Wednesday, November 25, 2009

White House, AARP Seek to Build on Senate Health Vote

White House, AARP Seek to Build on Senate Health Vote; Bloomberg

The Obama administration and two major lobbying groups are seeking to spur momentum for a health- care overhaul after the U.S. Senate cleared the way for a floor debate that is likely to extend to Christmas or beyond.

The administration released a report yesterday showing how states would benefit from the legislation to expand medical insurance coverage. The American Medical Association and AARP, which support a health-care overhaul, announced a national television advertisement to highlight how they say the measure would improve Medicare and to defeat what they called “scare tactics” by opponents.

“We know opponents of health-care reform won’t rest,” Nancy LeaMond, an AARP executive vice president, said in a statement. The group, which advocates for the interests of seniors, has 40 million seniors. ...

The legislation is intended to cover 31 million uninsured people and curb costs. Like a bill passed Nov. 7 by the U.S. House, the Senate plan would require all Americans to get health coverage. It would set up insurance-purchasing exchanges and provide subsidies for those who can’t afford coverage.

Republicans argue the measure will explode the U.S. budget deficit, cause rationing of health care and fail to produce the cost savings that are a chief goal. Republican leaders estimate the plan’s true cost at about $2.5 trillion over a decade. ...

One major sticking point is the public option. The measure would let individual states choose not to offer it.

: AARP is first and foremost an insurance company...can anyone say collusion.

I say forget the public option, let's start considering nullification. If the states get this rolling, repealing the 17th might be right around the corner.

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