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GOP’s ‘Phony Argument About Process’ Shreds Nicely

Beginning about half way through this Meet the Press clip, WaPo columnist E. J. Dionne chews Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) a brand new one. Dionne underscores several key points about the use of reconciliation exceptionally-well. He points out that Republicans have used it on many occasions for what Hatch calls “sweeping social legislation.” He notes that reconciliation would only be used for a portion of HCR. Then he brings out the point he made in his last column (flagged here by TDS) that it’s wrong to let “a phony argument about process get in the way of health coverage for 30 million Americans.” Dionne’s response provides an excellent debate template for health care reform advocates.

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