Health Care goes drip…drip…drip
December 15, 2009
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That sound you heard last night? That was the Left and the nutroots going apoplectic after hearing how Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the White House were capitulating to Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) over the public option and the Medicare buy-in.
From Reid Wilson of the Hotline…
The DailyKos founder sent the DC press corps into spasms last night with 2 tweets signaling his dissatisfaction with health care legislation. “Insurance companies win. Time to kill this monstrosity coming out of the Senate,” he wrote. Minutes later: “Bye bye, [Senate Maj. Leader Harry] Reid. You weren’t a bad MINORITY leader.”
In today’s edition, Washington Post’s Ezra Klein ponders, “Is the Senate health bill still worth passing?”
We shall see what the lib… err, progressives have to say. Especially in the House. Word has it that Speaker Nancy Pelosi will accept anything that comes out of the Senate as is, as long as it does so before Christmas. This would avoid a contentious House-Senate conference where not only would the public option advocates have another bite of the apple, but also the pro-life Dems in the House. And let’s not even mention supporters of reimportation. Where do they fit into the mix?
By all calculations, there are three cloture motions that need to be filed in the Senate – taking up the manager’s amendment (which would have the final compromise), voting to replace the underlying bill with the manager’s amendment, and then final passage of an amended bill.
So without around the clock debate, including a third consecutive weekend session, I don’t see final passage until Christmas Eve at the earliest. The House would then relinquish all input and rubberstamp what comes out of the Senate in the final days of December.
Happy New Year!