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  •  we don't know what the senate bill will look (0+ / 0-)

    like because there is no senate bill yet. That is not a disservice.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 10:51:26 AM PDT

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    •  But, you say "there is rumored to be no public (0+ / 0-)

      option" in it -- when there is, in fact, a public option in the HELP Committee bill.  Isn't there?

      That we all -- every one us -- take ourselves seriously is not merely ridiculous. Dag Hammarskjöld

      by Alice Olson on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 10:55:30 AM PDT

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      •  I hope so (0+ / 0-)

        But there are a lot of steps between HELP and when the senate actually produces a bill.

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

        by Greg Dworkin on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 10:58:08 AM PDT

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        •  It's a matter of Sentate Committee Jurisdiction. (0+ / 0-)

          What came out of HELP is in the nature of an unfunded mandate. Without action by the Senate Finance Committee, there's no way to pay for anything. That's what gives an empty suit like Baucus such clout.

          He's either gaming us, and he's really bought off by the dark side of the force, or he's scamming them and in the end will stand aside and let the train go by with a shrug to his erstwhile benefactors. Time will tell.  

          "If you are going to tell people the truth, be funny or they will kill you." Billy Wilder 1906 - 2002

          by LeftOfYou on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 05:27:21 PM PDT

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