Matthew Holt

The Vote is 6pm EST

By MATTHEW HOLT

Just a quick note that the vote on the Health care reform bill is at 6pm EST tonight. It looks like the Stupak 6 (the anti-abortion Dems) have been persuaded that a Yes vote will be OK because Obama will issue an executive order later confirming the Hyde amendment which already bans Federal funding for abortions. So a small stupid policy stays in place so we can have a big social program pass.

But it’s certainly not confirmed that 216 is in the bag. I’m off skiing, so watch Jon Cohn on The Treatment and @jcohntnr on Twitter as I assume he’ paying attention!

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Heidi Laureano
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Hey, great website however there is a issue whereby on occassion I get sent back to the base page whenever I look at other topics within this blog.

MD as HELL
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MD as HELL

Time to work at government speed. Make less. Reduce payroll. Cut benefits. Pay less tax. Smell the coffee from the enlightened left. What was I thinking? Why did I ever oppose getting paid for every patient instead of only half of them? Now I will be able to retire.

Margalit Gur-Arie
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It is done.

Wendell Murray
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Ken: It is not worth trying to have a rational discussion with nitwit extreme rightists such as john3 or F. or Mr. Jones who have chimed in above. The nonsense, hate-filled verbiage and general idiocy from them and their fellows are sickening to read.
I continue to hope for the best on passage of the bill in the House later this evening. We’ll see shortly.

Ken
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Ken

@John3 Your argument is premised on a very wishful thinking that the market can fix the ills of the health care market. When there is widespread market failure, governmental regulation is a very good solution, and health care is a very good example where the market fails. If you are so against the concept of the government playing a role in health care and strong believer of the “market”, are you opposed to Medicare, Medicaid and other forms of federal subsidies into basic research as well? Those can be categorized as government intrusion from your perspective. Whether you want it… Read more »

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@John3
I also forgot to mention that you are very naive to believe that the US will ever adopt the single payer system. Although a single payer health care is more efficient from a purely economic perspective – otherwise, why would almost every other developed country adopt it? – it is out of the question for the US, where there are too many vested interests already. The genie is out the bottle on that one.

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MG

Here is where the eggheads (er economists) stand on the reform bill: http://www.econbrowser.com/archives/2010/03/the_masondixon.html “The WSJ Real Time Economics blog has posted the letters for and against the health care reform bill winding through Congress. The most interesting thing about the lists of signatories is the geographical divide. It was so interesting, I did a fast tabulation (so, don’t quote me on it), and what one finds is that of the list in favor, only 2 of 41 economists are affiliated with institutions in the South (defined using the most restrictive definition in this Wikipedia page — so to be completely… Read more »

Ken
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Ken

@John3 Your argument is premised on a very wishful thinking that the market can fix the ills of the health care market. When there is widespread market failure, governmental regulation is a very good solution, and health care is a very good example where the market fails. If you are so against the concept of the government playing a role in health care and strong believer of the “market”, are you opposed to Medicare, Medicaid and other forms of federal subsidies into basic research as well? Those can be categorized as government intrusion from your perspective. Whether you want it… Read more »

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John3

The only ones who will win with the healthcare bill would be the Democratic Party (although this is questionable)…actually, I change my mind, nobody wins with this health care bill. To those who think that this is the rich trying to force their voice on the people; think again: who is going to control YOUR insurance if this passes: it is the government–regardless of which party is there. Government will dictate who gets paid and what gets paid. What is wrong with this health care bill is that it puts GOVERNMENT control (not health care) first. We should have health… Read more »

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bmiller1102

This is win for the American People. Why else would Insurance Companies spend one million dollars a day to try to take down the legislation. It is so sad that after 8 years of being fooled by the GOP, many of you are now falling back into their trap. I will give them one thing, they are better at politics that the Dem’s. The Dem’s have spent the last year trying to and succeeding to pass legislation for the middle class and not just for the richest of the rich. They have done exactly what we sent them there to… Read more »

tammy
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tammy

If these people vote yes on this, I pray that their jobs will be automatically down the tubes. If they refuse to listen to the ones that put them in office and fall in behind the “elite ones”, they deserve what they get. VOTE NOOOOO

Barry
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Barry

Yes, a vote for more deficits, waste and incompetence. The USA as mediocre as Europe, which is cutting spending. Spending more, instead of fixing first. Yet one more D.C. farce.
Sick, inane and laughable.

Hand G
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@Sharon
I think you’re right. I hope 99% of Americans win today. Such a shame the money of the 1% gives them a louder voice… funny old things democracies.

Sharon
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Sharon

I’m one of those nuts who feel and believe that this should have been done a long, long time ago. We are the richest nation in the world and yet our people go without health and dental care. WE should all hang our heads in shame to our responsibility to all humans…..rich or poor….white, brown or black…..male or female…..young or old. WAke up! This is America! To stand tall and take care of her citizens FIRST. Not just the have-nots. I pray those Harvard Law money-grabbers get more done in the way of social programs….that should also have been done… Read more »

F.
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F.

REAL COUNTDOWN
.. and 228 days until the Nov. 2 election.
For the re-vote/repeal.
And 962 days .. until two bumbling, arrogant Harvard Law money-grabbers get their orders to go home to Chicago.