The $1.2 billion cloture vote in the dead of night

posted at 8:48 am on December 21, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Harry Reid passed his cloture bill a few hours ago, forcing the Senate to remain in session while America slept in order to meet an arbitrary deadline for his version of ObamaCare.  As expected after the reversal of Ben Nelson (D-NE), Reid got his bill past its second procedural hurdle, thanks to some arm-twisting … and vote buying:

Landmark health care legislation backed by President Barack Obama passed its sternest Senate test in the pre-dawn hours early Monday, overcoming Republican delaying tactics on a 60-40 vote that all but assures its passage by Christmas. …

The atmosphere was intensely partisan, but the outcome preordained as senators cast their votes from their desks, a practice reserved for issues of particular importance. Administration officials who have worked intensely on the issue watched from the visitor’s gallery despite the hour. So, too, Vicki Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who championed health care across a Senate career that spanned more than 40 years.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson’s announcement Saturday that he had decided to support the bill—in exchange for a variety of concessions—cemented the Democrats’ 60-vote majority behind a bill assembled at the direction of Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

A “varity of concessions”?  There really was no variety in the concessions at all.  Nelson changed his vote when Reid offered new language in his manager’s amendment that would send a boatload of money to Nebraska — and not just to the Cornhusker state, either:

Nebraska will receive $100 million in assistance for its state Medicaid program under provisions in the Senate’s healthcare reform bill negotiated by Sen. Ben Nelson (D).

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) informed lawmakers on Sunday night that the section of the manager’s amendment to the Senate’s health bill would cost $1.2 billion over 10 years.

Nelson managed to win a share of the section of the manager’s amendment on Equitable Support for Certain States, which will provide Nebraska, along with Massachusetts and Vermont, support in paying its share of additional costs to Medicaid in the health legislation.

Massachusetts?  Why would Massachusetts need extra help in paying its Medicaid obligations?  They already have a version of ObamaCare in place, which was supposed to contain and control health-care costs.  Apparently, it didn’t work as advertised — and neither will Reid’s version of ObamaCare either.

When that fails, who will bail out ObamaCare, as Massachusetts needs a bailout now?  Oh, right.  Us.


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We are soooo fcuked.

OmahaConservative on December 21, 2009 at 8:50 AM

I’m so angry and disgusted right now.I can only imagine what our founding fathers would think of this – the same men who thought a tea tax went over the line.

gwelf on December 21, 2009 at 8:52 AM

MM has a list of cash for cloture deals. It will take decades to reverse the perverse legislation passed by these scoundrels.

jbh45 on December 21, 2009 at 8:52 AM

bribe money to bailout the similar plan in mass. Stunning.

marklmail on December 21, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Such is the transparency of the National Socialist Democrat Party, an important vote on a trillion dollar boondoggle In the middle of the night.

Chip on December 21, 2009 at 8:52 AM

When that fails, who will bail out ObamaCare, as Massachusetts needs a bailout now? Oh, right. Us.

Last April 15, I carried a sign that said, “Suppose They Gave a Bailout and Nobody Paid.” I guess it’s a good thing I haven’t thrown it out yet….

apostic on December 21, 2009 at 8:53 AM

There are two more cloture votes before the final Christmas Eve vote. Would DeMint or Coburn refuse unanimous consent on either of those to push it through Christmas and possibly the New Year?

The manager’s amendment was around 400 pages, but the full bill is about 2000? They still have to come back before the end of the year to raise the debt limit.

Wethal on December 21, 2009 at 8:53 AM

And here I thought vote buying was a criminal act.

Johnnyreb on December 21, 2009 at 8:53 AM

All I can say is if this thing is passed and people allow these power-grabbing Democrats to continue their rule past the 2010 elections, then no one, I mean, no one has any room to complain when this nation goes bankrupt and we are reduced to being the newest third world country on the planet.

I want to see every one of these Democratic bastards out of office by next Fall!

EVERY ONE OF THEM!!!!!

pilamaye on December 21, 2009 at 8:54 AM

A conservative Democrat is still a Democrat. When push comes to shove they’ll vote with the party.

BadgerHawk on December 21, 2009 at 8:54 AM

When that fails, who will bail out ObamaCare, as Massachusetts needs a bailout now? Oh, right. Us.

And when we fail, who will bail out…? Meh, who cares; charge it.

