The House voted 222-203 to use demon pass on Sunday's upcoming health care vote today. A few dems who said they were no votes on Obamacare voted yes on the use of the Slaughter Solution, but it's anybody's guess as to whether they will keep their word on Sunday and vote no or not.
This is bad, bad news, since many fence-sitting dems seemed to be more concerned about the process than the content or cost of the bill. Apparently the process wasn't as worrisome as first thought. With any luck, they will realize the error of their ways come November, but, in the meantime, we will have to deal with the repercussions of their actions.
If they pass this monstrosity with demon pass on Sunday, and it ends up going to Obama for a signature, there are still a few things that can be done.
There are a number of suits being prepared. Mark Levin's Landmark Legal Foundation is preparing to file suit against the federal government if they pass the health care legislation through deem and pass.
But wait, there's more....
Idaho passed legislation last night that would require the state attorney general to file suit against the federal government because of the individual mandate.
Virginia was the first state to pass legislation against the federal government over the health care legislation. On March 11, 2010 they passed a bill opposing the individual mandate, arguing that insurance is a good and the federal government has no right to force their citizens to buy a good of any kind.
Thirty-six other states have filed legislation to challenge Obamacare - .Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Missisippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Four more states have indicated an intent to file - Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, Utah.
It may only be symbolic, but the fact that 38 states are preparing to sue the federal government over a piece of legislation could easily be viewed as a consitutional crisis.
It's a bit surprising that Texas wasn't on any of those lists, but, then again, they seem to prefer to seceed altogether.
My home state of Florida is stepping up to the plate, too. The attorney general, Bill McCollum, has sent a letter to the National Association of Attorneys General:
"I invite you to join me in preparing a legal challenge to the constitutionality of whatever individual mandate provision emerges, immediately upon the legislation becoming law."
Sunday's vote does not mean the end of this 'debate'.
Oh, and you'd better gird your loins - The One is saying the Slaughter rule is so nifty that they might just use it on immigration "reform" and other goodies.
It has been said that Mr. Obama has told House democrats that his presidency is at stake. Because when you really get down to it, it's always about Obama, isn't it?
There is the faint hope of a silver lining to all of this, and it all depends on the Supreme Court. With any luck, the fact that there is no provision allowing the feds to force the public to buy goods nor pass laws by 'deeming' them passed, that more than half of the states are preparing to file lawsuits, and that the majority of the American people are vehemently against this bill will weigh heavily in their decision.
It looks like this mess is going to pass, even though Senate Republicans are preparing a flood of amendments to slow things down. Reid only needs 51 though, and he most probably has it.
We can only hope that the legal challenges stave off the taxation that will start immediately, and that the Supreme court will hear the cases and find in our favor. Hopefully the remaining 12 states will file their own legislation along with the rest, but counting on California, Oregon, Vermont and Hawaii is probably not a wise move.
All we can do now is watch democrats flip and flop like fish in the sun as they are threatened and bribed for the final vote.