It appears as though President Obama’s prime-time press conference Wednesday night was a complete and total bust. Today it was signaled by both the majority leader in the Senate and the Speaker in the House that the vote on President Obama’s government-run health care plan would not happen before the August recess.
Yahoo News reports:
WASHINGTON – Senate Democratic leaders on Thursday abandoned plans for a vote on health care before Congress’ August recess, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama’s ambitious timetable to revamp the nation’s $2.4 trillion system of medical care.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., delivered the official pronouncement on what had been expected for weeks, saying, “It’s better to have a product based on quality and thoughtfulness rather than try to jam something through.”
His words were a near-echo of Republicans who have criticized the rush to act on complex legislation that affects every American.
Reid told reporters the Senate Finance Committee will act on its portion of the bill before lawmakers’ monthlong break. Reid then will merge that bill with separate legislation passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee earlier this month.
The process will be difficult since Finance, led by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is seeking a bipartisan deal while the health committee bill was passed by Democrats on a party-line vote.
Obama had pushed for votes in the House and Senate before August to ensure that lawmakers had enough time to meld the two bills into comprehensive legislation before the end of the year — and the start of a politically charged congressional election year.
Likewise, Nancy Pelosi has backed off as well, according to The Hill:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that the House can go home for its August recess without passing a massive overhaul.
Pelosi dismissed concerns expressed by many Democrats that a monthlong delay could give opponents more chances to rally opposition to the bill.
“I’m not afraid of August,” Pelosi said. “It’s a month.”
That is different from what she said Wednesday and contradicts one of her fellow Democratic House leaders. On Wednesday, Pelosi had indicated that she supported staying into August, saying, “70 percent of the American people would want that.”
As the bill has bogged down in the Energy and Commerce Committee, the July 31 deadline for passing the bill has seemed increasingly more difficult to meet. Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) have promised lawmakers two days to read the final bill, so it must get out of the committee by Wednesday.
The committee again delayed its markup Thursday. The committee hasn’t met since Monday.
Hoyer has said he didn’t see the need to keep lawmakers in session if Democrats haven’t reached consensus.
Make no mistake about it, America and the free-market, capitalist system has won this small round against the government takeover of your health care decisions.
The tide is turning heavily against Obama’s plan with majorities now disagreeing with a public-plan option. The more time there is to spread the word, the less likely this garbage will ever be forced upon us.
Hot Air sums it all up:
Obama has spent the last ten days trying to get momentum rebuilt to push a bill out of Congress in the next two weeks. The prime-time press conference was intended to be the apex of that effort. Instead of building support, however, it left people inside the Beltway unmoved, and Reid finally had to acknowledge what Republicans have argued all along: the issue is far too complex to resolve in a fortnight.
In doing so, Reid more or less pulled the rug out from under Obama and Pelosi at the same time. Obama had told the nation that “the time for talk is through,” but Reid essentially told the nation that Obama was flat-out wrong and that more debate and discussion was absolutely necessary. Reid now controls 60 votes in the Senate, so if Pelosi actually did have the votes to win on the floor for ObamaCare, Reid could have rushed the House version through the Senate and won, if the only problem was Republicans. Neither of them have the votes now, and likely won’t have them after their members go home and get an earful from their constituents about spending, unemployment, and the deficit.
Lets hope they do not. I am watching more and more of these town hall meeting videos where people are totally ticked off at the Obamabots sent out to spread the word on socialized health care.
We will be seeing more videos like this:
Freedom loving Americans are not going to sit back and eat the Obamacare crap sandwich peacefully, people are not going to shut-up and take it.
No matter how Obama or his minions explain it, there is no getting around the facts surrounding any form of Obamacare:
– Millions pushed onto public plan
– Less control of end-of-life procedures
– Private insurance dwindles in availability
– Shortage of doctors and care
– Government rations care, decides when you’re “worth saving”
– People will lose choices, not gain them
– Taxes will be raised on everyone to pay for it
– New government bureaucracies will control your options
– Program will be bankrupt in a few short years before it even becomes law
– Will balloon already expanding deficits
I’m thinking there are no good parts of a government-plan, only a million reasons to oppose it.
This will be the solution for anyone needing care beyond a certain age, just take a pain pill:
This answer, in the United States of America, is depressing. We used to value life more than we do now. However, according to the President of the United States, you might reach an age where the government prescribes you pain pills to let you die instead of providing more care options.
What a sick, sick time we’re living in. You don’t need to die with dignity, just take a pain pill because government health care is crap and can’t pay for you’re care.