Cynical Synapse

Fri, 12 Mar 2010

Dr. Obama’s Magic Elixir—Cure Worse than Illness?

Filed under: Citizen rights, Congress, Government, Life, Medicine, Politics, President, Society, Take action — cynicalsynapse @ 6:55 pm

Dr. Obama's Magic Elixur

Pres. Obama delayed his Asia trip to focus on the health care bill in Congress. Obama had been pushing for the House to pass the Senate version of the health care overhaul bill by March 18th, the day he was supposed to leave for Indonesia. Instead, he now plans to leave March 21st.

As if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) vote-buying to pass the Senate version wasn’t bad enough, there’s been a lot of talk about the Senate using the reconciliation process to pass health care reform. The parliamentary rules allow a simple majority to avoid filibuster and bring budget reconciliation measures to a vote. Overcoming a filibuster for other bills requires a 60% majority in the Senate. It’s obviously totally unethical to use “budget reconciliation” as a means to pass such far-reaching legislation as health care reform. I’ve told my Senators as much.

healthcare jihad

But the reconciliation process in the Senate is not the real issue. The Senate parliamentarian ruled health care must be signed into law before reconciliation can be used to apply any so-called fixes politicians want. So, the real fight on health care is in the House of Representatives. The House has to pass the Senate version, which has abortion provisions opposed by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and others. At this point, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) does not have the 216 votes needed to pass the Senate health care version. But, Democrats are looking at a rule change to bypass a vote on the Senate version, provided a House corrections bill, to fix issues with the Senate version, passes.

Health care reform is certain to come up for a vote in the House during the next week. The time is now to let your US Represenative know how your views on the current health care overhaul bills. Americans for Progress has a preformatted email message you can send your Representative and Senators. They’ve also got a form to provide your Representative’s office phone number. You need to inundate your elected officials with emails and phone calls so they clearly understand the majority do not support the current health care overhaul plan. I don’t think I overstate this is the most important Congressional issue of our lifetime, especially considering health care form’s questionable consitutionality.

Health care battle


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2 Comments

  1. Excellent post and thank you for the link!

    Comment by steve — Sat, 13 Mar 2010 @ 6:08 pm

    • Thank you and you’re welcome. I like to link primarily to bloggers before news sources and prefer those on my blogroll.

      Comment by cynicalsynapse — Sun, 14 Mar 2010 @ 11:04 am


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