Do progressive Democrats play poker?
I mean, have they played enough of it to know of the old saying If you’ve been playing cards for a half-hour and you still don’t know who the dummy is, it’s you? Progressives pressure Sanders, Feingold on public option reform “Bernie Sanders can be a hero at this historic moment by declaring that any final bill must have a public option to win his | Read More »
Rep. Clyburn abandons public option on behalf of Democratic party.
Here we go. The House’s third-ranking Democrat said Sunday that he can support a healthcare reform bill without a public option. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) — a proponent of a government-run public plan — said that he could back the bill as long as it creates more choice and competition in the insurance industry and reduces costs. “It’s of no consequence” whether it’s | Read More »
Hesitating in the face of volley fire.
Back in the day – which is to say, the days before reliable automatic weapons were present on the battlefield – armies relied pretty heavily on volley fire and rigid discipline to win battles. There were two reasons for this: first, of course, the more missiles you have in the air at once, the harder it is to get out of their way. The second | Read More »
Let me just push back on the Left’s attempt to co-opt…
…the anti-health care rationing movement, as per Mickey Kaus (who is not the one trying to do it). Three things to remember: The Online Left is angry about this bill because the final version is likely to have no public option, Stupak-like language banning federal funding of abortion, and no clear path to single-payer health care. Give them some path to two out of three | Read More »
Democrats pass first hurdle in health care rationing bill.
Last night, while most of you were sleeping, the Democratic Party took a long step forward towards passing their health care rationing bill. The details are arcane Senatorial procedure, but two things must be taken away from it: No Republican Senator – no Republican Senator; not even the ones typically called ‘RiNOs*’ – voted to ration your health care and make you a criminal for | Read More »
Joe Biden cops to being a progressive.
Admittedly, it’s in the context of explaining why progressives need to take a bite of this surprisingly tasty, solid B+ health care rationing sandwich*, but actual semantic content is actual semantic content: “I share the frustration of other progressives that the Senate bill does not include a public option.” Especially when it’s sitting out there, all alone like that. But you saw it here first: | Read More »
Ben Nelson (D) bringing everyone together!
This takes skill – but apparently Reid’s amendment is up to the task. The National Organization of Women: We call on all senators who consider themselves friends of women’s rights to reject the Manager’s Amendment, and if it remains, to defeat this cruelly over-compromised legislation. Planned Parenthood apparently agrees. National Right to Life: NRLC will score the upcoming roll call votes on cloture on the Reid | Read More »
Rahm Emanuel is right not to worry.
I have to disagree with RS McCain on this one: Emanuel may not be telling the truth on the passage of health care rationing, but he’s correct in dismissing the netroots. Turn off MSNBC. Tune out Howard Dean and Keith Olbermann. The White House has its liberal wing in hand on health care, says White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. [snip] The comments may | Read More »
Democrats not enjoying their Congressional majorities: health care edition.
Howard Kurtz: That splashing sound you hear is liberals jumping off the health care ship. Moe Lane: That murmuring sound you hear is conservatives not giving a tinker’s dam. And why should we? This entire situation came about because Democratic legislators decided that their opposite numbers were worth neither respect, elementary politeness, nor influence in the Grand New Order of the Democrats’ projected two-generation dominance | Read More »
White House blinks on health care rationing bill.
Ah, the politics of fear. The entire Democratic Senate caucus is headed to the White House on Tuesday afternoon to talk health care with President Obama, just as the administration urges Majority Leader Harry Reid to cut a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is emerging as the skunk at the party for supporters of the massive package to create a new entitlement. [snip] Congressional | Read More »
Democrats contemplating just passing the Senate HCR bill?
(H/T Instapundit) While I see Mickey Kaus’ point in the abstract: People in the know in Washington appear to have already considered and dismissed the “ping pong” option–the possibility that if the Senate finally passes a compromise health care bill, Pelosi’s House might simply vote “yes” on the exact same bill, avoiding the need for a “conference” to reconcile the House and Senate versions and | Read More »
I’m gobsmacked. So is Sen. McCain. Heck, so is Sen. Durbin.
(Via Hot Air Headlines) Avoiding boggling gets harder and harder every day: Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin admitted Friday that he is “in the dark” about the national health care bill currently under construction by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In an exchange on the Senate floor, Republican Sen. John McCain asked Durbin, “Should we not at least be informed as to what the proposal | Read More »
Nelson prolife amendment tabled: Nelson (D, NE) caving to follow.
They tabled the amendment that Senator Nelson offered for the health care rationing bill – the one that would have aligned it with the Stupak amendment for the House version – on a largely party-line vote (54/45, with Byrd not voting). Senator Nelson, despite vowing to filibuster*, is even now revising and extending his remarks: A few reporters waiting outside the door asked him how | Read More »
How to have fun in Congress.
House version (Via Instapundit): Congressmen John Carter[*] (R-TX) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) yesterday introduced the Geithner Penalty Waiver Act, requiring that the IRS assess the same penalty against U.S. taxpayers that came forward in the UBS tax fraud investigation as paid by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for failing to pay taxes on his IMF income — zero. Pretty self-explanatory, isn’t it? I like Rep. Carter. | Read More »
Yes. That Lamont primary challenge worked out *so* well.
Erick covered this already: Lieberman Digs In on Public Option Sen. Joseph Lieberman, speaking in that trademark sonorous baritone, utters a simple statement that translates into real trouble for Democratic leaders: “I’m going to be stubborn on this.” Stubborn, he means, in opposing any health-care overhaul that includes a “public option,” or government-run health-insurance plan, as the current bill does. His opposition is strong enough | Read More »
More on the Democratic party’s War on Breasts.
Via Instapundit, HHS Secretary Sebelius is trying to do some damage control on the recent ‘suggestion’ that women stop getting routine mammograms before they’re 50: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, meanwhile, told women to ignore the new advisory recommendations for now. “The U.S. Preventive Task Force is an outside independent panel of doctors and scientists who make recommendations. They do not set federal policy and they | Read More »
‘…Mr. Axelrod’s not a legislator; he doesn’t really know what he’s talking about.’
That was Rep. Stupak’s (DEMOCRAT) blunt response to David Axelrod’s assertion that the pro-life language currently in the health care rationing bill would be ‘adjusted.’ Stupak’s having none of it: Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) pledged on Tuesday morning to defeat healthcare reform legislation if his abortion amendment is taken out, saying 10 to 20 anti-abortion-rights Democrats would vote against a bill with weaker language. “They’re | Read More »
The Mythical Moderate Democratic Politician.
I have one quibble with this analysis by Dick Morris (via Kausfiles): Don’t assume that the 38 Democrats who voted against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) extremist version of healthcare reform wouldn’t have supported it if their votes had been needed. The days before the final passage on Saturday were not filled with stirring appeals to get Democrats to back the bill so much as | Read More »
CMS: Democratic bill would *raise* health care costs.
By almost 300 billion. CMS: House health bill will hike costs $289B The House-approved healthcare overhaul would raise the costs of healthcare by $289 billion over the next 10 years, according to an analysis by the chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This would be infuriating, if I had taken seriously in the first place the notion that an interventionist, | Read More »
Pelosi fine with jailing the uninsured.
I fiddled with cutting down this video… …of Speaker Pelosi admitting that she’s fine with sending people who don’t want to be insured to jail (H/T: Infidels are Cool); but I’m not all that happy with the results. Which is interesting, because I’m also not happy with the notion of throwing poor people into jail just because Speaker Pelosi wanted to raid taxpayer wallets and | Read More »