As the Health Care Debate Continues
Editor’s note: The best news in all of this is that there was verbal recognition that, “…the voters will have the final verdict…”
Politico (2/26, Allen) cites “a Democratic official” who said before the summit that it was “expected to ‘give a face to gridlock,'” and NBC Nightly News (2/25, lead story, 3:25, Guthrie) said that with “no major breakthroughs, the President hinted at the close of the session he’s looking to Democrats now to go forward — and the voters will have the final verdict on what they do.”
The Wall Street Journal‘s Kimberley A. Strassel (2/26) casts doubt on the House’s ability to pass the Senate measure. Strassel estimates that if all Democrats who voted for the House bill in November stick to their guns (given one death, one retirement and the stance reversal by the lone GOP backer), Democrats would have the exact number of votes they need, 216. However, Strassel believes the worsening political climate for Democrats, coupled with Blue Dog anger at the leadership, is likely to peel away support for the bill.
March Seen As Final Deadline For Passing Health Reform This Year. On ABC World News (2/25, story 2, 1:15, Sawyer), George Stephanopoulos said that the White House “wants to make an announcement on how to proceed by next week,” and wants “the whole thing…done by mid to late March, before the President goes to Asia. If they can’t get it done by then…they’ll put it aside.” The AP (2/26, Babington) also reports that “party officials said March is probably the last chance to act.”
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