Friday, February 19, 2010

One Way Or Another, Health Care Is Going Down Our Throat.

I don't think this is exactly 'consent of the governed'.

By piggybacking the [Government Takeover of the Health Care System] legislation onto a budget bill, Democrats would be able to advance the bill with a simple majority of just 51 votes, averting a Republican filibuster in the Senate.

[. . .]they can use the aggressive and contentious tactic, known as reconciliation, to pass a far-reaching health care bill in the Senate without having to face the GOP. Democrats lost their ability to block filibusters when Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown won a Senate seat last month.

Reconciliation is the process of passing a bill in the Senate with a simple majority, 51 votes. The rules were changed a few years ago when the Democrats wanted a super majority (60 votes) in order to approve nominations for Federal Judges. For some reason, Democrats didn't want someone named Miguel Estrada nominated for a position on a circuit court. Seemed kind of racist to me at the time.

The scariest aspect of reconciliation? It could be all up to Joe Biden.

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