House Health Bill Unacceptable To Many In Senate

As the focus on health care reform shifts to the Senate, analysts aren't expecting the chamber to pass an overhaul bill any time soon.

Saturday's close House vote passed a measure that includes a government health insurance plan. That provision is unacceptable to some Democratic moderates who hold the balance of power in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is already hinting that senators may not be able to finish health care this year. For now, he's trying to find the votes for a different approach: a government plan that states could opt out of. He's expected to keep meeting with senators this week. The goal is to work out a political formula that will give Reid not only the 60 votes needed to begin debate, but the 60 needed to shut off discussion and bring the bill to a final vote.


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  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Nov 9, 2009 at 03:50 PM
    Voting for the bill were Democratic Reps. G.K. Butterfield, District 1; Bob Etheridge, District 2; Brad Miller, District 13; David Price, District 4; and Mel Watt, District 12. Remember these names next election. These are the rep who voted for the Pelosicare Bill.
  • by Today Location: NC on Nov 9, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    Rico Location: Bell Arthur on Nov 9, 2009 at 12:27 PM ...I am neither opposing or agreeing with your post.As other citizens I am deeply concerned about the Health Care Reform,please refer me to a web site or web page,news or government that factual shows the middle class will have their taxes increased because of health reform?Also when will it come into affect if the bill passes?
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Nov 9, 2009 at 12:48 PM
    The bill passed by the House would raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans. The bill supported by most of the Senate would raise taxes on everyone. That is the key difference.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Nov 9, 2009 at 11:34 AM
    Check out the current system: According to the Durham Herald-Sun: "A state insurance department program launched in 2002 has forced North Carolina health plans to pay almost $1 million for medical services they had refused to cover.... Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the state's largest health insurer, had the second most cases reviewed at 28, of which 32 percent were overturned." [Herald-Sun, 5/22/05]
  • by Rico Location: Bell Arthur on Nov 9, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    The Pelosi Bill is one of the most idiotic proposals the house has ever passed. The economy is still in bad shape. Unemployment is 10.2% and expected to continue to rise. This should not even be discussed until things get better. The bill would raise taxes on the middle class who can not afford it. Wake up!!
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