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Orangepeel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:43 PM
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Bill Nelson seems to support the Finance Committee Bill
Jerk.

email from him, dated the 14th, but received today (maybe I'm at the bottom of his email list):

September 14, 2009

Dear Orangepeel,

Most of the calls and mail coming into my office these days are from constituents worried about health care. Regardless of where anyone stands on the specifics of this issue, I think we all can agree the current system is unfair, too costly, and needs to be fixed.

President Obama gave some clearer answers in his speech to Congress last week about his views on reform. I found it interesting that what the president described is pretty close to the bill I'm helping prepare as a member of the Senate Finance Committee. I want to tell you basically what this bill does.

In essence, it will let folks happy with their insurance keep it, including seniors on Medicare and veterans. It also will create a marketplace--exchanges--where those without coverage, or those who are unhappy with what they have, can get coverage at an affordable price.

The bill will hold insurers' feet to the fire by requiring them to cover everyone and preventing them from dropping individuals who get sick. Additionally, it will contain several measures aimed at reducing overall medical and prescription drug costs and eliminating waste and fraud in the system.

I still intend to offer several amendments aimed at further improving the legislation. One of my amendments would require drugmakers to provide rebates to Medicare, just like they do to Medicaid. This would save Medicare a ton of money. Further, by eliminating the tax break drugmakers get for TV and other advertising, we would gain another $37 billion over the coming years to help pay for health care reforms.

The Senate Finance Committee will begin considering this bill as early as this week. Meantime, please know that I value your continued input.
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uponit7771 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:44 PM
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1. Ah, just got through asking what other blue dog besides Baucus is supporting Baucus's bill
...and it looks like at least one taker.
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:46 PM
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2. Why doesn't this surprise me?
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quantass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:51 PM
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3. No surprises here...saw this coming months ago. nt
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LiberalAndProud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:56 PM
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4. In other news ... Ben Nelson hasn't said.
http://journalstar.com/news/local/article_0d11dec4-a2de...

Nelson: GOP needs to compromise on health care

Compromise on health care reform is a two-way street, Sen. Ben Nelson said Wednesday.

Republicans need to demonstrate "the same willingness to compromise that they're asking from the (Democratic) majority," Nelson said.

And they need to provide "the same level of specifics they demand from the president," the Democratic senator said.

Just as the Senate Finance Committee has sought bipartisan cooperation in shaping its health care reform bill, Nelson said, there will be "an opportunity for bipartisanship on the floor."



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