Obama flip-flops on dealmaking for ObamaCare

posted at 10:12 am on March 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

How desperate is Barack Obama to get the final votes he needs to pass ObamaCare?   The Associated Press reports today that the White House has reversed itself on backroom deals and business as usual in Washington.  They will no longer object to sweetheart deals intended to buy votes:

Still seeking votes for his proposed health care overhaul, President Barack Obama appears ready to reverse his position and allow unpopular deal-sweetening measures in the hopes of finding Democratic support for legislation whose future will be decided in coming days. …

Clinching support, though, might require Obama to back away from his insistence that senators purge the legislation of a number of lawmakers’ special deals.

Taking a new position, Axelrod said the White House only objects to state-specific arrangements, such as an increase in Medicaid funding for Nebraska, ridiculed as the “Cornhusker Kickback.” That’s being cut, but provisions that could affect more than one state are OK, Axelrod said.

That means deals sought by senators from Montana and Connecticut would be fine — even though Gibbs last week singled them out as items Obama wanted removed. There was resistance, however, from two committee chairman, Democratic Sens. Max Baucus of Montana and Chris Dodd of Connecticut, and the White House has apparently backed down.

In case you want to play The Price is Right with Bob Baracker, here are the new rules.  Single state deals are verboten, so no Cornhusker Kickback for you.  If two states get together to demand special deals, well, come on down!

Is this what Obama meant by Hope and Change, and by changing  the way Washington works?  Obama has instead become exactly what he campaigned against.  If he can’t propose programs that actually garner majority support, Obama seems more than willing to buy support in the same tried-and-true methods of pork-barrel politics.

This may be nothing new in DC, but it’s at least somewhat notable that the Associated Press decided to report on it.


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The Chicago way!

SHARPTOOTH on March 15, 2010 at 10:14 AM

This may be nothing new in DC, but it’s at least somewhat notable that the Associated Press decided to report on it.

To these guys it’s a good thing…..So the’ll report it.

SHARPTOOTH on March 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM

B+

uknowmorethanme on March 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Good thing PBHO managed to keep 500 billion of that stimulus money for his rainy-day fund.

Bishop on March 15, 2010 at 10:17 AM

This may be nothing new in DC, but it’s at least somewhat notable that the Associated Press decided to report on it.

It’s called softening the blow. Or greasing the chicken.

LibTired on March 15, 2010 at 10:17 AM

(Gomer Pyle voice): “Su-prise, su-prise, su-prise!

Chewy the Lab on March 15, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Bob Baracker

That is funny right there. B+

uknowmorethanme on March 15, 2010 at 10:17 AM

One of the deals is this: if you vote for ObamaCare, you will be “deemed” to have been re-elected in November, thereby sparing you any worry about potential defeat at the hands of enraged constituents.

FlameWarrior on March 15, 2010 at 10:18 AM

This may be nothing new in DC, but it’s at least somewhat notable that the Associated Press decided to report on it.

I disagree. There’s the art of dealmaking and cobbling together a coalition to get legislation passed. THAT is not new in DC. But this blatant, outright, and unapologetic bribery and coercion of individual Congressmen to get their votes is a new low- even for a party that raised scum like Pelosi and Obama to top leadership positions.

highhopes on March 15, 2010 at 10:18 AM

I don’t think this is going to get them anywhere at this point. Everybody was what happened to good ol Benny Nelson in Nebraska. Th entire country now recognizes Ben for the dirt bag he is.

Kill the Bill…

BTW: Both Michelle Malkin and Hugh Hewitt have great information up at their sites for fighting this bill.

Keemo on March 15, 2010 at 10:18 AM

During the past several months I have been ironically grateful for the debacle of Obama’s 780 billion dollar “Stimulus” a year ago. If he had started right away with health care, he probably could have gotten it passed then. He still might, but he is fighting against very long odds. If the best plan the Democrats have is anything akin to the Slaughter Rule, then I think we’ve got the battle won. And it’s fun to see their hypocrisy being unmasked, as it’s so bad that even the MSM can’t ignore it.

jwolf on March 15, 2010 at 10:18 AM

In case you want to play The Price is Right with Bob Baracker, here are the new rules. Single state deals are verboten, so no Cornhusker Kickback for you.

