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Durbin Says No Health Care Vote Until September

Updated 8:56 p.m.
By Paul Kane
Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (Ill.), President Obama's closest ally on Capitol Hill, became the highest-ranking Democratic leader to say that health-care legislation will not make it to the chamber floor until September.

"We're going to take a little longer to get it right," Durbin told The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, when asked Wednesday about Obama's oft-stated goal of a vote on or before Aug. 7, when the Senate is due to leave on a month-long recess. "Initially we had hoped for a full vote by then, but I don't think it's going to be possible."

The Senate's recess will last until after Labor Day.

Obama was asked about his deadline during his Wednesday night news conference and replied, "If you don't set deadlines in this town, things don't happen. The default position is inertia, because doing something always creates some people who are unhappy.

"We have made so much progress, where we've got doctors, nurses, hospitals, even the pharmaceutical industry, AARP saying that this makes sense to do," Obama said. "I think [that] means that the stars are aligned, and we need to take advantage of that."

By Paul Kane  |  July 22, 2009; 8:09 PM ET
Categories:  Health Reform  
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If Durbin says it won't happen then it won't. The stalling game that republicans have been using for decades is being used again defeat health care reform
Any bill will die the death of a thousand cuts. The longer it takes the weaker Obama appears and the weaker he appears the longer it will take.
Obama needs to cut some deals if he doesn't want health care to go terminal.
I hate see him cave in to insurance companies which have been making record profits but they have all the power, all the bribe money for the senate.

Posted by: seemstome | July 22, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Weasels

Posted by: scottilla | July 23, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

WHO KILLED HEALTHCARE REFORM
(Who Killed Davey Moore, Bob Dylan)
WilliamBanzai7


Who killed healthcare reform,
Why an' what's the reason for?

"Not I," says the greedy insurance CEO,
"Don't point your finger at me.
I could've stopped it before it was to late
An' maybe kept it from this fate,
But the Wall Street crowd would've booed, I'm sure,
At not gettin' their money's worth.
It's too bad quality care had to go,
But there was a pressure on me to keep my loss ratios low,
It wasn't me that made it fall.
No, you can't blame me at all."

Who killed healthcare reform,
Why an' what's the reason for?

"Not us," says the pharmaceutical crowd,
Whose screams filled the Capital rotunda aloud.
"It's too bad it died alright
But we just like to see our profits sky high.
We didn't mean for it to meet this death,
We just meant to hedge our R&D bets,
There ain't nothing wrong in that.
It wasn't us that made it fall.
No, you can't blame us at all."

Who killed health care reform,
Why an' what's the reason for?

"Not me," says Baucus, the ring leader of the Senate healthcare caucus
Puffing on a big insurance industry cigar.
"It's hard to say, it's hard to tell,
I always thought that healthcare reform was just swell.
It's too bad for everyman's wife an' kids it's dead,
But if it was sick, the lobbyists should've said.
It wasn't me that made it fall.
No, you can't blame me at all."

Who killed healthcare reform,
Why an' what's the reason for?

"Not me," says the gambling fund manager,
With his Annual Reports still in his hand.
"It wasn't me that knocked it down,
My hands never touched it none.
I didn't commit no ugly sin,
Anyway, I put money on the insurance industry to win, win, win.
It wasn't me that made it fall.
No, you can't blame me at all."

Who killed healthcare reform,
Why an' what's the reason for?

"Not me," says the feckless medical news writer,
Pounding lame print on his medical news typewriter,
Sayin', "The health care industry ain't to blame,
There's just as much danger in any Wall Street con game."
Sayin', "rescission, purging and reneging is here to stay,
It's just the profitable insurance industry way.
It wasn't me that made it fall.
No, you can't blame me at all."

Who killed healthcare reform,
Why an' what's the reason for?

"Not me," says the AMA whose fists
Laid it low in a cloud of faux socialist mist,
Who said reform came here from Cuba's back door
Where private profits ain't allowed no more.
"We hit it, yes, it's true,
But that's what the Docs paid us to do.
Don't say 'murder,' don't say 'kill.'
It was free market destiny, it was God's will."

Who killed healthcare reform,
Why an' what's the reason for?

Posted by: williambanzai7 | July 23, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

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