Rahm Emanuel says House will vote on ObamaCare next week

posted at 10:11 am on July 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Well, that’s what he says, and it’s important to note that Rahm Emanuel is acting as a repeater station for Nancy Pelosi, who has insisted that she has the votes to pass ObamaCare right now — even though more than 50 House Democrats have publicly balked at the proposal in the lower chamber.  Click on the image to listen (via Drudge):

The bills haven’t even yet come out of the various committees, so at the moment there’s nothing on which to vote.  Besides, the incentive to move before the recess was all but lost when Harry Reid threw in the towel yesterday, and especially when Reid said that the process needed more deliberation than speed.  Pelosi’s troops — even those inclined to support the bill — are worried that they will have to put themselves out on a limb with new taxes and benefits cuts, just to have the Senate version cut the limb out from under them.

But could they do it?  It’s certainly possible, which is why it’s necessary to keep the heat on your elected representatives.


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Wethal on July 24, 2009 at 12:28PM

Waxman’s and Obama’s remarks for that matter have made this legislation one of partisan politics, not one that promotes the best interests of the American people.

The whole Dem contingent sickens me.

onlineanalyst on July 24, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Just called Boehner’s office, and honestly, the guy who answered the phone could NOT have been less interested

Rational Thought on July 24, 2009 at 12:56 PM

There’s only one kind of resignation we need right now, and it sure isn’t that kind.

misslizzi on July 24, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Since Obama’s press conference any votes on Health care have nothing to do with a unread, unfinished bill. They have everything to do with his presidency and Rahm, Pelosi and Reid know this. They would pass “the Devil himself” now that they know their President and party are at risk.

This is a tall order for the freshmen blue dogs to face down. I’m nervous.

patrick neid on July 24, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Agreed. Obama and the Dems have lost control of the news cycle. They are desperate to get it back. No doubt they’ll lean on the Blue Dogs with bribes, intimidation (“Do you want to be the one who damaged the presidency of the first black man in the White House,” etc.), and loss of committee chairs (I think they did this with cap and trade).

Wethal on July 24, 2009 at 1:13 PM

I think she needs a Discharge Petition to get the bill out of committee which requires a majority vote of the whole house, I think (I have to double check that) if all the Blue Dogs, and all the Republicans vote no, there is not majority. One can hope at least.

Govgirl on July 24, 2009 at 1:16 PM

The man who pulls the strings….Rham Emanuel. The puppetmaster. The socialist. The Chicago machine “community organizer.”

afotia on July 24, 2009 at 1:18 PM

A new member to America’s Internal Axis of Evil, again, a Liberal Democrat, closely associated with our President. The numbers just keep on growing….

DL13 on July 24, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Tell the ballerina to back off!

Yesterday, on the news, a Democratic Rep, spoke to a reporter. This Rep said they were pro-life. After doing some reading, here, and elsewhere, I now wonder, what exactly he means, by pro life. Perhaps the fact that this bill allows government entities to play God. Decide life, and death, for every American, forced into this plan. I’m appaled that at age 65, we have to report to our doctor, for the first meeting, to discuss our death. This is repeated every 5 years.

I’m appalled that the government, can just dip their fingers into my personal bank accounts, and take whatever they feel is necessary. Can we see corruption here? A $10 here, a $20 there. Someone will make themselves wealthy, by having access to this.

I’m appalled that special needs persons, will not have coverage under this bill. Anyone think this was slipped in, to personally take a swipe at the Palins, and their son Trigg? My husband has 2 cousins who are special needs. So now, they would just be left to die….because why? They’re not valuable enough, as human beings? Will the real nazi’s stand up now?

This bill not only needs to be abolished, but dowsed in holy water, dried out, and burned!!!

It’s unconstitutional, and the single biggest maneuver, to take our rights, and liberties away.

Governor Perry said he would assert states rights under the 10th amendment, and reject this health care plan for Texas, should it pass. Other states will probably follow suit, if they disagree with this debacle.

Get on the phones, and keep these elected officials busy on their vacations. Let them know you do NOT want this!!!

capejasmine on July 24, 2009 at 1:48 PM

We already know the bill is bad, that only the Dems can derail it but very few of us know that Rahm’s brother Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is actually one of a few running it. This guy sounds like “Mengele lite”, genuinely scary.

patrick neid on July 24, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Rush Limbaugh just mentioned this. From the Chicago Sun Times: “The brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, a noted bioethicist, is advising the Obama administration on health care reform.

“Dr. Emanuel is the Chair of the Department of Bioethics at The Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health and a breast oncologist.

“Dr. Emanuel is a special advisor to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget for health policy. He told me he is “working on (the) health care reform effort.” He is “detailed” to the OMB spot and is still officially an employee of the NIH.”

Unreal.

labwriter on July 24, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Disarray. I like it.

Jim Treacher on July 24, 2009 at 2:07 PM

The will of the electorate is irrelevant, but the votes of the electorate are very relevant. That’s why we need to stay on these people like white on rice. Only if they fear for their reelection will they listen. It’s simply a numbers game. Their personal ideology means nothing if the numbers weigh against that ideology. Get out there and be a good number.

