It’s election day in Massachusetts, and if Democrats do a good job of getting out the vote, Martha Coakley will win.
But, in case she doesn’t, Democrats have to have a back-up plan for health care reform. Otherwise, once Scott Brown got to Washington, he’d vote to kill it.
There are four options: two acceptable, two unacceptable.
Unacceptable #1 – Go back and try to get some Republican votes. Forget it! We’ve already tried that. They are hopeless. All they want is the status quo.
Unacceptable #2 – Just drop it and start all over again next year. No, no, no. That would mean a huge defeat for Democrats – and for the American people.
- 1. Pass the bill as soon as possible, before Brown is sworn in. But the House and Senate may not be able to agree that soon. In which case…
- 2. The House must itself pass the Senate bill, as is, and send it immediately to the President for his signature. Then the House and Senate can fix it later, through the budgetary process – which only requires 50 votes.
In other words, if Plan A fails, Democrats must be ready with Plan B.
Health care reform is too important to let it be destroyed by a tea bagger from Massachusetts.
That’s my parting shot for today.