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Democrat Congressman Alcee Hastings (FL) is the only impeached judge in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also sits on the powerful Rules Committee. This is one of the things he said in today’s Rules Committee hearing as the Democrats prepare to put government-run health care on the House floor tomorrow. This is just one example of what’s wrong with the Democrats’ approach to passing government-run health care.
“There ain’t no rules here, we’re trying to accomplish something. . . When the deal goes down, all this talk about rules, we make ’em up as we go along.”
And anyone wonders why the American people are fed up with Washington?
UPDATE: Here is the video of the end of this quote.
Obama will lay out his vision on how to pass comprehensive health care reform today, defying, yet again the will of a majority of Americans who have repeatedly rejected government run health care.
Democrats know they have a short fuse on getting this passed. If they can’t pass a bill by the end of March, it is highly unlikely that they will pass anything this year. The reason is that there is a two-week recess starting on March 26. Democrat leaders know that if their members go back to their districts without a bill passed, there is no way that after two weeks of hearing from their constituents (and right before tax day) that they will pass the bill.
In politics, this is known as raw cynicism.
It is a testament to the ideology of Democrat leadership that they know that their proposal is counter to the will of most Americans, and yet they are determined to pass it any way – and change the rules to get it done.
They will pay dearly for their decision in November, but as Pelosi has said, “this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The next three weeks will be the most important and consequential to the role of government in the lives of the American people as we have seen in my political experience.
And it scares me to death.
The first question Republicans should ask Obama when they meet at the Blair House for the health care summit on Thursday is this: “If we turn to a government-run health care system like Canada, where will the Canadians go for their health care?”
As you may already know, Newfoundland’s Premier chose to come to the United States for surgery on his heart, rather than have it done in Canada.
Isn’t that everything we need to know about why we should have government-run health care?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) cobbled together a tenuous 60-vote block of all Democrats to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed with his healthcare bill late Saturday evening. While he tried to appear triumphant with this accomplishment, it was a short victory lap as many Democrat Senators immediately began to enumerate the various concerns they have with the bill and making it clear that their vote to end debate is very much up in the air.
Patrick O’Connor with Politico is one of the most conscientious reporters on the Hill and his report (along with Carrie Budoff Brown) on the challenges that remain for Reid is one of the best summaries out there.
The bottom line, as articulate by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), is this, “the battle has just begun.”