Saturday, November 21, 2009

Senator Blance Lincoln to be Reid's 60th vote

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).

From Politico:
Sen. Blanche Lincoln is a yes for debating health reform, but a no for the public option, and she and fellow centrists are making clear they expect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to scrap his current plan for a government-run insurance program.

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.

Via: Politico


Teresa said...

I don't get it either. I wouldn't vote for cloture on a bill that I had so many objections to. And, 97% of bills that pass the cloture phase also pass as Bills in the senate. This is disgraceful. I fear that the citizens of this country are going to have to stand up in a Martin Luther King Jr. kind of way to get these politicians attentions.

Clifton B said...


Passive resistance to Washington may just have to be the answer. If Washington refuses to listen to us, then why should we bother to listen to them?

RightKlik said...

I think you're on the right track, Clifton. If a piece of legislation is neither popular nor constitutional, then on what grounds is it legitimate?

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