Former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean said what needed to be said Tuesday, telling a Vermont Public Radio interviewer that the so-called health care “reform” bill is hopelessly flawed by all the compromises and should be killed.
“This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate,” Dean said. “Honestly the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill, go back to the House, start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler bill.”
President Barack Obama’s White House went ballistic, shifting their anger from efforts by maverick independent Joe Liebermann to scuttle the bill to Dean, who carries a lot of weight with the left side of the Democratic Party.
Computer technicians have found 22 million missing White House e-mails from the administration of President George W. Bush and the Obama administration is searching for dozens more days’ worth of potentially lost e-mail from the Bush years, according to two groups that filed suit over the failure by the Bush White House to install an electronic record keeping system.
The two private groups — Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive — said Monday they were settling the lawsuits they filed against the Executive Office of the President in 2007.
In a headlong rush to leave town for the year, the House is trying to clear its plate of legislation to finance the military, help the jobless and permit the government to run up more debt.
Democratic leaders also are touting a new $154 billion measure combining help for state and local governments and the unemployed with nearly $50 billion in spending on highways, housing and school repair as part of a year-end plan to create jobs. That measure was scheduled for a vote along with the other issues Wednesday, though the Senate won’t act this year.
Much of Wednesday’s action would simply punt a host of difficult issues into next year by extending for just two months expiring funding for highway and other infrastructure projects.
History may be calling but time’s running out to act by Christmas, so Senate Democrats are coming to terms with the idea they won’t get everything they want from health care overhaul.
For the second time in less than two weeks, President Barack Obama cajoled restive Democrats on Tuesday, urging them not to lose perspective amid intense intraparty battles over government’s role and reach in health care. The public plan liberals hoped for appeared dead in the Senate, as did a Medicare buy-in scheme offered as a fallback.