The Boulder Daily Camera reports that:
“U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat, is calling for the Senate to include a public option in its health care bill.”
Polis and fellow freshman Democrat Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, are asking other members of Congress to sign a letter they wrote to Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada.
In the letter, Polis and Pingree argue that the public option is “overwhelmingly popular” and that it would save taxpayers billions of dollars.
“By including the public option, we reduce the need to increase taxes at all,” Polis sad. “We can demonstrate that the Democrats are not a tax-and-spend party
Huh? Government-run health care is not tax and spend?
And how does Polis think ObamaCare is to be passed at all in the new world created by the Scott Brown victory last week in Massachusetts? Well, by using reconciliation, of course:
Last week, Democrats lost their 60th seat in the Senate when Republican Scott Brown won a special election in Massachusetts to fill the seat left vacant went Ted Kennedy died.
Using reconciliation to shape the health care bill is controversial, and some Democratic Senators view the tactic — which has characterized by Republicans as political trickery — to be too risky in an election year.
Democratic Senators Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Evan Bayh of Indiana — both of whom are running for reelection in November —said yesterday they would not support using reconciliation.
“It would destroy the opportunity, if there is one, for any bipartisan cooperation the rest of this year on anything else,” Bayh was quoted as saying in the New York Times.
But Polis argues that reconciliation is an appropriate tool and that it’s been used in the past to pass other landmark legislation, including the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 and the Bush administration’s tax cuts.
“We can use this process as we have in the past,” Polis said. “As long as President Obama remains committed to health care reform as his number one domestic priority, I’m confident that we can get this done.”
Only if you are as rich as Jared Polis and represent the people of Boulder, Colorado in Congress can you be this clueless.