Breaking: Pelosi announces that she can’t pass Senate ObamaCare bill

posted at 11:51 am on January 21, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The dream of cramming down the Senate version of ObamaCare died as Scott Brown arrived in Washington DC to prepare to enter the Senate as the first Republican from Massachusetts in 38 years, which was both coincidental and providential.  Nancy Pelosi announced late this morning that she can’t get the votes necessary to move it to Obama’s desk:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she does not have the votes needed to pass the Senate version of the health care bill.

“I don’t see the votes for it at this time,” Pelosi told reporters in a briefing.

After Democrats lost their 60-vote supermajority in the Senate Tuesday after Republicans won an upset victory in the Massachusetts special election to replace the late Ted Kennedy, House passage of the current Senate health bill appeared to be one of few options available for Democrats hoping to complete their year-long quest to pass health reform.

Brown’s arrival in the capital today carried a message that Democrats finally began to comprehend, after dismissing voter anger at town halls for months as meaningless:

Rank-and-file Democrats vented their frustration at a closed-door meeting Thursday. Emerging from the session, Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-N.Y., said: “The mega bills are dead. If we didn’t see what happened Tuesday night, we have blinkers on.”

And now that the blinkers have begun to come off, Democrats realize that most people didn’t consider this a priority in the first place:

Also fueling the Democratic search for a fresh health care strategy is a conviction by many in the party that it’s time for an election-year focus on jobs and the economy, which polls show are easily the public’s top concerns.

“I don’t think we have to wait for health care to be resolved one way or the other before we move to jobs,” said Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa. “We need to put a jobs bill on the table very soon, certainly in the next few weeks.”

This puts an end to the complicated pass-this-now, do-a-modification-later approach that had been floated over the past week as it became apparent that Democrats would lose Massachusetts.  It also probably means an end to the reconciliation approach, which could only be used to pass the least popular elements of ObamaCare — Medicare cuts and tax hikes.  We’re probably looking more at a Square One approach, and this time the Obama administration may try to draft key Republicans into the talks in order to get bipartisan cover.

Either way, it’s an ignominious defeat for Obama and Pelosi, whose radical approach and “I won” attitude finally caught up with them.  Even with massive majorities and a filibuster-proof caucus, they could not jam down a massive government intrusion into the private sector through Congress.  They overreached, and now they have been exposed as radicals in the middle of an election year.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 3 4 5

Palamino!

ronsfi on January 21, 2010 at 6:36 PM

It is, as I see it, an honest-to-God miracle.

CatsGodot on January 21, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Funny, I also was thinking that–and have been praying that God had a Plan–and that He also had a Plan B….

lovingmyUSA on January 21, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Could you please post a less cadaverous picture of Nan?

ncborn on January 21, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Did she bring a RESET button with her?

chickasaw42 on January 21, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Either way, it’s an ignominious defeat for Obama and Pelosi, whose radical approach and “I won” attitude finally caught up with them.

Epic! Two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Shot heard round the world!
The second Boston Tea Party saved the nation.

FireBlogger on January 21, 2010 at 6:46 PM

That is one hideous looking woman.

I must now take a shower.

Saltysam on January 21, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Thank God for the good people of MASS. They are present day patriots, just like they were in 1776.

Pelosi can stick it; Reid can stick it; Obama is a wafer thin one termer, and Team Thug Chicago is dying.

GOD BLESS THE USA. GOD BLESS SCOTT BROWN.

And, I live in Florida!

Cleveland Steamer on January 21, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Do you honestly think these “I know what’s best for you” liberal turds will ever learn their lesson?

Next on deck – Amnesty for illegal aliens.

Zorg on January 21, 2010 at 7:09 PM

From Ace of Spades:

“Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, tells National Review Online that House Democrats are planning to use the budget-reconciliation process in order to pass Obamacare. “They’re meeting with each other this weekend to pursue it,” says Ryan. “I’ve spoken with many Democrats and the message is this: They’re not ready to give up. They’ve waited their entire adult lives for this moment and they aren’t ready to let 100,000 pesky votes in Massachusetts get in the way of fulfilling their destiny. They’ll look at every option and spend the next four or five days figuring it out.”

It ain’t over till it’s over.

Dhuka on January 21, 2010 at 7:13 PM

The above quote from Ace of Spades is actually from NRO online.

Dhuka on January 21, 2010 at 7:15 PM

I and my HellCare bill have fallen down and we can’t get up.
- Queen Pelosi

MB4 on January 21, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Next on deck – Amnesty for illegal aliens.

