Jul 21st, 2009
Turn your head to the Left and…
…you’re still not getting the votes.
Obama’s $1 trillion health care reform plan is, according to the President, “closer than ever” – but seven Blue Dog Democrats (the fiscal conservatives) aren’t buying it. House of Representatives Democratic leader Steny Hoyer also noted that there are “concerns” from other parts of the party.
The Blue Dogs objections stem from not enough reform or cost-cutting. The GOP has rejected the plan overall, with a catchy slogan from a Republican media strategy memo that’s been repeated verbatim on various news sources and in Michael Steele’s speech at the National Press Club: too much, too fast, too soon. (This is also the name of a rock band – no word as to whether they’ll be appearing at the next GOP fundraiser as part of Michael Steele’s effort to “hip hop” the Republican party image.)
With Obama lacking support in his own party, a vote by the Energy and Commerce Committee was postponed. This Committee is the only with jurisdiction over health care that hasn’t finished its audit and rewrite of the bill.
From our end the T-shirts show an equally contentious mix of pros and cons, though a quick eyeball seems to indicate that there’s more objection than support for the plan.
Next week is the last that the House is in session before September, so if Obama can’t line up the votes the bill will likely be stalled until the next session.