Can House pass health care reform?
Health-care reform has been a consistent winner on the list of topics that get strong reader response, and the news that the White House thinks it can garner enough Democratic votes to pass the imperiled legislation has spawned more than 700 comments.
Democrats say "Go for it!" Republicans say, "Do so and you're dead." There are a couple of lonely cries for restoring the so-called public option to the legislation, a move that would provide an alternative to insurance companies. And there is the usual cross-party name calling.
As Anne E. Kornblut writes, "Increasingly, the White House appears to favor having the House pass a version of the measure that cleared the Senate with 60 votes in December...It remains unclear whether Democrats have enough votes within their ranks for this strategy to work."
We'll start with GeorgHerbet, who wrote, "Great news! Let's pass this thing, Obama. Get it done. No excuses."
But davideconnollyjr said, "They may have enough of their votes to push health scare on us, but they won't have enough of our votes to stay in office."
OldCoot1 wrote, "Rules and protocol be damned, if the man can get it through congress and signs it into law he will have my vote next election. It shows he isn't a whimp. I can't say the same for the people in congress."
steveeyes advised, "...If you don't pass a bill you lose your base. If you do pass one, you lose Republicans and conservative independents. Either way, it is a threat for reelection. So take you chances, pass the bill and if you are worthy of the title politician, convince voters you did what was best for them. In the end, they will thank you for your courage and conviction..."
thebump predicted that "Fortunately, there are enough principled Democrats to prevent this crime against liberty from coming to pass."
rogernebel wrote, "What a joke. The Dems have the majority in both chambers. But the moderate Dems in the house know they will suffer the wrath of the American voter this November so they won't vote for the Senate version, but Reid and Pelosi plan to throw them under the bus anyway. Blaming the failure to pass health care on the GOP is a joke, the Dem leadership is in shambles... The voters want jobs not health reform."
In the hope springs eternal department, TOCB said, "Democrats need to add a public option that is available to every American if they mandate everyone has to purchase insurance. I believe if they do what they were elected to do, those who voted for them in 2006 and 2008 and more will vote for them in 2010 and 2012..."
Tupac_Goldstein wrote, "If the Democrats were ever able to come up with legislation that was actually good for the nation, they wouldn't have to fall back on all these gimmicks. A sad state of affairs indeed."
mtpeaks asked, "Um, has anyone seen my job? It was right over here, and now it seems to have disappeared."
damascuspride04 said, "The Republicans had a full year to participate in the creation of a health care bill. Instead, they chose to hold tea parties. The Democrats don't have a choice at this point. I wish this bill was bipartisan, but the only reason it's not is lack of input from the minority party."
EliPeyton wrote, "For those of us huddled here by the campfire in Battle Creek, Michigan, our contact at the NSA keeps identifying the sorosites and democrats posting here as being located out of a dormitory about two blocks off the Red Square."
To which abigsam replied, "EliPeyton is here to remind us why we were so wise to have voted for a Democrat"
USDefender wrote, "...I am very sorry Obama and his whitehouse people are pushing on Health Care Legislation instead of jobs and prosperity. I think they are just trying to confiscate our money, and could care less about our health care and what it really means to the nation!"
rteske asked, "Why is this Democrat Congress and President so bent on the government taking over US private industry and putting future generations in debt ?
There sales pitch is that it is for our own good!"
To which annlawler26 replied, "rtesk, This answer is an easy one but results are dangerous.....The democrat Congress and President are bent on government take over of the US private industry and putting future generations in debt because they are greedy, power hungry and socialists."
vztownes said, "It is common sense to pass a health care reform bill and the GOP is just too stupid to realize that and would rather commit political suicide. If these right wing bigots were in charge they'd vote to reinstate slavery given the opportunity."
TO which dishonest_abe replied, "False calls of racism don't cut it anymore. No one believes you. As to your first point: too bad every polls shows the dems getting their lunches handed to them in November and HC is one of the reasons why... Even the wolfpack MSM can't save the dems this time."
We'll close with this analysis from opinionpieces, who said, "Democrats are about to pass one of the greatest pieces of legislation in U.S. history. They are finally showing strength and true leadership... By passing health care, the Democrats will be positioning themselves as champions of the middle class for many years to come...The Republicans, on the other hand, seem to be willing to run their own country into the ground for some illusion of short-term political advantage..."
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March 1, 2010; 6:37 AM ET
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