Democrats and the Party of NO
When she was a newly minted House Minority leader, Nancy Pelosi hired an adveritising/marketing agency to get their advice on the best way to regain the majority. The advice as she relayed it was to oppose the Bush agenda lock, stock and barrell, in essence to become the party of no. After spending an hour fruitlessly trying to find the article I have given up. | Read More »
Mark Pryor tosses more dirt on health care rationing’s grave.
The Hill article is surprisingly garbled – I assume that they’ll clean it up this morning – but the original article (“Pryor: Health care reform may not happen this year”) is a lot clearer. The short version is that they’re back at the ‘discussion phase’ for a health care rationing bill, which is legislature-speak for “we’re going to drop the subject, and hope that you | Read More »
Please Mr. Bear, Don’t Throw me into the Reconciliation Patch
The public is King Arthur — the Black Knight is the Speaker and the Trillion Dollar President. The Speaker and the White House just cannot stop themselves — more health care!
Howard Dean: “Kill the Senate Bill” — Updated, Sen. Nelson tells Obama NO
H/T erod: From Plum Line, which has published an advance look at a radio interview Howard Dean recorded for Vermont Public Radio. The interviews will air tonight at 5:50 PM: “The gauntlet from Dean — whose voice on health care is well respsected among liberals — will energize those on the left who are mobilizing against the bill, and make it tougher for liberals to | Read More »
Key Dem Senators Balk at Reconciliation Cram-Down for Health Reform
Reconciliation strategy for health care reform faces opposition from key Democratic Senators. The great New York Times health care legislative strategy takes a lethal blow — again. As Bloomberg reports: Resorting to a budget procedure called reconciliation would infuriate Republicans and force Democrats to settle for more limited changes, said Jennifer Duffy, senior editor at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report in Washington. “Both procedurally and | Read More »
Democrats Attempt To Split Up Health Bill To Make It Easier To Ram Through Congress
The Democratic leadership appears to be at it again. After a series of setbacks, intraparty squabblings, and moments of tense disagreement with their own constituents, they now seek another option to make their vision of a massive single-payer health care entity a reality. As the Wall Street Journal reports, Congressional Democrats are now looking to the idea of splitting the bill into two parts, and | Read More »
Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) breaks with House Democrats on reconciliation.
While in the process of idly mentioning that the deficit’s going to be worse than originally indicated, Senator Conrad (D-Countrywide) says something very, very interesting: Conrad also said he did not plan to include any instructions in the budget plan he is crafting for health care or the greenhouse gas initiatives. Such instructions written into the budget would give it a privileged status and make | Read More »