House Democrats Have a Legislative Trick Up Their Sleeves

Mark Tapscott at the Washington Examiner has a piece at Beltway Confidential that illustrates the Democrats’ shocking chutzpa. In spite of the electoral defeats in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, in which the Democrats suffered embarrassing losses due to the overreach of the party’s leadership in the US Congress, the House Democrats have decided that it’s full steam ahead on health care, the American people be damned. They will do what ever it takes to force their government run health care plan on all of us:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s senior health care advisor has told Congress Daily that congressional Democratic leaders have settled on a strategy they believe will allow them to make changes in both Senate and House Obamacare bills, then send a single, revised version to President Obama for signature.

Congress Daily is a subscription-only publication, but has these details:
“In comments reported by Congress Daily, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s top health care aide Wendell Primus admitted top Democrats have already decided on the strategy to pass the Senate’s pro-abortion, government-run health care bill.

“Primus explained that the Senate will use the controversial reconciliation strategy that will have the House approve the Senate bill and both the House and Senate okaying changes to the bill that the Senate will sign off on by preventing Republicans from filibustering.

“‘The trick in all of this is that the president would have to sign the Senate bill first, then the reconciliation bill second, and the reconciliation bill would trump the Senate bill,’ Primus said at the National Health Policy Conference hosted by Academy Health and Health Affairs.

“‘There’s a certain skill, there’s a trick, but I think we’ll get it done,’ he said.”

As outrageous as this is in its arrogance and derision toward the American electorate, Mark points out another, possibly even more dishonest and dishonorable part of this scheme, and that is in order for a plan like this to succeed, it would have to have the knowledge and consent of the White House:

The comments from Primus raise an obvious question: Since it is inconveible that Democratic congressional leaders are moving in this direction without the knowledge of the White House, why call a health care summit and challenge congressional Republicans to come with their best ideas when the plan is already in place to use legislative trickery to pass Obamacare?

The most logical answer would seem to be that the summit is part and parcel of a White House/congressional Democratic strategy to distract attention from what is about to happen on the Hill.

Democrats in Congress are colluding with the President of the United States to take over one sixth of the US economy and force the American people into a government controlled health care plan. One can’t help but wonder if they have a political death wish. Actually, political suicide pact seems more like it.

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