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Pelosi: Dems Ready to ‘Kick Through This Door’ to Pass Health Care Bill

Posted on Mar 15, 2010
AP / Alex Brandon

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked tough on Monday on the subject of health care reform, which is no surprise. What is more interesting is the plan she outlined for how she and her fightin’ Dems will “kick through this door” and pass the legislation in a fashion that many people will find somewhat confusing.  —KA

Ezra Klein in The Washington Post:

Here’s how that will work: Rather than passing the Senate bill and then passing the fixes, the House will pass the fixes under a rule that says the House “deems” the Senate bill passed after the House passes the fixes.

The virtue of this, for Pelosi’s members, is that they don’t actually vote on the Senate bill. They only vote on the reconciliation package. But their vote on the reconciliation package functions as a vote on the Senate bill. The difference is semantic, but the bottom line is this: When the House votes on the reconciliation fixes, the Senate bill is passed, even if the Senate hasn’t voted on the reconciliation fixes, and even though the House never specifically voted on the Senate bill.

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By samosamo, March 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

By carole, March 16 at 1:16 pm

Sorry, I didn’t know she was the apple of your eye so I amend
my descriptive of her to ‘the most honorable and compassionate
human to ever rob the people to further enhance the monetary
gains of those rich who wanted more in the form of a bailout’
which amounted to US the people providing corporate welfare to
private business and people.


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By carole, March 16, 2010 at 10:16 am Link to this comment
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to samosamo:  absolutely unessary to use lanaguage such as “bitch.”  Very sexist, insulting to all females, and shows your lack of education and sensitivity.

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By surfnow, March 16, 2010 at 5:53 am Link to this comment
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It’s all despicable showmanship and politicking. A year ago when universal healthcare was immediately eliminated as an option the whole thing became a joke. They will pass a healthcare bill but it will be useless.

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By Commune115, March 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment

This is all just one big stunt by the Democrats to try and gain some political capital ahead of the November elections. The “reforms” still protect private healthcare companies, and they won’t even kick in until Obama is either reelected or voted out.

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By samosamo, March 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment

If it has mandatory payments to private corporations or NO
public option, FORGET IT BITCH!!!

Someone ought to KICK you OUT THE DOOR!!!!.

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