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  • Congress’ New Secret Plan to Pass ObamaCare – The Nuclear Option

    Leaders in the House and Senate have a new secret plan to pass President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care plan using strong arm tactics and no transparency.

    I wrote back in September that Congress had a plan to ram through ObamaCare by the end of the year, but the American people stopped that plan. Public outrage was amplified by Rush Limbaugh and others in the media who took up the cause to educate Americans about Congress’ plan to railroad the unpopular bill through Congress with little debate and no opportunity for dissent. Cooler heads prevailed and Congress stopped efforts to sneak the bill through Congress.

    On January 19, the proponents of ObamaCare suffered a big setback. When little-known State Senator Scott Brown scored a shocking upset in a special election for Senate in Massachusetts campaigning as an opponent to ObamaCare, moderates in the Senate and House put the brakes on ObamaCare. The left had to retool their strategy, because there was no will in the Senate to take up and pass ObamaCare again. The only way proponents of Obamacare can win now is if they change the way the game is played, and liberals seem to be prepared to change the traditional rules of the Senate by triggering a legislative Nuclear Option in an effort to pass Obamacare by the end of February.

    This is a Nuclear Option, because the left is preparing a strategy to obliterate the filibuster rule — the rule that requires 60 votes to shut off debate on legislation, for the purposes of passing multiple pieces of legislation that add up to ObamaCare. They will either use reconciliation to pull an end around the filibuster rule or they may be bold enough to merely use a simple majority of Senators to exterminate the filibuster rule from the Senate rule book.

    Sources on Capitol Hill tell me that liberals in the House and Senate are a handful of votes away from a scenario where they can get ObamaCare to the President’s desk by the end of February. Here is the way it works. According to The Hill, “House Democrats are readying a series of smaller ‘sidebar’ healthcare provisions to introduce by mid-February even as they push for using reconciliation rules to move a broader healthcare package, according to leadership aides.” So the plan is to try to pass a few smaller issues and to prepare a so called “reconciliation measure” to make changes to the Senate passed ObamaCare bill awaiting action in the House.

    The reconciliation plan would be done by “using budget reconciliation rules to pass parts of the healthcare package (and) would require only 51 votes in the Senate. But those rules can only be used to move provisions affecting the federal budget.” If they can pass smaller portions of ObamaCare with Republican support, then they jam a reconciliation measure through the Senate with only 51 votes containing ObamaCare tax provisions. Next the House would take up and pass the Senate passed 2,700 page ObamaCare monstrosity. If that happens, then the game is over and the will of the American people will be ignored again.

    President Obama declared at the State of the Union, “here’s what I ask Congress, though: Don’t walk away from reform. Not now. Not when we are so close. Let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people. Let’s get it done. Let’s get it done.” This is a message from the President to Congressional liberals that he will support their efforts to ram through ObamaCare with all means at their disposal. The President showed his complete disconnect from the feelings of average Americans when he called for Congress to pass his health care proposal that has been rejected by the voters of liberal Massachusetts. Real Clear Politics has the President’s plan with the approval of an average of 37.4% and an opposition of 54.4% – that is an average poll deficit of 17% for ObamaCare, yet the President forges forward.

    Liberals can use the Nuclear Option to pass at least some part of ObamaCare and it allows them to deal with the tax or revenue aspects of health care reform. Then they will pull the trigger and force the House to pass the 2,700 page ObamaCare bill which is one House floor vote away from a Presidential signing ceremony. This is a multi-bill strategy. The reason why House members may vote for the Senate ObamaCare bill is because they may have their concerns addressed with the small bills and reconciliation measures that will have passed before this historic vote. This scenario also provides cover for moderate Democrats in the Senate who can vote against the reconciliation measure and claim to constituents that they were, in the end, against ObamaCare.

    This procedure is an indication that Congress understands that even the people of liberal Massachusetts hate ObamaCare, so they need to pass this bill as fast as possible and with little transparency to try to minimize the participation of the American people in this process. A rational politician would see the terrible polling numbers for ObamaCare and the results in Massachusetts as a sign that the bill should be scrapped. The problem today is that the American people are dealing with an elite class of politicians in Washington that don’t care what the American people think about ObamaCare.

