Health care: clock’s ticking

28 July 2009 |permalink | email article

Only a quarter of Americans trust House Speaker Nancy Pelosi according to a new Public Strategies/Politico poll but the San Francisco Democrat says she frankly doesn’t give a damn. She’s vowed passage of a health-care overhaul in the House before the August recess, telling CNN that “It will win.” It will happen.” (Update: Pelosi got real late yesterday, all but punting the issue until after the recess.)

The Senate will not vote on its plan until well after Labor Day although a Senate Finance Committee deal this week would be reassuring.

But the fate of reform rests in the hands of conservative House Democrats, notably members of the so-called Blue Dog Coalition who fret about fiscal responsibility which, as Paul Krugman points out, basically boils down to the subsidy portion which might cost about a trillion over a decade.

“Where were these concerns about fiscal responsibility back in 2001, when mostly conservative Democrats voted enthusiastically for that year’s big Bush tax cut – a tax cut that added $1.35 trillion to the deficit? the Nobel laureate opined.

Observed. The Senate Judiciary Committee votes today on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. It’s a certainty, with little Republican support except from Lindsey Graham, her nomination will go to the full Senate for confirmation next week. Conservative solons like Jeff Sessions, Orrin Hatch and Chuck Grassley damned her with faint praise as a judicial activist but their real distain is she will be the first Latina on the high court…..NYT’s John Harwood quotes a smiling Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the wake of the state’s historic budget deficit, as having the chutzpah to declare that public service “brings me great joy,” just as Hollywood stardom did. There‘s more than a hint that he’d like an administration post with Obama in 2010.

Read ‘em and weep

“Once Sarah made the easy decision that she would not run for reelection in 2010 so that during the two years prior to the 2012 presidential election she can be a full-time celebrity, the decision to become one immediately, rather than waiting another years and a half for her term as governor to expire, was a no-brainer.” A lawyer who practiced for many years in laska, remains politically connected to the state, and has more to say.

“What Obama will do with health care is make us like Havana in 1959 when Castro came in.” Ultra-extremist Rep. Michele Bachmann(R-MN), warning of dire consequences if the President’s health care reform passes.




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