Posted by Pat Cunningham on Feb 23, 2010 in Uncategorized | 2 comments
Can THIS be true?
The Republicans say Americans don’t want this Obama health bill. But that seems not to be the case.
UPDATE: There’s more on this matter HERE.
Nice spin job there cherry picking past polls on aspects of healthcare that the public finds desireable and attributing them to the Obama plan. Now wait for the polls to come out on whether the population wants Obama’s plan and we go back to a minority again. People don’t want it. What is truly amazing is that if 41% of the population does not pay income taxes, why can’t Obama can’t get a majority to favor healthcare. I can’t imagine the disapproval numbers that would come out if they only surveyed those that pay federal Income tax. Would it be in the 20% range or below?
From Todays WSJ Political Diary
President Obama’s revised health-care plan is an ambitious attempt to bridge the divisions between two warring camps of Democrats who do not trust each other — Democrats in the Senate and Democrats in the House.
Both factions have passed versions of a health care plan, but neither believes the other can deliver what is necessary for a compromise to become law.
In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi only muscled through her more-liberal version — which included a public-option insurance program — by 220 to 215 votes last November. Since then, Rep. Robert Wexler of Florida has resigned, Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania has died, and Rep. Neil Abercrombie plans to resign next week to run for governor of Hawaii. In addition, Rep. Joseph Cao, the lone Republican to back the bill in November, has said he won’t do so again.
That leaves Ms. Pelosi with 216 votes, shy of a majority. She will have to find new “yes” votes from some of the 39 Democrats who declined to support the bill last time as well as hold the votes of nervous Blue Dogs who voted with her and a dozen or so pro-life Democrats led by Rep. Bart Stupak, who demand tougher curbs on federal funding of abortion than President Obama or the Senate want.
Senators have yet to be convinced Ms. Pelosi can pull this off. Privately, Democratic members tell me she doesn’t have anywhere near the votes yet.
Rep. Heath Shuler, the North Carolina Democrat and former football star who heads the 54-member Blue Dog group, isn’t optimistic. “I don’t think a comprehensive bill can pass,” he told reporters. “I hate to use a football analogy, but first downs are a lot better than throwing the bomb route or the Hail Mary.”
In the Senate, Majority Leader Reid is close to lining up 50 Democrats who could join with Vice President Biden in ramming through a bill using parliamentary maneuvers that allow spending legislation to be passed with a simple majority. But those same maneuvers make it extremely difficult to craft a “health care” bill unless the Senate parliamentarian runs roughshod over every precedent. Republicans would also be able to drag out the process by offering hundreds of amendments.
The most likely explanation for what President Obama and his Democratic allies are up to by pressing forward with a bill is the following: 1) They are hoping his “bipartisan” summit meeting this Thursday will somehow be a game-changer and give health-care reform new momentum; 2) Democrats are trying to show unions and other allies that the Democratic leadership is making a maximum effort on health care before pivoting and blaming GOP obstructionism for its failure.
The best health-care analysts I know say Democrats have perhaps a 15% chance of threading the needle and getting a comprehensive bill signed into law. But even that success could be costly politically if voters came to believe Democrats had ignored the public’s feelings and rammed through a bill anyway. The most recent surveys show that 61% of the American people want Democrats to put aside the existing bills and start over.
— John Fund
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