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Political Science 1 Lecture #2 1/21/10 Review from Lecture #1 Widespread belief our political system is broken Sense of disconnection between government and citizen Health care will help determine if our political system is broken Need an understanding of American politics to have background for health care reform Health Care and the Democratic Congress Obama wanted bipartisan support as an ideal way of getting health care passed Wanted to get a bill passed by Summer 2009 Democrats had not had control of Presidency and Congress since 1993-1994 Bill did not pass the House until November 2009 and different bill passed Senate at end of 2009 Negotiations to reconcile bill, and the thought was that Health Care would pass by January 2010 After Massachusetts Senate election, things are not certain for health care to be passed If House doesn’t pass Senate version, good chance no health care reform will be passed Been a bitter partisan divide over Health Care: 1 House Republican, 0 Senate Republicans voted in favor Conservatives dislike the bill because it is too big of a government But liberals hate it too because there is not a “public option” Both bills mandate that people buy health insurance, and companies can’t discriminate based on pre-existing conditions “public option” is a government plan that is a more affordable alternative to private companies health insurance The Public Option Fight Reasons against a public option include Democrats lacked the nerve and toughness to include a public option according to liberals Vast majority of Senate Democrats favor a public option as well as the House
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Political Science 1 Lecture #2 1/21/10 Factions are fighting out the public option bill: one with the majority opinion, one
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2010 for the course PS 12345 taught by Professor Schickler during the Spring '10 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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