The previous entries in this occasional post were called Bits and Pieces. Frankly, that title didn’t fully suit the content. Truth is, even the most prolific contributors to TheLiberalOC.com have full-time jobs and we miss $#*! every day. Whether trivial or critical, some of the $#*! we missed is worth sharing with you. Oh, butÂ there…
â€œIâ€™m proud of my record in Congress and what Iâ€™ve done to help the people of the 47th District. We still have a lot to do, but if the Republicans were to have their way we would be doing nothing at all.â€
“According to a Medicare Trustees report, the steps we took this year to reform the health care system have put Medicare on a sounder financial footing. Weâ€™ve made Medicare more solvent by going after waste, fraud, and abuse â€“ not by changing seniorsâ€™ guaranteed benefits. In fact, seniors are starting to see that because of health reform, their benefits are getting better all the time.”
Democrats and Republicans agree that this is a serious problem for America. And we agree that if we do nothing -â€“ if we throw up our hands and walk away -â€“ itâ€™s a problem that will only grow worse. Nobody disputes that. More Americans will lose their family’s health insurance if they switch jobs or lose their job. More small businesses will be forced to choose between health care and hiring. More insurance companies will deny people coverage who have preexisting conditions, or they’ll drop people’s coverage when they get sick and need it most. And the rising cost of Medicare and Medicaid will sink our government deeper and deeper and deeper into debt. On all of this we agree.
In his weekly address, President Barack Obama said that the nation cannot lose the current opportunity to finally enact meaningful health care reform. At Thursdayâ€™s meeting on reform, both sides were able to find several areas of agreement, but there were some differences. While the President is willing and eager to move forward with members of Congress from both parties, American families and businesses cannot afford to wait another generation for reform.
At this point, I don’t think it’s well understood how many of the GOP’s central health-care policy ideas have already been included as compromises in the health-care bill. But the GOP’s “Solutions for America” homepage lays out four planks. All of them — are in the Senate health-care bill.
While we await National health care reform out of Washington, in California, Senate Bill 810, the California Universal Health Care Act, passed in the State today today on pretty much straight party line vote, with one notable exception. SB810 is landmark legislation that seeks to establishe a modern universal health care system that will cover…