Obamacare’s cram down

Many viewed the election of Scott Brown (R. Ma.) as the death of Obamacare. But, to President Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Harry Reid, it was a mere trifling inconvenience.  According to Pelosi, the stage has been set to pass Obamacare anyway.

Here is the plan.  Remember the negotiations between the House and Senate to reconcile the differences between their respective bills…the negotiations CSPAN was prevented from broadcasting?  It appears that a deal has been reached.  First, the House will pass a bill that simply covers the agreed upon House/Senate amendments to the Senate Bill.  We’ll call that the “Amendments Bill”.  Next, the House will pass the Senate Bill, and make their passage retroactive to the date that the Senate passed its bill.  Finally, the Senate, using the “reconciliation process” (which only needs 51 votes), will pass the “Amendments Bill”.  Both bills will go to Obama for signature.  He will sign the Senate Bill first, and seconds later, sign the “Amendments Bill”.

And, voila, we will have Obamacare. 

Of course, the reconciliation process in the Senate has never been used for anything like this before, much less a law that will let the federal government take over 20% of the American economy.  Pelosi’s solution…lie to the American public.

It’s up to us [the Democrats in the House and Senate] to make sure the public knows this is not extraordinary…It would be a reflection on us if we could not convince people that this is not an unusual place to go.

So why the February 25 “health care summit”, Mr. President?  You obviously know what Pelosi and Reid are planning to do.  Or is this, too, part of the continuing deception? 

We don’t want Obamacare, Mr. President.  Oh, I forgot.  To you, Pelosi and Reid, the opinion of the American public doesn’t matter.  All that matters is your agenda…the American public be damned.

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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. donh on February 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Republicans are playing with this  healthcare summit.  The cram down  looks  set to go. The ambush democrats  plan is not the summit, its the cram down immediatly after talks. Immagine an cynical  plan to turn the tide of public anger over Obamacare onto the republicans and blame them for its passage!  Even if the summit  fails and everyone walks out, people can be made to think  Obamacare was dead until the damn summit . Why  republicans had victory in hand and the  fools  went  to talk bipartisianship and surely they  caved becuase Obamacare passed the very next week ! Then ALL that public anger over Obamacare turns on the Republicans even if passage is by all democrat reconciliation vote. . As long as Nancy Pelosi continues to fit  herself with pogo sticks and parachutes, republicans need to stay the hell away from any talk of health reform.

  2. Anne-EH on February 16, 2010 at 1:57 am

    SOS, as promised, your excellent article has been posted on Free Republic:

  3. Dimsdale on February 16, 2010 at 4:12 am

    This is the quintessential Democrat play book.  Do what you want because you think that you know better than the "great unwashed".  They always know better.  We don't need those pesky freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.  Guns, cars, Big Macs, sugary drinks.  You don't need those.  We are children to them.


    "We're the government, and we're here to help take care of you".  The magic words that are the prelude to socialism and communism.

    • Dimsdale on February 16, 2010 at 4:13 am

      "help" was supposed to be crossed out with strikethrough…..

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