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  • Reid Unveils New Bill. Now What?

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) just unveiled his much discussed amendment (called a manager’s amendment), which many believe is the President’s last chance to secure significant health care reform before next year’s mid-term elections. Fittingly, since no one has seen the bill, the Senate clerk is now reading the bill, which could take upwards of eight hours.

    During that time, everyone will be trying to understand what is included in the bill. That includes understanding the key provisions that may have been inserted to win the support of Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), who appeared to be the lone holdout within the Democratic caucus.  Heritage analysts are busy trying to understand the details of the 383-page amendment, though their general observations, public option and Medicare buy-in aside, remain.

    The question for many casual Senate watchers is, now what? Senator Reid has narrow window of opportunity to pass this version of Obamacare out of the Senate before Christmas. In fact, most insiders suggest that a late-night Christmas Eve vote on passage is likely. There will be several key votes along the way; the first could be at 1AM Monday morning, when Washington will still be digging out from what could be a record snowfall. At that point, Senator Reid will need to ensure all 58 Democrats and 2 Independents support his legislation, as 60 votes will be needed to end debate.

    For those counting the hours, it would set up the most crucial vote of the entire health care debate less than 40 hours after Senators and the American people first saw the new bill. Remember back in October, Senators Blanch Lincoln (D-AR), Evan Bayh (D-IN), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Mark L. Pryor (D-AR) and Jim Webb (D-VA) wrote a letter to Senator Reid requesting the bill and official score from the Congressional Budget Office would be available for at least 72 hours.  For those snowed in along the East Coast, sit back and enjoy the clerk’s reading of the bill. It’s going to be a long day.

    UPDATE:  Various news outlets are reporting that Senator Nelson (D-NE) now supports the language and will vote to support the legislation.

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    8 Responses to Reid Unveils New Bill. Now What?

    1. Jim - Ohio says:

      AMERICA !!!!!!! PLEASE WKE UP AND PAY ATTENTION.

      OBAMA, REID AND PELOSI ARE LIARS !!!!!!!!!!!!

      THEY ARE PUSHING US INTO TOTAL DEPENDANCY ON THEM.

      SOON AMERICA WILL BE LIKE THE MOVIE "ESCAPE FROM

      NEW YORK". GOD HELP US.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Richard says:

      Congratulations Rush and talk Radio conservatism. We voted out the rascals and get Nationalized helthcare.

      The question we need to ask is what now. How can one create private healthcare transactions or sue on constitutional grounds.

    3. Stirling, Huntingdon says:

      This is a joke what is being done by our elected officals. We are now seeing just how little the democrats care about the people. I will assume that come election day that they won't mind if we return the favor by voting them out without considering their feelings for what they "think" they have accomplished.

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    7. Kathleen, MI. says:

      I've never been so mad & worried in my entire life! We find ourselves , in our 60's, uninsured, because of job loss. Our income threshhold will be too high to qualify for help..yet they will force us to buy insurance! How can that be possible? We don't want ANY govt. help! I hope that those of you who voted these Marxists in are happy with the results. I know that when I'm living in my car, I'l be relieved to know that, in 2014, I can make a doctor's appointment (six monthes out) & get great "government rationed" care.

      We must vote them all out. They are trying to ruin America.

    8. Freedom of Speech, T says:

      The States need to get their brightest Constitutional scholars onboard and take this to the Supreme Court before the court gets packed with any more activist legislators from the bench! They can also file a separate suit addressing the unconstitutional mandate threatening Americans with jail/fine.

      NOW, maybe well-meaning Democrats will understand the danger of allowing the radical left-wing of their party to speak on their “behalf”. Ultimately, the Democrats will suffer as well.

      These leftists make no distinction in destroying any opposition. Their oratory, arrogance, smoke and mirrors, and flat out bribery is a disgrace. Most importantly, they are not protecting the Constitution and they are not representing the will of the American people.

      So, what is their purpose in office? Power – period.

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