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Dec. 13, 2009

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Yeah, there is no rush. That is why Reid kept the Senate in session on Christmas Eve, gave a $300 mil deal to Nebraska, another $300 mil to Louisiana, 100$ mil to Connecticut, etc etc, just to get the vote for cloture so the Senate version of the health care reform bill could be passed. Yep. I believe you Harry - NOT!

(Suggest removal) 1/28/10 at 5:11 p.m.

I find it very disturbing that all of these "negotiations" are going on behind closed doors. The very thought that it is Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and President Obama who are pulling the strings on this - and that they are doing it in secret - really makes me nervous.

(Suggest removal) 1/14/10 at 7:52 a.m.

While universal health may be a good thing in concept, the present bill should be defeated. Late last week we learned that Reid and a select few made a closed-door deal to slip in a cap on annual benefits for critically ill patients - patients who need it the most. The argument offered by Reid's office is that it will lower the cost of premiums. That, though, begs the question of why a person would pay for something that is not going to cover their needs - particularly where, according to the CBO, the minimum annual premium will be around $15,000? But, according to the HOuse version of the bill, pay we must or face prosecution, fines and imprisonment. I jest you not,and this is from the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT):

The JCT issued a letter explaining that:

"H.R. 3962 provides that an individual (or a husband and wife in the case of a joint return) who does not, at any time during the taxable year, maintain acceptable health insurance coverage for himself or herself and each of his or her qualifying children is subject to an additional tax."

"If the government determines that the taxpayer's unpaid tax liability results from willful behavior, the following penalties could apply""

Prosecution is authorized under the Code for a variety of offenses. Depending on the level of the noncompliance, the following penalties could apply to an individual:

Section 7203 -- misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

Section 7201 -- felony willful evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years."

There are too many aspects of the House and Senate health care reform bills that we do not understand, or that have been fully thought through. So, my hope is that Lieberman, and others, kill the bill and that they start over.

(Suggest removal) 12/14/09 at 5:37 a.m.

I find in troubling that via a backroom deal a cap on annual benefits was inserted into the health care bill. Even more troubling is that while Reid's office says that the cap cannot be "unreasonable," Reid acknowledges that the bill does not define what is reasonable. When asked about that, Reid's office said that the federal government would "define" it - why does this not me feel all warm and fuzzy. RoadtoNovember. com

(Suggest removal) 12/13/09 at 5:50 p.m.

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