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While You Sleep: 1:00 AM Monday Vote Set on Obamacare
Posted By Dan Holler On December 19, 2009 @ 4:30 pm In Health Care | 83 Comments
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has set the stage for a major vote Monday morning at 1:00 AM – one that would require the support of 60 Senators. That would, if all goes according to Senator Reid’s plan, set up a late-night Christmas Eve vote on final passage. Senator Reid also used a rare procedure to block any further amendments from being offered, debated or voted upon.
When it comes time for Senators to cast their vote at 1:00AM Monday morning, shortly after Sunday Night Football ends and most Americans are in bed, they will have had less than 38 hours to understand a 383-page amendment that introduces several new concepts into the health care debate, including :
It is important for Americans to understand the process being used by the Senate. Barring any procedural snags (of which there are many in the Senate’s complex rules and precedents), the debate is likely to play out as follows:
Last January, President Obama told his senior staff  that “transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.” Now, an unconstitutional health care proposal  that was drafted behind closed doors  and poised to be approved while Americans are not looking will become the touchstone of his presidency. Surely this was not what the American people signed up for .
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 introduces several new concepts into the health care debate, including: http://www.foundry.org/2009/12/19/a-first-look-at-the-managers-amendment/
 President Obama told his senior staff: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/RemarksofthePresidentinWelcomingSeniorStaffandCabinetSecretariestotheWhiteHouse
 unconstitutional health care proposal: http://www.foundry.org/2009/12/09/the-individual-mandate-in-obamacare-is-unconstitutional/
 drafted behind closed doors: http://www.foundry.org/2009/10/29/where-is-harry-reid%25e2%2580%2599s-obamacare-bill/
 this was not what the American people signed up for: http://www.foundry.org/2009/11/20/morning-bell-a-health-bill-nobody-believes-in/
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