Throwing It All Away

(10 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

From TPM

Hoyer: House Will Accept Public Option-Free Bill

House Democrats can’t always get what they want, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters today. But if they spin it right, he said, they just might find they got what they need.

Faced with a likely public option-free health care reform bill from the Senate, Hoyer said House Democrats will vote to move the reform process forward without government-run insurance included.

Much as his colleagues in the Senate Democratic leadership did last night, Hoyer said the political reality in the Senate means Democrats have to look past things like the public option to the “guts” of the bill itself.

“[Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid does not have the votes for a public option, obviously,” Hoyer said. “In a world of alternatives, you have to take what you can get.”


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    • Edger on December 15, 2009 at 19:27

    Reid wouldn’t have the votes if all 100 senate seats were D seats.

    And it would probably still be Reid’s fault.

  1. I am off to go find a song that adequately portrays this emotion, brb.

  2. Yes, this will do quite nicely. ARGH.

  3. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.

  4. I missed it yabbering in here with youses.

    He’s “cautiously optimistic” or some such. 😛

    • allenjo on December 15, 2009 at 21:55

  5.    1.  Senate will pass their HCR ACT

      2. House will receive the bill for voting as is to bypass conference committees

      3. Under intense WH and other pressures, looking at you Rahmbo, a bipartisan coalition will be created with much fanfare to back passage of the HCR Act

      4. Under pressure to pass “something”, some Progressive Caucus members will break to vote for the HCR Act Bill of the Senate

      5. Ponies will be promised about Public Option in 2013 and more reform in 2015, including extending Medicare to younger age groups

      6. Act will pass the House, by a squeaker, President Obama finally has his bipartisanship bill which he signs promptly, hailed as a victory for progress and the Democratic Party

  6. …I spent the AM phoning the critters ColShiz doesn’t like.  (Good sig line, btw).  I told them to vote yes on Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for ALL” Senate Amendment 2837.

    Told them we don’t want the swiss cheese loophole laden gift to the InsPharCos.  Ergo, KIll the Bill!

    I also told the phone robots that our Congress-critters had totally mastered the art of obfuscation.  “I wonder which side of the Public Option Pelosi will declare herself to be on today!”  For the most part, delete Pelosi, and insert your congress-critter of choice.  

    Muddy waters….

    • jamess on December 16, 2009 at 05:43

    He’s got this  — Whoops!

    He ain’t got this!


    And to be beaten by Lieberman,

    That Doofus is only playing 1-Dimensional Checkers!

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