Reconciliation, Cont'd

Are we learning yet?

Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, says he is not sure he is ready to help a Democratic health care proposal clear even the most preliminary hurdle: gaining the 60 votes his party’s leaders need to open debate on the measure later this week. Two of his fellow Democrats, Senators Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, are proving tough sells as well, raising the prospect that one or perhaps all three of them could scuttle the bill before the fight over it even begins on the Senate floor.

Enough of this. If they do not want to proceed to a majority vote on the bill, then it is time for the "more contentious procedural shortcut around the need for a 60-vote majority." Let's go through the motions I suppose, but once they say No, time to move on and keep them out of the room. Time for the 50 Senators who will vote for health care reform to craft the best bill they can that will garner 218 votes in the House. It is time.

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    Landrieu (none / 0) (#1)
    by MikeDitto on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 09:44:30 AM EST
    She is leading the drumbeat for reform this morning on the Senate floor.

    Every week a group of Democrats (usually the freshman class, but it's a mix this week) does a themed set of arguments for reform organized by one senator. This week's is about how the insurance monopoly kills small business, and she's the ringleader.

    Pretty surprising. Hopefully she's waking up to the political reality of being to the right of Anh Joseph Cao.

    hopefully, (none / 0) (#2)
    by cpinva on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 10:46:20 AM EST
    Hopefully she's waking up to the political reality of being to the right of Anh Joseph Cao.

    she's waking up to the horrific state of healthcare in her state. i doubt it, but there's always hope. she may also have realized she's not entrenched in her job, and a primary opponent, pointing out how little she cares about her constituent's health, probably wouldn't boost her odds for re-election.