The Senate Democrats have hammered out a health care compromise without a government-run public option but with an expansion of government-run Medicare:
Senior Senate Democrats reached tentative agreement Tuesday night to abandon the government-run insurance plan in their health-overhaul bill and to expand Medicare coverage to some people ages 55 to 64, clearing the most significant hurdle so far in getting a bill that can pass Congress.Wait...what? Wasn't the new health care program going to be funded by a half-trillion dollar cut in Medicare?
Shut up, they explained, everybody's going to be totally stoked about the new plan. Well, everybody except the doctors and hospitals:
The American Medical Association said it opposes expanding Medicare because doctors face steep pay cuts under the program and many Medicare patients are struggling to find a doctor. Hospitals also said expanding Medicare and Medicaid is a bad idea.So doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, state governments, and the American people all think this health care reform is a dog. But Congress is going to cram it down our throats and Obama is going to sign any piece of paper with the words "health care" on it. But it's all gonna work out: you have to believe!
Wow, check out those shorts.
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