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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Health bill fine print

Posted By on Sun, Nov 8, 2009 at 7:40 AM

Let the rehashes -- and the Senate debate -- begin. Meanwhile, here are some details on fine print in the House bill, including some tax equality for those who enjoy domestic partnership insurance benefits through enlightened employers and new requirements for nutritional labeling on vending machines.

Here's the background, too, on how the anti-abortion insurance rider was added to the bill. It would prevent any coverage by holders of new insurance to be made available under the legislation. Life or health of the mother at stake in an abortion decision? She'll have to pay her own money to save her life. Or anticipate that she'll need an abortion some day in paying for an insurance rider.

The NY Times also notes:

Lawmakers in the House voted 220 to 215 on Saturday night to approve a sweeping overhaul of the US health care system. Only one Republican voted for the bill, and 39 Democrats opposed it, including 24 members of the fiscally conservative [sic -- these guys spend money like drunken sailors on defense, pork, agri subsidies, etc.] Blue Dog Coalition. An overwhelming majority of the Democratic lawmakers who opposed the bill — 31 of the 39 — represent districts that were won by Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, in the 2008 presidential election, and a third of them were freshmen. Nearly all of the fourteen freshmen Democrats who voted “no” represent districts that were previously Republican and are considered vulnerable in 2010. Geographically, 22 lawmakers from southern states formed the largest opposition bloc.

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