I was listening to my usual Radio show this morning (Chris Stigall, KCMO-710) when he mentioned that the democrats will NOT follow the traditional reconciliation process to merge the House and Senate versions of Obamacare. The usual process would include republicans by percentage of their seats, i.e., 40% of the Senators attending the reconciliation session would have to be republicans.
The dems cannot allow that. They do not want ANY republicans involved. Instead they will gather a group of dems in a private meeting to create a new version from the House and Senate bills that were recently passed—unilaterally. Once again, any republican input and review is being blocked.
And that brings up the question, why? One answer proposed by Stigall is that the dems don’t want the contents of these bills made public. If that is true, and I don’t doubt if for a minute, then we have another betrayal of the citizens of this nation by the democrat party. Michell Malkin made this post on her website concerning this process change.
Now that health care reform is moving to the floor of the Senate, Democratic leaders are parsing over the details of the bill, devising ways secure 60 votes for reform — starting today, however, they do not necessarily have to.
This past summer, the Senate wrote into its budget rules that beginning Oct. 15, they could use a procedural maneuver called “reconciliation” to pass health care reform, which would allow the bill to pass with 51 votes instead of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster. A committee in the House of Representatives today quietly took the precautions necessary to allow the Senate to proceed with reconciliation, if it comes to that…
…Using reconciliation will remain an option until Democrats can get 60 members to cooperate — and the party wants to pass a health care bill this year. Liberal advocates for reform say getting all 60 Democrats to cooperate should not be difficult, even to pass a bill with the much-debated public option, since they do not even technically need to vote for the bill — they simply need to agree to not stand in the way.
Policy-wise, the reconciliation process is simply not intended for comprehensive pieces of legislation like health care reform.
The Senate rules allow reconciliation bills to pass with a simple majority and limited debate on matters that pertain to the budget — something the Senate saw as too important to be weighed down by partisanship. Since reconciliation bills must pertain to the budget, the Senate is not allowed to use them for matters that would set policy. For this reason, some lawmakers have warned that a reconciliation health bill would have to leave out important provisions (such as consumer protections), resulting in a “Swiss cheese” bill.
If the Senate were to use reconciliation, however, it would most likely include the non-budgetary — and noncontroversial items — in one bill and write a second bill to pass under reconciliation. Congressional staff have been crafting ways they could convert the current legislation into bills that could pass through that process, Weissenstein said.
The real challenge, Weissenstein added, is political.
“I think it would be perceived, certainly by Republicans and moderates, as a last ditch effort to pass something that didn’t have popular support,” he said. “If you’ve gotten to that point, in some ways you’ve kind of lost the war.”
Not only that, the dems have reneged, once again, from their promise to televise the debate and conference sessions. This lead Brian Lamb, head and founder of C-SPAN, to write to the democrat leadership protesting the blockage of C-SPAN cameras. The Heritage Foundation reported that issue this week.
When Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) emerged from a closed-door meeting with top House Democratic leaders yesterday, the press asked her about C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb’s request that she permit cameras to televise the final health care negotiations between the House and Senate. After Pelosi first demurred, a reporter reminded Pelosi about President Barack Obama’s frequent promises to the American people throughout 2008 that he would ensure C-SPAN was allowed to televise exactly such negotiations, to which Speaker Pelosi quipped: “There are a number of things he was for on the campaign trail.”
Speaker Pelosi is right: President Obama’s broken health care promises are legendary. According to reports, Speaker Pelosi wasn’t even referring to Obama’s whopper from last month that he never campaigned on the public option. No, Speaker Pelosi is apparently most upset with Obama’s support for the Senate’s tax on high cost health plans, which she believes is a violation of Obama’s promise not to raise taxes on the middle class. But really, President Obama’s current health care plan breaks so many of his previous health care promises, there is no need for Pelosi to have to name just one. Here are just some of the other major promises President Barack Obama has broken:
Every action by congressional and White House democrats is a betrayal of the nation, of the traditions and practices built in Congress over two centuries, and a betrayal of the spirit of the Constitution if not of the letter of that document. They will pay heavily in the upcoming election but the core Marxists in the democrat party will just consider that a termporary set-back. We must be ever vigilant against the creeping federal tyranny and roll it back at every opportunity. KILL THE BILL!