Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Senator Roland Burris the next hold out

Roland Burris is the next hold out on the Senate healthcare bill. He is pushing back against the removal of the Medicare buy in and the public option that was done to appease Joe Lieberman.

Senator Roland W. Burris, Democrat of Illinois, has vowed that he will not vote for a health care bill that does not include a government-run insurance plan, or public option. 
And on Monday, after Democrats indicated that they were prepared to meet the demands of Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, and strip the last vestige of a public option from their bill, Mr. Burris went to the Senate floor to warn that he had not committed to vote for the legislation.
Mr. Burris, however, did calibrate his language: “I am committed to voting for a bill that achieves the goals of a public option: competition, cost savings and accountability,” he said. “I will not be able to vote for lesser legislation that ignores those fundamentals.”
He added: “My colleagues may have forged a compromise bill that can achieve the 60 votes that will be needed for it to pass. But until this bill addresses cost, competition and accountability in a meaningful way, it will not win mine.”
With a dramatic flourish, Mr. Burris said: “As Mohandas Gandhi once famously said, ‘All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender.’”
Other liberals are also expected to resist appeasing Mr. Lieberman. But they may have little choice if Democrats hope to adopt a health care bill and avoid a failure to achieve President Obama’s top domestic priority.

Call me a cynic, but I don’t believe that Burris is taking a principled progressive stance. Rather I believe he is looking to get his palm greased.

Obama and Reid are either cracking skulls or greasing palms to get this bill passed. Since Burris is NOT getting reelected, hardball tactics are ineffective, thus greasing his palm is the only option.  Look for Burris to “see the light” in a few days and accept this bill. A few days later expect to see that he is getting an appointment somewhere or so other quid pro quo.

All of these people who say they cannot vote for this bill because of x, y or z are really full of s—t. What they are concerned about is getting something from a desperate administration. They could not care less if the bill passes or not. It is only a matter of time before, everyone whacked into line or paid off and the bill will pass.

Via: The New York Times


Just a conservative girl said...

On my way to the rally yesterday I heard on the radio that Lieberman was going to vote for the bill. I knew then it was over. The only hope now is getting it watered down to minimize the damage.

I knew that Obama was going to be bad, but I really didn't it expect to be this bad this quickly. I am just amazed. They really no longer care about the people at all.

Draining the swamp next year is mandatory.

Anonymous said...

I completely agree with you. Burris sees how they have kissed Lieberman's A$$ and he is looking to get some of the same.

I am hoping to put together a list of Democrats who stated unequivocally that only a public option will give the kind of "competition" that we need, and juxtapose this with what these idiots are saying now, that when insurance is mandated THAT will provide the incentive among the private insurance companies to bring costs down. If this is the case, why even try for a public option in the first place?!

They Hypocrats (formerly known as Democrats) must be stopped in their power-grab.

Arturo Jabra'il Sancho said...

"Revenge is a dish, best served cold" Kahn/Star Trek - Wrath Of Kahn

We can only speculate what really went on, in Old Chicago Politics, back when Barack Hussein Obama was still a minnow.

What is known, is that President-elect Barack Hussein Obama opposed the appointment of Roland Burris, as his replacement in the Senate.

These days it seems as if President Osame, has become more of a Republican, than a progressive promising CHANGE.

Senator Roland Burris is planning on becoming the HOPE, that President Obama has chosen to ignore.....Arturo Jabra'il Sancho

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