In a bold attempt to finally pass a health care reform billNancy Pelosi suggested onWednesday that the House should pass the Senate’s version and from there use a process known as “budget reconciliation” to make further changes and amendments to the bill as needed. Because the budget reconciliation process requires only a simple majority in the Senate, it would enable Democrats to circumvent a threatened GOP filibuster.
“Majority rule, we call it,” Pelosi told a group of columnists Wednesday.
House and Senate leaders continue to fued over what later changes to make to the Senate bill, House Democrats have demanded elimination of a new tax on
Public Enemy #1 - Nancy Pelosi explaining her preposterous proposal
high-end “Cadillac” insurance plans. They also want more subsidies to help low- and moderate-income Americans buy health coverage, and more aid to help states expand Medicaid. The Senate version of the bill would give that extra aid only to a few states, including Nebraska.
Altogether, those changes could increase the cost of the healthcare overhaul by $300 billion over the next 10 years, bringing it to a total of nearly $1.2 trillion, according to one of the a Democratic aide of the Senate.
Numerous Senate Democrats have labeled that price tag as too high, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has not publicly endorsed the reconciliation approach.
SpokesmanBrendan Daly deceitfully avoided addressing the $300-billion topic by simply saying, “There is no set cost.”
The very same day Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who has ruthlessly opposed the reconciliation process in the past, stated thathe would not necessarily oppose that strategy with health care.
Because the budget reconciliation process requires only a simple majority in the Senate, it would enable Democrats to circumvent a threatened GOP filibuster.
This type of political strong arm tactic is taken by most to be the last breath in the Democrats fight to get their way, when it comes down to it – they are, in so many words, saying‘give us our way and only our way, and if we’ll change it later if we want to.’
This strikes a nerve in me to ask the obvious question – wouldn’t this plan be the same thing as simply doing away with the GOP and letting Democrats take over the entire government? The obvious answer being – yes, why yes it would!
What could be so important that it justifies such a ruthless – offensive – and cowardly move ? One that violates every right and principle on which this country was founded.
One discovery sheds quite a bit of light on what could be a large influence upon Pelosi’s proposal – Lobbyists Heather and Tony Podesta have arranged what they call a fund raising dinner in honor of Nancy and several other Democrats. The cost, $5,000 per person.
Heather’s clients are known to include health-care giants Cigna and HealthSouth, drugmaker Eli Lilly .