Top Dem Says House Will Pass Obamacare With More Votes the 2nd Time Around
Top Democrat House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said that Obamacare will pass with more democratic votes the second time around.
The Hill reported:
The House will pass a new healthcare reform bill with a larger majority than it did on its first bill, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday.
Clyburn made his comments just after President Barack Obama unveiled his detailed health plan Monday morning. The move was intended to set the agenda for the bipartisan healthcare summit at the White House on Thursday.
“I do believe that if what I have seen and what I’ve been hearing is close to being accurate, I do believe that we can get there in the House,” he said on MSNBC. “We got there with some people holding out for some things that we have now gotten in the Senate plan and in the president’s proposal.
“I do believe there is more fertile soil today than when we first took this up.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) issued a cool statement about the plan earlier Monday, but Clyburn’s comments could indicate that the president’s proposal could make a vote on the Senate healthcare bill easier to stomach for wary House members.
Only 28% of Americans support Clyburn and the fellow Congressional democrat’s position. 61% want Congress to scrap the bill and start all over.