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There will no Public Option….House Speaker Pelosi……could be finished in 10 days….

Ah, this isn’t news…tell us something we didn’t know……

The Public Option was gone months ago……

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that the public health insurance option will not be included in a package of fixes to healthcare reform legislation.

Pelosi’s comments throw a wrench into liberal efforts to reintroduce it to the bill. She shut the door on a possible pathway opened by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who said earlier on Friday that he would “aggressively” push senators to vote for the plan if the House included it in the fixes.

“We had it, we wanted it … it’s not in the reconciliation,” Pelosi said at her weekly press briefing. “It isn’t in there because [the Senate doesn’t] have the votes to have it in there.”

Momentum had been building to reintroduce the government-run plan. Over 40 senators have endorsed a letter sponsored by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) that called for senators to pass the public option using the budget reconciliation process.

But the number of senators who backed the plan falls short of the 50 needed to pass the package, assuming Vice President Joe Biden votes to break a tie.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a public option supporter, said last week that he will push for a public option in a separate bill should it not be included in the current legislation.

House Democrats are planning to pass the Senate bill and a package of fixes to it, which the Senate will pass using the reconciliation process, allowing them to sidestep a Republican filibuster with a simple majority vote…

From The Hill…..

More…….

Update…...

Speaker Nancy Pelosi mobilized House Democrats on Friday for a final effort to pass an overhaul of health care, predicting approval in the next 10 days with help from President Obama, who delayed a trip abroad to try to win over wavering Democrats.

At the same time, members of both parties struggled to decipher a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian about how they would have to navigate through the complex rules governing the legislative technique being used by Democrats to win final approval of the bill. While their interpretations differed, Democrats said they believed they could meet its requirements with this sequence of events:

As soon as Thursday or Friday, the House would pass the health care bill approved by the Senate in December. The House would immediately approve a package of changes in a separate bill, using a procedure known as budget reconciliation, to avoid the threat of a Republican filibuster in the Senate.

Mr. Obama would sign the Senate health care bill, making it the law of the land. The budget reconciliation bill would go to the Senate, where Republicans intend to offer dozens of amendments and points of order in an effort to alter or stop it. Assuming they are able to fend off the Republican blocking efforts, Democrats could pass the reconciliation package with a simple majority vote, amending the health bill in a way that makes it acceptable to Democrats in the House and the Senate and to Mr. Obama. The president would then sign the reconciliation bill, completing the process.

The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said Democrats were “twisting themselves into pretzels trying to figure some way to get this health care bill passed.”

“The reason all of this arm-twisting and deal-making and parliamentary maneuvering is going on is that people hate this bill,” Mr. McConnell said. “They are trying to convince their members, within eight months of an election, to ignore their constituents and do something that the public is opposed to.”

Pelosi has added  changes to the nation’s student loan program and educatioal financial support additions to the bill to bring along more support…..

Ms. Pelosi said a proposed overhaul of the student loan program would be included in the reconciliation bill, a decision that cheered many Democrats. The education bill is popular in the House, and some Democrats said it could help win support for the overall package, in part because it cuts off subsidies to big banks at a time of populist anger against Wall Street.

“This is a controversial, difficult vote for a lot of people, me included,” said RepresentativeRobert E. Andrews, Democrat of New Jersey. “The more things that you can go home and say are in the bill that are sort of universally popular, yeah, it helps.”

He noted, for example, that the bill would provide additional money for community colleges and Pell grant scholarships.

The House is also leary of the Senate……

House Democrats dislike the Senate health bill and do not want to vote for it without an assurance that the Senate will pass the budget reconciliation bill to eliminate politically unpopular provisions, like one giving Nebraska extra Medicaid money.

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March 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , | 3 Comments

The Senate has the votes for the Healthcare Bill?….but first needs the House to vote….

This from PoliticalWire……

Open Left now counts 50 Senators that have made public statements supporting the use of the budget reconciliation to pass fixes to the previously passed health care reform bill.