If you want a single state deal, Dear Liar would be willing to compromise even on that. Let nothing stand in His way to such a power grab.

rbj on March 15, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Comment expounding on the deception of the administration, laden with capitals and expletives.

blatantblue on March 15, 2010 at 10:20 AM

So he’s for and/or against bribing states to get this bill passed.

ROCnPhilly on March 15, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Trouble is, my senators (Franken and Klobuchar) are so hyper-partisan and at least in Franken’s case stupid, that they don’t have to sense to try and get something for their votes.

Minnesota: Land of the Lost.

Bishop on March 15, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Our President is a sickening sight…I find it difficult to even see images of him anymore

PatriotRider on March 15, 2010 at 10:21 AM

They are so bold and unapologetic with their chicanery and darkness. Blows me away.

conservative pilgrim on March 15, 2010 at 10:22 AM

How can you do backroom deals for a bill that CAN’T BE CHANGED?!?!

Skywise on March 15, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Comment expounding on the deception of the administration, laden with capitals and expletives.

blatantblue on March 15, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Heh. I commend your understatement and restraint.

jwolf on March 15, 2010 at 10:23 AM

This week is not going to end well….either this thing passes and the outrage boils into the streets, or this thing fails and Obama has a breakdown.

Either way, we are in for some dramatic, Country changing events in the next 6 days.

tatersalad on March 15, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Ed! you forgot to use the MSM’s favorite word!

Obama unexpectedly flip-flops on dealmaking for ObamaCare

Thats better!

Mord on March 15, 2010 at 10:24 AM

I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but the wide-eyed little girl who grew up in Reagan times and wanted to be a politican when she grew up, is just still awe struck that they don’t even hide the corruption anymore.

Here is hoping there is still enough morals in the House to bring this puppy to it’s knees.

gophergirl on March 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM

US Reps and senators!

This week only!

Two-for-One on all health care pork!

Hurry!

This is a limited time offer.

ROCnPhilly on March 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM

I know that “backroom deals” have happened in DC for almost a century, but this has got to be some of the most blatant and wide open “backroom deals” that I remember.

I mean it’s like the Presithug doesn’t even care to hide the dealings. He’s almost daring us to say and/or do something about it. Though that is the standard operating procedure for a thug.

MobileVideoEngineer on March 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM

EPIC. LYING. FAILURE.

stenwin77 on March 15, 2010 at 10:26 AM

“Honest Leadership – Open Government.” Don’t you just love this slogan emblazened on Sen Reid’s podium? Stalin couldn’t have done a better job at Orwellian doublethink!

alwyr on March 15, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Obama and his crooked mob make the Corleone family look like Boy Scouts.

rplat on March 15, 2010 at 10:27 AM

There is a difference between wants and needs. Obama may want the sweetners removed, but he needs them to pass this cr@p sandwich.

WashJeff on March 15, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Well, at least we have an old shell bill to look at so we know what we’re in for before they cram it through. Transparency!

forest on March 15, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Is not the Ides of March (today) a bad day to do a backroom deal?

WashJeff on March 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM

BTW: Both Michelle Malkin and Hugh Hewitt have great information up at their sites for fighting this bill.

Keemo on March 15, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Because I’m stuck the rest of the week in a business conference away from the computer, over the weekend I manually sent 225 faxes to 76 “undecided” demonrat congresscriminals. These creeps haven’t even SEEN angry yet!

Fishoutofwater on March 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM

If this effort fails, O will just have to pack the SCOTUS with Harry Blackmun clones to create a “right” to health care out of whole cloth.

cartooner on March 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Smell the desperation….

Chip on March 15, 2010 at 10:31 AM

How many people could look at adoring, hopeful crowds and make promises they have no intention of keeping?

Answer that question and we have a start on the DC Census.

IlikedAUH2O on March 15, 2010 at 10:32 AM

I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but the wide-eyed little girl who grew up in Reagan times and wanted to be a politican when she grew up, is just still awe struck that they don’t even hide the corruption anymore.

