Just so you know, Dick Morris has been talking to some “highly informed sources on Capital Hill” and has discovered that Obama, Pelosi and Reid have been plotting and scheming behind closed doors, (of course) to come up with the basic framework of a plan to pass their wretched, unwanted monstrosity against the will of the American people.:
Their plan is clever but can be stopped if opponents of radical healthcare reform act quickly and focus on a core group of 23 Democratic Congressman. If just a few of these 23 Democrats are “flipped” and decide to oppose the bill, the whole Obama-Pelosi-Reid stratagem falls apart.
Here’s what I learned top Democrats are planning to implement.
Senate Democrats will go to the House with a two-part deal.
First, the House will pass the Senate’s Obamacare bill that passed the Senate in December. The House leadership will vote on the Senate bill, and Pelosi will allow no amendments or modifications to the Senate bill.
How will Pelosi’s deal fly with rambunctious liberal members of her majority that don’t like the Senate bill, especially its failure to include a public option, put heavy fines on those who don’t get insurance and offering no income tax surcharge on the “rich”?
That’s where the second part of the Pelosi-deal comes in.
Behind closed doors Reid and Pelosi have agreed in principle that changes to the Senate bill will be made to satisfy liberal House members — but only after the Senate bill is passed and signed into law by Obama.
This deal will be secured by a pledge from Reid and the Senate’s Democratic caucus that they will make “fixes” to the Senate bill after it becomes law with Obama’s John Hancock.
But you may ask what about the fact that without Republican Scott Brown and independent Democrats like Joe Lieberman, Reid simply doesn’t have the 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a Republican filibuster that typically can stop major legislation?
According to my source, Reid will provide to Pelosi a letter signed by 52 Democratic Senators indicating they will pass the major changes, or “fixes”, the House Democrats are demanding. Again, these fixes will be approved by the Senate only after Obama signs the Senate bill into law.
Reid has also agreed to bypass Senate cloture and filibuster rules and claim that these modifications fall under “reconciliation” and don’t require 60 Senate votes.
To pass the fixes, he won’t need one Republican, he won’t even need Joe Lieberman or wavering Democrats like Jim Webb of Virginia.
Read the whole thing, especially his prescription to stop them from ramming it through:
The Massachusetts election of a Republican to Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat has sent shock waves through Washington. Every one of these 23 Democrats knows they will face an angry backlash in their districts if they vote for the Senate bill and go along with Pelosi-Reid plan to ram through Obamacare.
I believe now is the time to act for opponents to act. The truth is that Obamacare is hanging by a thread.
Opponents, if they move now, can drive a stake through its heart.
Once these Congressmen hear from their aroused constituents, they won’t be able to back Obamacare.
As I mentioned, the Pelosi health bill passed the House by only 220-215. Nancy Pelosi knows she has no margin for error.
If only a handful of these 23 Congressman change their vote under public pressure, the Pelosi-Reid plan is stopped and Obamacare is dead.
Hat tip: Slublog at AoSHQ (He has a pretty decent photoshop, too)..
Here, via Jumping in Pools, are the vulnerable blue dog Dems who voted for PelosiCare:
Congressman Arcuri – New York’s 24th congressional district – R+2.
Congressman Baca – California’s 43rd congressional district – D+13.
Congressman Berry – Arkansas 1st congressional district – R+8.
Congressman Bishop – Georgia’s 2nd congressional district – D+1.
Congressman Boswell – Iowa’s 3rd congressional district – D+1.
Congressman Cardoza – California’s 18th congressional district – D+4.
Congressman Carney – Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district – R+8.
Congressman Cooper – Tennessee’s 5th congressional district – D+3.
Congressman Costa – California’s 20th congressional district – D+5.
Congressman Cuellar – Texas’ 28th congressional district. – EVEN.
Congresswoman Dahlkemper – Pennsylvania’s 3rd congressional district – R+3.
Congressman Donnelly – Indiana’s 2nd congressional district – R+2.
Congressman Ellsworth – Indiana’s 8th congressional district – R+8.
Congresswoman Giffords – Arizona’s 8th congressional district – R+4.
Congresswoman Harman – California’s 36th congressional district – D+12.
Congressman Hill – Indiana’s 9th congressional district – R+6.
Congressman Mechaud – Maine’s 2nd congressional district – D+3.
Congressman Mitchell – Arizona’s 5th congressional district – R+5.
Congressman Moore – Kansas 3rd congressional district – R+3.
Congressman Murphy – Pennsylvania’s 8th congressional district – D+2.
Congressman Pomeroy – North Dakota’s at-large congressional district – R+10.
Congressman Salazar – Colorado’s 3rd congressional district – R+5.
Congresswoman Sanchez – California’s 47th congressional district – D+4.
Congressman Schiff – California’s 29th congressional district – D+14.
Congressman Scott – Georgia’s 13th congressional district – D+15.
Congressman Space – Ohio’s 18th congressional district – R+7.
Congressman Thompson – California’s 1st congressional district – D+13.
Congressman Wilson – Ohio’s 6th congressional district – R+2.