Democrats in the Senate Hesitant on Medicare Expansion

- By Bossip Staff

As the health care debate continues in Washington, so does the  unwillingness to expand Medicare coverage.  This time, the Democrats in the Senate oppose the expansion.

Senate Democrats on Monday evening dropped a plan to expand Medicare, winning the support of moderates and the reluctant acquiescence of liberals, in another major step toward building enough support to pass a health-care overhaul.

The idea of letting people ages 55 to 64 buy into Medicare, announced just last week, had threatened to explode the Democrats’ hopes of getting a bill through the Senate.

So with the rejection of the Medicare expansion plan, the Democrats still feel that an overall health care reform bill can be passed.

The consensus on dropping the Medicare expansion puts Democrats close to locking up the 60 votes they need to overcome Republican opposition.

Republican Senator John McCain said,

“Whether expansion of Medicare is in or out…doesn’t affect the core problem with this legislation, which is that it does not reduce costs” and increases the size of government.”

Republicans decried the Democratic deal making, and urged the majority party to slow action on legislation they contend will undermine the U.S. economy.

So with both parties still opposing certain aspects of the expansion, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and other party leaders want to “head off the dispute” between the parties.

“Democrats aren’t going to let the American people down,” Mr. Reid said. “We all stand shoulder to shoulder.”

So with the ongoing opposition to proposed Medicare expansion and other ideas to turn around health care in this country, do you feel that there is too much resistance in Washington and not enough cooperation? Furthermore, do you feel that Medicare should be expanded? Let us know your thoughts on this issue.

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  • Gimmeabreak78

    I can’t believe there is this much resistance to changing our broken health care system. I guess the folks on Capitol Hill think status quo is just fine.

  • Janae

    I all for the provision of affordable health insurance to all Americans. But, I want to know not only the details of the program, but also how much it costs and where the money is coming from to pay for it.

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    “I’m all…”

  • eveinthegarden

    Uh…so no public option, no expansion of Medicare for even those 55 and older. What are these coveted 60 votes coming together to DO????

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  • Somali Ninga

    man ya’ll americans should just go to canada or europe cuz this healthcare fiasco will never end.

  • KeepNit2Real

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    12/15/09, 13:15:pm

    I can’t believe there is this much resistance to changing our broken health care system. I guess the folks on Capitol Hill think status quo is just fine.
    ____________

    status quo affords the moneymongers opportunity to get paid under the table.

    Obama’s plan blows the game wide open!

  • Txhustla15

    Heh was laughing too hard on the previous comments that my grammar is waay off…swear some people need to read books

    “status quo affords the moneymongers opportunity to get paid under the table.” – Yeah KeepNit2Real, dam man thats the truth of it though, business as usual – its funny since we are the only country in the entire planet earth that has a issue with something so basic. This should be the focus with global warming instead of Tigers Jumpoff from dennys

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    Txhustla15

    12/15/09, 14:54:pm

    Heh was laughing too hard on the previous comments that my grammar is waay off…swear some people need to read books

    “status quo affords the moneymongers opportunity to get paid under the table.” – Yeah KeepNit2Real, dam man thats the truth of it though, business as usual – its funny since we are the only country in the entire planet earth that has a issue with something so basic. This should be the focus with global warming instead of Tigers Jumpoff from dennys
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  • t

    Yall are fools if you think a gov’t takeover is going to solve anything. It will only make it worse.

    My wife is an english born jamaican. I often hear first hand accounts of what gov’t run healthcare is like. My brother-in-law in England had to wait 8 weeks to get into the dentist because of a tooth ache. He lost the tooth because the needed treatment was not covered under their “public option”. He may have had the money to pay for it himself, but unfortunately he is strapped with a 45% income tax rate (he’s a plumber, not a baller). This is exactly where we are headed if Obama or Pelosicare passes.

    People are only supporting this because they support Obama, but he can only be the president a max of 8 years.

    Question: WOULD YOU WANT SOMEONE LIKE GEORGE BUSH TO BE IN CHARGE OF THE CARE YOUR DR GIVES?

    Reform? ABSOLUTELY
    Gov’t Run? HELL NO!!

    Besides, if a public option is so great why do all the Europeans and British (except my Mrs, of course) have such bad teeth?

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  • t

    funny how they’re not talking about how the public option has also been removed from the bill. it was just a couple of small news headlines saying they would not keep it n the bill. i dont understand why the “liberals” wont stand up for what they believe in. conservatives never have a problem speaking up

  • stl

    ok look how long it took to get to this point from the previous terms ,that bush jr failed to take the time to aleast look over some of the bills that was left from clintons adm. but yet we put billions into iraq and nobody said a damm thing , what a price to pay for the arrogant politics and thier bull crap.

  • stl

    what ever the demos put out it”s a prolem with the repub, face it they”re sore losers

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