Facing the threat of a filibuster by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CN) over the public option remaining in Democrats’ health reform bill, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) does not seem gravely concerned.
Should Lieberman try to prevent the bill from coming to a vote, “there are other ways that we have to proceed,” Sanders told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday. “I would strongly support those other ways.”
Sanders was referring to budget reconciliation, a bureaucratic tactic that has been used repeatedly to push through Congress controversial measures that could not acquire a super-majority of 60 or more votes. Under reconciliation, a measure only needs a simple majority of 50 votes to pass.
Sixty U.S. Senators currently caucus with Democrats.
While congressional Republicans tend to howl at even the threat of such a measure being used to pass legislation they are opposed to, the GOP used reconciliation against Democrats in 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005, according to MSNBC host Keith Olbermann.
“The American people overwhelmingly want a public option, for a variety of reasons,” Sen. Sanders said. “Correctly, they want a choice between a private insurance company and a Medicare-type plan, and they should have that choice. And, maybe even more importantly, if we’re serious about cost containment — if we’re serious about the United States now spending almost twice as much per person on health care as any other country — you’re going to need somebody, some entity, competing with the private insurance companies so they don’t continue to raise their rates and raise their rates. And that’s what a public option does.”
Also appearing on MSNBC Monday was Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who predicted on Keith Olbermann’s program that a package of health reforms would pass before Christmas.
This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Nov. 9, 2009.
Democrats are falling into the same trap they did in 2004: Nicolle Wallace
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace worried that Democrats are repeating the mistakes made in 2004 that resulted in Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) losing the presidential election.
Wallace asked her panel why Democrats weren't fighting back harder against Trump's racism.
"Because none of them have the gumption, the backbone and the moral clarity to make these arguments," Dr. Jason Johnson said. "This disgusts me."
"That’s what people worry about with Donald Trump being able to be re-elected because he has conviction. Even if the conviction is wrong,' he explained.
"They’re thinking strategically instead of morally. That's the problem, this is not a strategic issue. It’s a moral issue. I don’t think the Democrats get it," he worried.
Things are not looking good for Republican Senator Susan Collins’ reelection
Things are not looking good for Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who is up for reelection in 2020.
Collins has made a series of votes that are far more conservative than the people in her home state. Collins is one of very few Republicans willing to say that she is pro-choice. Planned Parenthood eve awarded her with an ally award.
When she met with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, however, she said that he believed Roe v. Wade was the law of the land, making her believe that he would never act to undermine it. Then Kavanaugh ruled to allow such strict abortion laws in Louisiana that it would leave just one clinic left for the entire state.
NOAA’s finding that last month was hottest June ever recorded bolsters calls for radical climate action
"Action is urgently needed at the world, federal, state, and local levels to rapidly cut fossil fuel pollution and to protect and rebuild naturally stored carbon."
As meteorologists warned Thursday that temperatures above 100°F are expected to impact two-thirds of the country this weekend, U.S. government scientists revealed that last month was the hottest June ever recorded—bolstering calls for radical global action on the climate emergency.