Pelosi Turns to New Tactic to Ram Health Care Reform Through House

The Dems still aren’t listen to the voters.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing a $300 billion “fix” to the Senate health care bill, saying that her chamber could approve the Senate’s package if those changes are made first.

Senior Democratic aides told Fox News that Pelosi has offered up the new package of changes to Senate Democratic leaders, with the hope that they will be able to pass it using a controversial procedural maneuver known as “reconciliation.” The maneuver would allow Democrats to pass the measure with just 51 votes, without having to first overcome the normal 60-vote threshold.

Some Democrats are keen on using that process, since the election last week of Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts broke the Democrats’ 60-vote supermajority. However, some Democratic moderates — notably Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh — have balked at using the controversial tactic to ram through health care reform measures.

Pelosi announced last week that she did not have the votes in the House to pass the Senate health care reform bill as is.

But Pelosi says that if the Senate, and House, will approve the package of adjustments first, the House can then take up the original Senate bill.

President Obama pledged to press ahead with health care reform in his State of the Union address Wednesday night. He said he would not “walk away” from the issue and urged Congress to stand with him.

“Do not walk away from reform. Not now. Not when we are so close,” Obama said.

The president urged Congress to take “another look” at the plan on the table, but at the same time offered to hear out new ideas from both parties.

Any move to then drive through a “fix” to the Senate bill using reconciliation is sure to draw fierce protest from Republicans, who want the president to take a fresh approach to the health care bill.

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