Let’s stop dancing around it. On “reconciliation” the Republicans are being such a gang of hypocritical liars it’s shocking even for them. It really is. The Health Care Bill isn’t being passed through reconciliation; it’s being used to pass a few amendments to the bill that’s already passed. The Republicans have used it numerous times and themselves and for bill’s that were far bigger in budgetary terms than this bill. The whole thing is just an immense crock. And it’s borderline scandalous that any of their nonsense is even being taken serious. E.J. Dionne has a great column explaining the whole thing. Do read it.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.