December 12, 2009

Obamacare May Not Make It Through By Christmas?

Thankfully, it appears as though attempts by Harry Reid, with some questionable help from Mitch McConnell and his "let them vote for it and stand to face the public next year" strategy, to jam the unpopular Obamacare through the Senate before Christmas may face some tough sledding.

Progress on the Senate floor ground to a halt this past week. Lawmakers did not vote on any healthcare amendments Wednesday, Thursday or Friday as Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wrestled with each other to a stalemate in behind-the-scenes procedural disagreements.
 
“For a lot of people it looks fairly dim,” said Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), when asked about the chances of finishing the healthcare bill in the Senate by Christmas. “I don’t know what process the leader is going to use to try to move this forward.
 
“I know this is a situation where people are not anxious to hang around but there are folks who are threatening to delay it,” he added.
 
Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) said he is optimistic but “not overly optimistic because there’s a lot of nuance and the ball keeps moving.”
 
Senate Republican leaders have come under heavy pressure from conservative groups and pundits such as Rush Limbaugh to use every parliamentary tactic they can to slow down the bill.
 
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who has frequently used procedural rules to slow down legislation this year, said he would force Democrats to file as many motions as possible to proceed to a final vote on the bill.
 
“I’ve heard calls from constituents and from around the country that Republicans should do everything they can to slow this down so I’m not going to give them any concessions on that,” he said.
 
Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) estimates that it would take six or seven days to vote on a series of motions to end the GOP filibuster.
 
“There are three cloture votes and if [Republicans] make us walk us through all the lapsed time between the votes that’s what we’ll need,” he said.
 
It would take that much time to bring about a final vote on the bill because of its complex structure.


Good. Drag this fucker out and then kill it. And fuck anybody who either votes for it or doesn't help to kill it. Fuck them with a declining standard of living up their swordfish ravaged goatses for killing the innovation and improvements that come along when the dickgobblins in Government stay out of the way. Fuck them for trying to push through legislation that will deny treatments to the elderly or people with markers that would or could lead to cancer. And fuck them for trying to limit the pharmaceutical and medical companies, who come up with the new devices, procedures, treatments and medicines that save lives.

So fuck you, Senators. Fuck you for even trying to push this bill. And fuck you forever come next year.



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