Harry Reid: Health care bill won't work for Nevada - Las Vegas Sun
1. Poor Baucus, no one has ever hustled harder for any president, against such obstreperous obstacles, as the overworked Gatekeeper, Chair of Senate Finance.No sooner than the Senate Finance Committee's chairman released his long-awaited health care bill today than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it's not good enough for Nevada.
Reid is concerned about the cash-poor state's inability to boost Medicaid spending as would be required under the bill.
“While this draft bill is a good starting point, it needs improvement before it will work for Nevada," Reid said in a statement. "During this time of economic crisis, our state cannot afford to shoulder the second highest increase in Medicaid funding."
Reid said he received assurance from the chairman, Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, that the formula would be changed before the bill goes to committee next week.
"I spoke to the Chair of the Finance Committee and he assured me that this bill will be improved for Nevada," Reid said.
"Let me be very clear, I will not bring a health insurance reform bill to the Senate floor that is not good for Nevada.”
One way the legislation plans to cover more uninsured is to make Medicaid available to more people. Right now Medicaid in Nevada covers limited low-income groups -- primarily pregnant women, children and seniors. The bill would expand care to include childless adults. But that would require a 5 percent increase in funding from the state.
Reid's concerns come after a back-and-forth he and Nevada's governor engaged in Tuesday via letters exchanged on the issue.
The majority leader's objections show just how difficult the task before Congress is in trying to meet the needs of all lawmakers who have problems with the legislation.
2. Before his ink is dry, the Majority Leader proclaims Baucus' bill bereft.
3. It was supposed to be done, final, yet it's BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD one more time for the embattled Baucus.
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4. Back on July 16, Chapter 2 for the tortured chairman, Baucus said, "basically, the president is not helping us."
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5. We've all been waiting and waiting for this work from the wonk, he's waylaid it time and again, letting his Ubiquitous Six have another day, one more week, an additional month to arrive at something winnable.
6. And in less than 24 hours, he's declared a deadbeat.
7. Thus, his "finished product" is ONCE MORE pronounced merely a piece in progress.
8. The party has until October 15, after which the nuclear option, reconciliation, is parliamentarily off the table.
9. Reid's objections are the same as Rockefellers, Feinstein's, Rangel's, Wyden's, a dozen others', and, ironically they're identical to Republicans' reservations.
10. Fines and mandates, a new $8000 per year obligation for uninsured families, massive cuts to M&M, "the mother of unfunded mandates" for the states...
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11. Poor Baucus STOOD ALONE at his press conference today, not a senator at his sad side.
12. In a nutshell, Baucus bent over backward to buy the backing of bluedogs, bipartisans and back benchers, offering up suddenly, out of nowhere, tort reform, enforcement against illegals, a ban on abortion funding.
13. Yet not even Ms Snowe could support him---because the bill is beheld broadly as Obama's.
Snowe falls away, leaving Senate Dems without GOP support on healthcare - TheHill.com
14. The party is going to have to drop the whole thing, soon, its problems appear patently insuperable.
15. The Twelfthers on Saturday, greatest demonstration in DC history, turned out to be the last straw.
16. Reid's expressed concern for his state reflects his worries for his reelection, where polls consistently have him trailing by large margins relative unknowns, a drastically dramatic development.
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