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January 21, 2010

Report: Dems Are Going the Reconciliation Route
Oops: Did Pelosi's Later Statement Trump This Report?

They're like the Terminator.

They will not stop until we stick a pipebomb in their robotic pelvis.

A well-informed source tells The Mouth Nancy Pelosi is set to announce the House will go the reconciliation route on health care reform.

Of course, that means using a budgetary procedure that requires a simple majority to pass.

Itís still unclear to us precisely what that means would be passed, but possibilities would be creating a national health care exchange and expanding Medicare or Medicaid coverage.

Democrats are caucusing now, so stay tuned.

What we need now is for Lieberman (and maybe others) to say they will not go along with this process, and will not provide the votes for the reconciliation stuff.

This is going to drag the process out still further, hurting the Democrats even more, as they have to attempt one after another reconciliation vote. Some votes won't even be allowed -- they cannot take the Cadillac Tax off union workers and government workers, for example, as that measure would increase the deficit, and only deficit neutral (or deficit-reducing) measures are allowed per this process.

So the unions and government employees will get shafted.

Perhaps they think the Republicans will permit this as part of normal-course-of-business, and I pray to God they are wrong on that. Republicans are for tax cuts, but not highly-selective tax cuts only for Obama's political allies.

Thanks to enoxo.


Wait: I rechecked the time-stamp on this article. It's from 9 am. I think Pelosi's later-in-the-day statement that she doesn't have the votes trumps this. I think this may be dated news.


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