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The Hill chronicles the seemingly epic battle in the senate where the GOP had 29 amendments defeated before finally getting one sending the bill back to the House for minor revisions. But the fact that it’s all kabuki to fool the voters is made clear in the description
In contrast to floor speeches delivered during the afternoon and on Tuesday, Wednesday night’s voting was often marked by levity and was rarely tense. At one point, after Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) gave a tongue-in-cheek speech in favor of one GOP amendment, Democratic Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) responded by teasing Roberts over the University of Kansas’s recent loss in the NCAA basketball tournament.
The evening’s mood suggested a foregone conclusion; Republicans privately conceded that the bill was on its way to passage and said they weren’t surprised at the overwhelming defeat of their amendments. Democrats, meanwhile, celebrated by munching on lobster rolls from Legal Seafood in their cloakroom in honor of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who had championed healthcare reform for much of his 47-year career.
The way they all voted was as choreographed as the House voting
Nelson, who has come under fire from the conservative base of his state for his support of the healthcare reform effort, supported the GOP the most — on 20 out of 29 votes as of the 3 a.m. adjournment.
Nelson said he had informed Reid of his votes beforehand.
And what of the way those amendments were defeated? remember,Republicans have a 41 majority in the Senate?
Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.) proposed preventing Medicare cuts, for example, while Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) proposed striking all special provisions for states in the bill and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) proposed an amendment to prohibit any taxes for middle-income families. Gregg’s amendment failed, 42-56; McCain’s proposal failed, 43-54, and Crapo’s failed, 43-56.
Looks like the GOP was hardly trying. In spite of help from Democrats who needed to foil their voters
Democrats Evan Bayh of Indiana, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Nelson of Nebraska strayed frequently from their party during Wednesday night’s voting. Bayh, who is retiring, crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans 10 times. Lincoln, who faces a tough re-election race, supported Republicans eight times. Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia also bucked his party three times.
“If this bill goes through without this amendment, your tax dollars are going to be paying for Viagra for child molesters,” Coburn, a medical doctor, said on the Senate floor as he introduced his E.D. rider.
In other words, when it comes to men, the objection to sex drugs being part of HCR goes only to sex offenders.
Unlike Contraceptives – ruled out from the stimulus at Obama’s request, or Jane Crow EO – hitting ALL WOMEN, law abiding or not
All senators felt safe in voting for show only. After all they knew that Mitch McConnell made it impossible for any GOP amendment to pass
Mitch McConnell did exactly that when he entered a unanimous consent agreement with Harry Reid about how to proceed on the health care bill. McConnell knew that agreement was going to make it impossible for Republicans to amend the bill and would put it on a fast track toward passage. McConnell accepted an agreement brilliantly designed by Reid that required 60 votes to pass an amendment.
So, while the Heritage Foundation brainchild is foisted upon us by the Democrats, they are all laughing at the very notion of Democracy.
Voters are being deceived and betrayed by their reps on both sides on the aisle, while being kept at each other throats for electoral purposes.
Obama Democrats VS Tea Party Republicans: A Fake Fight Over Fake Health Care Reform
The fifteen month running battle between Obama Democrats and tea party Republicans was never much more real than televised professional wrestling. Like the opposing wrestlers, both sides work for the same bosses, for Big Pharma, Big Insurance, and the biggest medical providers. The real health care fight waged by the Obama administration has not been against Republicans, who never had the votes to stop, let alone dictate or pass anything.
The administration’s effort all along has been to pass the worst bill possible, with the greatest amounts of corporate welfare and loopholes, and the fewest protections for patients, while silencing, neutering and coercing the voices of most Democrats, who have favored some form of single payer, or Medicare For All from the beginning.
and the conclusion
In health care, as in war and peace, as in the environment and education, as in the rights of women and immigrants, the First Black President’s historic role is clear. His job is to smile and speechify and neutralize the left on every front, while taking the country further to the right than his white Republican predecessor would ever have been able.
