Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina, the U.S. House Majority Whip, who has been a part of the group crafting health care legislation, is hopeful that health care reform will pass as budget
That, says Clyburn, would not require 60 votes in the Senate, made difficult by the recent Massachusetts election, but would only require 51 votes, a simple majority.
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Clyburn said in his Columbia office Monday that it was the Senate version of health care reform that led to the legislation problems, since 40 percent of the public didn’t like it, while 60 percent of the public liked the House version.
Since the insurance reform elements of the legislation are not budget related, Clyburn says they could be divided into separate bills, and he says that will give them an advantage toward passage. “I would like to see how many Republicans would say to the American public, ‘If you got a child born with diabetes, I’ll vote for that child never to get health insurance,’ ” says Clyburn. “I would like to see how many members of congress would say to a woman with breast cancer that they’re going to vote for insurance companies removing you from coverage.”
About that lawsuit that South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster said may be filed to stop the so-called “Cornhusker Kickback” Medicaid deal for Nebraska, Clyburn says the threat of a lawsuit was not necessary, because the provision was going to be changed, all along. “That was foolishness,” he says. “You’re talking about filing a lawsuit against something the Senate did, as though the House was going to approve. It’s good to help on his campaign, but it’s not going anywhere so there’s no reason to sue.”
McMaster is running for governor as a Republican.