Saturday, January 23, 2010

Reid, Pelosi, and the fight to save health-care reform

The top two Democrats in Congress, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, are apparently working this weekend to try to save health-care reform:

Struggling to salvage health reform, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have begun considering a list of changes to the Senate bill in hopes of making it acceptable to liberal House members, according to sources familiar with the situation.

The changes could be included in separate legislation that, if passed, would pave the way for House approval of the Senate bill -- a move that would preserve President Barack Obama's vision of a sweeping health reform plan.

But the move comes with political risk, because it would open Democrats up to charges that they pressed ahead with roughly the same health care bill that voters appeared to reject in the Massachusetts Senate race Tuesday. Republican Scott Brown won on a pledge to try to block Obama-style health reform.

The effort also puts Reid and Pelosi on the side of giving a sweeping reform bill one more try, instead of adopting a course being floated by some Democrats in Congress and at the White House of adopting a scaled-back bill including popular reform provisions.

The changes are being worked on this weekend with plans for Pelosi to present them to her caucus next week, according to sources familiar with the situation. But, sources stressed, neither Reid nor Pelosi know if this strategy can win the support of their members, but they are attempting it because it is the quickest path to passage.

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  • While I think that health care reform is important the government has a long struggle ahead of them to get any type of reform passed anytime soon.

    By Anonymous Jenna Culbertson, at 6:22 PM  

  • Hopefully the US will, one day, join the rest of the civilized world and pass some form of public healthcare.

    Unfortunately, many have been convinced that the private sector represents the public, and the public sector represents tyranny. The reality is that, right now, the government represents big business and big business is virtually an unaccountable tyranny.

    Democracy is weak, but not dead. We better fight for a more socially just world now, while we still can.

    By Blogger U:RESIST, at 6:30 PM  

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