Via Hot Air. With the related news that the deal with Stupak has fallen apart, this all means that they’re either in big trouble, or sitting so pretty that they don’t need to resort to tricks and deals. I’m afraid it means the latter:
House leaders have decided to take a separate vote on the Senate health-care bill, rejecting an earlier, much-criticized strategy that would have permitted them to “deem” the unpopular measure passed without an explicit vote.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said Saturday that the House would take three votes Sunday: first, on a resolution that will set the terms of debate; second, on a package of amendments to the Senate bill that have been demanded by House members; and third, on the Senate bill itself.
Van Hollen, who has been working on the issue with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said House leaders concluded that that order — approving the amendments before approving the Senate bill — makes clear that the House intends to modify the Senate bill and not approve the Senate bill itself.
“Our objective all along was to make it clear that the House is amending the Senate bill, and we found another way of accomplishing that,” Van Hollen said in an interview.
Sorry, guys. You have to accept the Senate bill as is. Sure, you can propose some changes and hope they will be passed. Spin it any way you like. But you have to swallow the pill.
I fear that the House is ready to do just that.
The short-term political gain we’ll get from this isn’t worth it, folks. As I already said, this is a fundamental restructuring of the way the government relates to our economy. I have stood against this from Day One, and there is no silver lining in hopes of big gains in 2010 unless those gains will reverse this legislation. And we all know that huge government programs like this never get reversed.
It seems we’re screwed. All we can do is fight while there’s still time. If you have an undecided Congressman, now would be a good time to make a phone call.