Conyers: Obama Must ‘Knock Heads’ to Get Health Care Passed

November 10th, 2009

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The longest-serving African-American elected official in Congress said the President cannot play nice with the the Senate to get health care legislation passed.

From the Associated Press

“The president could take a few pages from Lyndon Johnson’s book…and start knocking heads together,” said Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Conyers, who spoke to reporters in Detroit, first came to Congress in 1965, the year Medicare and the Voting Rights Act both passed under the strong hand of Johnson, by then the president. Obama was not yet 4 years old.

The House passed the sweeping health care legislation late Saturday on a narrow 220-215 vote. By Sunday, the bill was being declared a nonstarter in the Senate.

A government health insurance plan included in the House bill is unacceptable to a few Democratic moderates who hold the balance of power in the there. These senators are locked in a battle with liberals, with the fate of health care legislation at stake.

On Sunday, Obama urged the Senate to follow the lead of the House, like a runner in a relay race. The president says he’s confident senators will do the right thing.

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Jim Young Said on

So knock some heads, this is too important and it has been too long in coming. We need health care and we need it now. People are loosing jobs and will be without helath care soon. The low IQ conservitives keep saying no but soon the Medicaid rolls will be filling and we will have national health care want it or not. What good does it do to let people go so far down that they have to go on Medicaid?



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Joe Said on

Congressman Conyers called it as it is, either you lead as elected or cower down to the far right radicals, who have been receiving Millions in campaign contributions from the Banking and Insurance industries! These Politicians are far removed from the day to day realities of the working class! Both the Senate and Congress have medical coverage for their entire family for $500.00 a year! The working class is one medical emergency from bankruptcy! The propaganda that is being projected by the health insurance companies is geared to promote fear and division between the masses. Where is the leadership that is willing to represent the working class? Thank you Congressman Conyers for being honest!





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