The fact that they are considering this is terrible - and I don't care if others have done it, Obama claimed to be different : Obama May Use Legislative Ploy to Jam Through Health, Tax Bills - Bloomberg.com "President Barack Obama may try to push through Congress a health-care overhaul, energy proposals and tax increases by using a partisan tactic that would thwart Republican efforts to block the measures. The administration and congressional Democrats are debating whether to use a parliamentary procedure called reconciliation to advance some of the biggest items on the presidentâ€™s agenda. The move would allow Democrats to approve plans to raise taxes by $1 trillion, create a cap-and-trade system to rein in greenhouse-gas emissions, and overhaul health care without a single Republican vote . . . House Democrats are pushing to use reconciliation because it would help ensure they donâ€™t end up voting for tax increases and other legislation that can be blocked by Senate Republicans."