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Washington must be deaf.

February 28, 2010

It is Apparent That the President and the Democrats don’t care what the American people want. It also doesn’t matter that we can look at dozens of nations and prove that anything socialized has always failed,  its all about there own agenda……..

Obama, Democrats renew push for healthcare

  • AFP – President Barack Obama has the votes in the House of Representatives to force his flagship reform of …

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats appeared headed toward passing long-sought healthcare legislation in Congress in the next month or so, confident they could do it without any Republican support.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he expected that no Republicans would vote for the measure, and Democratic Senator Robert Menendez voiced confidence that his party would provide the needed support.

“I believe we will pass healthcare reform this spring,” Menendez, a member of the Senate Democratic leadership, told “Fox News Sunday.”

Democrats are likely to use a procedure known as “reconciliation” that would let them pass a bill with 51 votes in the 100-member Senate — rather than the 60 needed to clear a solid wall of Republican opposition.

“I think they will pursue the parliamentary device called reconciliation,” McConnell told CNN’s “State of the Union” program.

When asked whether all Senate Republicans would oppose the measure, McConnell said, “I think that’s right.”

Democrats in the Senate and House approved healthcare bills last year that would reshape the troubled U.S. system by cutting costs, regulating insurers and expanding coverage to many uninsured people.

But efforts to merge the different measures and send a final version to Obama collapsed in January after Democrats lost their crucial 60th Senate vote in a special election in Massachusetts.

Democrats don’t seem to currently have the votes to pass healthcare reform in the U.S. House of Representatives but may get them, a key Republican congressman said on Sunday.

“They (House Democrats) do not now have the votes, from our best count,” Representative Paul Ryan, top Republican on the House Budget Committee, told “Fox News Sunday.”

“I would not count her (Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) out because she is very good at muscling votes …. The speaker is very good a making deals behind closed doors.”

(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro; editing by Eric Beech)

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