Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Is Obamacare worth buying votes?

 CNN's John King asked Sunday
"To get Senator [Mary] Landrieu's vote, just to proceed, just to go across the starting line, language was inserted in the bill that gives her state up to $300 million. To get Senator [Ben] Nelson's vote, [Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid] agreed to drop a request that you take away the antitrust exemptions for insurance companies...[Is healthcare reform] important enough to buy votes? "
Senator Sherrod Brown answered
I want to see this bill pass. Nobody likes these kinds of -- any kinds of deals. I think anything that's done needs to be in the best -- in the best interest of those states and this country. I think those probably helped, if that, in fact, really happened -- I have no way of really knowing if it did. I suppose that helped a lot of people in Louisiana that don't have insurance, and so I think we move forward.
Only 38% of the population supports this bill, the health care reform direction this administration & the Democratic congress is taking.   They bought votes to get it to the floor for "debate" where hold the "nuclear" option in their back pocket to ram what they feel is in the best interest of [..] this country -- no matter what 62% of the country thinks.  This is ruling class arrogance.  I'll tell you what's good for you and you'll take it.  And that's the way they'll run health care, too.

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