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House Lacks Votes to Pass Obama-Care

From The Hill:

Pelosi: House lacks votes to pass Senate healthcare reform bill

By Jordan Fabian and Michael O’Brien – 01/21/10

House Democrats lack enough votes to pass the Senate’s healthcare bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday.

Pelosi threw cold water on the idea that the House could muster enough support to pass the Senate’s bill, which includes a number of provisions liberals in the House find distasteful.

"I don’t see the votes for it at this time," Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press conference. "The members have been very clear." …

"We have to get a bill passed. We know that," Pelosi said, adding that "unease would be a gentle word" to describe House members’ attitude toward the Senate legislation at the moment…

And just a couple of days ago, Ms. Pelosi sounded so confident.

What happened?

‘Reconciliation’ here we come.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “House Lacks Votes to Pass Obama-Care”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    You go Nancy. No one can tear you down. Good luck reconciling your wacko base – illustrated gloriously in the Matthews vs Dean meltdown – with the American people whom just gave you the biggest public smack of your moose-in-the-headlights sham of a career.

    Forward to oblivion! (sorry for double post)

    • tranquil.night says:

      I think the greatest insurance to Barry’s life may have been making Joey B the Veep and having Fancy Nancy at #3.

  2. canary says:

    She is in the group working full speed ahead to pass it quickly, no matter what laws are broken. It’s like Reid’s daily lying if it was a work all night day.

    ooh…it’s not the lighting or my bad sight. Yesterday she had a thicker lighter highlighted wig, and today back to the darker thin wig. Guess, her dry cleaner was back-ordered.

  3. proreason says:

    It’s so tragic. She has been such a trooper on this. Why she has almost single-handedly clubbed Marxism into the bitter clingers lives, and all for the little boy king.

    Fortunately for her, the little boy would never ever blame this failure on her, and ruin her hard-won reputation as the most evil woman ever in American politics. That is, unless he has to, or unless the sun comes up tomorrow.

    And to think, she earned her reputation in direct competition with the Hildabeast who now stands to claim the biggest prize of all by standing on the Witch’s carcass as it twists in the wind.

    She probably wants to cry, but can’t.

    16 tons of botox has sealed off the tear ducts.

  4. canary says:

    Obama blamed the 8 years under George Bush for Brown getting elected. The interview was on ABC Wed 20th. His denial is so severe that he believes Americans would vote for a Republican to spite the Republican’s. Today’s speech Obama blaming Bush on unaffordable homes. When has it ever been a law that all Americans own a home? He promised to bring “healthy” good food to the slums.
    What really caught me, is that it has been in news for weeks of schools going to 4 day weeks, furloughs, teacher lay-offs….

    Obama said children would be quote “saturated” with great education for
    those who are quote “Committed to Change”. This means strings attached; and alot of these strings he’s been attaching aren’t getting a-lot of media reporting. The 4 billion stimulus in grants being bid on, won’t go to the most needed, but the ones willing to serve & perform for Obama’s

  5. Right of the People says:

    Nancy, you’re next. Maybe the people of Kalifornia will come to their senses and throw the bitch out. One can only hope.

  6. Tater Salad says:

    Is the bill dead, revived or smoldering?

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    Correction: Yesterday I criticized the rumored Administration deficit commission proposal for having a predetermined outcome. Other press reports suggest that, like the Conrad-Gregg legislative commission proposal, the Administration’s proposal would require 14 of 18 votes to make recommendations. This criticism therefore no longer applies. I stand by my other concerns with the idea.


    Schrödinger’s health care bill

    Like a famous physics cat, the health care bill is in a state of quantum uncertainty. As strange as it may sound, the health care bill is simultaneously both alive and dead. Only when we are able to see inside the box that is the House Democratic Caucus will this uncertainty be resolved. Then we will see that the bill is either alive or dead. My money is on dead.
    For Tuesday’s and Sunday’s columns I will show the predictions I made assuming Brown won:

