Monday, December 21, 2009

Healthcare: Congressional leaders should (pre)conference the bill now

Democratic leader Reid and Speaker of the House Pelosi should get together now, and over the next 2-3 days figure out what the final compromise will/should be for healthcare.

They should work out how the revenue will be raised, what the abortion language should be, and any other differences. Then pass the healthcare bill through the Senate and then House without any Conference Committee.

The Republicans are desperate. We have them on defense. They are liable to do anything to keep stalling and hoping for a turnaround in their fortunes.

They must know that if this healthcare bill becomes law, Obama and the Democrats will defend it for a generation. Sure there will be changes some of them major, but the commitment will stand.

That is why it is important to pass the bill because it puts our values into the law.

It is actually a good thing that the bill takes so long to be fully implemented because then we can work to fix as many things as possible.

So right now, the House of Representatives leadership should start negotiating and get in the pet projects from the House in the Senate bill, and have it so the vote this week in the Senate is the last Healthcare vote on this bill. Then one final vote in the House.

When delay can only hurt you, you shouldn't delay.

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