The GOP Looks to a Pre-Conference Agreement

Stephen Moore writes in the Wall Street Journal that "Republicans would be wise to call for the pre-conference agreement to make sure not only that the public option is dead, but that it stays dead."

Republicans in the Senate are strategizing over how to stop any version of a public option from getting enacted on the Senate floor. "We have the votes to defeat the public option on the floor," South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham tells me. He's worried that the Senate will pass any old health bill in the Senate, then Harry Reid and Mr. Baucus will reinsert the public option during the House-Senate Conference.

Mr. Graham and other Senate Republicans are now suggesting a "pre-conference agreement" that would instruct conferees not to impose a public option as part of any House-Senate conference agreement. The idea here would be to take the public option off the table completely before any bill leaves the Senate.

Why does it seem that it is the Senate Republicans who are calling the shots? They comprise 40% of the chamber and yet they act like a majority.

Tags: GOP, Public Option, US Healthcare Reform (all tags)

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Re: The GOP Looks to a Pre-Conference Agreement

Because we allow them to call the shoots. Ultimately it is not a about them. It is about the fact that Democrats need to change.  Here's my response to your series of postings today:

http://www.mydd.com/story/2009/10/5/2127 40/912

by bruh3 2009-10-05 05:30PM | 0 recs
Re: The GOP Looks to a Pre-Conference Agreement

This is actually a sign of progress. Just a few days ago the cons were declaring the PO dead dead and buried.

Now they realized they were mistaken, not only is it alive it is gathering strength. So they are scrambling.

""We have the votes to defeat the public option on the floor,"

I wonder what reality this is in ref. too. Unless they already have commitments from Nelson (NE) and Liarman (CT) to filibuster.

by vecky 2009-10-05 07:45PM | 0 recs
The GOP can look all they want

They can't succeed. It's just the start of their tantrum, and as others have noticed, a good sign.

by NoFortunateSon 2009-10-05 10:29PM | 0 recs
Re: The GOP Looks to a Pre-Conference Agreement

Time for the D's to man up.

Tell Graham to go fuck himself.

by RichardFlatts 2009-10-06 05:07AM | 0 recs
i would assume that if...

...they are negotiating for that pre-conference agreement, that they will be agreeing to vote for the final bill if it doesn't contain a public option.  I know this can't be the case.  So, who cares about what they are requesting?

this just sounds like a bunch of grandstanding that will come to nothing.

by d 2009-10-06 05:59AM | 0 recs

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