SKYFOX on July 24, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Hey, that’s Emanuel….. eh,he’s talkin to youse… fuhgetaboutit…. we will now vote…. sit down…. shuddup and vote yes for healthcare or else!!!

Chicago thug, thief, liar, cheat, socialist, agitator, activist, opportunist …. He never found a crisis he didn’t like!!!!

highninside on July 24, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Yeah they’ll vote while he’s holding a gun to their heads.

Driefromseattle on July 24, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Blue dogs revolting according to drudge

txmomof6 on July 24, 2009 at 4:16 PM

July 24, 2009

Mr. Obama;

This leter is to inform you that as of today July 24, 2009 your service to the American people is no longer needed. As your employer, the American people have determined that during your 6 months probationary period your actions have considerably weakend the American economy, weakend American sercurity ,and tarnished the American reputation throughout the world. Due to these factors it is our right and responisbility to inform you that you have until the end of business today July 24, 2009 to pack your belongings along with any and all staff members and remove yourself from OUR White House. Please be advised that security will be assigned to you and each member of your staff to ensure that nothing of vaule or importance will be taken from the premisis.

Joyfully,

The American People

milwife88 on July 24, 2009 at 11:50 AM

the author of this is a Great American.

ted c on July 24, 2009 at 4:35 PM

The dems are having a huge internal fight over this. The bad ship Bozo hit a reef…

dogsoldier on July 24, 2009 at 4:38 PM

July 24, 2009

Mr. Obama;

This leter is to inform you that as of today July 24, 2009 your service to the American people is no longer needed. As your employer, the American people have determined that during your 6 months probationary period your actions have considerably weakend the American economy, weakend American sercurity ,and tarnished the American reputation throughout the world. Due to these factors it is our right and responisbility to inform you that you have until the end of business today July 24, 2009 to pack your belongings along with any and all staff members and remove yourself from OUR White House. Please be advised that security will be assigned to you and each member of your staff to ensure that nothing of vaule or importance will be taken from the premisis.

Joyfully,

The American People

milwife88 on July 24, 2009 at 11:50 AM

+1,000,000,000

NoFanofLibs on July 24, 2009 at 5:46 PM

milwife88 on July 24, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Love it, but please use spellcheck.

atheling on July 24, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Called my leftwing Dem rep and even he’s scared of the bill. And he’s been around forever (too damned long). I talked to one of his aides and they said he hasn’t looked at the entire bill yet, but he already has problems with the cost and how it will adversely affect our state.

I was really surprised to hear this – and he’s no blue dog.

atheling on July 24, 2009 at 6:04 PM

As Obama has to do back flips on Skip “Mr. Chips” Gates, Nancy Pelosi is rolling metal balls in her hand and ranting about strawberries.

Schadenfreud.

Mr. Joe on July 24, 2009 at 7:49 PM

The Blue dogs are starting to sell out on Waxman’s committee just as they did on Cap and Trade.

Once again Pelosi knows what she is talking about on votes. They will be voting on the bill next week. It will be passed in the house without divine intervention.

patrick neid on July 24, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Stay strong, Governor Perry!!!
Don’t take that obamacare crap or cap&trade!!
I’m so proud to be a Texan!!

whatzit2u on July 24, 2009 at 8:41 PM

Show due respect to Rahm Emanual. Send him a dead fish. The bigger, the better.

BottomLine5 on July 24, 2009 at 9:52 PM

Don’t confuse who is actually in charge here…it’s not Nancy, although she likes to think she is. It’s not Reid, although…well, his closet is full of dresses, wax, and high heels.

It isn’t zerobama either. He’s just doing what Rahm is telling him to do. Zero nor chimp woman have any actual brains of their own, they’re using Rahms.

Gawd, you can look in his face and see the evil leeching out. Someone needs to dispatch this P.O.S. soon, but that wouldn’t end the problem either….there are more Rahm’s in storage, just waiting to have the power supplies inserted by the puppeteer….

wha….did someone say…..Soros?

Spiritk9 on July 24, 2009 at 10:03 PM

The man who pulls the strings….Rham Emanuel. The puppetmaster. The socialist. The Chicago machine “community organizer.”

Not to mention the anti-Christ.

Goldy1 on July 24, 2009 at 10:38 PM

Not to mention the anti-Christ.

Amen!!

whatzit2u on July 24, 2009 at 10:43 PM

I’ll have to admit I’m not the most politically astute person on this board but I do h ave a question. What if Pelosi and company force a vote on this issue and it fails to pass, what does that mean? What if they believe they have the votes whipped and suddenly those Blue Dogs, knowing they’re going home to face the voters, just can’t do it? Would this be called Waterloo?

bflat879 on July 24, 2009 at 11:31 PM

If Rahm is correct and the vote happens next week, it’s only fair that ALL House members age 65 and older, get to be the first to attend the ‘quality of life’ meetings.

TN Mom on July 25, 2009 at 12:07 AM

If Rahm is correct and the vote happens next week, it’s only fair that ALL House members age 65 and older, get to be the first to attend the ‘quality of life’ meetings.

TN Mom on July 25, 2009 at 12:07 AM

Hell, if they vote on it, we should all be calling them to give them “end of political life counseling”. I’ve had it with DC.

atheling on July 25, 2009 at 12:47 AM

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