The pResident made a special trip to the Hill today to give the democratic caucus a “pep talk” about how they will be going down in history when they pass the lynchpin of socialist policies health care reform. Let’s not forget the transparency angle as deals were being made behind closed doors….again!
President Barack Obama gave Senate Democrats a “pep talk” on healthcare Sunday, telling them they stood to make history if they passed a bill expanding healthcare coverage to millions of Americans.
Obama, during a rare Sunday Democratic caucus in the Senate, said that the healthcare reform bill, which seeks to provide coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans, is “the most important social legislation since Social Security,” according to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.).
“He reminded us why we’re here, he reminded us why we run for office and he reminded us how many people are counting on us to come through,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
Senate Democrats leaving the meeting expressed confidence that they would eventually pass a bill that would help Americans and would help Democrats politically as they enter into a crucial mid-term election year.
If they passed the bill, Democrats would be “rewarded in ’10, and in 10 years, in 20 years, in 30 and 40,” Baucus said. “Nothing’s more important.”
Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said that Obama’s message was most effective when he was “putting into context how important [the healthcare bill] was to the economy and what this means in terms of how people judge this Congress and what happens to us.”
Obama said that despite their progress, Democrats should pass healthcare to show Americans that they can tackle big problems, Casey said.
“We tend to forget we’ve been about as productive a Congress as there’s been in a long time, but we’ve got to get this done to demonstrate that we can get something this substantial done,” Casey said.
Baucus said that Democrats would be able to get the 60 votes to invoke cloture on the bill to end debate and eventually pass it. He predicted that would happen within a week or two.
Sen. Tom Coburn has come out today stating that this bill will cost $2.5 Trillion and leaves millions uninsured. I am more prone to believe a practicing doctor with more than 25 years of experience than democrats who have actually failed at everything they are rammed through so far. (See next segment below)
What is important about Sen. Casey’s statement about being productive goes to the newest marketing scheme come up with by the Democrats and announced this past Friday. The reality vs. the rhetoric is amazing.