Senator Snowe has rejected moving forward on any health care bill with the Democrats using reconciliation. This is GREAT NEWS. Without reconciliation the Dems will be in a de novo — start at the beginning — situation, which is where they should start.
If the desperate Dems try reconciliation, this time, they will have a far more serious Republican strategy of “outright war” to deal with — and the repercussions of being on ObamaCare on the Senate floor and in Senate Committees for months and months.
The Dems would be so bloodied and beaten and wounded by the end of their attempt, ObamaCare would not pass, and they would have destroyed the less than one percent chance to explain to the American people that they are not dangerous radicals that ignore what the people want, and keep cramming ObamaCare down the public’s throat because they, the Dems in Washington, know better.
Politico, quoting Sen. Snowe:
“Snowe made it very clear she could not support any form of a bill that came through the reconciliation process—a legislative move she called “wrong and untenable….”The Dems have repeatedly wanted and acted in Dem-only mode for health care reform and have had their heads handed to them in NJ, VA and MA. There is no guarantee they will not continue their arrogant and self-destructive behavior. The voters aren’t stupid, if the Dems keep pushing a Dem-only approach — with even fewer, more liberal Dems, then the public will think they are even more dangerous and more crazy than they think they are now — and when NPR gets a 5 point generic ballot edge for the GOP — which doubles to 10 points when you look at likely voters, and the Dems keep pushing and keep ignoring the public, then they really, truly have lost their minds.
“I hope they reject the reconciliation route. I think that would be wrong and untenable,” Snowe said. “There are things in the bill that could be supported regarding small business that I have worked with Sen. Durbin, Sen. Lincoln, and the small business community… some tax incentives, allowing plans to be purchased across state lines—that would all be invaluable to small business who are undeniably facing a crisis with health care cost.”
For the Dems to try to pass health care via reconciliation, the House and Senate Democrats must overcome substantial ill-will towards each other, and begin to trust each other.