That would move the spotlight to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi needs to round up the 216 votes she needs to pass the measure through her chamber.

Here’s the link info from Open Left…….

Mark Begich open to reconciliation for health reform–that makes 50 without any maybes

by: Chris Bowers

Fri Mar 05, 2010 at 17:30

Senator Mark Begich is open to using reconciliation for health reform.  From a letter to a constituent:

Thank you for contacting me regarding health care reform.
The reconciliation process is a budgetary tool used to address spending and deficit issues with a simple majority vote.  The budget reconciliation process has been used 22 times by both parties since 1980.  Action to clean up the health reform bill will further reduce the deficit.

Comprehensive health care reform has already passed the Senate with 60 votes.  If the House passes the Senate bill, the President could sign that version of comprehensive reform into law. I believe reconciliation would only be used as a tool to take out special backroom deals and to eliminate concerns raised by many Alaskans I’ve talked with.  The President has proposed narrow changes which I support, including completely closing the coverage gap for seniors’ prescription drugs, eliminating the special Nebraska funding provision, providing additional federal financing to all states to help pay for the expansion of Medicaid, and strengthening the Medicare waste, fraud, and abuse provisions.

Again, thank you for contacting me.  As the 111th Congress moves forward, please continue to be in touch with your thoughts and concerns.

Sincerely,
Mark Begich
U.S. Senator

That makes 50 Senators publicly open to using reconciliation to finish health reform without any maybes.  There will be a reconciliation fix to the Senate health bill, as long as the House first passes one.

The Dog has told Daniel…the Bill is coming……

This thing is just too big to fail now that Obama is finally behind it…..

March 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | | Leave a comment

What's Next for the Health Care Bill?

From PolitcalWire…..…..

Marc Ambinder notes the White House and Democrats had one mission on this morning’s political talk shows: “Prepare the political class for the President’s announcement, probably Wednesday, that he thinks the Senate ought to proceed with reconciliation to pass or modify a comprehensive health care bill.”

What’s still not clear is whether the House or Senate votes first.

On This Week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was quite clear she thought she had the 217 votes necessary but still sounded liked she wanted the Senate to move first.

The Dog is glad to see all the griping has finally resulted in the President and the Democrats in Congress getting over the ‘Scott Brown’ effect and moving forward on thus issue…..

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | | 5 Comments

What’s Next for the Health Care Bill?

From PolitcalWire…..…..

Marc Ambinder notes the White House and Democrats had one mission on this morning’s political talk shows: “Prepare the political class for the President’s announcement, probably Wednesday, that he thinks the Senate ought to proceed with reconciliation to pass or modify a comprehensive health care bill.”

What’s still not clear is whether the House or Senate votes first.

On This Week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was quite clear she thought she had the 217 votes necessary but still sounded liked she wanted the Senate to move first.

The Dog is glad to see all the griping has finally resulted in the President and the Democrats in Congress getting over the ‘Scott Brown’ effect and moving forward on thus issue…..

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | | 5 Comments

The Democrats are going to try to get a Healthcare Bill attached to the budget….

From PolitcalWire…..…..

Obama Preps Health Care Bill

Democratic officials tell the New York Times that President Obama’s health care proposal “was being written so that it could be attached to a budget bill as a way of averting a Republican filibuster in the Senate. The procedure, known as budget reconciliation, would let Democrats advance the bill with a simple majority rather than a 60-vote supermajority.”

The bill will be posted online Monday in advance of the president’s bipartisan health care summit on Thursday.

Said a Democratic aide: “It will be a reconciliation bill. If Republicans don’t come with any substantial offers, this is what we would do.”

