Health Care Reform will pass through reconciliation, and that’s the most important thing to take away from Maddow’s clip, but she really does a thorough job in exposing the hypocrisy being employed to try to undermine the process.
Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) now opposes the health insurance mandate he proposed.
(Yes, his own idea!!!!)
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) denounces reconciliation even though he’s been a willing participant in the process many times before.
(It’s okay when he does it. Just not Democrats.)
And Senator John McCain (R-AZ) wants reconciliation rules changed to stop the process from being used as a means to get around a filibusters involving “entitlement” programs…
(Yes, even though he’s done it.)
But Maddow really skewers Senator Orrin Hatch and his Washington Post oped piece on how reconciliation will just undo the legislative process.
(Hatch only participated in reconciliation in ’89, ’95, ’96 ’97, ’97, ’99, 00′, ’01, ’03, ’05, ’05, and ’07. )
Just how riddled in falsehoods is Hatch’s oped piece? The Atlantic Wire counts the ways.
And just to insure a complete and total Republican conniption fit…the money-saving public option is picking up steam as part of reconciliation.