Senator Kent Conrad: Democrats Don’t Have The Votes On Health Care

I’m tempted to break into a refrain of “ding dong, the bill is dead” but keep in mind that the Democrats love incrementalism. And the specter of some move closer to government health care, such as Conrad’s proposed health care co-ops or a legislative land mind like the health care “trigger” still loom large.

Washington (AP) North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad says even though Democrats enjoy a majority in the Senate, some in the party are skittish about the financial or political costs of proposed health-care reforms.
Conrad is chairman of the powerful budget committee. He spoke this morning on ABC’s “This Week.” Conrad said the Democrats do not have enough votes on their side of the aisle to push through reform.

Even with the above caveats, I’m not sure it’s possible to exaggerate what a fall-down-in-the-mud debacle this is for Democrats. They confidently tell us again and again that government health care is what America wants and needs, and yet despite having a big majority in the House, a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and Obama in the White House they still can’t get their government health care plan into law.
They’ll blather about obstructionism and the like, but the truth is that these Democrats know they need to get re-elected. And enough Democrats aren’t sure about their re-election chances if they support government health care that the issue is now all but dead in Congress.
Which speaks volumes about how Americans really feel about government health care, no?

Curmudgeonly sesquipedalian.

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