Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Obamacare 2.1 and its discontents

Even though it could not be clearer that the public does not want Obamacare, Pres. Obama pushes forward. Chip Bok illustrates:

Pres. Obama's hyper-partisan plan to ram Obamacare through the Senate on a reconciliation vote (which bypasses the usual 60-vote requirement) was dealt a setback today by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). The Huffington Post reports:

"I don't think the timing of it is very good," the West Virginia Democrat said on Monday. "I'm probably not going to vote for that, although I'm strongly for the public option, because I think it creates, at a time when we really need as much bipartisan[ship] ... as possible. "

However, his use of the word "probably" could be a sign that he will vote it after Sen. Reid offers him a deal.

Reportedly, there are already six Democrats who may vote against Obamacare-via-Reconciliation either because of opposition to the public option or opposition to the partisianship of it. The reconciliation route, however, requires only 51 votes.

RELATED: White House caught lying again about the Republican's health care plan. Also, Sen. Rockefeller is leading eight Democrats in a Senate revolt against the EPA's global warming power grab. The other seven Senators are Mark Begich (D-AK), Robert Byrd (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Claire McCaskill (D-MI), Carl Levin (D-MI), and Max Baucus (D-Montana).

PREVIOUSLY on Obamacare:
Pushing a losing agenda
The Obama enigma
An encounter with the Ideologue-in-Chief
Democrats' stealth plan to resuscitate Obamacare
Those who want to go done with the ship: Obamacare Dead-enders
Obamacare may raise insurance costs by 54%
Harvard's Dean of Medicine opposes Obamacare
How good is Canadan health care?
Rahm Emanuel explains that they are not even trying have Obamacare make sense
Harvard economist explains why Obamacare will raise premiums
HHS says Obamacare will cause costs to go up and cause employers to drop coverage
To protest Obamacare, San Francisco holds a sick-in
Polls say majority of voters oppose Obamacare
Obama wants to kill your mother!
VP Biden offers medical advice
"The Post Office, with scalpels"
Dems oppose affordable medicine
Socialized medicine in Japan: Baby dies after 8 hospitals refuse to admit mother
The Canadian health care collapse
Canadian official: "the system is imploding"
Canadian MP flies to US for treatment

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