Power Breakfast: Senate health care vote, unemployment, Christmas shopping, Blackberry, Chick-fil-A

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you the best of holidays.

This will be the last Power Breakfast of the year. I will be posting a column Sunday on the top local business stories of the year and there will be another business column Tuesday.

Power Breakfast will return on Monday, January 4.

Once again, please have a wonderful holiday!

As for today’s business stories, Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill this morning that could usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history, Associated Press reports.

After 24 consecutive days of debate — the second-longest such stretch ever — the final vote was 60-39 on the Democrats’ 10-year, nearly $1 trillion bill. It was the Senate’s first Christmas Eve vote since 1895, when the matter at hand was a military affairs bill concerning employment of former Confederate officers, according to the Senate Historical Office.

Of course, complex talks with the House remain to reach final legislation in the new year, AP writes.

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37 comments Add your comment

Alecia

December 24th, 2009
9:16 am

ka-ching!!! Hard working Americans open your wallets!!!

Steve

December 24th, 2009
9:59 am

Carole

December 24th, 2009
10:29 am

Merry Christmas to the insurance industry from the Senate!

Ben_Dover

December 24th, 2009
11:14 am

OMG, middle class, bend over and take it like the stupid people we are. None of us had the jingle-bells to fight this and now, well, get ready to see your paycheck dwindle. All for the sake of letting BHO claim a victory. A victory for him and his hair-died, botox injected posse, a travesty for middle class.

Where’s our cigarette, I think we’ve just been screwed!!

Let's Educate Some of you Today

December 24th, 2009
11:22 am

Now is the time for the middle class to claim victory over the Insurance Companies. THEY ARE THE ENEMY! THEY ARE THE DEATH PANELS! There is a lot of good in this bill. Of course the public option would have been good and Single payer even better. We need to get the ball rolling folks. Doing nothing is not an option.

Healthcare is right. It should not be based on if you have the money to pay. Why does a rich person get better healthcare than my 60 year old grandfather? Life (as in good healthcare), liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Atl Resident

December 24th, 2009
11:31 am

Well, healthcare bill is not all bad. This is something years past due. Fact of matter is that if Republicans were in total control there is no way any such bill would even get this far. We complain about government takeover, but who else is there to pay out in costs to get stuff done. People sure not going to do it no matter if you low, middle, or high class. It’s been that way for years. Reality is you can’t please everyone but that’s to be expected.

Greg Mann

December 24th, 2009
11:33 am

God Bless the Democrats in the House and the Senate and our Democratic President. They gave us the gift of life for Christmas. Perhaps we can start lowering the number of people who die each year from a lack of health care. It is going to be near 50,000 this year (2009). We need to have more but this was a good first step. A long journey begins with the first step. It took years to get Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid more perfect, and so it will with this bill. But many Americans, me, my wife and family included, will soon not have to go to bed every night praying for health as we had no health insurance and no access to health care. God has provided for us.

Craig

December 24th, 2009
11:34 am

Let’s educate some, you are either a far left libtard or an idiot. This is not good for the country and the dems have now sealed their fate in the next two elections. Luckily, some of this can be repealed when the other party gets in. This president and congress have done more damage to this country in one year then Bush did in eight. How about that change libtards?

Craig

December 24th, 2009
11:38 am

My God Greg Mann, God did not provide care for you, the tax payers of this country have. Where did you get your number of 50,000, Mad Magazine? You don’t get the benefits of this plan until 2013! You start paying taxes (assuming you do) in 2010. You are like your party and did not read the bill. Shame on you.

WM

December 24th, 2009
11:46 am

Someone who supports this screwing want to tell me why I should be stuck paying for the hospital bill of some fat a** who made the choice to eat 8 Krispy Kreme’s a day for years on end or for that loser who can’t cope without their hourly cigarette? What’s even more funny is taht some people in county think healthcare is a right. Please do me a favor and show my where in the Constitution is says “All citizens are due healthcare.” We’re all screwed. I think its time I seriously look at leaving this country.

Craig

December 24th, 2009
11:49 am

WM, don’t leave the country. The revolution starts in 2010. These assclowns will be out by 2012. They can’t stop it.

Steve

December 24th, 2009
11:51 am

Lets Educate Some of You Today:
Healthcare is NOT a right. Your right to life does not guarantee you good healthcare any more than your right to hapiness guarantees you everything you want to make you happy. I would be happy with a few million $’s in my bank account, but no where is that guaranteed to me.
This great country was built on hard working people bettering their own lives, not by people standing around asking to be given something.
I’m sorry if your grandfather cannot afford the same insurance as someone else.

Dawg'88

December 24th, 2009
11:59 am

Greg Mann…”we can start lowering the number of people who die each year from a lack of health care. It is going to be near 50,000 this year (2009). But many Americans, me, my wife and family included, will soon not have to go to bed every night praying for health as we had no health insurance and no access to health care. God has provided for us.”

