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Sen. Byrd Calls Proposed Democratic Changes To Filibuster Rules 'Misguided'

Originally Posted At The Hill
By Michael O'Brien
February 24, 2010

Sen. Robert Byrd warned Democratic colleagues against changing filibuster rules in order to advance their legislative priorities.


Say Latest Language In Health Bill “Is Not Acceptable” “Should Be Opposed”

REP. BART STUPAK (D-MI): “While I appreciate the efforts of all the parties involved, especially Senator Ben Nelson, the Senate abortion language is not acceptable … A review of the Senate language indicates a dramatic shift in federal policy that would allow the federal government to subsidize insurance policies with abortion coverage.” (Rep. Stupak, Press Release, 12/19/09)

Joint Committee on Taxation Estimated Revenue Effects Senate Health Bill
Here is how noted neurosurgeon Dr. David McKalip assesses the Senate health bill:

An Act of Congress?  More Like Multiple Acts of Insanity. – Part I

We have all heard about how it takes and “act of Congress” to make major changes.  Well the Senator Reid’s so called “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” is more like and act of medical, fiscal and Congressional Insanity than a solution to any problem. The underlying theme of the bill, as in the House bill, is to grant broad and inappropriate powers to the government to define medical quality and create a cost-control regime directly intended to cut spending on needed medical care.  The worst aspect is that it creates a system of penalties for doctors who go over-budget and seeks to redefine the profession of medicine to one designed, managed and approved by bureaucrats and government agents.

Senate Healthcare Bill

November 18, 2009
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CBO analysis of Baucus Bill

By Douglas W. Elmendorf
October 7, 2009

Dear Mr. Chairman,

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have completed a preliminary analysis of the Chairman’s mark for the America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009, incorporating the amendments that have been adopted to date by the Committee on Finance. That analysis reflects the specifications posted on the committee’s Web site on October 2, 2009, corrections posted on October 5, and additional clarifications provided by the staff of the committee through October 6. CBO and JCT’s analysis is preliminary in large part because the Chairman’s mark, as amended, has not yet been embodied in legislative language.

Baucus Health Proposal
America's Healthy Future Act  Of 2009

"To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and
for other purposes..." Supplemental Material May Be Found Here...
For Actual Bill, 
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Senate Finance Bill Will Effectively Eliminate FSAs 
Employers Will Limit or Eliminate FSAs to Avoid High Cost Plans Excise Tax 

By Senator Sam Brownback
October 15, 2009

The Value of Flexible Spending Accounts in Reducing Medical Costs Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) help individuals and families to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses that are not covered by their health insurance plans with tax-free dollars. There is currently no cap on FSA contributions, though employers must set their own limits (the cap for federal employees is $5,000). FSAs are particularly important for individuals and families who have high medical expenses, such as seniors, and those with chronic health conditions or disabilities. The option of using tax-free dollars can reduce their out-of-pocket medical expenses by 20% to 40%.

Revised Finance Committee Chairman’s Healthcare Mark 
America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009

On September 22, 2009, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released a modified Chairman's Mark, reflecting amendments made to the Senate Finance Committee's version of federal health care reform, entitled "America's Healthy Future Act of 2009." Modifications to the Chairman's Mark included amendments providing for the following...

Myth Vs. Fact: President’s Address to Congress

Originally Posted At GOP.Gov
September 9, 2009

The Republican Conference has prepared analysis of President Obama's address to Congress on health care rebutting several of his claims: Quote:  "And every day, 14,000 Americans lose their coverage.  In other words, it can happen to anyone." Fact:  The major coverage expansions in all the legislation being considered would not begin until January 2013-so according to the President's own methodology, Democrat bills will allow more than 15 million additional Americans to become uninsured.



Originally Posted At RNC
September 9, 2009

Obama, Dems Open To Delaying Government-Run Insurance, Placing “Trigger” On Public Option. “The [trigger option] idea would give insurance companies a defined period to make changes in order to help cover more people and drive down  long-term costs. If those changes failed to occur within the defined period, a trigger would provide for a public option to force change on the insurance companies.” (Jim Acosta and Ed Hornick, “Obama About To Pull The 'Trigger' On Health Care?”, 9/8/09)

Sen. Robert C. Byrd explains why passing healthcare reform under reconciliation would be an abuse of the budget process.

