While I have yet to work my way through the 2,074-page, $849 billion health care reform legislation released today by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, something I saw on South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint’s Twitter page stuck out and made my hair stand on end:
Jim DeMint Harry Reid may force critical vote on his 2074 pg health care takeover bill this weekend
Folks, I’m going to rip through this thing the best I can, but in the meantime, you need to get on the horn with your senators–in their Capitol Hill and home state offices–and explain to them that a vote to push this bill any further toward passage is a vote in favor of a government takeover of one-sixth of our economy.
I like Sen. Tom Coburn’s idea — let’s take almost two full days and read the darned thing, cover to cover, on the Senate floor. Whatever it takes, folks. Whatever it takes.
All throughout the weekend, as I traveled around the Lowcountry in DeMint’s state, people seemed to believe that this bill would die in the Senate. I’m not so certain. I’m not so certain that Harry Reid, knowing that his Senate is the only roadblock left and knowing that his future in Washington is up-in-the-air at best, will not use reconciliation to pass the bill with a simple majority.
This is a nightmare waiting to happen. Check back here as the day progresses for information with regard to the contents of the Senate bill. As I build new material, I’ll include it both at the top of the page and in the Health Care Index, linked in the top-right corner at America’s Right.