August 29, 2009

Obamacare - will it die?

As President Obama eulogized Ted Kennedy today, Republican resolve to stop Obamacare grew. The problem of course is that they don't have the votes to stop a health care bill if the Democrats truly want to to pass the budget buster bill.

The question is do Democrats really have the resolve to pass Obamacare? Rumors have circulated that there aren't the votes in the Senate to pass the bill with a government paid option. With public support evaporating, Blue Dog Democrats would seem to be the next shoe to drop - permanently.

President Obama's vocal support for it has caused his job approval ratings to bleed.  It may be a price he's willing to pay, but with hundreds of Democrat Congress members and Sneators, all with their own motivations, and constituencies, the resolve may not be entirely the same.

Persistent public pressure is needed for both the Republicans and Democrats from the public to kill this bill.  Obamacare can be killed, but not without continued public pressure. 

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