how much press the Republicans are getting saying that they knew what they were talking about and that they had legitimate concerns about the health bill. The irony is that Obama and the Democrats are defending an essentially Republican health bill. It's better than nothing, I guess. But the way Republicans use these misleading talking points about how big the bill is, as if any bill they ever passed wasn't that big, or about reconciliation, which they used all the time. Or about being excluded from conferences when they virtually ignored and hammered the Democrats when they were in office. If Obama was a Republican and proposed this same bill, they would pass it in a heartbeat.

Feb. 26 2010 10:07 AM

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