Did Nancy Pelosi just pull the plug on health care reform? She did not say that in so many words. But …
“I don’t see the votes for it at this time,” Pelosi said. “The members have been very clear in our caucus about the fact that they didn’t like it before it had the Nebraska provision and some of the other provisions that are unpalatable to them.”
“In every meeting that we have had, there would be nothing to give me any thought that that bill could pass right now the way that it is,” she said. “There isn’t a market right now for proceeding with the full bill unless some big changes are made.”
While she didn’t say the option was dead — “Everything is on the table,” she said — she outlined two very different options for passing a bill.
Congressional Democrats have few good options, but the worst one is to let health care reform die. The mid-terms will be difficult, but if some reasonable health care reform is not passed in the next month, the Democrats will lose at least one chamber of the Congress. It won’t be close.
The Speaker isn’t pulling the plug but she knows it is on life support.