From the Senate side, we're seeing this via a Hugh Hewitt interview with Senator Jon Kyle:
Keep in mind they're doing this while even a CNN poll shows that only 30% of the nation wants this to happen.
HH: It’s remarkable, but let’s get to the news of the day. There is some talk that the Democrats are going to try reconciliation, a jam down of their bitterly divisive, and almost certainly wrong-headed health care plan. What can you tell us about this?
JK: This is kind of breaking news. As you say, we’re just hearing it. We haven’t been formally advised, but we have it on relatively good authority. And this would be what they call the nuclear option. This would be we can’t do it with 60 votes, because now we have a new Senator from Massachusetts, so we’ll do it with 51. Now it’s called the nuclear option, because it really upsets all of the tradition and precedent within the Senate which on a really big bill on the magnitude of health care, would always have strong bipartisan support, and therefore the 60 vote requirement really doesn’t matter. But here, using an arcane part of the budget that ordinarily relates to tax cuts or tax increases, it doesn’t relate to comprehensive bills with a lot of substantive provisions in them, but just changes in the tax code, usually. They’re going to try to rewrite this bill to, where it would only need 51 votes, and still accomplish most of what the bill will accomplish. Now what this will do is let the Blanche Lincolns and Ben Nelsons and Evan Bayhs and other to say oh, I can’t go along with this now. And of course, that’s exactly what their constituents want to hear. But it doesn’t matter, because their votes in effect at this point don’t count. They don’t matter. All it takes is 51 Democrats to vote for it, and it becomes law. It remains to be seen how long the process will take, and whether, and how much of the provisions of the comprehensive health care reform that we’ve been looking at can be scooped up into this legislation. But it now appears the Democrats are going to try that.
These people are cheerfully committing political suicide by taking over -- translation: destroying -- the American health care system. Of course, they will be exempt from the system they're forcing down our throats, so they have no skin in the game. They're counting on the fact that while this takeover will cause catastrophic losses in the short term, it will net a permanent Leftist state like Europe in the long term.
This absolutely MUST be stopped.
Our GOP Senators have done a decent job of standing firm against DemCare over the past few months, so we should expect them to continue to do so. However, now we need to be demanding that they do anything and everything to prevent this vote from taking place. Every parliamentary trick should be used, every potential amendment and diversion should be proposed, there should not be a single unanimous consent vote given from this point on. We need to call our GOP Senators and demand that they not only stand against this vote, but that they do literally everything under the sun to prevent the vote from taking place. The polls show America is on their side, and the Dems (if they do in fact go for reconciliation) have shown they have given up all pretenses at democracy, integrity, and representation of their constituents.
It. Is. War. The Senate GOP needs to engage 1000% right NOW, starting with a complete shutdown of the Senate until Scott Brown is seated. This one is for all the marbles, and we cannot afford for the GOP to be its usual limp-wristed self.
There's my two cents.