Wednesday, December 23, 2009

House Democrat Louise M. Slaughter: Scrap Senate Healthcare Bill

Representative Louise M. Slaughter of New York has written an op-ed for that urges Senators to scrap a controversial healthcare bill. Echoing complaints among many liberals, Slaughter criticizes Senate Democrats for scrapping the public plan option, which Democrats -- including President Obama -- have long argued would provide competition for insurance companies and reduce the cost of coverage. Slaughter also criticizes a compromise that would restrain the provision of abortion services to persons in federally subsidized health plans.

Slaughter's essay is located here: A Democrat's view from the House: Senate bill isn't health reform.


Elizabeth said...

Slaughter is right, of course. But we will see how successful the House Dems will be in bringing any changes to the Senate bill. Obama, surprise suprise, now announces that he'll roll up his sleeves and join the fray, helping merge the bills.

The cynical realist in me reads this ("helping merge") as, arm-twist the House Dems into accepting the Senate bill (aka The Insurance and Drug Industry Profits Protection Act) as is.

Merry Christmas, Darren.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Elizabeth: The Senate bill gives me a major headache. I agree with you that Obama is going to "arm-twist" progressives. He has shown the most passion on this issue when blasting his liberal critics. I would say, he was more forceful criticizing the left than he was when he rebutted conservative arguments (regarding death panels, etc).

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