No, what sets a bad precedent is filibustering every single bill, and having no way for the majority to pass the legislation.Originally Posted by danarhea
(Sorry if that sounds partisan, but it's true. I like to think I'm usually pretty reasonable when it comes to seeing things from other political views...but in this case, the blame IS entirely one-sided. The Republicans have essentially shut down the government by insisting on 60 votes for everything.)
While I'd like to see the public option return, I'm skeptical as to whether or not it can pass. At this point I'd rather see a cleanup bill pass the Senate via reconciliation so that both the Senate bill and the cleanup bill can be ratified, and we at least have SOMETHING. At that point, THEN maybe the Senate can consider adopting the public option via reconciliation.Originally Posted by danarhea
Nah, it's just practical. There's no way to ban preexisting conditions (which pretty much everyone agrees we need) unless we also mandate insurance. Otherwise, people will abuse the system and wait until they get sick to buy insurance.Originally Posted by danarhea
I don't know what makes you think this. The CBO (not known for wildly optimistic projections) concluded that the health reform bill will actually reduce the deficit.Originally Posted by danarhea
One of the prime reasons we need to pass health reform is to get entitlement spending under control. Medicare is on a truly horrifying financial trajectory if nothing changes.Originally Posted by danarhea
And weren't you just saying an insurance mandate (which truly isn't that big a deal to most people) was the equivalent of socialism? Yet you support the status quo on Medicare?
What exactly do you think Medicare does?Originally Posted by danarhea