Obamacare Sliding Off The Rails?

House Energy and Commerce health care markup scrapped.

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The House Energy and Commerce health care markup planned for this afternoon has been canceled, with the panel’s Democrats being summoned to the White House as President Barack Obama hopes to break its logjam.

Seven Blue Dog Democrats on the panel have threatened to block the legislation unless major changes are made that cut costs overall and also direct more funding to rural areas. The markup is scheduled to resume Wednesday.

Is Obama’s Consigliare, Rahm “Fingers” Emanuel, going to make them an offer they can’t refuse?  Perhaps he’ll deliver a fish wrapped in newspaper to send a message to those who aren’t receptive.

UPDATE #1: Steny Hoyer:  Health Care Vote Before Recess Unclear

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is confirming what leadership aides have been signaling: that the House may not vote on a health care package before leaving town at the end of next week for a monthlong August break.

“I’ll make that decision next week. I’m not going to make it now,” Hoyer told reporters at his weekly roundtable.

Update #2: Governors send strongly worded letter to Congress

The nation’s governors have sent a letter to Congress urging them not to impose “unfunded federal mandates and reforms that simply shift costs to states” as they consider health care reform. A House proposal would provide permanent funding for Medicaid expansions, which the governors support.

Writing on behalf of the National Governors Association, chairman Jim Douglas (R) of Vermont says:

Any unfunded expansions would be particularly troubling given that states face budget shortfalls of over $200 billion over the next three years. This gap persists even after the Recovery Act’s temporary increases in the federal share of Medicaid, which was essential for avoiding dramatic cuts to critical state services and was greatly appreciated by governors.

Governors welcome the opportunity to share and expand upon the innovative reforms we have instituted in our states to expand coverage, reduce cost and improve the quality of health care. These reforms should inform congressional efforts and must be preserved and encouraged as part of any national reform.

We appreciate your willingness to work with us to pursue financing options that are sustainable at both the federal and state levels.

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4 thoughts on “Obamacare Sliding Off The Rails?

  1. I’m hoping that the blue dogs will stand firm, but I fear that Obama will make them an offer they can’t refuse.

  2. The states should be the focal point for healthcare reform. In addition to being common sense, this solution is also constitutionally golden.

    If certain states like Massachusetts or California want to dabble in universal healthcare of some sort, then so be it. If other states like Texas or Montana don’t because the nanny state is inimical to their values then so be it.

    Furthermore if it is true that a single payer system actually reduces a businesses operating costs, then states with a universal health care plan of some sort would become very attractive to businesses seeking to escape the crushing costs associated with insuring employees.

    Of course since this soution doesn’t require the pissing away trillions of dollars or lead to the erosion of individual liberties and the creation of a gargantuan federal bureaucracy, I’m sure it won’t see the light of day in this administration.

    Lopps send me an e-mail. I have a question for you.

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