LastRick on December 21, 2009 at 8:55 AM

The Plan: First, conservatives will object to the appointment of the conferees. This is not a motion, so it is non-debatable. An objection cannot be overcome unless the Senator making the objection caves. Let’s hope Senator McConnell agrees with this approach — but regardless, the objection shall be made.

This forces two votes in the U.S. House, one vote to amend the Senate bill on the House floor, since the Senate bill likely cannot pass the House unamended, and will force another vote on final passage of the amended House bill.

So, first, conservatives force two votes in the House, by preventing the appointment of the conferees, and therefore, preventing a House-Senate Conference.

Redstate

Another way of slowing it down to a possible sputtering end. It isn’t clear if McConnell is the one who agrees or if any senator can object to a conference committee.

Wethal on December 21, 2009 at 8:55 AM

It’s funny that in the national ObamaCare bill, there’s a bailout to the state that already tried to do this.

BadgerHawk on December 21, 2009 at 8:55 AM

BadgerHawk on December 21, 2009 at 8:54 AM

There are no blue dogs. Judas Iscariot Nelson busted that myth this weekend.

OmahaConservative on December 21, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Anyone still think these creatures are honest enough to let you have a vote that will send them home next year? America is now at their mercy and they will not give that up for something as silly as an election.

MikeA on December 21, 2009 at 8:56 AM

The real question is what happens when Midicare goes insolvent in 2019 (or sooner) and when it becomes apparent that ObamaCare is massively expensive, requires massive taxation and has a detrimental affect on the sustainability of the practice of medicine?

gwelf on December 21, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Virginians Warner & WEbb got nothing for bankrupting our country. How stupid are they?

kelley in virginia on December 21, 2009 at 8:59 AM

So when does the revolution begin? Because isn’t this taxation without representation – these senators no longer speak for the Americans who elected them and who vocally object to this massive mess.

I know others will flame me, but unlike Medicare/aid and Social Security – which were entrenched in America for a long time, this bill is so unpopular and outright reversal would go well with all Americans except those wishing for a piece of Obama’s stash.

englishqueen01 on December 21, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Anyone still think these creatures are honest enough to let you have a vote that will send them home next year? America is now at their mercy and they will not give that up for something as silly as an election.

MikeA on December 21, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Indeed. People eho believe the democrats are going to lose power in 2010 are naive at best. Just like he people who insisted this bill was going to die in the Senate.

neuquenguy on December 21, 2009 at 8:59 AM

These liberal fascists have destroyed America. What’s next?

rplat on December 21, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Byrd was able to make it to the vote?

right2bright on December 21, 2009 at 9:00 AM

gwelf on December 21, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Value Added Tax. Bela Pelosi has already hinted that’s the plan. Nationalized health care and a VAT, and we’re Euroweenies.

Wethal on December 21, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Anyone still think these creatures are honest enough to let you have a vote that will send them home next year? America is now at their mercy and they will not give that up for something as silly as an election.
MikeA on December 21, 2009 at 8:56 AM

All the talk about voting these pukes from office, and they themselves seem so unconcerned, makes me wonder what else is lying in wait to be foisted upon America.

Bishop on December 21, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Byrd was able to make it to the vote?

right2bright on December 21, 2009 at 9:00 AM

They wheel him in in a wheelchair.

Wethal on December 21, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Shhhhh!

Don’t tell the Democrats that universal government health care In Massachusetts has bankrupted (and will continue to bankrupt) the state and is failing to curb costs and improve outcomes substantially.

Hope n change!

Good Lt on December 21, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Has the countdown to secession begun yet?

MarkTheGreat on December 21, 2009 at 9:02 AM

MM has a list of cash for cloture deals. It will take decades to reverse the perverse legislation passed by these scoundrels.

jbh45 on December 21, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Link. It’s also in the Headlines right now.

conservative pilgrim on December 21, 2009 at 9:02 AM

So now more than ever is the time to be obsessively vigilant about your health. Anyone have any tips on anger management?

anniekc on December 21, 2009 at 9:02 AM

And here I thought vote buying was a criminal act.

Johnnyreb on December 21, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Apparently it isn’t when you use taxpayer funds.

MarkTheGreat on December 21, 2009 at 9:03 AM

So, even if this monstrocity passes the Senate, it still has to get through the House again, right? And the amended bill doesn’t bear any relationship at all to what originally passed there.

