Roundup: Senate approves healthcare bill
Top story today, and will be adding bloggers’ reactions to the roundup throughout the day:
Senate Passes Health Care Overhaul Bill
The 60-to-39 party-line vote,
The Dems own this one; can’t be blaming Bush if when doesn’t play out the way they want it, but I digress
on the 25th straight day of debate on the legislation, brings Democrats a step closer to a goal they have pursued for decades. It clears the way for negotiations with the House, which passed a broadly similar bill last month by a vote of 220 to 215.
If the two chambers can strike a deal, as seems likely, the resulting product would vastly expand the role and responsibilities of the federal government. It would, as lawmakers said repeatedly in the debate, touch the lives of nearly all Americans.
The bill would require most Americans to have health insurance, would add 15 million people to the Medicaid rolls and would subsidize private coverage for low- and middle-income people, at a cost to the government of $871 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
The Wall Street Journal is running a poll Do you support the Senate bill to overhaul health care?
At the blogs:
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: An “Unusually Good Bill Clinton”
Megan McArdle: The Process of Passing Health Care
Victor the Contractor: A Merry Christmas for Congress from Victor the Contractor
A. J. Strata: Go Home Dems – Stop Trying To Play Santa Claus
Q&O: “Health Care Reform” Passes The Senate, Lady Liberty Passes Out
Ace’s Purple Avenger: Hey, lets just revisit the ObamaCare™ campaign promises eh?
Ed Morrissey: This had about as much suspense as Avatar, but
This goes back to the House, and then likely back again to the Senate, and perhaps even a stop in a conference committee if Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid can’t avoid it. Meanwhile, the appraisal by voters of this effort will continue to get worse and worse, and this will continue to be an albatross around the neck of Democrats in 2010.
Ramesh Ponnuru says It’s Not Over
Health-care legislation could still fail in the House.
Senator Lamar Alexander, in a press release that I just received, states,
“The Senate health bill will prove to be an historic mistake if this or anything like it is ultimately signed by the president. Congress set out to reduce health care costs to Americans and Democrats have managed to do the exact opposite. Their written-in-secret bill will increase health insurance premiums, raise taxes, cut Medicare and dump millions of Americans into Medicaid. For Tennessee, Medicaid’s expansion and the bill’s ‘sweetheart deals’ would cost our state more than $750 million over five years when fully implemented, forcing tax increases or damaging higher education—or both.
“Instead, we should start over and move step-by-step to reduce health care costs using the steps that Republicans have repeatedly proposed: let small businesses pool resources for health insurance; allow purchasing of health insurance across state lines; end junk lawsuits against doctors; eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse; expand health savings accounts; and promote wellness and prevention.”
Andy McCarthy sees Light at the End of the Tunnel?
Don Surber: Obamacare 60, the will of the people 39
More links later.