Friday, February 19, 2010

Health Care Dog and Pony Show: Obama writing new bill designed to pass with reconciliation

Well here is a first, Obama is actually writing a bill! He is writing a health care bill designed to pass both House and Senate. The bill is suppose to be attached to a budget bill and passed with reconciliation in the Senate. 
President Obama is working on health care legislation intended to reconcile differences between House and Senate Democrats that could be attached to a budget bill and avoid a Republican filibuster, according to a published report.
The president's proposal, which is still being written, will be posted on the Internet by Monday morning, senior administration officials and Congressional aides told the New York Times.
By piggybacking the legislation onto a budget bill, Democrats would be able to advance the bill with a simple majority of just 51 votes, averting a Republican filibuster in the Senate.
The White House signaled Thursday that an aggressive, all-Democratic strategy for overhauling the nation's health system remains a serious option, even as Obama invites Republicans to next week's televised summit to seek possible compromises.
"It will be a reconciliation bill," the Times quoted a Democratic aide as saying. "If Republicans don't come with any substantial offers, this is what we would do."
The administration's stance could set the stage for a political showdown, with Democrats struggling to enact the president's top domestic priority and Republicans trying to block what many conservatives see as government overreach.
Obama's plan, like the House and Senate bills, would expand coverage to some 30 million, require most Americans to carry insurance or face financial penalties, and block insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions, the Times reported.
One Capitol Hill Democrat told the Times abortion remains "a wild card." [MORE]
This is not a serious effort to pass ObamaCare 2.0. This bill is really designed to get Republicans to say “NO” and stymie the reconciliation process with amendments. The true goal is to give Obama and the Democrats cover with their base by saying: “the Republicans killed healthcare reform”. 

If there were 51 votes in the Senate and 217 votes in the House to pass  ObamaCare 2.0, why even bother having the Healthcare Summit with Republicans? If bi-partisanship is the reason for the summit, then why craft a bill design to be passed with reconciliation?  Again, the answer is to blame the Republicans. Obama and the Democrats cannot have their base realize the truth, healthcare reform died because of Democrat bungling and Democrat cold feet.

If this dog and pony show is successful in blaming Republicans, I doubt it will have any effect on the electorate at large. Poll after poll shows that most Americans put healthcare reform at #4 or #5 on the list. Jobs, the economy, the deficit and taxes all rank higher for Americans than healthcare reform. 

Via: Fox News 


trinity said...

If they use reconciliation, I think it will be their undoing.

Hospitalist Blog said...

Spot on analysis.

Angie Lee said...

Any Republicans not seeing this clown's offer of "bipartisanship" as anything but, made with not a shred of good faith intention, deserve to be voted out of office in November. That alone is proof enough of their incompetence, corruption, and/or unwillingness to REPRESENT the constituents that sent them to D.C. They would have earned it just like any Democrats opposing healthcare DE-form that refuse to stand up to BHO and their party's leadership and, of course, every rotten-to-the-core politician of ANY stripe suffering the delusion they know what is best for us, willing to force it down our throats, or believing they even have the constitutional authority to do so.

That fact that he's drawing up his own bill PRIOR TO the healthcare "summit" shows he has no intention of listening to a word ANYONE has to say, one way or the other. He will walk in and say "This is what I want and this is what I will have, or else." Period. JUST LIKE HE DID IMMEDIATELY UPON TAKING OFFICE, telling Republicans "I won."

That the general public is so ... I'll say it, regardless of whatever stones people want to throw at me, because I just can't hold it in any longer ... UTTERLY AND COMPLETELY STUPID AND MORALLY BANKRUPT to have bought even one syllable out of this attention whore's mouth during his campaign or any day since he was sworn in, it just makes me sick.

There should be a voter competency test required before being allowed to touch a ballot. If someone doesn't understand how government works (like blaming Bush for the economic crisis and the troubles of the past 8 years and believing Obama will be able to fix the mess he "inherited" - NO VOTE FOR YOU), then why give them the authority to impose their stupidity upon the rest of the nation? Likewise, lifetime system leeches should not be voting to spread other people's money around, if they've never done anything to help themselves out beyond standing in the local welfare office to get what they're "entitled" to.

Count 'em at 3/5 of a person for representation and government money (black, white, yellow, brown, or green, I don't give a rip what color they are, they don't deserve a full vote if they aren't willing to help themselves and demand the rest of us carry their load as well as our own).

Janelle said...

The Democratic party has already come undone.

Lorraine said...

Gee Angie Lee, I wish you hadn't minced words and REALLY tell us what you think! Seriously, I agree with you whole-heartedly...I just hope that we can get this nation back from the brink.
There are times I think that we will and then I start having doubts...but I will do whatever it takes to keep our freedoms...and websites such as these help to remind me that we are not alone in our thoughts.
God Bless America

Endo said...

I agree that this is an attempt to make the republicans look bad; however I think the that those who are not blinded by BO will see right through it.

Unknown said...

Obamacare "Summit" = Dog and Pony Show
Rene Guerra

So, tomorrow Thursday, just on the eve of the day of the week preferred by artful politicians and other con artists to announce something they want to get buried rapidly after a daylong flurry of fanfare, Obama will held at the White House his "summit" on Obamacare.

Everyone knows that it is just a charade and cheap trick Obama is most abusively playing on us, We the People…and on the idiotic Republicans as well.

Obama posted his personal version of Obamacare on the Internet Monday, February 21, another day that will live in the rosary of infamies that Obama has victimized --and will keep victimizing-- us, We the People, with. Obamacare is a monstrosity of a tool to chain us as a society.

But Obamacare is, in Obama’s mind, fact accompli; his "summit" being just a dog and pony show.

The "smart" trick Obama wants to play on us, We the People, we his bosses, is four-pronged:

1- He wants us, suckers, to believe that he is complying with the duplicitously hollow promise he made that he would be "transparent" mud, We the People knew.

2- He wants to outfox the idiotic Republicans with an ambush like Francisco Pizarro’s ambush on Inca Emperor Atahualpa at Cajamarca: he will lock the attending Republicans in a White House room, to slaughter them at his will if they don’t "convert" to supporting Obamacare. The role of fray Vincente de Valverde menacingly waving his breviary at Atahualpa will be played by Rahm Emanuel menacingly waving the thousand plus pages long Obamacare text at the captive Republicans.

3- He wants to make sure that he doesn’t care what We the People --his bosses-- think, asserting thus that HE is boss, making good on the vintage tenet of Marxism-Leninism that all power in the state is in the hands of the "vanguard of the proletariat", in the hands of the politburo, in the hands of the presidium, all, nauseating contraptions that Leninists concoct to subjugate peoples, and which Obama is using profusely to subjugate us.

4- He wants to shaft us with Obamacare, the Mother of All Tools he will have at his disposition to hold us by the testes and complete the socialization of America. Once he gets us with Obamacare, he’ll have checkmated us, We the People. Lenin taught him that " of the best tools of the Communist Party to exert revolutionary authority over the masses consists of controlling all what is essential to them, starting with medicine [aka healthcare]..."

Damned be the Republicans if they cave in and end up playing "bipartisanship" at Obama’s "summit", as Scott Brown is doing now in the U.S. Senate, when "bipartisanship" only means to Democrats rolling over at their slightest beck and call.

We the People must manacle Obama politically/ideologically by means of snatching the U.S. Congress off the jaws of the Democrats and RINOs on November 2, 2010, and then, in November, 2012, We the People must sack him out of the premises of the White House, where he has been squatting since January 21, 2009.

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