Does somebody think the House will just rubber-stamp it without a whole bunch of new changes? And if if just barely got through the Senate this time, what are the odds the re-amended version will pass?

logis on December 21, 2009 at 9:03 AM

a detrimental affect on the sustainability of the practice of medicine?

gwelf on December 21, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Oh, that’s easy. They will just have government doctors, along with thousands of “technicians” to assist those government doctors. Of course the government will also be creating these doctros in much the same way they created those nice TSA apes you have to deal with now to fly anyplance, and the technicians will be selected much the same way that we get any other government worker; by political appointment. Enjoy your future surgery at the ACORN health clinic.

MikeA on December 21, 2009 at 9:04 AM

They wheel him in in a wheelchair.

Wethal on December 21, 2009 at 9:01 AM

I wish no harm to anyone…but could he just go into a coma for about two weeks, maybe he can dream about burning some blacks on a cross, you know, dream about the “good old days”…

right2bright on December 21, 2009 at 9:04 AM

The real question is what happens when Midicare goes insolvent in 2019 (or sooner) and when it becomes apparent that ObamaCare is massively expensive, requires massive taxation and has a detrimental affect on the sustainability of the practice of medicine?

gwelf on December 21, 2009 at 8:58 AM

They’ll find some way to blame it on Bush.

MarkTheGreat on December 21, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Legislation without Consideration!

ConDem on December 21, 2009 at 9:05 AM

Indeed. People eho believe the democrats are going to lose power in 2010 are naive at best. Just like he people who insisted this bill was going to die in the Senate.

neuquenguy on December 21, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Oh contraire . . . they will lose power. Fascist governments cannot survive as long as people love liberty and freedom. Indeed it may take a while but they will lose power.

rplat on December 21, 2009 at 9:05 AM

Indeed. People eho believe the democrats are going to lose power in 2010 are naive at best. Just like he people who insisted this bill was going to die in the Senate.

neuquenguy on December 21, 2009 at 8:59 AM

The process of resurecting ACORN has already begun. By 2010, they should have 10′s of billions of dollars available to make sure that only Democrats win.

MarkTheGreat on December 21, 2009 at 9:05 AM

One of the lowest points in the history of the U.S. Senate.

WisCon on December 21, 2009 at 9:06 AM

ANYONE SEE THIS? COULD IT WORK?

The Extraordinary Measures Needed to Kill the Bill — Updated with Vote Numbers

Posted by Dan Perrin (Profile)

Sunday, December 20th at 4:22PM EST

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The corruption of using the public treasury as a check book to buy the votes of Senator Nelson and Senator Sanders — in the face not only overwhelming public opposition, but also in the face of a public that now wants Congress to do nothing on health care — means that extraordinary measures are needed to kill ObamaCare.

This plan, if executed properly, will kill the bill and it will give opponents two more bites at the apple, after it passes the Senate.

There are some atmospheric conditions that will help this plan work. For example, both sides of the net roots should cease fire on posts against each other. There must be a truce until the bill is dead. The target is the bill, not each other.

So, for those on the left who have decided to kill this bill, they are welcome to join in this the kill-the-bill fun.

Rationale: There are many reasons in agreement between the right and the left and the American public about why this bill must be killed:

1. It will increase health care costs;
2. The individual mandate is massive government intrusion on individual freedom, and is a gift to the private insurers, and disproportionately impacts lower-income families;
3. The fantasies of CBO’s assumptions notwithstanding, this bill will accelerate our march to financial insolvency; and,
4. Passage of the bill merely reinforces the practice of buying votes with debt issued by the U.S. Treasury;
5. Among many other reasons, in the words of Howard Dean, the bill does more harm than good.

The Plan: First, conservatives will object to the appointment of the conferees. This is not a motion, so it is non-debatable. An objection cannot be overcome unless the Senator making the objection caves. Let’s hope Senator McConnell agrees with this approach — but regardless, the objection shall be made.

This forces two votes in the U.S. House, one vote to amend the Senate bill on the House floor, since the Senate bill likely cannot pass the House unamended, and will force another vote on final passage of the amended House bill.

So, first, conservatives force two votes in the House, by preventing the appointment of the conferees, and therefore, preventing a House-Senate Conference.

