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The Top Ten Healthcare Amendments
Our own Brian Darling has the top story at Human Events this morning.
President Obama and Democrats in Congress are readying a procedure known as reconciliation to railroad Obamacare through Congress. This abuse of process has been called the Healthcare Nuclear Option, because it’s a way to avoid a filibuster in the Senate.
Reconciliation was created in the early ’70s to allow Congress to balance the budget with a mere majority vote. It would allow Obamacare to be fast tracked with no hearings, no extended debate and no opportunity for members to engage in an honest give-and-take on changes to the package.
Obamacare is a take-it-or-leave-it proposition. Although most Americans want Congress to “leave” it, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) don’t care. Their desire to “take” power means they’ll use every means necessary to pass it.
It is important for opponents to use every means at their disposal to fight this idea. One of the few resources that the minority party has is that it can offer unlimited amendments at the end of the reconciliation process in the Senate and they can be issues that have no relation whatsoever to health care. All that a senator has to do is offer the non-healthcare related amendment, then waive the rules of reconciliation that limit the subject matter of amendments. It is done on most reconciliation measures and is considered a frequently used procedure to force votes on tough issues.