Submitted By Todd on February 27th at 11:27am
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that President Barack Obama's historic health care drive was closer to passage after a high-stakes summit with Republicans opposed to the overhaul.Talking nonsense has been a big part of the project for a long time, and that they won't stop doing. But the goal now, it seems to me, is conning liberals into thinking that the administration is still trying.
As Democrats wrestled with how best to push the ambitious legislation forward, Pelosi said the unusual seven-hour talks on Thursday "made a difference, and it moved us closer to passing a bill."Oh, yeah. The talks made a big difference!
"We are determined that we are going to pass health-care reform," said the speaker.The administration has to move on. The polls have made it clear. The special elections have made it clear. There's nothing left to do now but posture to sure up the base, and to move on.Pelosi said she was working with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on a way forward but invited Republicans to contribute more ideas to what would be the most sweeping shift of its kind in four decades. "If they have a good idea and it works for the American people, bravo, we welcome it," said the speaker.
Democratic lawmakers and aides made clear that they would proceed with the plan whether or not Republicans come aboard, while describing a timetable that calls for action within the next month to six weeks.Mid-April? Can you imagine the Dems still pushing this on a congress just 5 months from their primary elections? Democrats would not stand for it!
Pelosi flatly rejected Republican criticisms of Democratic plans to rely on a parliamentary procedure called "reconciliation" that requires a mere majority of 51 Senate votes, blunting Republicans' ability to kill the bill with delaying tactics that require 60 votes to overrun. "What you call a complicated process is called a simple majority. And that's what we're asking the Senate to act upon," she said, outlining a three-step process to get the bill through.There's one problem. The referees on this thing are the American people. And we've already cried foul.
Lawmakers would agree on the overall substance of the bill, then the Senate would determine what it can do with "reconciliation," and then the House would act, she said.Oh, how we will crush them if they dare!