For a man that has promised that he will dismantle our nuclear weapon program, Obama seems to have an affinity for the nuclear option. Okay, so I’m not talking about a real nuclear warhead and a real nuclear winter, but ObamaCare unleashed on this country is pretty darn close. Today, the President delivered yet another address about his plans for health insurance reform. This message was suppose to inform us that the President had embraced the good ideas of the Republicans and would be including them in his plan. But that is not what I heard today. I heard the Illustrious One call on the Democrats to charge forward without the Republicans and get ObamaCare through with reconciliation.
The President made this clear as he stood in the White House surrounded by the photo-op placed doctors donning their white jackets. He said, “We have debated this issue thoroughly, not just for the past year but for decades. Reform has already passed the House with a majority. It has already passed the Senate with a supermajority of 60 votes. And now it deserves the same kind of up or down vote that was cast on welfare reform, that was cast on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, that was used for COBRA health coverage for the unemployed, and, by the way, for both Bush tax cuts — all of which had to pass Congress with nothing more than a simple majority.” There it is, the nuclear option. The President also called on the three people, outside of Washington D.C. and the unions, that support ObamaCare to get out like the tea partiers and make their support known by saying, ” And I urge every American who wants this reform to make their voice heard as well — every family, every business, every patient, every doctor, every nurse, every physician’s assistant. Make your voice heard.”
Obama has not noticed that the overwhelming voice of We The People has spoken. We do not want his reform, which is actually a tax and spend bill. We do not want government intrusion in our lives. It does not matter how often the President promises that he does not “believe we should give government bureaucrats or insurance company bureaucrats more control over health care in America. I believe it’s time to give the American people more control over their health care and their health insurance.” We know that the only reason the government would power forward with this legislation that has little support is for nefarious reasons. The government desires to build the infrastructure for government insurance.
How reconciliation will work is that the House and Senate pass a concurrent resolution, which I assume will have the President’s changes. This resolution instructs one or more committees to report changes to the legislation by a certain set date. Those committees send their reports to the budget committeee, which combines them into a single omnibus bill. In the Senate, the reconciliation bill then gets only 20 hours of debate before the final vote. This means the bill only needs 51 Senators to vote in support of the legislation.
If this gets through, the country will never be the same. It will be a form of nuclear winter.