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Ford on Obamacare and Boehner

Harold Ford Sr., the former Memphis Congressman and founder of the new Harold Ford Funeral Home, has been in town this week for the formal opening of the new business which we will be writing more about in Tuesday’s edition.
Ford, who now lives in Miami, left Congress at the end of 1996 choosing not to seek re-election and a bit uncertain that he would like becoming a consultant and lobbyist. Now Ford says he will gradually be getting out of that business, remain based in Washington and Miami and build what he hopes will be a group of funeral homes that include crematoriums as well as new types of park-like settings for the urns containing the remains of those who are cremated. The operation features computer links that allow for 24-hour remote viewing of services and even the permanent settings for the urns in the park.
Earlier this year, Ford closed on the shopping center at 1638 Sycamore View and the funeral home will take up the entire center. Ford is in Chicago this weekend to prepare for the opening of the same business there.
It’s a business Ford knows well. He has been in it all of his life. It is the family business through several generations. And he maintained his mortician’s license through out his storied and groundbreaking political career.
So, you can understand us asking his view of what will happen in Washington with the potential government shutdown and the future of Obamacare.
“It’s a tough call for Congress. I think the House just might be silly enough not to pass this. I’m not sure they are going to agree with the Senate. If not, we are headed for a shutdown,” Ford said Friday afternoon as he mentally reviewed where the votes appeared to be in the majority Republican house led by House speaker John Boehner. “I don’t think Boehner can get his votes. If he brings his bill to the floor there are 189 Democrats on the floor. All three of the Republican leaders in the House are in support of passing this and funding Obamacare. They don’t want to fund Obamacare but they are willing to let it go through and not have the government shutdown. So all they need is 25 votes. If Boehner can’t deliver that – what Boehner is really afraid of is that if he puts it on the floor they will get a Republican caucus and vote him out of office. … It’s a tough call for him. But I think he ought to be a statesman even if it costs him his speakership. He’ll go down in history as a brave and great guy.”

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