Posts Tagged ‘Public Option’

Obama Updates His Healthcare Plan – Third Time’s The Charm?

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

$950 billion over 10 years, imposition of excise tax on “Cadillac” medical plans (excluding dental and optical), and expanded Social Security taxes on wages, rent and interest income (yes you heard right) for taxpayer making more than $200,000 (single) or $250,000 (joint).

Read the Heritage Foundation’s summary of the major tax provision:

http://blog.heritage.org/2010/02/23/obama%E2%80%99s-health-plan-has-dangerous-new-taxes/

In preparation for the bi-partisan healthcare conference later this week, President Obama released his revised healthcare proposal, which incorporates portions of both the Senate and House versions passed late last year.

With the recent pick up of a key seat in the Senate (Scott Brown- – MA) by the GOP, the Democrats are scrambling to either win over some Republican votes – or resort to the nuclear option of Reconciliation.

The following link from WSJ summarizes the key points of the latest $950 billion proposal:

http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/WHhealth20100222.pdf

The Democrats are threatening the use of the ”Reconciliation” procedure to avoid additional House and Senate debate and votes.  Read about the history and the Reconciliation procedures: 

http://www.rules.house.gov/archives/bud_rec_proc.htm

As reflected in the attached articles, there are a number of hurdles to overcome for the two parties to get beyond the current impasse and President Obama’s legacy and the mid-term elections hang in the balance.

Obama’s weekend healthcare video laying out Thurday Summit’s objectives:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9NMc3gOBr8

Feb. 22, 2010 Washington Post (Blog) – Obama is the Real Obstructionist:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2010/02/obama_is_the_real_obstructioni.html

 

From the U.K. side of the Pond – President Obama Doubles Down on Healthcare:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/586131b2-1fdf-11df-8deb-00144feab49a.html?ftcamp=rss

$1.2/ $.849 Trillion Healthcare Reform Bills – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Wednesday, October 18th

Senate Version of Healthcare Bill Drops to $849 Billion  – what a deal!

Politico.com Executive Summary – .5% increase in lockbox Medicare Hospital Insurance Tax payroll tax for taxpayers making more than $200,000 (for single taxpayers) and $250,000 (for married couples):

http://www.politico.com/livepulse/1109/Senate_bill_summary.html

 

Christian Science Monitor Article:

http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2009/11/18/senate-democrats-introduce-849-billion-healthcare-reform-bill/

 

 

Sunday, October 8th, 11.30 p.m. PST Updates

 

Chinese Less Than Thrilled With House Healthcare Package

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Sunday exhorted the U.S. to keep its deficit in control to stabilize the U.S. dollar exchange-rate, according to media reports.

 

“I hope that as the largest economy in the world and an issuing country of a major reserve currency the United States will effectively discharge its responsibilities,” Wen said at a news conference in Egypt, according to wire reports.

 

China is the largest foreign holder of U.S. Treasurys.

 

Earlier this year, Chinese officials expressed concern about the continued value of those holdings as the U.S. pumps trillions of dollars into the financial system to pull the economy out of a severe recession. The U.S. Treasury has been issuing record amounts of debt to close the country’s budget gap.

 

“Most importantly, we hope the U.S. will keep its deficit at an appropriate size so that there will be basic stability in the exchange rate and that is conducive to the stability and recovery of the world economy,” he said.

 

Bloomberg House-Senate Summary:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aJU5kC3UDPaw&pos=8

 

Associated Press Article:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/House-Senate-health-care-apf-3314142498.html?x=0&.v=4

 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Perspective:

http://www.uschamber.com/issues/index/health/default

http://www.truthout.org/1005091

 

Heritage Foundation Perspective, including various underlying cost studies:

http://www.heritage.org/Research/Healthcare/wm2114.cfm

 

Update Saturday, November 7th  8:30 p.m.

 Earlier this hour, the House passed H.R. 3962  – House version of the nearly 2,000 page/ $1.2 Billion healthcare reform package by a very  slim 220 – 215 margin – with only a single Republican from Louisiana (Cao) supporting the package – and that vote was curiously only cast after the 218 vote threshold for passage was met. 

The Conference Committee and Senate debate will shine a brighter light on the specific provisions which have been shoehorned into this bloated monstrosity.

This morning  President Obama encouraged the Representatives to stand firm and effectively ignore their constituents back home.   The coming weeks will be very telling as to how home district voters will take being ignored by their representatives.

Click on the Huffington Post link below for the evolving details of this historic bill:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/07/health-care-vote-latest-u_n_349454.html

 

Earlier Post:

As Congress pushes forward with their $1.2 TRILLION (that’s 1,200 BILLION Dollars for you non-mathematician) healthcare package, it is important to understand how the House and Senate versions will impact businesses, doctors, patients and taxpayers.

The attached side-by-side comparison will provide you with a helpful overview of the projected impact of both versions of the current bills (which are changing hourly). 

 http://www.kff.org/healthreform/sidebyside.cfm

 

Republican proposal provides lower-cost  alternative:

http://www.gop.gov/solutions/healthcare

 

Read about the 5.4% surtax payable by higher income taxpayers:

http://www.taxfoundation.org/

 

Call your representatives NOW to let them know your thoughts.