March 12th, 2010
05:22 PM ET
12 years ago

Democrats soften pledge for three-day posting of health bill

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="House Democrats may not post health care reform package online for 72 hours before vote."]
Washington (CNN) - House Democrats appear to be softening their pledge to allow the public 72 hours to review the health care reform package online before a House vote. "We will certainly give as much notice as possible, but I'm not going to say that 72 hours is going to be the litmus test," said Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Friday.

"The House bill or Senate bill, as proposed, has been online for some two-and-a-half months, otherwise known about 75 days," Hoyer added, referring to the November and December dates each chamber passed its version of health care legislation.

But Democrats could vote as soon as next week on a series of changes to the health care package - called a reconciliation bill - and the number two House Republican criticized Hoyer directly on House floor.

"I'm a little bit taken aback that now that 72-hour rule has been completely cast aside, since nobody in the House has seen what's in the reconciliation bill," said Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised earlier this year Democrats would make the final health care bill public at least three days before voting.

"The House Democratic Leadership is committed to having the final health insurance reform legislation online for 72 hours before the House votes, for all Members and the American people to review. We will continue the transparent process this landmark legislation has had for months," Pelosi wrote in a January press release.

Hoyer on Friday said that a three-day posting for the reconciled bill was his preference, but he said the American public had been waiting for health care reform since the time of President Theodore Roosevelt and action must be taken.

"There's been ample time to review the bill, whether it's the Senate bill or the House bill," Hoyer told Cantor.

Cantor in turn called that lack of commitment "disturbing."
"I think that's consistent to the depiction that there is a ramming through going on," he said.

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. all the news that is fit too omit

    What's one more lie for Lemocrats considering how many they already have told to get you sheep to believe this is a good bill.

    The rest of us with a brain bigger than a sheep, KNOW it is a fraud a scam and a bogus bill.

    They need to get this done before Barry leaves so he can go on apology tour #3 and bow down to everyone and offer them money to like us.....

    What a fraud.

    March 12, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. JES

    Will anyone listen to the majority of the voters. Scrap this junk and start over with a Health Care bill that will not put us deeper in debt.

    Will the government give up their healh care for what they are trying to get passed.

    No way will they want this kind of coverage when they all ready have the best the tax payers continue to pay for. If it's so great why not switch.

    Get a life and listen to what the majority of people are saying not this bill start over.

    2010 elections are coming but not fast enough to vote the lot of you out of office.

    March 12, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Mike

    Another lie. They do not want the American people to know what is in the bill. I wonder how many back room deals have been cut to get the votes. Oh well, the demorats will pay a big price come November if it passes.

    March 12, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Fed Up

    Does anyone bet that nothing will be posted? They're going back to closed-door meetings again. How much will those votes cost the American people this time? We voted these clowns in, now let's vote 'em out. If we can actually manage to get all incumbents out for a couple of election cycles, maybe then they will realize who the boss is, and it is what the American people want (not what they decide we are going to have shoved down our throats). Vote 'em in. Vote 'em out!

    March 12, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Walter

    This stuff has been in the public domain from the very beginning. So no more stalling. The House should vote immediately on the Senate bill and then get busy fixing its various problems.

    I can't wait to see the Republicans explain what's wrong with using reconciliation to kill Nebraska's sweetheart deal.

    March 12, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |

    Must be more of that Transparency they keep talking about.

    March 12, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. Bobert

    Suprise suprise. Heck, even three days is not enough time to read and comprehend a 2700 page bill. But you know those Democrats, the less the to give people to understand what they're voting on, the more likely they'll vote for it. Look at the "stimulus" bill they passed.

    March 12, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Paige

    we don't have 3 days to view the bill - we must hurry so it can take affect in 4 years!

    March 12, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. fjh3q

    Hey we should all be grateful that our wondeful political leaders will let us common serfs see it for even a minute!

    Wasn't it Pelosi who said we will have to pass the bill to know whats in it?

    March 12, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. ToughLove

    Unbelievable! This should enrage every voter in America.

