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No Health Care Bill before Christmas

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U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold told a large crowd gathered for a listening session in Iron County last week there would likely be no health care bill before the end of the year - and perhaps not at all.

It was an assessment Feingold said he didn't like, but the prospect of no health care legislation brought a burst of applause from a packed house of nearly 150 citizens at the Mercer Community Center.

"Nobody is going to bring a bill before Christmas, and maybe not even then, if this ever happens," Feingold said. "The divisions are so deep. I never seen anything like that."

Feingold reiterated his appraisal a bit later.

"We're headed in the direction of doing absolutely nothing, and I think that's unfortunate," he said when asked about the plight of uninsured Americans.

The Mercer session was spirited but civil - as Feingold himself accurately described it - with most people focused squarely on the health care issue, followed by the deficit as a runner-up concern.

During the discussion, Feingold said he could not declare whether he would support a health reform bill until he has actually seen one, and he said he would then seek out the opinions of Wisconsinites. The Senate recessed in late July with a deadlocked Senate Finance Committee unable to finish work on a bill.
I like Senator Feingold.
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I hope the bill dies and never rears its ugly head again. Doing nothing (and I don't believe we shouldn't do something) is far better than that monstrosity.
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The Democrats have a clear majority so they don't need a single Republican vote and they still can't seem to get it done. I voted for Obama even though I wasn't a strong supporter but I am beginning to have serious doubts about his leadership ability. It seems he just sits back and lets others take the lead and either things don't get done or there are serious mixed messages. He said there would be no prosecutions of CIA operatives, even went out to Langley and told them that, now there is a special prosecutor appointed. He said there would be a public option, there would be no real reform without it, then we don't really need it. I don't know if it is that he doesn't have leadership traits within his personality or it's the fact that he really is a novice at how to get legislation through Congress. If it's being a novice, that will get better with time if it's the lack of leadership traits then it's going to be a long rough presidency.
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Considering these were cornerstones of his campaign, I was quite surprised when Obama did not present Congress with an initial draft of legislation on both the stimulus and the health care issues, or at least worked privately with a couple of key legislators to get it introduced containing the items that he felt were most important. At least in my memory, that seemed to be the way that Presidents got things done. Instead, he's just let them run wild on the Hill and in this case it has meant that the bills are attrocious and unable to get support from either side.

I thought Joe Lieberman had a really great idea - let the big picture plan go for now while the economy is in trouble. But impliment some of the smaller changes that can be agreed upon by both parties. Start small and move forward. Novel idea for this Congress and President.
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I'd like to see a very simple piece of legislation allowing doctors/medical clinics/other care providers to give free office visits to low-income people to reduce or eliminate their tax liability, and pharmacies to fill scrips and provide medical supplies for the same people, with the same incentive. It wouldn't require any added government infrastructure that needed funded, just a bit of fiddling with the budget to make sure we don't rely on the portion of taxes that currently come from care providers and medical supply providers. I think Congress could probably figure that out this year, if someone would slip them the idea to look for simple solutions.
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