Breaking News: Pelosi Says Dems Won’t Pass Senate Health Bill Posted by Former Author on 21 January, 2010 at 9:11 am. 8 comments already! [DELETED BY AUTHOR] Flyovercountry says: January 21, 2010 at 9:30 am It would appear that Nancy has noticed the Democrat Stampede away from these Marxist initiatives which has occured over the last 48 hours. It is kind of like those unwatchable sitcoms from Hollywood when the feckless fool takes on the tuffs, and does not realize that his/her posse has deserted him/her off screen. They knowingly look around for reassurance, and realize that they are quite alone and about to be beaten senseless. MataHarley says: January 21, 2010 at 9:49 am According to Politico, the effort to push what I called Plan C in another thread came from the WH and Rahm’bo. Democratic aides say that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel pressured Pelosi to move as quickly as possible — perhaps by this weekend — to pass the Senate version of the health care reform bill as is. But Pelosi is intent on taking her time, exploring legislative procedures that would allow the House to later reduce Senate-added “sweeteners” for individual states and eliminate a tax on expensive union health plans. Moreover, she has let the White House know that passing the Senate bill without any guarantees is a “nonstarter,” according to an aide. Since Plan B, the reconciliation process, is also likely to be dead in the water, it looks like Pelosi is already turning towards Plan D…. an incremental enactment of the plan in multiple bills. Pelosi is reportedly open to the idea of speeding through a series of far less ambitious reforms that could pick up GOP support, including a ban on lifetime health fees and the denial over coverage based on pre-existing conditions. Notice neither mentioned “reform” addresses cutting the costs of medical to the insured. Scrapiron says: January 21, 2010 at 10:05 am She could try open honest discussions including ‘all’ of the elected folks in the house if that is within her limited mental capacity. Even CSpan might be in the room. Mike's America says: January 21, 2010 at 10:28 am @MataHarley: The two “less ambitious” items you mentioned were also what John Kerry brought up in his photo op with Scott Brown this morning. Kerry said something to the effect that surely Brown would agree with those items. Perhaps so, but for Kerry to start off his relationship with the state’s newest Senator by suggesting that bipartisanship means YOU AGREE WITH ME, is not the best signal to send to a man who won such a landslide. If there’s going to be an HONEST effort at some bipartisan solutions for health care reform I am all for it. but I won’t believe it until I see Dems vote to allow malpractice tort reform. Too bad Scott Brown didn’t ask Kerry if he agreed with that! But then Scott is a class act and Kerry so clearly IS NOT! Mike's America says: January 21, 2010 at 10:34 am And another socialist domino falls: UN abandons climate change deadline The timetable to reach a global deal to tackle climate change lay in tatters on Wednesday after the United Nations waived the first deadline of the process laid out at last month’s fractious Copenhagen summit. Nations agreed then to declare their emissions reduction targets by the end of this month. Developed countries would state their intended cuts by 2020: developing countries would outline how they would curb emissions growth. Flyovercountry says: January 21, 2010 at 11:09 am @Mike’s America: Such overtures are based on the belief that anyone who is a Republican must by definition be a blithering idiot. I have faith that Senator Brown will see right through this. Senator Kerry, if he had any sense at all would be busy pretending to tack to the right like the rest of his party. The good folks of Liberalchusetts have just served notice that the Kennedy curse upon their state is now over. Kerry’s seat is not safe either. Mike's America says: January 21, 2010 at 11:41 am @Flyovercountry: It was reported that some of the folks at the Brown victory rally chanted “Kerry’s next.” I’d like to see that. The Snooper Report says: January 21, 2010 at 11:42 am When Will Pelosi Make Up My Mind?… … DR says: January 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm From a NYTimes article on the prospects of a stripped-down version of the HC bill may not have the votes for passage: “But it was not clear that even a stripped-down bill could get through Congress anytime soon. Throughout the day, White House officials and Democratic Congressional leaders struggled to find a viable way forward for the health care bill and to digest the reality that much of their agenda, including an energy measure and an overhaul of banking regulations, had been derailed by the outcome in Massachusetts.” [article reference: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/21/health/policy/21health.html?scp=3&sq=mcconnell&st=cse%5D We’ve seen the hand-wringing of Pelosi and Reid before being short of votes for passage of their respective HC bills, until the backroom deals were made. So, I’ll take Pelosi’s words with a grain of salt, and the same with Reid and Obama.