It looks as though the Healthcare bill showdown will be next week. I have reached a point where I almost don't care anymore. I just want it over. I'm thinking the House is closer to passing the Senate bill and sending it to President Obama for his signature than it may seem, which means they are in agreement on Reconciliation, too. I think this because President Obama has put off his trip to Asia for a few days, and I don't think he'd do that if things were still uncertain.
Now, Sen. Dick Durbin says the Senate has the votes to pass the Public Option in the Reconciliation bill. But, he wants the house to put it in their bill first, or it won't be in the Senate bill. Oh, for pity's sake! All this "after you, Alfonse" is getting old. speaker Pelosi says she doesn't have the votes for the Public Option, and here we go again. Aaaaaarrrrrrgh!
I have an idea. Why not present a bill with nothing but the Public Option, have an up or down vote in the House and see what happens? Then, if there are truly enough votes in the Senate, the bill will pass, and the Reconciliation Bill can be passed separately. Simple, no? Apparently not.
If the members of the House won't pass a Public Option, it is obviously because they simply can't bring themselves to jeopardize all that lovely money they are getting from the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Time to e-mail your Representatives, again.
It's time to "git 'er done!"