A final note on health care before the weekend

Yes, the Senate will vote to move to debate Saturday night. Lieberman’s in for this part, so I’d say the 60 votes are there. That means the Senate will likely pass their side of the bill.

Lieberman says he’ll vote no at the end if there is still a public option and others will join him. In the Senate, the public option is the sticking point after a House/Senate combination. On the House side, those wanting to move away from funding abortion threaten to stand in the way of passage – that last vote was decided by only a couple of members. If the Stupak amendment is stripped from the conference version, it could be a problem for passage in the House.

So, there’s still a long way to go, but after Saturday, indeed, the bill will be one step closer. I thoroughly expect now for those Democrats withholding support to eventually give into threats and pork and we’ll end up with some version of this mess at the end of January. What scares me most is that folks will be so disgusted they stay away from the November elections and the turnovers the right might be anticipating won’t materialize. We’re in for a very tough year.

All that said, I’m turning off the news for a few days, which means I’m likely turning off the blogging. I’m in the mood for fun, so if you miss me that much, you can always look at CindyKilkenny.com to see if anything shows up there. (Hint, hint.)

Comments

  1. If the Stupak amendment is stripped from the conference version, it could be a problem for passage in the House

    maybe, maybe not. Reid used an already-passed House bill, ripped out the entire text, and substituted AbortoFacientBill. There may be no ‘conference.’