CNN: We need a radical procedure to save the ObamaCare patient

posted at 12:15 pm on March 1, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Is this an objective report from CNN on the reconciliation process, or an attempt to soften the field for Democrats determined to cram ObamaCare down the throats of voters who clearly don’t want it? Greg Hengler thinks it’s the latter; I tend to agree. Take a listen to the two examples of reconciliation given by CNN, and the scorecard on uses of reconciliation:

There is plenty of hypocrisy on filibusters to go around, so that point is well taken even if given a particularly one-sided treatment. Just five years ago, Democrats warned that the “nuclear option” on judicial nominations would encourage the majority to take the tyrannical act of defusing filibusters for legislation. Why didn’t CNN bother to mention that in this report?

Besides hypocrisy, what’s the point here? The Bush tax cuts were budgetary items, which is explicitly the purview of reconciliation. So, too, was welfare reform, which intended to scale back welfare spending, an early entry in entitlement reform. Both were entirely concerned with public spending — in other words, the federal budget. Neither created new government intrusion into the private sector, as ObamaCare does by remaking a sixth of the American economy. Somehow, CNN never bothers to make those distinctions.


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Just drive a stake through Obamacare.

rbj on March 1, 2010 at 12:18 PM

I don’t know how it’s going to soften the field much when CNN only has like 16 viewers anyway. Not really going to change enough minds to matter, are they?

t.ferg on March 1, 2010 at 12:20 PM

When “the most trusted name in news” makes a story like this, I’ll worry.

No one watches CNN (or MSNBC for that matter, now that the olympics are over), and those that do, already think the nuclear option is the best choice, anyhow.

RachDubya on March 1, 2010 at 12:22 PM

There is another faction no one talks about- the super-left House members who held their nose and voted despite Stupak, gambling it would be dropping in committee with the Senate later.

I remember several of them thought the SENATE version was too strict. I can’t imagine they’d go along with getting Stupak in a second time.

Chuck Schick on March 1, 2010 at 12:23 PM

I don’t know how it’s going to soften the field much when CNN only has like 16 viewers anyway. Not really going to change enough minds to matter, are they?

t.ferg on March 1, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Plus a captive audience at airports.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on March 1, 2010 at 12:24 PM

…cram ObamaCare down the throats….

No offense all, but we need a new phrase.

cntrlfrk on March 1, 2010 at 12:24 PM

If CNN is for it then I am against it…

d1carter on March 1, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Might I suggest some Glock .45 applied “liberally” to the head, heart, and soul of this particular “patient”?

Perhaps some “Death-Panel” cream?

dmh0667 on March 1, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Abort obamacare before it’s born..

the_nile on March 1, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Death Panel time.

Seriously, I’d hate to be a Democrat running for re-election right now. Vote for a crappy bill and unAmerican process because the party has spent 14 months on a legislative agenda item that the public hates. Or, kill the bill and explain to voters why you didn’t get anything accomplished with majority status in Congress and one of your own in the White House.

highhopes on March 1, 2010 at 12:30 PM

If reconciliation is so great, how come it’s not used ALL the time, huh?

By the way, if it can be passed through reconciliation, can’t it be scrapped the same way? I smell campaign theme.

jacrews on March 1, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Paging Dr. Kevorkian. Paging Dr. Kevorkian. Pick up the white phone please.

phreshone on March 1, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Didn’t CNN lie about Saddam Hussein’s crimes for years to retain “access”?

They have the credibility of a circus barker.

Hurry, hurry, hurry! Obamacare is the wonder of the ages!
It’s swallows its own toes, cures lumbago and eats an entire smoke-cured headcheese without blinking! Get it here, get it now!

profitsbeard on March 1, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Over the weekend, CNN was pondering what “9 meters” was in English. Did they ever figure that one out, for their viewers?

MNHawk on March 1, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Didn’t CNN lie about Saddam Hussein’s crimes for years to retain “access”?

They have the credibility of a circus barker.

Hurry, hurry, hurry! Obamacare is the wonder of the ages!
It’s swallows its own toes, cures lumbago and eats an entire smoke-cured headcheese without blinking! Get it here, get it now!

profitsbeard on March 1, 2010 at 12:32 PM

“Same old lies , different Hussein” CNN

the_nile on March 1, 2010 at 12:34 PM

…cram ObamaCare down the throats….
No offense all, but we need a new phrase.

cntrlfrk on March 1, 2010 at 12:24 PM

I nominate as an alternative:

“… shove ObamaCare up the a$$es…”

Midas on March 1, 2010 at 12:34 PM

One could look at Health Care as budgetary also,
1/6 of our GDP is a lot of money.

