Tell the House to Pass the Bill!
by the mollusk, Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 12:22:19 PM EST
Apparently, some folks in the House have decided that they'd rather see the Senate in Republican hands than to pass a less-than-perfect victory in the struggle for Healthcare Reform. The House Progressives and a few others have suggested chopping the bill into pieces and sending the pieces to the Senate to be filibustered one at a time. In their minds, this leads to a more Progressive bill - apparently because of the unicorns that will leap forth from the parchment.
Nancy Pelosi has just issued a statement that she doesn't believe the House will pass the Senate bill. Thus, Healthcare Reform is dead for now. Only our words and our voices can revive it at this point. Here are some links that may be of interest to you:
Sample email below the fold:
I am thoroughly disappointed in the House Progressive Caucus' plans to oppose passing the Senate version of the Healthcare Reform Bill. Your plan to send the bill back to the Senate in a series of measures - each to be singly filibustered makes no sense to me. It strikes me as being either poorly thought-out or extremely juvenile.
We don't want to blame the Senate for failing to pass Healthcare Reform. We want Healthcare Reform.
I guarantee you that the Democrats will lose control of the Congress next year if Healthcare Reform doesn't pass. And they will deserve it.