Dems start countdown toward health care vote

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic congressional leaders showed signs of progress Monday in winning anti-abortion Democrats whose votes are pivotal to President Barack Obama’s fiercely contested remake of the health care system.

Obama expressed optimism Congress would approve his call for affordable and nearly universal coverage as he pitched his plan on a trip to Ohio, while Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, among the bill’s sharpest opponents, said he was “less confident” than before that it could be stopped.

“They’d have to be remarkable people not to fall under the kind of pressure they’ll be under,” DeMint said of rank-and-file Democrats.

The pressure was turned up Monday as the House Budget Committee, on a 21-16 vote, took an essential first step toward the House vote, which could come next weekend. Obama and his supporters labored in the capital and on Air Force One

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March 15, 2010 Posted by | 398 | , | Leave a comment

White House: March 18 goal for House vote on Senate healthcare bill

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday the White House hopes to see the House approve the healthcare bill by March 18, the first day of the NCAA college basketball tournament and just before President Barack Obama leaves the country on an international trip.

Based on conversations the White House has had with Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, healthcare reform is on track to move through Congress before Obama leaves for the trip to Indonesia and Australia, Gibbs said

Read more: The Hill

March 4, 2010 Posted by | 398 | , , | Leave a comment

Obama to GOP on health care: `Let’s get this done’

 WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Saturday he is ready to compromise with Republicans on health care if they are serious about it, but that an overhaul must go forward. “Let’s get this done,” he said.

Obama’s comments in his weekly Internet and radio address, two days after an all-day bipartisan summit across from the White House, were the latest sign that Democrats are getting set to try to pass health care legislation without any Republicans on board.

Success will require colossal efforts on the part of Obama and Democratic leaders to round up votes after a year of corrosive debate and a Senate special-election upset that threw the overhaul effort into limbo last month. But Obama and the Democrats reject the piecemeal approach sought by Republicans and have no intention of scrapping their 10-year, $1 trillion bill and starting over, as the GOP demands.

“I am eager and willing to move forward with members of both parties on health care if the other side is serious about coming together to resolve our differences and get this done. But I also believe that we cannot lose the opportunity to meet this challenge,” Obama said

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February 27, 2010 Posted by | 398 | , , | Leave a comment

Hoyer: Comprehensive health bill may be no go

WASHINGTON – Democratic congressional leaders confronted the reality Tuesday that they may not be able to pass the comprehensive health care overhaul sought by President Barack Obama. Republican leaders prepared to do everything in their power to make sure they can’t.

Democrats saw the sweeping health bill that Obama unveiled ahead of a bipartisan health care summit Thursday as their last, best chance at a top-to-bottom remake of the nation’s health care system that would usher in near-universal health coverage. But some were clear-eyed about the difficulties after a year of corrosive debate and the loss of their filibuster-proof supermajority in the Senate.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said comprehensive reform would be best but it’s not all or nothing

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February 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Four Reasons Reconciliation Won’t Happen

Some blogs are raising alarms, based on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s interview with Roll Call and prior remarks made by one of her aides, that House Democrats will pass the Senate health care bill and then iron out differences in the budget reconciliation process.

No, they won’t. Here are four reasons why

Read more: IBD

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Rep. Waters: Dems who say healthcare is ‘on life support are correct’

By Tony Romm – 01/30/10 10:45 AM ET

Add Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) to the list of Democrats who now say their healthcare reform bills are imperiled.

During an interview on Friday, the congresswoman stressed it was going to be “very difficult” to pass that legislation in the coming weeks, mostly because House and Senate leaders are still without a “roadmap” and have yet to address key policy differences between the two chambers’ efforts

Read more: The Hill

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Obama’s Stunning Admission

— if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you’re not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge. [emphasis added]

If we take this statement at face value, President Obama is admitting the the health care bills passed by either the House or Senate (or both) contained provisions which were “snuck in” – presumably by Democratic members and perhaps on behalf of certain lobbyists – that would have in fact prevented people from keeping their current insurance and/or choosing the doctor they want

Read more: Real Clear Politics

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Pelosi: Democrats will have a health care bill

WASHINGTON — Giving up on overhauling the nation’s health care system is not an option, the top House Democrat said Wednesday as lawmakers looked to President Barack Obama for guidance in his State of the Union address on how to revive the stalled legislation.

Read more at the Washington Examiner

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Damned If They Do . . .

Congressional Democrats freak out.

In the wake of the stunning debacle (in their view) in the Bay State last Tuesday, Democrats find themselves with two thrilling alternatives: They can drop their unread and unreadable 2,200-page monstrosity of a health care reform bill and be labeled as wimps, jerks, and hapless losers who wasted a year and couldn’t deliver. Or, they can try to ram the Senate bill through the House (which hates most of it) in order to pass a bill that two-thirds of the country now loathes with a passion. They can either jump off the ship or stay on and sink with it. Either way, they end up in the drink

Read more: Weekly Standard

January 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Snowe still willing to cooperate with Democrats on health bill

    Snowe said it’s up to Democrats to decide how to proceed after undermining the process with closed-door negotiations. Snowe said it’s up to Democrats to decide how to proceed after undermining the process with closed-door negotiations.
    By David Sharp Associated Press / January 23, 2010

     PORTLAND, Maine – US Senator Olympia Snowe, smarting over the way Democrats moved health care negotiations behind closed doors and left her and other Republicans shut out of the process, is waiting for them to make the first move toward salvaging portions of the health care overhaul bill

    Read more: AP

    January 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment