Monday, December 7, 2009

The public option and abortion rights

President Obama used a rare meeting on Capitol Hill on Sunday to urge Senate Democrats to consider the historic significance of revamping the nation's health care
system as his legislation faced a crucial second week of debate.

But the president's effort to rally wavering senators around the 10-year, $848 billion
health care bill came as one Democrat prepared to reignite a fight over abortion and others met privately in search of an agreement on a proposed government-run insurance program that has so far proved elusive.

Obama made no mention of either the public option or abortion rights, the two most contentious issues.

The question now is whether enough Democratic senators will compromise their deepest held beliefs in order to pass Obama's healthcare bill.

1 comment:

Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

I don't know what kind of health care reform will come out of this session, but I strongly suspect it won't be much. There is, however a silver lining behind this very dark cloud. I am reminded of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Don't be embarrassed if you've never heard of it, there really isn't a hell of a lot to remember about it; a mere pittance, really - a scrap of leftovers tossed out to "American Negros" (in the parlance of the age) in order to appease them. But it made the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - the one we remember - all-the-more easier seven years later.

We'll live to fight another day.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY