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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…..

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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 Public Option appears top be dead….

This from The Hill……

After months on life support, the public option died Tuesday.

The White House and House leaders on Tuesday pronounced the government-run health program dead even as some Democratic senators continued their effort to resurrect it.

The move is a clear indication that President Barack Obama and leading Democrats are wary of another intra-party battle on the public option. Last year, Democrats lost valuable time debating the issue, leading to many missed deadlines.

The number of Senate Democrats voicing support for including a public option in the final healthcare bill — and for using reconciliation rules to pass that legislation in the Senate — grew to 25 Tuesday. But that’s still 25 votes short, with little to no chance of reaching the necessary 50.

The White House on Tuesday squelched any momentum the public option had attracted over the last week.

At his daily briefing on Tuesday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that Obama chose not to include a public option in the healthcare plan he released on Monday based on an acknowledgment that the Senate simply lacks the votes for such a maneuver.

“We have seen, obviously, that though there are some that are supportive of this, there isn’t enough political support in a majority to get this through,” Gibbs said. “The president … took the Senate bill as the base and looks forward to discussing consensus ideas on Thursday.”

The second-ranking Democrat in the House, where support for a public option had been the strongest, made similar arguments. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) indicated that the public option is likely dead, citing Obama’s decision not to include it in his healthcare proposal that was released on Monday.

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February 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | 2 Comments

Is President Obama going to have troubles with liberal’s in 2012?

In order to get elected, President Obama had to give the liberal ‘s (of the democratic party) the impression that he was with them, in early 2007…Hillary Clinton’s insistence on not standing behind her Iraq vote, gave the liberals all they needed to scorn her….a year later finds the liberal’s back where they were in 2007….without a standardbearer.….the surge has angered a lot of them against Obama….the President’s willingness to live without a hard pro-life option for the Healthcare bill has angered them….the President’s willingness to go with a trigger for the ‘public option’ in that same bill….has angered them…the shelving on ‘Do Ask…Don’T Tell has angered them…..hummmmm?

I’m waiting to see how he gets them back in the fold by 2012….and you know he will.

Note:….My man Daniel is pounding me…and this doesn’t help…….DailyKos has polling data that shows that democrats are fading fast from their excitement from the Obama presidential run…..Daniel thinks this will a bad off year for the democrats and hopes for one the house of congress..I don’t think so…but Obama is gonna have to stay home in the late spring of next year and the fall a work for his buddies in congress so that they can help him in 2012…..

December 2, 2009 Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Is President Obama going to have troubles with liberal's in 2012?

In order to get elected, President Obama had to give the liberal ‘s (of the democratic party) the impression that he was with them, in early 2007…Hillary Clinton’s insistence on not standing behind her Iraq vote, gave the liberals all they needed to scorn her….a year later finds the liberal’s back where they were in 2007….without a standardbearer.….the surge has angered a lot of them against Obama….the President’s willingness to live without a hard pro-life option for the Healthcare bill has angered them….the President’s willingness to go with a trigger for the ‘public option’ in that same bill….has angered them…the shelving on ‘Do Ask…Don’T Tell has angered them…..hummmmm?

I’m waiting to see how he gets them back in the fold by 2012….and you know he will.

Note:….My man Daniel is pounding me…and this doesn’t help…….DailyKos has polling data that shows that democrats are fading fast from their excitement from the Obama presidential run…..Daniel thinks this will a bad off year for the democrats and hopes for one the house of congress..I don’t think so…but Obama is gonna have to stay home in the late spring of next year and the fall a work for his buddies in congress so that they can help him in 2012…..

December 2, 2009 Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Schumer works on a Senate compromise for the ‘public option’….

New York Senator Chuck Schumer… seems to be working behind the scene to assure that there will be no holdup on the final Senate bill on the ‘public option’ issue…While he is for the option…all of the parties realize that the option issue will not be a deal breaker, as the media portrayed it, early in their reporting…..

November 22, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Politics | , , , | 1 Comment

Schumer works on a Senate compromise for the 'public option'….

New York Senator Chuck Schumer… seems to be working behind the scene to assure that there will be no holdup on the final Senate bill on the ‘public option’ issue…While he is for the option…all of the parties realize that the option issue will not be a deal breaker, as the media portrayed it, early in their reporting…..

November 22, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Politics | , , , | 1 Comment

The ‘Public Option’ isn’t dead………

While the media’s talking heads, and the front pages of the nations newspapers will scream about today’s Senate Finance Committee votes ( two of them)…… The provision remains there, in the two versions of the bill drawn up by the House…….it isn’t dead folks…far from it……and remember…….

Obama wants a bill…..And a bipartisan one, at that…with, or without, the ‘option’…stay tuned for more…it’s just getting interesting…….

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The 'Public Option' isn't dead………

While the media’s talking heads, and the front pages of the nations newspapers will scream about today’s Senate Finance Committee votes ( two of them)…… The provision remains there, in the two versions of the bill drawn up by the House…….it isn’t dead folks…far from it……and remember…….

Obama wants a bill…..And a bipartisan one, at that…with, or without, the ‘option’…stay tuned for more…it’s just getting interesting…….

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment