Today, the Politico calls it unlikely that President Obama’s deadline to pass health care legislation in both chambers of Congress before the August recess will be met, and the Associated Press reports that lawmakers are telling the White House that they’ll be on vacation before it gets done. I don’t see how it can happen.
If there were a movie about this health care effort you’d have series of split screens — in the House, where Blue Dogs say they won’t vote for legislation with a strong government plan and the liberals say they won’t vote for a bill without it, and Charlie Rangel keeps proposing tax increases that there isn’t an appetite for; in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, where they haven’t figured out how they’re going to pay for everything after weeks of marking up the legislation, and then the Finance committee, where they were supposed to release a draft of their bill over a month ago and still haven’t.
Setting the deadline of August was an ambitious goal that may have, despite everything, still made lawmakers move faster than they otherwise would have. However, if they can’t meet the deadline, it creates the impression that the health care effort is failing, while opponents have weeks to rip apart the various provisions of half-baked proposals.
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