Democrats go for Nuclear Option
Talk about killing two birds with one stone! They have changed the subject and they have brought us even more Liberal Fascism. Very competent.
The partisan battles that have paralyzed Washington in recent years took a historic turn Thursday, as Senate Democrats eliminated filibusters for most presidential nominations, severely curtailing the political leverage of the Republican minority in the Senate and assuring an escalation of partisan warfare.
Saying that “enough is enough,” President Obama welcomed the end of what he called the abuse of the Senate’s advise and consent function, which he said had turned into “a reckless and relentless tool” to grind the gears of government to a halt.
While “neither party has been blameless for these tactics,” Obama said in a statement to reporters at the White House, “today’s pattern of obstruction .?.?. just isn’t normal; it’s not what our founders envisioned.” He cited filibusters against executive branch appointments and judicial nominees on grounds that he said were based simply on opposition to “the policies that the American people voted for in the last election.”
“This isn’t obstruction on substance, on qualifications,” he said. “It’s just to gum up the works.”
The rule change means that federal judge nominees and executive-office appointments can be confirmed by a simple majority of senators, rather than the 60-vote supermajority that has been required for more than two centuries.
The change does not apply to Supreme Court nominations. But the vote, mostly along party lines, reverses nearly 225 years of precedent and dramatically alters the landscape for both Democratic and Republican presidents, especially if their own political party holds a majority of, but fewer than 60, Senate seats.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused Democrats of a power grab and suggested that they will regret their decision if Republicans regain control of the chamber.
“We’re not interested in having a gun put to our head any longer,” McConnell said. “Some of us have been around here long enough to know that the shoe is sometimes on the other foot.” McConnell then addressed Democrats directly, saying: “You may regret this a lot sooner than you think.”
He added later: “The solution to this problem is at the ballot box. We look forward to having a great election in 2014.”
I don’t share McConnell’s optimism because I believe the public is deeply stupid. Truly stupid. The only thing that gives me hope is the fact that ObamaCare is a disaster for young families. Check this out:
…A number of the nation’s top hospitals — including the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, and children’s hospitals in Seattle, Houston and St. Louis — are cut out of most plans sold on the exchange.
In most cases, the decision was about the cost of care.
In Seattle, the region’s predominant insurer, Premera Blue Cross, decided not to include the children’s hospital as an in-
network provider except in cases where the service sought cannot be obtained anywhere else. “Children’s non-unique services were too expensive given the goal of providing affordable coverage for consumers,” spokesman Eric Earling said in an e-mail.
For example, a pediatric appendectomy at Children’s costs about $23,000, he said. At another community hospital, the cost is closer to $14,100. Melzer said his hospital often bills more than community hospitals for comparable procedures because the children it treats are often gravely ill, so even a routine tonsillectomy may be more complicated.
But as a result, families like Jeffrey Blank’s, which has relied on Seattle Children’s since his daughter, Zoe, received a diagnosis of a rare bone disorder, face difficult decisions. Under some of the new law’s health plans, the family would no longer be able to take Zoe to Children’s for her routine checkups, or it could count as an “out-of-
network” visit, saddling the family with huge bills.
“It just stresses me,” said Blank, 53, a self-employed massage therapist who is sorting through his options but readily admits that his family has benefited from other parts of the health law. “I hope things continue wonderfully for my daughter and that she doesn’t need the level of care she got after her diagnosis, but there’s this unknown.”
If you go to the link, you will see the little girl with her parents. She is blind, a result of her bone condition not having been diagnosed early enough. Apparently her skull fractured and damaged her optical nerve. The parents are obviously O-bots, and although they are frightened for her future, they aren’t willing to completely condemn the horror of their apparently only child not being able to access care at the Seattle Children’s Hospital.
The only reason that I hold hope for our future is that I believe that most of us have family members with serious medical conditions. Or we have dear friends with various medical conditions. For example, think about your own life. Do you have a child or a grandchild with leukemia or diabetes or a heart ailment or or cystic fibrosis or cerebral palsy or autism or Down Syndrome? A teenager or young adult that has developed a psychosis? How about a niece or nephew? How about the child or a friend or colleague? See what I mean? Illnesses distribute across populations. If you have access to great medical care, then some of the strain is lifted. If not, the sadness of the condition is compounded by the understanding that you or your family members or friends are not able to get top notch treatment for the condition.
The second reason for hope is that young adults are being ripped off by ObamaCare. Yes We Did! We Stole From Them! So maybe someday they’ll wake up.