    These elites make fun of people who participate in Tea Parties. They have distain for those that show up at Town Halls to voice opposition to the bill. They denigrate protesters who come to Washington, D.C. to demonstrate against a government takeover of health care. They laugh at all the poll numbers that indicate they are going in the wrong direction. They are ignoring the voters and their own constituents to further the cause of President Obama’s vision of a de facto government run health care system.

    This is one of those unique moments in history where a minority number of Members of Congress are protecting the will of a majority of the American people – the big question is who will win?

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    28 Responses to Congress’ New Secret Plan to Pass ObamaCare – The Nuclear Option

    1. Lioness, Wisconsin says:

      This is so despicable; saddling Americans with this is anti-American; the unethical level of behavior is unbelievable! The states need to rebel and protect their citizens. Every member of congress needs to be held accountable for this treachery.

    2. DJ Filak Bisbee Az says:

      If your Elected Representative,s votes for this, VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE! It is time to stop the ruination of the US by so-called Representatives of the People,because they are not representing anyone but special interest groups. Time to send the message, Stop the Madness!

    3. Wesley Johnson, APO says:

      For those of you who understand football, we are on the one yard line with our backs to the goal post and our opponents have the ball on the 1st of 4 downs. Everybody needs to melt the phone lines, bring down the e-mail servers, and let our Politician know that if they passes this bill they will not step foot in D.C. as a representative of anybody ever again.

    4. Mike R says:

      For all of those who supported these "Progressives" starting in the 1960's as they blatantly showed their subversive intentions against our government using stupid college students that allowed the "Reds" to overrun South Vietnam, it is no surprise that our country is about to reap the whirlwind of their "despotic" notions.

      Those who refuse to learn "factual" history, but allow "Progressive" revisionist history to be your guide, are condemned to fall for "propaganda" as did those in Wiemar Germany prior to the advent of National Socialism.

      "Progressives" are guided by Niccolo Machiavelli's "the ends justify the means". As cult worshipers of "Natural Law", their actions emote an arrogance than can only be suppressed in all out war. That is the history and legacy that they have left for generations of peoples who have had to extract themselves from the tyranny of that arrogance. We must recognize that their motto is "survival of the fittest" and they eschew the founders of our US Constitution adherence to "Moral Law" which presupposes the "higher authority" of a creator. As I see it, It is the only law that differentiates human beings from the lower animals.

      You must understand world events will once again be thrust into all out conflict if our country does not eschew the "Progressives" attempt to establish a "Imperial" totalitarian governmen. We must remain a true "representative govern of the people, for the people and by the people, or we shouild all perish for want of our own common sense.

    5. Mike R, Novato Calif says:

      For all of those who supported these “Progressives” starting in the 1960’s as they blatantly showed their subversive intentions against our government using stupid college students that allowed the “Reds” to overrun South Vietnam, it is no surprise that our country is about to reap the whirlwind of their “despotic” notions.

      Those who refuse to learn “factual” history, but allow “Progressive” revisionist history to be your guide, are condemned to fall for “propaganda” as did those in Wiemar Germany prior to the advent of National Socialism.

      “Progressives” are guided by Niccolo Machiavelli’s “the ends justify the means”. As cult worshipers of “Natural Law”, their actions emote an arrogance than can only be suppressed in all out war. That is the history and legacy that they have left for generations of peoples who have had to extract themselves from the tyranny of that arrogance. We must recognize that their motto is “survival of the fittest” and they eschew the founders of our US Constitution adherence to “Moral Law” which presupposes the “higher authority” of a creator. As I see it, It is the only law that differentiates human beings from the lower animals.

      You must understand world events will once again be thrust into all out conflict if our country does not eschew the “Progressives” attempt to establish a “Imperial” totalitarian government. We must remain a true “representative govern of the people, for the people and by the people, or we should all perish for want of our own use of common sense.

    6. Cristian, Union KY says:

      We as the Electorate can use the Nuclear Option at the Ballot Box! No Democrats in the House or Senate would be a good goal. Watch out RINO's.

    7. Ben Dover, CA says:

      It is apparent they don't care what the people want and it has been stated by the elitists (Over-educated ones) they are smarter than you and know what's better for you. You under educated stupid people are to dumb to do anything about it.

      Well if you go to most online property tax databases you can find these over-educated morons home addresses. Yes, like little Nazi Pelosi's on Broadway in SF. Last tax assessment says it was worth $6.5M. She needs to get cards and letters to that address. Let her know what you think of her over-education.

