Must be something about being a Massachusetts Democrat on the national stage. Seems like ol’ Barney’s got something in common with John “I actually did vote for the $87 billion dollars before I voted against it” Kerry. He’s changed his mind again on Obamacare. First, he said Democrats shouldn’t bypass Tuesday’s returns where voters in his district preferred a Republican Daniel Webster’s Senate seat over than the Democrat he backed.
Right after Scott Brown was declared the victor, the unhappy Congressman realized it would be impossible to work “out a reasonable compromise between the House and Senate healthcare bills.” With Republicans holding 41 votes in the Senate, that approach, Frank said “is no longer appropriate.” Well, he’s done a 180 again. According to Dan Riehl, he appears to “backing away what seemed to be a death blow to health care reform.”
Now, he’s saying move the Senate bill forward and fix it later:
“You have to pass the Senate bill as is and the President signs it. Then people have to be assured that you can get the amendments through the House and the Senate,” Frank said. “Because then the argument would be, ‘Look, the bills already passed so now the question is whether you’re willing to amend it or not.'”
Isn’t that kind of like buying a new house, knowing that it needs a lot of work and expecting the seller to negotiate about repairs after you’ve signed the deed?