Thursday, January 14, 2010

DCExaminer Morrning Email Blast

Healthcare Backroom Deals Need To Cease

Chris Stirewalt - Who, exactly, wants this health bill anyway?
Liberals of the Washington breed say that giving the federal government responsibility for all health care is the first step toward a single-payer system. They believe what's on the cusp of passage will fail in practice, but that its failure will lead to successive reforms that eventually fulfill the New Deal dream.
To conscientious liberals, selling out to Big Pharma and the insurance industry sounds idiotic. But they do not feel the burning need to beat Republicans, by any means necessary, as their representatives in Washington do.

Mark Hemingway - Unions struck a deal to exempt them from 'Cadillac tax' funding health care reform?
The so called "cadillac tax" on expensive health plans is a major funding mechanism for health care. So if a huge percentage of people with expensive health care plans now become exempt from the tax, isn't this going to have a radical impact on the bill's finances and how it is being paid for? Won't the CBO have to re-score the whole thing? It's hard to imagine that exempting unions from the tax isn't going to make the bill much more expensive without some new mechanism to raise revenue.

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