Zorg on January 21, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Yeah, that’ll make the electorate less angry going into the election year!

Seriously, when it became clear that Obama wasn’t going to get healthcare reform done in the six weeks leading up to the August Congressional recess, he reportedly said that his administration’s legacy was ruined. I think there may be some truth in that.

There was a timetable. Healthcare reform by August 09 so that Amnesty wrapped up this month. All designed to get as many voters over their anger of the government takeover of healthcare just as the new voters were coming on line to start the process of Democrat domination in the mid-terms. Apparently we were all supposed to be committed socialists by next July.

The reality, of course, is six months of healthcare reform talk without any results, just a couple months left before the primaries are in full swing, a resounding and repeated rejection of the Obama agenda (NJ, VA, MA). No politician hoping for re-election in November is going to champion a controversial cause like amnesty this year. Unless, of course, the Dems intend to go down in massive defeat with Jonestown-like actions to get the radical socialist agenda enacted no matter the consequences.

highhopes on January 21, 2010 at 7:19 PM

let’s watch for reconciliation. yes. they can do it, but it will literally unemploy 1/3 of them. how many are willing to lose their jobs.

keep up the pressure.

kelley in virginia on January 21, 2010 at 7:25 PM

NRO and Redstate have confirmed the Dems are meeting this weekend to plan reconciliation tactics.

Wethal on January 21, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Thanks for the update. I know RedState had a post up quoting that one NY Daily News blog I mentioned (with the early morning timestamp) but I didn’t know NRO or Paul Ryan had confirmed.

We definitely need to watch out. It would be insanity for them to try it, but then again, they’re insane.

Missy on January 21, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Wish she’d make up her mind. Well, I’m sure she already has…about something…what, we just don’t know yet.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 21, 2010 at 7:31 PM

It’s probably been said before, but the people of MA saved our country Tues. night.

B Man on January 21, 2010 at 7:38 PM

The beginning of the end of the fiefdom.

PoodleSkirt on January 21, 2010 at 7:41 PM

To Pelosi: What, no Christmas present?
To Obama: Never mind, I’ll take a truck instead.

betsyz on January 21, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Oh the irony!

Jeopardy catagory tonight (it’s celebs so the questions are on the third-grade level) is Remembering Ted Kennedy. What a great thing to show up two nights after his legacy was finally stomped down once and for all!

highhopes on January 21, 2010 at 7:49 PM

highhopes on January 21, 2010 at 7:19 PM

This is an extraordinary comment. +1000000000.

BardMan on January 21, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Awww c’mon guys. this is too good too pass up.

Caststeel on January 21, 2010 at 8:02 PM

How about “There are over the counter medicines for that, Nancy.”?

Caststeel on January 21, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Thanks.

Caststeel on January 21, 2010 at 8:06 PM

I looked up the word “harridan” in the dictionary and they had the same picture of Pelosi as you’ve got on the headline.

mikeyz on January 21, 2010 at 8:25 PM

“I don’t think we have to wait for health care to be resolved one way or the other before we move to jobs,” said Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa. “We need to put a jobs bill on the table very soon, certainly in the next few weeks.”

Is it just me or does that sound rushed…again. Then again it’s a Catch-22 for Democrats. Wait, do it right and look like you aren’t doing anything until June. It’s especially true given the speed they tried to cram through health care reform. OR, rush and it looks like desperation and another poorly thought out bill.

No doubt another 2000 pages should cover it.

Dean_L_Can on January 21, 2010 at 8:27 PM

OH NO! Nothing liberal is working!!!

Air America Radio, a progressive radio network that once aired commentary from Al Franken and Rachel Maddow, said Thursday it is shutting down immediately.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/01/21/air-america-goes-air/

Must be because the left is watching Fox News! LOL!!!

Roy Rogers on January 21, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Just the sight of that decrepit old thing makes me feel all filthy and dirty (and I don’t mean that in an amorous manner).

royzer on January 21, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Watch what the other hand is doing
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/victory-muslim-brotherhood

In a controversial move, the Obama administration has decided to lift Tariq Ramadan’s ban from the United States. Who is Tariq Ramadan? By birth, he is the grandson of Hassan al Banna – the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). By word and deed, he is today a leading member of the European branch of the MB.

macncheez on January 21, 2010 at 8:43 PM

They overreached, and now they have been exposed as radicals in the middle of an election year.

Sometimes, incompetence from govt is a good thing.. .when it keeps disasters like Obamacare from passing.

Yakko77 on January 21, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Do not trust these people. Yes means no and vice versa.

