Senate to Debate Health Care Next Week…Maybe

By November 13, 2009Health Care, Taxation

CBS Marketwatch, “Reid hoping to bring up health bill in Senate next week“:

“We hope to move to health reform,” said Reid spokeswoman Regan Lachapelle on Friday. No date has been set to bring the bill to the floor for debate, she said, adding that Reid wants to bring it up “as soon as we can.”

Reid hasn’t yet unveiled a bill he melded together from separate measures passed by the Senate committees on finance and health. The Congressional Budget Office is still poring over the majority leader’s plan, and the analysis it comes up with be influential in the debate.

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Maybe it won’t go quite that quickly. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, told a Republican gathering in Iowa that anticipates extended debate. From, “Grassley looking for “weeks” of Senate debate on health care reform“:

“You’re restructuring one-sixth of the economy,” Grassley said. “Health care, just the words; life or death issues for 306 million Americans. It ought to be taken pretty seriously. And when most of the program doesn’t get started until 2013, what’s the hurry of getting to get it done right now instead of getting it done right?

In the meantime, all sorts of new tax increases are being thought up to finance the health care bill’s new programs, coverage and government control.

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