samclem, thanks for these updates. I don't think these special deals help to convince the public that this bill is "for the common good".
Gallup poll is showing only 37% of the public would tell their reps to vote for the bill, add in the "leaning to" vote for the bill, and it is still a minority (49%).
Healthcare Bill Support Ticks Up; Public Still Divided
On an earlier post...
Originally Posted by samclem
We've discussed the sly bits of budgetary subterfuge that help the Senate bill look more budget neutral, and there's been some question about the real cost after everything is in place. I looks like about $100 billion in additional federal red ink every year. Here's the source of that helpful factoid, a column
in the Arizona Republic. The assumptions look fair to me. ...
These are big numbers, so if I break it down correctly - $100B in red ink every year, divided by ~ 300M people in the US, that is an added $333 of added debt each year for each person. At first, I was thinking "cost", but if I have that right it isn't "cost", it's the amount of spending we are not paying for, just adding to the debt.
I'll go back to statements I made months ago - it seems hypocritical to me for people to say "we want health care reform now" if they are not willing to pay for it now (let our kids/grandkids pay tomorrow for the health care we want today).
"I'll gladly pay you Tuesday, for a hamburger today...." Hey, at least Wimpy was willing to pay for it himself....
Maybe that should be: I'll gladly let your kid pay you Tuesday, for my hamburger today....