Imagine that — “Senate will have to return health bill to House.” From Alan Fram at the Associated Press (link will probably change throughout the day):
Senate Republicans learned early Thursday that they will be able to kill language in a measure altering President Barack Obama’s newly enacted health care overhaul, meaning the bill will have to return to the House for final congressional approval.
It appeared initially that deleting the provisions, dealing with Pell grants for low-income students, should not cause major problems for Democrats hoping to rush the bill to Obama and avoid prolonging what has been a politically painful ordeal for the party.
It’s such a “no major problem” thing that the House will have to vote again. The vote doesn’t necessarily have to go as it did on Sunday, Alan. Following the rules is such a pain in the butt, isn’t it?
Oh, and we now have an AP apparatchik acknowledging that as far as theDemocratic Party is concerned, their party’s well-being is more important than that of the country. Thanks for confirming that, Alan.
Well, since we’re on a “no major problem” track with party uber alles, party hearty on this: Every one of the 219 Democrats who will more than likely (barring a sudden appearance of conscience and statesmanship) vote to re-affirm their Sunday vote before this week is out will be confirming John Dingell’s statement to Paul W. Smith that this isn’t about health care, it’s all about control.
Every one of them will own Dingell’s comment lock, stock, and barrel as if they had said it themselves. Constituents should spend the day reminding their congressmen of that inconvenient fact. Anyone who doesn’t change their vote will be an on the record, self-incriminated supporter of tyranny.
Update, 9:30 a.m.: An AP update and an new headline (“Senate’s fix to health care law slowed by snag”) from Fram — “Democrats described the situation as a minor glitch, but did not rule out that Republicans might be able to remove additional sections of the bill.”
I heard the so-called “death threat” against Bart Stupak on the radio last night on the midnight top-of-hour Fox radio news. It was an “I wish you would die” statement, not an “I will cause you to die” statement. Having heard the latter directed at myself at one time in the past, I thoroughly understand the difference — and so does the egregiously irresponsible establishment media, which is pretending that there is no difference.
Related Instapundit mini-rant:
STENY HOYER IS SUDDENLY WORRIED ABOUT PEOPLE WITH PITCHFORKS.
He (Steny Hoyer) was notably silent when it was President Obama making pitchfork threats, and when his political ally ACORN was busing mobs to executives’ homes. Man up, Steny. Or just, you know, shut up. You’re a hypocrite when it comes to thuggery, and you and your colleagues aren’t credible playing the victim.
As noted, they’re pretty good at playing the perp. Ask Tom Lauria and Chrysler’s non-TARP secured lenders.
House GOP aides and the non-partisan Congressional Research Service believe health care legislation passed this week requires lawmakers to enroll in government-run insurance programs — while exempting leadership staffers, many of whom were instrumental in crafting the bill.
Paraphrasing the late Leona Helmsley, “Only little people get stuck with ObamaCare.”