Pelosi: House lacks votes to OK Senate health bill – Yahoo! News

WASHINGTON – Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she lacks the votes to quickly move the Senate’s sweeping health overhaul bill through the House, a potentially devastating blow to President Barack Obama’s signature issue. Pelosi, D-Calif., made the comment to reporters after House Democrats held a closed-door meeting at which participants vented frustration with the […]

Noemie Emery: Secondhand Hate – The Weekly Standard

“They have ardent supporters who are nearly hysterical at the very election of President Barack Obama,” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse roared about his Republican opponents in the closing hours of the Senate health care debate on December 20. “The birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups. It is unbearable […]

Peter Wehner: The Health-Care Backlash – Commentary

Here are some thoughts on where things stand in the aftermath of the certain passage of the Senate health-care bill. 1. Few Democrats understand the depth and intensity of opposition that exists toward them and their agenda, especially regarding health care. Passage of this bill will only heighten the depth and intensity of the opposition. […]

Neb.’s Nelson sees backlash on health reform plan – AP

t was the concern of Nebraska’s Republican governor over expanded Medicaid costs in the proposed Senate health care overhaul bill that led to a compromise to cover his state’s estimated $45 million share over a decade, U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson said Sunday. Gov. Dave Heineman “contacted me and he said this is another unfunded federal […]

Lieberman’s Ties to Ex-Party Frayed by His Use of Swing Vote – WSJ.com

Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s use of his swing vote to help quash a proposed expansion of Medicare marked the latest act in his deteriorating relationship with the Democratic Party. Cheered nine years ago by Democrats as their vice-presidential nominee, Mr. Lieberman later left the party and now is an object of vilification among many in the […]