From THE HILL:
The House and Senate lack the votes to pass President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform proposals, Republican leaders said Sunday, urging the president to “reset” the national health debate.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) confidently predicted Sunday that the healthcare bills currently before Congress would not survive, while his Senate counterpart warned against using a procedural maneuver to try to force any health bill through Congress.
(clockwise from Obama: Michael Phathead Steele, Michele Batshit Bachmann, Lindseypoo Graham, Little Eric Cantor, John Boohoo Boehner, Joe Flash Wilson, Chuck Your Ass Is Grassley, Mitch No Chin McConnell, Max Blue Cross Baucus)
Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made the Sunday morning talk show rounds to counter a media blitz from Obama, who sat for five interviews to advance his administration’s agenda on healthcare and other issues.
McConnell used his appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” to warn the president and congressional Democrats against using budget reconciliation, a procedural tactic to require only a simple majority of votes instead of the 60 needed to break a filibuster.
The top Senate Republican said that the administration would face a “very serious reaction” if it were to rely on Democrats alone to advance healthcare reform.
“I think that that will produce a very, very severe reaction among the American people, who are already, according to the Gallup poll, not in favor of the direction we’re taking on this very important issue.” [McConnell said.]
Yeah, they’re gonna be really, really pissed off if they get to see doctors and get all healthy and stuff!
One of McConnell’s Senate colleagues, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), diagnosed Obama’s flagging healthcare push as inspiring some cognitive dissonance among those who have heard his plans.
“The problem with the president, he’s saying things people want to hear … but when you look at the details, it just doesn’t add up,” Graham said on NBC.
Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, meanwhile dismissed the president’s media strategy of appearing on five different Sunday shows, saying it did not change minds.
“I thought the president said a lot without really saying anything,” Steele said. “It didn’t really move the needle.”
The RNC chairman argued Obama will have to raise taxes to pay for healthcare reform, despite his promises to the contrary.
Michele Bachmann (in her own words):
A lot of members of Congress may have forgotten what the Constitution says. But, again, it is not within our power as members of Congress, not within the enumerated powers of the Constitution, for us to design and create a national takeover of health care, nor is it within our ability to be able to delegate that responsibility to the executive.