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Healthcare bill due in May August November uh, maybe next year

Democrats in the Senate have given some backdoor acknowledgement that the healthcare bill probably won’t be voted on this year.

Despite President Obama’s goal of signing healthcare reform legislation this year — one backed by assurances from congressional Democrats — Senate Democratic leaders Tuesday subtly acknowledged that’s not likely to happen as they started the delicate dance of walking back expectations.

Putting the legislation together has proved exceedingly difficult, and most aides now say there is virtually no way a bill can get to Obama’s desk this year.

This zombie refuses to die, but I suspect tonight’s election results will put a shotgun blast in it. Certainly the closer the 2010 elections loom, the more those healthcare disapproval ratings will matter.

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8 Responses to Healthcare bill due in May August November uh, maybe next year

  • <i>This zombie refuses to die, but I suspect tonight’s election results will put a shotgun blast in it.</i>

    Zombieland rule #2: Always double tap.

    Tonight was tap 1

    1 year from tonight we’ll deliver tap #2 to this one.

  • It’s interesting to see the media, who did their best to ignore the real effects of the economic downturn, discover that “it’s the economy, stupid”
    If the current President had been a Republican, there would have already been endless stories of the family who lost their job, their house, their self respect .. with endless pointing of fingers at the current White House occupant.
    By this point in the Bush term (8 weeks after 9/11), we have been told he owned the economy, the foreign policy. According to Barack Obama, he still does. The unicorns have been sent to the barn.

  • By the way, congrats to the NY GOP – their preferred candidate won in NY-23.

    I’m talking about Owens of course.

  • Yet another of President Imeme’s deadlines bites the dust.  How many times this year has he said “now is the time”?  His deadlines, like all his promises, seem to have short expiration dates.

    One would think that a former senator would understand a bit more about the legislative process and how long it can take.  One would think that a former community organizer would understand how hard it is to get a community together behind a plan.  One would think that a messianic, post-partisan leader would be able to lead the Congress, in which his party holds overwhelming majorities, to easy victory on this or any other subject.

    I’m starting to think that Imeme isn’t quite all that MiniTru ASSURED us that he was.

    / sarc

    NeoIf the current President had been a Republican, there would have already been endless stories of the family who lost their job, their house, their self respect .. with endless pointing of fingers at the current White House occupant.

    Absolutely.  It’s really disgusting to watch the news (ANY news) and ponder how similar stories were covered when Bush was in office.  For example:

    Flu vaccine (Bush) – “Administration bungles flu preparation, putting millions of children at risk”

    Flu vaccine (Imeme) – “Administration promises vaccines are on the way”

    I-35 bridge collapse (Bush) – “Bridge collapse indicates Bush administration ignored infrastructure”

    Bay Bridge problems (Imeme) – “Bridge failure cause minor trouble for commuters; repairs under way”

    Economy (Bush) – “GDP growth less than predicted, signalling crisis in economy”

    Economy (Imeme) – “Unexpected GDP growth signals that recovery is fully under way”

    Unemployment (Bush) – “White House on defense as jobless rate surges to 6.2%, a three-year high”

    Unemployment (Imeme) – “White House points to a million jobs created or saved by stimulus plan”

    I don’t suggest that Bush never made mistakes (oh, did he ever!), nor that Imeme is responsible for everything bad that happens in the country.  What I do say is that MiniTru is disgracefully biased in what it reports and how it does its reporting.

    • My favorite was Wolf Blizter on CNN’s “Situation Room” who would subtitle each piece that they covered with “How is this bad for the President ?” .

  • I wish they would put a fork in this zombie.

    Gus Grissom: You’ve got it all wrong … The issue here is monkey.

    John Glenn: What?

    Gus Grissom: Us. We are the monkey.

    Deke Slayton: What Gus is saying is that we’re missing the point.

    The entire country, especially as embodied in the stock market, is waiting for the unknowns (most especially the taxes) that come with ObamaCare (and “Cap-n-Tax”) to go away. Until then life goes on at a slower pace which means unemployment continues to drift upward.

    Alan Shepard: Gordo! … Why don’t you just fix your little problem and light this candle ?

    Plainly, if ObamaCare (and “Cap-n-Tax”) went away, the recovery would probably takeoff full force. Right now, the Democrats in Congress are the only thing keeping the economy from racing ahead.