Oct 22, 2009

Resounding defeat for Reid on ‘Doc Fix’ in Senate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (pictured) was unable to muster even a simple majority for the “doc fix” bill.

The legislation was defeated, 47 to 53.

A clearly nervous Reid paced the chamber’s just prior to the vote and afterward looked to blame the defeat on GOP Senators, arguing it was a result of “activities and actions by the Republican-dominated Washington.”

Hmm, Republican-dominated Washington? Last we knew the Democrats had a majority. Wait until Reid has fewer Democrats in the Senate. Actually, Reid’s own re-election bid in Nevada is in serious doubt.

The ‘Doc Fix’ bill is a $250 billion extension to the Medicare physician payment program.

Reid’s defeat marked a potentially inauspicious start for Democratic leaders to the formal floor debate on the larger health care overhaul.