Here is hoping there is still enough morals in the House to bring this puppy to it’s knees.

gophergirl on March 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM

I feel the same way. They act like bullies who think they’re invincible. Is really disgusting.

conservative pilgrim on March 15, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Change

NO, not that change. The OTHER change.

Notorious GOP on March 15, 2010 at 10:36 AM

I heard that the Price Is Right wheel at the Oval Office is full of blood.

Denverslim on March 15, 2010 at 10:36 AM

“Present”

visions on March 15, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Isn’t it time for a federal sunshine law, so the public can at least see who is being bribed with what?

tarpon on March 15, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Pelosi “Must Have ObamaCare” channels Golum from Lord of the Rings: (click video at bottom): http://optoons.blogspot.com/2010/03/democrats-sense-theyre-close-to.html

Mervis Winter on March 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Is not the Ides of March (today) a bad day to do a backroom deal?

WashJeff on March 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Well….. Obama does favor himself a new Caesar. Just saying.

highhopes on March 15, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Not so OT is it may at first appear:
My biggest concern about the vote later this week?? We have seen pretty much zero about what the repubs plan to do to fight this. Nor has there been much on any republican law makers weighing in or expressing any outrage for this tactic (outside of a few, very brief soundbites from the Sunday shows). Yet, it’s been a constant drumbeat of how the dems plan on shoving it through.
Is it because there truly are crickets chirping on our side?? If so, that is uber-scary.
Ed and Allah…anything in the works to give us any hope?

Chewy the Lab on March 15, 2010 at 10:41 AM

OK, I feel much better now. No more back room, closed door deals with one senator or house member, now it has to be at least two senators or house members from different states. That makes me feel much better about my government.

Why can they do what other people would go to jail for?

kam582 on March 15, 2010 at 10:42 AM

We have seen pretty much zero about what the repubs plan to do to fight this.

Chewy the Lab on March 15, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Did Washington let the British know what his plans were? Until there is something concrete in the way the filthy lying Democrats plan to Rahm this through, there really isn’t a point in staking out a position in public.

highhopes on March 15, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Obama has instead become exactly what he campaigned against.

No, Obama hasn’t “become” a lying, conniving, backroom-dealing hypocrite. That’s what he always was. He just isn’t bothering to hide it from the rubes anymore. He doesn’t have to, because the campaign’s over and, as he’s fond of reminding us, he won.

AZCoyote on March 15, 2010 at 10:44 AM

“The time for talk is over.”

Now is the time for pure sleaze, arm-twisting, threats and deception!

Logic on March 15, 2010 at 10:47 AM

isn’t there some way we can RECALL this clown?

SDarchitect on March 15, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Hard pivot. Anyone surprised?

petefrt on March 15, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Please, folks, remember to spay and neuter your children’s and grandchildren’s future.

Christien on March 15, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Obama has instead become exactly what he campaigned against.

He did that when he tripled the deficit.

Kafir on March 15, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Political prostitutes. Every effing one of them. The problem is the only people getting effed are us, the American people.

milwife88 on March 15, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Is not the Ides of March (today) a bad day to do a backroom deal?

WashJeff on March 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Well….. Obama does favor himself a new Caesar. Just saying.

highhopes on March 15, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Hey…is this going to get the secret service after us? Now I am going to have to watch my back.

WashJeff on March 15, 2010 at 10:51 AM

PEOPLE:
WE NEED TO BE IN D.C. ON MARCH 16TH TO MARCH AGAINST THIS TOTALITARIAN GOVERNMENT, THIS LEGISLATION, AND THE CRIMINALS RUNNING IT.

Cybergeezer on March 15, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Et tu, Barry?

Good Solid B-Plus on March 15, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Did he not, just the other day, say that everyone was offended by the special deals done in the Senate bill? And didn’t he specifically mention the Nebraska mess? Sen. Kerry must now return to amateur flip/flop status.

Cindy Munford on March 15, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Congressmen and the President should be jailed for this.

This isn’t some borough in Chicago and Barry isn’t an alderman.

