Obstructionists, 1; Democrats, 0

“I don’t see the votes for it at this time.

Mitch McConnell & John Boehner

Harry Reid & Nancy Pelosi

Expect the death of health care reform, as announced today by Nancy Pelosi, to be spun as a victory of the cruel, cold-hearted Republicans over the compassionate, big-hearted Democrats.

What a load of bull.

Pelosi went on to say:

“The members have been very clear in our caucus about the fact that they didn’t like it before it had the Nebraska provision and some of the other provisions that are unpalatable to them.

“In every meeting that we have had, there would be nothing to give me any thought that that bill could pass right now the way that it is,” she said. “There isn’t a market right now for proceeding with the full bill unless some big changes are made.”

With overwhelming majorities in both the House and Senate, and a Democrat sitting in the White House, Health Care reform could have been a reality on – oh, I don’t know – March 1st, maybe?

Not that I expect this to happen, but it’s time for the Democrats to stop blaming their inability to reach a consensus within their own caucus on obstructionist tactics by the GOP. Although if by “obstructionist” they mean taking measures to prevent lowering the quality of our health care system, bankrupting our nation and eroding personal freedoms, Republicans should treat the intended slur as a badge of honor.

(If the Democrats really want to do some serious soul-searching, they ought to stop claiming that the GOP hasn’t offered any alternatives, but I don’t expect that to happen either.)

H/T Hot Air

Update 1: Paul Ryan isn’t buying what Pelosi is selling, saying that Democrats are meeting to pursue the reconciliation option.

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