Democrats Still Want to Push Public Option Via Reconciliation

Congressional Democrats have not given up on the idea of passing government run health care - despite the overwhelming opposition of the American public.

Senate and House liberals are co-signing a letter urging Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to use the budget reconciliation process to push the so-called "public option" through the Senate.  Now that Republicans have the 41 votes necessary to sustain a filibuster, the Democrats want to get around the filibuster all together by using the budget process to pass legislation that would alter 1/6th of the American economy.  Which the majority of the American public do NOT want.

Via CNN:

The fight over health care reform burst back into public view Tuesday as four Democratic senators asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to hold a vote on a government-run public insurance option.

Most observers have considered the public option -- an idea long favored by liberal Democrats -- to be a non-starter since it was dropped from a Senate reform bill passed in December. But Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, and Sherrod Brown of Ohio signed a letter urging Reid, D-Nevada, to hold a vote on the proposal under a rule known as a reconciliation, which would allow the measure to pass with only 51 votes -- a simple majority.

The letter was co-signed by 119 Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Liberal groups MoveOn.org, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy
for America, and Credo Action are pushing other Democratic senators to sign the letter as well. ...

And, of course, a "public option" (to liberal Democrats) means, among other things, public funding of abortion.

A recent Zogby poll found that 57% of Americans don't like any of the health care "reform" plans that have been proposed, and would rather that Congress scrap the 2.700 page legislation and just start from scratch.  Which is the opposite of what Obama and Democrat leaders want to do with the upcoming health care summit.  And it just may be that the desire of big government types to push legislation like this against the will of the public has a little something to do with why even a CNN poll found that 63% of Americans don't believe members of Congress should be re-elected, (with even 52% saying Obama didn't deserve re-election).

On a related note, while Congress spent almost all of 2009 debating ObamaCare, is it any wonder that campaign contributions from the health care industry to members of Congress increased 14%?  Go figure.

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