President Obama has yet again summoned Democrats from House and Senate leadership to the White House to determine their final strategy to pass some bill that reconciles the disparate healthcare “reform” measures passed by each congressional body. Republicans were not invited to today’s meeting.
Among those expected at the White House either in person or by teleconference are Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
If the majority leadership cannot agree to try to strong-arm the Senate-passed bill through the House without changes by simple majority on a motion to concur, both the House and Senate would have to pass any “compromise” bill with a 60-vote margin required in the Senate to bring debate to an end.
Already, 13 state attorneys general have threatened to sue over the Senate-passed bill over the backroom deals aimed directly at Medicaid relief for some states in the “cash for cloture” deals that garnered the 60 required votes to end debate, allowing for the Christmas Eve vote for passage.
Hill sources relate that the attempts at a health care deal would be worked out behind closed doors between Pelosi and Reid, that there is too much dissention within Democrat factions to be able to get anywhere near an agreement within a larger leadership circle. Any attempt to include leaders of the factions — ranging from the far left radicals calling themselves “progressives” to pro-life Democrats — would cause yet another disastrous delay for the majority party determined to shove through their highly-unpopular, ideologically driven bill in an election year. No matter what the political cost.
Democrats are trying to convince their caucus that voters won’t retaliate against them in November. The latest sales pitch is that voters will like the bill once they know more about it, which is absurd on its face as the bill is not yet written. Again. Throughout this process, the more voters have learned about the Democrat proposals, the larger and more vocal the opposition has become.
Further, both House and Senate-passed versions begin taxing voters this year without any benefits kicking in until 2013 earliest. That’s the main mechanism used by Democrats to camouflage the staggering cost of this new entitlement. Voters simply love being taxed for three or four years and seeing nothing in return. Or not.
Can the House pass a bill that the Senate will subsequently pass? That’s the multi-trillion dollar health care bill question as the November elections loom large.
Rasmussen Polling Massachusetts Senate Race
Pollster Scott Rasmussen is wading into the Massachusetts Senate special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. Republican State Senator Scott Brown faces Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley just two weeks from today, Tuesday, January 19.
No official polls have yet been taken in the race that could provide more heartburn for Democrats, a state Obama won with 62 percent of the vote. Reports say Rasmussen conducted a poll in Massachusetts last night.
An upset victory in two weeks for Brown would break the filibuster-proof majority the Democrat caucus enjoys in the Senate meaning disaster for the passage of measures such as Obamacare and the cap and trade national energy tax.
In Massachusetts, Democrats hold seven out of every eight seats in the state legislature. A close race will give nervous Democrats further pause about voting in favor of the highly unpopular government takeover of health care.
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling endorsed Brown yesterday.
The Rasmussen poll is set to be released today on the Rasmussen Reports website.