With the death of Ted Kennedy, there's no way the Democratic leadership can muster 60 votes to block a Republican filibuster of whatever health care bill comes to the Senate floor. The only way to pass a bill is through reconciliationforgetting about getting GOP support and passing the bill with a simple 51-vote majority.
Kennedy's death now gives President Obama a historic choice: On one hand, he can vigorously take up the cause of health care reform, make it known exactly what he wants in terms of a reform bill, and use the brief opportunity that exists as the Senate mourns Kennedy to ram a real reform bill through the Congress. (Maybe he should call it the Edward Kennedy Health Care for Everyone Act of 2009?) On th other hand, Obama can continue on in the bumbling manner that's characterized his administration's handling of health care reform (not to mention a raft of other issues). Obama can honor Ted Kennedy's dream of bringing affordable health care to every American, or he can sacrifice that dream to short-term political expediency. Obama can be the president who finally broke the 50-year legislative logjam that's blocked a national health care program since the Truman administration, or he can be remembered as the president who ensured that health care reform has to wait another 50 years.
It's up to you, President Obama. What's it going to be?Posted by Magpie at August 26, 2009 10:09 AM | US Politics | Technorati links |