House Health Care Bill is Dead on Arrival in the Senate
Although Obama and Pelosi were gleaming on the House's passage of the health care bill last night, they are now starting to learn that this bill has little chance of going anywhere in the Senate. According to Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.,
The House bill is dead on arrival in the Senate.
President Obama spoke from the Rose Garden this morning urging senators to act like runners on a relay team and
take the baton and bring this effort to the finish line on behalf of the American people.
However, the version of the bill passed last night by the House is still viewed as unacceptable by the few Democratic moderates who hold the balance of power in the Senate right now. Senator Joe Lieberman, CT-I, has also vowed not to let this bill come to a final vote if the government plan is part of the deal.
The Senate is not likely to jump ahead this week on health care. Reid will keep meeting with senators to see if he can work out a political formula that will give him not only the 60 votes needed to begin debate, but the 60 needed to shut off discussion and bring the bill to a final vote.
Majority leader, Senator Harry Reid has pledged to Obama that he will do everything he can to get this bill done by the end of the year, so let's hope that Senate Republicans and moderate Democrats will do everything they can to stop it!