(CNN) - Something old and something new to watch this week: The continuing - some say languishing - health care debate, and the launch of the "Cash for Clunkers" program designed to improve the nation's fuel efficiency, not to mention Detroit's bottom line.
"Busy week," was the understatement of a top House Democratic leadership aide as he looked ahead.
Passing health care reform by the end of this week "remains our intention," said the leadership aide.
Translation: the once firm House deadline is in danger, despite Speaker Nancy Pelosi's outspoken confidence.
"When I take this bill to the floor, it will win," Pelosi told us on "State of the Union."
Just when she will take it to the floor is THE question.
Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats meet Monday in another attempt to resolve differences between liberal and conservative Democrats, and the plan is for the committee to "mark up" legislation Tuesday with an eye on committee passage later in the week.
Moderate Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee predicts Pelosi won't get her wish of House action before the August recess.
Cynical lifelong Democrat Tony in Maine predicts that the old white guys will bow to the wishes of their masters and nothing substantive will pass the Senate.
K Street rules – the people drool.
Reformation is not necessarily a good thing.
What if this plan, through all its complexity, provides a channel through which tax dollars are funneled from the poor to an elite few? What if this plan sucks money out of Medicare and Medicaid? What if this plan requires poor people to give their money to rich insurance companies? What if this plan starts taxing the recipients of employer provided health insurance for said insurance?
Who will decide how much you can "afford" to give to the fat, rich, greedy administrators of this plan?
The real question is what kind of bill will be voted on. One that works for the American people or one that was written by the insurance companies. I suspect the latter. America needs nothing less than single-payer health care but political point-scoring and the fact that lobbyists own Congress (or at least enough of it) means that even Obama is scared to speak the real truth. Covering the uninsured is a moral victory, but if it ends up being done through private insurance it will NOT save us money but only serve to feed the insurance industry beast and let it grow even larger, at the expense of future generations.
Thank you Speaker Pelosi for putting American's needs ahead of a vacation break.
Considering how little has been done in the past 10 years, I think they can sacrifice a vacation. If anyone gets sick, they have health insurance.
Now, Pelosi is portrayin' herself as a presumptious person. We feel uncomfortable hearin' this, and let's not count the eggs, before they are hatched.
with the insurance companys propagada machine at work like that canadian shona holmes b. s. commercial americans will still have best health insurance money can bye unless your sick
If the "Boll Weevils" or their new namesakes "the Bluedog Democrats' mess the health care bill up, they may as well resign early and take the job offer they got from their masters at the companies.Their names will be mud,and posted on wanted posters around the country.These are the same southern rednecks that went republican when Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act.John King must be CNNs answer to Faux News."Look we have a rightwing stooge also".This guy could have been a good newsman,nows hes been relegated to batboy.
Probably recess because Congress is more concerned with having their vacation than they are with doing their jobs and getting whats needed done. They need to be forced to stay in session until the problem is handled. I don't get a vacation if my job isn't done, neither should they.
Average Americans are clearly the big losers in all of Nutty Nancy's reform bills..
Tort Reform. Put a cap on malpractice lawsuit. Ambulance chasers like John Edwards (Democrat) made millions suing doctors. The cost in awarding those lawsuits are passed on to consumers. Before a doctor can see a single patient he/she must spend $200,000.00 on Malpratic Insurance. There's a reason why doctor's order unnecessary tests, they have to protect themselves from lawsuits. If you're serious in reforming our healthcare that's what people in Congress must do not socialize medicine. Why punish the majority who has medical insurance coverage for the few who doesn't have it? A lot of those people who doesn't medical insurance are making $75,000.00 annually. But they refuse to buy medical insurance to support their lifestyle. Hell no! I won't pay for your medical insurance.
What will triumph? Lobbyists. have a nice day!
There must be something seriously wrong with this health care plan if our politicians are rejecting it for them and their families? Before it's dump on us we should demand that Pelosi, Kennedy and the other leftist democrats drop their health plan for this new one they're proposing.
Pelosi needs to jump on her chartered jet and go "save" California before she screws up the rest of the nation with her red ink deficiet spending agenda.
what part of D O A does the Botox Babe not get?? hey!...did her face just move??
I wish someone would make pelosi shut up. Her attitude is disgusting and she needs to be forced out of the house. Passing a bad bill is not a success and her attitude of forcing down the people's throat and to defeat the republicans no matter what the cost is disturbing at best.
If we must have national healthcare, (please not government run healthcare as they screw up everything), then take the time to do it right, not just do it. She's like the little piggy who built the straw house. At least she got it done first.
Anyone who thinks Pelosi is looking out for the best interests of all Americans seriously needs their head examined! The best thing for this country is for anything she puts forth to be turned down, and for her to be kicked out in 2010.