White House Releases the Real ObamaCare02.22.10
You can download the PDF of the president’s proposal here.
From what I’ve read, it looks like what people expected: a combination of the Senate bill and the House bill. No public option was added; no more federal insurance exchange; the Nebraska deal eliminated along with the Stupak amendment; and many of the taxes won’t go into effect for several years to help ease states into the system.
In some aspects it looks like this proposal is a little more centered with the change of having states create their own insurance markets versus a national one, but then it also removes the abortion language that moves it over to the left. So a few moderate Republicans might be happy with the former but then they, along with the conservative Democrats, will be rather displeased with the latter.
At the end of the day, I don’t know that the actual substance of this proposal will sway any politicians who weren’t already on board with the Senate bill. It’ll lose some Democratic support with the removal of the Stupak amendment, and I highly doubt that it will gain any Republican support for any reason because they’re lock-step in opposition to the bill. But one of the big criticisms of Obama and how the Democrats have handled this health care reform business was their total failure on selling the bill; they let the Republicans demonize it as a socialist, government takeover of health care. And the public bought it. How else can you explain how people tend to approve of the specific elements of the bill but not the actual bill itself? So, we’ll see if this has any affect on public opinion. If it does, it will take away some of the Republican’s ammunition of opposition and hopefully nudge the listless Democrats into signing off on a bill similar to that which almost all of them already voted yes. We’ll see.
Do your part of making an informed opinion: take a look at the proposal. Nothing revolutionary that we haven’t already seen in some form in the House or Senate bills; like expected, it’s a mix of the two. But, try to make up your own mind about it.
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