It seems that every day there are conflicting stories about Health Care coming from Capitol Hill. I would like to think that its truly dead but something in my gut just doesn’t allow me to go there. The Democrat leadership in the House and Senate have proven to the American people that they cannot be trusted and that they don’t really care what we think so the “ObamaCare death dance” is on hold.
Last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared that the Democrats were going to “pole vault and/or parachute in” to get their version of health care reform done. Today, the politico is reporting that “Reform is dead.”
I talked to Lawrence O’Donnell, who argued that reform is dead even though Democrats won’t admit it.
The former Democratic Hill staffer turned MSNBC talker sounded off on the Democratic leadership, the process, and the spin. Here’s the expanded write up of the interview:
Lawrence O’Donnell, the Democratic Senate Finance Committee staff director during the ’93-’94 health care debate, said we’re now witnessing reform’s death throes – and Democrats know it. The party will not be able to pass another reform bill through the Senate, period.
“Pelosi said that, ‘We don’t have the votes for passing the Senate bill’ and that should have just ended it. Any discussion of another scenario is juvenile,” he said. “It’s ridiculous.”
Democrats knew they lost reform with the Massachusetts election and some of them like Rep. Barney Frank essentially said so. “The first reaction to the Massachusetts election was the honest reaction,” O’Donnell said. Frank later walked back his comments.
But since Election Night, he said, Democrats have moved into “full bluff mode.”
“We’re absolutely in full fake cheerleading mode. I think Nancy Pelosi has absolutely no moves left. I think she knows that now. I think Harry Reid knows that. And that’s why they don’t bring it up,” he said. “They had a Senate leadership press conference (Thursday) and it was as if (reporters) were asking about World War I” when they asked about reform.
I don’t know what to think of this. I do hope that Larry O’Donnell is correct in his assessment of the health care legislation. If he is correct, lets hope that the left comes clean soon so American business can move at least one concern off of their plate as they try to plan and navigate the future with a hostile business environment in Washington DC.