The massive health care reform bill passed on the second of three “test votes” this morning in the U.S. Senate. Another test vote is scheduled for tomorrow with the final vote on the Democrat-sponsored bill expected on Christmas Eve.
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican, says it appears there — are — enough votes for passage, unless the American people can build enough momentum through “irate” phone calls and e-mails over the next 48 hours to derail the measure.
Grassley says, “For the 61% of the people in this country that don’t want this, even after it’s passed the Senate, and I think the more the special interests like the ‘Nebraska bribe’ or the ‘Louisiana bribe’ are brought to the attention of the people, the more negative reaction there’s going to be.” Some estimates say the bill will cost one-trillion dollars over ten years. The first two test votes passed the Senate with the exact number of needed votes — 60 — from 58 Democrats and 2 independents.
Grassley says, “The only way it’s going to be stopped is if we have grassroots reaction like we did during August, irate people about the process and about the substance of the bill coming forth with hopes that it can be overturned in the House of Representatives or a product out of conference would be overturned.” There needs to be an immediate reaction from Americans, Grassley says, if the enormous bill will be headed off before the holiday break.
Grassley says, “It only takes one vote to do that and hopefully, that will happen.” Senators from Louisiana and Nebraska were considered hold-outs who, in recent days, declared they would support the measure and raised the tally of yes votes to the needed-60. Grassley says it amounts to bribery.
“Buying votes through special provisions, not just special provisions that normally happen in a bill, but these are outrageously special provisions,” Grassley says. “Three-hundred million dollars for Louisiana and a very special provision where Nebraska’s never going to have to pay any more Medicaid money.” Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, told NBC this morning the deals that have been struck by Democrats on this vote are, in one word, “sleazy.”