Archives for: February 2010
By Carole on Feb 28, 2010
There's been much speculation lately on the fate of Obamacare in the US Senate. The ins and outs of reconciliation, once a little known technicality in the rules of that legislative body, are now common knowledge to political junkies of all ideologies. But the actual death bed of the president's unpopular and obscenely expensive plan will most likely be the US House of Representatives.
By Carole on Feb 27, 2010
A bipartisan summit no one believed would change any minds. A Democratic Party who couldn't pass Obamacare even when they had a super majority. A president who is allegedly smart enough to see that he has lost the approval of most Americans on this issue. A set of rules in the Senate that offer the opposition several opportunities to block Obamacare's passage in spite of the reconciliation process. And yet the headlines blare that President Obama's intent is to push ahead. Why?
By Carole on Feb 26, 2010
A new poll is about to do what 7-plus hours of health care summit could not - make political news. According to Rasmussen's daily presidential tracking poll released this morning, only 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of President Barack Obama's performance; 55% disapprove. This matches the lowest level of total approval yet measured for this president. (source)
By Carole on Feb 25, 2010
President Barack Obama's euphemistically named Bipartisan Health Care Summit is just hours away. Rarely have so many anticipated so little from so few, but the media (and many news junkies) are treating this summit as some sort of political super bowl. And so for those who wish to follow along at home, we offer this brief guide to the who, what, when, where, and how. We'll leave the why up to you to figure out.
By Carole on Feb 24, 2010
Senate Republicans have a counter attack ready if, despite the president's allegedly bipartisan summit, Democrats try to pass Obamacare via mis-use of the reconciliation process. While that process requires only a simple majority to pass a bill and limits debate time, it does not limit the number or content of proposed amendments to a reconciliation bill and Republicans could offer hundreds of them, forcing Democrats to vote on each one.