Thursday, January 21, 2010

Fun While It Lasted

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that there aren’t enough votes in the House to pass the Senate version of the healthcare bill.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just told reporters that she does not believe she has enough votes in the House to pass the Senate health care reform bill as-is—at least not yet.

“I don’t see the votes for it at this time,” Pelosi said. “The members have been very clear in our caucus about the fact that they didn’t like it before it had the Nebraska provision and some of the other provisions that are unpalatable to them.”

“In every meeting that we have had, there would be nothing to give me any thought that that bill could pass right now the way that it is,” she said. “There isn’t a market right now for proceeding with the full bill unless some big changes are made.”

So that’s a wrap. Healthcare reform is dead for now, and given the way it looks like the Democrats are going, it’s going to 2025 before we get this chance again. And if history is any guide, the Democrats will get slaughtered in the mid-terms in November for being so feckless. And they’ll deserve it. They’ve got an overwhelming majority in Congress and they have the White House with a president with high approval ratings. It was fun until they actually tried to get something done, something that the country has been working towards since 1912 and now they let one special election kill it all.

Jesus H. Christ in a birchbark canoe. The next time someone from the DNC calls me up begging for money, they’re going to hear two words* followed by a very loud bang as I slam down the phone. I will not enable cowardice.

*Let your imagination run wild.