Kini on March 1, 2010 at 12:38 PM

One could look at Health Care as budgetary also,
1/6 of our GDP is a lot of money.

Kini on March 1, 2010 at 12:38 PM

One could, but one would be ignorant or dishonest to do so.

Reconciliation is for budgetary items of the federal government.

Healthcare – 1/6 of the PRIVATE GDP – is not now, nor has it ever been a budgetary concern of the federal government. Not *yet* anyway.

Midas on March 1, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Progressives: Drink the Kool Aide, It’s for your own good ;)

Dr Evil on March 1, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Plus a captive audience at airports.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on March 1, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Gawd I hate airport CNN. Especially at ATL.

fiatboomer on March 1, 2010 at 12:43 PM

OT: ROFL, Rush is playing a Shanklin produced version of Obama’s “Waterloo”.

It’s hilarious!

wildcat84 on March 1, 2010 at 12:43 PM

No offense all, but we need a new phrase.

cntrlfrk on March 1, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Midas beat me to it. My first inclination was to consider another orifice.

John the Libertarian on March 1, 2010 at 12:43 PM

**breaking**
rush limbaugh is playing a new Waterloo song by Shanklin—~hilarious!!!

ted c on March 1, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Midas beat me to it. My first inclination was to consider another orifice.

John the Libertarian on March 1, 2010 at 12:43 PM

I’ll bet that you’d have ‘quoted’ it properly, however. ;)

Midas on March 1, 2010 at 12:45 PM

I nominate as an alternative:

“… shove ObamaCare up the a$$es…”

Midas on March 1, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Much better, and more representative!

cntrlfrk on March 1, 2010 at 12:46 PM

A radical procedure isn’t necessary.

An enema will do.

fogw on March 1, 2010 at 12:49 PM

No one watches CNN (or MSNBC for that matter, now that the olympics are over)

RachDubya on March 1, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Ugh. I was away on vacation last week, and in nearly every bar or restaurant I entered, they were showing the Olympics on MSNBC on the TV.

That didn’t bother me so much, but what bothered me was that every commercial break showed an ad for either Rachel Maddow or Chris Matthews. They both make me physically ill.

UltimateBob on March 1, 2010 at 12:50 PM

We need a radical procedure to save the ObamaCare patient

Lets not, and say we did.

MarkTheGreat on March 1, 2010 at 12:51 PM

CNN – a network of retards, for retards.

jaime on March 1, 2010 at 12:51 PM

CNN?

Seriously do people still watch that network?

PappyD61 on March 1, 2010 at 12:53 PM

…cram ObamaCare down the throats….
No offense all, but we need a new phrase.

cntrlfrk on March 1, 2010 at 12:24 PM

I suggest “cram Obamacare up the cram holes of the American people”

WarEagle01 on March 1, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Let them be …

1. Reconciliation will cripple, or destroy the Democratic party if they try it. Let them try it!

2. The “filibuster” really isn’t a constitutional thing – it’s accident of evolution. Republicans benefit more from it’s demise at this point. Let the Democrats destroy the only power they’ll have left in a few years.

HondaV65 on March 1, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Somehow, CNN never bothers to make those distinctions.

And you expected what?

From CNN?

A long-standing, card-carrying member of the OTN – the Obama Television Network.

And they wonder why their ratings are so deep in the toilet.

GoldenEagle4444 on March 1, 2010 at 12:56 PM

We need to euthanatize Obamacare. Now.

kingsjester on March 1, 2010 at 12:57 PM

The progressives, left and liberals represented by the Democratic Party, will say, do and try anything they can
to ram down our throats what they want. Let’s us hope we can get rid of all of them come November and start with a fresh slate. The days of not paying attention are long past for those wishing to have a free country!

sharinlite on March 1, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Here’s a question all the Blue-dogs and fence sitters should ask Nancy when she tells them to take a bullet for Obamacare …….