It was the title suggested by one of my readers, but none have been so clever.
They call it a game changer
and cite his mourning bipartisanship
so no tears from me as Democrats twist in the wind. NY Post as always has a different angle – they might be right!
Fresh on the heels of “don’t insult people with disabilities by comparing them with liberals” brou-ha-ha, comes news of Obama’s latest slap.
It comes in the context of his Q&A with so called Democratic senators and it’s in response to Blanche Lincoln’s demand to smite the retards err heathens:
asked Obama to push back against “people at the extremes” of both parties, especially against Democrats “who want extremes.”
you know, like freedom of choice for women, or lack of monopoly status for insurers – these kinds of extremes.
No one was shocked by the request and after reciting some pablum Obama agreed:
“Blanche is right that we sometimes get bogged down in ideology.”
Ideology= retarded silly stuff such as civil rights, worker rights, no wars and such.
Obama is the post-partisan president – can’t get bogged down by these retarded nonsense.
After all, he represents a base that strategists invented for him: Generation Jones
Jonesers are idealistic, Pontell says, but not ideological like boomers.
So, don’t worry, he’s just representing that base. They do exist, right?
Of course, in B0botland, the sky is of another color as they get their news pre-chewed by their propaganda outlet
So suddenly the slogans Obama recited become the headline
and generates more ecstatic headlines there
So, they are grateful, the pundits are grateful…Senators, not so much, it seems. After being delivered this forked tongue speech in front of the cameras, things changed a bit
It was like yesterday Michelle Goldberg was waxing admiringly about The Vote that saved the Democratic party and the respect for women! I was commenting on a blog that we got a five minutes reprieve for our uteri…OK, it was four days ago
Ben Nelson was saying he had no plan “B” after his amendment was tabled. Well guess what, he found it – and its name is Stupak!
Towards the end of an article describing the numerous hurdles healthclub for Men has to pass, there’s this
Democrats must also reach consensus on language addressing the availability of insurance coverage for abortions for women who accept federal subsidies.
Nelson has said he will not vote to end the GOP filibuster of the healthcare bill unless the Senate adopts controversial language passed by the House, known as the Stupak amendment, that would limit access to abortion coverage for women who accept federal money.
He is so passionate about denying women reproductive healthcare, he is willing to sacrifice his vacation for it (and everyone else’s too)
“I’m more interested in getting it right than getting home as quickly as everyone would like to,” he said.
So, for now, I’ll have to hope that the other hurdles will be front and center,
or a bunch of Senators would be stepping on all of us in their rush to the exit….
Seems Obama gave the Senators a pep talk – well, at least the Democrats. It was so peppy, it stayed away from iffy stuff
Which made Joe Lieberman very happy
“Well, it was interesting to me — of course everybody hears with their own ears — that he didn’t say anything about the public option,” said Lieberman. “
That’s as much as Huffpo reported. But Politico, in a gloomy titled piece
Chances shrink for pure public option
(we get an impure one?)
goes into more of what Lieberman said
“That’s exactly what I’ve been saying to my colleagues who are pushing for the public option. This bill has so much good in it, and it does so much good — it’s deficit neutral and all the rest. Why are you insisting on getting a foot in the door for single-payer?”
A foot in the door…Sounds almost like slippery slope. How mny times needs Joementum remind us: IT’S NOT WHAT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES DECIDED THEY DO. Again, this is what insurers paid for in 2008and declared last December
Insurers oppose the creation of a Medicare-style public insurance option,
The insurers also do not support an employer mandate.
Insurers would agree to stop denying coverage to people because of pre-existing conditions as long as all individuals were required by law to buy insurance.
To help make coverage affordable to middle class people, particularly the self-employed and those who work for small businesses, the government would give refundable tax credits on a sliding scale, according to income
This is the insurers bill, as written by them. Do you see single payer, public option in there?
Also, for those who might have forgotten, Obama intervened for Lieberman’s preserving his full rights after his support for McCain