This means that the Democrats will have to try reconciliation to get the bill through the Senate. Snowe’s rejection, however, hides another unpleasant fact that would have been apparent, which is that Democrats don’t have all of the other 59 votes needed, either. Other Democrats have already expressed unhappiness with individual mandates, IRS involvement, and the costs.One of those Democrats is John D. Rockefeller (D-WV), who also announced yesterday he, too, will oppose the bill. Echoing the sentiments of Senator Snowe, Rockefeller said, "The way it is now, there's no way I can vote for the Senate package," and promised to have "many, many, many amendments" to add to the bill.
With Obamacare facing it's highest opposition ever, and only seven days after the messiah delivered his word to the masses on the Hill, perhaps the president could start changing his tune, starting with telling the truth. It turns out Joe Wilson, while admitting he acted inappropriately, was correct in calling the president a liar. His vindication coming when the Senate decided the fix the loophole in HR3200 that would have allowed illegal aliens to use universal health coverage. It also turns out the Baucus bill most certainly does cut Medicare, even after the president assured us in his Sermon on the Hill (get it?) that such claims were a myth.
But what does a raving racist lunatic like me know?