Using whatever means necessary, I’m still betting against the pundents, they are wrong. This bill will go down in flames. When it doesn’t please remember in spite of the hand wringing, and spin about the republicans being “the party of no”. Republicans in fact demonstrated at the summit they are the party of “Hell No” if the bill couldn’t be written from scratch. For sure we will hear about republication obstruction. This again is false as republicans produced 6 areas in which both parties could agree. Obama would have none of it. My way or the highway. He will be gone soon, but it would serve him well to remember politics is the art of compromise.
We must not forget, that up until this time, the democrats have not been able to agree upon the bills in the house and senate that apparently will go through and up or down vote at this juncture. Why any of them would walk the plank for the radicals in their party is beyond me.
Democrats face an especially tough fight in the House, where the ranks of the undecided also include some lawmakers who voted yes before but say they no longer favor the Democratic bill. At least a half-dozen House Democrats who voted against the health-care bill say they are now undecided. Random thoughts while watching the democratic party self-immolate.
Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON—Looking to push the “long and wrenching debate” over health care into its final stages, President Barack Obama asked lawmakers to schedule a vote on overhaul legislation “in the next few weeks.”
“No matter which approach you favor, I believe the United States Congress owes the American people a final vote on health-care reform,” Mr. Obama said Wednesday in remarks at the White House. “We have debated this issue thoroughly, not just for a year, but for decades.”
President Obama outlines his three-part proposal for health care reform in an address at the White House. Courtesy Fox News.
The president called for an “up-or-down vote,” likely opening the way for Democrats to use the budget reconciliation process to pass the legislation without Republican support. Though he didn’t mention reconciliation specifically, Mr. Obama said health-care overhaul should be allowed to pass with a simple majority, pointing to past votes on COBRA health coverage and both Bush administration tax cuts.
The Democrats’ likely strategy would see the House pass the legislation approved by the Senate in December. The House would then vote on a companion bill with changes to the Senate version.
As expected, Mr. Obama rejected the pleas of GOP lawmakers to scrap the legislation and start over. “For us to start over now could simply lead to delay that could last for another decade or even more,” Mr. Obama said. He challenged Republicans who favor less oversight of the insurance sector to vote against his proposal. Complete Article: