Speaking at the opening of a community health center in the West Side Austin neighborhood Saturday, U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) said it’s “unfortunate” that senate Republicans won’t join Democratic efforts to pass a health care bill, but that the Democrats are ready to go it alone.
“I think they’re going to oppose our efforts,” said Durbin. “Now we have to get the job done.”
Durbin wouldn’t venture to predict predict when the bill will pass, but said he believed it will be “a matter of weeks, not months.”
Durbin noted that the process of “reconciliation” could be used as a way to improve a senate bill already passed.
I knew Durbin wouldn’t let us down. President Obama and the Democrats have opened every possible door for the Republicans to get involved and be part of the solution. Unfortunately, Republicans can only think in sound bytes.
The time for passing health care reform has finally arrived. May it happen soon.