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Clyburn: We Are Laying The Foundation

During his appearance on PBS program, ‘Charlie Rose,’ the House Majority Whip James Clyburn expressed his confidence that the Democrats would have the 216 votes necessary to ram through ‘healthcare reform’ on Sunday.

Mr. Clyburn also told us how the Democrat leadership view this bill as but the first step towards universal, nationalized healthcare.

From a transcript courtesy of Time:


Transcript: Rep. Clyburn on Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose: Democrats on Capitol Hill today received a boost in their efforts to overhaul the nation’s healthcare system. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Democrats’ plan would cut the deficit by over $1 trillion over the next two decades. The estimate clears the House of Representatives to vote on the bill as soon as Sunday. President Obama postponed his trip to the Pacific again, to make a final push for the bill. Joining me now from Washington is the man in charge of finding the 216 votes needed to pass the bill in the House; he is Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina, the Democratic Whip, I’m pleased to have him back on this program. Welcome.

James Clyburn: Thank you. Thank you so much…

Charlie Rose: Does this CBO report close the deal for you to get to 216?

James Clyburn: I think so

Charlie Rose: You have said and compared this to the civil rights bill and in the context that it wasn’t done in one fell swoop, that civil rights came to America legislatively over a period of time.

James Clyburn: Sure.

Charlie Rose: So how are you going to do that in healthcare?

James Clyburn: Well, this way: If we are immediately covering the children who have pre-existing conditions, in four years, we will be covering their parents; all adults will get covered if they have pre-existing conditions. Immediately, we will get rid of recisions. That means you cannot get rid of people because they get a catastrophic illness. That happens in six months. And then, you know, you looked at what we did in civil rights. In 1964 when the Civil Rights Act was passed, it did not have voting in it.

Charlie Rose: Right.

James Clyburn: It only outlawed discrimination in the private sector of employment. It was a year later before we got voting. And it was three years after that before we got housing. And so I believe that what we are doing here is laying a solid foundation which over time will have complete universal access to quality healthcare by all Americans

Of course the only real surprise here is that they are publicly admitting it.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Clyburn: We Are Laying The Foundation”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    It was too much to hope that Rose is informed or objective enough to point out that the 1964 Civil rights bill passed over opposition from the Democrats.
    Just as election maps mysteriously switched party colors to make Conservative states red when they were once colored blue, the Dems pretend that courageous pursuit of freedom and civil rights belong only to them when they fought progress tooth and nail until after 1964.
    It was only after they lost their racist fight that they jumped onto the bandwagon and wrapped the banner of Freedom around themselves.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Charlie Rose is an avowed socialist.

  3. proreason says:

    It really is the charge of the light brigade.

    They will lose power for decades.

    The retribution will be greater than this country has seen since the Civil War.

  4. DoctorRock says:

    May I be the first to suggest that we try them all for treason?
    They’re prepared to sacrifice their careers, but I rather think they’d vote with their constituents would their necks be on the line. Perhaps some time early next year we’ll be debating the Benedict Arnold Bill.

  5. Mithrandir says:

    I just can’t imagine how this will end well for anyone. As more states secede because of an intrusive government, more chaos will break out, and no one will have any respect for federal laws or federal agents.

    Clearly this gigantic government program will bankrupt us even further. To pay the salaries and benefits for every new employee in the federal health care system will, alone, surpass the taxpayer’s ability to fund it.

    It will be just as corrupt, backbiting, red-taping, slow, inefficient as any other government system like the post office or the DMV.

    I would like to see a statistic of the number of recent guns and ammo purchases……

  6. Clownzaround says:

    When Obama signs this bill and breaks his oath of office and destroys the Constitution he needs to be Impeached and the Congress needs to be prosecuted for treason and where is the Military


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