I am just curious, how many of you actually read the text of the bill of the bailout plan that was passed by the Senate tonight?
Want to hear of a good reason why it ended up being passed, despite reports that many Americans are still opposed to the bailout plan and were telling their Senators so.
It was attached to the "Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act" (H.R. 1424). That was the bill that recently passed the house and would have required insurance companies to consider mental health on the same level as physical health, and to prohibit discrimination in employment based on genetic information.
If the Senate killed the bailout plan, they would have killed this bill as well, and then people would have really been up in arms because they killed off a perfectly good piece of legislation.
I don't recall the media mentioning this dirty little detail, I only stumbled across it because I decided to research the details of the bill.
Unfuckingbelievable, they took a perfectly good bill and attached this pile of shit to it. Doesn't this mean it now goes back down to the House in this form? Now either they will have to pass it, or risk the political hit when people find out that they just killed off the mental health benefits bill.