If this is true…The Dog commends the Democrats for moving ahead…and Scott Brown for making the democrats get practical……

More from MyDD.Com.……

The effort to bring the public option up for a vote continues to gather steam in the wake of the Bennet Letter written by Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado – and orginally co-signed by Senator Kristen Gillibrand of New York, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon – to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging him to use the reconciliation process. Eighteen Democratic Senators have now signed the letter. Those who have signed on are Senator Barbara Boxer of California, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Senator Pat Leahy of Vermont, Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Senator Roland Burris of Illinois and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York.

The other development overnight is a bit of a mixed bag. Appearing on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show last night, Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that the White House is willing to make a push for the public option if Senate Democrats decide to bring it up for a vote.

“Certainly. If it’s part of the decision of the Senate leadership to move forward, absolutely,” she told Rachel Maddow.

While welcomed, it is not exactly the strongest display of leadership. This I will if you will is passing the buck to Harry Reid when it should be the President that leads. Still, it perhaps merits taking a wait and see approach. The New York Times reports this morning that the Administration will put forward comprehensive health care legislation intended to bridge differences between Senate and House Democrats ahead of a summit meeting with Republicans next week.

Democratic officials said the president’s proposal was being written so that it could be attached to a budget bill as a way of averting a Republican filibuster in the Senate. The procedure, known as budget reconciliation, would let Democrats advance the bill with a simple majority rather than a 60-vote supermajority.

Congressional Democrats, however, have not yet seen the proposal or signed on.

The House and the Senate each adopted a version of sweeping health care legislation late last year. But efforts to combine the measures stalled after a Republican, Scott Brown, won a special Senate election in Massachusetts on Jan. 19, effectively stripping the Democrats of the 60th vote they needed to overcome Republican filibusters.

“It will be a reconciliation bill,” one Democratic aide said. “If Republicans don’t come with any substantial offers, this is what we would do.”

Officials said that the White House would post the president’s plan on the Internet by Monday morning. But even as Mr. Obama tries to unite his party behind a single plan, it is unclear that Democrats can muster the needed votes in the House and the Senate given the tense political climate of a midterm election year.

Monday thus looms large. It may be a make or break day for the Administration and the progressive movement. Should the White House fail to show leadership on this, it may be time to take full stock of Administration that is long on rhetoric but short on delivery.

February 19, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | | Leave a comment

Healthcare deal was almost done….why can't they just do it and move on?…..

This from PoliticalWire……

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) “said negotiators from the White House, Senate and House reached a final deal on health care reform days before Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts,” according to The Hill.

“The latest revelation shows how agonizingly close Democrats came to passing a final health care bill in time for President Obama’s State of the Union address.”

Kevin Drum: “The bad news: this means that if Democrats had taken this stuff even slightly more seriously, healthcare reform would already be a done deal. Idiots. The good news: if negotiations really were complete, it should mean that creating a reconciliation deal to accompany passage of the existing Senate bill ought to be fairly easy. A few parts would probably have to be jettisoned since they wouldn’t be allowed under reconciliation rules, but that’s life. The vast bulk of the compromise would stay in place and just needs to be turned into legislative language.”

I have said the same thing for the last two weeks…just do it….Things will die down…Just get it done…….

January 31, 2010 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Healthcare deal was almost done….why can’t they just do it and move on?…..

This from PoliticalWire……

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) “said negotiators from the White House, Senate and House reached a final deal on health care reform days before Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts,” according to The Hill.

“The latest revelation shows how agonizingly close Democrats came to passing a final health care bill in time for President Obama’s State of the Union address.”

Kevin Drum: “The bad news: this means that if Democrats had taken this stuff even slightly more seriously, healthcare reform would already be a done deal. Idiots. The good news: if negotiations really were complete, it should mean that creating a reconciliation deal to accompany passage of the existing Senate bill ought to be fairly easy. A few parts would probably have to be jettisoned since they wouldn’t be allowed under reconciliation rules, but that’s life. The vast bulk of the compromise would stay in place and just needs to be turned into legislative language.”

I have said the same thing for the last two weeks…just do it….Things will die down…Just get it done…….

January 31, 2010 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment