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Current Events: Dems Hiding Behind Filibuster To Justify Political Inaction on Public Option This week the health care reform is a big topic in the news. It is a very big piece of legislation that would change how the insurance sector in the economy works. Obama talked about the Public-Option in the bill when the bill was being discussed earlier. He decided not to put it in the bill when he found that there were not enough votes to pass the legislation through because 60 votes would be needed. Only 51 votes were for public option. When the president decided to use Reconciliation to pass the bill, he still refused to talk about the public option. In public-option the private health insurance companies would have some competition with the government. This would lower costs by a large amount. For the past couple weeks, many lobbyist from the private health insurance
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Unformatted text preview: companies were making trips to the white house to talk about the public-option. The insurance companies are against the public-option because this would cause their profits to greatly drop. Because of this they spent lots of money to lobby against it. According to Greenwald, the democrats were using the filibuster as an excuse to not have a public-option in the bill. When the filibuster was no longer a problem in passing the bill, then the democrats refused to talk about the public-option. This showed that they were just using the filibuster as an excuse. The Obama administration is getting a large amount of criticism because of not including the public-option in the bill. 23 senators said that they would have voted for the bill if there was a public-option. http://www.democracynow.org/2010/2/25/glenn_greenwald_dems_hiding_behind_filibuster...
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This note was uploaded on 07/21/2010 for the course ECO 001 taught by Professor Melkonian during the Spring '10 term at Hofstra University.

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