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Healthcare – the Senate version

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From DK: Word is leaking out from the Hill about the Senate’s HCR bill. The bill will be posted sometime this evening online at In the meantime, these are the rough outlines that have appeared as various senators spoke with reporters after their caucus meeting this evening.

The bill comes in at $849 billion over the next ten years, and is projected to cut the budget deficit by $127 billion over 10 years and by $650 billion in the second decade; it will extend guaranteed coverage to more than 94% of Americans — including a 31 million person reduction in the uninsured. [Update:In a briefing now with leadership staff: the CBO numbers aren’t the official score, just the initial report. The full score still isn’t available.] It’s not universal coverage, but it’s what we’re getting for now. The bill contains both an excise tax on high-value insurance plans and a 1.95% increase in the Medicare payroll tax for high-income earners. It also includes a public option with a state opt-out.

By |2009-11-18T20:07:33-04:00November 18th, 2009|Healthcare|Comments Off on Healthcare – the Senate version

Healthcare debate in the House coming down to the wire

Here is the debate on Capital Hill. The Republicans are trying to do everything that they can to stop this.

From TPM:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders just emerged from a closed-door caucus meeting that included a personal appearance by President Obama confident the House will pass a sweeping health care reform bill today.

Addressing reporters outside the caucus meeting room just now, Pelosi looked back briefly before announcing what seemed like a deal to pass reform.

It was three years ago today that Pelosi led Democrats to retake the House after more than a decade of Republican control. She said the date was “appropriate.” (more…)

President Barack Obama goes to the Hill:

President Obama is calling on representatives to pass the sweeping health care reform bill scheduled for a floor vote tonight.

“This is our moment to live up to the trust that the American people have put in us,” he said in a public address on the grounds of the White House just now.

“I urge members of Congress to rise to this moment, answer the call of history, and vote ‘yes’ for health insurance reform for America,” Obama said. (more… )

By |2009-11-07T18:15:44-04:00November 7th, 2009|Healthcare|Comments Off on Healthcare debate in the House coming down to the wire

MI Challenge

From EmptyWheel who is live blogging from the meeting:

As I said in this post, I was skeptical that Mark Brewer–the MDP Chair–would be able to make a strong case for the 69-59 split.

I was wrong.

The key to Mark Brewer’s success was in stating clearly that there was no way to measure the “fair reflection” of the intent of the voters who participated in the presidential selection process because, as he pointed out, there was no primary, convention, or caucus, that actually measured it.

And that’s the fundamental truth that made the Clusterf&ck the Clusterf&ck it was.

By starting from that premise, Mark managed to undercut the legal problem with the challenge–that the RBC doesn’t have the authority to arbitrarily impose a result. Because if the RBC seats a delegation based on the result of the January 15 Clusterf&ck, then it will be violating one of its key principles.

This was the first time I’ve heard anyone from the MDP state that the Clusterf&ck was not a measure of the will of the voters. I wish they had said so earlier. But I’m glad they’re making that point now.

For those wanting a primer on the fun ironies of those presenting MI’s case, btw, don’t miss this DHinMI post:

Opening the testimony will be Michigan Democratic Party chair Mark Brewer.


I know Mark loved the process we used in 1996 through 2004, which was called a caucus but essentially worked like a closed primary. I’m quite certain that if it had been his decision alone, that Michigan would not have jumped the queue and created the mess that’s ensued. As party chair, he has to take strong cues from the governor, and much of this mess goes to Governor Jennifer Granholm. And since Jennifer Granholm has been so strongly supporting Hillary Clinton, it’s impossible to think that the Michigan mess wasn’t partly attributable to the Clinton campaign.

After Brewer will be Democratic Senator Carl Levin. Levin has been pushing to break the duopoly of Iowa and New Hampshire for years. In the past, Michigan threatened to go early in the process, but it never did. This year, with support from Granholm and other players in the state (who were with Clinton), Michigan finally jumped the queue.

Then, after Levin, we’ll have the advocates for the two campaigns, and this is where the dynamics between the players gets fun. In 2002, After three terms of ruining the state, Republican governor John Engler was finally term-limited, and there was a three-way race in the Democratic primary to succeed him. The winner was Jennifer Granholm, who went on to win in November, and is now in her second term as governor.

The second place finisher was Democratic congressman, and recent number two Democrat in Congress, David Bonior. The third place finisher was James Blanchard, the former governor whose horrible, arrogant campaign for reelection in 1990 gave Engler the way in the governor’s mansion.

Update: At this point, James Blachard is throwing loads of flying horse sh*t. He claimed that no one was saying our primary would not count. He must have been on vacation for December and January, because I sure heard–over and over–that the vote would not count.

By |2008-05-31T19:22:26-04:00May 31st, 2008|Election 2008, Party Politics|Comments Off on MI Challenge
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