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"Pelosi: "We will have healthcare -- one way or another"

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Hope this vaporizes from her clawing grasp just like climate-gate did for global warming zealots.

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Monday, Jan 18, 2010 20:19 EST

"Pelosi: "We will have healthcare -- one way or another"

 "House speaker sounds confident of reform passage, even with a big loss for Democrats possibly on the horizon

By Alex Koppelman

Source Salon.com

Given what looks like the impending loss of the party's Senate supermajority, Democrats have reason to be down in the dumps about healthcare reform. But if that's the way House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's feeling, she's not showing it publicly.

"Let's remove all doubt, we will have healthcare one way or another," Pelosi said during an event in San Francisco on Monday. "Certainly the dynamic would change depending on what happens in Massachusetts. Just the question about how we would proceed. But it doesn't mean we won't have a health care bill."

There is one way to pass the bill, even without 60 votes in the Senate, that's getting a lot of attention now. But Pelosi probably won't like it, and neither will a fair amount of her members.

The procedure in question would involve simply having the House vote on the bill that the Senate has already passed. That would mean avoiding yet another cloture vote in the Senate, one Democrats would be likely to lose if their caucus is down to 59 members after the special election in Massachusetts on Tuesday.

House liberals will be upset about this idea, and progressive activists would likely be angry as well, but it may well be the only option left, and Democrats are reportedly leaning towards it. On Monday night, the New York Times reported: "The White House and Democratic Congressional leaders, scrambling for a backup plan to rescue their health care legislation if Republicans win the special election in Massachusetts on Tuesday, are preparing to ask House Democrats to approve the Senate version of the bill, which would send the measure directly to President Obama for his signature."

http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/2010/01/18/pelosi/index.html?source=rss&aim=/politics/war_room

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Comments

1.
TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - January 19, 2010, 9:04 pm
I wish a piano would fall on her head.
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konaneComment by konane - January 19, 2010, 9:13 pm
Thanks TigerAngel! If Brown's elected he may be that piano. If he's any indication of national voter temperament going to be interesting election cycles. Read that if Tea Baggers were a party they would outnumber Repubs (believe that's a correct semi quote). I hope something spawns from tea-baggers and morphs into a grass roots bona fide party of regular everyday people.
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jarasanComment by jarasan - January 19, 2010, 9:45 pm
The piano has landed!
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TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - January 19, 2010, 10:18 pm
LOLOL The piano has landed... well Scott Brown beat Martha Coakly hurrraaaay!
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konaneComment by konane - January 21, 2010, 5:55 pm
Thanks Jarasan and TigerAngel! First piano was Scott Brown, second one was a grand piano ....... she doesn't have enough votes to pass healthcare. Must stink to be her this week! LOLOLOL

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