Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Baucus Committee Stops Public Option

Acting on the myth that it will take 60 Senate votes in order to pass a healthcare reform bill with a public option intact, Max Baucus’ Finance committee today turned aside two attempts to amend the Baucus Bill in include a public option.

From the Washington Post:

“After an amendment offered by Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) was voted down 15 to 8, the committee voted 13 to 10 to reject a second public-option provision introduced by Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). The committee chairman, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), voted against both politically volatile amendments, saying he feared that a bill including either one would not get the 60 votes it would need for passage by the full Senate.”

This is a myth. A myth that is being dispensed by conservative Democrats whose contributor base is limited by the low population of their states, but more than made up for by health insurance lobbyists who know how to spend their lucre.

Dr. Howard Dean, former chairman of the DNC has already indicated that this mythical barrier is no such thing. Just simply put, if the matter before the senate is a budgetary one, a motion to bring the matter to the senate floor does not require a 60-vote super majority.

It requires only 51 votes.

Dispelling that myth seems to be the matter at hand. Getting our bought and paid for moderate Democrats to “man up” and do the right thing, the thing that the latest CBS News poll says that 65% of all Americans demand, seems to be the matter at hand.

Now I have been told to call my US Senators and demand a vote for the public option. I’d rather not waste a dime on that. John Cornyn toes the neoconservative line and Kay Bailey can’t vote for a public option while her every vote is being watched, and reported on, by the Rick Perry ultrarightwing fanatic fringe.

I am after all, a realist.

But we have other irons in the fire. One I hope to report on very soon.

The other you can do right now.

Join the millions of Americans who are signing the TrueMajority petition at Americacantwait.com.

Click here. Go and sign the petition that will tell these guys that the jig is up and the myth that they are spreading about needing 60 votes is no longer believed.

The Baucus Bill is a disaster waiting to happen. It gives the healthcare industry 40 million new customers with no guarantees that they will keep the costs down. And that’s the whole reason for healthcare reform: to keep the costs down.

Sign the petition. Let’s get this done.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is a shame that President Obama didn't take the lead on this and send both houses of Congress the bill he wants and was elected to implement.