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Obama will call for reconciliation to pass part of the health care bill tomorrow

ABC News reporter Jack Tapper reports that Obama will call for reconciliation to be used to pass part of the health care bill tomorrow if he is not given an up or down vote in the house.

White House officials tell ABC News that in his remarks tomorrow President Obama will indicate a willingness to work with Republicans on some issue to get a health care reform bill passed but will say that if it is necessary, Democrats will use the controversial reconciliation rules requiring only 51 Senate votes to pass the "fix" to the Senate bill.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have been awaiting the president's remarks direction on how health care reform will proceed.

I love this next part which includes text on why ramming the bill through is perfectly acceptable while simultaneously suggesting an open hand policy to Republicans on the other side of the aisle.
He will argue these rules are perfectly appropriate because the procedure is not being used for the whole bill, just for some fixes; because reconciliation rules are traditionally used for deficit reduction and health care reform will reduce the deficit; and because the reconciliation process has been used many times by Republicans for larger legislation such as the tax cuts pushed by President George W. Bush.

The president will also extend a hand to work with Republicans on measures they have pushed, including $50 million for state grants for demonstration projects to explore alternatives to medical malpractice cases, and a crackdown on Medicaid and Medicare fraud as proposed by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

People are already talking about vowing to repeal any bill passed (unlikely) as well as lawsuits questioning the constitutionality of the bill (much more likely).

Tomorrow should be an interesting day--and the fallout afterwards even more interesting.


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Barry's got his ass in the ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Barry's got his ass in the wringer now. Thanks to his arrogance and ego.

"He will argue these rules are perfectly appropriate...." Yeah, the consummate bullshit artist.

Waterloo. He's about to become a Lame Duck even before the 2010 elections.

Why does eveyone assume tha... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Why does eveyone assume that this is going to work?

because reconciliation r... (Below threshold)

because reconciliation rules are traditionally used for deficit reduction and health care reform will reduce the deficit;

Thanks, I needed the laugh.

"Why does everyone assume t... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"Why does everyone assume that this is going to work?"

Because everyone assumes that if the dems are willing to abuse he Senate rules this much, that they are willing to bend or break any and every other rule to get their way.

Well I think it is going to... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Well I think it is going to falter in the house. Also if they don't do it by the Easter recess...then it is all over....the folks back home willl let them know over the break what they think and with November getting closer and closer, msany endangered Dims will balk at committing political suicide.

Now is the time to call you... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Now is the time to call your Senators and House Representatives and tell them to quit trying to completely transform the best healthcare system in the world.

Tell them to just try to adjust a few common things and see how that works before going further.
Tell them to quit f*cking around with socialized med and start concentrating on the economy.

Also, call and remind them ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Also, call and remind them that you are disappointed with Barack and the Dem leadership completely wasting over a year while they wasted time on socialized medicine.
Remind them that the biggest emergency right now is the economy and they should have been focused on it like a laser.

Going to the Senate for vot... (Below threshold)
serfer62:

Going to the Senate for vote before the House votes on it violates protocal (as if that matters to the Kommiecrtas).
The House is the source of origin for money matters.
The stradegy is if it passes the senate then more congressmen will vote Yes.
Of course most voters will vote Throw-the-bums-out!

I like how they keep saying... (Below threshold)
Rich:

I like how they keep saying that polls show the people want the individual parts of the bill...some of the ideas were supported by the republicans.

I like ham,cheese,mayo,bread. I just don't like all the shit you spread on the other piece of bread and the trillion dollars your going to charge me for making me eat it.

<a href="http://www.foxnews... (Below threshold)
retired military:

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/03/02/mega-giga-tera-hella/

I say they call it Obama's gift to the future generations of America. That is about how much money we will owe if he gets reelected.

Oh my God. If Obama goes th... (Below threshold)
SpideyTerry:

Oh my God. If Obama goes through with this, he will have handed Republicans the House (and possibly the Senate) and set the Democrats back for years. Doesn't matter if they succeed or not. Voters won't stand for Democrats trying to ram through a deeply unpopular bill and Republicans will be all-too happy to remind people of this day-by-day.

Alinsky has reconciled his ... (Below threshold)
914:

Alinsky has reconciled his Marxist ass to the point of no return. And thank the Lord their will be no replay for this stupidest jacass ever!!!




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