Posted by: Debby Durkee | March 13, 2010

Democrat health care shenanigans.

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Democrat health care shenanigans.

Many normal, everyday Americans are appalled by what is going on in Washington, D.C., as the Democrat Congress and the president refuse to listen to the American people. It seems the more Americans say, “Stop,” the more the left-wingers in D.C. push harder and faster. I’m focusing on just this past week where the Democrats have tried some outrageous things to push this bill down an unwilling public’s throats.

Louise Slaughter should be expelled from the House.

Mark Levin, author of the bestseller Liberty and Tyranny, calls for the ouster of Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), chairman of the House Rules Committee. Slaughter has the really brilliant idea of changing the House rules so that they can just say they voted for the Senate bill without actually voting for it. Huh? Levin says she took an oath to uphold the Constitution, and this is a clear violation of the law of the land. You can listen to his short argument at the link (about two 2 ½ minutes.) According to CBS News, this is “a rule that would dictate that the Senate version of the bill is automatically passed through the chamber once the House passes a corrections bill making changes to it.”

You can listen to the audio here:

Slaughter Solution.

Here’s how the “Slaughter Solution” was described on Minority Leader John Boehner’s website:

The Slaughter Solution is a plan by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the Democratic chair of the powerful House Rules Committee and a key ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), to get the health care legislation through the House without an actual vote on the Senate-passed health care bill.  You see, Democratic leaders currently lack the votes needed to pass the Senate health care bill through the House.  Under Slaughter’s scheme, Democratic leaders will overcome this problem by simply “deeming” the Senate bill passed in the House – without an actual vote by members of the House.

These efforts are just an example of Democrats’ disrespect for the American system of government and the American people. I truly am amazed on a daily basis with these corrupt efforts and equally amazed that there doesn’t seem to be any real screaming in the mainstream media. Oh, right, I mean the state-run media.  You can read more here:

More from The Corner.

Levin isn’t the only one totally appalled by the “Slaughter Solution.” This is from Daniel Foster at National Review Online’s Corner blog.

That the Democrats could take this extraordinary step to avoid passing the Senate bill tells you that they have zero trust in the Senate to pass reconciliation “fixes,” and zero trust in the president not to sign the Senate bill should it reach his desk and a reconciliation effort collapse. But most crucially, it gives the lie — in a big, big way — to the Democratic narrative that health-care reform should and will be finished via simple “majority rule,” and not bound up in the arcane rules of the United States Senate.

Read more here:

This was all Wednesday and Thursday. By Friday the Senate parliamentarian was saying that the bill had to be passed and signed by the president before any reconciliation could take place. So, it’s really hard to tell where everything rests at this point. Now there’s talk that Pelosi has the votes she needs without the pro-life Democrats. From Robert Costa also at the Corner blog.

“They’re ignoring me,” (Bart Stupak) says, in a phone interview with National Review Online. “That’s their strategy now. The House Democratic leaders think they have the votes to pass the Senate’s health-care bill without us. At this point, there is no doubt that they’ve been able to peel off one or two of my twelve. And even if they don’t have the votes, it’s been made clear to us that they won’t insert our language on the abortion issue.”

Read that here:

The latest from John Fund.

John Fund of the Wall Street Journals says Pelosi’s “treasure hunt for votes” isn’t going well. Let’s hope it stays that way.

It’s official. The Senate parliamentarian has ruled that if the House of Representatives passes the health care bill approved by the Senate last December, President Obama will have to sign it into law before any amendments can be made.

Fund says that puts the House Democrats in a bind because many of them dislike the bill because of all of the special favors Reid did so that senators would vote for the bill. They’ll be left holding the bag if Obama signs the bill and then the Senate reneges on reconciliation.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hunt for votes was further complicated (Friday) after she decided to abandon an attempt to find compromise language on abortion to satisfy about a dozen pro-life Democrats led by Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak, who only voted for the bill last year because it explicitly banned taxpayer funding of abortions. She is now gambling she can win over enough of the 37 House Democrats who voted “no” last year to make up for the loss of several Stupak Democrats.

As of (Saturday), Speaker Pelosi’s Treasure Hunt for votes isn’t going well. Not one of the Democrats who voted against health care last year has proclaimed support for the Senate bill, while dozens of members who voted for it last year say they are undecided.

This is a fluid story. You never know what might happen next. You can read all of Fund here:

Democracy only works if it’s used.

Abe Greenwald of Commentary Magazine’s blog Contentions, has this to say about the shenanigans of Obama-Pelosi-Reid (and Slaughter too) in this health care fiasco:

Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid are seeking to change the fundamental nature of the country, not by triumphing in rigorous debate, but rather by exploiting a procedural loophole that would allow them to act against the will of the people.

The citizens of this country have historically enjoyed a unique level of influence on their government. But we are now spectators before whom a cadre of floundering ideologues seeks to sever the trusts that make consensual governance consensual. The Democrats lost the public debate. Ask them if they care.

When Barack Obama’s approval ratings plunged months back, Fouad Ajami wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “The curtain has come down on what can best be described as a brief un-American moment in our history.” If only that were so. In truth, the curtain came down on the public’s compliance with our un-American moment. For our current leaders, the mission goes forward. Plan B, it turns out, is as alien to the American experience as Plan A. Having failed to reshape our democracy through demagoguery, Obama is attempting to subvert it by decree. If he needs to dispense with the “we” in “yes we can,” so be it. The “our” in “our time is now”? Gone.

He wrote this as a response to a Charles Krauthammer piece, where he praised the rotation of power and how it strengthens our democracy. Greenwald argues there’s a big “if” that must be considered when you’re dealing with the way Nancy Pelosi has run the House under this president. It’s hard to celebrate democracy when Americans are witnessing Washington politicians’ contempt for the system itself.

It is a contemptuous dismissal of democracy. Just as the plan for socialist annexation of one sixth of the economy is a dismissal of free-market capitalism.

If the fundamentals of our democratic republic remain intact, it will be because of the genius of the system of governance itself. Then, we can hail until the cows come home.

You can read Greenwald’s entire piece here:

You can read Krauthammer’s piece here:


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