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Urging Ohio Senator Brown To Co-Sponser S391: Guest Post

01/22/2010
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Guest Post: Steve Oravecz, Former Political Editor and Columnist.

I urge Sen. Brown to become a co-sponsor to S391, the Healthy Americans Act sponsored by Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Robert Bennett, R-Utah.

I share Sen. Brown’s vision of a universal health care plan. But the public does not seem to understand or support the current bills.

Furthermore, Democratic health care strategy seems to be in a state of chaos with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying she does not have the votes to pass the Senate health care plan without amendments.

No bill is perfect. Changing the way employers contribute to health care may be a tough sell.

But S391 seems to address the main issues I am looking for in a health care reform package — access, affordability and pre-existing conditions. And it already has bipartisan support — something the current plans have failed to achieve.

It is time to scrap two current Democratic bills and jump start the debate with S391.

And maybe this time Democrats can control the debate instead of letting conservative Republicans define the issues.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Duh permalink
    01/23/2010 5:20 pm

    “It is time to scrap two current Democratic bills…”

    Agreed! Multi-thousand page special interest bills that do essentially nothing to provide any remedies to any healthcare obtainability/affordibilty issues should be scrapped. The three things I found most offensive about both bills were the constant sound bite arguments the proponents used endlessly to promote them:

    — “Healthcare coverage for all!” Except for the 30 million the bills still didn’t cover.

    — “It will not increase the deficit — Not one thin dime!” Except that taxes and fees must be collected years in advance of providing any benefits under either bill (so that it can “appear” deficit neutral for only the time fame the CBO was asked to opine on (and then the CBO still said each bill will rack up hundreds of billions in debt anyway).

    — “All Americans deserve equal…” Except that some Americans are obviously more equal than others. The citizens of Louisiana and Nebraska certainly come to mind. Certain union members whose healthcare plans that suddenly become tax exempt… the list of special favors and appeasement to special interests under these monstrosities goes on endlessly.

    S391 — I have heard almost nothing reported about it which means it will be DOA. Pity. Changing the way employers contribute to health care actually has some merit (though I admit I don’t know any details of the bill yet).

    “And maybe this time Democrats can control the debate instead of letting conservative Republicans define the issues.”

    You must be joking on this one. The Democrats had huge majorities in both the House and Senate. Their complete lack of agreement made the House version of the bill dead in the Senate and the Senate version dead in the House. The Democrats couldn’t define their own issues let alone agree on them when it came to healthcare. The Republicans had neither the votes nor the voice to influence the bills.

    “But the public does not seem to understand or support the current bills.”

    Oh, they understood them. The popularity of healthcare reform sank with the American people as they learned more about what was being proposed and how it was being drafted. Both bills deserved to die. Bringing up a new one anytime soon will be met with too much skepticism (on all fronts) to go anywhere.

    Healthcare reform is dead.

  2. elecpencil permalink
    01/24/2010 3:48 pm

    I don’t think health care reform is dead. I will have to take a look at S391 but it may be a good place to begin. There is not nor will there ever be a democrat majority. As long as you have Southern blue dogs (read Republican lite) there can never be a Democrat majority. Our own former Rep. Traficant voted with the Repubs 60% of the time.

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