Nuclear Health Care

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”?


About Tom Roland

EE for 25 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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9 Responses to Nuclear Health Care

  1. Ken Taylor says:

    A bloodbath is right. I have never seen so much arrogance nor a willingness to commit political suicide as Obama and the Desm.

  2. dcat says:

    I see so will they be going over seas then.

    Tom they will burn for this!

  3. Debbie says:

    It’s hard for me to understand the Democrats destroying their party over a health care bill that doesn’t do what they want it to do. It’s not going to cover everybody and it’s not going to have the totally government controlled insurance that they want. Very strange, but hey — let them keep going.

  4. The November 2010 elections had better be a turn around! If not…

  5. Tom says:

    Folks, the problem is that the politicians have agendas, and that agenda is to serve their party. The Democrats agenda is to pass health care reform, no matter the cost. And the cost may be high for their allegiance to their party and not to the American people, the ones who elected them to office in the first place.

  6. The Griper says:

    i suggest we wait before writing the obituary of the Democrats this fall until after this bill fails or passes.

    you are relying on opinion polls in regards to the mindset of the people and as history has shown, the people can be very fickle in regards to their opinions.

    it all depends upon how the Dems will spin this and how well the republicans can counter that spin that will determine the final vote this fall.

  7. Z says:

    No, no no…Reid would NEVER resort to reconciliation…remember, he said they’d NEVER said they would. Oops…he DID say it only days before he DIDN’T say it. grrrr
    If we can’t turn the country around in November, the country could never recover.
    Yet, the Tea Partiers, a movement I was SO high on and still will be if I can get past what I”m thinking lately about them, are now sounding suspiciously as they’re going to go for THIRD PARTY CANDIDATES! (See the only way Harry Reid could possibly win Nevada again ,please…you’ll be sick to your stomach at the new TEA PARTY CANDIDATE and how that could dilute the Republican vote that was a SURE THING before his candidacy) DARN

  8. Tom says:

    Griper – I agree. While the polls say one thing, the voters may reverse themselves in the mid-term elections. And who knows what the elite in Washington will do between now and then.

    Z – The TEA party should remain a protest group – a counter to the unlimited handout special interest groups that just want their causes to benefit without regard to who actually pays for it. While a third party sounds nice, the reality of the matter is that third parties don’t win elections – the Democratic and Republican Parties pretty well have a lock on the political parties that will get elected.

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