Senator Blanche Lincoln has said she will be the deciding vote to move the senate healthcare bill forward to debate. The vote is scheduled to take place tonight at 8 PM (more thief in the night maneuvers).
Lincoln (D-Ark.) announced Saturday that she’d deliver the deciding vote to push forward with a sweeping health reform plan, ending days of speculation over whether President Barack Obama’s signature priority would proceed to the Senate floor or suffer a debilitating blow.
But Lincoln and fellow moderate Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) also laid down strong objections to the public health insurance plan included in the Senate bill – saying they couldn’t support the bill if it came to the floor in that form.
“I am opposed to a new government administered public health care plan as a part of comprehensive health care reform, and I will not vote in favor of the proposal that has been introduced by Leader Reid as it is written,” Lincoln said.
This is what I don’t understand. If Lincoln has so many reservations against the current bill and has absolutes that she will not compromise on, knowing that some of those issues are a must have for the more liberal House Democrats, then why doesn’t she just vote NO and send the current monstrosity to an early grave?
It is this complete lack of political courage from both parties that has led America to the brink. Quite frankly, I think it is high time we all start considering what can be done to resist if not fully scuttle healthcare reform should it pass. I say this because now that debate of the bill will happen, Democrats will pull out all the stops to make sure something passes and so long as that something gives government greater control, they will be all for it.