Reconciliation, an odd name for using the nuclear option on the Republican Party

Reconciliation is a rarely used parliamentary procedure which can be used in the Senate to pass health care reform with a simple majority. This is being called "the nuclear option" and supposedly is a declaration of war against the Republican Party. That is ridiculous. The Republican Party has already declared war against the Democrats. This is self defense.
The Boston Globe writes: "Passing a partisan health care bill is unappealing for Democrats because it promises to be politically dangerous and procedurally messy. After a furious conservative backlash against a health overhaul this summer, moderate Democrats are desperate for even a few Republicans to lend their support."  
So it’s "unappealing", why do they care? They’ve been battered and bruised by Republican bullies whose lying rhetoric is anything but appealing. 
The Republican corporate lackeys don’t want heath care reform because it will provide competition for the private insurance industry. They care not a whit about assuring that all Americans have access to the same health care those with private insurance do.
The GOP hard right has dragooned their moderates into lockstep in order to deny Obama and the Democrats any victory. It’s about politics. They want to go into the midterm elections being able to claim that Obama and the Democrats are failures.
It doesn’t matter to them that our health care system is in a shambles and an embarrassment to a supposedly advanced society. 
It is lost on the self-righteous religious right that it is immoral for a wealthy country with the capacity to provide high quality medical care to everyone is denying it to so many of its citizens.
The United States has two huge domestic socio-economic problems larger than the gap in health care coverage. One is poverty and the other is the percentage of men who are incarcerated. The later of course is related to the former. It will take decades to raise the standard of living for everyone and lower the crime rate.
There’s no single act of Congress that would solve these problems. But health care inequity is related to these and easily solved.
It would only take passage of one strong health care reform bill to help millions of our less fortunate citizens. 
The Republicans aren’t just attacking the Democrats, they are attacking these citizens.
The Republican are using the threat of a filibuster as their nuclear option. This is an attack not against the Democrats but against many of our citizens.
The Democrats must use the nuclear option to defend those citizens.


  1. John1172002

    What we need is Medicare for everyone, with some changes. The head of the Dems should tell the Blue Dog Dems that they either fall in line, or they see the Dem party endorse their Rep opponents come election time. I personally would be glad to pay a tax increase and more for Medicare than I do now. The only thing the Reps are after is 1. making Obama fail regardless of the cost to the nation, and 2. sucking up to the health insurance companies who pay out millions each and every week to Senators and Congressmen because they are afraid their gravy train ride of high premiums and multi-million dollar bonuses to their CEOs would stop.

    Look what happened when JFK told the steel industry to hold the line on prices. The steel companies raised prices regardless, and Kennedy called their CEOs to Washington. Their he told them “either the prices go back down, or I nationalize the steel industry.” Needless to say, the prices went back down. Obama needs to get the same size set of gonads, and get rid of the blood-sucking health insurance companies.

    Isn’t it time for change when health insurance in Manhattan costs more than an apartment there? For God’s sake, WAKE UP!!


  2. AustinRanter

    Thanks, Griff…nice post.

    Oh what a web we weave and we’re so easily deceived.

    La La Land DC isn’t all that concerned with the issues, facts, and figures that you shared with us. After all, accountability isn’t a part of their duties.

    In fact, a portion of the population of this country who is might be remotely aware of all you’ve posted, they will most likely will tune into a radio or TV pundit to gain a better understanding of somebody elses opinions as to the meaning of these tid bits of reality. In the end, they won’t know anymore about the respective “truths” than before listening to a so-called pundit.

    The remaining portion of the population need to have their heads surgically removed from their lower posterior.

    The problems that our nation (and others) have today are profoundly more serious than during the great depression. We live in a much more complex world.

    During the Great Depression, the population was about 139 million. The government wasn’t nearly as dangerous. The banking and market institutions weren’t nearly as sophisticated and way less connected to the world economic system. But they were beginning their quest to become the owners of the U.S. Government.

    Information techology was virtually non-existent…yadda, yadda, yadda.

    So…those who currently own government could care less about public opinion.

    Who we threaten to elect or don’t elect is of no consequence to the folks who own our government. They’ll even throw in mass amounts of money to help elect candidates that are more favorable in any given community. These candidates’ ideologies or political affiliations are of no importance.

    The system is set in concrete and won’t yield to shifts in political personalities or crusaders who are professing to save America. They won’t give in to media because they own them as well.

    These folks who own the government believe in dividing public opinions, philosophies, and political preference. The more divided the public is…the more control they have. They daily engage in behavior manipulation in every public arena.

    A Blast into the Future…

    Eventually, the subsidiary known as The Government of the United States will be phased out by those who currently own it…as it will no longer serve their objectives.

  3. CheckerboardStrangler

    I am more than happy to see them rebel.
    I hereby invite them to SECEDE.
    Please, don’t tease me with empty threats folks, just go on and do it.
    Create the Republic of Jesusland and be done with it.
    Don’t expect a drop of foreign aid though.

  4. griff

    While the pivate sector has shed more than four million jobs so far this year, you’ll be happy to know that government employment is now greater than all manufacturing and construction employment. By the way, government employees make 40% more than their private-sector counterparts. Of course they also receive the best taxpayer-funded healthcare money can buy.

    Federal spending in July rose 26% while tax receipts fell 6 percent. Corporate tax receipts fell 58% while individual income fell 21 percent.

    The Congressional Budget Office says we need to cut spending by 8% while the ten year deficit projection will increase by 9 trillion dollars while our GDP fell 7.4% in the first two quarters of 2009.

    Our public debt stands at 11.797 trillion dollars while our unfunded liabilities are rapidly approaching 70 trillion dollars.

    We built a $700 million dollar embassy in Baghdad larger than the Vatican while most Iraqis get by with two hours of electricity per day. The highly propagandized “pullout” of American forces from Iraqi cities was accomplished by redrawing city maps so the American bases are now located outside the cities.

    More troops are heading to Afghanistan as violence escalates.

    But let’s ignore all that. Mr. Soetoro needs a victory!

  5. woody188

    If you’d like to see roughly half of Americans openly rebel I suggest following this course of action. It is a recipe for disaster.

    If you could tell us exactly what “it” is we are going to get on with, it would help your case immensely. No specifics, no support.

  6. inskeep

    There are now only 99 United States Senators, so a majority is 49. Forty-nine votes in the Senate can pass health insurance reform. It can be done without a single Republican vote or a single “Blue Dog Democrat” vote. Let’s get on with it.

    Jonathan Inskeep
    Crofton, MD USA

  7. ECT.


    Sorry Hal, my signature should have read ” Saultite Canadian ” Yep, I’m a Border friend of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

  8. ECT.


    Hal thank you for this well written and thoughtful article.
    As a Canadian sitting on the side lines..reading and watching all the USA news on the Health Care Reform Bill. I am troubled and at times frightened by the amount of hatred and discourse that both the Republians and some blue dog Democrats are using to stir up the very peope they were elected to help.
    Moreover, I feel a pity that some members of both parties…are so very ignorant about the Canadian Health Plan and tell such outrages lies about it. Shame on them. I have received total care all my life since the late Tommy Douglas was instrumental in putting it forth. No, I never did vote for Mr. Douglas. But, I hold him in high esteem for fighting for ALL Canadian citizens as, he did.
    Today, I read an article from Raw..where a citizen against your HCR, hit a Senior citizen {who was for HCR and the public option} in the face knocking him to the ground where he laid for several minutes. What’s next Hal..will Americans start murdering each other at these Town Hall meetings?
    Keep up the good work is needed in these sad times.

    Eileen C. Tallon
    Saulite Canadian