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EPIC FAIL: Pelosi Can’t Pass Senate Health Bill

John on January 21, 2010 at 9:13 am

So says Pelosi herself via the Washington Post:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the Senate will have to amend its version of a health-care reform bill before her chamber can pass it.

I don’t think it’s possible to pass the Senate bill in the House,” Pelosi told reporters after a morning meeting with her caucus. “I don’t see the votes for it at this time.”

Of course the obvious question here is how the Senate can possibly get a revised version through with only 59 Democrats. And that’s assuming that all of the moderate Dems would vote for this a second time around. Given what just happened in Massachusetts, how eager are the moderates to go out on a limb? Maybe not too eager:

Moderate members of Reid’s caucus also urged restraint, interpreting the Massachusetts outcome as a clear signal against advancing such a huge bill along party lines.

Matter of fact, given his dismal polling numbers, how eager can Harry “Sisyphus” Reid be to push this boulder back up the hill?

Reid, meanwhile, struck a more cautious note. “We’re not going to rush into anything,” he told reporters after a Senate Democratic lunch. “Remember, the bill we passed in the Senate is good for a year. There are many different things that we can do to move forward on health care, but we’re not making any of those decisions now.”

Health care, at least the exclusively Democratic vision of it, is dead. After a full year of effort to not get anything at all…

The reformer and his trusty steed face defeat.

[HT: Hot Air headlines]

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