Final Frantic Run on Health Care
WASHINGTON - Like a roller-coaster ride on its last twisting turns, President Barack Obama's campaign to remake health care is barreling into final days of breathless suspense and headlong momentum.
Democrats -- led by Obama himself -- are deploying this weekend to salvage an unpredictable Senate race in Massachusetts, while senior White House and congressional staffers in Washington hurry to finish work on cost and coverage options at the heart of the sweeping legislation.
A Republican victory in the race to fill the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat would deprive Democrats of the 60-vote majority needed to pass the bill in the Senate. Obama and Democratic congressional leaders would have a political window of perhaps days only to try to ram the bill through -- at considerable risk of incurring public wrath.
Democrats put on a bold public face Friday, while working behind the scenes with grim determination.
Negotiators are "pretty close," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said at the end of a week of marathon negotiations to reconcile House- and Senate-passed versions.
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Well it is no big new flash that I am against the health care overhaul being proposed by congress. My question is for those who are in favor the Obama/Pelosi/Reid health care overhaul. Does it bother you that they have to resort to backroom deal, secret White House negotiation, a mad rush to get the Democratic Candidate elected to the senate seat or rush the "deal" through the House and Senate before the Republican is sworn in?
Any legislation that requires this much manuring and manipulation is not good for the USA. This goes beyond partisanship. It appears that the years of back and forth finger pointing in both parties have successfully divide us to the point that one senate seat in Massachusetts could be the deciding vote on health care reform. I don't think this is what the Founding Fathers had in mind.
My other question is, Can we get pass this divide and come together for good? I hope and pray so.
James 1:19(NIV) My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.