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  • Senate Republicans deploy ‘nuclear option’ after Gorsuch filibuster

    04/06/2017 9:16:33 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 109 replies ^ | 4-6-2017 | Judson Berger
    Senate Republicans deployed the so-called “nuclear option” Thursday afternoon in a bid to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, moving to overcome a Democratic filibuster just minutes earlier. The Senate initially voted 55-45 on a motion to end debate on Gorsuch, with four Democrats breaking ranks; it needed 60 to succeed. Known as a filibuster, this vote triggered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to go “nuclear.” This means he is trying to change Senate precedent so that the Senate can move to a final roll call with just a simple majority of 51 votes, as opposed to 60....
  • Nuke ’Em: Priming the Senate for Necessary Action

    11/14/2016 5:25:48 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 16 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11/14/16 | Jed Babbin
    They’re prepping the congressional battlefield for the two toughest fights the Dems will have in 2017: the repeal of Obamacare and the confirmation of Trump’s nomination of a conservative to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Those are the two most important campaign promises Trump made that have to be accomplished in the coming year if they’re going to be accomplished at all. The Dems will mount their first round filibusters when the confirmation process begins. They will filibuster some of the cabinet and subcabinet folks as a warm-up so that they and their media allies can...
  • Is It Time for the Benedict Option? (moral and social disintegration)

    05/29/2015 6:49:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies
    NC Register ^ | May 28, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    The poet T.S. Eliot predicted that, after the disintegration of Western society, civilization would be conserved and restored by a new monastic movement. He was referring to the events at the end of the fifth century, when Benedict of Nursia abandoned the decaying Roman Empire and established small communities of men and women dedicated to prayer, work and study. In Benedict’s day, the once-great Roman Empire had collapsed into chaos. Through economic disaster, famine, plague, moral decadence and political corruption, the society was enervated and vulnerable. Barbarians invaded from the north and east, sensing lucrative spoils to be had. In...
  • Private alternative to Medicaid expansion faces crucial vote in Arkansas

    02/18/2014 11:55:29 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 12 replies
    PBS ^ | Feb 17th, 2014 | Hari Sreenivasan
    In Arkansas, an alternative to the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion uses federal dollars to purchase private health plans for low-income residents who fall in a coverage gap. But now, as other states consider following suit, the Arkansas law, known as the “private option,” could end unless it is renewed by state lawmakers. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
  • McCain Reads From WFB Article While Slamming Reid on Nuclear Option

    11/22/2013 6:11:00 AM PST · by VeniVidiVici · 36 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 21, 2013 | Staff
    Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) ripped Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) on the floor Thursday for his hypocritical role in bringing about the “nuclear option,” quoting directly from a Washington Free Beacon article during his impassioned speech. Reid said in a 2008 interview that, so long as he was the party leader, there would not be a nuclear option effectively stripping the Republicans of their ability to block President Obama’s judicial and executive branch nominees. However, on a near party-line vote Thursday, the Senate voted to approve the measure, 52-48. Reid previously called such attempts at a nuclear...
  • Obamacare adds useless ‘preview’ option to dysfunctional website

    10/12/2013 12:16:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/12/13
    Obamacare’s website,, recently added an option that allows users to preview their new health care premiums — but the new feature leaves out key pieces of information customers need to choose a health care plan. While The Huffington Post celebrated the changes at in a Friday report, the publication admitted that users were only provided limited data about the program in exchange for basic information about where they live and what kind of coverage they are seeking. More detailed information is not factored into the preview, such as: home address, number and ages of adults and children covered...
  • NY Gov. Cuomo: Gun Confiscation “Could Be An Option” (XX BARF)

    12/21/2012 6:04:50 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 58 replies
    The Right Sphere ^ | December 21, 2012 2:14 pm | Posted by Brandon Kiser
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday that he had started discussions with leaders of the State Legislature about new gun control measures, and that he planned to propose a package of gun legislation in his State of the State address on Jan. 9. “There’s a big difference of opinion on these issues,” Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said in an interview on an Albany radio station. The New York Assembly, controlled by Democrats, has voted for a number of proposed gun control measures in recent years, only to have the legislation falter in the Senate, which has been controlled by Republicans....
  • Can you opt out of Obamacare?

