UPDATE, 4p: Per National Review Online, about 30 minutes ago:
In a press conference on Capitol Hill today, Rep. David Dreier (R., CA), ranking Republican on the House Rules Committee, said the word around the House is that Democrats are still about 10 votes away from securing the 216 they will need to pass changes to the health-care bill. Dreier added that that number might be moving in the wrong direction for Democrats.
"You are hearing that people are peeling off," he said....
Have I mentioned yet to make your calls?
3:44p: Drudge is calling the above picture posted in yesterday's New York Times President Obama's "resurrection" photo. We shall see....
Speaking of, well, hoo-rah. Supposedly, Obama today gave his final speech pushing socialized healthcare on the American people.
Digressing a tad, I agree with Kathryn Jean Lopez today that Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser's op ed in yesterday's Washington Post was not only ill-timed but off-base. This is the 1st time I can recall disagreeing with my friend Marjorie. Rather, I've been quite pleased by congressional leaders' outspoken and persistent opposition to public funding in Obamacare, namely Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Mike Pence, to name just some. Bravo!
Meanwhile, Jeffrey Anderson in an excellent piece in today's National Review Online, considers Obamacare in "critical condition":
If Obamacare's opponents keep up the pressure on wavering House Democrats, victory is within our grasp. Obamacare faces 3 major hurdles to passage....
You might reasonably assume that these are as follows: It's a colossally bad bill; it's an extremely unpopular bill; and members of Congress - despite what President Obama apparently thinks - do care about getting reelected. While you'd be right on all 3 counts, I'm talking about more specific hurdles related to the concrete numbers in the House.
Things have changed. The Democrats need every member of their caucus who voted "yes" last time to vote "yes" again - or, for every defection, they need to convert a prior "no" vote to their side. They don't have a single vote to spare.
Yet a lot has changed since the previous House vote. When House Democrats voted before, they were voting on their own bill, not a Senate bill filled with infamous kickbacks and other provisions that differ from what House members wanted. They were voting on a bill that contained the Stupak Amendment to preserve the longstanding tradition of protecting taxpayers from having their money spent on abortions. And they were voting back when Ted Kennedy's Senate seat looked to be safely in Democratic hands. All of this has changed.
They need 2/3 of our 40. Andy Wickersham and I have listed the 40 Democrats we think are the most key to passage or defeat. Assuming that all other Democratic members vote the same way as last time - and that all Republicans vote "no" (as they will) - the Democrats need 27 of these 40 to vote "yes" in order to pass the bill. This is a high bar when you consider that 35 of these 40 reside in Republican territory - many of them solidly so - and 24 supported the Stupak Amendment.
Early returns aren't good for Obamacare supporters. The Hill currently lists only one of these 40 as leaning "yes"... and 10 - 5 prior "yes" votes, 5 prior "no" votes - as leaning "no"...
Other Democrats are more likely to swing against Obamacare than for it. Beyond these 40, the Democrats are far more likely to lose additional members who voted "yes" last time than they are to convert additional members who previously voted "no"...
So, overall, how are President Obama and Speaker Pelosi doing? If members vote how The Hill projects they would as of now, the Democratic leadership would have a won-lost record of 1 and 10 so far among our 40 key members. They need to go 27 and 13 overall, so they would have to go 26 and 3 the rest of the way. But since four other members (from outside of our 40) who previously voted "yes" are also leaning "no," the Democratic leadership would therefore have to go a perfect 29 and 0 among the rest of our 40 -- and also convert one other member from The Hill's "no" list back to "yes."
Obamacare is on the ropes. Let's keep contacting key Democratic members and deliver the knockout blow.
[HT for Obama NYT photo: commenter Mary]
Called Stupak's D.C. office to leave a message of support and got voicemail due to high call volume. Then couldn't leave a message because his box is full! I'm sure he's under heavy fire right now, and needs our prayers.
St. Michael, defend him!
Called my Texas rep and his office agreed with me completely that Obamacare must be killed. Amen!Posted by: Jennifer at March 15, 2010 4:26 PM
obama is here in ohio right now [sorry my capital o's aren't working] He just came through Strongsville, ohio which is only about a 15 minute drive for me. Plenty of people lined the streets in protest of his healthcare bill. obama, get a grip! People don't want this. We watched from TV and a friend remarked that obama acts like he's still running for president. lol!Posted by: Heather at March 15, 2010 4:30 PM
First editing job is free ;)
Good grief. I'm just now perusing the latest posting of the bill online. I see that "decision sciences" will be represented on the CER commission. Why would this be necessary if treatment decisions were being left in the hands of patients and physicians? Could be very useful for propagandizing patient decision aids though. And rationing care based on CER data.Posted by: Fed Up at March 15, 2010 5:33 PM
There needs to be another pro-life rally in Washington on vote day with tbe chant Abort Obamacare!Posted by: chantal at March 15, 2010 6:01 PM
"...obama acts like he's still running for president. lol!"
McCain should remind him that the elections are over...