Second, the left will focus on three separate issues to kill the bill in the House. The object of these issues is not to support these policies per say, but to add items to the House bill that will be so objectionable that when the bill goes back over to the Senate, that the Dems lose one or more of their 60 votes.

The Public Option: The progressive’s net roots should hold accountable the Democratic House members who said they would not vote for the bill if there was no public option. Progressives need to produce enough votes to force the public option back into the bill. Forcing the public option back into the bill is in the progressive’s interest since it will show they have the political power to do it, and will set a precedent for a new health care reform baseline in the House for Democrats. It is in conservative’s interest for this to happen because if it does, Senator Lieberman’s vote reverts to a NO.

The Nelson Buy-Off: Both the left and the right net roots will focus on pulling the Nebraska and Vermont free pass on increased Medicaid spending, on the basis that it is a corrupt back room deal that may be unconstitutional on the basis that it violates the equal protection clause (the 14th amendment to the Constitution.)

Unions: Unions must pull the Senate tax on Cadillac health plans, and replace it with the House tax on individuals. (I know, I can’t believe I just wrote that either!) This will force Senators, when the bill goes back to the Senate, to oppose the bill which could force the Dems lower than 60 votes.

Hold the No Votes: Conservatives need to hold and add one or two more no votes to the 39 House votes against the bill, among those Democrats who have concerns about their own re-election or who have announced their retirement — since the leverage from the Speaker has substantially decreased. If every No vote on the original House bill holds, there only needs to be two additional no votes.

Pro-Life and Pro-Abortion Forces: In short, have at it. Given the Stupak amendment majority in the House, the pro-lifers must stick Stupak back on the bill, so that when it is sent back to the Senate, the pro-abortion majority can pull Stupak back off. When the bill goes back to the Senate, the pro-abortion forces can remove Stupak, just as they did a couple of weeks ago. Once Stupak is pulled again from the Senate it must go back to the House to be amended, or die there.

I am willing to coordinate these actions with the left in real-time, and work with the Progressives who want to kill the bill — to share intelligence and whip counts. This way the left and the right working together will accomplish not only what we want, but what the American people want.

Oh, I did not mention this in the original post, but should have:

we do not need any more than 42 votes on the House floor, and last time there were 39 No votes.

Assuming we have a hard base of 25 no Dem votes, then the net roots need to produce eight House votes on either the abortion or public option question.

The Stupak folks ought to be able produce ten additional no votes.

This is not difficult math. And MoveOn.org is already telling its members to oppose the Senate bill.

stenwin77 on December 21, 2009 at 9:06 AM

logis on December 21, 2009 at 9:03 AM

There was a 350 page amendment added to the senate version right before the vote; the two houses will fill the final version with so much gobblygook that no one will have a clue what is actually says. They pass it, then go back later at their leisure to play with the wording.

This effort is about enacting a puzzle into law, the pieces can be arranged later.

Bishop on December 21, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Openly bribing Senate members and holding votes in the middle of the night during the Christmas holiday?

COME my tan-faced children,
Follow well in order, get your weapons ready,
Have you your pistols? have you your sharp-edged axes?

Pioneers! O pioneers!

For we cannot tarry here,
We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,
We the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Join the march!

Dorvillian on December 21, 2009 at 9:06 AM

They’ll find some way to blame it on Bush.

MarkTheGreat on December 21, 2009 at 9:04 AM

I’m thinking we’ll get round 2 of what just happened with Democrats shrieking that the only thing to save us from half-a$$ed socialism is to go full-bore socialism.

gwelf on December 21, 2009 at 9:07 AM

I’m surprised our two dopes Kirk and Kerry wanted anything in exchange for their votes. Aren’t they just doing it for Teddy? I’m appalled and embarrassed. This is a disgrace on so many levels.

4Freedom on December 21, 2009 at 9:07 AM

I feel like I must agree with those saying the elections will be tough. Now, they shouldn’t be tough. The Dems should go down in flames, but…

The first thing we should demand are pure elections.

ConDem on December 21, 2009 at 9:07 AM

So when does the revolution begin?

November, 2008. If you didn’t start then you may be out of luck, since those of us who did bought up most of the hardware and ammo.

