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January 28, 2010

Nancy Pelosi Saying She Has The Votes To Pass Healthcare

Nancy Pelosi announced today that Democrats have enough votes to pass health care.

Nancy Pelosi floats two-track health reform


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday floated the idea of a two-track plan for health care reform — with Congress pursuing easier-to-pass incremental changes now and comprehensive reform later.

“We believe that it’s possible to have comprehensive health care reform as we go forward, but at the same time, it can be on another track where some things can just be passed outside of that legislation, and we’ll be doing both,” Pelosi said in an interview with POLITICO.

Though the Democrats’ loss of Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat has complicated efforts to get the 60 votes they need for a sweeping health care bill, Pelosi insisted that comprehensive reform is still on the agenda.

“We have to get it done,” the speaker said. “What the process is doesn’t matter. The outcome is what is important, and what it means to working families in America.”

Asked whether piecemeal changes could come before comprehensive reform, Pelosi said:

“Some may. It just depends on how long it takes for the comprehensive to go. But it doesn’t mean that the comprehensive isn’t moving. It is essential. If everyone loved their health insurance in the country — and you know they don’t — we would still have to do this for financial reasons.”

The two prongs in Pelosi's strategy aren't mutually exclusive; party leaders have no plans to abandon their push for a sweeping health care bill, aides said Wednesday, but the speaker would like to move items that are popular with her members - and wouldn't qualify under fast-track rules that require a simple 51-vote majority in the Senate.

With health care at a standstill, House Democrats are already preparing to force a floor vote on one of the provisions most targeted to the insurance industry - a repeal of a 1945 antitrust exemption which critics contend has allowed the companies to collude in the marketplace. The provision is widely popular among House Democrats and even has support in the Senate.

The precise timing is not yet resolved, but the idea would be to essentially pull out that section of the House-passed health care bill and bring it to the floor as stand-alone legislation in the next two weeks, people familiar said.

Apart from the politics of forcing an anti-industry vote, the strategy also serves Pelosi’s purposes since the anti-trust language is not something that would survive in any case if Democrats were to ultimately use Senate “fast-track” reconciliation rules to break the impasse on comprehensive reform.

The speaker has offered this idea in closed-door caucus meetings in the wake of the Massachusetts special election, sources said.

In Wednesday’s interview, Pelosi reiterated that ramming the existing Senate bill through the House is not an option.

“There is no support in my caucus in the present form, at this time, for the Senate bill,” she said. “I don’t see that as an option. But I do think that we’re in range to make some improvements in it that will make it more affordable for the middle class, which is essential. Hold the insurance companies more accountable. Those two things are essential to us.”


Wild Thing's comment........

These socialists are determined to cram this commie plan down our throats. It doesn’t matter what the majority of Americans want. They want everyone dependent on the all powerful government.

She is utterly and totally delusional. Apparently, depends upon the day and week, huh Pelosi?

After Scott Brown won, just last week and into early this week Pelosi was espousing she DID NOT have the votes!

No intelligent person wants any part of this crap.

If this EVER passes the country is permanently SCREWED.These programs become amended and change into a giant cancerous disease that kills freedom and liberty.

I think her statement is more to bolster confidence in her caucus than anything else. Reid already said it’s not a priority, so bye-bye.

From my email from conservative alerts:

“ALERT: I just read an email from the radical left-wing organization, They are writing to their minions, and this is what they’re saying:

“Congressional leaders will decide within days whether to finish reform-or not. So we’re launching a massive nationwide call-in effort today to send an overwhelming message to Capitol Hill: voters want their elected representatives to stand up and deliver, and the first step is passing real, comprehensive health care reform this year.”

A few days before that, I read an email from another far-left group, headed by former leaders of both and Barack Obama’s campaign. They, too, wrote to their followers, saying, “Momentum is growing for Congress to pass the public health insurance option by using a Senate procedure that only needs 51 votes instead of 60. Can you add your name telling Democrats to be bolder — and pass a bill with the public option?”’

We can't let our guard down and we need to keep calling our congresspersons and U.S. Senators, and write letters to the editor.

If they do this with reconciliation and 51 votes...there will be lynch mobs. Don't these fools know 60-70% do NOT want this!

Posted by Wild Thing at January 28, 2010 03:47 AM


Sure she does. They're hoping to use reconciliation and the 51 votes. She is such a bitch. Did you see her last night? So smirky and "I'm so much better than everyone else." I guess she doesn't know Karma's an even bigger bitch and she'll get hers when Eric Cantor becomes speaker of the house come November. She was so distracting like night.

Posted by: Lynn at January 28, 2010 08:14 AM

If they do pass this Health Care, then after november there won't be enough democrats left to clean the Congressional toilets.

Posted by: Mark at January 28, 2010 12:13 PM

It is a good thing that the House Democrats picked someone as stupid as Pelosi for Speaker. If they had picked someone competant it would make them look better in the 2010 elections. Peosi, Reid and obama should deliver a large bloc of seats to the opposition.

Posted by: TomR at January 28, 2010 12:43 PM

mdme (I licked my lipstick off last night while my botox ran low during this endless droning soliliquy last night)nanny is clueless as to the uprising that will take place among the peasants. Hope she has her emergency bags packed with plenty of single-use botox shots.

Posted by: jan at January 28, 2010 12:47 PM

Jan, Hahahha so funny . heh heh

Thank you everyone so much.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 28, 2010 07:45 PM