Will House Dems Hold Their Noses And Pass Senate’s Health Bill?

January 18, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-The special election in Massachusetts to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s senate seat, has taken a shocking turn, with Republican challenger Scott Brown slightly ahead of Democratic candidate Martha Coakley, in most of the recent polling. If Brown succeeds in winning the election in a very blue state, that spells disaster for not only health care reform, but for most of President Obama’s agenda for the remainder of the year leading into the 2010 mid-term elections.

In the wake of this very real threat of losing that all important 60th vote in the senate, Democrats are beginning to craft a plan to pass the complete Senate Bill in the House. That way, it could be passed without the need to send it back to the Senate for an additional vote.

Both congressional chambers have been ensconced with administration officials, to fine tune the legislation and reconcile the House’s more progressive version of the bill with the senate bill. But in order for the House to pass a health reform bill without sending it back to a Senate no longer having a 60 vote majority, no changes can be made to it.

President Obama would have to convince House members to basically hold their noses and pass the Senate bill, or face the prospect of having no bill at all, after months of hard work and expending political capital. The negotiated changes made to the measure could be added later in budget legislation.

The only other options would be the parliamentary budget reconciliation process in the Senate, which only requires 51 votes. But it would take time and drag out the process further, at a time when both lawmakers and Americans are tired of the process.

As noted in the New York Times:

“For supporters of the health care overhaul, the complaints with the Senate bill may seem minor compared with the prospect of outright defeat of the legislation, the president’s top domestic initiative, and the thought of Republicans’ using a health care failure to clobber Democrats in this fall’s midterm elections.”



9 Responses to “Will House Dems Hold Their Noses And Pass Senate’s Health Bill?”

  1. Alan Schoenike on January 18th, 2010 11:57 pm

    I think many independents would look at an effort by Obama and the Democratic leaders to hurry up and push the bill though before filling this seat as very underhanded. If this is the only way they can get this measure through maybe they should be finding a way to make more then 50% of the nation think it is fiscally responsible.

  2. Brittancus on January 19th, 2010 1:54 am

    There is no doubt in my mind that the reason Democrat Martha Coakleyn is in a strong race with Republican Scott Brown is owing to her partisan approval of Comprehensive Immigration Reform or AMNESTY. The majority of Americans remember the last travesty of the 1986 immigration reform, that not only legalized around 3.5 million agricultural worker, but even more desperate, poor people slipped into America before the final bill was signed. The same scenario is sure to happen again, because millions of more people are aware they can get instant recognition as legitimate. Senator Edward Kennedy now vacated seat, is what Coakleyn and Scott are competing over and could jeopardize the Health Care Reform package. A Republican Senate victory in the blue state of Massachusetts would have massive repercussions and could even echo in the Oval office. Even Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank stated to reporters, ” if Brown wins, the president’s overhaul of health care is dead.” President Obama is stumping himself in trying to preserve the crucial 60th Democratic Senate vote needed to pass the health care overhaul.

    The deciding factor is what is more important to the voters in this special election? Opening the door even wider for millions of illegal people to siphon of –BILLIONS–in taxpayers money for health care, education and other unrevealed entitlements. As Brown debated stopping the issuance of driving drivers licenses and in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. But then crush any chance of the Democrats passing health care reform? Or by voting for Scott Brown wrecking any chance of another Amnesty, that as the US Census assumes could lead to unsustainable OVERPOPULATION. Shortly we will learn the answer to this unnerving question, that will decide future generations quality of life. If this Republican wins it will send a traumatic message, to Democrats that includes Sen. Harry Reid, Speaker Pelosi and the rest who are pandering to illegal immigrants, that Americans are tired of being taxed to support foreign nationals. It will mean E-Verify could become permanent and zero in on the millions of illegal labor, fraudulently taking jobs from legitimate workers.

    It will mean stepped up audits, by ICE in all working locations. It could strengthen the 287 (G) federal training program to arrest illegal foreigners, that has been weakened by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. E-Verify upgrades could reduce overtime a very sufficient way to force illegal workers into self-deportation, because they can no longer steal American jobs.

    Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to be connected to your Senator and Congressman and use the voting power of THE PEOPLE. NUMBERSUSA AND JUDICIAL WATCH for more frightening information and which lawmaker are signers to the potential AMNESTY and the immigration grades of these proponents.

  3. Gabi on January 19th, 2010 7:53 am

    Why I see your anti-illegal immigration comments everywhere, Brittancus? I am getting so tired of it.

  4. Estoban on January 19th, 2010 1:16 pm

    @ Gabi

    It’s called free speech. Get used to it.

  5. Connie on January 19th, 2010 1:49 pm

    Britannicus and Delaware Bob are the 2 racist creatures (sorry, they do not belong to the human species) who post hatred on every immigration-related forum.
    Let me guess, Britannicus: mid-40s, living in a one bedroom apartment/trailer park, single, high school education, angry and bitter in life, like the guy in Pittsburg who started shooting at his local gym last year…
    A comprehensive immigration reform is a matter of when, not if, and it is the just thing to do. Racism always loses in America!

  6. LOL on January 19th, 2010 2:31 pm

    One year to debating for health care reform, and it became nothing. You think that is a joke???

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  8. Julie B on February 8th, 2010 9:42 pm

    Since when has illegal alien become a race?

    Stop and think…… This country is not doing very well and the last thing any of us need is more mouths to feel.
    Immigrant workers are brought in when there is a surplus of jobs and with 18% of the citizens in this country unable to find jobs THERE IS NO SURPLUS.

    Get America back to work, then we will discuss what to to do about illegal workers.

    This has nothing to do with race so get off your soapbox.

  9. Julie B on February 8th, 2010 9:44 pm

    Correction. “mouths to feed”

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