August 23, 2009

LET'S ASSUME FOR A SECOND THE WHITE HOUSE GETS WHAT IT'S DOING...:

Why the Gang of Six is deciding healthcare for 300 million of us: Six senators representing 3 percent of the population are running things because the White House wants it that way (Robert Reich, Aug. 24, 2009, Salon)

We have a Democratic president in the White House. Democrats control 60 votes in the Senate, enough to overcome a filibuster. It is possible to pass healthcare legislation through the Senate with 51 votes (that's what George W. Bush did with his tax-cut plan). Democrats control the House. The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is a tough lady. She has said there will be no healthcare reform bill without a public option.

So why does the fate of healthcare rest in Grassley's hands?

It's not even as if the gang represents America. The three Dems in the gang are from Montana, New Mexico and North Dakota – states that together account for just over 1 percent of Americans. The three Republicans are from Maine, Wyoming and Iowa, which together account for 1.6 percent of the American population.

So, I repeat: Why has it come down to these six? Who anointed them? Apparently, the White House. At least that's what I'm repeatedly being told by sources both on the Hill and in the administration. "The Finance Committee is where the action is. They'll tee up the final bill," says someone who should know.


...and the reason for this would be obvious. The furthest Left the President can afford to be on Health and be re-elected is where moderate Republicans stand, not where his own party does.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 23, 2009 7:59 AM
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