Looming date for HCR's fate
by Jerome Armstrong, Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 09:35:46 AM EST
2 minute mark, "it may take a no vote in order to get people back on board" HRC.
My contention has been that the HCR bill as written in the Senate is a Democratic slayer of a bill. Its mandate provision makes it constitutionally questionable, and easily is framed as yet another corporate giveaway.
Right now, it looks like Brown has the momentum and that he could win in MA next Tuesday. And that is going to have huge repercussions in DC for HCR. Does it make it DOA? It could, but it could also mean that the progressives in the House say the public option way, or no deal.
Would no deal be better? That begs a whole different argument about whether there is political will to make it better later. Electorally though, without a doubt. Democrats could vote this down, come back with some of the popular reforms that are in the bill and widely backed, and vote that through next month.