After nearly a year, the health care reform debate marches on in Washington. Here’s what we know today:
- According to the most recent polling, this bill has never been more unpopular with the American people.
- After setting a March 18th deadline for the House to pass a bill last week, this morning the President announced he will delay his trip to Asia by three days in order to give Congressional leaders more time to pass the legislation.
- The Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives is trying to secure enough votes to pass the Senate health care bill that passed in December with a promise that many issues of concern to Representatives will be “fixed” by a second piece of legislation called reconciliation. (They are using reconciliation because it does not need to get 60 votes to pass the Senate.) This is the same Senate bill that contains the Cornhusker Kickback, Louisiana Purchase, Florida Medicare carve out, and federal funding of abortions, among many other problematic provisions.
- All 41 Senate Republicans have vowed not to vote for any non-budget items in reconciliation which do need 60 votes to pass. These non-budget items are critical to “fixing” the Senate bill.
Here are links to key resources from Heritage on the status of the health care debate:
Are you planning an April 15th Tea Party and need an invitation or promotional flyer?
Heritage has produced three versions of a document you can use for your event entitled “Taxes Are No Laughing Matter.”
Beginning next week, they will be available for download from our new Heritage website (the link will be live soon at http://heritage.org/Initiatives/Entitlements). However, I wanted to get them to you as soon as possible, so I am including temporary links for you to download them from. The first one is a handout to take with you to the tea party:
The other two have white space (one on the front and the other on the back) for your local tea party to use as invitations or promotional flyers. You can just add in your local information, print, fold in half, and they will be ready to use:
If you have any trouble downloading, just reply to this e-mail and I will send you one or all of the pdf’s directly.
As health care dominates the national debate, I wanted to bring three other items to your attention.
- Heritage analyst Brian Riedl outlines the outlines the budget gimmicks employed by the President in his budget that will take our national debt to $74,000 per household over the next decade.
- Senators Chris Dodd and Bob Corker are close to an agreement that would make TARP (the Wall Street bailout) permanent and give the Fed expansive new authority.
- The Heritage foreign policy team proposed Ten Practical Steps to Liberty in Iran.
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