Well, getting ObamaCare to the Senate floor cost US taxpayers $300,000,000 for Senator Mary Landrieu’s vote. Apparently they are four votes short right now, so start breaking open those piggy banks, Americans. Democrats are going to begin writing very large checks on your bank accounts to buy those missing votes.
Do you suppose the Congressional Budget Office will ever start factoring in the massive mordida involved in the passage of spending legislation as part of the overall cost estimate?
President Barack Obama plans to head to the U.S. Capitol to press Senate Democrats to agree on health legislation as lawmakers struggle to resolve disputes over issues including a proposed government-run insurance plan.
Democrats met throughout yesterday to seek an alternative to Senate Majority Harry Reidâ€™s plan to create the new national program to cover the uninsured. Opposition within his party leaves Reid at risk of falling four votes short of the 60 he needs to pass the legislation, the most sweeping overhaul of the nationâ€™s health-care system in more than four decades.
Obamaâ€™s scheduled visit comes as the billâ€™s backers need a jolt to come together, said Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry.
â€œWe have to talk about how to put the final pieces together,â€ Kerry said. â€œItâ€™s good to hear from the president now, because itâ€™s getting to that stage where you have to come to a decision with your heart as well as your head.â€
Reid called the rare weekend session to meet his deadline of getting a bill by year-end. Republicans, unified in opposition, forced the Democrats yesterday to reiterate their support for cutting more than $40 billion in home health-care services funding under Medicare. It was the latest Republican effort to highlight the billâ€™s potential impact on the elderly.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Republicans see the debate stretching into 2010 and that they gain the more the public learns. Republicans say Obamaâ€™s visit reflects a weakening Democratic position.
â€œThe vote tally must be going in the wrong direction,â€ said Senator Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican.