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Monday, June 15, 2009

Obamacare Lacks The Votes Needed

The Hill:

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said on Sunday that Democrats won’t have enough votes to pass a White House-endorsed healthcare reform package that includes a government-run option.

President Obama is not likely to garner the support needed by his former Senate colleagues to overhaul the nation’s healthcare system if he insists on including a public option, the Budget Committee’s top Democrat said on CNN’s “State of the Union."

“In a 60-vote environment, you’ve got to attract some Republicans as well as holding virtually all the Democrats together, and that, I don’t believe, is possible with a pure public option. I don’t think the votes are there,” Conrad said on the morning talk show.

Continue to call, fax and email your Senator and make sure he/she does not cave on the public option.

Former 2008 GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, who appeared on Stephanopoulos’s “This Week” program following Sebelius, said that Republicans should reject any measure with a single-payer system because it is Obama’s way “of getting government in the insurance business so they can take over healthcare.”

Former Massachusetts Governor Romney also said that “every single Republican and every thinking Democrat who knows something about the private sector would realize the wrong thing for America is to get government into the healthcare business.”

The last thing we need is the Government in control of our health.