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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Blanche drops a hint

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Might this statement mean Sen. Lincoln might actually allow debate on a health care bill?

Key sentence:

Importantly, even if the Senate decides to open debate on this measure, there will be many days and weeks of efforts to improve it and I will look forward to your comments and observations.

Maybe she hears Bill Halter's footsteps. National writers are prowling all over Arkansas today. They saw Olbermann last night. They noticed a simple two-letter word -- no -- was missing when he was asked if he was considering a run for U.S. Senate in the 2010 Democratic primary. He essentially declined to answer the question.

Here's an article out on the pressure Halter is putting on Lincoln from the Democratic side. There's a minor jumble on something attributed to me regarding the Progressive Change Policy Committee. I know nothing about them. I had made a remark about some differences on polling methodology by someone else. Also, just to be clear, I didn't describe Halter as an outspoken supporter of gay rights. I mentioned only that he'd declared his opposition to initiated Act 1, meant to ban adoption by gay couples. That's enough to get the more sweeping brand with some, of course.

Noted: White House heaping praise on Lincoln for her constructive work to make a better health care bill. But wait: Is a recommendation from Hussein Obama really what a candidate for office in darkest Arkansas wants these days?

ALSO: Zogby polling shows Lincoln in a little better shape against Republican opponents than some other polls, but still indicates health care a death vote. I still say health care is a negative in a vacuum, but not necessarily if Congress actually extends health care to millions more Americans, ends arbitrary insurance company rules, etc.

FROM SEN. LINCOLN:

As you may know, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was introduced in the United States Senate on Wednesday night, November 18, 2009.

The Senate Leader agreed to my request to allow 72 hours for Arkansans and the American people to view this proposed health insurance reform bill before the Senate considers a procedural vote that would open debate on the bill.  That vote will be completed by Saturday night, November 21.  While copies of the bill are available from various sources, I just wanted to let you know that I have now posted the entire bill on my website.

Click here to read the full text of the bill.

This is another step in the long task we have undertaken to improve America's health care system so Arkansas working families and small businesses can count on having access to health care without facing potential finance ruin.  I am currently reviewing the text of the bill. Importantly, even if the Senate decides to open debate on this measure, there will be many days and weeks of efforts to improve it and I will look forward to your comments and observations.

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