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Brakes Slammed!

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Mirabile visu.

With no clear path forward on major health care legislation, Democratic leaders in Congress effectively slammed the brakes on President Obama’s top domestic priority on Tuesday, saying they no longer felt pressure to move quickly on a health bill after eight months of setting deadlines and missing them.

“We’re not on health care now,” Mr. Reid said. “We’ve talked a lot about it in the past.”

He added, “There is no rush,” and noted that Congress still had most of this year to work on the health bills passed in 2009 by the Senate and the House.

If there's no rush, it's not happening. If Congress doesn't feel pressured/threatened by Obama, it's not getting done, especially if we pass the March primaries and get into real campaigning season.

The great health insurance company bailout is dead. Let us dance on its grave.

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Submitted by lambert on

I'll be looking forward to some soul-searching from the "progressive" access bloggers about where, exactly, they went wrong, and whether selling themselves out and getting nothing in return except a little money was worth it in the end. Welcome to Versailles, kids! Feel free to give the hippies a few kicks, too! That's, like, the national past-time!

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Submitted by madamab on

Millions of poor women are breathing deep sighs of relief, knowing that what pathetic scraps of health insurance coverage they have will not be taken away.

The more time Congress takes, the more chance we have to propagate the Medicare-for-All meme.

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Submitted by tarheel-leftist85 on

we must pounce. We must shout from the rooftops how the bank bailouts, mercenary bailouts, and insurance/pharmaceutical bailouts (aka health care reform™), the not-so-stealth campaign to privatize Social Security and Medicare are all one in the same--economic shock therapy. Just because they lost the battle doesn't mean they should be allowed to win the war for their three-way legacy parties-coropratist symbiosis. Now that they're down, we have to strike. Cue the Justice Party platform.

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Submitted by letsgetitdone on

so we can get on with Medicare for All. But we can't celebrate too fast. We have SOTU and we don't yet know what BHO will call for.