Next thing they’ll be telling us is that cash stuffed in a manila envelope isn’t a bribe.

NoDonkey on March 15, 2010 at 11:02 AM

highhopes on March 15, 2010 at 10:44 AM

If you say so. Hope you’re right that there is a plan.

Chewy the Lab on March 15, 2010 at 11:03 AM

highhopes on March 15, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Right. Just keep your powder dry.

Cybergeezer on March 15, 2010 at 11:06 AM

@ThePlumLineGS: Obama begins one-on-one meetings with undecided House Dems.

Wethal on March 15, 2010 at 11:07 AM

I’m praying that this is the Olympics and Copenhagen all over again for Obama–and, more important, for us, even if Americans don’t deserve the break, having elected this POS in the first place.

BuckeyeSam on March 15, 2010 at 11:08 AM

If the best plan the Democrats have is anything akin to the Slaughter Rule, then I think we’ve got the battle won. And it’s fun to see their hypocrisy being unmasked, as it’s so bad that even the MSM can’t ignore it.

jwolf on March 15, 2010 at 10:18 AM

I think you’re being unreasonably optimistic.

Midas on March 15, 2010 at 11:13 AM

President Sham Wow

SurferDoc on March 15, 2010 at 11:20 AM

I think you’re being unreasonably optimistic.

Midas on March 15, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Possibly. But the Slaughter Rule is both obviously phony to the public and blatantly unconstitional. There’s no way it would hold up in court, and the Dems would look even worse than they do now by “passing” healthcare under this ruse.

jwolf on March 15, 2010 at 11:21 AM

The full court press is underway.

Late last week, a source says, President Obama summoned a key undecided House Democrat, New York Rep Scott Murphy, for a one-on-one meeting at the White House — a sign that he’s beginning to lavish direct personal attention on individual members of Congress to persuade them to vote for the Senate bill.

According to a source familiar with the meeting, the President asked Murphy what he needed in the bill in order to support it. Murphy is being closely watched right now because he voted No last time, and flipping him to Yes would be a key get for Dem vote-counters.

“It was, `What are you looking for in the bill?’” the source says, describing the President’s request. “Scott was pressing him on the need for cost control. Medicare fraud came up. Scott said we need to step up — what we did in the House last time was not enough.”

The meeting is interesting because it suggests that on-the-fence Dems such as Murphy are seriously in the hunt for something to give them the cover they need to support the bill. That’s because the pressure on them to vote Yes is excrutiatingly intense.

In Murphy’s case, he needs to worry about the fact that the Working Families Party, a third-party powerhouse in New York, is now threatening to mount challenges to Dems who vote No, and SEIU is doing the same. This suggests that, for all the talk from the GOP about how Dems who vote Yes are putting their careers on the line, a No vote also carries a very real risk of being a career-ender.

The White House, too, is amping up the efforts at persuasion, so expect more one-on-one meetings like this one, with the President making a direct effort to give individual House Dems what they need to climb aboard.

More from the Plum Line.

Wethal on March 15, 2010 at 11:21 AM

The time for talk is over. Insert (again) bribes to win/influence votes for obamacare.

O/T: When the GOP takes back the house this November, I really think Paul Ryan should be Chairman of the House, Ways, and Means; the guy sure knows his ‘numbers’. Also, Pence, Bachman & Blackburn should receive top posts. If we get the Senate then I’m all for Jim DeMint for majority leader….

TN Mom on March 15, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Hey…is this going to get the secret service after us? Now I am going to have to watch my back.

WashJeff on March 15, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Why? Caeser was done in by the Senate!

highhopes on March 15, 2010 at 11:23 AM

So how are they going to pay for these multi state kickbacks. Are they going to use the money they get from raising taxes that are supposed to be put away until the bill kicks in. Probably. If this passes in 3 years they are going to have to raise taxes again because all the monies that were supposed to have been saved will be gone.

Brat4life on March 15, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Why? Caeser was done in by the Senate!

highhopes on March 15, 2010 at 11:23 AM

That’s why. Just in case, I am joking around.

