Reconciliation done

 Posted by at 20:30  Democrats, Politics
Mar 252010
 

Congress completed its work on health care reform this evening…

Congress approves final piece of health care overhaul

Congress Thursday passed and sent to President Barack Obama the final piece of landmark health care legislation intended to change dramatically how most Americans buy, use and maintain insurance coverage.

The House approved the bill by a vote of 220 to 207 Thursday night, hours after the Senate passed the measure by a vote of 56 to 43. No Republicans in either chamber voted for either bill.

This legislation, combined with the bill signed into law on Tuesday, will bring the most significant change in health care policy since Medicare was created in 1965 to provide health insurance coverage for seniors and the disabled.

The new laws will extend health insurance coverage to 32 million people who currently are uninsured. They will expand coverage to 94 percent of eligible Americans. Consumers will find a host of changes in how they deal with doctors, insurers, hospitals and the rest of the health care system.

Done, of course, without a single Republican vote. I hope people remember that come November.

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Reprehensible

 Posted by at 14:59  Politics, Republicans
Mar 252010
 

The behavior demonstrated by the Republicans since the passing of the health care bill has been shameful and reprehensible, though not terribly surprising…

Words, and now bricks thrown at lawmakers over health care vote

WASHINGTON — Law enforcement officials are investigating a series of threats against Democrats in the House of Representatives who backed the recent health care legislation, threats that have lawmakers on edge about potential violence against them both in Washington and back home.

“We’ve had some very serious incidents that have occurred in the last 48 to 72 hours,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said at a news conference on Wednesday, adding, “any member who feels themselves at risk is getting attention from the proper authorities.”

The incidents have ranged from threatening phone calls to vandalism of lawmakers’ offices. Hoyer initially wouldn’t give say how many lawmakers feel threatened, but when pressed, he said: “a significant number, over 10.”

“A lot of members are concerned about threats since the weekend,” said Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo…

Congressional leaders are usually reluctant to discuss security publicly, but Hoyer spoke out after five days of reported incidents against supporters of the bill House Democrats approved Sunday night and President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday.

Given the rhetoric spewed by the leaders of the Republican party over the past year or so, it is difficult to understand how this type of behavior could have caught anyone by surprise. The simpletons are only doing as they have been told.

The following video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast March 24, 2010.