Raising Women’s Voices

Health reform stuff as of today (including important amendment language!!)

Posted in DC Reform, Grassroots by raisingwomensvoices on July 8, 2009

The big news is this: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee members have released their amendments for the bill. These amendments include a series of refusal clauses, unborn child protections, and changes from just rape to “forcible rape”. See the post from earlier today here.

In other news, President Barack Obama attempts to rephrase comments made by his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, about the White House’s willingness to go along with a trigger option (a public plan “triggered” by worsening economic situations and further worsening of availability/affordability of private insurance). The President insists that he still strongly supports a public option and that Emanuel’s comment was misconstrued.

In other news, one of the leaders of the Senate, Harry Reid (D-NV) has ordered Senator Max Baucus (D-MT, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee) to stop the watering down of the SFC health care reform proposal. Reid asserted that it is less important to get some Republican votes and more important to get more Democratic votes that will come along with a strong public option and not taxing benefits.

Mike Enzi and Chris Dodd - what troopers. Look at the size of that bill!
Mike Enzi and Chris Dodd – what troopers. Look at the size of that bill!

And of course there is more Congressional Budget Office drama, and more talk about the possible abortion exclusion and what this means for bipartisanship here and here.

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