Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Maddow Exposes Republican Hypocrisy Over Reconciliation

Rachel Maddow has been doing an excellent job repeatedly exposing Republican hypocrisy over reconciliation, which the Democrats plan to use to pass health reform. What the GOP now calls "the nuclear option" has been used by them many times; they used it to pass the Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) pointed out that the Republicans have resorted to it 13 out of 18 times since 1980. Further, if reconciliation is a "nuclear option," there is a precedent for using it to pass such health programs as COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Watch as Maddow points out these facts and more:

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