More fights ahead in Congress over he...

More fights ahead in Congress over health care

There are 3 comments on the Tulsa World story from Sep 18, 2009, titled More fights ahead in Congress over health care. In it, Tulsa World reports that:

One senator said the bill "needs more than just a few tweaks." Some Democrats see plenty of room for improvement in the bill from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. And then there are Republicans, who almost uniformly oppose the measure and may be loathe to hand President Barack Obama a victory on his biggest domestic priority, ...

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Lamoni, IA

#1 Sep 18, 2009
Only one bill can pass, and that probably after Mass has a new Senator. that would be a bill dictated by the swing voters in the Blue Dog Caucus in the House, who would make the difference between the bill passing or not, and by Olumpia Snowe and about 15 moderate to conservative Democrats in the Senate. that is because of the cloture vote requiring 60 votes, and not a 51-vote majority, to cut off a GOP filibuster. It will be a very weak bil that can passs in this way. It has to be better than the current situation with health care. It has to be a big enough boon-doggle for insurance companies and otehrs in the private sector to make more money, in order for them to be iwilling to be fair or caring about ordinary americans and our need for decent health insurance and health care.

Lamoni, IA

#2 Sep 18, 2009
Democrats can't bank on holding a 60 vote majority in the Senate, or as big a House majority, again, or on getting their votes together during an election year. So they are essentially being blackmailed by circumstances into eventually compromising on a very weak bill. It is unusual for a paty to have as large a majority in either House or Senate, and many Democrats are from states or districts that voted for McCain, or are generally red states or districts, or at least swing districts. So it would not be a difficult matter for Republicans simply to reclaim their more usual proportion, somewhere between 43 and 48 Senators, for example. The problem is that the Senate does not have a majority rule system - it has a 41 Senators can over-rule 59 Senators system. and sometimes even one Senator can block progress, and even anonymously, and for a long time. senate rules are mostly pro-minority.

Lamoni, IA

#3 Sep 18, 2009
The Minority being the GOP. which has 40 votes, to the Democrats current 59 votes.

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