The Massachusetts massacre that happened on Jan 19th 2010, one that sent Republican Scott Brown to occupy the vacant Senate seat occupied by Liberal lion Ted Kennedy for decades, has almost killed the possibility of President Obama’s healthcare reform bill.
Senator-elect Scott Brown, who won the Massachusetts Senate race this week, has promised that he will act as the key 41st vote that will be needed to filibuster the Healthcare bill in the Senate, unless it is taken back to drawing boards. Given this, the only viable option Democrats had was to take the Senate bill that was passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve, and get it passed “unchanged” by the House, so that it can bypass the Senate second time, and be directly sent to the President, avoiding a filibuster by Scott Brown and Republicans in the Senate. Democrats were hoping that they could find sufficient number of votes in the House to pass the unchanged Senate bill, as is.
Republicans and millions of Americans who disapproved of the Healthcare legislation were hoping that the House wouldn’t find enough votes to pass the Senate bill, as is. The language in Senate bill wasn’t strict on disallowing tax payer funded abortion, and Americans who opposed the bill were hoping that the House wouldn’t accept it as is. Given what happened in Massachusetts special election on Jan 19th, Americans were hoping that the House members would oppose the bribery payouts to Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, and Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana in the Senate bill, given out by Harry Reid, using tax payer money, to buy their votes. Americans who opposed the bill were hoping that the House members would oppose the backroom deals that were stuck with Unions, giving them special concessions that regular Americans didn’t get. Americans were hoping that the huge excise tax on small businesses and regular Americans having Cadillac health care plans would be opposed by the House members. In short, millions were hoping that Obama administration will not be able to circumvent a Senate filibuster by taking the route of getting the Senate bill passed by the House, unchanged, and sent directly to the President.
Nancy Pelosi, this afternoon, had closed door negotiations with the House members, came out, and said “In its present form without any changes I don’t think it’s possible to pass the Senate bill in the House, I don’t see the votes for it at this time.”
Nancy Pelosi’s words that she doesn’t think it’s possible to pass the Senate bill in the House should be welcome news for the voters of Massachusetts who sent Scott Brown to kill the current Healthcare bill. It should be good news for millions of Americans who are angry at the backroom deals and bribes being given out by Obama administration in trying to pass this bill. It should be good news for majority of Americans, who disapprove of the bill.
The current Health Care bill may indeed be close to being dead!