Obama to Make Rare Sunday Visit to Capitol Hill to Rally Health Reform

December 6, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Senate continues to debate health care reform in an unusual weekend session that may become the norm, until the bill makes it through the Senate. As expected, several ConservaDems are causing problems for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), by refusing to vote for a bill that includes any meaningful public option. To rally his Democratic troops, President Obama is making a rare visit to Capitol Hill this afternoon, to lend his support and hopefully apply some political pressure to the obstructionist Democrats.

During the weekend debate, the Democrats in a 53-41 vote disposed of the Republican efforts to remove provisions in the bill cutting Medicare waste.

Behind the scenes, Reid and a contingent of progressive and conservative Democratic lawmakers met in private to attempt to work out a compromise deal to find common ground on a public option. Senators Ben Nelson (NE), Mary Landrieu (LA) and Blanche Lincoln (AR) are opposed to a public option, despite the majority of Americans in favor of a public option.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, an Independent from New York who caucuses with the Democrats, says he will vote against a bill that includes any type of public option. As noted by Steve Benen of The Washington Monthly’s Political Animal, Lieberman has come up with a different reason each month, to explain why he opposes the public option. And not one of his stated reasons make any sense.

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) sat down with the Democrats yesterday to listen to the public option compromises. If her vote is in play again, Reid could afford to lose one of the ConservaDems. If not, he would need all 60 Democratic votes.

There is always the option of using the Reconciliation process, to push the bill through, which would only require a simple majority. But Reid has been reluctant to use it.

If the health care reform does indeed make it through the Senate; the process would return to the House, where the House bill would be merged with the Senate bill, before it can reach President Obama’s desk

The President would like a finished bill on his desk before the end of the year.



One Response to “Obama to Make Rare Sunday Visit to Capitol Hill to Rally Health Reform”

  1. jacksmith on December 6th, 2009 2:13 pm

    CRITICAL!! From jacksmith – Working Class

    My Fellow Americans and People Of The World

    A strong Government-run MEDICARE like Public Option is CRITICAL!!

    I have to tell you now that the H1N1 virus is a manmade WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION! and TERROR! It is a WEAPONIZED version of a flu virus. It has swept the planet infecting millions. And causing a global pandemic that has killed tens of thousands, and injured millions.

    The H1N1 virus is the product of the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! It was released in the U.S. in Texas in early January of this year, but not recognized until around April in California. The reason I know this is because when it came to America, it came to see me FIRST! How sweet…

    This was around the time the MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! assaulted the Whitehouse with all their devils deals to cripple and weaken YOUR! healthcare reform. Especially your right to have a single payer system like HR676 (Medicare For All) which most of you wanted.

    They don’t even want you to have your HUGE!!! compromise position of a strong government-run MEDICARE like Public Option CHOICE. To compete with their DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, MURDEROUS, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT PRODUCT (The single most deadly and dangerous product sold in America).

    They also wanted to take away your rights to have your government meet it’s responsibility to use it’s full power to regulate, negotiate, and control drug cost, healthcare cost and quality. Something every other civilized country in the developed World has done for it’s people. Their Greed! moral degeneracy and lack of patriotism knows no bounds.

    Many of you will remember that before we knew about H1N1. I posted a open message to the President and Congress warning them to be vigilant about their health, and cautious about any medical advice they received. As I said then “they will not hesitate to try and hurt you”.

    The U.S. and the World have been under a BIOLOGICAL TERROR ATTACK! for over a year now. It is CRITICAL that We The People Of The United States take away control of our healthcare system from the GREED DRIVEN MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!

    For our own National security, and the security of the world.

    A Strong, government-run, MEDICARE like Public Option CHOICE. Available to everyone on day one, with the full unfettered power of the federal government to regulate, negotiate, and control cost and quality. Would be the most workable way to deal with this global crisis at this time. Including patent suspensions as needed for national security or the greater good.

    As an American I invite the peoples of the World to help us fix our healthcare crisis. And bring pressure on our government to meet it’s responsibility to protect global security by controlling, and removing the corrupting influence of GREED and the PRIVATE FOR PROFIT motivations from healthcare in the U.S. and around the World.

    I call on the governments of the World and the global intelligence community to track down these MASS MURDERERS, and bring them to justice. CONNECT THE DOTS! And be vigilant that they don’t slip in another viral strain on you under the cloak of H1N1 sequestration.

    Further, the proposed patent protection on biologic’s must be stripped from the US bill. And greatly shorten/restricted, or abolished completely. This is a grave danger to humanity and global security.

    I think President Obama is doing the best he can at playing the disastrous deck of cards he inherited from the previous administration. And I think he is doing an excellent job. But the wolves and devils of the medical industrial complex! are trying to exploit, and take advantage of his good heart, and desperate desire to help suffering Americans. But we must be strong and insist that healthcare reform be done right for the American people. Or everyone loose’s.

    This is all I can say in a message post. I’ll try to find a way to tell you more later.

    God Bless You My Fellow Human Beings

    jacksmith – Working Class

    p.s. The so-called nominal H1N1 virus is designed in such a way as to make it more lethal to children and young adults. The medical community must be more vigilant of secondary bacterial infections in the young caused by H1N1. And remember, a viral infection is also a transfer of genetic code to you. Think about it, and be vigilant. 🙁

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