Mike Huckabee Lies Too
Given how little he evidently knows about the congressional budget process, it's a very good thing that former GOP Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee didn't run successfully for president and has opted instead for a life on Fox.
Huckabee, in a political ad that I've seen frequently in my swing state, says that health care reform was "rammed" through Congress in 2010. Here's the video:
By "rammed" Huckabee is referring to the use of reconciliation, the part of the congressional budget process that was created when the Congressional Budget Act was enacted in 1974.
For the record...and because Huckabee apparently didn't know, didn't want to remember, or simply refused to admit..the CBA was approved by overwhelming bi-partisan majorities in the House and Senate so and he is complaining about a procedure that his own political party helped create.
More important...reconciliation doesn't allow legislation to be "rammed" through; anything approved using reconciliation requires that a majority of the Senate vote for it.
Huckabee is complaining because reconciliation made it impossible for Senate Republicans to use the Democrats-must-always-have-a-super majority-to-get-anything-done strategy that it has so successful used to block other legislation.
What makes Huckabee's statement even worse is that, as Politifact.com confirmed in 2010, the GOP used that very same reconciliation process in 2001 and 2003 to enact the Bush tax cuts.
Saying that health care reform was "rammed" through is a lie. The GOP simply didn't have the votes to stop it.