A group of ten senators, five progressives and five moderates, is attempting to come up with a compromise health care reform bill that could be acceptable to the Democrats, and gain their full backing for major change.
The idea is to allow people to buy into Medicare at age 55, instead of 65, bringing millions more into that program, and to allow the Office of Personnel Management to offer alternative programs of health care to other Americans, as they do now to federal employees.
The ten senators involved include progressives Tom Harkin of Iowa, Chuck Schumer of New York, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, and Sherrod Brown of Ohio. The five moderates include Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, David Pryor of Arkansas, and Tom Carper of Delaware.
This new development is a promising possible alternative that would allow health care reform and avoid the controversial “pubic option” opposed by some of the moderates and Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, who also is thought to be a possible part of this new initiative.
Whether this idea of the “Gang of Ten” bears fruit should be known in a very short time, and may produce progress in the ongoing Senate debate that has been occurring day after day, including on the weekend, in the US Senate!
The mayor of Arlington, Tennessee, has become controversial over his outrageous, ridiculous accusation that President Obama, by having given his nationally televised speech from West Point last Tuesday on the war in Afghanistan, pre-empted “Charlie Brown’s Christmas” on television as part of a “Muslim conspiracy” against Christmas!
Mayor Russell Wiseman obviously has an inappropriate last name, as he calls Obama a Muslim, and sees his speech timing as related to his supposed Muslim faith.
As it is, any Presidential speech pre-empts shows on television, but “Charlie Brown’s Christmas” is being shown two more times before Christmas, has been aired every Christmas on television, and is also available on DVD.
For a mayor of a small town or any community to make such an insane statement, and to top it off, on Facebook, shows how low we have fallen in the quality of officeholders that small towns elect. Do they really know the quality of who they elect, or is this a commentary on small towns?
But then again, Sarah Palin was Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, a small town, and look how far she has gone! 🙂
President Obama will, in a speech Tuesday, propose using $200 billion from TARP (Trouble Asset Relief Program) to create jobs, including roads and bridges building, weatherizing homes, and providing aid to individuals and businesses and state and local governments.
This is a good use of the TARP money, rather than just assisting banks and corporations–that is, assist Main Street, along with Wall Street.
The pressure is on to create a NEW DEAL set of employment agencies equivalent to the PWA, WPA and CCC, which had such a major impact on the 1930s and are urgently needed now!