Pelosi: I can get the votes to pass ObamaCare — if the Senate uses reconciliation

posted at 6:00 pm on January 27, 2010 by Allahpundit

This is news, I guess, but just barely. Getting the Senate to “fix” its own bill to the House’s liking by using reconciliation has always been an absolute condition of passing Reid’s bill in the House, but according to yesterday’s NYT, things had now deteriorated to the point that Pelosi wasn’t sure they’d pass it even with the fix. Looks like that’s changed — or has it? Behold the new eleventh-hour desperate strategy: A two-track bill.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday floated the idea of a two-track plan for health care reform — with Congress pursuing easier-to-pass incremental changes now and comprehensive reform later.

“We believe that it’s possible to have comprehensive health care reform as we go forward, but at the same time, it can be on another track where some things can just be passed outside of that legislation, and we’ll be doing both,” Pelosi said in an interview with POLITICO…

“We have to get it done,” the speaker said. “What the process is doesn’t matter. The outcome is what is important, and what it means to working families in America.”

The sticking point, seems to be that each chamber wants the other to go first, which is complicated by (a) the fact that that might not be procedurally possible in the Senate and (b) the ridiculous sniping happening between top House Dems like Hoyer and Clyburn and top Senate Dems like Reid. Last night Politico claimed to have found eight Senate Democrats (Lieberman included) who were iffy on reconciliation, but one of the eight was Ben Nelson — and he doesn’t sound so iffy today. Twenty-four hours ago this thing was dead, and now suddenly we’re being haunted by the Ghost of ObamaCare? Hold me.

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She sure does love that limelight. I think she is suffering from limelight burn syndrome.

Dhuka on January 27, 2010 at 7:23 PM

If they ram this thing through, Scott Brown’s gonna be all over the TV the next day, and there will mayhem in the streets.

Rational Thought on January 27, 2010 at 7:25 PM

I’ve gathered up all of my socks and balled them up so I have something to throw tonight that won’t destroy the TV!

azkenreid on January 27, 2010 at 6:52 PM
Damn. Wish I had the contract for Bambi Nerf balls!

JusDreamin on January 27, 2010 at 7:29 PM

She’s lying. Just like she was lying last summer, last month, last week, last hour…

SouthernGent on January 27, 2010 at 7:40 PM

They just had to tighten up the bolts on the monster.

unclesmrgol on January 27, 2010 at 7:48 PM

I’ve said it before on numerous threads, THIS THING AIN’T OVER!
They are all pathological liars. Does anyone here believe anything Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Hoyer, et al say?

mountainmanbob on January 27, 2010 at 7:49 PM

“What the process is doesn’t matter. …


They even try going this route and I’ll be on the Capital steps with a pitchfork.

Maquis on January 27, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Drop it lady, jeeze. It’s OVER!

FireBlogger on January 27, 2010 at 7:51 PM

BS, it’s over. There won’t be a vote on ObamaCare again this year. There’s no way she can get 218 votes in the House. If she scheduled a vote, she’d fail miserably and they’d yank her out of the Speaker chair. Harry Reid’s a lame duck and everyone knows it. It’s each man for himself now amongst the democrats, cover your own ass and get yourself re-elected. It’s going to be a helluva show the rest of the year.

PatMac on January 27, 2010 at 7:59 PM

If they pass healthcare, it’s the end of the Democrat party.

TN Mom on January 27, 2010 at 7:59 PM

If they pass healthcare, it’s the end of the Democrat party.

TN Mom on January 27, 2010 at 7:59 PM

You’re right.

Oink on January 27, 2010 at 8:04 PM

This is Hitler in the bunker, still planning how he will win the war while the bombs are dropiing on Berlin.

rockmom on January 27, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Damn. Wish I had the contract for Bambi Nerf balls!

Hhhmmm, Bambi Balls. So small, yet so arrogant.

azkenreid on January 27, 2010 at 8:27 PM

It’s all posturing for butt cover, their uber liberal base is steaming.

Dr Evil on January 27, 2010 at 8:34 PM

If they try to pass it in this manner I hope the planes are fueled and ready for their last junket to their new places of residence. You know, someplace that doesn’t have treaties to send criminals back to us.

chemman on January 27, 2010 at 8:40 PM

If they try to pass this with their tricks, I will be in DC; alone if necessary. We need a call to arms as was done in TN in 1999 to stop the passage of a state income tax.

amr on January 27, 2010 at 9:15 PM

The only thing I have to say is that if the Republicans win either or both houses and then govern like they did after 94, they will be finished up also. They HAVE to be true to conservative principals……..

jtpcamp on January 27, 2010 at 11:26 PM

“working families in America.”

We know that is a euphemism for socialism, but when is this Democrat party going to stop declaring that everyone who works is in need of them?? I work, and I don’t NEED HER SCHEMES.

leftnomore on January 28, 2010 at 12:14 AM

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