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Reid Tells Republicans to ‘Stop Crying’

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Posted on Feb 23, 2010

With more Senate Democrats urging Harry Reid to revive the public option and pass health care reform through budget reconciliation, the Senate majority leader said Republicans “should stop crying about reconciliation as if it’s never been done before.” Reid said the maneuver is used nearly every year, usually by Republicans.

Read more about the campaign to pressure Reid on the public option here.

CBS News:

“They should stop crying about reconciliation as if it’s never been done before,” Reid said.

Following Senate Democrats’ weekly luncheon, Reid said “nothing is off the table” but that “realistically, they should stop crying about this. It’s been done 21 times before.”

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By MarthaA, February 24, 2010 at 10:05 am Link to this comment

“Reconciliation’s author, senator Byrd, has already made clear the procedure wasn’t intended for things like healthcare.”

Senator Byrd has never been for the populace, he has always been a jingoistic corporate cronie.  I am also disappointed that President Obama never defends the Public Option one bit and is always the 1st to say no one would vote for it, something I find very strange from a president that is suppose to be representing everyone.

The Reconciliation Procedure worked well for Republicans when they were tearing down the populace’s regulatory legislative safeguards from oppression and tyranny put in place by previous administrations.  So, the Reconciliation Procedure should work for the Democrats, just like Reid said, although I am thoroughly aware that Harry Reid has no love for the populace.

Therefore, I can only wish and pray that the Democrats will push through Universal Health Care for all, which would be an actual benefit to the populace and the nation as a whole, like other civilized countries, and cut back on sucking the life out of the populace.  I would be happy with what Cuba has, but I will not be happy if medical bills charged by the corporate powers are oppressive and tyrannically outrageous where the populace is unable to pay their medical bills, afford medicine, or are sent to jail if they can’t afford insurance premiums,  while the government claims the United States has health care.

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By Marshall, February 24, 2010 at 4:58 am Link to this comment

Sure it’s been done by Republicans, but not to try and pass a bill that isn’t directly
related to the budget.  Reconciliation’s author, senator Byrd, has already made
clear the procedure wasn’t intended for things like healthcare.  By the time the bill
got through reconciliation, there wouldn’t be anything healthcare related left in it
- just tax hikes or spending cuts; probably not exactly what the dems want (well,
the spending cuts anyway).  So the dems should have at it.  it’ll be interesting to
see the carnage that results.

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By ofersince72, February 23, 2010 at 10:37 pm Link to this comment

boy oh boy that Reid….

He really stands up to em

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By MarthaA, February 23, 2010 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment

Good for Reid.  Maybe Reid is getting a sliver of backbone, which is seldom displayed.  Backbone is necessary if anything beneficial to the populace is going to get passed, otherwise the populace will get more theatrical corporate blood sucking without benefit.
I really don’t have much hope in this corporate Congress doing anything really beneficial for the populace, but during the 8 years the Republicans were in, Health Care for the populace wasn’t even on the agenda, as Republicans DO NOT represent the populace at all and don’t even try to make it appear they do, unless they are forced to act like it by the Democrats.

Lord knows Republicans would never want the populace workers to actually know Republicans don’t actually represent them, because that is where they get so much of their help and money, so they won’t have to spend as much of their own greedy ill gotten gain.

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By Vic Anderson, February 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment
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Exponential YADA.

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