WashJeff on March 15, 2010 at 11:26 AM

So how are they going to pay for these multi state kickbacks. Are they going to use the money they get from raising taxes that are supposed to be put away until the bill kicks in. Probably. If this passes in 3 years they are going to have to raise taxes again because all the monies that were supposed to have been saved will be gone.

Brat4life on March 15, 2010 at 11:24 AM

No, they won’t have to raise taxes again, because the Dems will no longer be in control. But the next Republican government is going to inherit a horrific mess of expanded entitlements that there isn’t money to pay for, an enlarged and even more bloated government, and a deficit grown to the point that the country’s future is at risk.

This might ensure that all the branches flip back and forth even more often in the future, because the GOP is either going to have to accommodate itself to all those fiscal nightmares or take some pretty drastic steps to start moving back toward fiscal sanity. And neither of those things will be popular, although they’ll rankle different groups of voters.

ProfessorMiao on March 15, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Wethal on March 15, 2010 at 11:21 AM

I really have no problem with Democrats getting pressure from all sides. This is an “all in” bet and the rats might as well figure out if they want their constituents or the SEIU on their side come November.

highhopes on March 15, 2010 at 11:31 AM

BREAKING: SCOTT MURPHY JUST DEFECTED. NOW VOTING YES.

Piece of scum. Hope his office ransacked.

andy85719 on March 15, 2010 at 11:34 AM

They are so bold and unapologetic with their chicanery and darkness. Blows me away.

conservative pilgrim on March 15, 2010 at 10:22 AM

It is stunning. It’s like they don’t even remember what lies they’ve told, and even if they did lie, so what? What are you going to do about it? The time for talking is over. YADA YADA YADA YADA, yackety yackety yack, don’t talk back. Our government makes me feel like I live in a foreign country and I don’t have any rights.

scalleywag on March 15, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Taking a new position, Axelrod said the White House only objects to state-specific arrangements, such as an increase in Medicaid funding for Nebraska, ridiculed as the “Cornhusker Kickback.” That’s being cut, but provisions that could affect more than one state are OK, Axelrod said.

This is like the old Lays’ Potato-Chip commercial—”Nobody can eat just one”. The only problem here is, the chips have been replaced with poisioned fruit.

Rovin on March 15, 2010 at 11:36 AM

It could not possibly matter less what Obama does. All that matters is how it is reported.

The title of this article, and the hundreds which will follow is: Obama heads to Ohio looking for health care votes

Here are the Top Google Search results for “Obama healthcare kickbacks”

Obama healthcare plan nixes Ben Nelson’s ‘Cornhusker Kickback …Feb 22, 2010 … President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform proposal released Monday eliminates controversial funds given to Nebraska as part of a deal to ..

Obama plan kills Cornhusker Kickback, boosts Medicaid | ReutersFeb 22, 2010 … WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The so-called “Cornhusker Kickback” that gave Nebraska a special deal … http://www.reuters.com/article/Twitter Trackbacks for Obama healthcare plan nixes Ben Nelson’s’cornhusker kickback’ deal

Obama healthcare plan nixes Ben Nelson’s ‘Cornhusker Kickback …Feb 22, 2010 …

You have to understand the liberal view of the world: There is a difference between perception and reality; and the difference is that reality doesn’t matter.

logis on March 15, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Backroom deals to takeover 1/6th of our economy. They used to call this payola.

What effing country am I living in? It has become unrecognizable.

Wasn’t it Nixon who was labeled a crook by the MSM? Yet when we have a certifiable crook in the White House they look the other way.

fogw on March 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Obama will perform a lewd sex act on the pitchers mound a Yankee Stadium to get this load of crap passed, breaking news.

If this fails, he’s just marking time until getting thrown out of office by enraged voters in 2012.

If it passes, he’s just marking time until getting thrown out of office by enraged voters in 2012.

So why not play the part of General Sherman on the way out?

NoDonkey on March 15, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Yet when we have a certifiable crook in the White House they look the other way.

fogw on March 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Racist! Why should the affirmative action President be held to the same standards as all those white males?

