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BlueJessamine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-19-09 08:47 AM
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White House may push through health care without Republicans
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Obama administration is looking hard at pushing through a health care reform bill without Republican backing, top Democrats close to the White House told CNN.

The Democratic majority in the Senate has been stymied in the health care debate by Republicans and conservative Democrats, leaving them short of the 60-vote filibuster-proof margin needed to pass the bill.

Democratic success could depend on an obscure tactic called reconciliation, a type of budget maneuver that requires only a simple majority -- 51 votes -- to pass.

Going it alone could be risky for Democrats, not because they couldn't raise the votes, but because Republicans could cast it as a power play, accusing them of failing to win bipartisan support. But it's a fight Democrats might be willing to enter.

"If we have to push it through this way, no one is going to remember how messy it was," a top White House adviser told CNN. "At the end of the day, they'll remember we got health care reform done. A win is a win."


Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/08/19/health.care /



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If Democrats choose to go it alone, the public health insurance option is likely to be back on the table because there would be no need to win the votes of Republicans or conservative Democrats. But it would be a change in tactics after the White House appeared to shift its stance on the issue over the weekend.
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  -White House may push through health care without Republicans BlueJessamine  Aug-19-09 08:47 AM   #0 
  - Good. Now, can they do it without the blue dog assholes?  TwilightGardener   Aug-19-09 08:49 AM   #1 
  - I think there are 8 blue puppies  PLR_Writer   Aug-19-09 09:13 AM   #8 
  - Primary their little Blue asses. DNC, DSCC $$$ go to primary against these Dogs. Punish them.  leveymg   Aug-20-09 07:09 AM   #40 
  - We should start calling them Red Dogs or, at most, Purple Dogs. Blue is a good thing. They aren't  No Elephants   Aug-20-09 07:38 AM   #42 
  - About effin' time.  BobRossi   Aug-19-09 08:58 AM   #2 
  - Don't sharpen the blade yet. This could be a negotiating ploy or a trial balloon. See Reply 48.  No Elephants   Aug-20-09 08:57 AM   #50 
  - The Republicans have a 21% approval rating on health care  RDANGELO   Aug-19-09 08:59 AM   #3 
  - Don't tell me they found some canjones??  4dsc   Aug-19-09 09:00 AM   #4 
  - Please think about referring to male body parts when we  No Elephants   Aug-20-09 07:31 AM   #41 
  - They should totally do it.  Skinner   Aug-19-09 09:03 AM   #5 
  - Right. Besides no one remembers how many votes it took to pass a law  JaneQPublic   Aug-19-09 09:21 AM   #12 
  - Nothing new  Old Codger   Aug-19-09 09:05 AM   #6 
  - Go for it! He doesn't need Republicans to sign on.  closeupready   Aug-19-09 09:06 AM   #7 
  - Absolutely do it....Do what LBJ did w/Medicare  Hawaii Hiker   Aug-19-09 09:14 AM   #9 
  - Maybe they're confusing Hawaii with Alaska.  No Elephants   Aug-20-09 07:54 AM   #43 
  - The strongest bill possible is single payer, which Obama opposes.  No Elephants   Aug-20-09 07:57 AM   #44 
  - My understanding has been that reconciliation is problematic.  drm604   Aug-19-09 09:17 AM   #10 
  - Remember this:  RDANGELO   Aug-19-09 09:30 AM   #17 
  - Can you enlarge on that?  drm604   Aug-19-09 09:36 AM   #23 
  - Recall the "gang of 14" and the "nuclear option"  Endangered Specie   Aug-19-09 09:23 PM   #38 
  - Bingo! The nuclear option. This is worth it, ASSUMING they do a really good bill.  No Elephants   Aug-20-09 08:03 AM   #46 
  - I just noticed the article in the OP has a video explanation of the process, if  No Elephants   Aug-20-09 08:01 AM   #45 
     - That video doesn't really clarify things any further.  drm604   Aug-20-09 09:58 AM   #51 
  - You can't negotiate with people who want only one thing: Obama's failure.  JaneQPublic   Aug-19-09 09:17 AM   #11 
  - + 1  BlueJessamine   Aug-19-09 09:27 AM   #15 
  - +2  AlphaCentauri   Aug-19-09 11:42 AM   #35 
  - Not Obama's failure. All Democrats's failure. 2010 is almost upon us.  No Elephants   Aug-20-09 08:07 AM   #47 
  - I say go for it  Tsar_Bomba   Aug-19-09 09:26 AM   #13 
  - Oh yeah, time for some spine.  zoff   Aug-19-09 09:27 AM   #14 
  - I cant believe Im reading this !!!!!!!!!!  BigD_95   Aug-19-09 09:30 AM   #16 
  - Also  BigD_95   Aug-19-09 09:32 AM   #20 
  - Never too late to reclaim that missing self-respect. We NEED this step forward. n/t  Judi Lynn   Aug-19-09 09:31 AM   #18 
  - Does the media still care about everything Bush did after 9/11?  mulhollanddriven   Aug-19-09 09:32 AM   #19 
  - Welcome to DU!  BlueJessamine   Aug-19-09 09:34 AM   #21 
     - Merci  mulhollanddriven   Aug-19-09 10:09 AM   #27 
  - Guess Obama's 'hope' for the Republicans being bipartisan ended with Grassley's comments  tomm2thumbs   Aug-19-09 09:36 AM   #22 
  - I hope they do it on bill after bill after bill....  cosmicone   Aug-19-09 09:41 AM   #24 
  - just play back all the GOP videos  booley   Aug-19-09 09:47 AM   #25 
  - +1  No Elephants   Aug-20-09 08:50 AM   #49 
  - 'BOUT DAMN TIME  dccrossman   Aug-19-09 10:04 AM   #26 
  - Sometimes you have to fight hard for what you know is right.  lumpy   Aug-19-09 10:10 AM   #28 
  - Oh please, oh please...  stubtoe   Aug-19-09 10:13 AM   #29 
  - When repukes controlled everything they never gave Dems  LibDemAlways   Aug-19-09 10:21 AM   #30 
  - OOH-RA!  mikekohr   Aug-19-09 10:39 AM   #31 
  - Just get a vote to focus a light on the scumbags against.. n/t  dmosh42   Aug-19-09 10:42 AM   #32 
  - ## PLEASE DONATE TO DEMOCRATIC UNDERGROUND! ##  DU GrovelBot   Aug-19-09 10:42 AM   #33 
  - "Republicans could cast it as a power play, accusing them of failing to win bipartisan support."  damntexdem   Aug-19-09 11:40 AM   #34 
  - Do it!  bluedeminredstate   Aug-19-09 01:43 PM   #36 
  - I hope they do this.  firehorse   Aug-19-09 09:07 PM   #37 
  - Good.  D23MIURG23   Aug-19-09 09:36 PM   #39 
  - I'm puzzled. And a little wary. Congress already said they were going to do this; and it is up to  No Elephants   Aug-20-09 08:48 AM   #48 
  - Doctor_J may get hummer from Norah Jones tonight  Doctor_J   Aug-20-09 09:58 AM   #52 
  - Excellent!  Dulcinea   Aug-20-09 10:28 AM   #53 
  - Its about damn time!  KelleyKramer   Aug-20-09 12:59 PM   #54 
 

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