Received this in today’s email box from the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)
Dems Declare War! After the "Health Care Summit" President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority leader Reid have declared that they will do whatever it takes to get the votes to ram the health care bill through Congress, despite the fact that most Americans don’t want it.
Obama Goes All In. On Wednesday, President Obama gave his full-throated support to health care legislation even though most Americans oppose government-run health care as well as the Democrats’ partisan approach. In his remarks, President Obama rejected calls for bipartisan legislation and endorsed the misuse of the budget reconciliation procedure, an arcane legislative procedure intended for revenue and spending measures. In poker parlance, Obama is betting the House on health care.
Pelosi’s Partisan Push. As for bipartisanship, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi emphatically terminated bipartisan health care negotiations, saying that "[Republicans] had plenty of opportunity to make their voices heard." Pelosi made clear that she is moving forward on health care legislation and will rely exclusively on Democrats for the necessary 216 votes.
Reid Resorts to Reconciliation. By relying on a parliamentary device usually reserved for reconciling budgets, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid proposes to lower the Senate’s requisite support for health care legislation, from a 60-vote consensus to a 51-vote simple majority. The Wall Street Journal explained the impropriety of Reid’s use of reconciliation, calling it "an extraordinary abuse of traditional Senate rules" and "an unprecedented act."
Pelosi’s Bid to Avoid an Easter Rebellion. March 26 is the Democrats’ deadline for the House and Senate to pass health care legislation. The reason is simple: constituents. The end of March marks the beginning of a two-week Easter recess which will expose Congressmen to constituent frustration over health care. To avoid a rebellion among rank-and-file House Democrats, Pelosi must pass health care through the House before they release their members.
Is it any wonder that many people (including me) think that the mid-term elections are going to be a bloodbath for the Democrats, especially if they use the “nuclear option”?