Americans overwhelmingly want the president and Congress to get to work on a new bill to change the health care system if the Supreme Court strikes down President Barack Obama's 2010 overhaul as unconstitutional, a new poll finds.
In the filibuster thread this morning, commenter Spotatl asked, "If you really just dislike the filibuster overall and not just because the democrats currently have the majority you would support doing away with it in 7 years when no one has any idea who is going to be in control?"
One of the impulses you have to resist as a writer is the desire to say things that are new, as opposed to things that you've already learned. A lot of this post will be stale to longtime readers, but in my chat today, someone asked after the cost controls in the Senate. A bit later, I was on the radio and heard Darcy Burner say that this bill lacked any real cost controls.
Herewith, a partial list of the cost controls in the Senate bill:
On Thursday, Barack Obama went on Michael Smerconish's radio show to defend his health-care reform effort before a more skeptical audience. Smerconish is a right-wing radio host, but he can conduct a very good interview, as this transcript shows:SMERCONISH: Hi, everybody. Welcome back to the program. I'm Michael Smerconish. What an honor for me to say I'm live at the White House and I'm joined by the President of the United States.
Mr. President, what an honor for me, and thank you, sir, for this privilege, and thank you for coming back to my radio program.