Senate liberals were called to the White House yesterday for a meeting with the president. By the time the conference was over, they and Obama had agreed to take the major expansion of Medicare out of the Senate big government healthcare take-over legislation. By doing so, Democrats won the vote of Senator Lieberman and according to D.C. insiders now have the 60 votes they need to pass this mess, possibly before Christmas.
The good news is that not one Republican has endorsed it, and if even one Democrat breaks ranks it will fail. Ironically, our socialist president is taking hits today from Democrats even further to the left than himself. Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean blew up yesterday and said the legislation was now worthless and that liberals should vote against it. Liberal websites are full of angry bloggers accusing Obama of selling out. I love seeing the left fighting each other – something that we do too often.
Senator Bernie Sanders (Socialist—VT) introduced a nearly 800-page amendment to the healthcare bill establishing a government-run option. Typically, when an amendment is offered, senators unanimously consent to dispense with the reading of it. But conservatives are playing hardball. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is forcing the Senate clerk to read the amendment in full on the Senate floor, which could take the rest of the day. Sanders called the delay tactic “a bit absurd,” but Coburn understands that the little-used strategy could help prevent the left’s goal of passing a bill by Christmas.
It is time to pour phone calls into Senate offices urging a “no” vote on the bill. The Capitol Hill switchboard is 202-224-3121. Ask the operator to connect you to your two senators. Tell the staff people in those offices that you will vote any senator out of office who votes for this trillion-dollar mess that will destroy our health care system and bust the budget.
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