MikeA on December 21, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Oh contraire . . . they will lose power. Fascist governments cannot survive as long as people love liberty and freedom. Indeed it may take a while but they will lose power.

rplat on December 21, 2009 at 9:05 AM

The question is, do the people love freedom?
It’s becoming pretty obvious that a sizeable fraction of the population loves living off of other people’s money, a lot more than they love freedom.

MarkTheGreat on December 21, 2009 at 9:08 AM

And of course the AARP is non-profit so they get additional tax credit…
Will no one of any repute take all of this to the supreme court?

right2bright on December 21, 2009 at 9:08 AM

in the still… of the night
we knew that something, wasnt quite riiiight
the democrats up on the hill
hurting the people with this crapulent biiillll
in the still of the niiiight

ginaswo on December 21, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Americans, present and future generations, are being flushed into the economic abyss. And it’s going to take a miracle to get out of it. Of course, none of this should really come as any surprise…

JetBoy on December 21, 2009 at 9:09 AM

This is what a tyranical government looks like in action …and guess what? If they can get away with this, they can get away with A LOT more!

Words fail in describing my utter disgust and contempt with this particular legislative and executive branch right now.

The Founding Fathers would have never even have let it get to this point before intervening with revolt and impeachment followed immediately by treason charges and punishment.

Yet…here we sit idle…waiting for what inevitably comes next.

I want to believe that we, as true patriotic Americans, will stand up to this unconstitutional onslaught and fight to take our country back. I keep waiting.

This isn’t something that can be done with individual action. It has to be through collective action with enough horsepower behind it that it cannot be ignored anymore.

If this isn’t the trigger, and the call to action…I don’t know what is anymore? Maybe when they come to take our guns through some stealthy backdoor measure that will finally wake people up? I don’t know anymore.

In battle, sometimes you can’t just wait around for the order to come – sometimes you neeed to saddle up and ride to the sound of the guns.

Flyboy on December 21, 2009 at 9:09 AM

All these guys better have put an amendment to this bill insuring them of retirement increases…I don’t think they are going to be around as the majority for long.

right2bright on December 21, 2009 at 9:10 AM

You gotta love all of this hope and change.

Midnight votes to pass legislation nobody has read.

Vote buying with taxpayer money that is completely whitewashed in the press.

Mord on December 21, 2009 at 9:11 AM

The real question is what happens when Midicare goes insolvent in 2019 (or sooner) and when it becomes apparent that ObamaCare is massively expensive, requires massive taxation and has a detrimental affect on the sustainability of the practice of medicine?

gwelf on December 21, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Democrats will scare-monger and block any attempt at reform that doesn’t involve even more government control and higher taxes on the productive. See Social Security.

DarkCurrent on December 21, 2009 at 9:12 AM

So when does the revolution begin?

englishqueen01 on December 21, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Has the countdown to secession begun yet?

MarkTheGreat on December 21, 2009 at 9:02 AM

Neither of these things will happen. This is not 1776. All American institutions have been controlled by the liberals for decades and we have become a nation of soft, dumbed down, conformist and fearful sheep, easily led by the likes of Reed, Pelosi, Franken et all.
Every time these crooks pass an outrageous bill we hear cries of revolution or secession, and we are not even able to get a mild tax revolt going.
The Republic is gone, welcome to social democracy (we have been here for a long time, but continue to keep our heads in the sand)

neuquenguy on December 21, 2009 at 9:12 AM

I don’t know about the rest of the country but I’m about ready for pitchforks, torches, tar and feathers. We can put a lot of people back to work just making rails and carting their butts out of town.

Oldnuke on December 21, 2009 at 9:12 AM

I want to see if Mitt Romney continues to say his health care overhaul in Massachusetts was the best thing ever.

cubachi on December 21, 2009 at 9:12 AM

i’m just thinking about in Virginia: the “cadillac health plans” that will be taxed include those of state employees. Teachers, I’m looking at you.

I thought teachers whined about not having enough pay? well now they will have their health ins. taxed on top of their already “paltry” pay. why didn’t they say anything? why would their union think this was a good idea?

and the Commonwealth of Va is in no position to pick up this extra tax. unfunded increases in Medicaid will hamper Virginia’s efforts to maintain roads.

kelley in virginia on December 21, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Anyone still think these creatures are honest enough to let you have a vote that will send them home next year? America is now at their mercy and they will not give that up for something as silly as an election.