As a sign if unity, will you sacrifice yourself along with the rest of us if we pass this boondoggle? Here’s the deal then, if you resign now we will vote for it. Otherwise why should we listen to you and sacrifice our seat when you know darn well your seat is safe?

fogw on March 1, 2010 at 12:57 PM

When you want thee most corrupt, distorted, warped news…turn to the channel corruption trusts the most. Turn to CNN! No teabaggers please.

capejasmine on March 1, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Not apples to oranges; more like grapes to watermelons.

michaelo on March 1, 2010 at 1:00 PM

So what about 40,000 people will see this n CNN?

If CNN keeps it up , it will be 35,000 next week.

jukin on March 1, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Is it just me or does ” The One ” seem a good bit taller than Napoleon ?

ELMO Q on March 1, 2010 at 1:06 PM

I have been saying since the start that Obama will try to push Obamacare through, no matter what. It’s a huge power grab and another step toward crashing the economy, both of which are necessary in order to turn the USA into an elite-governed tyranny.

I’m still convinced they’ll pass it. I still hope I’m wrong.

Daggett on March 1, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Putrid dog food is a hard cram down the throat.

tarpon on March 1, 2010 at 1:16 PM

This only passed the house because of the amendment that prohibited abortion funding.

But that can NOT be addressed with the nuclear option.

I see no way Nancy gets the votes. It only won by two with that amendment. Without it it would lose by 40. That is a long way.

Furthermore contrary to this report it can still be filibustered to death. Republicans and Democrats can offer an unlimited number of amendments each of which would have to be voted on. No debate just a vote. But 10,000 could have to be voted on if 10,000 were submitted. The GOP or even a couple of Senators should have 10,000 ready and just kill this stupid idea once and for all.

Although they could seriously damage the Democrats just by having amendments the Democrats would find painful to vote down. One after another then the Democrats would be the party of NO. Another reason this will never happen. It is a bluff and nothing else.

Steveangell on March 1, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Yeah, so the point is how many times each side has used it? What?!?!

Isn’t the point what reconciliation is used for? i.e. budgetary things not new programs?

Pablo Snooze on March 1, 2010 at 2:42 PM

If we’re going with medical metaphors, how about a little “End of Life Counseling?”

tom on March 1, 2010 at 3:18 PM

One could look at Health Care as budgetary also,
1/6 of our GDP is a lot of money.

Kini on March 1, 2010 at 12:38 PM
One could, but one would be ignorant or dishonest to do so.

Reconciliation is for budgetary items of the federal government.

Healthcare – 1/6 of the PRIVATE GDP – is not now, nor has it ever been a budgetary concern of the federal government. Not *yet* anyway.

Midas on March 1, 2010 at 12:40 PM

–Uum, what about Medicare?

Jimbo3 on March 1, 2010 at 3:22 PM

The argument that both sides have used reconciliation is powerful. McConnell’s counterpoint, that its use on a bill of this magnitude is unprecedented, while the only viable comeback, is subject to debate and obfuscation.

The bottom line is whether the Crats can get away with reconciling a bill this unpopular. Thwarting the wish of a strong majority by any means is going to have consequences, and reconciliation could prove to be the worst enemy of those who would use it.

paul1149 on March 1, 2010 at 3:31 PM

The argument that both sides have used reconciliation is powerful. McConnell’s counterpoint, that its use on a bill of this magnitude is unprecedented, while the only viable comeback, is subject to debate and obfuscation.

The bottom line is whether the Crats can get away with reconciling a bill this unpopular. Thwarting the wish of a strong majority by any means is going to have consequences, and reconciliation could prove to be the worst enemy of those who would use it.

paul1149 on March 1, 2010 at 3:31 PM

–Of course, the original bill already got 60 votes in the Senate.

Jimbo3 on March 1, 2010 at 3:33 PM

You have a Coffee Party trying to promote “good liberal values”.
Why don’t you try one of their coffee enemas for a radical procedure? I’m sure that will “get things moving”. And the results will be the same as if you pass the bill.

Cybergeezer on March 1, 2010 at 4:17 PM

I don’t know if anyone here eery looks at the comments below an article when they follow a link from HotAir but it is revealing. It reads like daily Kos comments. If you look at the size of CNN’s audience the only people who are left are the true believers on the left. If CNN were not to pander to them they would have NO audience. I get the point beind the posting on biased but I just wanted to say we reached a tipping point where CNN and MSNBC lost all their viewers with conservative leaning and now are just left-wing clubhouses. The stories from CNN will only get more biased.

Conan on March 1, 2010 at 11:04 PM