The possibility now is becoming very real and very scary. Right now opposition to socialized medicine and Obama’s “universal health care” plan consists mainly of the Republican filibuster in the senate.
However, the Democrats are now considering ways to defeat the filibuster paving the way for unopposed socialism and Obama-controlled health care.
Fox News reports:
President Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress are poised to trample Republican opposition to his health care bill with a controversial legislative tactic known as reconciliation.
The fast-track process would protect Obama’s ambitious plan to overhaul the U.S. health care system from a potential GOP filibuster and limit the Republicans’ ability to get concessions. It also would give Democrats far more control over the specifics of the health care legislation.
Under typical Senate rules, 60 votes are needed to advance a bill, but reconciliation would enable Democrats to enact the health care plan with just a simple majority and only 20 hours of debate.
Democrats hold 56 seats in the Senate, and two independents typically vote with the party. Republicans have 41 seats, and there is one vacancy.
Republicans have complained furiously about the prospect of health care reform passing under fast-track rules. But they’re not planning to go down without a fight.
A GOP Senate committee aide told FOXNews.com that Republican lawmakers are considering offering amendments to the legislation that would be unpalatable to Democrats.
I find it rather ironic how the Democrats championed the power of the filibuster when they were minority. Now, however, the shoe is on the other foot and they want nothing more than dictatorial passing of legislation with no opposition, no debate and no examination of it’s abysmal effects.
Even if you’re in favor of socialized health care, don’t you think we should have the opportunity to debate and examine the legislation before we cram it down everyone’s throats like the bailout?
It’s amazing to me how “important” things like the filibuster are when Democrats are the minority. Now that they’re in the majority they want no questions asked on their socialist agenda.
Proceed with discussion!