Make no mistake; Dirty Harry Reid will try and pull the same sneaky things that Pelosi did on a late-night Saturday vote where few people were paying attention. The Senate will face even tougher opposition as insurance companies, pharma, and the American people line up to say NO to this bill. Without Lieberman and Snowe, the Democrats will fall short of the 60 votes needed to pass any bill. Stick to your guns people and call Senator Snowe and make your voices heard. Kill the Bill!
Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) — Insurers such as WellPoint Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield and drugmakers are redoubling their efforts to fight proposals to overhaul the U.S health-care system, adding another obstacle as legislative hurdles mount.
The insurers oppose competition from a new government-run program that’s included in both the House and Senate plans. The trade group representing drugmakers such as Pfizer Inc. says a House provision to allow the government to negotiate drug prices for Medicare would cost tens of thousands of jobs.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won passage of her version of the legislation on Nov. 7 only after forcing her party’s liberal wing to make concessions and can’t count on those votes for a final version. In the Senate, time is running out to get a bill passed this year, leaving the effort vulnerable to a loss of momentum and a new backlash from Republicans in 2010.
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