The White House and Democratic Congressional leaders, scrambling for a backup plan to rescue their health care legislation if Republicans win the special election in Massachusetts on Tuesday, are preparing to ask House Democrats to approve the Senate version of the bill, which would send the measure directly to President Obama for his signature…
Of course, there are still some problems with that plan:
House Democrats have voiced a number of complaints with the Senate measure, and top White House officials and Congressional leaders have struggled to bridge differences between the two bills. And despite promises by Mr. Obama and Congressional leaders to add those hard-fought agreements and other changes later, there would be no guarantees.In an interview on Monday, Representative Bart Stupak, Democrat of Michigan, who opposes the Senate bill because of provisions related to insurance coverage of abortions, said: “House members will not vote for the Senate bill. There’s no interest in that.”
Hot Air reminds us:
Among the crap House Democrats would have to swallow whole to pass Reid’s bill unchanged: No public option, no ban on abortion funding, no exemption for unions from the “Cadillac tax” on higher-end plans, and, as the Times reminds us, no eligibility for illegals to buy insurance on the new national exchange. Fearless prediction: They won’t have the votes. Progressives hate the Senate bill as is and Blue Dogs will flip out if Scotty B shocks the world, and there’ll probably also be a few Dems who object on good-government grounds to trying to ram this through after such a clear repudiation from blue-state voters.
Eh, I'm not so sure. Remember, Democrats can be bought. And, with billions in taxpayer money at their disposal (at least, from their point of view), the sky is the limit. Anyone who says it's going to be hard for Pelosi to push this thing through because she only had a 3 vote margin the first time around is, in my opinion, being awfully naive. I think Pelosi knew it would be a disastrous vote, and she had a couple dozen Dems in her back pocket who really wanted to vote no but wouldn't unless she gave them the okay...once she knew she had enough 'yes' votes to pass it. She had plenty of margin, and it'll take a lot more than half a dozen votes flipped to kill it in the House. But, no one knows what that number is.
It appears that reconciliation in the Senate may be the route they take, since it'll only require 51 votes, and they've probably got that. Of course, it'll mean continuing the public bludgeoning, and that's not going to help them at all, but it's not like they haven't already rolled the dice on an all-or-nothing attempt to take over health care. After all, they know that only about a third of the country supports DemCare, and that opposition in the American public s hardening and increasing, yet they're proceeding anyway.
Red State put it this way:
We need to not only vote OUT the Dems and moderate Reps who have led this nation to the brink of economic ruin, but also to vote IN Reps who understand this shift in Democrat tactics, and who are willing to fight them.
There's my two cents.