    Let the party that is currently in control run by every stop sign and sell themselves out to every special interest group that has them in their pockets! Their stay will be short-lived and they will experience the wrath of the people, JUST LIKE THE REPUBLICANS DID before them!

    We are done with this hypocrisy. THEY WORK FOR US!!!!!

    March 12, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. File under "Sarcasm"

    What's the problem? The Administration hasn't kept any promise they've made yet so why start now.

    Remember Pelosi's quote from earlier this week that they'll know what's in the bill after they vote for it. That's probably closer to the truth.

    Does anyone know how to get a Congressmen recalled so we don't have to wait for the election?

    March 12, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. dave denver

    No, they don't want us to know what's in this bill. As Pelosi said, you have to pass it to see what's in it. Very similar to a bodily function and it smells about the same.

    March 12, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. tbob

    "softening" appears to be the Democrat version of "breaking," at least on CNN.

    March 12, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    Speaker Pelosi has no credibility. This is also why they will not have enough house democrats on board to pass the Senate Bill.

    When Massachusetts voted in Senator Brown, Obama, Pelosi and Reid decided to take the low road to pass their health insurance bureaucracy bill and now they will not even be able to make that work.

    Eventually it seems they are going to have to break the news to the big unions that those deals they made might not come to fruition.

    March 12, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Mike in MN

    The reconciliation bill is being written behing closed doors. No C-SPAN for interested voters. Just Democrat secrets. And there is now no commitment to have it posted for 72 hours before a House vote. If Obama and the Democrats are going to lie over and over again about transparancey, why should we believe them when they tell us what is or is not in Obamacare? We already know they lie to us.

    March 12, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. Timmeh

    Does this really surprise anyone. When you're a caucus whose leadership are nothing but Marxists, you don't expect anything less. Good bye Democrats come November. Good thing is that no one will receive bennies until 2014, so it is very possible to repeal this mess.

    March 12, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Yet another lie, but at this point, does anyone even care anymore?

    March 12, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. terry,va.

    The have broken everything the have said regarding health care. They will do anything to try to get it through before the have Easter break.

    March 12, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Willy Brown

    I want you democrat in congress and the big ears one to go down in flames with your communist health care bill. You all will be voted out this fall losers!

    March 12, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. valwayne

    More lies from the Swamp!!!! They will keep this massive corrupt monstrosity hidden from sight as long as possible and probalby pass it in the dark of night to hide it from the American people. Elections have consequences, in this case likely catastrophic ones for our nation. All we can do is wait until Nov to show those with such contempt for us what we think of their arrogance and corruption!!!

    March 12, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. 99% already on the web for months

    Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is absolutely correct. The house and senate bills have been available on the internet for the whole world to read for months. The folks in the right wing media would like to have you believe none of it has been seen before. The reconciliation bill will have some small changes to the house and senate versions but it's not like the bill is going to surprise anyone.

    For those of you who continue to spew the "Gov't takeover of health care" lie. Gues what? Government employees, including Congressmen, buy their insurance from private insurance companies. They just get better rates because they're in a large pool. Big customers get better deals (think volume discount). If any of you complainers would bother to actually read the bill instead of listening to right wing talk radio propaganda, you would see a part of the bill is to create buying pools. The Republican plan (H.R.3400) has a version of this idea too.

    March 12, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. Mike

    Does this surprise anyone?

    March 12, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. JJ Jones

    Most ethical Congress ever huh Nancy?

    March 12, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. nwcanadian

    What is it with all the holding back and the secrecy? Doesn't Nancy “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what's in it" Pelosi have it backwards? What if it passes and the people don't like it? I guess it'll be too late, too bad, so sad. Who does she think she is? The arrogance is just mind-blowing.

    March 12, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. Don

    Well hate to say it but...the people should know better than to elect these bums, they did and now the price is to be paid. Maybe next time people will think differently about voting by emotion and by fancy speeches. I just dread the consequences, but all of those of us who warned you "on the fence" folks took blistering critisism...Now the rooster is coming home to roost. Its time to clean the hen house. Principles and Character make a that clear NOW?

    March 12, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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