March 25, 2010
Senator Patty Murray shared the horror stories of several of her constituents in a floor speech yesterday following President Obama’s enacting the new Health Care reform law. Murray says the new law will bring positive changes to a wide spectrum of people. Meanwhile, debate got under way Wednesday in the Senate on a companion bill to the landmark law, with Republican senators forcing Democrats to run a gantlet of politically dicey votes on a long list of amendments. Major components of the "fix-it" legislation include scaling back a tax on high-cost insurance plans opposed by labor unions, eliminating a special Medicaid deal for Nebraska, closing the coverage gap in the Medicare prescription benefit, and imposing higher taxes on upper-income earners.