If Barack Obama is shocked that American’s are pushing back against the kind of health reform he envisions, then he doesn’t know red-blooded Americans. Here’s some snippets of the fight being fought for those of us who ARE red-blooded Americans.
Senator Charles Grassley quotes an unnamed senator quoting Obama:
A Democrat congressman last week told me after a conversation with the president that the president had trouble in the House of Representatives, and it wasn’t going to pass if there weren’t some changes made … and the president says, ‘You’re going to destroy my presidency.’
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) basically called Grassley a liar, saying he doesn’t think the president would say that: “He’s [Obama] got too much self-confidence.”
In the spirit of bi-partisianship, 6 senators from both sides have been “negotiating” for weeks.
The bipartisan Finance group met earlier in the day with two actuaries to discuss potential penalties for individuals and businesses that do not acquire insurance.
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) was the 7th senator in that group of negotiators, but confirmation came today that there was little in the negotiations that he could back:
…including the employer mandate, the individual mandate, Medicaid expansion and tax increase.
• Protects the right of Americans to keep their employer-based plan without having to pay additional taxes on those benefits.
• Provides Americans without employer-based coverage with vouchers of $2000 for individuals and $5000 for families to purchase health insurance. The premium for the average private policy sold in the individual market in 2007 was $1,896 for an individual and $4,392 for a family (Source: eHealthInsurance)
• Allows Americans with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to use their HSA funds to pay for insurance premiums, encouraging employers to contribute to their employees’ HSAs.
• Creates a nationwide market for health insurance by allowing individuals to purchase health insurance plans in any state.
• Provides block grants to states to develop innovative models that ensure affordable health insurance coverage for Americans with pre-existing health conditions.
• Reduces predatory and frivolous malpractice lawsuits against physicians and hospitals.
• Assures that every health care consumer has access to price information prior to treatment so they can make informed decisions about their care.
• Repeals financial bailouts (TARP) to ensure that the plan does not add to the deficit.