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|Tue, 03-16-2010 - 9:25am|
Are Democrats stupid????? They KNOW Americans don't want this bill. THEY don't even want the bill, yet they are going to cram it down our throats anyway!!! AND.....they can go on record of NOT voting for it....to save their pathetic careers. WHAT A BUNCH OF YELLOW BELLIED COWARDS!!!
Updated March 16, 2010
Pelosi Plan to Pass Health Care Without Traditional Vote Riles Critics
A newly emerging Democratic plan to vote on health care reform without really voting on health care reform has critics riled up, accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies of resorting to legislative trickery to send a bill to President Obama's desk.
A newly emerging Democratic plan to vote on health care reform without really voting on health care reform has critics riled up, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies are accused of resorting to legislative trickery to send a bill to President Obama's desk.
Senate Democratic leaders had already drawn jeers from Republicans for a plan to try to pass a follow-up health bill with only 51 votes, as opposed to 60. Now Pelosi and Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, are cooking up a plan to pass the original health bill from the Senate side without forcing rank-and-file Democrats to technically go on record in support of it.
"Republicans believe that if the Democrats are willing to have the government take over our health care system, they should be willing to vote for it -- without any gimmicks," House Republican Leader John Boehner's office said in a statement. "Democrats wonder why people are so upset with Washington."
Here's how the maneuver would work and why Pelosi wants it:
Before Congress can consider the package of changes that many lawmakers want in exchange for their support on the original bill, the House has to first pass the original bill from the Senate side.
Problem is, even with assurances that the package of changes will be considered, many House Democrats don't want to go on record in support of the Senate bill -- what with its sweetheart deals, tax on high-value insurance plans and other controversial provisions.
Enter the Pelosi tactic, known as a "self-executing rule."
Under this tactic, the House could simultaneously approve the Senate version of the bill while voting on the package of changes. This would "deem" the Senate bill passed, though not directly show members voting in favor of passage.
It may sound murky, but the option is winning favor among Democrats.
Pelosi reportedly told liberal bloggers Monday that "nobody wants to vote for the Senate bill," and so she's strongly considering the non-vote vote.
"I like it, because people don't have to vote on the Senate bill," she said.
Republicans are dubious.
"That's not exactly a ringing endorsement for a plan that will remake one-sixth of the American economy," Boehner's office said.