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 9:55 PM

The second Boston Tea Party saved the nation.

FireBlogger on January 21, 2010 at 6:46 PM

It’s probably been said before, but the people of MA saved our country Tues. night.

B Man on January 21, 2010 at 7:38 PM

A big thanks to Mitt Romney for getting Brown in front of the Massachusetts voters as well.

scotash on January 21, 2010 at 10:45 PM

–I don’t read Huffington. Do any of you have any proof that the GOP seriously offered proposals?

Jimbo3 on January 21, 2010 at 4:19 PM
Back to the drawing board. You said they refused to negotiate or provide proposals. You prove it.

The article you cited said that four out of the five committees that created the bills in the House and Senate were made up of all Democrats. Baucus’ was the sole committee with R representation.

Anyway, just to be nice, here you are:

HuffPo: Republican Health Care Plan Unveiled (from May 20, 2009)

Missy on January 21, 2010 at 4:25 PM

–So they decide to introduce their own bill instead of working with the Dems?

Jimbo3 on January 22, 2010 at 12:33 AM

At a minimum, you need to be sure that (i) people who have an individual policy in one state can transfer that policy to another state at the same equivalent cost and (ii) people who can’t get affordable individual coverage after losing coverage can do so. You’d probably need to do significantly more federal funding of high risk pools under (ii) or allow those people to buy insurance under Medicare. You could also try mandating that insurance companies offer individual coverage at the same full cost rates offered by employers in the event people lose their jobs and insurance.

Jimbo3 on January 21, 2010 at 1:49 PM
No, “you” i.e. “we” (i.e. the Federal Government) should not do any of that.

I asserted the other day that the only way to bring down costs is to let the free market be free. You said you agreed. You clearly did not, or do not understand. The solution is not some Progressive-inspired, technocratic social engineering. The solution is to get the Federal (and State) governments out of the way.

Your need does not create an entitlement and you do not have the right to use the power of government to arrange things to satisfy your needs. You, like everyone else, have only the right to freedom and it’s corollary, voluntary trade.

JDPerren on January 21, 2010 at 4:22 PM

–Insurance is already regulated. Having free market incentives is great, but you need regulation of the industry.

Jimbo3 on January 22, 2010 at 12:34 AM

Pelosi and Reid are proven to be habitual liars, so why should anyone believe them now?

This is probably some sort of red herring to divert attention away from their next outrageous and ill-conceived act.

landlines on January 22, 2010 at 12:53 AM

So, America gets to live another day? Amazing.

DanaSmiles on January 22, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Is it just me or does Nancy look a little…er…inbred…in that photo?

Sharke on January 22, 2010 at 9:50 AM

–So they decide to introduce their own bill instead of working with the Dems?

Jimbo3 on January 22, 2010 at 12:33 AM

Moving goal posts now? You wanted evidence that the GOP had made any serious proposals on health care, and it was provided to you.

The GOP was not invited to work with the Dems on the writing of these bills. They were excluded from negotiations. You claim otherwise, provide some proof.

Missy on January 22, 2010 at 12:59 PM


So they decide to introduce their own bill instead of working with the Dems?

Jimbo3 on January 22, 2010 at 12:33 AM
Moving goal posts now? You wanted evidence that the GOP had made any serious proposals on health care, and it was provided to you.

The GOP was not invited to work with the Dems on the writing of these bills. They were excluded from negotiations. You claim otherwise, provide some proof.

Missy on January 22, 2010 at 12:59 PM

–The GOP on the Senate Finance Committee was certainly invited to work on that bill.

Jimbo3 on January 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM

The GOP on the Senate Finance Committee was certainly invited to work on that bill.

Jimbo3 on January 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM

oh yes the democrats needed a few tokens…right.

and Bela Pelosi is scary lookin!!

right4life on January 22, 2010 at 1:42 PM

–The GOP on the Senate Finance Committee was certainly invited to work on that bill.

Jimbo3 on January 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Yes, they were the only ones. One 1 out of 5 total committees drafting the House and Senate bills. And it was passed out of committee with Snowe’s vote.

Your point, way back when before all your legalistic evasion, was that Rs refused to work with Dems. In fact they did work with Dems the only chance they were given. The rest of the time they were shut out.

Missy on January 22, 2010 at 1:42 PM

–Insurance is already regulated. Having free market incentives is great, but you need regulation of the industry.

Jimbo3 on January 22, 2010 at 12:34 AM

and all that regulation worked out great with the financial industry and AIG didn’t it?

right4life on January 22, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Comment pages: 1 3 4 5