Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Orrin Hatch Has a Very Misleading Op-Ed

Orrin Hatch argues that using reconciliation for health care would be a travesty for democracy. I think the end result of passing health care would be disastrous but not for procedural reasons. The op-ed is misleading as he conveys that broader health care reform would be enacted using reconciliation. This is false. Reconciliation would be used to change a bill that has already been voted on by the Senate and got a supermajority. Reconciliation would only affect those measures that directly impact the budget, such as subsidy levels and revenue provisions. Reconciliation is used to this effect regularly. Republicans used it regrettably with the Medicare Plan D. Again, I am no fan of the health care reform bill but this op-ed is plainly disingenious.

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