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In 730 words, E.J. Dionne eviscerates Orrin Hatch’s recent op-ed piece against health-care reform and the use of reconciliation. The Democrats are not “ramming through” a massive bill, contrary to what Hatch says; instead, Dionne reminds us, they are using reconciliation appropriately to pass amendments that complete the legislative process.
Republicans are hypocrites to scream against ramming “substantive legislation” through the Senate when they, in fact, rammed Bush tax cuts for the wealthy through the upper house by the narrowest of votes.
Quoth Dionne: “The underlying ‘principle’ here seems to be that [Republicans think] it’s fine to pass tax cuts for the wealthy on narrow votes but an outrage to use reconciliation to help middle-income and poor people get health insurance.”