The most telling message on health care reform in President Obama’s State of the Union address last night was his chiding the Senate for requiring 60 votes to pass a bill. Hint, hint: “reconciliation” is coming. Many supposedly knowledgeable pundits continue to claim that Obamacare is dead and the Senate would not dare to use the 51 vote reconciliation process, reserved only for budget not policy matters. Think again.
Speaker Pelosi now says she has the votes to pass the pro-abortion Senate health care bill as long as reconciliation can be used to pass another bill which includes the changes House members want. Obama gave her the push she needs in his speech. Wants the public to believe it is unfair to require 60 votes to pass a bill in the Senate, even though the Senate has been doing it for decades.
(As a sub-plot, enter Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska who now claims that if the health care bill is “right,” he will support reconciliation to pass it. )
Doug Johnson of National Right to Life warns that now is not the time to be lulled into complacency. As soon as Reid and Pelosi have their votes and their bill in place, Pelosi could put the Senate bill on the House floor within 24 hours. A dreadful prospect for the unborn children and older people who will be harmed if this monstrous bill is passed.