    Tuesday 19 Jan
    Sunday 17 Jan

    Ram it through 1%

    House folds 15%

    Reconciliation 1%

    Deal with Snowe 1%

    Two bills, aka House folds “with a reconciliation sidecar” 5%

    Collapse 77%

    The bill is alive …
    Enacting some kind of health care reform is the President’s top policy priority. While he is weaker than he was Monday, he is still by far the most powerful person in Washington. The President’s priorities matter, and he would prefer a comprehensive bill.
    It’s not dead until the Speaker says it’s dead. She appears to be working hard to sell the two bill strategy to her colleagues.
    Had Martha Coakley won Massachusetts, even by the slimmest of margins, I think there would have been a 90% chance of getting a comprehensive law by the end of February. The overwhelming majority of Congressional Democrats would prefer this path were it still possible.
    220 House Members and 60 Senators have already voted for a comprehensive bill, and the two bills are quite substantively close.
    There are procedural paths to a signed law that do not require 60 votes. These paths are difficult but not impossible.
    … and dead
    It appears there are not today 218 votes in the House for any bill, nor 60 votes in the Senate.
    Congressional Democrats are in chaos.
    Team Obama is sending mixed signals. Speaking with George Stephanopoulos, the President appeared to signal openness to negotiating incremental changes with Republicans. His staff later published an ambiguous clarification. The President’s first signal seriously wounded an already ailing bill.
    It appears the Speaker and Team Obama are exploring different strategies.
    Over the past 24 hours prominent officials have been publicly ruling out options. Every time this happens it limits flexibility and makes future decisions harder.
    President Obama took the ram it through option off the table yesterday in his interview with George Stephanopoulos, later reinforced by Leader Reid. The Senate will not try to pass legislation with 60 votes before Senator-elect Brown is seated. I have therefore reduced my prediction for this option from 10% to 1%. (Never say never.)

    And since no one appears to be pushing the House folds option, including Team Obama, I am cutting its probability in half to 15%. This is still the cleanest way to get a comprehensive bill, but yesterday House liberals were rebelling. This option is, I think, the most uncertain, and the probability could easily jump over the next week if House liberals decide something is better than nothing.

    The reconciliation (only) strategy seems to be considered inferior to the two bills option which Speaker Pelosi is apparently pushing. Updated intel suggests that bringing Senator Snowe around to become vote #60 is highly unlikely. I am increasing my probability for the two bills option not because I think it will work, but because the Speaker appears to be pushing it.

    That leaves a whopping 77% chance the bill collapses with a thud, the highest I have ever predicted.

    Tomorrow I will look at four different forms of “collapse.”

    I close with two questions for insiders:

    Q1: Suppose you took the already House-passed bill to the House floor today. Could the House pass it?

    Q2: Suppose you took the Senate-passed bill to the Senate floor today. Could the Senate invoke cloture on it?


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    • proreason says:

      They will probably pass a different bill with a simple reform or two that the Republicans can agree with and proclaim it is the first step in the Master Plan. That way, the Moron can declare victory.

      It has to be carefully designed so that the Republicans won’t be able to say no, so even that will be challenging. It could be all over the map. My guess is it will extend Medicaid coverage to a smallish group (i.e., people under 125% of the poverty line), for a sum much less than a trillion over 10 years, and include a Republican provision (i.e., competition across state lines or improved HSA’s) or a provision the Republicans might have trouble resisting even though it’s stupid (i.e., no pre-conditions).

  7. jobeth says:

    I love watching Pelosi when she has been cornered or as in this case defeated. The eyes start darting around and the hands become animated, the plastic smile never moves and those lips…oh so daintily forms the words that make her lies, and then she pauses to get her lies straight before continuing on with a choppy speech cadence.

    She does this every time…although this clip above is not the one I saw earlier today and she has managed to come across a bit smoother in this one.

    Hopefully, soon she’ll be a vague bad memory. But fun to watch in the meantime. Her only real value is as entertainment

  8. MinnesotaRush says:

    This dame, pelosi, is really a phony and a nitwit .. lying nitwit.

  9. canary says:

    Jobeth, I get scared when ever I see Pelosi. Like whenever the wicked witch of the west in the Wizard of Oz popped out. I can picture her ” I’m melting, I’m melting” from the global warming her frequent private jetting to California which led to so many wild fires, that the California coast is now breaking off into the sea.

    California state workers are looking at losing their pensions and early retirements. She’s filthy rich but, wouldn’t turn on the California farmers water, and wouldn’t pay for the late night pizza’s and bottled water.

    • jobeth says:

      lol, I’m with you!

      As for the farmers water thing…that is plain criminal.
      I don’t know how they are getting by with that…for a useless tiny fish!

      Transplant the dang things…give them a new home!

      Those environmentalists are a real pain in the A**. Most of us love the environment…take care of it, but when HUMANS come AFTER a stupid FISH…something is very wrong here.

    • jobeth says:

      Canary… Speaking of Pelosi…I just happened to look into greasywrench’s bio and he has morph of Nancy there I think you will appreciate. lol

      Scroll down…its on the far right….Perfect!
      (thanks for the laugh, greasywrench…)


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