Harry Reid Threatens (Again) To Pass Health Care Reform With A Technical Procedure

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is willing to pass THE MOST SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATION IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY, using a technical loophole, a parliamentary maneuver called “reconciliation”.  The sheer hubris of these people.  Do they really believe they can force this garbage down our throats and we will simply take it?

Excerpt from Fox story below:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid threatened on Tuesday to use a procedural maneuver to steamroll opponents of health care reform, even as a Senate panel began delicate negotiations over a package that could have the best chance at passing.  The Nevada Democrat, who has issued similar threats before, spoke as the Senate Finance Committee began debate over Chairman Max Baucus’ reform plan.  Reid threatened to use a budgetary tool called reconciliation — also known as the “nuclear option” — that would allow Democrats to pass key parts of the legislation with a simple majority, as opposed to the 60 votes needed to avoid a Republican filibuster.

“If we can’t work this out to do something within the committee structure, then we’ll be forced to do the reconciliation,” Reid said, adding that he views that as a “last resort.”

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Sen. Judd Gregg, top Republican on the Budget Committee commented on the use of reconciliation in another Fox article:

“When you are taking the entire health system of the United States, restructuring it, changing it fundamentally, moving it to the left significantly, basically nationalizing it for all intents and purposes … without any opportunity for changes on the floor of the Senate, well, you might as well not have a Senate.  You might as well just have a House of Representatives.  It totally undermines the purposes of the two branches of government.” 

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