Posted on | March 16, 2010 | 17 Comments
We keep killing it and killing it, yet it keeps stumbling forward. Philip Klein of the American Spectator says, “Democrats may want to keep House Whip Rep. James Clyburn away from the media, because he doesn’t engender much confidence in the path forward on health care.”
UPDATE: Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) says Democrats don’t have enough votes, yet. Here’s the thing: All Pelosi has to do is get to 216 once, call the vote, and that’s it, whereas opponents have to maintain 217 “no” votes until the 112th Congress is sworn in.
UPDATE II: More Hoyer at Real Clear Politics:
“We will vote on it in one form or another,” he added. . . .
Hoyer argues that while Republicans “have done everything in their power to undermine” the ability of Congress to move reform through both chambers of Congress, process is not what Americans are focused on. Republicans lost power in 2006 “because of substance,” not process, he said.
“I don’t think any American is going to make the distinction,” said Hoyer, adding that both parties have used this process and that few voters care that Republicans actually used it more often than Democrats. “Process is interesting, particularly to all of us around this room. But in the final analysis, what is interesting to the American public is what does this bill do for them and their families.”
UPDATE III: Hey, Steny: “Deem” this!
UPDATE IV: Philip Klein (he’s the Spectator‘s ace on health-care coverage) reports that Democrats aren’t getting the score they need from the Congressional Budget Office.
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