50,000 people die because of lack of health care. Even if true, now 50,000 will not die but almost 200,000 abortions will now kill innocent unborn children and we are forced to pay for it. You’re willing to sacrifice that many children? Make no mistake about it…this was not a bill about health care. It was a Trojan horse for abortion legislation. Congrats Americans who voted in these liberal Senators and a lying President who is a puppet to Planned Parenthood. Abortion groups had input on this bill to kill. No pro-life groups were asked to contribute.

Obama…thought your administration would be tranparent and inclusive? LIAR!!! OBAMANATION….Where Millions of Unborn Children Are Easily Disposable! Don’t thank God…God didn’t provide this bill to kill….He is Weeping right now for millions of His children.

Congrats Planned Parenthood, NOW and other pro death groups you have fooled the American people along with their Abortion President!
Its a sad, sad day Greg….don’t stick your head in the sand and ignore the facts. If 50,000 are so called saved now, then what is reallyy happening is trading 200,000 innocent lives for 50,000? Kill the many to save others? Can you live with that? I guess so.

reform_now

December 24th, 2009
12:16 pm

Weakness of the Repubs was they offer no plan. Their mantra is words like “kill’ “against” and “government takeover”. At least the Dems offered something!

Durrrr

December 24th, 2009
12:18 pm

Poor Greg Mann. He had to pray for good health every night because he could not provide for his family. Probably a family he could not afford to have in the first place. But now, glory be to him, God has provided him the gift of life!!! My only question Mr. Mann, is BHO now your God?

Tork

December 24th, 2009
12:26 pm

So what about politics. So what about the economy. Henry. Merry Christmas dude.

reform_now

December 24th, 2009
12:42 pm

Repubs have no problem busting the budget for the military, or giving defense contractors no bid contracts, so “government run” only is bad when it applies to people.

Smart Guy

December 24th, 2009
12:44 pm

That does it, the insurance companies got the best gift of all for christmas, now there is going to be a LAW requiring everyone to PURCHASE health insurance. Oh nothing is free, sorry but you guys who think it is going to cheaper now, are DEAD WRONG.. the bill does state that the insurance companies can no longer deny coverage, and that they can not charge someone with high risk more than someone with low risk, but they forgot to cap the premium charges, so now, the Insurance companies are free to charge us what ever they think is a fair price for thier insurance!!! Everyone who recieves coverage from thier jobs, will lose that coverage, because well, why should your employer pay for your coverage, when the LAW says that you have to purchase insurance.. Oh yeah, we got screwed royally!!!

Minimum wage was raised so that NO ONE would qualify for those subsidies.. man, those democrats are always screwing us, this is why they very rarely gain this much in government, time to take that away from them!!!

reform_now

December 24th, 2009
12:44 pm

Don’t worry…. the more of Palin we see, the better the Dems look!

Smart Guy

December 24th, 2009
12:49 pm

I smell Revolution on the horizon, and everyone with an Obama bumper sticker will be easy targets!!

DW

December 24th, 2009
12:50 pm

Is there anyone else that resides in the middle? I agree that government run anything sounds expensive and inefficient.. however, living in the richest country in the world and having people die because they cannot afford medical treatment is unacceptable to me.

G71

December 24th, 2009
12:50 pm

Craig and Dawg88, I think you two are idiots for not supporting the bill

Smart Guy

December 24th, 2009
12:54 pm

People die because they do not have insurance, that is BS… you can go see a doctor without insurance.. and besides, why should drug addicts, welfare moms, and the unproductive be entitled to anything ????

reform_now

December 24th, 2009
12:57 pm

Thank you Dems for standing up to the special interest led Repubs. Thank you for standing up to Pharma and healthcare lobbies!

Sorry Repubs……once again you are on the wrong side of History!

reform_now

December 24th, 2009
12:59 pm

Hey smart guy ….. there was a revolution ….. we threw the Repubs out!

Smart Guy

December 24th, 2009
1:00 pm

how ignorant you libtards are… look at who is benefiting from this bill the most, not a single American is going to benefit!! The only ones to benefit are the Insurance companies… there is a LAW requiring your dumb A@*#& to buy insurance, it is not FREE, it will not be CHEAP.. this bill does not cap the premimums, therefor, now the insurance companies can charge you whatever they want, and there is a LAW to back them on it..

You Dummycrats are just too stupid to understand how BAD this is for you and I!

Smart Guy

December 24th, 2009
1:02 pm

Hey Reform Now, I am not talking about that revolution, I am talking about civil and geo political unrest for out country and it will happen in 2010…

Smart Guy

December 24th, 2009
1:04 pm

REFORM NOW, said

Thank you Dems for standing up to the special interest led Repubs. Thank you for standing up to Pharma and healthcare lobbies!

Sorry Repubs……once again you are on the wrong side of History!

