Democrats Vote for Cloture on Health Care on Party-Line Vote

by Sal on December 21, 2009

in Economy,Election 2010,Election 2012,Health Care,Politics

In the end, it was 60-40 in favor of cloture.  The bill was so bad, not a single Republican could vote for it.  The bill was passed in the dead of night, after numerous back-room deals to buy off both liberal and moderate Democrat Senators.  The 300+ legislative language of the Manager’s Amendment had only been available since Saturday morning at 9 AM, less than 48 hours ago.  So, one of the most sweeping pieces of legislation in American History, one that remakes 1/6 of the U.S. Economy, in the supposedly most deliberative body in the world, was passed under the cloak of night and without a real debate.  Sure, the health care debate had been going on for the better part of the year, but the specific final proposals in the bill were only debated for 48 hours without the possibility of amendment.

Sure, there is still time to stop this bill.  There is a lot of discontent in the House over the Senate bill, both on the left and from the pro-life side of the Democrat caucus.  The Senate is declaring that any significant changes jeopardize passage, but the House wants to put their stamp on it.  There will be one more chance to kill this bill in 2010, when the conference report comes available, but it’s starting to look like the Democrats are ready to throw themselves and their country under the bus in order to obtain this new unprecedented government takeover of the health care system.  If this passes, years from now we’ll look back at the mistake that was done today, and long for the best health care system in the world that was thrown away with secrecy and backroom deals.  Hopefully, the Republicans can take back Congress and the White House in 2010 and 2012, and undo the damage that is being done here.

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Dave B December 21, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Bernie Madoff scammed willing investors out of millions by kiting costs, lying to them, juggling numbers, ruined the futures of all those that invested and trusted him. He went to jail for the rest of his life. Congress passes a bill over the OBJECTIONS of their constituents that will kite costs, our President and Congress is trying to feed us all a bold face lie about “cutting costs” while juggling the Doctor re-imbursement and taking it out so they can make such a hideous claim knowing that we’ll be almost immediately in the red otherwise. They ruined the futures of our elderly, our middle class, our children, and our grandchildren for their own personal/political gain despite what it does to the people that trusted them. F…ing Bernie Madoff is a better man than every SOB in both Houses that voted for this! How did we get to this sad state? Our founding fathers would be so proud of these unpatriotic corrupt political hacks that are determined to bring this country to her knees. I not only want them voted out of office, I want them shadowed, investigated, harassed, and if necessary jailed for the rest of their lives. I now wouldn’t be satisfied if they were voted out of office only to get another lucrative lobby position or an ambassadorship. I’d like to take away THEIR futures and the futures of their own families, just as they attempted to do to the rest of us.

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Ryan December 21, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Is there any symbolism to the idea that this vote took place on the longest, darkest night of the entire year?

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Matt | Senate Vote December 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Hi, I found your link on Twitter. I am ashamed for how the politics is done in the US today. Chicago style is a mild way to say it. Last nights vote is a prime example, one of many.

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