Submitted By Todd on November 4th at 9:00am
Senior Congressional Democrats told ABC News today it is highly unlikely that a health care reform bill will be completed this year, just a week after President Barack Obama declared he was "absolutely confident" he'll be able to sign one by then.They can spin however they want about this not being a referendum on the president and the leadership in congress - the truth is, the Messiah has landed, and he's not walking on water. His power to pass Cap & Trade, Immigration Reform, and even Health Reform - anything on the radical agenda - are now severely diminished.
"Getting this done by the by the end of the year is a no-go," a senior Democratic leadership aide told ABC News. Two other key Congressional Democrats also told ABC News the same thing.If they're working on health care next year, during a congressional election season, the crowd in the capital will be much less interested in slapping the American people in the face by ignoring our opinion.
This may come as an unwelcome surprise for the White House, where officials from the president on down have repeatedly said the health care bill would be signed into law by the end of the year.There will long lines of Senators and Reps looking to talk to leadership today, and there will lots of hemming and hawing over prior commitments to vote socialist.
"I am absolutely confident that we are going to get health care done by the end of this year, and Nancy Pelosi is just as confident," Obama said Oct. 27 at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi may still be confident -- and her spokesman Brendan Daly said today, "We are going to get our part done" -- but the reason for the delay can be found in the Senate.In the Senate, Harry Reid started backing off yesterday, even before the returns were all in.
Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., spoke as Democratic officials said it could be December before Senate debate begins in earnest on the issue atop President Barack Obama’s domestic agenda, months after senior lawmakers and the White House had hoped. The drive to pass legislation has been plagued for months by divisions within the party’s rank and file.