View Full Version : Religion Think Progress has highlights of the 500+ amendments suggested for Finance bill.

09-21-2009, 11:41 PM
Great read for the wonky among us. Hell it comes from the Wonk Room itself.

Igor Volsky highlights some of the ideas listed. Some good ("helpful"), others have no real affect other than a political affect ("political"), and some are just vapid political manuvers ("dubious"). He categorizes the highlights into three categories: coverage, financing, and delivery system.

Now as if I need to remind anybody, ThinkProgress is a liberal site. The ideas they like are liberal, and the ideas they don't like are Republican.

Nonetheless, this is a great resource to take a look inside the debate.

I'll post the intro piece, but leave the rest for you to click through, since it's basically a big grid.

Rockefeller is the shit on this topic, by the way. Wyden only has a few mentioned, but for the most part this Finance bill's livelihood rests on Baucus' willingness to incorporate Rockefeller's ideas. And, of course, it's a coops-vs.-public option stare down between those two men.

Kudos to Volsky for this outstanding work.


Republicans Amend Baucus Bill To Lower Affordability Standards, Stop Funding For ACORN
By Igor Volsky on Sep 20th, 2009 at 9:08 am

Members of the Senate Finance committee have submitted 534 amendments to Sen. Max Baucus’ (D-MT) health care mark. Democrats introduced several amendments re-instating the public insurance option, expanding Medicare to Americans 54 to 65, striking the network of consumer driven cooperatives, and improving affordability standards. Multiple amendments lowered the threshold for subsidies, limited out-of-pocket expenses, increased subsidies for individuals making 300-400% of poverty and narrowed the so-called ‘age-band’ (the variation that allows insurers to charge older beneficiaries higher rates).

Democrats exempt workers in high risk professions from the excise tax on insurers, replaced the free rider provision with an employer mandate, and even proposed tax equity for domestic partnerships.

And while Republicans have proposed several compromise amendments — Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) offered an amendment to ‘trigger’ the public option if affordable coverage was not available to at least 95 percent of state residents — most of their provisions seek to delay the mark-up process and undermine the bill.

Republicans offered two separate amendments prohibiting funding for ACORN, reduced affordability credits, and eliminated “all industry fees.”