    11/28/2012 12:30:52 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 37 replies
    Citizens Council for Health Freedom ^ | 11-27-12 | twila brase
    Two weeks ago, I pointed out Section 1555, one of the major chinks in PPACA's armor according to an attorney at the Goldwater Institute. Section 1555 is in the law under "Subtitle G - Miscellaneous Provisions." Since bringing this up, I've heard from some who believe that this section is limited solely to those who sell ("issue") health insurance. Here again is Section 1555: "No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made...
  • Harry Reid’s Nuclear Blunder

    10/08/2011 3:30:39 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 14 replies
    Wa Po ^ | 10/8/11 | Marc A. Thiesson
    On Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered the so-called nuclear option — unilaterally changing Senate rules by a simple majority vote to stop the minority from forcing votes on uncomfortable amendments. It’s the same tactic the majority would use to undercut the minority’s ability to filibuster. And that’s why it’s called “nuclear” — it dramatically alters the balance of power between the majority and minority. It is not a step to be taken lightly. What great matter drove Reid to push the nuclear button? Apparently Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) was threatening to force a vote on...
  • Senate Dems Change Rules, Enraging Republicans and Postponing Vote on China Currency

    10/07/2011 9:28:46 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/6/2011 | John Brandt
    In a stunning turn of events Thursday night where tempers appeared to boil over on the floor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and many Senate Democrats, through a complicated bit of legislative jiu-jitsu, managed to change the rules of the body, in a manner similar to the so-called “nuclear option.” The vote centered around a procedural maneuver known as “a motion to suspend Senate rules.” The tactic was an attempt by the minority to force what would have been a symbolic vote on President Obama’s jobs plan. It would have required 67 votes to pass, a target Senate Republicans were...
  • The Preferred Option: Israeli Sovereignty over Judea and Samaria

    05/29/2011 10:12:10 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/29/11 | Yoel Meltzer
    Nearly every time I suggest to someone that Israel needs to declare complete sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, I am bombarded with doubts and accusations - "Are you crazy, it can't be done!" "What will the world say?", "America will not allow us", "We'll be boycotted and perhaps attacked", "We'll lose the Jewish majority in Israel", etc, etc. Although it's true that it's a complicated issue, my initial response to the valid concerns is to temporarily change the subject. Thus, rather than addressing each point I bring up the feasibility of the current two-state solution since as they say, "the...
  • Obama: It’s the Public Option Debate All Over Again

    12/08/2010 10:45:49 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    verum serum ^ | 12/8/10 | John
    “Not everyone agrees with us.” It does seem to shock some people on the professional left. But notice he repeats the promise he made on Jon Stewart’s show a couple months ago. Obamacare will grow into a massive, unsustainable mess like Medicare. Count on it.
  • 128 House Democrats Revive the Public Option

    07/29/2010 8:58:00 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 56 replies · 9+ views ^ | 7/29/10 | By Sahil Kapur
    Four months after President Barack Obama enacted the Affordable Care And Patient Protection Act, House Democrats have revived a top liberal priority that was eliminated from the sweeping health care law in the latter stages of a grueling year-long debate: the public option. Armed with a new line of attack aimed at soothing deficit fears, Democratic Reps. Lynn Woolsey (Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) and Pete Stark (Calif.) last Thursday unveiled a bill that would offer consumers the choice of a “robust” government-run insurance plan alongside the private plans in the law’s exchanges. The Congressional Budget Office projects that the bill,...
  • Reid Comes Out For Reconciliation on Public Option

    02/19/2010 1:37:47 PM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies · 1,612+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 19, 2010 | Daniel Foster
    Greg Sargent reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that he would support holding a reconciliation vote on a public option. Said Reid spokesman Rodell Mollineau in a written statement (emphasis Sargent's): Senator Reid has always and continues to support the public option as a way to drive down costs and create competition. That is why he included the measure in his original health care proposal. If a decision is made to use reconciliation to advance health care, Senator Reid will work with the White House, the House, and members of his caucus in an effort to craft...
  • Schumer Joins New Push for Public Option (Commiecare™ on the march - again?)

