House Democrats Start Their Health System Shell Game

by William Teach | March 15, 2010 7:34 am

The cat poop sandwich (surprisingly, no video of that scene from Anchorman) they are showing is not the same cat poop sandwich they will ask you to eat, as the American Spectator points out[1]

Shortly before midnight on Sunday, Democrats released a 2,309 page health care bill[2] that will start the process of reconciliation — but don’t let that fool you, it’s not the actual reconciliation bill with all the changes you’ve been reading about. Instead, as Rep. Paul Ryan, the ranking Republican member on the Budget Committee, explained[3] to me last week, this is just the “shell” bill — the vehicle that Democrats need to get moving on health care. Once the bill gets approved (likely Monday), Democrats will send this phantom bill over to the Rules Committee, where it will be stripped, and then they’ll insert in all of the actual changes that they’ve negotiated.

Why all of the theatrics?

Well, under the reconciliation rules in last year’s budget, any reconciliation bill would have to have been submitted to the Budget Committee by October 15, 2009. It just so happens that earlier versions of health care legislation cleared the Ways and Means and Education and Labor Committees last year. So Democrats just dusted that legislation off, and are using that as the vehicle to begin the reconciliation process. That’s why, for instance, if you look through the 2,309 page bill that was released Sunday night, you’ll find a public option, which leadership has indicated would not actually be in the final bill. (Interestingly, the student loan bill is also tacked on at the end.)

Just a “simple up or down vote,” remember?

Constitutional democracy? We don’t need no stinkin’ Constitutional democracy.

Michelle Malkin[4] has a taste of the table of contents, at least prior to the Democrats get around to inserting in all the provisions not in the bill. The Democrats are expressly attempting to thwart the Will Of The People[5], as John Boehner points out

“Democrats may run Washington, but the American people are in charge of this country,” Boehner said. “The moment a majority forgets this, it is writing itself a ticket to minority status.”

Why would they do this? They don’t have the votes[6].

R.S. McCain[7], along with mentioning that the election of Scott Brown hurt the Dems ability to ram this through in a Constitutional way, writes

This whole Pelosi procedure is nothing but a thumb in the eye of the Constitution.

Gateway Pundit[8], through a commenter, points out the illegal alien and ACORN provisions.

Question: will any group, including the GOP, have the cajones to challenge the Constitutionality in court if passed?

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove[9]

  1. American Spectator points out:
  2. bill:
  3. explained:
  4. Michelle Malkin:
  5. Will Of The People:
  6. They don’t have the votes:
  7. R.S. McCain:
  8. Gateway Pundit:
  9. Pirate’s Cove:

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