Sunday, February 28, 2010
By Charles Babington ASSOCIATED PRESS
Upside vs Downside: Upside, should the bill be passed through reconciliation, it could very well mean the end of progressive/socialist politicians in our lifetime. Since it doesn’t go into effect until 2013 it can be reversed (think Newt’s Contract With America and subsequent laws reversed) by a new fiscally conservative majority and president. The bill as a whole is unconstitutional, specifically, forcing people to purchase a service they may not want. Many states have already used the Tenth Amendment to nullify this bill and others should they go through (think Cap and Trade and Gun Bans)
Downside, not much, a law can be put in place and soon be replaced just as we are going to replace the representatives that failed to represent the wishes of We the People. Don’t worry, be happy:-) Random thoughts will taking some serious time to think about comedians in Washington elected to represent us, while they only entertain us, J.C.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to back a major overhaul of U.S. health care even if it threatens their political careers, a call to arms that underscores the issue’s massive role in this election year.
Lawmakers sometimes must enact policies that, even if unpopular at the moment, will help the public, Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said in an interview broadcast Sunday the ABC News program “This Week.”
“We’re not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress,” she said. “We’re here to do the job for the American people.”
It took courage for Congress to pass Social Security and Medicare, which eventually became highly popular, she said, “and many of the same forces that were at work decades ago are at work again against this bill.”
It’s unclear whether Mrs. Pelosi’s remarks will embolden or chill dozens of moderate House Democrats who face withering criticisms of the health care proposal in visits with constituents and in national polls. Republican lawmakers unanimously oppose the health care proposals, and many GOP strategists believe voters will turn against Democrats in the November elections.
Mrs. Pelosi, from San Francisco, is more liberal than scores of her Democratic colleagues, but she generally walks a careful line between urging them to back left-of-center policies and giving them a green light to buck party leaders to improve their re-election hopes.
Her comments to ABC, in the interview released Sunday, seemed to acknowledge the widely held view that Democrats will lose House seats this fall — maybe a lot. They now control the chamber 255 to 178, with two vacancies. Mrs. Pelosi stopped well short of suggesting Democrats could lose their majority, but she called on members of her party to make a bold move on health care with no prospects of GOP help.
“Time is up,” she said. “We really have to go forth.”
Her comments somewhat echoed those of President Obama, who said at the end of Thursday’s bipartisan health care summit that Congress should act on the issue and let voters render their verdicts. “That’s what elections are for,” he said.
The White House said Mr. Obama, perhaps on Wednesday, will announce a “way forward” on health care. He, Mrs. Pelosi and Senate Democratic leaders have left little doubt that they hope to pass a Democratic-crafted bill under “budget reconciliation” rules that would bar Republican filibusters in the Senate. It’s unclear whether Mrs. Pelosi can muster the needed votes in the House. Complete Story