Senate Making Progress On Health Care Reform Legislation

The Senate is hours away from a key procedural test on health care reform legislation. We have a better idea Tuesday of what the Senate version of the Health Care Bill would mean for North Carolinians.

The bill would extend health care to nearly half a million more North Carolinians, force individuals to purchase health insurance and offer subsidies for households earning up to $88,000 a year for a family of four, according to analysis from the News and Observer. Senator Kay Hagan voted with Democratic colleagues to move the measure forward, while Republican Senator Richard Burr voted against it Monday. Hagan called the bill imperfect, but pro-patient, pro-consumer, and pro-senior, the paper reported.

Burr warned that the bill could cost North Carolina $800 million a year when guaranteed federal funding expires in 5 years. Burr also criticized deals made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring Democratic holdouts on board.


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  • by Jeff Location: Ayden on Dec 30, 2009 at 08:10 PM
    Wonder if Tom got deployed. Seems he just disappeared.
  • by Scooter Location: Washington on Dec 29, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    Poor Tom thinks communism went away in the 50s. I really wish that were true. The world would be a far better place if Tom were right. The truth is that communism has been around forever. It is an ideology that must be struggled against to preserve freedom. Snake Oil really is a patriot because he has the onions to point these things out to people that are beguiled by the democrat party and the current administration in particular.
  • by Jeff Location: Ayden on Dec 28, 2009 at 09:19 AM
    Tom...being a member of the Armed Forces surprises me. I'll tell you why. The oath you took "to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic" would and should send a jolt through you when you look at this "Health Care" legislation (quotes around Health Care to denote that it is not truly about Health Care). So many of the provisions in this farce are and will be proven to be against the very founding documents you took an oath to protect. Also, reading your posts, you're all about bashing parties and people but other than saying this bill is great and it will benefit all, please tell us how this thing is going to help us. What will it do and at what cost?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 27, 2009 at 04:53 AM
    Tom, thanks for serving. No one makes you post here or read anything. Obvously, when I read your post, nothing more than liberal jibberish. You sold you kids future for instant gratification with health insurance. Figure the math of 1.2 Trillion and counting. They, will be the ones paying for this. Again, I am a bluedog democrat, you know, fiscal responsible. You being Moderate, I doubt it. Only liberals wanted this program. If you didn't notice, it was split across party lines. I thought I would mention that since you seem proud of what both houses are doing. Well, welcome to the top 17% of citizens who approve of what they are doing. The other error you have made? Republicans will take over both houses in the next election because of this. Read Rassmussen polls. So you think Republicans will loose? Obama has the worst approval rating since Jimmy Carter, man, are you on the ball! I would strongly suggest you read Obamas book, comrad tom, obviously you opted for koolaid.
  • by tom Location: pitt county on Dec 24, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    OSOC: Yeah, "m actually a voting "real man". I'm an indy that votes sometimes republican, sometimes democrat. I don't have all day to post on here like you do. I'm a hard-working father of five who also happpens to be US Army Reserve. Unlike you who only contributes by typing on a key board... but I have read your sorry story before chicken-hawk swallower of every neo-con dogma position offered. I like health care reform and I am a "moderate", the fact that you mention "communism" is very 1950's funny! Merry Christmas 60 words per minute "patriot"! LOL!
  • by confused Location: Washington on Dec 23, 2009 at 05:07 PM
    Did I say N.C. Department of Transportation - Well - I left out the word employee. Welcome to my world - confused all the time
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 23, 2009 at 02:42 PM
    How about Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D) is presently asking Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild New Orleans. Interesting number...what does it mean? A. Well... if you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, and child) you each get $516,528. B. Or...if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans, your home gets $1,329,787. C. Or... if you are a family of four... your family gets $2,066,012. Senator Mary Landrieu (D) Gladly accepted this bribe and cast her vote For the new health terd bill.
  • by confused Location: Washington on Dec 23, 2009 at 01:31 PM
    NC Department of Transportation sentenced to 37 months in Federal Prison for accepting bribes. Senator from Nebraska accepts bribes for 100 Million dollars to vote for Obama Health Care Bill. Same Federal Government - same crime - Where's the justice
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 23, 2009 at 01:22 PM
    Poor, poor Tom, you actually believe the terd pushed through by the PARTY. Tell us, did you vote for Obama too? I guess not being informed, not knowing communism is coming your way and you will not be able to post due to the lack of freedom of speech, is upon you. OK, everyone can make a mistake, a man, a real man can own up to it. I figure you are just old enough to vote and fell for the Acorn people getting you to vote for Obama. Its OK, you will grow up one day and be a real man. Don't cry or sniffle due to your ineptness, I mean, look a Lavon and Barlow, they are growing up as I type. Of course, don't go down the path Lavon went down, I think he stole a truck. This bill is a terd and you sense it, you just don't realize it. Changes? Yep, buy some terd polish, actually, get several tubes of it, you will need it.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 23, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    This Senate healthcare bill is not only stuffed full of racial quotas and preferences, but it also gives the disgraced liberal activist group ACORN opportunities to receive funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Harry Reid's (D-Nevada) "manager's amendment" in the Senate healthcare bill requires that six federal agencies each establish an "Office of Minority Health." Under that requirement, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is supposed to award grants and contracts to organizations that are "indigenous human resource providers in communities of color" and engage in "community outreach activities" -- the type of work ACORN says it has been doing for years.
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