Seriously though, Barak Obama has managed to set the ability for blacks to get elected to national office by at least 40 years. His incompetence, corruption, and inability to lead has affirmed all the stereotypes it took that long to erase.

highhopes on March 15, 2010 at 11:50 AM

If it passes, he’s just marking time until getting thrown out of office by enraged voters in 2012.

I’d like to think so, I really do. Let’s face it, the bill doesn’t go into effect until 2014 and folks may not notice anything until 2015 and beyond.

I also seriously doubt any healthcare horror stories will be reported on, unless there is a way to blame Republicans somehow.

reaganaut on March 15, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Murphy has flipped. Just need a couple more of these (from a few days ago):

—————————
Update: Meet the *16* Democrats whose votes matter most on health care

Here is our updated whip count for the expected House vote on the Senate’s health care reform bill. The House vote in November was 220-215, but three “yes” voters have since left the House and the lone Republican who supported it has promised to vote “no.” Moreover, a handful of last time’s “yes” votes were conditioned on an pro-life rider missing from the new bill. The “Stupak Group” of perhaps 12 pro-life Democrats — including Reps. Bart Stupak (Mich.), Jim Oberstar (Minn.), Marion Berry (Ark.) Joe Donnelly (Ind.), and Dan Lipinksi (Ill.). — will vote “no” this time around.

So will Rep. Mike Arcuri, D-N.Y.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will need 216 votes to guarantee passage, meaning she might need to turn at least 10 or 11 of last time’s “no” voters to win for sure.

The members in red are the ones most likely to drop their opposition, flip and vote “yes” this time:

John Adler, N.J. – On Fox News Sunday, he didn’t quite rule out voting “yes”: “If the House and the Senate can’t work out cost containment, I don’t see how I support a bill that doesn’t help our business community and create more jobs, he said.” (Fox News Sunday, Mar. 7, 2010)

Jason Altmire, Pa. – Altmire equivocated this weekend on Fox News Sunday, saying he has an “open mind” about it. “I have to make a decision between passing this bill…or doing nothing. And I’m weighing the balance between the two.”

Brian Baird, Wash. – Baird’s office told The Examiner March 10 that he is still undecided.

John Barrow, Ga. – He always has close races in his Savannah-area district, which was made significantly more Republican through mid-decade redistricting. A “yes” vote might end his career. He has not indicated how he will vote, nor has he responded to inquiries from The Examiner.

John Boccieri, Ohio – Boccieri tells The Examiner that he is still undecided as of Mar. 10.

Rick Boucher, Va. – He is considered by the AP one of those most likely to flip. But Boucher has resisted his party’s leadership in the past — for example, when he voted against McCain-Feingold. This year, he faces the fight of his career against the state House Majority Leader. His office has not responded to inquiries by The Examiner.

Ben Chandler, Ky. – Chandler, already under fire for his support of cap-and-trade legislation last year, has given no public indication so far on his health care vote. His spokeswoman has not yet responded to inquiries by The Examiner.

Lincoln Davis, Tenn. – His office tells The Examiner that he remains undecided.

Bart Gordon, Tenn. – He is retiring, and considered by the Associated Press to be among those most likely to flip. In light of his recent comments, this seems quite likely. “He is not going to be making a final decision until he sees the final language,” he told The Examiner.

Suzanne Kosmas, Fla. – Her district was drawn for a Republican, but she defeated former Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Fla. by exploiting his relationship with now-imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Her office has not responded to The Examiner’s inquiries, but some consider her a prime candidate to flip and vote “yes.”

Betsy Markey, Colo. – Her re-election chances in her Republican district could be slim in a bad year for Democrats, but she isn’t ruling out a “yes” vote. Her office has not responded to The Examiner’s inquiries.

Jim Matheson, Utah – Just as he began to contemplate his vote, President Obama appointed his brother Scott to a federal judgeship. Good timing. Matheson told The Deseret News that he is undecided. “He has not announced how he will vote,” his office told The Examiner.

Scott Murphy, N.Y. – The victor in a 2009 special election, Murphy is a fan of a single-payer health care system. His office did not reply to The Examiner’s inquiries.

