Today’s New York Post has a great editorial on the upcoming battle for universal government health care. The White House and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are planning to block debate on health care reform by using ‘reconciliation’, which would mean that rather than needing 60 votes to pass (avoid a filibuster), the legislation could pass with 51 votes. Since the Democrats have 58 Senate seats, that shouldn’t be a problem. According to the article:
“‘Reconciliation’ is a parliamentary device originally intended to limit Senate debate over the budget. Only 20 hours of debate are permitted; filibustering is not allowed, and the number of amendments is also limited.”
By including his $634 billion so-called “down-payment” on national health-care “reform” as part of this year’s $3.5 trillion-plus budget, President Obama can avoid a full debate on the actual changes he will be making to American health care.
It might be wise to remember that America presently has one one the best healthcare systems in the world. In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”.