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July 23, 2009

Harry Reid: No Health Care Bill In The Senate Before Recess...Tonsils Will Continue To Be Removed For Fun And Profit Unchecked*

Ouch.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today that the Senate would not attempt to pass sweeping health care reform until after returning from the August recess.

ďItís better to get a product thatís based on quality and thoughtfulness than on trying to just get something through,Ē Reid told reporters.

Reid said the Senate would try to complete a package in the fall.

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin said Wednesday that he expected that a bill would not be passed before the upper chamber breaks for recess on August 7.

ďAll this is no surprise to anyone,Ē Reid said.

Except for the President who set the August deadline and is now blowing in the wind all by himself.

Yesterday Nancy "I have the votes" Pelosi said she would wait to see what the Senate was going to do before bringing a plan to the floor (assuming they ever write one). Now she knows, nothing.

This isn't Waterloo yet but every Senator and Congressman is going to get more than an earful on how crappy this idea is for the next month or so and it's going to make it a lot harder when they come back.

Keep the pressure up!

Reid does predict that Senate Finance will have their report done by the recess. I doubt it. First, there's less pressure now to have something. That never moves the process alone.

Second, the Finance report is about paying for this crap. Do you really think those guys want to spend their summer vacation as the only politicians in America on record supporting the necessary tax hikes to make this happen? All while every other vacationing member of Congress spends their time attacking those taxes? I don't think so. That's a thin limb for them to go out on with no backup.

*Thanks to Michael Goldfarb (@thegoldfarb) for the joke inspiration.


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