MikeA on December 21, 2009 at 8:56 AM

That is what I keep saying. I really do not expect elections to take place next year.

RagTag on December 21, 2009 at 9:13 AM

On the bright side, it’s a sure bet that the “Senators Gone Wild” box DVD set will be available in time to make it under the tree. . .

Wind Rider on December 21, 2009 at 9:14 AM

kelley in virginia on December 21, 2009 at 9:13

This is one problem with the House and Senate versions. The House version doesn’t tax Cadillac plans. Why the unions prefer the House version.

Wethal on December 21, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Maybe Obama is going to veto this thing? What if the plan was to make a bill so unpopular that the one person who would stop it would be considered a true American hero and patriot (Does anyone doubt if Ben Nelson fought until the end he wouldn’t have been seen that way).

Come on Barack, Veto t he bill and give your numbers a true bump

(A man can dream can’t he)

wiseprince on December 21, 2009 at 9:15 AM

So when does the revolution begin?

November, 2008. If you didn’t start then you may be out of luck, since those of us who did bought up most of the hardware and ammo.
MikeA on December 21, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Hah, some us Invested in hardware and resold our stuff in private sales, there are still things to be had out there.

Chip on December 21, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Harry Reid is a despicable human being and a disgrace to our Republic.

CP on December 21, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Flyboy on December 21, 2009 at 9:09 AM

The vast majority of Americans who have armed themselves in fear of their government are still in a defensive mode of thinking. They think theyt will hind out and hunt deer for food shoot the hords who come to get them. They fail to realize that the deer will be gone in a year, and that no war was ever won by defense. Sadly about 90% of these patriots will be forced to surrender within 90 days to prevent their families from starving, or when a childgetssick and they haverto take him or her to the government doctors.

MikeA on December 21, 2009 at 9:16 AM

and the Commonwealth of Va is in no position to pick up this extra tax. unfunded increases in Medicaid will hamper Virginia’s efforts to maintain roads.

kelley in virginia on December 21, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Anybody who drives anywhere in I-64 is now confused – at the news that VA actually makes an effort to maintain roads, that is.

Wind Rider on December 21, 2009 at 9:16 AM

In all my 70+ years on this planet this is the first time the mention of the government made me throw up in my mouth. Disgusting bunch of dolts.

rplat on December 21, 2009 at 9:16 AM

This is a travisty. A 60-40 vote is not Bi-partisan in any way. My hope is that the report of Stupak working with the GOP on the abortion issue is true and if any of the language changes all of the pro life dems vote no on this.
That is one of my Christmas wishes.

milwife88 on December 21, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Chaulk up another for the devil and the evil around us.
So much for wishes of the people

bluegrass on December 21, 2009 at 9:18 AM

As the Associated Press reported hours ago:

Senate Democrats confidently advanced heath care legislation Sunday toward a make-or-break test vote in a push for Christmas-week passage. Republicans vowed to resist what they appeared unable to stop. [...]

Under Senate rules, Democrats needed 60 votes on three separate occasions to pass the measure. The first and most critical test was set for about 1 a.m. Monday. Democrats said Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson’s announcement Saturday that he would vote for the bill gave them the support they needed.

Nelson came in for strong criticism from Republicans in Washington, who complained that he had won favorable treatment for his home state’s Medicaid program. In a bit of political theater, they sought to open the bill up to extend it to all 50 states, but Democrats objected. [...]

Vermont and Massachusetts also won additional Medicaid funds; plastic surgeons were persuasive in their bid to strip out a proposed tax on elective plastic surgery; hospitals in the Dakotas, Wyoming and Montana won additional Medicare funds; and there was more money for hospitals in Hawaii to treat the uninsured

OmahaConservative on December 21, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Whats new with the Liberal Party,Bill Clinton loved to sign
Bills at 4:OOAM,in the morning,while the country slept!
============================================================

Now,there are 60 Traitors that have sold America,and have
thrown it,under da bus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Its,time,to Patriot Up,and send the clowns,and this FU BO
The Clown Operation down the politicaly swanny river,or up
theme up the crick with no paddle!!

Imagine,Bribes ands Pork style spending gifts for your State
over-rides,whats best over-all for America,and never-mind
the nightmare that is being dumped and heaped upon your ch
ildren and grandchildren!!!!!!!!!!!

