Republican Rep. Calling for Uprising if Healthcare Reform Passes

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has laid out a strategy to pass health care reform in the next couple of days by allowing the House to vote on the details of the reconciliation package instead of the Senate bill itself. As usual, progressives are fretting that winning will make them look bad. On the other hand, conservatives are baying for blood and calling for revolution.

‘Deem and pass’

Nick Baumann of Mother Jones discusses the parliamentary tactic known as “deem and pass” (D&P), which House Democrats plan to use to avoid voting for the Senate bill before the Senate fixes the bill through reconciliation. The House doesn’t want to sign a blank check. If the health care bill passes the House first, there’s no guarantee that the Senate will make the fixes as promised.

Originally, the hope was that the Senate could do reconciliation first. The problem is that you can’t pass a bill to amend a bill that isn’t law yet. That would be like putting the cart before the horse. To clear that hurdle, the House will invoke a rule that deems that Senate bill to have passed if and when the House passes the reconciliation package.  It’s sort of like backdating a check. Ryan Grim explains the process in more detail on Democracy Now!

D&P does not equal treason

Progressives like Kevin Drum worry that D&P will make the Democrats look bad. Meanwhile, the Tea Party crowd is calling for Nancy Pelosi to be tried for treason, as TPM reports. The bottom line is that D&P is no big deal. Republicans used the process 36 times in 2005 and 2006; Democrats used it 49 times in 2007 and 2008. D&P is constitutional. We know because it has already been upheld by the Supreme Court. Kevin Drum writes, “If you have a life, you don’t care about the subject of this post and have never heard of it.”

Teabag revolution

There is no joy in Tea Party Land, as Dave Weigel reports in the Washington Independent. The tea baggers are frantically lobbying to stop the bill, but the reality is starting to sink in. Their leaders are shifting from trying to kill the bill to planning the tantrum they’re going to throw when it passes:

While many held out hope that plans to pass the Senate’s version of reform in the House would stall out, others pondered their next steps. Some, like Rep. Steve King (R-IA), took a dark view of what might come.

“Right now, they’re civil, because they think they have a chance of stopping this bill,” said King to reporters, waving his arm at a pack of “People’s Surge” activists forming a line to enter the Cannon House Office Building. “The reason we don’t have violence in this country like they do in dictatorships is because we have votes, and our leaders listen to their constituents. Now we’re in a situation where the leaders are defying the people!” Later, King would expand on those remarks and speculate on a possible anti-Washington revolt in which Tea Parties would “fill the streets” of the capital.

Sounds like King is calling for a revolution, doesn’t it? As it turns out, that’s exactly what he says he wants if health care reform passes. Eric Kleefeld of TPMDC reports that King is hoping for something akin to the uprising that overthrew the Communists in Prague in 1989. “Fill this city up, fill this city, jam this place full so that they can’t get in, they can’t get out and they will have to capitulate to the will of the American people,” King said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

Women and health care reform

Health care reform seems poised to pass. Amid the heady excitement, there’s a sense of gloom in the reproductive rights community. Bart Stupak was defeated, but health care reform will probably end private insurance coverage for abortion.

In The American Prospect, Michelle Goldberg urges feminists to support reform anyway. She argues that the women suffer disproportionately under the status quo. If reform passes, it will insure 17 million previously uninsured women. Expanding health care coverage might help reverse rising maternal mortality rates in the United States.

A recent report by Amnesty International found that at least two women die in childbirth every day in the U.S., a much higher rate than most developed countries. The anti-choicers had the advantage because they were willing to kill health reform over abortion. The pro-choice faction did not allow itself the luxury of nihilism.

This post features links to the best independent, progressive reporting about health care by members of The Media Consortium. It is free to reprint. 



photo credit: thanks to Robin Iversen Ronnlund via flickr
By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger


Cindy C.
Cindy C7 years ago


TERRANCE N8 years ago

This truely is a shameful day for America. All brain dead those brain dead tea party folks have the nerve to spuat freedom of speech and the constitution and they ae calling people niggers, faggots, communist, for a health care bill that basically gives customers to the insurance company to exploit.

God truely needs to destroy this country.

While Georg Bush was squandering our treasury in a war he lied us into, while he was taking away our constitutionsl rights, while he was spying on us; where was these ignorant people.

It's just not the ignorant tea party peoples fault either. We have a corporate media; foxnews, msnbc, cspan, cnn, pbs; who have given these fringe right wing radical oxygen for this fire.

This is American white conservative racist tribalism at its worse.

gail d.
gail dair8 years ago

thanks for post

Doctor V.
Doctor V8 years ago

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Sandra S.
Sandra S8 years ago

"KILL THIS BILL ........." Let's hope & pray it goes away!

Sandra S.
Sandra S8 years ago

Text of the reconciliation bill of 2010. Doesn't make a whole lotta sense, but the word "tax" does appear 124 times!

Past Member 8 years ago

Where did Whitney go?

Past Member 8 years ago

"The republican party should be disbanded their ready to destroy this country in the hopes of winning the next election and continuing to ruin this country as they dd before by handing more and more power to their master in big busiess. Corporate america must be changed legally to not 'Have the same rights as a person". ONly then can we be free of our corporate owners and their slaves in congress who work for THEM, not we the people. The GOP is the most anti american party and they must be stopped before they succeed in ruining this country totally."

Lynda it is people like you Lib Tard that are trully UnAmerican!!!!! Our forefathers fought for freedom and you damn leftys are ruinging out country!! Obama has just about ruined our economy. He should be impeached. We the normal American peopel are pissed! You leftys are hell bent or ruining anything that is decent in this country!! You kill babies by the millions, You want to teach our grade school kids how to be queer, you want to tear down the 10 comments, you hate God and anything that is good. You hate normal family's you love queer family's. Tell me what good do you stand for. All I see is negative and evil. Try to convince me otherwise.

Ant m.
Ant m8 years ago

KILL THIS BILL .........

Terry S.
Terry S8 years ago

As a UK citizen I really cannot believe the extent of the opposition in the US to President Obama's health care reforms, which are, in all honesty, extremely modest by the standards of virtually every other developed country. Quite frankly those who oppose these reforms should be ashamed of themselves, their attitude is appallingly selfish and unenlightened.