(apologies in advance to the old British childrens rhyme about Guy Faux Day)

Remember, remember the 24th of December

Durbin whipped ’til sixty he got

But the holiday season

Gave the public ample reason

That whipping sixty was quickly forgot.

I am really sick of hearing the bullshit line that if Democrats use reconciliation to pass healthcare, it is akin to tyranny and besides it was never meant for things as big as healthcare, it was only intended for budget fixes.

And the White House and Democrats are pushing back in a fact-based manner.

What a mugs game. You end up with crap like this in the so-called “paper of record.”

Seeing no prospect of a bipartisan agreement on health care, Congressional Democrats said Friday that they would make another effort to pass sweeping health care legislation on their own.

[…]

White House officials and their allies in liberal advocacy groups are making an all-out push to persuade Congress and the public that budget reconciliation is a legitimate procedure used often in the last 30 years to pass major legislation, including President Ronald Reagan’s domestic agenda in 1981, an overhaul of welfare programs in 1996 and President George W. Bush’s tax cuts in 2001 and 2003.

Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the senior Republican on the Finance Committee, said he knew those precedents. But, he said, they amount to “peanuts compared with this total restructuring of one-sixth of the economy.”

Ummm…What?

Healthcare reform already passed in the Senate. With 60 votes.

Remember that? The republicans bitching that they were going to miss the Holidays at home with their families if the mean old Democrats wouldn’t let them kill healthcare reform.

You know how the republicans whine about the ‘Cornhusker Kickback’ and the ‘Louisiana Purchase’? Yeah, those two things were part of getting sixty votes.

We have two healthcare bills passed. One was passed by the House and the Senate could pass it. That won’t happen, it is too liberal for the conservative-leaning Senate, and there are things in it that could not be passed via reconciliation, so even though it’s a better bill (even with the odious Stupak language), has a public option and covers more people. So scratch that.

But the Senate passed a bill, too. All the House has to do is pass the fucking thing. The reconciliation process would then be used…for smaller budget fixes as it was intended. Like removing the bribes to Landrieu and Nelson.

This is not complicated or hard to grasp at all. But our feckless M$M is worthless and totally (willfully) missing the fact that healthcare reform has already passed. When Chuck Todd and Chris Matthews get it, it has to be a graspable idea, for fucks sake, cause those two, bless their pea-pickin’ hearts, are far from the sharpest knives in the butcher block.

Using reconciliation would not be unusual or out of the ordinary at all if used to fix budget issues in the bill…say it with me now…the bill has already overcome a republican filibuster and passed.