Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pelosi - Not Enough House Votes to Pass Senate HealthCare Bill

Pelosi acknowledged that the Democrats do not have enough votes in the House to pass the Senate HealthCare bill. That was seen as the most likely way the Democrats could avoid the Republican filibuster now that they no longer have a super majority. Unless the Democrats plan on using some sort of procedural 'trick' in the Senate they will have to recruit at least one Republican to not filibuster.

"Democrats' last-ditch approach to saving President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul — prodding House members to pass a Senate version vastly unpopular with them — isn't working.

So lawmakers are talking about more modest health legislation that could have bipartisan appeal, though even that may prove more complicated than many suggest.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she lacks the votes to move the Senate's bill through the House and to Obama's desk. Under a plan backed by the White House, the new law would be followed by a separate measure making changes sought by House members, such as easing the Senate's tax on higher-cost health plans.

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