Glenn Nye, Va. – Nye, who defeated former Rep. Thelma Drake, R-Va., is among those considered most likely to switch and vote “yes,” but his office did not respond to The Examiner’s inquiries.

John Tanner, Tenn. –Tanner is retiring. His staff recently released a statement that leaves him open to switching: “Until we know what that bill will include, how will it be brought to the floor and what the Congressional Budget Office says regarding its cost, there is no way for [Congressman] Tanner to declare his support or opposition.” His office did not respond to The Examiner’s inquiries.

Harry Teague, N.M. – This freshman already polls behind his Republican challenger, who previously represented his district. He has given no clear indication as to how he will vote, and his office has not responded to inquiries by The Examiner.

LibTired on March 15, 2010 at 12:00 PM

If two states get together to demand special deals, well, come on down!

Well, it appears Soros told Obama to “Double Down” on Healthcare…

Obama, NOT knowing American society, misunderstood… again.

Romeo13 on March 15, 2010 at 12:19 PM

The Unprecedented is pure, unadulterated lying scum (sorry, scum).

ya2daup on March 15, 2010 at 12:24 PM

The best Congress our money can bribe.

ajacksonian on March 15, 2010 at 12:24 PM

It’s a “deal sweetening measure” if a Democrat does it and a “bribe” if a Republican does.

Got it now?

PattyJ on March 15, 2010 at 12:50 PM

I will never forgive or forget what the Democrats have put this country through just so that the Afirmative Action President isn’t a complete failure and so that he can sit at that stupid desk with the stupid pens and sign the socialization of America bill… I’d really like to know who is the person behind the curtain because it is obvious that Barry has never accomplished anything and doesn’t have the knowledge, skills or abilities to be POTUS… We’re in a coup attempt and most don’t know it…

CCRWM on March 15, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Chewy the Lab on March 15, 2010 at 10:41 AM

We can all join the venerable sect of Alchemy and pay with gold.

chemman on March 15, 2010 at 1:07 PM

The “Stupak Group” of perhaps 12 pro-life Democrats — including Reps. Bart Stupak (Mich.), Jim Oberstar (Minn.), Marion Berry (Ark.) Joe Donnelly (Ind.), and Dan Lipinksi (Ill.). — will vote “no” this time around.

Oberstar flipped without any problem. There was a story in Sunday’s local paper here in Duluth outlining his change in position. He said he can’t vote against such an important bill based on one issue (abortion).

AScott on March 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a group of bloggers and reporters today that “I have no intention of not passing this bill. . .I have faith in my members that we will be passing this legislation.”

In an effort to counter-program the clear mistrust between House liberals and the Senate, Pelosi said she had
“asked [the Senate] to show me what it is they can show me that I would be able to convince my members to go forward,” and added that she was “willing to trust the Senate that they are able to pass the reconciliation package.”

NRO.

Interesting at this time that Harry still can’t provide assurances. His 51 votes are mostly just “open” to the “process” of reconciliation, and are no doubt waiting to see what the actual reconciliation text (due tomorrow or Wednesday) will say.

Wethal on March 15, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Better be careful pols. The public is not happy with any deals at all at this point. Also, it will make this top heavy monstrosity even more vulnerable to partial over turn in the courts. This dear Prez is where stubborness and refusal to listen gets you. Will you learn? Doubtful!

jeanie on March 15, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Conjuring up the spirit of Jim Nabors, so he can, in Gomer style lay it out.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE!!!!!

capejasmine on March 15, 2010 at 2:07 PM

The “shell bill” they posted is not the Senate bill. ITS NOT THE SENATE BILL.

The only way they can do anything is to pass the actual senate bill. Otherwise they either have to go to conference or the Senate has to pass this new house bill.

If they pass the shell bill Bozo cant sign anything because it has not been passed by both houses.

dogsoldier on March 15, 2010 at 2:31 PM

dogsoldier on March 15, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Oh they can’t be bothered by those trite, pesky rules. They’ll do what they want, pass what they want, any way they want, and worry about any repurcussions later. You know…those repurcussions that will probably never come.

capejasmine on March 15, 2010 at 2:41 PM

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