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Reconciliation Roadblocks

POSTED: Friday, December 25, 2009 - 9:27pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 3:07am

This conference committee has its work cut out...

Both houses of Congress have passed healthcare reform bills, and now the real work begins.

There was a lot of back slapping and high fiving on Christmas Eve when the Senate voted for healthcare.

But the smiles are gone now as everyone wonders how these very different bills can be made one.

The Senate and House both passed healthcare reform bills, and a select group will meet in conference to blend them together into one bill that not only satisfies the conferees, but has a snowball’s chance of passing in both chambers.

This one is tough as the differences in some areas are stark.

The primary disagreement surrounds the so-called public option for healthcare buyers. The House has it, and the Senate doesn’t.
60 Democrats in the house has said they won’t vote for any bill without the option, so the task this committee faces is huge.

Abortion language is slightly different as is the funding mechanism.

So the leadership has its job cut out, but everyone is making hopeful noises at the moment.

In the meantime, Republicans vow to use every parliamentary gimmick in the book to slow down the process.

So the battle lines are drawn, but for the moment, the big roadblocks are being set up by Democrats.

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I think everyone needs to do a little research before you place blame. Lets look at the 38 years of National Debt before Obama. Also let me remind all of you that you can not place the blame on the Congress either because it is the President who signs a budget into law. A President could reject a budget and send it back to Congress for reduction like President Clinton did several times. Remember, The BUCK STOPS WITH THE PRESIDENT.
1970 389.2(billion)
1980 930.2
1990 3,233.3(trillion)
2000 5,674.2
2005 7,932.7
2006 8,506.9
2007 9,007.6
2008 11,315.0
As of September 2008 the National Debt was 11,315.0 Trillion after the National Debt Limit was raised for the 7th time under President George W. Bush. The National Debt was increased by 10,925.8 Trillion Dollars from 1970 to Sept. 2008.
Lets take a look at who was the Presidents during this massive spending increase.
Richard M. Nixon-Republican Jan. 20, 1969-Aug.09, 1974
Gerald R. Ford-Republican Aug. 09,1974- Jan. 20, 1977
Jimmy Carter-Democrat Jan. 20, 1977 - Jan. 20, 1981
Ronald Regan-Republican Jan. 20, 1981 - Jan. 20, 1989
George H. Bush-Republican Jan. 20, 1989 - Jan. 20, 1993
William J. Clinton-Democrat Jan. 20, 1993 - Jan. 20, 2001
George W. Bush-Republican Jan. 20, 2001 - Jan. 20, 2009

LOOKS LIKE 5 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS AND 2 DEMOCRAT PRESIDENTS PRESIDED OVER THE LARGEST INCREASES IN OUR NATIONAL DEBT. I THINK THE REPUBLICANS NEED TO ACCEPT THEIR RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR DEBT PROBLEM

26 YEARS OF REPUBLICANS AND 12 YEARS OF DEMOCRATS

This is just one more nail in the coffin for the U.S. With all the debt we owe to China, Saudia Arabia and others it's just a matter of time before we will go bankrupt and/or be politically controlled by by our creditors.

This has been brought about by years of deficit spending by both Democrats and Republicans. Both parties are equally guilty of destroying our country.

The younger generation and may not so young Americans don't seem to understand enough to stop this over spending. Hopefully they will understand and start to get mad when their ability to buy a new home and pay for their kids schooling will be gone in a few years due to high inflation, high taxes and the loss of good jobs. And, for those who are lucky enough to have jobs, the tax rate will have to go to 50% or more on the middle class to pay for all our social welfare, military and environmental programs.

I hate to sound pessimistic but there is really nothing we Americans can do about it at this point. It's gone way beyond fixing. Government has destoyed our wonderful country.

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