ObamaCare is Dead!Submitted by Orwell1984 on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 13:43
Found this newsletter in my Spam mail from rightmarch.com
Since I donated money to Ron Paul and other liberty candidates, I get a lot of junk mail from other "conservative" PACs and organizations.
But this one made an interesting point:
ALERT: I'm sure you know that the U.S. Senate passed its version of socialized health care -- better known as "ObamaCare" -- in last-minute votes, in the dead of night, right before the Christmas holiday.
BUT -- did you know that, thanks to a parliamentary maneuver by Senate Republicans just before the recess... ObamaCare could be dead on arrival in the U.S. House of Representatives?
IT'S TRUE -- but WE have to make sure that it DOES die!
TELL CONGRESS TO REJECT SOCIALIZED HEALTH
CARE -- BETTER KNOWN AS "OBAMACARE":
SEND YOUR FAXES NOW!
After Sen. Harry Reid was able to bribe and cajole 60 Democrat and Independent Senators to vote for "cloture" and pass the Senate version of ObamaCare, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) engineered an "objection to the appointment of the conferees". What that means is this: The U.S. Constitution, in Article I, Section 7.2, specifies that every bill has to pass both houses of Congress before it can be signed into law. However, it has to be the exact same bill that passes. That usually means that, when a bill is amended in one house (like the Senate amended the House bill, in order to get the 60 votes needed to pass it), a "conference committee" is appointed with members of both houses to "iron out" the differences, and then each house votes on the final compromise bill with no amendments allowed.
That's what usually happens... BUT NOT THIS TIME!
THIS TIME, Republican Leader McConnell (at the behest of Sen. DeMint) actually objected to the appointment of the conferees -- something that's almost never done. That means that the Senate ObamaCare bill must be amended on the House floor to gain the votes they need to pass it on the House floor. And because of Sen. DeMint's objection to the appointment of the conferees, there will be no conference, or conference report. Democrats can resort to a fallback: they can propose a motion to appoint conferees, but that motion is subject to filibuster. It would likely require three separate cloture votes just to pass the motion to appoint conferees! So -- the Senate bill goes back to the House, which will have to debate it all over again... including amending it.
If the House amends the Senate bill, they then have to send the amended bill back to the Senate -- where all the 60 vote margin cloture votes still apply -- cloture on the motion to proceed, cloture to end the filibuster, and cloture on any amendment.
And you can bet that the House WILL amend the Senate bill. There are PLENTY of disagreements among Democrats in the House over Harry Reid's compromise bill, in areas like abortion, the public option, illegal immigrant coverage, taxation of union health care plans, and the degree of subsidy available for purchase of health care. Any ONE of these can SINK Obamacare!
On abortion, the Senate bill contains massive abortion funding by virtue of the Nelson-Reid abortion language in the bill that allows states to force taxpayers to fund abortions with government funds. It also contains the Mikulski amendment, which would allow the Obama administration to define abortion as "preventative care" and force insurance companies to use taxpayers' premiums to pay for them. The House initially approved its bill on a three-vote margin only because it contained the Stupak amendment to ban abortion funding. Now, with the Senate's Nelson-Reid language and Mikulski amendment in place, a group of 10-12 pro-life Democrats led by Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan may very well REVOLT on supporting the bill, unless the Stupak amendment is added to the Senate version of the legislation. And if the Stupak amendment is added, that would probably prompt some pro-abortion Democrats to vote against the bill. RESULT: OBAMACARE DIES.
On the issue of having a "public option" completely run by the government, there are a BUNCH of hard-core leftist Democrats in the House who have pledged to vote AGAINST any healthcare bill that doesn't include that public option -- which the Senate bill doesn't. The leftists themselves count SIXTEEN Members -- and the House bill only won by a margin of TWO VOTES last time. In order to pass the bill, it will have to be amended to include a public option -- but several Democrat Senators said they will vote AGAINST any bill that includes a public option -- and the Senate bill only won by ONE VOTE last time. RESULT: OBAMACARE DIES.
Leftist Democrats are also starting to balk at the idea that, in the Senate bill, millions of Americans will be forced into private insurance company plans, which will be subsidized by taxpayers. They see that alternative will do almost nothing to "reform health care" but will be a windfall for insurance companies -- and they HATE that.
Another real sticking point in this bill that can help us to KILL IT is a big one: ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, and whether illegals should be covered. The final Senate bill prohibits any unauthorized immigrants from purchasing private health-care plans on the insurance exchange, whereas the House bill would allow them to buy private insurance but prohibits them from receiving any government subsidies to do so. When the White House tried to pressure the House to change its immigration provisions to resemble the Senate bill, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus revolted and threatened to vote against the legislation. While they managed to secure a victory at the time, the Senate put the prohibition back in -- which can KILL it in the House. If the House amends it and puts it back in, it will KILL it in the Senate. RESULT: OBAMACARE DIES.
GET IT? We can WIN this fight! With Senate Republicans now forcing Democrats to "ping-pong" the Obamacare bill back and forth between the two Houses, we can capitalize on the divisions within the Democrat Party itself! If we can STOP Reid and Pelosi from getting enough votes in either House -- that means THE BILL WOULD DIE!