Chicago Thuggery,back-door politics,late night wheeling and
Dealing has scored a major Victory,

unbelievable in this Day of America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on December 21, 2009 at 9:18 AM

I do not know how OR’s health plans compares to the junk in DC but it is pretty broke as well. There is a vote in a few weeks to raise taxes, in our already ridiculously high tax state.
The article supporting the tax in the Oregonian is all about how the rich, over 125K, can afford to pay. Like asking the price of a porsche…………I’m not kidding.
This sure looks like never ending recession or worse to me.

ORconservative on December 21, 2009 at 9:19 AM

RagTag on December 21, 2009 at 9:13 AM

There will be elections; they just won’t be such that you can affect the outcome. They have elections in Cuba but nobody is ever surprised at the results.

MikeA on December 21, 2009 at 9:19 AM

We need 2 votes to flip in the house and 1 vote to flip in the senate and this nightmare is over.

elduende on December 21, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Let’s get organized and eventually we’ll throw them out . . . in the mean time we’ll make them so god-dammed nervous and uncomfortable they won’t be able to function.

rplat on December 21, 2009 at 9:20 AM

They’re wheeling in Grand Kleagle Byrd in a wheelchair for these votes – remind me again why there isn’t a term limits amendment for Congress?

Wind Rider on December 21, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Typing a tad too fast,should read,or up the crick with no
paddle.

canopfor on December 21, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Reid and the Democrats are a bunch of political whores. Hopefully they will all be voted out next time they are up for re-election.

diditagain on December 21, 2009 at 9:21 AM

During the debate Sunday several mentions were made of “the clinics” and of a government program to encourage young doctors to practice medicine in rural areas in exchange for their debts being forgiven.

I have the suspicion that the democrats have, or are building, a plan for health care that will look much like the Cuban system of medical care where Doctors are government employees. They work in government provided clinics, with government supplied resources.

Is this what Nancy Pelosi was opening in Colorado back when the town hall protests were in the news? Government clinics?

Skandia Recluse on December 21, 2009 at 9:22 AM

Politicians in Washington are nothing more than common criminals with a title.

PatriotRider on December 21, 2009 at 9:22 AM

englishqueen01 on December 21, 2009 at 8:59 AM

The revolution will begin when people stop asking that question

wiseprince on December 21, 2009 at 9:22 AM

Anyone still think these creatures are honest enough to let you have a vote that will send them home next year? America is now at their mercy and they will not give that up for something as silly as an election.
MikeA on December 21, 2009 at 8:56 AM

That is what I keep saying. I really do not expect elections to take place next year.
RagTag on December 21, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Oh come on! It not like Obamalam isn’t overloading the economy with all kinds of new entitlements and spending, trying make it all collapse when the Chinese stop buying our debt and all.
And it’s not like National Socialist Democrats aren’t weakening the military and encouraging the Islamic terrorists.

Ohhh, wait..

Chip on December 21, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Man oh man, this turd Reid should be quartered and stuck on a pike ala Mussolini!

jgdp on December 21, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Our government is going against the will of the people.

Yes, elections have consequences and yes Obama was elected fair and square as were the senators, but did Americans think they were signing on for this POS bill?

I don’t want to hear this “I won” BS.

I can hardly wait for 2010.

Oink on December 21, 2009 at 9:23 AM

elduende on December 21, 2009 at 9:20 AM

True dat. Or, it would have the same effect if one or two of them just was not available, i.e. the comments about Byrd earlier. Maybe the H1N1 will bewhat save America. But don’t hold your breath.

MikeA on December 21, 2009 at 9:23 AM

They are all going OUT in 10 and 12! Hope you all are prepared to defend your rights……to take a great line from one of John Wayne’s best,THE SEARCHERS….”What do I have to do,spell it out for you,draw you a picture?”….

Defend your rights!!!!!!!!!!!

ohiobabe on December 21, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Perhaps we are missing something here. Hasn’t Obama said he will not sign a bill without a public option? Now, I know we can all agree that The President’s word is as valuable as, well a dollar in about 5 years but will he again so publicly reneg on his word? If not, the bill may be DOA on the President’s desk.

