Bloggers are trying to figure out what’s next for health overhaul legislation, with little success.
Time’s Kate Pickert thinks there could be “momentum building” to resuscitate the Democrats’ efforts. She looks at President Barack Obama’s comments from a speech in Tampa, Fla. yesterday and says, “Tipping point? No. But is there definite life there? Yes.”
The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein says “Rahm Emanuel makes me very pessimistic about health-care reform.” He looks a New York Times article suggesting the administration may wait to do more on a health overhaul bill until after addressing jobs and financial reform. He continues: “Is Emanuel really suggesting that he expects Congress to return to health-care reform in the summer before the election? Forgetting whether there’s political will at that point, there’s no personnel: Everyone is home campaigning.”
Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey has a skeptical take on an interview with Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., who said that Senate Democrats are ready to make a deal using reconciliation: “What’s odd about this is that both Landrieu and Mark Pryor made it sound this morning like the bill was in coma and on the verge of death. Any reason to believe them instead of Kyl? Well, Kyl’s claim could simply be a feint aimed at goosing conservatives into launching a hopefully final salvo against the bill and finishing it off.”
The New Republic’s Jeff Davis gives a detailed explanation of exactly how the Senate would use a budget reconcilation process to keep amending the bill.
Wonk Room’s Igor Volsky notes that Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., may be looking ahead and wants to propose using the jobs bill to keep the increased federal contribution to the states for Medicaid from the stimulus bill. However, Volksy says, “it’s not clear that Rockefeller’s proposal will garner significant Congressional support.”
However, Heritage’s Margeurite Higgins isn’t sure the bill is dead, saying Obama’s health care “agenda is stalled, but still alive. But there is a huge change.” Higgins says public support for the Congressional health care bills contiunes to dwindle, looking at a new Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll from earlier this month.