Democrats sitting on the U.S. Senate have introduced a trillion dollar spending bill aimed to take the federal government through the next fiscal year. Republicans have voiced their opposition to the bill and are gearing up to defeat it. Some Senate republicans, like Mitch McConnell (Kentucky), are already working to defeat it. With the political affiliation changes in the house and senate, it appears that no matter what bill is introduced by either party, strong opposition will be met.
The Democrats believe that the spending bill is a better option than any improvised spending that is approved as necessary throughout the year. Having a planned budget will allow government officials to spend more efficiently while still having a supply of funds readily available should an unexpected situation arise. Although, many of the funds proposed in the bill would be earmarked for specific projects.
Republicans will likely scuttle progress on this bill as long as possible with intentions of pushing temporary spending budgets until they hold the majority of seats in the House and several additional seats in the Senate at the early part of next year. That way they will have more power to turn down the bill and deter any earmarked spending that they oppose and intend to ban for the next 2 years.
With the quick movement of the President’s pen, the dream of health care for every American became a reality.
It was a historical day in Washington on Tuesday when President Obama and other politicians came together to see what was thought of to be an impossibility just two months ago – the signing of the health care reform into law. President Obama, Vice President Biden, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and other prominent guests stood back and watched as President Obama signed the landmark bill into law thus ending a long drawn out political battle that had been waging in Congress for over a year. The historical health care bill will bring near universal health care to millions of Americans who go without insurance, but also stands as the biggest domestic change in U.S. policy since the inception of Medicare back in the 1960s.
The bill will cover up to 95 percent of Americans compared to the 83 percent that are currently covered now while also making it a law that everyone in the country have some sort of medical coverage. This is done by making employers put their workers under health care coverage while also eventually giving the option to citizens to buy their own health care or be covered under a government health care option. Most of the bill’s provisions, however, will not be immediate. In fact, most will not go into effect until 2014. Yet, the expanding of Medicare and allowing young people to stay on their parent’s insurance until the age of 26 could happen as soon as this upcoming fall.
On the campaign trail, President Obama made a promise of an America in which every citizen would not have to worry about health care. This was something that many felt was an impossible goal, but after yesterday the President followed through on that promise with nothing more than a quick movement of a pen and his signature.