Harry Reid has been boasting that his Healthcare reform bill is irreversable in places. Once passed, there is language in there that stipulates that it cannot be reversed or repealed by future Congresses.
In the section titled “limitations on changes to this subsection,” the wording states:
“it shall not be in order in the senate or the house of representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.”
Sorry, Harry, but at this point, you have crossed the line from writing legislation to attempting to sneak in a fundamental Congressional rules change. And if I’m not mistaken, you can’t pass a bill that changes the rules governing yourselves unless you have a two-thirds majority… not merely the 60 votes you have. That’s gonna take a lot more “Lousiana Purchases.” But hey, since you’re arrogant enough to try to force healthcare down the throats of an American public (the majority of whom have made it abundantly clear they do NOT want this), I guess you figured you might as well slip in this gross attempt at hijacking the political system itself.
That dog just won’t hunt.
Oh, you and your self-absorbed sycophants may get the automatic 60 votes to send it on to the President for signing in the wee hours of the morning (when no one in the Obamanation of an administration has to worry about transparency). But if there are any working brain cells in the Republican Party, this will only result in a challenge that will, in all likelihood, stretch to the Supreme Court.
You see, Senator, there is a document you and your comrades in the Senate seem to have forgotten about. It’s called The Constitution of The United States of America. I’m sure you’ve heard about it. It’s been in the news and everything. It’s looks something like this:
In fact, if you care to read it some time, you can see the original pretty easily. It’s right there in Washington DC in the National Archives. Don’t bother to bring your eraser, however. It doesn’t work that way.
In short, what you have written into your legislation is a combination of Senate Rule Changes and changes in how The Constitution of the United States works. Again, that takes a 2/3rds majority of Congress. Any attempt to negate the Constitution in any manner is to break the oath of office you took and would officially reduce you to what the vast majority of us already know you to be: A traitor to your own country.
I doubt the Supreme Court of the United States would back you on this. That is, perhaps, unless the deciding vote is one cast by a “wise Latino woman.”