White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Wednesday became the latest Democrat to offer a sharp rebuttal to Howard Dean over the former Vermont governor’s call to “kill” the Senate health care bill now that the bill includes neither a public option nor a Medicare buy-in option.
“I would ask Dr. Dean, how better do you address those who don’t have insurance: passing a bill that will cover 30 million who don’t currently have it or killing the bill?” Gibbs said, as quoted by Sam Stein at the Huffington Post. “I don’t think any rational person would say killing the bill makes a whole lot of sense at this point.”
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In a sign of a rift within the Democratic Party over the removal of all public health care options from the Senate reform bill, Sen. Jay Rockefeller strongly criticized former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s call for the bill to be voted down.
“It’s nonsense,” Rockefeller, Democrat of West Virginia, said of Dean’s call to “kill the Senate bill.” Added Rockefeller: “It’s irresponsible, and coming from him as a physician, it’s stunning, and he’s wrong.”
Rockefeller told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday that there are still many useful measures in the Senate health care bill that are worth passing. Rockefeller noted that the bill mandated a “medical loss ratio” for health insurers of 85 percent to 90 percent, meaning that insurers would be required to spend that percentage of their revenue on providing health care.
Rockefeller said the bill would extend children’s health benefits for 14.1 million children whose benefits were set to expire, and noted the number of children covered under the benefits would be expanded, but did not say how many more children would qualify for the benefits.
The senator from West Virginia noted that he had been a supporter of the public option and Medicare buy-in, “but [we] were shot down, so what do I do? Do I take my football and run home and sulk? … No, I look at the entire bill and I say, ‘What is in the interest of the people of my state and the people of America?’ and then I vote. In my case I’m going to vote yes.”
Dean, who worked as a physician before his stints as governor of Vermont and then chair of the Democratic National Committee, said earlier this week that the removal of the Medicare buy-in provision represented “the end of health care reform in the United States Senate.” He suggested that Democrats should start from scratch and craft a new bill.
While many progressive supporters were alarmed by the announcement earlier this month that the government-run public option would be ditched in the Senate bill in favor of a Medicare buy-in option for people aged 55 to 64, Dean came out in favor of the proposal.
That helped to solidify progressives’ support for the idea. And it may have also helped convince Sen. Lieberman to come out against the idea, despite having voiced backing for a Medicare buy-in as recently as three months ago. Some supporters of health care reform have criticized Lieberman’s decision to oppose the buy-in because it had the support of progressives as “deeply immoral.”
This video is from MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, broadcast Dec. 16, 2009.
MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle: The markets finally realized the economic crisis is linked to the health crisis
MSNBC market expert Stephanie Ruhle told Brian Williams on Wednesday that the reason Americans saw the stock market fall this week is that they have finally realized that things aren't getting any better.
Williams asked if the numbers this week are different from normal pre-election years.
"This is quite different," said Ruhle. "The markets have woken up to the fact that this health crisis is directly linked to the economic crisis. The markets can't thrive when we don't have a national plan to deal with the coronavirus. And you look at the GDP, you know that tomorrow, you led the show with it, the president is going to say, 'We're back, baby! With the greatest economy ever.' That's not the case. We have been seeing improvements. We are on the road to recovery. But even if we get 30 percent, 35 percent GDP, which would be positive, it's far from saying we're back."
Stephen Colbert does hilarious MAGA-Frozen parody after Trump fans were abandoned in the Omaha cold
Those who've been subjected to "Let it Go" from the Pixar film "Frozen," for the past decade will recognize the new tune from "A Late Show" host Stephen Colbert.
"MAGA Frozen" celebrates those who could lose a toe to the tune of "Let it Go."
"The MAGA rally just ended tonight,He danced to YMCA.His campaign bussed me out hereBut the ticket was one-way.Extremities have all gone numb,All to watch Trump attack Biden's son.My feet can't feel severe frostbite.I think I might,Lose a toe,Lose a toe,Left foot will have only four.Lose a toe,Lose a toe,My choice of footwear was poor.Obamacare will cover my stay.Oh, wait, Barrott got confirmed.Might have to sell this tiara on eBay."
Brett Kavanaugh revised his Wisconsin ruling after Vermont official’s demands — but it still contains the lies
Supreme Court Justice revised his Wisconsin opinion after a Vermont official complained that he misrepresented the way the state dealt with the election amid the pandemic. The problem, however, is that his corrections only cleaned up the sloppy language.
While it no longer appears like a high school mock trial assignment, it still lies about the example he gave in the Vermont details.