Democrats To Push Healthcare Bill Through With No Bipartisan Support
Things were looking up for opponents of Obama's health care bill as the Democratic majority in the Senate has been stymied by Republicans and conservative Democrats. However, the Congressional Democrats will do anything to get this bill passed, and since they could not get the 60-vote-filibuster-proof margin needed, they have another method up their sleeve:
Democratic success could depend on an obscure tactic called reconciliation, a type of budget maneuver that requires only a simple majority -- 51 votes -- to pass.
This essentially means that the Democrats will be going at this alone- a very risky move to take, and something that a top Senate Republican says would be "like a declaration of war."
And to make things worse:
If Democrats choose to go it alone, the public health insurance option is likely to be back on the table because there would be no need to win the votes of Republicans or conservative Democrats.
A recent survey shows that 59% of registered voters will oppose the health care bill if the Democrats decide to go ahead with the bill without bipartisan support. Is America becoming some sort of "Democrat dictatorship"?