      But as an under-educated Conservative with an MBA and a birth certificate, what do I know.

    8. sally says:

      Those who re write history for their eviel doing may carma struck you down with guilt and ashamed for the lies you have done. Being honest is one thing but also lying to do harm because you think Government knows best when it does not. History does not lie only those who rewrite history and make the eviel look good these people are SOCIALISM'S and socialisms had killed millions of good people, SOCIALISM'S Are WILLING EXECUTIONERS so this is the truth do we want live this nightmer ?

    9. Kathie, Ill. says:

      these elected officials "by the people" need to be voted out so they can return to the planet they came from

    10. Elroy, Bailey, CO says:

      What a bunch of whining complainers without a clue. The 'oh so scary' procedures listed in this article were used by Republican lawmakers to push through Bush's agenda only a few years back.

      But none of you apparently knew this and now take some right winger's 'the sky is falling' argument and parrot it without even doing your own research.

      Here, I did it for you.

      http://thinkprogress.org/2009/03/24/budget-reconc

    11. jason says:

      following the Alinsky model, if they get in trouble, step on the GAS!!

      we also need to make sure that the Repubs we vote for are for limited government and bringing down the soaring debt!!

    12. Jim, Lisle, IL says:

      Obama's arrogance has no bounds. Having studied liberals at close range, I am not surprised by his behaviour. You see, liberals are smarter than us, so much smarter in fact that they have no use for facts or logic and will not debate us. Their superiority is self-evident. We are expected to bask in the glow of their brilliance and to keep in our place.

      Obama's behaviour is merely typical of all liberals. He just happens to be in a position to destroy our economy and our freedoms. Or maybe he can't, if the Republicans stay united and we the people keep up the pressure.

    13. John B. San Diego says:

      President Obama and his hoard in Washington D.C. have lost sight of what "NUKES" are for! While he unilaterally dismantles our "Nuclear Deterrent Arsenal" that has provided protection since 1945 with no regard "MAD."

      "WHAT in blank"

      He and his hoard threaten the U.S. General Population with the "Nuclear Option"

      Just who in the "H**L" is the enemy here?

      We the voters can impose "TERM LIMITS" and it will stand with no opposition!

    14. Barbara F Delo says:

      The 'nuclear option' must not pass this bill into law. It's just that important! There are several reasons for this. First, the current plans propose to cut funding for Medicare and long-term healthcare putting the most frail and vulnerable members of our society at risk.. Secondly, this option sidesteps the rightful Constitutional process. Finally, it shows contempt for the will of America's citizens!.

      I'm ready to man the phones..

    15. Bobbie Jay says:

      only the weak have to lie, cheat and steal to get their way. Nancy Pelosi seems old enough to be my grandma. I thank God, she's not.

      no government "change" of rules allowed. If you can't follow the rules get out! We can't afford kindergärtners running this country. and bribes to any state, shouldn't weaken the vote to give into this health care takeover rammin scam.

      If you are true to your people you will do what is wanted "of the people." i haven't heard any Americans crying or dying to get this scam passed…

    16. Nicholas, Pueblo CO says:

      this is horrible those moronic progressive near socialist bullies are refusing to listen to us the American people. In Obama's speech he even says he can't do change alone and basically the people and the Republicans need to fall in line. I say no!!!!!! We don't want to trash our country with this notion of socialized health care especially when all you want to do is do it your way the progressive way.

    17. Keith, Rhineland, MO says:

      If they pass this, will it be too late? Will we be able to overturn this cluster/mess when We The People take back the Congress. If not, we will be doomed as a nation and the next elections won't mean a damned thing anymore….the Progressives will have won. It MUST be stopped NOW, not in November. WE have to find our own Nuclear Option and use it NOW. I wish I knew what that was. We are dealing with some seriously twisted people here.

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    19. Brom, Redding CA says:

      The times we live in require us to embrace the principles and courage of our founding fathers. We as a people must require the same of our elected officials.

      This debate is not about left or right. This debate is about government rights VS Individual rights. Our government has no rights unless we give them rights.

    20. Julie, Seattle, WA says:

      I knew this administration had it's own agenda but I had no idea they were as evil as they are. They are acting like gods, "we'll take care of you, only we know what's best for you".

      If someway it passes we should make it very complicated for them to implement their plans, they sure aren't taking our concerns seriously why should we take theirs?

