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.