Wonder what you would find if you frisked the United States House of Representatives?
Answer: The Senate’s version of Obama-care appears to be dead!
Good news today folks! House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced this morning that she doesn’t have the votes necessary to pass the Senate’s health-care bill that would have moved it to President Obama’s desk:
House Democrats lack enough votes to pass the Senate’s healthcare bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday.
Pelosi threw cold water on the idea that the House could muster enough support to pass the Senate’s bill, which includes a number of provisions liberals in the House find distasteful.
“I don’t see the votes for it at this time,” Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press conference. “The members have been very clear.”
Democrats have been forced to confront how they could proceed with healthcare reform legislation after having lost Tuesday’s special election in Massachusetts to Republicans, giving the GOP enough votes to filibuster a bill in the Senate. One option under discussion has been passing the Senate bill, which would send the bill directly to President Barack Obama for a signature.
“We have to get a bill passed. We know that,” Pelosi said, adding that “unease would be a gentle word” to describe House members’ attitude toward the Senate legislation at the moment.
Wow! It appears Sen. Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts was like tossing an iron wrench into the political machine located in Washington DC. The most likely approach at this point would be for the Obama Administration to start back at the beginning and try to get some Republicans into the talks. By going that route, the bill will appear to have some bipartisan support. In the end, Democrats should just put health-care off to the side and focus more on the job market and our struggling economy.
Side-Note: Hopefully this will be the end of Democrats trying to jam radical legislation down America’s throat, but you can never put it past them.