April 29, 2009

“I like this budget. I support many of the policies that the President’s budget embraces – including middle-class tax relief, and badly needed investments in our nation’s infrastructure – but I cannot, and I will not, vote to authorize the use of the reconciliation process to expedite passage of health care reform legislation or any other legislative proposal that ought to be debated at length by this body.”

Demint Budget Point Of Order On Healthcare Plan

Purpose: To provide for a point of order against any legislation that eliminates the ability of Americans to keep their health plan or their choice of doctor. 
S. Con. Res. 13 
Setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2010, revising the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal year 2009, and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2011 through 2014.
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DeMint Motion to Instruct the Conferees
-To Insist on the Senate Provision Requiring a 60-Vote Majority

"The Senator from South Carolina, Mr. DeMint, moves that the managers on the part of the Senate at the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the concurrent resolution S. Con. Res. 13 (the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010) be instructed to insist that the conference report on the concurrent resolution...

Are Health Care Reform Cost Estimates Reliable? 

Originally Posted At JEC
July 31, 2009
Are Health Care Reform Cost Estimates Reliable? History Shows True Costs Are Often Significantly Understated 
Since the end of World War II, major health care reform proposals have generally always cost more—sometimes significantly more—than the highest cost estimates published while the legislation was pending. Consider the following examples...

Contact Information for chiefs of staff for Blue Dog Democrats

U.S. House of Representatives

Many thanks to the staff at FreedomWorks for putting together this contact list of chiefs of staff for the Blue Dog Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. These are the Members on the margin in the House. Urge them to slow down and disregard the White House’s artificial August 8 deadline.
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The Long-Term Budget Outlook

By The Congressional Budget Office
July 16, 2009

Today I had the opportunity to testify before the Senate Budget Committee about CBO’s most recent analysis of the long-term budget outlook. Under current law, the federal budget is on an unsustainable path, because federal debt will continue to grow much faster than the economy over the long run. Although great uncertainty surrounds long-term fiscal projections, rising costs for health care and the aging of the population will cause federal spending to increase rapidly under any plausible scenario for current law...

America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009

By 111TH Congress , H. R. 3200

To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. A Bill To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes...

Statement Opposing Resolution On Iran
Statement of Congressman Ron Paul
United States House of Representatives

June 19, 2009

I rise in reluctant opposition to H Res 560, which condemns the Iranian government for its recent actions during the unrest in that country. While I never condone violence, much less the violence that governments are only too willing to mete out to their own citizens, I am always very cautious about “condemning” the actions of governments overseas.

Keeping the Promise in the 21st Century

June 17, 2009

Chairman Herb Kohl (D-WI) will chair a hearing entitled: "Social Security: Keeping the Promise in the 21st Century", starting at 2:00 pm. in Hart 216.
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Hill Staff Memo

June 4, 2009

The Senate Republican staff of the Republican Policy Committee sent around a briefing memo today explaining the contents and implications of a letter the President sent to the Senate on Healthcare reform. The briefing memo follows... Read More...

President Obama's Letter to the Senate On Healthcare Reform

June 4, 2009

The meeting that we held today was very productive and I want to commend you for your leadership -- and the hard work your Committees are doing on health care reform, one of the most urgent and important challenges confronting us as a Nation.

In 2009, health care reform is not a luxury. It's a necessity we cannot defer. Soaring health care costs make our current course unsustainable.

Kennedy Briefing Paper
Briefing Paper for Meeting of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor...

May 21, 2009

For the greater part of the last 100 years, Americans have sought ways to provide affordable and quality health insurance coverage to all our citizens. In this journey, we have achieved notable successes, including the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, the inception of the Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997, the expansion of prescription drug coverage for seniors in 2003, and more. We have also witnessed setbacks and defeats, including the failure of reform efforts during the Administrations of Presidents Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. 

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