Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dems meet to try to salvage Obamacare

Democrats gathered Friday at a conference that they billed Health Action 2011 to try to find ways to protect the Health Reform Act passed during the last Congress from an assault by the Republican Party.

The GOP controlled House voted to repeal the bill recently - but the Republcans know they lack the votes in the Senate to win a full repeal. So now that they've made their symbolic gesture, they're trying to dismantle it piece by piece.

The conference was called to try to stem that effort.

Talk Radio News Service Washington bureau chief Ellen Ratner, who attended the two-day conference, says organizers are trying to get constituents to influence their representatives in Congress to protect health reform.

Speaking with Gary Baumgarten on News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network, Ratner said that, in her own case, she is precluded from a group plan because of a pre-existing condition, and is paying more than $1,760 a month in health care

"It costs me more for health insurance ... than it does for me to pay my rent in Washington, D.C.," she said. "That's not right."