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laughingliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:11 PM
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Daschle: House Dems should ‘do the right thing,’ pass Senate healthcare bill
House Democrats should “do the right thing” and approve the Senate’s healthcare bill, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) said Monday.

Daschle said it would require “political courage,” to take up the Senate legislation, but that this was better than doing nothing.

Daschle, who was President Barack Obama's failed nominee to be the White House healthcare czar, added, “you could argue that there is just as much political downside to not to pass this than to pass this.”

Daschle made the remarks to reporters after a Bipartisan Policy Center event on the national debt.


http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/77839-daschle-house-...

So, is this a shock that a health care industry lobbyist wants the House to swallow and pass the Senate industry blow job bill?

Daschle's Firm And Group Have Ties To Private Health Care Industry

The firm that houses two of the three former Senate majority leaders who proposed a comprehensive health care compromise plan on Wednesday has been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby on behalf of key players in the health care industry. In addition, the company that presented those findings, the Bipartisan Policy Center, counts as a major fundraiser one of the country's largest pharmaceutical companies.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/18/daschles-firm-...
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Truth2Tell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:13 PM
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1. ...
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gkhouston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:14 PM
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2. The editor of The Hill needs to work on punctuation.
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 04:16 PM by gkhouston
Or maybe they should just try harder to ignore Daschle.
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PDJane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:16 PM
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3. No. They shouldn't.
Daschle is just another paid announcer.
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:16 PM
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4. Tom Daschle is a neocon enabler, and can take a flying f**k at the moon
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:18 PM
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6. +1
Daschle was never any fucking good.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:17 PM
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5. lobby on!
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:01 PM
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15. Exactly. What a huge disappointment you are, Tom. n/t
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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:27 PM
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7. K&R! This Is Important New Evidence That This Is A Bad Bill nt
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:34 PM
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11. Well put.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:28 PM
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8. Gee I can't tell you how much his endorsement means to me
I'll sleep better tonight because of that.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:30 PM
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9. Right. Be brave, and bend over. nt
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laughingliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:20 PM
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18. +1 nt
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:34 PM
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10. I have no interest in anything he says.
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Autumn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:51 PM
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12. “political courage,”?
what does that ass wipe know about “political courage”, his only interest is just like all of our political leaders interests,and those interest being, "Wow I can make a lot of money off this!!" Hookers have more integrity and honor than they do. They give an honest service. No offense to Hookers.
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hughee99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:56 PM
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13. It will take a lot of "political courage" to pass this...
it takes a lot of "balls" to pass this turd and call it reform.
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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:00 PM
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14. Daschle's ties to HC corps. have seriously compromised him on this subject...
A decent man would recuse himself.
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amborin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:53 PM
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17. +1000
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ljm2002 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:13 PM
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16. Well he would, wouldn't he?
After all, he's a recipient of $$$ from the health care industry. Then there's his wife. But he would not acknowledge any conflict of interest, no sirree Bob! And then he's also a member of the most elite club in the world, the U.S. Senate -- as is our President. And they think they know the right way to do things.

Fortunately for the rest of us, the members of the House come up for election every 2 years, and they know at a visceral level that the Senate bill will cause widespread outrage as its outlines become apparent, with the most meager improvements on the one hand, coupled with the onerous mandates on the other, not to mention the tax on good health care plans, ensuring that there will be fewer and fewer of *those* to deal with.

I don't see how anyone can take him seriously on this topic, honestly.
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