Will Defeat of the Public Option Kill the Health Care Reform Bill?
Posted on Mon Aug 17, 2009 at 07:53:00 AM EST
Tags: health care reform (all tags)
Jane at Firedoglake crunches the numbers and says there will be no health care bill without a public option. Why? She says the numbers show: Republicans aren't voting for the bill; the Dems can pass it with 218, but if they lose 40 Dems, it's dead. And, she says,
57 Democrats who signed the July 30 letter saying that they "simply cannot vote" for a bill that "at minimum" does not have a public plan (PDF). There are 7 more not listed on the letter who have pledged to vote against any bill that does not have a robust public plan. That makes 64 Democrats who won't vote for the "co-ops" that both Kathleen Sibelius and Robert Gibbs say the White House is "open" to.
Do the math: 257 - 64 = 193. They need 218 to pass the bill.
A commenter pretending to be Matt Yglesias responds:"Jane -- Denouncing a bill without the public option is counterproductive."[More...]
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