Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!

Uh-oh, looks like Tom Coburn is taking some time off from being John Ensign’s marriage counselor and is doing some senatorin’.

WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate made little progress on a broad healthcare overhaul on Tuesday, as members battled over cuts in coverage for the elderly and failed to vote on two pending amendments.

In a sign of the long, slow path ahead, senators could not agree on a schedule for their first votes. That left plenty of time for mutual accusations of hypocrisy and scare tactics.

Republicans condemned more than $400 billion in cuts in Medicare, the health program for the elderly, and said they would eventually mean fewer services.

“What it’s going to do to our seniors, I have a message for you: You’re going to die sooner,” Republican Senator Tom Coburn said.


Original DVD cover

(top shelf:Ā  Chuck Yer-Ass-Is Grassley, Mitch No-Chin McConnell middle shelf:Ā  Heady Lamar Alexander, Captain Underpants bottom shelf:Ā  James I’m-As-Dumb-As-Coburn Inhofe)

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said it was clear where Democrats would find the money to pay for the 10-year $849 billion healthcare plan, President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority. “It’s going to come from grandma,” Alexander said.

Democrats said the cuts would not cut services but would reduce the rate of growth in reimbursements to healthcare providers.

“These are scare tactics. They are not truths,” said Democrat Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, who called the Republican claims “a long parade of horribles.”

The Senate plan is designed to rein in costs, expand coverage to about 30 million uninsured Americans and halt industry practices such as denying coverage to those with pre-existing medical conditions.

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Senator John McCain’s first Republican amendment would return the bill to the Finance Committee to restore the Medicare cuts. Democrats accused him of hypocrisy and said during his 2008 presidential campaign he promised to pay for his healthcare proposals in part with a cut in Medicare.

“He better get his reasoning straightened out, because this is a huge, big belly-flop flipflop,” Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said of McCain.

McCain said his campaign proposals were based on cutting waste and fraud in the Medicare program.

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The first Democratic amendment appeared headed to easier passage. It would make it easier for women to get preventive health services like mammograms by eliminating insurance co-pays and deductibles for them.

Republicans have promised to block and delay the measure and refused an attempt by Reid to set votes on the first two amendments for Wednesday afternoon.

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Reid has said he would like to pass the Senate bill by Christmas. If it does so, the two versions will have to be reconciled and passed again by each chamber before they are sent to Obama for his signature.

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19 responses to “Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!

  1. How do they think Inhofe got so dumb, anyways?

    Stay off the gas, kids

    ;>)

  2. Coburn looks like Jerry Springer in that poster. Oh, well, at least Springer was a politician, too (Mayor of Cleveland).

  3. writechic

    McCain lost it a long time ago. Maybe it was Rove that did him in with the “black baby by a prostitute lie.”

    And Coburn…when he’s not marriage counseloring or senatoring, is a doctor! An M.D. for godssake.

  4. Awesome job on the little heads nonnie; especially capt undies. Instant karma’s gonna get these creeps, and sooner would be more helpful than later. I’m sick of waiting for the dumbshits who voted them in to vote them out.

    • thanks saitia! there are so many good capt u pix to choose from. he makes as many faces as chimpy used to.

      i still think we need to get rid of the senate. if we don’t, then it should at least be reconfigured. votes of senators from the dinky little states should not have as much weight as those from states with huge populations.

  5. He’s a gynecologist–would you trust this man with your vajajay?

    Oh, and I’m really buzzed on cheap bourbon and Pepsi. WOO HOO!

  6. “Doctor” Coburn is a GYN?
    I’d rather let Chuy from Chelsea Lately examine my naughty bits.

  7. One of them Okie peckerwood senators said today that his pet peeve is the scoundrel who came up with the separation of church and state. Should we tell him that the “wall of seperation” was a big deal at the time when the founder of Rhode Island and the American Baptist church proclaimed it. Yep, that crazy Roger Williams. They don’t read alot up there.

  8. the second-largest hoax ever played on the American people, after the separation of church and state

    james inhofe, the dumbest and most insane member of the senate. i really think he’s got some screws loose.

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