Pelosi Concedes Healthcare: “I don’t see the votes for it at this time”

Thursday, January 21, 2010

This is depressing. President Obama squandered all of 2009 trying to pass healthcare reform, only to have Speaker Nancy Pelosi today concede: “I don’t see the votes for it at this time.”

Pelosi said the Senate will have to amend its version of a healthcare reform bill before her chamber can pass it.

“I don’t think it’s possible to pass the Senate bill in the House,” Pelosi told reporters after a morning meeting with her caucus. “I don’t see the votes for it at this time.”

Pelosi described House Democrats as vehemently opposed to several provisions in the Senate legislation, including one that benefits only Nebraska’s Medicaid system, deal President Obama struck to win the support of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), and a tax on expensive healthcare benefits, the so-called “Cadillac benefits.”

“There are certain things the members simply cannot support,” she said.

President Obama added to the confusion Wednesday when he appeared to endorse having both the House and the Senate start from scratch, and voting on a scaled-back package of popular provisions that would crack down on insurance companies but provide health coverage to far fewer additional people.

“We know that we need insurance reform, that the health insurance companies are taking advantage of people,” Obama told ABC News in an interview. “We know that we have to have some form of cost containment because, if we don’t, then our budgets are going to blow up. And we know that small businesses are going to need help.”

All I can say is, what a mess. This is not change I can believe in. It’s business as usual.

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11 Responses to Pelosi Concedes Healthcare: “I don’t see the votes for it at this time”

  1. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    We’re the only industrialized nation that can’t seem to figure out how to provide universal health care for our citizens.

    Even developing nations like Peru have sorted this one out. But the U.S. can’t? We’re slaves to Big Pharma and Big Insurance. Our elected lawmakers are like slaves to special interests. We should be ashamed of ourselves and this nation.

  2. Prairiedog says:

    Yesterday, Majority Leader Harry Reid instructed the senate not to vote on healthcare until the Cosmo nudie boy from Massachusetts was seated.

    Forty-one Republicans in the minority are now firmly in the driver’s seat on healthcare courtesy of Harry Reid.

    And people wonder why Democratic voters are so angry with this Congress and the prsident?

  3. Mauigirl says:

    Perhaps the result will be that a more scaled down but still effective health care reform could pass – at least getting through some of the positive aspects of the legislation – e.g., not letting companies disallow people with preexisting conditions and so on. For that matter, they could expand Medicare through budget reconciliation from what I read elsewhere. All is not lost unless they let it be lost. But of course that is not hard to imagine given how inept they have been.

  4. Tiny Dancer says:

    The Dems failed to pass healthcare last year with clear majorities in the House and Senate. I think Pelosi is correct. There are no votes to muster for healthcare because after Scott Brown’s victory, the Dems are scared to enact legislation

  5. Harry says:

    What a God damned waste of time these politicians are.

  6. Actually, this is a good thing. I think Pelosi is playing hardball with Reid and telling him the senate needs to compromise. This is a turf war and Pelosi will not let Ben fucking Nelson proclaim that the house doesn’t exist. We shall see what happens.

  7. Fran says:

    Pelosi had better find a way to get this ON the table.

  8. VicoDANIEL says:

    Healthcare is officially dead. The idiot Democrats led by President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Senate Leader Reid drove the train off the track last year and now, in 2010, turned all of their power over to 41 GOP senators committed to killing the legislation.

    Well done, Dems.

    I saw where Sen. Boxer said every seat is now in play after the disastrous Massachusetts outcome to fill Kennedy’s seat. I say good on her. Maybe if the Dems lose more seats they will wake up and find their spine.

    Up to and including, President Obama.

  9. Ryan says:

    I hate the American government with such a passion words just cannot express. While reading this I had the most nauseous feeling. I wish Uncle Sam could just throw up our entire system and flush it down the proverbial toilet. The government is no longer one that is for the people but for big business and interest groups. Sounds like it’s time for another American revolution. When things get this far out of whack it’s time to bring out the old guillotine and whip some French style justice on our failed system and despicable “leaders.”

  10. libhomo says:

    The Senate can still pass real healthcare reform by using budget reconciliation. It only takes 51 votes.

  11. jimmy says:

    Libhomo is right; but, I see no evidence that Reid has the cajones to use reconciliation. The problem with both Reid and Pelosi is that they are unwilling to wield power and make these members pay for their failure to support the kind of reform that voters want and expected when we gave them the mandate that they received after the last two national elections. I don’t see a better bill coming out of the Senate now.

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