Monday, March 15, 2010

Health care vote this week

... whether we like it or not.

According to the Associated Press (via, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is scheduling a vote to apply a little-known House rule called "reconciliation" to pass the health care proposal without the House really voting on it. Besides being blatantly unconstitutional (Article I, Section 7 makes it clear that bills must be passed by both Houses), it is obviously a trick to force into law a proposal the American people have made it abundantly clear that they do not want. This is the "nuclear option" I discussed Mar. 4. As says, it is a win/win for Congress and a lose/lose for the American people, since it technically allows Congressmen to argue that they never voted on health care (only the "reconciliation" resolution).

Contact your Congressman and ask him to vote against reconciliation.

If it does pass, we still have recourse in Columbus, by pressing our State Representatives and Senators for the passage of HJR 3 and SJR 7, both of which press for an Ohio Constitutional amendment prohibiting federal health care from being forced on the people of Ohio.

But it would be easier and better to nip it in the bud in Congress.

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