(Updated Note: The Senate was planning on voting on this bill at 8 am Christmas Eve. They have now decided to bump it up an hour to 7 am. Anybody surprised? Go here to watch live streaming video if you must.)
Hurry up! Hurry up! Hurryyyyyyyyyyyyyy UP! Right now! Pass a bill that will change the course of America from this point on BY CHRISTMAS! And then push the final form back to February. Politico is reporting that the WH is stating they expect healthcare not to be completed until February – DON’T YOU BELIEVE IT! We are talking about the Barry, Harry, and Nancy show folks; they wanted it by Christmas and ‘taking care of Nebraska’ got it done. I am still expecting more District of Criminals shenanigans to get a bill to the whiner-in-chief by his State-Of-The-USSA speech.
This bill has never been about health care reform, because if it was, we wouldn’t be paying for something four years before the ‘benefits’ are implemented in 2014. If health care reform was the actual goal, common sense bills would have been written that had the bi-partisan support of both the House and Senate, Americans would have been on board, and those bills would already be law and the changes already implemented. How long has one side of the aisle been “working” on health care reform in the dark of the night, and behind closed and LOCKED doors? Ah, yes, Obama has changed politics as usual by just adding steriods and meth to the process.
The White House privately anticipates health care talks to slip into February — past President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address — and then plans to make a “very hard pivot” to a new jobs bill, according to senior administration officials.
Obama has been told that disputes over abortion and the tight schedule are highly likely to delay a final deal, a blow to the president, who had hoped to trumpet a health care victory in his big speech to the nation. But he has also been told that House Democratic leaders seem inclined, at least for now, to largely accept the compromise worked out in the Senate, virtually ensuring he will eventually get a deal.
The first order of business will be getting a health care deal, which Obama and Democrats see as inevitable. The White House is working closely with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leading liberals to make sure the House does not push for significant changes to the compromise worked out in the Senate. This will force House Democrats, who often feel slighted by all the attention and influence the Senate gets, to swallow a compromise it did not write or advocate.
I wonder how that is going to work out for them in November 2010? I wonder how many more dems are going to flip to republican before then?