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Mixed Messages on Healthcare Reform

Monday, August 24, 2009

Every policy maker seems to have something different to say about health care reform. We talk to Anne Kornblut, White House correspondent for the Washington Post, and Craig Gordon, White House editor for Politico, about why we're getting so many different messages and what they'll mean when Congress returns in September.

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Craig Gordon, and Anne Kornblut
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Comments [6]

tko from Brooklyn

Why is the reconciliation-split tactic more "partisan" or more of an abuse of parliamentary procedure than the filibuster threat we've all taken for granted?

People note that reconciliation requires "only" 51 votes in the Senate--that's the amount required for final passage of policy as well. That's what majority rule means. The filibuster has been invoked more frequently of late, but it's not clear it really pays off for the filibusters...historically famous filibusters have been associated with such dying causes as slavery and Jim Crow.

Aug. 24 2009 12:45 PM
artista from greenpoint

wow, what a nightmare! it is good to know how the wagging heads of the Beltway Village People think (and I suppose that includes the moderator)!
The world is ending! Obama is doomed!
I agree with uos and of course with db.

But it is not so great to hear the TV talk show reproduced here....

Aug. 24 2009 12:40 PM
Mark from Ocean Grove NJ

What about the fact that - from what I just heard recently - this bill does not take effect until 2014??? Shouldn't that be discussed? I feel that the opponents can simply undo it all in the intervening time.

Aug. 24 2009 12:40 PM
Nancy from NYC

What?! Everyone should know that the town-hall screamers were funded by Republican-friendly groups, so their ranting is irrelevant. They're not the voice of the American people! We need real reform now!

Aug. 24 2009 12:39 PM
uos from queens

The media's at fault for the message getting "lost". If they'd call out all the BS in the discussion, we'd all be talking about what actually can be done to make the public healthier instead of the ideological garbage(socialism, forced euthanasia, government takeover, loss of rights <--- all political issues, not healthcare issues)

Aug. 24 2009 12:32 PM
db from nyc

A public option is NOT optional!

REAL healthcare reform NOW!!!

Aug. 24 2009 12:26 PM

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