Senate Democrats unveil healthcare bill

“The Finish Line is IN SIGHT” (Sen. Chris Dodd)

Read The Bill: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act


WASHINGTON — The political stakes enormous, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid launched long-awaited health care legislation Wednesday estimated to extend coverage to 94 percent of eligible Americans at a cost of $849 billion.

Initial maneuvering on the Senate floor was expected later in the week on the measure, bitterly opposed by Republicans eager to deny President Barack Obama a victory on his top domestic priority.

Officials have said the measure would require most Americans to carry health insurance and would mandate large companies to provide coverage to their workers, as well as ban insurance company practices such as denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions.

As rank-and-file Democrats gathered to learn details of the measure, a senior Democratic leadership aide said the Congressional Budget Office had estimated it would spread coverage to 31 million Americans who currently lack it while still reducing federal deficits by a total of $127 billion over 10 years.

The aide also cited a CBO estimate that the bill would achieve cuts of $1 trillion over a decade in projected health care costs. The estimate of 94 percent coverage was less than the 96 percent estimated for legislation the House passed earlier this month, but no precise comparisons were possible without as-yet-unreleased CBO documentation.

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity, saying rank-and-file senators had not yet learned of the details.

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Reid ‘cautiously optimistic’ about getting 60 votes on health bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid scrambled to lock down votes behind a health-care bill that he is expected to present Wednesday night to his Democratic caucus.

The Nevada Democrat would not confirm that he had received commitments from all 60 members of his caucus to overcome GOP procedural objections and bring the bill to the Senate floor, saying only, “I feel cautiously optimistic that we can do that. I think we’re together as a caucus.”

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14 responses to “Senate Democrats unveil healthcare bill

  1. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) is disrupting the proceeding, the Republicans are stonewalling, delaying, they seem to want a meltdown in Congress.

  2. she was screaming like a banshee “I object” “I object”–

    I saw Sonny Bono’s wife up there, I forget her name, but she mouthed the republican talking points that this is a “job killing bill” but I swear, the look on her face was “my hearts not in this”

  3. tee hee:

    Nancy Pelosi just said “Thank you very much Mr. Whip” 🙂

  4. Steny Hoyer is sounding VERY confidant that the House will PASS this bill, H.R. 3962

    it’s a GREAT day in America.

  5. audiegrl

    Ok, this is what I found at, this is currently the legal and financial aspects of how abortion is handled.

    Q. Does insurance cover the cost of an abortion?
    A. Almost two-thirds of insurance companies cover elective abortion to some degree. Contact your insurance company to find out if you are covered.

    Q. Does military insurance cover the cost of an abortion?
    A. At this time, military health plans cover abortion only in cases of life endangerment.

    Q. Does Medicaid or other state-assisted health insurance cover the cost of an abortion?
    A. Medicaid is only required to cover abortion in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. However, some states do cover abortion as part of their Medicaid policies.

    Q. Where can I get a free abortion?
    A. Although you may be able to receive financial assistance from local or national abortion funds, it is unusual to obtain care cost-free. Call the NAF Hotline for more information on funding assistance.

    Q. Is it possible for an undocumented citizen to have an abortion in the United States or Canada?
    A. Yes. The provider will require proof of identity, but your citizenship is irrelevant. Immigration Services will not be notified.

  6. audiegrl

    They need to throw all those yelling, screaming, and disrupting people out of the House. What the hell do they think this is a town hall?

    Show some respect for the decorum of the House. Jeez!

  7. audiegrl


    • I think the Republican who voted yes is from LA

      in William Jefferson’s district.

      • audiegrl

        Joe Cao 🙂 When he ran, he was on his own, with no help from the Republican party.

        His district has a very high number of very poor people, who need this bill. If he had voted no, he would have been in trouble at home.

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