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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pelosi and healthcare

"(Since Pelosi) does not have enough Democratic, much less Republican, votes to pass it, the door she will be kicking through is the back door. Pelosi told the bloggers she favors using the self-executing rule strategy in which the House would pass the Senate health care bill without going on the record as specifically voting for it. 'I like it,' Pelosi said of the scheme, 'because people don't have to vote on the Senate bill.' The strategy of passing the Senate bill while avoiding a direct vote, writes (reform advocate Ezra Klein), 'is all about plausible deniability for House members who don't want to vote for the Senate bill.'"

Lovely. Members can tell their constituents "I voted to pass it, but I didn't vote for 'it', if you know what I'm saying..."

"In a particularly Alice-in-Wonderland moment, Pelosi argued that the debate over health care reform can begin after the bill is passed. 'Pelosi said passing the bill would allow Dems to undertake a 'debate' with Republicans over 'what is the balanced role that government should have,' writes another pro-reform blogger at the Post, Greg Sargent. According to Sargent, Pelosi explained, 'We have to take it to the American people, to say, this is the choice that you have. This is the vision that they have for your health and well being, and this is the vision that we have.' Again, in Pelosi's scenario, that debate would occur after the bill is passed."

The anti-Democratic arrogance of the Democrats, and their contempt for Americans, is stunning.

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