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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 decade ago

Why do the Dem. think they need Repub. support for Heath Care Bill?

They have the votes to pass it, whats holding them up? Mmmmm

Nobody can stop them at this point, fly in the ointment somewhere?

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  • Will
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Do the math, John.

    The Democrats have the White House.

    The Democrats have a commanding majority in the House.

    The Democrats have a filibuster proof Senate.

    Under these circumstance, there is literally nothing the Republicans can do to stop them. This is why the Republicans have mounted a full scale media blitz. If the Democrats cannot pass whatever they want, it is solely because you have substantial defections within the ranks of the Democrats themselves. Specifically, you have defections among the conservative "Blue Dog" Democrats.

    Facts are facts, John. People who blame this on Republican obstructionism simply cannot count. The Democrats cannot get their act together on this. (Word).

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Blue dog dems are looking at the costs and saying no. The mainstream Democratic Party needs some Republican Votes to pass the bill.

    UNLESS.. they go to the differential. That differential allows less than 60 votes to win approval. Senator Schumer of New York made it clear the Democratic Party would revert to the differential if they could not get the majority vote. Senator Schumer ....... of New York..... has a huge illegal alien population the Hotel Industry needs to make the system work. The problem is what those illegal aliens are doing to the health processes in New York, soooo... he really, really, really wants that insurance bill to the point that he is flinchey and yelling. I like that.

    Yes they do need Republican Support, but I don't think they will get it. Illegal aliens have to be removed from the protected, and the bill needs to go to basics which will help people go back to work.. but exclude births, or sex change operations. But there will be insurance for those items.

    I would, however, point out that Schumer probably has a lot of blackmail in Congress, on Congress. We shall see.

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  • Janice
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Let me tell you a little secret. The democrats ran a number of conservative democrats in conservative districts so that they could get their majority. These representatives have heard from their constituents and they have been very vocal in their abhorrence for this piece of legislation. They now know that if they vote for this they will shortly be out of a job and along with them will go the democrat majority. Another little fly in the ointment is the fact that the American people by a huge majority do not want this abomination. It is even putting long-term democrats in danger of not being re-elected. Couldn't happen to a nicer party.

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  • lienot
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    A combination of two things . Just as stated above they do not right now have the votes BUT the kicker is that already the liberal press is estimating that Democrats will lose 5 to 10 seats and the most informed are estimating a minimum of 20 seats in the House of Rep. so when you start discussing reelection that is when most politicians start using their heads.

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  • 1 decade ago

    2 problems.

    They dont have the 60 votes in the senate to stop a filibuster. Using the nuclear option will create huge animosity with Republicnas and Independents that oppose the bill (now over 1/2 of the voting populace.

    Secondly, the congress has yet to determine how this will be revenue nuetral, yet promises no new taxes, no cut in Medicare, and expanded coverage. If they ram a bill through, then break every promise they have made at town meetings, they will all join the ranks of the unemployed.

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  • spanky
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Simple, when this mess blows up in the Democrats faces they don't want to swing alone. Look how many people in this forum are already saying its the Republicans that are blocking his health care bill, they don't make much sense. People should also be asking the question, "Why isn't this bill slated to go into effect until AFTER the 2012 election?".

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Democrats have gotten an earful from their constituents, so some are worried about their re-election. Furthermore, if they can get some Republican votes, they will be able to say it was a bipartisan bill and so some of the blame belongs to the Republicans when it blows up in their faces.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I know the Republicans stance on the issue. I was surprised to see that 70% of independents oppose the legislation congress proposed though. I'm not in support of it for sure. It's not the idea that we don't need to reform health care, I support that idea. Cost of health care is is a big strain on any families budget for even the smallest illness or accident. It's the socialist injection into the matter that concerns me the most. We can reform it with out all that.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They don't have enough votes. The Blue Dogs are against it too. The Dems are probably about 5 votes short of passing it, and they don't have the votes to prevent a filibuster. Their only option would be to use the "nuclear" option of bypassing the filibuster process, which would piss off the American people even more than they are right now. Do that and it's by by Democrats in 2010.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They DON'T have the voted to pass it. Dems know that if they vote for it they'll be kicked out of office at their next election.

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