How ignorant, they did not stand up, they accepted the money from the Insurance companies to provide a LAW requireing all of us to BUY insurance, the insurance companies litterally recieve a bailout.. how can you not see how this is bad for you ??

DW

December 24th, 2009
1:12 pm

@SMARTGUY you write.. “why should drug addicts, welfare moms, and the unproductive be entitled to anything ????”

Are all of these people not citizens of the United States? Should they also not have access to police, fire, or even clean drinking water because they dont make enough money or make poor choices?

Smart Guy

December 24th, 2009
1:18 pm

DW,

If you make poor choices, you should not be rewarded… just like GM,AIG, and those other failures should have never been bailed out… So no, if you make poor choices in life, then it should not be up to people like me to provide it for them.. Those things you listed, are what is to be provided by government, but this bill is not a government provided insurance, it is private health insurance, being forced unto all of us… DW, GREG MANN, if you could not afford it yesterday, you damn sure will not be able to afford it tomorrow.. I am upset that you are glad that this is being forced on all of us!! IF you only understood how bad it is for all of us, you would understand that THE MAN has screwed you yet again!

DW

December 24th, 2009
1:29 pm

Smart guy,

You MAY be right.. this specific bill could be good, bad or even terrible. I wont debate that here. My question to you is: Do you agree that SOMETHING needs to be done or not?

Smart Guy

December 24th, 2009
1:56 pm

SOmething needs to be done to help our economy, and this does nothing but kill it.. Yes, I do not think that the insurance companies have a right to pick and choose, that should be illegal, but to FORCE everyone to PURCHASE is completely UNAMERICAN.. A free society is NOT FORCED to buy ANYTHING.

Libiterian

December 24th, 2009
3:46 pm

I have one question for all those that appluad the passage of this Bill. Have you read the Bill? If you have not don’t worry, your Senators didn’t either.

Now, I do not say this to be mean, but for those who welcome this Bill’s passage are you so dumb as to think you will be a winner in this massive take ove when you do not even know what it says. Good God peole, for once think for yourself and do not put your faith in the fact that you are a Democrat or Republican.

One small example, did you read the part where those of us in Georgia will have to pay for those in Nebraska and LA? Or the part that says no future Congress can change this Bill? Is that the type of Representation you want? Or what about the part that reduces the health care provided to our elderly? Think your elederly parents are suffering now. Get ready fr some rude awakings.

“Hey smart guy ….. there was a revolution ….. we threw the Repubs out!”

No, the liberals got thrown out of the Republican party, the Dems are next.

Libiterian

December 24th, 2009
4:27 pm

OK Libs, this is what you think is so great. (Better read the Bill before you spout off about the Evil Repubs. Looks like the Dems are the Kings of Evil now)

The Bill will ensure 30 million more, but the Democrats are not sure how the medical industry will be able to handle the load. The Democrats know there is not enough staff and massive delays will be a certaintly all the while creating 1000’s of Government jobs that the tax payers will have to pay for out of thier wages.

Most Americans would be required to purchase insurance or face penalties. (That means you)

Benefits will not begin until 3014 but the Government will start to tax the public in 2010.

Insurance companies would be banned from denying benefits or charging higher fees on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions. These lost profits will be made up by raising cost on everyone else.

Literally hundreds of issues remain to be settledin the two bills, a House measure that ran to 1,990 pages and a Senate version of 2,074, not counting 383 pages of revisions that Reid unveiled over the weekend. (In other words, the Senators do not know what they are voting for but hailed it’s passage anyway. They figured the average American is too dumb to care)

Both bills also rely on hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts in future payments to doctors, hospitals and others who care for Medicare patients. (Great victory? For who?) Doctors and Hospitals say they will stop caring for the poor because they will not work for free. Yeah, the Dems won!

The bill is H.R. 3590…………………….READ THE BILL AND THEN DEFEND THE DEMOCRAT PARTY AS THE PARTY WHO CARES.

common sense

December 26th, 2009
12:05 pm

It is always nice to have a place I can come when I need a good laugh! It is amazing when the moochers see a freebie coming their way but do not understand that they will not be any better off afterwards! O’bonehead and his band of clowns are attempting nothing but more of a takeover of our lives and most of the moochers are too stupid to see! So go ahead and praise these clowns that are running things in DC and you will get to see how miserable your lives will actually be in years to come when they cram these socialists ideas upon us! We are just now getting out from under a lot of Carter’s stupid thoughts and that’s been over thirty years ago!

SHJ

December 26th, 2009
12:59 pm

We need health care reform but this bill is all about back door deals and is probably illegal. God help us all if it passes in its present form.

Libiterian

December 27th, 2009
2:30 pm

All we need to fix health care is Tort Reform, Open up the market to buy across state lines, permit groups to band togather to seek quotes, tax free dollars to buy health insurance, and close the emergency room loopholes so all have to pay and allow nurses to perform many of the routine procedures now being done bys doctors. Simple enough. Job done.