Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pelosi tells Dems to sacrifice their jobs for ObamaCare

Nancy Pelosi let out the battle cry for Democrats today. She called on House Dems to sacrifice their careers for ObamaCare. 
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to back a major overhaul of U.S. health care even if it threatens their political careers, a call to arms that underscores the issue's massive role in this election year.
Lawmakers sometimes must enact policies that, even if unpopular at the moment, will help the public, Pelosi said in an interview being broadcast Sunday the ABC News program "This Week."
"We're not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress," she said. "We're here to do the job for the American people."
It took courage for Congress to pass Social Security and Medicare, which eventually became highly popular, she said, "and many of the same forces that were at work decades ago are at work again against this bill."

Clearly Nancy doesn’t have the votes in the House to pass ObamaCare, otherwise she never would have made this statement in public. This statement also tells me that she is pretty far off on those votes. If there were only a handful, she would have strong-armed them into submission by now.

The question is what do the House Dems do.  There is no guarantee that the Senate can successfully pull off reconciliation. Without fixing the bill with Reconciliation, the House will get slammed again for passing another nasty bill and the Senate will skate.  The Democrats are in a lose-lose situation (and I am beginning to wonder if it wasn’t done on purpose), pass the bill and the voters will toss them out. Pass nothing and their base will toss them out. I am guessing that quite a few Democrats are feeling mighty spiteful for being put in this predicament by their leadership. Asking them for their jobs only makes it worse.


Opus #6 said...

Is nobody advising these people?

Janelle said...

Nancy, sacrifice your career.........please.

Kate Delaney said...

This should be a sensible to issue to all, this is not an issue whether they are Republicans or Democrats because in the end of the day, both are serving the people in different point of views. This issue should transcend beyond the political differences.

Clifton B said...

Opus #6:

Their ideology is advising them, that's the problem.

Clifton B said...


That is the funny thing, she is safe for 2010, yet she wants all those others to jump off the cliff.

Clifton B said...

Kate Delaney:

It should transcend both parties, unfortunately the majority is being guided by ideology. Common sense would tell anyone that with $12 trillion in debt, expensive solutions are not the answer right now. The Democrats aren't even entertaining the effective FREE solutions like Tort Reform.

Janelle said...

Clifton, there are a lot of months to go still....Boxer is in trouble and California is in terrible shape, fiscally.
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