When health care reform hit the agenda last summer, Harry Reid wanted to wrap things up by the end of August. That was then, this is now. The way Democrats are talking this week, we’ll be lucky to see a bill on Obama’s desk by August of this year, if ever.
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 that they no longer felt pressure to move quickly on a health bill after eight months of setting deadlines and missing them.
The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, deflected questions about health care. “We’re not on health care now,” he 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.
Translation: "We’re not going to do anything that might jeopardize our own re-elections. So health care is shelved until after the mid-terms." I don’t know about you, but I think this is going to go down as one of the most colossal botched opportunities in legislative history.
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