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Friday, June 19, 2009

A headline and a lede that anyone with two brain cells to rub together should choke on

'scuse ME...?!?! we fork over literally TRILLIONS to the banks, investment firms, insurance companies, automakers, and everyone else associated with the money and power structure in this country and we can't manage to come up with funding for health care...? un-fuckingly-believable...
Obama Initiatives Hit Speed Bumps
On Capitol Hill

High Price Tag For Reform Bill Prompts Sparring And a Delay

President Obama's hopes for quick action on comprehensive health-care reform ran headlong this week into the realities of Congress, as lawmakers searching for the money to pay for a broad expansion of coverage discovered that it wasn't easy to find and descended into partisan -- and intraparty -- bickering.

A set of unexpectedly high cost estimates -- arcane data that nevertheless carry enormous import in the legislative process -- sent shockwaves along Pennsylvania Avenue and forced one key committee to delay action on its bill, probably until after the July 4 recess.

In a high-level meeting at the White House yesterday, Obama conveyed his concern over early pronouncements by the Congressional Budget Office that a bill drafted by the Senate health committee would cover just 16 million additional people at a cost of $1 trillion, said one official with knowledge of the session who was not permitted to talk to reporters and so spoke on the condition of anonymity.

somebody grab me quick and slap me really, really hard... i'm rapidly losing all grip on reality...

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