Obama May Have Plan B, Backup Pro-Abortion Health Care Plan if Summit Fails
by Steven Ertelt
February 25, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — President Barack Obama is using today’s White House health care summit as a last-ditch effort to win more support for the pro-abortion health care bill. Should that fail, and Democrats find themselves with too few votes to push the measure through, Obama has come up with a backup plan.
Obama officials have prepared a more modest fallback proposal that is not as extensive as the current government-run health care bill.
But, like the plan for changes to the Senate bill Obama unveiled earlier this week, the fallback bill would not likely include language banning abortion funding.
Such a plan may lose Obama support form liberal Democrats who have been pushing for a pro-abortion health care bill since he won the 2008 presidential election, but it could help conservative and moderate Democrats who are concerned about losing their seats in Congress in the 2010 mid-term elections.
But Republicans say it would be better to start over with a brand new measure and bipartisan debate on how to fix health care.
"I hope that we can convince the president that we [should] go back to the beginning, and go step by step," said Sen. John McCain, according to the Wall St. Journal.
Ed Morrissey, a conservative writer at HotAir, says he is not surprised that a move for a less aggressive bill is coming, because he doesn’t think Democrats have enough votes to pass the pro-abortion bill.
"Over the last few days, a number of leaks from Democrats on Capitol Hill suggest that Obama and Nancy Pelosi don’t have the votes to pass the current Senate bill and may find themselves bogged down in the Senate over reconciliation as well," he writes.
Morrissey also doesn’t think the Obama backup plan will receive approval from Americans.
"While the WSJ analysis concludes that a scaled-back plan would help protect blue-dog Democrats, it would be more likely to further anger the electorate and cut off Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid at the knees after backing the White House for months on the original ObamaCare plan," he writes.
That could be why some Democrats are denying any backup plan exists.
Washington Post writer Ezra Klein talked with Democrats who say there is no backup plan and that the main pro-abortion bill is it.
"At this point, I could quote some White House sources swearing up and down that that’s all this is. A vestigial document that’s being blown out of proportion by a conservative paper interested in an agenda-setting story. They’re furious over this story. None of the quotes are sourced to the White House — not even anonymously — raising questions that the whole thing is sabotage. But it hardly matters. There’s no Plan B at this point in the game, and most everyone knows it," he writes.
He says starting over with a new bill and going through all of the committees is so detailed that if the current bill doesn’t get to Obama’s desk that there will be no other bill.
"There’s no time for that. Congress has a few, final months before everyone scurries home to campaign for 2010. And they want to spend those months forcing Republicans to take difficult votes," Klein says of the political calculations involved.
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