“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s senior health care advisor has told Congress Daily that congressional Democratic leaders have settled on a strategy” to pass the health care overhaul without securing the 60 votes they need in the Senate to stop a filibuster, all but guaranteeing that Republicans will win back both Houses of Congress in less than nine months time.
Wendell Primus, aforementioned advisor
. . . admitted top Democrats have already decided on the strategy to pass the Senate’s pro-abortion, government-run health care bill.
“Primus explained that the Senate will use the controversial reconciliation strategy that will have the House approve the Senate bill and both the House and Senate okaying changes to the bill that the Senate will sign off on by preventing Republicans from filibustering.
“’The trick in all of this is that the president would have to sign the Senate bill first, then the reconciliation bill second, and the reconciliation bill would trump the Senate bill,’ Primus said at the National Health Policy Conference hosted by Academy Health and Health Affairs.
(Emphasis added.) Should this “trick” work, it will do double damage to the Democrats, first, voters will punish them for passing an unpopular bill. Second, having thrown Republicans out for their legislative shenanigans, they’re sure to do the same to Democrats, especially given that people are paying more attention now to the legislative process.
Obama may be trying to distract with his proposed health care summit, but now that this story it out, Republicans will start raising a ruckus; wary Democrats (whose seats aren’t as secure as Mrs. Pelosi’s) will caution their leadership against it. There’s no guarantee she has the votes she needs to pass this, with two fewer Democrats in the House than there were when the last vote took place and the one Republican who voted “aye” last time all but certain to vote “Nay” this time.
Didn’t Bart Stupak say he’d never vote for the Senate bill–and that it wouldn’t get 100 votes in the House.
And given last month’s results in Massachusetts, how many Democrats who voted “aye” in November will be willing to vote that way just nine months before voters decide whether to return them to Washington?
So, it’s not certain this strategy will work, but if it does, it all but guarantees huge Republican gains in November.
Karl Rove must have planted Primus in Pelosi’s office.