JMart80 on December 21, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Flyboy on December 21, 2009 at 9:09 AM

I agree with you, but most people are like Glenn Beck’s boiled frog. They don’t object to getting screwed until they’ve already been screwed and at that point, it is too late. Most Americans will start caring enough when it directly affects them personally. When they’re hit with higher premiums, when their Medicare benefits are cut, when they’re facing a provider shortage, when the Pelosi Stormtroopers show up at their home to haul them off in handcuffs for not buying her mandated health insurance. Or when Chinese try to cash in all of their chips and we finally collapse in insolvency. I wish I knew what it would take to motivate people to act, and how much action it would take to make these legislators obey.

NoLeftTurn on December 21, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Banksters win. Wall Street wins. Central banksters love government debt because it is backed by your FREAKING LABOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you understand this yet? These politicians are bought and paid for by your labor paid with interest to the central banksters!

This is a war for the soul of the nation, trying to deny that there has been a concerted, conspiratorial effort to undermine our sovereignty is foolish. It looks like the tinfoil crew was right.

The attempt at a one world political system is in your face! The conspiracy nuts were right! Accept this now!!!!!!!!!!!!

True_King on December 21, 2009 at 9:26 AM

We need 2 votes to flip in the house and 1 vote to flip in the senate and this nightmare is over.

elduende on December 21, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Which is why dragging it out may be a good tactic. Every week that goes by brings them closer to November 2010. Nancy has said she’ll be willing to lose 25 members in November to get this passed (wonder how those 25 feel about being cannon fodder). But as it gets close to the election, more may get cold feet.

Anyone hear if John Hoeven will oppose Dorgan in North Dakota? That could make Dorgan a little nervous.

Wethal on December 21, 2009 at 9:26 AM

The socialist foot is in the door. It will never be fully closed now. This is so unfortunate, but as others have noted, it has been trending this direction for many, many years. Socialists have been infiltrating all areas of learning and commerce in this country for decades. How could we as a free country have been so complacent?

KickandSwimMom on December 21, 2009 at 9:26 AM

I just read Michelle’s bribe list. Don’t we need another cost analysis for bribes? If Nelson’s bribe alone costs the taxpayers and extra 1.2 over 10 years, how in the hell is this affordable and how in the hell can they bribe with my money?

ORconservative on December 21, 2009 at 9:26 AM

I am speechless with anger and disgust at these ignorant, self serving, slimeballs. The people in Iran wouldn’t take this lying down, but We the sheeple will succumb to the spring docking like lambs.

ultracon on December 21, 2009 at 9:27 AM

This Congress reminds me of the story about money-changers in the Temple.

Tom

marinetbryant on December 21, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Skandia Recluse on December 21, 2009 at 9:22 AM

This was a payoff to Bernie Sanders, the socialist. Open enough government clinics, staffed with doctors who get their loans forgiven, underbid the private doctors and run them out of business.

Wethal on December 21, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Don’t blame me… I held my nose and voted the Republican ticket.

You have to wonder, if AP and Michelle Malkin feel any accountability or responsibility for their big mouths and small ideas – their self-righteous indignation, and constant carping, about McCain/Palin.

These people, and people like them, have slit the throats of the American public.

Some of us tried to warn them.. We saw this coming… The warnings fell on deaf ears.

They were too clever, by half.

She already banned my comments there.. I don’t expect I’ll last long here either.

franksalterego on December 21, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Once again, thanks to all of those who stayed home from the polls instead of holding their noses and voting for McCain. Yep, that really “taught the Republicans a lesson” all right.

Elections do have consequences.

Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Did you hear that? Its the sound of our best and brightest switching majors from pre-med to political science.

jbh45 on December 21, 2009 at 9:28 AM

The Liberal Party owns this,lock,stock and barrel,so,
use every word,phrase,law against them!!

The NutRoot MoonBats who have hi-jacked the Lib Party
need to be targetted,every tidbit of dirt exposed,like
Brietbart has said on Fox,he has more videos coming out
on other Lefty groups!!

canopfor on December 21, 2009 at 9:28 AM

The Liberal Party owns this us, our children, grandchildren, etc – lock , stock and barrel…

FIFY

Midas on December 21, 2009 at 9:30 AM

logis on December 21, 2009 at 9:03 AM

It’s clear they aren’t listening to us and have their own agenda. I see no reason to be optimistic about defeating this unconstitutional power grab by the democrats.

We’re screwed, blued, and tattooed.

csdeven on December 21, 2009 at 9:30 AM

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