January 30, 2010
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Says HealthCare Bill Is On Life Support
Landrieu: Health reform 'on life support'
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) said the comprehensive health-care bill is "on life support" and criticized President Obama for not laying out a clear path to pass it in his State of the Union address.
Asked for a status report on the bill, she said "I think it's on life support, unfortunately. But it still has a pulse. And I think the president's suggestion about a cooling off period, short cooling off period, might be good to give us a chance to sort of reorganize and reorder."
Landrieu said she remained committed to passing health care reform if it's "done the right way." But she says that would not include a fast track procedure called reconciliation which Republicans and some moderate Democrats oppose. "There's not an appetite to pass much at all--if anything--through reconciliation."
The Louisiana Democrat said her diagnosis on health care was based on her discussions with members of the House. Under the most likely strategy to pass the reform bill, the House would eventually have to pass the Senate's version.
"There just doesn't seem to be the votes in the House at this time, particularly among the 'Blue Dogs' and moderate Democrats who we're really talking to over there to figure out how to move this forward," she said.
Landrieu said the in his speech last night, the President should have given an explicit strategy for how he wanted Congress to pass the bill. Democratic leaders have struggled to find a solution since Republican Scott Brown was elected to the Senate in Massachusetts.
"I think the president should have been more clear about a way forward... and I'm hoping that in the next week or two he will be because that's what it's going to take if it's at all possible to get this done," she said. "Mailing in general suggestions, sending them over the transom is not necessarily going to work."
Wild Thing's comment.......
Health care bill 'on life support'
Maybe they should just give it a pain pill and let it die quietly like Obama suggests for the elderly.
....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.
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Posted by Wild Thing at January 30, 2010 03:47 AM
Yes, obama is now tying to sell us a dead body. obama and his supporters thought they would push healthcare through and have a done deal before Christmas. Luckily for us the opposition has been greater than obama expected. The Tea parties and townhall meetings let a lot of Congresspeople know that their political asses were on the selling block if this bill passed. A lot of RINOs and moderate Democrats now know that a large bloc of the voting public is eyeballing them and their actions. November is coming on quickly and Congress realizes that is too soon for voters to forget. The special election in Mass. is also on the minds of congresscritters. They know too much of the voting public is angry at the healthcare proposal that they realize is a pig in a poke. The public also knows our president is the same.
Posted by: TomR at January 30, 2010 11:19 AM
Landrieu is just as bad as obama, she's whinning and blaming somebody else for her incompetence. None. of these Lawmakers are mature enough to serve in the Congress.
Posted by: Mark at January 30, 2010 09:30 PM
Pull the plug on the bill!
Posted by: Anonymous at January 30, 2010 10:02 PM
Tom, I am really looking forward to November.
Mark, I agree, she has been horrible and also when Bush was President she was terrible then too.
Anonymous, Ditto that big time. I don't want any part of this to happen.
Posted by: Wild Thing at January 30, 2010 11:18 PM
And come next election, she will get her sell out shoved up her ass and be out of work.
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