So Who’s Lying?

2 comments January 30th, 2010at 08:20pm Posted by Eli

Is it Debbie Wasserman-Schultz when she said the Senate doesn’t have enough votes to pass the public option via budget reconciliation?  Or is it the 51 Democratic Senators who claimed to support – or at least not oppose – the public option?

We have 65 progressive Representatives who have signed a letter pledging to vote against any healthcare reform bill that doesn’t include a public option, and we have 51 Democratic Senators who are on record with some level of support for it.  Based on those two facts, what do you think looks like the most direct path to achieving Obama’s most cherished goal of passing something-called-healthcare-reform?

Any approach other than simply restoring the public option via reconciliation so that the House progressives can vote Yes without breaking their word just seems needlessly complicated and antagonistic, not to mention electorally suicidal.  It would remove all remaining doubt about whose side the Senate Democrats and the Obama White House are on if they try to force the House to either pass the Senate bill as is, or with an inadequate reconciliation sidecar that does not include the public option.

Oh, and I would also recommend that the sidecar also eliminate the unpopular excise tax completely rather than “fix” it by exempting union workers.  All that will do is make everyone else hate Democrats and unions.

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Politics,Wankers


  • 1. Cujo359  |  February 1st, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    How much do the members of the two houses communicate on matters like this? I tend to doubt Wasserman-Schultz’s assessment on that basis. But “tend to” is an important phrase. In the nutty world of DC, it’s possible she’s the one who’s right.

  • 2. Eli  |  February 1st, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Van Hollen is saying the same thing, and he was one of the first to call for the sidecar fix. Very strange that he would be throwing cold water on this, especially since it’s his best chance of not going down in history as the most unsuccessful DCCC chair since 1994.

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