Skip to main content

Obama's first choice manage health care reforms, Senator Tom Daschle shared the House/Senate Conference Committee's recipe for some really nasty sausage. The New York Times is reporting the final bill's details according to Sen. Daschle:

Daschle Handicaps the Final Health Bill

 Among Mr. Daschle’s predictions:

   * The final legislation will not contain the House bill’s provision for a tax on high incomes, but will contain an excise tax on so-called Cadillac insurance plans with annual premiums above $25,500 — higher than the $23,000 level currently in the Senate bill, which has created a backlash among labor groups and others.

(1) They refuse to tax the ultra wealthy elites, but they have no problem taxing workers for their employer provided health care insurance.

   * There will not be a mandate for employers to insure their workers, but there will be a mandate for individuals to carry insurance.

(2) Lets call this one the Walmart Loophole. Go after the employee, leave the employers be.

You want to bet the Walton family billionaires prefer this version?

   * The subsidies to enable people to buy insurance will end up somewhere between the more generous levels in the House bill and the less generous ones in the Senate.

(3) So the subsidies to individuals have gone from paltry to inadequate.

   * Insurers would be able to charge older people 2.5 times as much as younger ones for policies. The House bill has a 2 to 1 ratio, and the Senate bill has it at 3 to 1.

(4) So your costs will rise as you approach the magic age of 65 years old.  

   * The starting date for insurance reform will be "somewhere around 2014 and not much sooner than that.

(5) To give private insurers plenty of time to run us through their ringer until 2014 arrives.

   * Cost containment in the bill would be of "minimal value’’ at the beginning.

(6) This is bad to workers, their employers, and the American economy in general since we can expect health care costs to consume even larger shares of our income, our profits, and our GDP, since it makes only feeble attempts to rein in costs in the near term.

I confess I clung so some measure of optimism until I read this litany of offensive details in the bill.

No Employer Mandate?

And these are Democrats?

Are you FREAKING Kidding me?!

Are Democrats that politically tone deaf?

I wouldn't be surprised if this bill is so bad that it attracts a number of Republican votes.

Originally posted to Lefty Coaster on Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 06:23 PM PST.


Do you find this recipe for sausage appetizing?

5%9 votes
10%17 votes
58%93 votes
4%7 votes
17%28 votes
3%5 votes

| 159 votes | Vote | Results

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site