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Thu., Dec. 24, 2009, 7:19 a.m.

It passed, or did it?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, answers questions outside of the Senate chambers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, after the Senate passed the health care reform bill. From left are, Senate Finance Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Reid, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn..
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, answers questions outside of the Senate chambers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, after the Senate passed the health care reform bill. From left are, Senate Finance Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Reid, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.. (AP Photo/Mannul Balce Ceneta) Photo Tools (Mannul Ceneta / Associated Press)

Good morning, Netizens...


[PHOTO] Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, answers questions outside of the Senate chambers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, after the Senate passed the health care reform bill. From left are, Senate Finance Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Reid, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn..

(AP Photo/Mannul Balce Ceneta)



However, as of 7:04 AM PST this morning, according to the major TV news and despite what the AP news wire suggests, the Senate was still meeting to pass the bill, minus any Republican voters, that is, who have promised to staunchly avoid signing onto the bill.



Senate Democrats and the talking news heads are calling the bill a momentous package. Most are suggesting the bill will be one of the most-popular bills in recent history to pass. However, the bill as it currently appears still must be merged with the House's bill, a task which nobody, even the news media, seem to feel will easily pass.


I don't trust this bill one bit, in either House nor Senate version. Like nearly every bill that has oozed its way out of the House or Senate in the last decade, the proof is in how much pork and special privileges are built into the bill. Although we have heard a few news bytes about the pork in the bill, it is still too early to fully comprehend the full extent of what the government doesn't want us to know, including the special deal made for the State of Nebraska. That is troublesome. How much do you trust the new-and-improved health care reform bill?


Dave




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