Howard Dean: “Bush would have had healthcare a long time ago”

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

On the one year anniversary of President Obama’s inaugural, former DNC Chairman, Howard Dean, had some terse words for the president about the failure to pass his signature issue: healthcare reform.

In sharply worded comments Tuesday night following the loss of former Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-MA) Senate seat, the former chairman of the Democratic Party asserted that party leaders needed to bypass their quest for sixty Senate votes.

“We’ve got to be tougher. I’ve said the Democrats are not tough enough. Bush would have had the health care bill done a long time ago. He would have gone through reconciliation.”

Under reconciliation, Democrats can move to pass parts of the healthcare reform bill with a simple fifty vote majority, sidestepping the need for a 60-vote filibuster-proof supermajority. Liberals lost their sixtieth vote with the defeat of state attorney general Martha Coakley in Massachusetts to Republican Scott Brown.

Brown has promised to vote against a healthcare reform bill. The bill has passed both chambers of Congress but would need to pass both again after the House and Senate versions are combined.

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11 Responses to Howard Dean: “Bush would have had healthcare a long time ago”

  1. retahyajyajav says:

    Dr. Dean is correct.

    The idiot Bush was able to get more done with more obstacles and fewer GOP seats. He just marched in and said, “Ah won’t this to pass.”

    Democrats said, “Yes sir, Mr. President.” President Obama is enjoying the folly of bipartisanship. He’s sacrificed his legacy and possibly his presidency in a stupid effort to reach out to the “other side.”

  2. Pechanga says:

    Howard Dean helped Obama get elected.

    But once installed, the president and his team kicked Dean to the curb like a crazy cousin. I always thought the treatment Dean received from Obama, Emanuel and Axelrod was atrocious.

  3. JollyRoger says:

    This fact is not going to be lost on voters. We ALL know, winger and liberal alike, that the Coward of Crawford got things done. Bad things, but he got them done in spite of the fact that he was APPOINTED to his post in 2001, and he had just the barest of majorities.

    There is no excuse, at all, for Obama. We all have a right to be disgusted.

  4. Randy Arroyo says:

    Healthcare reform should’ve been passed and on the president’s desk to sign into law last year. The idea that Obama let the Congress go home for August and surrender the debate to the so-called Teabag loons and FIXED News, is just unconscionable to me. I hate to agree with Dean about Bush but he’s correct.

  5. Rock says:

    We elected a wimp to the White House. That’s why nothing gets done.

  6. I didn’t elect him. I sensed that what we’ve gotten was what we were going to get. But…I wanted to be wrong. No points in being right.

  7. kellybelle says:

    sad but kinda true. It’s a shame our elected officials can’t work together. Things can only get done if one side uses a steam roller. SMH.

  8. Fran says:

    Brown only won by 51.9%. That’s no major mandate, that is squeaking by.

    The dems had better get their shit together or we will be headed back for a pendulum swing to the wrong. I mean right wing.

    Dean is right– they had a dem majority in both houses & can’t pull much together.

  9. Jonny says:

    Yeah, but you also don’t see the GOP (whether in the majority or not) having to negotiate openly with whatever their equivalent of “blue dogs” would be. You don’t see Dems touting and sticking to the so-called 11th commandment (as Dean’s comments demonstrate): Thou shalt not speak ill of your fellow party members.

    Dean can say what he wants, and you can believe him if you choose, but this ain’t about Bush or Obama. This is about party discipline and its sources. What makes the GOP (even in the face of a Tea Party rebellion) so, um, “lock-step” efficient? And what makes the Dems such a herd of cats? And finally, how does the media”s and public’s incessant urge to credit or blame one person support all that?

    (For the record, only certain elements of the health care reform could be passed by reconciliation — and not many of the more progressive and needed overhaul elements, at that.)

  10. feminazi says:

    Of course Howard Dean is correct. Look at Bush’s legislative record. He got more done with less votes. In fact, he even got Democrats to support him on a number of things. Obama? Not so much.

  11. Ron Kubik says:

    So, if I may stick out my right-wing republican neck here, and say something (please no guffaws, laughs or snide comments) …

    maybe George W Bush wasn’t so stupid after all ???

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