Democratic Leadership Supposedly Ready to Go It Alone on Healthcare

August 19, 2009

(ChattahBox) — With the belief that Republican leadership have made a strategic decision that defeating President Obama‚Äôs health-care proposal is more important for their political goals than solving America’s health insurance problems, Democrats are according to the NY Times, set to try to move forward on their own. A key Republican negotiator on health care Sen. Charles Grassley, who won important concessions from Democrats, including an agreement not to tax employer-provided health insurance and a limit to demands on drug companies, before Congress recessed for August, became the poster child for ‘go it alone,’ when he turned around an told an Iowa crowd he would not support a plan that “determines when you’re going to pull the plug on Grandma.” While the administration has waffled of late, the Democratic leadership and majority in both the House and the Senate support a public plan as an important choice to compete with the private insurance companies. The only question now is if the liberal congressional leadership lays down the gauntlet to ‘go it alone,’ are a small minority of Democrats, the Blue Dogs in the House or conservative Dems in the Senate willing to stand up and ultimately defeat their own party?


5 Responses to “Democratic Leadership Supposedly Ready to Go It Alone on Healthcare”

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  2. Old Man Dotes on August 19th, 2009 8:29 am

    And with the majority of Americans in favor of health care reform and the public option, are the Blue Dogs ready to end their careers in the House and Senate?

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  4. davecc on August 19th, 2009 8:07 pm

    Ohh I hope they do!

  5. hsr0601 on August 20th, 2009 10:38 am

    No More Health Catrina !

    Let’s set up the Equation !

    1. All across the spectrum share the urgent need for the reform as the course today is financially unsustainable. By the way, how do we pay for it ?
    Let’s make it affordable while improving quality.

    2. Of all choices on the table, saving via efficiency is the best, and Removing Wastes alone is Enough to Meet the Goal.

    As one instance, please visit, you will be stunned !

    No one knows just how much medical fraud there is, and estimates range from $600 to $6000 billion over the next decade lost to it.
    And, in May 2009, the Obama administration announced a new task force made up of officials from the Department of Justice and the Department of Health
    and Human Services to work on health care fraud.

    3. Enough Room For Savings !

    Many reformers recognized roughly 30 percent of all health-care spending in the U.S. -some $700 billion a year- might be wasted on medical abuse, unnecessary procedures, unnecessary visits to the doctor, overpriced pharmaceuticals, bloated insurance companies, and the most inefficient paper billing systems imaginable, and payment reform could solve this problem.

    Provided the American people pay around twice the amount of the efficient systems, the result is still well below them, the ratio of waste might be estimated to reach far more than 50% in the U.S.

    Let’s be conservative regarding the ratio. Even If as little as 10% of savings apply to the combined Medicare and Medicaid cost of $923.5bn per year, as of July, the savings of $923.5bn over the next decade are possible.

    And when these savings add to the already allocated $583 billion, the savings of wastes involving so called “doughnut hole” , the unnecessary subsidies for insurers, medical abuse, exorbitant costs by the tragic ER visits etc, the concern over revenue might be a thing of the past.

    As a matter of fact, with the promising redesign in the pipeline, some patient-focused clinics in 10 regions have already achieved 16% of savings in Medicare while their quality scores are well above average.

    Please be ‘sure’ to visit for credible evidences !

    Thankfully, the provisions in the reform include more expansive, systematic policies such as ‘a patient’s outcome-based payment system’ than they have. I for one firmly believe this American innovation, ‘a patient’s outcome-based payment system’ , is capable of turning profit-oriented practices into patient-focused system / value.
    Dr. Armadio at Mayo clinic says, “If we got rid of that stuff (waste), we save a third of all that we spend and that is 2.5 trillion dollars on health care. A third of that and that is 700 billion dollars a year. That covers a lot of uninsured people.”
    Please visit for detailed infos

    — Americans’ Best Friends Are The Envy Of The Planet ! —
    — Except For The Underinsured, The Uninsured Alone Outnumber The Entire Population In Canada —

    4. Some say, if the reform package is affordable and improve quality, then the inflation/bankruptcy-oriented market can not last, thereby competition should begin with our unfair, unsustainable market value, or let’s make another insurer-friendly scheme, even though the inflation/bankruptcy-oriented market share the need for change.


    The runaway premium similar to the peak fuel price last year and left so many folks in despair insists on staying the course with the attitude ‘unchanged’, clearly this trend could bankrupt individual, business, and government. Now the government subsequently is tasked with these two main assignments, first, to address premium inflation, second, to expand coverage to all in urgent need.

    In order to cover all and not to add to the deficit, the public option can not set the same rates of private market, rather, it needs to have BALANCING function to keep it in check in terms of INFLATION, too. Unfortunately, this ‘unavoidable’ direction is being aggressively accused by the runaway premium, citing government ‘take-over’ .

    Under the circumstances the energy bill to determine human future and the other major issues are presently piled up, who wants to waste time making enemies ?, which also does not benefit the forthcoming election.

    with the heartbreaking tears in mind (Nearly 11 Million Cancer Patients Without Health Insurance), private market also needs changes and should join together to complete this reform , as promised, otherwise, the runaway premium only has itself to blame while new firms are filling the void with competitive deals.
    And It can be said that fair competition starts with a fair, sustainable market value.

    However, the plan in the House is designed to keep people in an employer-based health insurance system, and the public option would be offered to those for whom employer-provided insurance is not available. And job-based coverage (indirect payment) mandate code, and ample capital, reduced ER costs, IT base to streamline the administrative processes and trim the costs might be favorable to the private market. Over time, supposedly, the public plan will concentrate more on basic, primary cares, and the private insurers will provide their clients with differentiated services.

    Let me repeat; No More Health Catrina, No More Bankruptcy Of Middle Class !

    — Americans’ Best Friends Are The Envy Of The Planet ! —
    — Except For The Underinsured, The Uninsured Alone Outnumber The Entire Population In Canada —

    Thank You !

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