healthcare reform

GOP calls move to private exchanges #brokenpromises

The Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives sends out frequent press releases. Committee Member Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC2) often shares info from the Committee, as she did on the local evening news in Raleigh tonight.

Today the Committee issued a release that implied that the move by Walgreens to change how it provides health benefits to its employees was in response to "Obamacare" implementation. The hashtag #BrokenPromises was included in the release.

Far Right attacks Affordable Care Act

From NBC News:

most Americans say they don't have a good grasp of what the law entails. Thirty-four percent say they don’t understand the law very well, and another 35 percent say they understand it only “some.”

Rep. Renee Ellmers is still beating the drum of how "Obamacare" will hurt US' economy and health system. She said on Twitter: "Americans by 45-23% say #Obamacare will have negative rather than positive impact on healthcare system." This is true.

Giving the insurance companies control over healthcare reform implementation:

To no one's surprise on Blue NC, they're not even trying to hide the buying of policy anymore. The NC House Insurance Committee has taken up a controversial bill (H-115) that gives insurance companies a large role in overseeing how consumers will be able to buy "affordable" insurance coverage through a state-level “health benefits exchange” to be created under the new national health reform law.

So Renee, do you support Paul Ryan’s bill to gut Medicare?

Update by James with short answer: Yes, Ellmers does support destroying Medicare.

Last cycle, Republican’s across the nation ran against President Obama’s healthcare reform plan by scaring seniors about ‘Death Panel’s’ and how the President’s plan would cut over $500 billion from Medicare. Although both claims are completely misleading, that didn’t stop Renee Ellmers from using those lies to attack Bob Etheridge for his support of heathcare reform.

Healthcare reform

For those who are for and those who are against the national health care reform, there is a website that very clearly and simply lays out the reforms and when they are implemented. Go to

This is a site sponsored by The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Leahy's Proposed Amendment To Wall Street Reform Bill To Repeal Antitrust Exemption For Health Insurers up for vote TODAY

Senator Leahy has introduced an amendment to the Wall Street Reform Bill S.3217 that would repeal the anti-trust exemption that the private health insurance industry has. It's up for a vote today or tomorrow.

Please call Senator Hagan and ask her to support the Leahy Antitrust Exemption Amendment!

Amendment number -Leahy #3823 (health insurance antitrust enforcement)

(202) 224-6342 Sen. Hagan's office
(202) 224-3121 switchboard

Franken's amendment #3991 passed 64-35 on credit ratings issue

Chris Bowers (Open Left) writes:

Why I flipped on healthcare

If there's one thing I believe in, it is experimentation. The way you find out if things will work is to try them. In the healthcare arena, I would have preferred experimenting with something more bold (Single Payer Plus) than the current reform legislation. But what do I know. More to the point, what does anyone know? We're all just guessing. And if history is any indicator, even the best of our guesses will come up short. That's what experiments are for. We do what we can do, and then we build on it. It's called progress.

Teh baggers on parade

Top 10 immediate benefits of HCR

Actually, I'm only sharing the top five, because I want you to go to Progressive Pulse to see the others benefits.

  • Prohibit pre-existing condition exclusions for children in all new plans
  • Provide immediate access to insurance for uninsured Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition through a temporary high-risk pool
  • Prohibit dropping people from coverage when they get sick in all individual plans
  • Lower seniors prescription drug prices by beginning to close the donut hole
  • Tax credits to small businesses to purchase coverage
  • Eliminate lifetime limits and restrictive annual limits on benefits in all plans

David Price steps up


Washington, DC – Flanked by constituents who favor comprehensive health insurance reform, Representative David Price (D-NC) today announced his support for the legislation that will come before the House of Representatives later this week. Rep. Price is the first member of congress from North Carolina to announce that he will back the legislation, lending more momentum to one of President Barack Obama’s top initiatives.

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