I strongly recommend to anyone who does work to defeat this bill make their calculations based entirely on policy, rather than on politics.
Just one question:
Dean said the removal of the Medicare buy-in made the bill not worth supporting, and urged Dem leaders to start over with the process of reconciliation in the interview, which is set to air at 5:50 PM today on Vermont Public Radio, political reporter Bob Kinzel confirms to me.
“This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate. Honestly the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill, go back to the House, start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler bill.”
Over at Big Orange:
THERE WERE ALWAYS 51 VOTES. IF YOU'RE GOING TO SIT THERE AND TELL ME THAT THE REPUBLICANS CAN USE RECONCILIATION TO PASS GOD DAMN TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH, BUT DEMOCRATS DON'T HAVE THE COURAGE TO USE IT TO PASS MEANINGFUL, BENEFICIAL HEALTH COVERAGE REFORM, THEN YOU BETTER BELIEVE BY GOD I'M GOING TO STAY HOME IN NOVEMBER 2010.
The math hasn't changed for at least a year.... Read more about ALL CAPS
Pass whatever helps people right away. Bag the rest. Bag the exchanges. Bag the mandate. Bag taxing what the unions won with bargaining. Bag all the 2014 stuff. Bag IMAC. Pass a clean bill and declare victory. Reboot in January, and have a truly open process that includes all policy perspectives. Read more about Some bill, any bill
Not only are the banksters thieves, they're stupid and inefficient thieves. No wonder the legacy parties like them so much. Read more about Hospital cleaners are worth more than banksters