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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..."

All comments on this article are here.

By Doug Feaver  |  March 1, 2010; 6:37 AM ET
 | Tags: Health care reform, House, Jobs, Obama, Pelosi  
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I cannot believe that the few people in California whom Pelosi "represents" support her (at the EXPENSE OF THE MANY!)

Recall Ms. P., please or vote her out for the sake of our entire country? Is it you, the people who voted her into office who, from an already bankrupt state are attempting to call the sour tune this woman brings to all the rest of your fellow Americans? Will you take the full blame when it fails and the bills become due for our increase taxes?

For oh, so many reasons, PLEASE VOTE PELOSI OUT! Since when does the good of a few mean more than the good of the many?

Posted by: Silvermoon1 | March 1, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Doug, you're reading a different comment section than I am.

I am, again, not the only one calling Obamacare treason.

And I'm saying that because the bill has, by every poll I've seen, between 18% and 41% public support. Any Congressperson who tries to push it through is in violation of their oath to faithfully uphold the duties of their office.

If you want an honest assessment of what the Washington Post thinks, publish this:

The Washington Post Comments Page Common Sense Health Care Reform Bill

- Local mandates
- Interstate competition
- Tort reform
- Targeted price ceilings
- Remove the hole in Medicare
- Capitalism over socialism


- Don’t insure the dead.
- How to cover Congress?
- No ideas from lobbyists.
- Address high deductibles
- Address low payouts
- Address withdrawal of coverage for the sick

- Fair medicare payouts for doctors
- No pay cuts for doctors
- Doctors are underfunded

- No reconciliation

- Government can bargain with pharmaceutical companies
- No single payer
- Accountability for politicians; politicians take ownership
- No tyrrany of the majority

- More medicare
- An opt-out

- First cost cuts, then reform


- Use the scientific method
- Medicaid is in poor shape
- All we have to fear is fear itself

- No unfunded mandates
- No schemes to take costs off the books
- No central planning

- Employ or insure 15 million unemployed?


Posted by: michaelniland | March 1, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

after it passes, and people start getting fired...
what will doug feavers dotcomments be then...
maybe that he is looking for a job...
maybe wapo should only print articles submitted free...
and save itself from going belly up...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 1, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I am SO sick of this health care debate.

I now hope the congress passes a really BAD bill, and the entire country gets SCREWED as a result.

Really, this entire country deserves NOTHING less.

We're talking Sodom and Gomorrah type wrongdoing here by Democrats and Republicans alike.

You all make me sick.

Posted by: trenda | March 1, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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."

This is to clarify the ignorance of this "commentator". The republican party has nothing to to do with the Tea Party movement. In fact the Tea Party movement has been orchestrated primarily by independents and conservatives.

The Republican Party is more left of center then in previous years and the incumbants are well aware of the voter wrath that they will be facing in the primaries. What we are gaurding against is the attempt by the Rhinos from trying to infiltrate and use this as a screen for fending off real conservatives from acheiving success in the primaries.

The same goes for the Democrats and the reason that so many are deciding not to run. They know that they will be defeated badly thus chose the cowards way out.

Posted by: captain3292 | March 1, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

If the votes are there, then vote. If not, then shut up about it and move on. People will still be dying from lack of insurance and will still be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions because this so-called health care "reform" won't even be in effect until 2014! Just tax increases will start immediately. The government must think we are stupid if we believe they are going to tax, save the money, and then implement the health care reforms. Let’s focus on something else like JOBS and the ECONOMY!!!

Posted by: dpunty | March 1, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

OUR President was among the first to become opemly frustrated with Washington politics as usual - he can't wait to get out and meet main street citizens everywhere.

OUR President was also the very first to call out the Supreme Court for giving corporations the right to control our Government and buy votes with money. He didn't take any polls before he decided what to say!!!!!

Posted by: coralights | March 1, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

They can pass health care reform with a little help from their friends at the new Coffee Party:

MISSION: The Coffee Party Movement gives voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government. We recognize that the federal government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges that we face as Americans. As voters and grassroots volunteers, we will support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.

Posted by: coralights | March 1, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

"There are a couple of lonely cries for restoring the so-called public option to the legislation,"
30 Senators have directly stated that they would vote for a public option if it were given an up or down vote in the Senate. The public option consistently receives 55-60% support in polling. You can argue that it's dead, you can argue that the bill is still good without it (I would agree with you on the second point and begrudgingly concede the first), but to deride supporters as "a few lonely voices" is patronizing and incorrect.

Posted by: dmet | March 1, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

How are all those democrat congressmen and congresswomen going to defend the deal givenn to Medicare Advantage seniors in Florida? They got grandfathered, but seniors in Oregon, Tennessee, Georgia, etc. did not get grandfathered. Not only is their doctor no longer going to see them, but they will be paying for those seniors in Florida to get to continue to see the doctor of their choice.

I know the two democrats in ALabama will lose their seats, as will several in Colorado based on this crap.

Go ahead, Democrat, defend the backroom deals that are all over this piece of corruption.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | March 1, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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