Thursday, January 21, 2010

With Their Tails Between Their Legs

Dems must not believe in going out for the bell for round 12, Talking Points Memo:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just told reporters that she does not believe she has enough votes in the House to pass the Senate health care reform bill as-is -- at least not yet.

"I don't see the votes for it at this time," Pelosi said. "The members have been very clear in our caucus about the fact that they didn't like it before it had the Nebraska provision and some of the other provisions that are unpalatable to them."

"In every meeting that we have had, there would be nothing to give me any thought that that bill could pass right now the way that it is," she said. "There isn't a market right now for proceeding with the full bill unless some big changes are made."

While she didn't say the option was dead -- "Everything is on the table," she said -- she outlined two very different options for passing a bill.

She then added, "We're in no rush."

Yeah I mean what do 30 million people who are already uninsured, bankruptcies up 32% with a high volume due to medical bills, and people losing insurance because of pre-existing conditions lose anyway? They are already screwed. Let them be screwed longer. I just don't get it. One seat and they lose whatever fortitude they had.

I see no other alternative. Let's get this done, ourselves.

Call Congress, tell them to suck it up and pass the damn bill.

*Clarification, I am more for passing meaningful reform, however getting this through and fixing it through reconciliation seems the most plausible way of moving forward. If Pelosi somehow scraps the Senate Bill and goes through reconciliation first I am all for that. I do believe though if we don't call, the shit will sit.

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