    02/18/2010 10:25:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies · 349+ views
    Observer ^ | 2/18/10 | Reid Pillifant
    Schumer Joins New Push for Public OptionStory By Reid Pillifant February 18, 2010 | 3:47 p.m Senator Chuck Schumer just announced that he'll sign a new letter pushing majority leader Harry Reid to allow a vote on the public option. "I just added my name to [the] effort to pass a public option through the reconciliation process, and I wanted you to be the first to know," Mr. Schumer wrote in an email to supporters. He's the first of the Democratic leadership in the Senate to do so. He credited four senators--Michael Bennet, Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley, and fellow New...
  • Medicare expansion more costly, less coverage, with no out-of-pocket caps

    12/11/2009 10:11:54 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 418+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Dec.11, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    What’s not to like about the idea of expanding an entitlement program that is already speeding towards collapse, mainly because too many people are entering it already? As it turns out, plenty — and even the New York Times has noticed. It has higher premiums, none of the out-of-pocket caps that private policies have, and will attract a pool with much higher risk, driving costs of premiums and services up, according to a former Medicare trustee: Marilyn Moon, a health economist and former public trustee of Medicare, said that for people 55 to 64, Medicare premiums could be higher than...
  • Medicare expansion idea raises healthcare reform hopes (How is this NOT a "public option"?)

    12/10/2009 4:55:21 AM PST · by RangerM · 19 replies · 682+ views
    LA Times ^ | Dec. 10, 2009 | Noam n. Levey and Bruce Japsen
    It may not satisfy liberals seeking a 'public option,' but the proposal to include Americans as young as 55 in the federal program seems to have increased support for the Senate bill. Reporting from Washington and Chicago - The new proposal for breaking the healthcare impasse in the Senate -- based on a large expansion of the Medicare program -- raised hopes Wednesday among Democrats that the way may be clearing to pass their massive bill by Christmas. The deal, which emerged late Tuesday night after days of negotiations among a group of 10 Democratic senators, dropped the idea of...
  • The Premium, the Button and the Incense

    11/29/2009 5:12:05 AM PST · by MarylousAmerica · 2 replies · 336+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Nov. 26, 2009 | Marylou Barry
    Unless I misunderstand, the socialized medicine plan from hell would not only bilk other patients to provide elective abortions for those who want them, but require all enrollees – even those who view those abortions as murder – to finance them! Sure, this may be in the Constitution, but … on what planet?
  • Lieberman's Stand: No Public Option

    11/23/2009 4:13:14 PM PST · by Senator Goldwater · 75 replies · 1,963+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 23, 2009 | Gerald F. Seib
    Sen. Joseph Lieberman, speaking in that trademark sonorous baritone, utters a simple statement that translates into real trouble for Democratic leaders: "I'm going to be stubborn on this." Stubborn, he means, in opposing any health-care overhaul that includes a "public option," or government-run health-insurance plan, as the current bill does. His opposition is strong enough that Mr. Lieberman says he won't vote to let a bill come to a final vote if a public option is included. Probe for a catch or caveat in that opposition, and none is visible. Can he support a public option if states could opt...
  • Max Baucus: Public option still part of health care reform debate… It’s just less ‘pure’

    10/20/2009 5:11:58 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 422+ views
    Med City News ^ | 10/19/09 | Mary Vanac
    Max Baucus: Public option still part of health care reform debate… It’s just less ‘pure’October 19, 2009 by Mary Vanac WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus told reporters Monday afternoon that he isn’t sure the Senate can muster the votes needed to pass health care reform that contains a “pure public option.” “This issue is alive” Baucus told reporters during a teleconference organized by Families USA, a consumer health care advocate. “We’re looking at it to see what makes the most sense,” the Democrat from Montana said in answer to a question about whether a government-backed health...