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  •  excuse if repeat to thread: by fall (0+ / 0-)
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    I just want people to keep on working.  Just keep working. I want the bill to get out of the committees; and then I want that bill to go to the floor; and then I want that bill to be reconciled between the House and the Senate; and then I want to sign a bill.  And I want it done by the end of this year.  I want it done by the fall.
     

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         I had said, let's get this done by August.  Now, what I was referring to is, let's get bills voted out of the House and the Senate by August.  That still means that we'd have to come back in the fall; we'd have to reconcile the differences between the Senate bill and the House bill; have a new bill; it would go back to the Senate and the House again to be voted on; then finally come to my desk.  Our target date is to get this done by the fall.

        That's the bottom line.  But keep in mind that even if we got it done in the fall, most of these changes would be phased in over several years.  So it's not as if you're going to wake up tomorrow and suddenly the health care system is all changed completely.  We are going to phase this in, in an intelligent, deliberate way.

        But there are some changes that I think have to take effect pretty quick; for example, making sure that we're reducing prescription drugs for seniors.  We shouldn't have to wait a long time to get that done.  (Applause.)  We shouldn't have to wait a long time to make sure that people don't lose their insurance because of a preexisting condition.  There are some things that I think that we can start implementing where there's a pretty broad consensus it needs to get done.

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    So, all right, everybody, stay on your members of Congress. Keep up the heat. We've got to get this done. Thank you.

    This isn't politics. It's the health care system breaking America's families, breaking America's businesses breaking America's economy. - Pres. Obama

    by anyname on Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 05:19:26 PM PDT

    •  We won't get much in the fall (2+ / 0-)
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      No doubt something will get passed, but its highly unlikely it will include a public option or be worth more to consumers than a bucket of warm spit.

      Private health insurers always manage to stay one step ahead of the sheriff - Sen. Sherrod Brown

      by Betty Pinson on Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 07:12:15 PM PDT

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      •  don't want a bucket of warm spit (0+ / 0-)

        do other people agree with your P.O.V.

        This isn't politics. It's the health care system breaking America's families, breaking America's businesses breaking America's economy. - Pres. Obama

        by anyname on Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 08:33:56 PM PDT

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