    21. Patty P., Oklahoma says:

      Voting out these Progressives and RINO 'non representatives' is exactly the right thing to do.

      Another very important option is to exercise state's rights via the 10th Amendment and new legislation thru each state that will protect citizens from tyrannical legislation created at the federal level. This is where the people rule – at the state and local levels. Get involved as a citizen lobbyist in an organized effort thru the grassroots organizations in your state!

      This Feb. 1st, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Oklahomans will engage legislators at the state capitol on opening day. We will present flyers to legislators that ask their support in bringing several bills and resolutions to a vote during the current legislative session. We have done our homework and have the support of many legislators who are sponsoring legislation proposed by dozens of grassroots organizations.

      Learn your history to become better informed, and get involved in an active process to protect your liberties and change the legislative climate now and forever! So many people are counting on us!

    22. Tony B., MN says:

      @ Elroy Bailey- The 4 bills the republicans passed using these methods were budget bills. Tax cuts mainly. If the dems try to use this to pass health care legislation it will be unlawful. The reason this "nuclear option" was put in place was for budget issues, not health care or any other bs.

      Just a reminder, if your going to state something as a fact expect that someone is going to check up on it.

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    24. Jeff Swanson, Metoli says:

      This is scary. What can we do, short of taking up arms, to stop these crooked, anti-American polititions in Washington from killing our country and the American way of life? I used to believe that the right thing to do was to write to our representatives, but I no longer think this is affective, because I don't think they care what we think. With leaders like Obama, Pelosi and Reed, and those who fall in lock-step with them like Oregon's Wyden, Who do you turn to for resolution when you don't agree with the way they are taking our country. What is the answer?

    25. Jeff Swanson, Metoli says:

      The government has no rights. Only the peopls have rights. The government has power, but only that power that we grant them. They are getting away with this because we are letting them get away with it. Let's take the power away.

      I think two things should happen if they insist in ramming this down our throats.

      1. Take away thier right of exemption for any and all laws that they pass. That is, they have to live by the same laws they are trying to make us live by.

      2. Nobody abides by the un-health care they aretrying to pass. they can't put us all in jail.

      Also, we should demand a Supreme Court challange to the constitutionallity of this bill.

    26. bywhatright says:

      Go to dickmorris website: it IDs 23 house dems that are weak for reelection….drive those folks into fear by whipping of the districts and nancy has no hope of ever getting to reconcilation ’cause she need at least 6 dems to concur with the senate version . . .without the senate version passing…obama can’t sign into law and without that there’s nothing to reconcile….kaput goes obamacare.

    27. John, Mississippi says:

      Really? This guy is Heritage's "Director of Senate Relations"? So, Heritage either employs in that post someone who has no clue what the nuclear option is, or someone who willfully lies about it? Thanks Heritage for proving you are a propaganda outlet!

      The 'nuclear option' consisted of a majority (51) of the Senate declaring that the rules did not say what they clearly said (in this case that the rules allowed the filibustering of judicial nominees), as opposed to 60 or 67 agreeing to change the rules as called for in the rules, so that a 51 majority could do what it wanted despite the rules. Basically, this would turn the Senate into a field of Calvinball, where a majority of 51 just made up whatever rules it wanted as it went along.

      Reconciliation is allowed by the rules, which is why the GOP used it to pass many bills under W, including his tax cuts.

      Isn't this something Heritage should expect its "Director of Senate Relations" to know?

    28. Jim Missouri says:

      Only God can give man rights not congress or the president. I have a right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness given to me by God . I do not have a right to health care, housing, a job, food ect…. Neither congress or the president has the right to assign these to me or take from me and assign these rights to others. If I want these I have a right to work hard and obtain these through my own efforts. God gave me this right. President Obama is not God neither are the other elected officials. I think this is spelled out very clearly by the genus of our founders. This is why America is great and better than any nation now or ever before. If people want to live under a government that provides rights not given by God then they should leave America, there are numerous places they could go where rights are given by politicians to the population by taking rights from others in the same population. Hard working people from all over the world flocked to America because here they have the opportunity through their own efforts to obtain what ever they want to make them happy and secure. They could do this without the fear of the government taking the results of their efforts and giving them to someone else as happened in the country they fled from. Wake up or America will just be something that is talked about in the past.

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