Senate Democrats Hope to Approve Reconciliation Bill This Week

Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media , March 24, 2010

"Democrats are trying to have it both ways, but they can't," Gregg said. "The end result is that more money will have to be borrowed from our children to cover the difference."

Among the GOP amendments offered on Tuesday were:

  • From Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA): To make sure the president, cabinet members, White House senior staff, and congressional committee and leadership staff purchase health insurance through the health insurance exchanges established by the new law.
  • From Sen. Charles Inhofe (R-OK): A provision to exclude devices for persons with disabilities from the medical device tax.
  • From Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): A measure to eliminate financial "sweetheart deals" for Tennessee, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, Connecticut, and frontier states.
  • From Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK): An amendment that would both enact recommendations from a Government Accountability Office to stop fraudulent payments for prescription drugs prescribed by dead providers, plus prohibit coverage of Viagra and other erectile dysfunction medications to convicted child molesters, rapists, and sex offenders.

The debate on the reconciliation bill will continue on Wednesday morning.

Janice Simmons is a senior editor and Washington, DC, correspondent for HealthLeaders Media Online. She can be reached at

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